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African press review 28 August 2015

Kenya continues to fight corruption, firearms and explosives are seized near Garissa County's livestock market,  South African judges clash with ANC MPsand in Nigeria Buhari is accused of bias in new appointments.

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The Daily Nation reports on the new anti-corruption initiative launched in the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta who will be the patron of the National Forum on Integrity which will meet annually to review the achievements of state agencies on the war against corruption.

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The report states that the main goals of the body are to promote integrity and combat corruption and unethical conduct.

Members of the forum include cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries and heads of commissions, among others, the report adds.

The daily also reports on the seizure of firearms and explosives along with the arrest of a suspected terrorist in Garissa County.

According to the report, the police believe the weapons were to be used against vital government installations and religious institutions.

The report quotes a security official as saying that three AK-47s, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, hand grenades and timers were found in a raid on a house in Garissa’s livestock market area.

In April this year, at least 147 people were killed by heavily armed militants in Garissa University Campus.

The Daily Nation carries a profile on athlete Nicholas Bett on its front page. Bett became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the 400 metres hurdle at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing yesterday.

The Standard reports on how the National Assembly has got closer to enacting draconian legislation to muzzle the media and shield MPs from public scrutiny, voting to conclude debate and push the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill to the last stages of law making.

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In South Africa Business Day reports on the meeting between the country’s chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and President Jacob Zuma following the criticism of judges by high-ranking politicians.

The report states that the meeting comes on the heels of accusations hurled by African National Congress leaders at some judges for overreaching in their rulings.

The judiciary was also criticised after it had come down heavily on the government for violating a court order to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir while he was in the country for an African Union summit in June.

The report adds that, following this, 27 of the country’s top judges spoke out on the dangers of the repeated and unfounded criticism of the judiciary and announced that they wanted to discuss the issue with  Zuma.

In Nigeria the Vanguard reports on the angry reactions to the new appointments made by President Muhammudu Buhari.

Yesterday Buhari announced the appointments of a new secretary to the government of the federation, chief of staff and comptroller-general of customs.

The report states that the announcements were met with displeasure by some experts who felt the appointments are lopsided and biased towards just one part of the country.

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