African press review 25 January 2016

Dead millionaires, women fighting electoral fraud and parliamentary procrastination are all in today's press review, straight from Africa.


An article in Kenya’s Daily Nation will give multimillionaires food for thought with an astonishing figure: according to the paper over 4.5 billion euros are currently up for grabs in the midst of various succession disputes.

From rich politicians to successful businessmen, the Daily Nation shows that fighting for a patriarch’s wealth is still quite the trend.

The article tells the story of one deceased hotel owner worth 450 million euros, whose assets sparked a family feud before the poor man was even buried.

The disputes aren’t the easiest to settle, either.

Kenya’s High Court took over 34 years to determine who should rightfully enjoy Koinange’s 150 million euros worth of assets - and the case is still being put before the court of appeals.

The heart-warming article shows the strength of family ties in the face of vast amounts of money.

But rich families' feuds aren't all doom and gloom: on the positive side, they provide wonderful opportunities for the many law firms involved.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor has an interesting story on the country’s latest strategy to tackle electoral fraud.

According to the report, the boss of Uganda’s Electoral Commission Badru Kiggundu has urged women across the country to use their “numerical” and “motherly” strengths to denounce anyone they see cheating.

Whether the measure reflects the commission's despair or stems from good old common sense, Kiggundu is intent on mobilising Ugandan women.

He's even launched a Women Reporting Situation Room, where female analysts and lawyers will be able to decipher information coming in.

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According to the Daily Monitor, the perhaps rather optimistic commission boss said that women “have the power to restrain their children and spouses from going out to cause chaos”.

And finally Nigeria’s Punch newspaper brings us a worrisome story of financial uncertainty, straight from the country’s parliament.

It seems that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives are in a quandary over the crude oil benchmark to recommend for the 2016 budget.

The Punch says that most lawmakers are adamant that the 38 dollars per barrel proposed by the president was no longer realistic because of the dipping price of crude oil but they still can’t come up with a price which is realistic.

Two days ahead of the 2016 budget debate in parliament, Nigerian MPs are still shying away from suggesting a precise figure.

The business leaders of one of Africa's richest countries will be keen to see how the talks unfold.

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