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Archive September 2015

An interview with the director of ‘Paths To Freedom’, a film on Namibian liberation

Paths to Freedom is the latest from award winning Namibian filmmaker Richard Pakleppa. It takes a look at the launch of the liberation struggle by several Namibian freedom fighters, focusing primarily on the early stages of resistance to South African occupational rule in the 1960s. The film collects testimonies of the key players involved at the time, including Former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba; as well as former Robben Island prisoners Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and Helao Shityuwethe.

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Djibouti’s strongman president faces strongest cross-examination of his career

Ismail Omar Guelleh will be the first African president to appear as a witness in a UK corruption case. But this trial of intrigue is just one of many challenges facing the 16-year president. 

For the first time in history, a sitting African president will be summoned to give evidence in person before the British High Court. Ismail Omar Guelleh, the long-standing president of Djibouti is set to travel to London next month to testify in a long drawn-out trial involving his millionaire compatriot, former ally and now rival Abdourahman Boreh.

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Podcast: The day before the march

As United Against Corruption make final preparations for Wednesday’s anti-corruption march, the DAILY MAVERICK SHOW on CliffCentral spoke to former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Mbali Donna Khumalo from Students for Law and Social Justice. They detail their demands, what went into organising the march, and respond to allegations that it’s all about politics.

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October 2015 Day-by-Day

Bureaucracy hampers operations of Eastern African Standby Force

The Eastern African Standby Force’s operations are hampered by red tape that has delayed its rapid response to crises in the region, despite having achieved full capability nine months ago.

Unlike the four other standby forces in Africa that are anchored in their respective regional economic communities and are able to react quickly to safeguard regional interests, the EASF is not linked to the East African Community, thus prolonging the time for consultations in times of crisis.

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Kenya only country in the world set to meet five health targets

Kenya is the only country in the world that is on course to meet all five World Health Assembly (WHA) maternal and child nutrition health targets, according to the 2015 Global Nutrition report.

Kenya’s progress has been attributed to government commitment and investment to end malnutrition; women’s empowerment; improved food supply; greater access to improved healthcare, water and sanitation facilities; and improved performance of specific nutrition programmes across the country.

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