With both the West and East now courting Nairobi, President Kenyatta must decide how to do business with allies both old and new.

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Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy.

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The European Union has moved to check emigration from West Africa by voting to invest 1.15 billion euros in aid for West Africa through to 2020.

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President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

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Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Cnooc Ltd., China’s largest offshore oil producer, and Ghana National Petroleum Corp. made a $5- billion bid to buy Kosmos Energy LLC’s assets in the West African country, including its stake in the Jubilee field, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The all-cash, fully financed bid, the first from the Cnooc- Ghana National group, was received about two weeks ago, said the people, who declined to be identified as the talks are private.
Supreme Court issues directions on election petition
The three petitions challenging the outcome of the March 4 presidential elections have been mentioned this morning at the Supreme Court. A six-judge bench led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has given its directions to the advocates representing petitioners and respondents in the cases. According to the orders given today by the Chief Justice, petitioners and respondents have been told to desist from “prosecuting the merits of the cases in any forum other than the Supreme Court,”
The Association of Magistrates and Judges (AMJG) has noted with grave concern, the recent press statement of the ruling National Democratic Congress which was delivered by its National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei in response to a ruling of the High Court that discharged Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey and Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, the two accused persons in the Ghana @ 50 trial. It has become pertinent for us to explain how the Judiciary goes about its work in response to the very issues raised at the Press Conference organized by the NDC on 17th August, 2010.
Beware of the Chinese, when they come bearing loans
Ghana’s Parliament has been given effectively two days (today (August 24, 2011) and tomorrow) to approve a $3 billion commercial loan called the Master Facility Agreement (MFA) from the state-owned China Development Bank (CDB). The MFA, once agreed, will be followed by subsidiary agreements (12 mega ones) dealing with a multitude of specific items that the facility is to fund. Government is expected to make its own contribution of15% of the total amount of $3 billion, representing $450 million.
DI's Compartive Firgures for Ghana's Fiscal Deficit &GDP
The Ghana statistical service have revised GDP using 2006 as base year instead of 1993. With 2006 as the new base year, the rebased economy has grown by 60 percent, while the provisional estimate puts per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at US$1,318.36, against the existing estimate of US$753. Here the Danquah Institute provides comparative figures to show what it means to Ghana's fiscal deficit and public debt to GDP ratio. more >>>
On June 26, 2013, Justice Atuguba, the presiding judge of the 9-member panel used the Court as a vehicle to accuse Samuel Awuku of engaging in an ill- defined, improper conduct. The said conduct appears to be related to comments that Mr. Awuku made on air, during a political discussion. In particular, he is said to have criticized the panel for “being selective and hypocritical,” in citing a Daily Guide reportage of the Court’s proceedings. Mr. Awuku subsequently appeared before the panel and after a short hearing, in which he apologized for his comments, the panel banned him from making further appearances in the Court. As far as I could tell, Mr. Awuku was not represented by counsel. Nor was he accused of a specific offence (as far as I could tell).
 
On Monday, September 16, 2013, the Danquah Institute, in partnership with other civil society groups will hold a symposium at the British Council for jurists and other legal and statistics experts to critique the decision of the Supreme Court in the presidential election petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo and two others against the election of President John Mahama in the December 2012 election.But, last week, as a panellist on two separate current affairs programmes on radio (Oman FM and Joy FM), I provoked an argument, which will be one of the topics that the legal and analytical minds will delve into at the upcoming symposium.
Akufo-Addo to address maiden liberty lectures at Alisa Hotel
The Danquah Institute has set August 4 as the day to hold its annual Liberty Lectures. The person to deliver the first of the Liberty Lectures this year is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a renowned human rights activist, freedom fighter, the Attorney General who repealed the obnoxious Criminal Libel Law and the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, a party which traces its ideological roots to Dr Danquah and the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC). However, because of other commitments of this year’s main speaker, who is presently in South Africa for a similar assignment, the event will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the Alisa Hotel, Ridge, Accra.
EC expunges 'multiple registration' names from voters' register
The Electoral Commission (EC) has deleted from the Biometric Voter Register, names of people who engaged in multiple registration. “To avoid any ambiguity on Election Day, a special list have been compiled for those who engaged in the multiple registration to serve as evidence of their fraudulent electoral act” said Mr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, EC Deputy Chairman in Charge of Operations.
Why China needs Africa more
In the first part of this series, The Daily Maverick asked whether Africa really needs the interventions and investments of the People’s Republic. Our conclusion was that only time would tell. Now we look at why China needs Africa, and the answer seems to be no more complicated than “land and oil” (and a few other precious commodities). As of now, the relationship is far from even. Ever heard of a “Baoding village”? If you haven’t you’re not alone, because there are anthropologists at universities in Australia and the Netherlands who are convinced they don’t exist.