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  • on 07.03.2014
  • at 03:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Conflicts in South Sudan, CAR, DR Congo distract from countries to watch in 2014 0

The past two months have not been good ones for the Africa Rising narrative. South Sudan has imploded and in Central Africa, a genocide of sorts is taking place, with Muslims now targeted in revenge for the atrocities of a short-lived regime that seized power last year.

These two stories, together with the DR Congo’s tribulations, have unfortunately hogged headlines from the continent this year, but other things have been happening in Africa.

The manoeuvring ahead of South Africa’s election, while still yet to come off the boil, has been high-profile, especially with the collapse of the negotiations between Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille, and Agang stalwart Mamphela Ramphele.

The push to unseat Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan is definitely on. The decibels on the Kenya-ICC story have also been quite high, as has been the surprisingly vociferous debate over homosexuality on the continent.

But here we give you a rundown of the stories that have flown under the radar:

1: Gambia’s Jammeh wields the axe

President Yahya Jammeh has just sacked his energy minister Teneng Mba Jaiteh and taken over her duties.

We are not sure what she did, as the sackings are always explained away “as acting under the provisions of section 71(4) b of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia.”

Earlier last month, President Jammeh had sacked Ghanaian-born Chief Justice Mabel Yamoa Agyemang, and again gave no reason. Her replacement was a Nigerian. Her predecessor was another Nigerian.

While President Jammeh did not take over as Chief Justice, there is little else he does not run, including the Defence and Religious Affairs Ministries. Since he came to power in a coup in 1994, President Jammeh has hired and fired close to 200 Cabinet ministers and top officials.

He said he does not delight in being so decisive: “I have never had any wish to appoint anyone that I know I would end up dismissing because I will then be wasting our time and slowing down our progress.”

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