Political and Regulatory Affairs Round-Up

  • 9 Mar 2024
  • 2 Mins Read
  • 〜 by Shammah Sirima



Mudavadi rallies diplomats to back Raila for AUC chairperson’s position

Kenya has formally pitched Opposition leader Raila Odinga to peers, seeking to have him elected the next African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson.

In a briefing to diplomats representing African countries in Nairobi, Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi, asked the countries to support Mr. Odinga. He said Nairobi will use its leadership at the AUC to foster ties among Africa countries, including in trade and investments.

(Daily Nation)


Makonda hints at Samia’s monthly public audience

President Samia, who doubles as the ruling party’s CCM chairperson, will be listening to citizens’ problems once per month at the party head offices either in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma or Zanzibar.

The CCM’s Ideology and Public Secretary, Mr Paul Makonda, yesterday revealed the plan, saying it will boost public servants’ integrity and accountability in timely addressing of citizens’ problems before they reach the Head of State.

He said the programme is in line with the party’s Election Manifesto of 2020/2025 centred on citizens’ well-being.

(Daily News)


Junior parliamentary staff received billions of shillings on Speaker’s behalf.

Parliament has admitted that billions of taxpayer money were deposited in the personal accounts of some of its staff. Speaking during an X (formerly Twitter) Space organised by the Agora Discourse, the director of public and corporate affairs at Parliament, Mr. Chris Obore, said the money was, however, not deposited for personal use.

“Parliament is a public organ which carries out corporate social responsibility, and this money was channelled into individual accounts to cater for the CSRs,” he said.



Senators urge AU to push for the extradition of genocide fugitives to Rwanda

Rwandan Senators have asked the government to solicit support from the African Union (AU) in pushing for the extradition of suspected perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who are still on the run on the continent.

Speaking to the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security, on Friday, March 1, Minister of Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, said African governments lack the political will to extradite or put Genocide suspects on trial in their jurisdictions.

(The New Times)


Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds discussions with representatives of four regions of Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with representatives from South West Ethiopia, Central Ethiopia, South Ethiopia and Sidama regions on Monday.

“Our continued efforts to listen to the challenges and needs of all our communities stand foremost,” Prime Minister Abiy wrote on his Facebook account.

Recall Prime Minister Abiy also held a discussion on a broad spectrum of national issues with representatives from Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Afar, Harari, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz regions, and Dire Dawa city.



Iran govt welcomes Sudan’s request to restore bilateral relations

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi received Sudan’s acting Foreign Affairs Minister Ali El Sadig in Tehran on Monday, confirming the restoration of their relations after a hiatus of seven years.

The Iranian Mehr News Agency reported yesterday that President Raisi spoke about the existing potential in the two countries and their mutual will to develop the exchange of “political, economic and cultural interactions”.

The Sudanese and Iranian embassies in Tehran and Khartoum will be opened again.

(Dabanga Sudan)