African press review 14 May 2016


Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye is no longer under house arrest - he's in jail, in Karamoja, and he's accused of treason. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni gets ticked off by Washington for his disparaging remarks about the International Criminal Court. And Kenya's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to focus on state agencies where corruption is prevalent.


Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been charged with treason. That's the main story in regional paper the East African.

The leader of the Forum for Democratic Change was last night remanded to Moroto government prison.

In Kampala the Monitor reports that Besigye is said to have appeared in court without his lawyer before the charges were read to him. He was not allowed to enter a plea because treason is a capital offence which is triable only by the High Court.

According to the prosecution, Besigye in various places declared himself as president claiming he had won the 18 February presidential elections.

The government placed the four-time presidential contender under house arrest on voting day until after a 31 March Supreme Court ruling declared that Yoweri Museveni had been validly reelected.

Besigye was arrested in Kampala yesterday and then flown to the eastern region of Karamoja where he was charged.

The Monitor notes that British colonial rulers frequently banished leaders of the independence struggle to Karamoja.

Museveni's other messy bits

Yoweri Museveni has other problems on his plate.

The main story in the Monitor reports that the United States has described the president’s disparaging remarks about the International Criminal Court during his swearing-in on Thursday as a mockery of the victims of the war in Sudan's Darfur region.

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the ICC for war crimes in Darfur, was among the heads of state attending Thursday's ceremony in Kampala.

During his swearing-in speech, Museveni derided the ICC as a useless institution, saying it was of no interest to Africans. Uganda is a full member of the international court.

Kenyan corruption body targets police, ministries

In Kenya, the Daily Nation reports that the government's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to focus on state agencies where corruption is prevalent.

The Ministry of Lands is among the agencies named, along with the National Police Service, the Transport Ministry, the Treasury and the judiciary.

The report goes on to say that the anti-graft commission is deeply infiltrated by cartels that have made it difficult to prosecute prominent people identified in graft scandals.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is asking government to more than double its annual budget to the shilling equivalent of 50 million euros.

Nkandla's other scandal

Nkandla is back in the news in South Africa but, for once, the story has nothing to do with security upgardes to President Jacob Zuma's private farm.

According to the Johannesburg-based financial paper BusinessDay, 650 teachers yesterday picketed at the KwaZulu-Natal education department’s head office in Pietermaritzburg‚ complaining about severe levels of overcrowding in the province’s schools.

According to the report, 120 pupils are forced to share a single classroom in one rural school outside Nkandla. Many township schools have more than 70 pupils per class.

Hot weather on the way

The weather is making front-page news in Egypt, with the Independent warning that temperatures in Cairo could reach 42°C this afternoon, and 44°C forecast for Aswan and Luxor.

There's also a warning to motorists that visibility will be poor this morning.

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