• Belgian parliament adopts law on genocide denial

On Thursday, Belgian parliament passed a law on Genocide denial and revisionism. The government of Rwanda welcomed the law as a sign of collaboration between both countries. As of 2018, Rwanda had sent 39 arrest requests of genocide suspects to Belgium. Only 8 arrests have been made by Belgium. Read the full article

Kagame wants no special legal protection from defamation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court invalidated the law criminalizing defamation and public insult against high officials, public service, and religious leaders. But the Court granted the Head of State special legal protection from defamation and public humiliation. President Paul Kagame reacted to the decision by saying there is no need for the clause and required further discussions. Read the full article

Tanzania denies blocking release of scathing IMF report

Tanzania denied allegations that it had blocked the publication of an IMF report. The report is said to contain accusations that the Tanzanian government undermines economic “interventionist” policies. Read the full article

Raila and Uhuru set for China visit to seek Ksh.368B SGR loan

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and African Union special envoy, Raila Odinga, left for China to attend Belt and Road Initiative Summit. Kenya seeks an additional Sh368 billion loan to extend the Standard Gauge Railway to western Kenya. Read the full article

China cancelled Ethiopia’s loan interests

China cancelled interests for loans it provided to Ethiopia until the end of 2018.The Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the move on Wednesday after discussions with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Beijing at the Belt and Road summit. Read the full article

 Survey: Africans are willing to trade their freedom for security

According to the research group Afrobarometer, “Africans see their individual freedoms diminishing, and many are willing to give up at least some liberties in the name of security.” Read the full article 

East Africa’s state airlines need to co-operate to grow

What would happen if East African countries merged airlines? Airline experts recommend EAC airlines to work together to strengthen economic cooperation. Read the full article

To stop the rot in South Africa, back Cyril Ramaphosa

 The ANC has ruled South Africa for 25 years. From 2009 to 2018, Jacob Zuma, an atrocious president worsened the country. After being ousted by his party, his replacement Cyril Ramaphosa is rectifying.

“At elections on May 8th voters have a choice. Do they back the ANC again, trusting that Mr. Ramaphosa will continue to clean up the party and revive the nation? or do they give the opposition a chance?” The Economist has some suggestions. Read the full article

After the Easter attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, what to learn?

Sri Lanka suffered nine coordinated terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. The Islamic State terrorist group later claimed responsibility of the attacks that hit churches and luxury hotels. However, some Sri Lankan officials had been warned of the attacks, but ignored the intelligence. Unlike al-Qaeda, the IS attacks religious targets in Egypt, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The Economist warns that such attacks, like the one by a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, could spark a “class of civilisations.” Governments and citizens should not “fall in that trap” of jihadists. Read the full article

Passports can be used by countries for foreign policy reasons

This week, Russia announced that it would offer passports to people who live in two Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The move was called “aggression” by Ukraine and “provocative” by USA. But The Atlantic’s Krishnadev Calamur argues that the move is “hardly novel.” Other countries have used – and still use – similar documents to control internal as well as external affairs, including national security. Read the full article