Get the latest information on the political landscape, entertainment updates, and health sector in Africa with this Gikuyu Bulletin news highlight for March! The latest news in Africa that you need to know are the following:
The NARC Report: The African National Congress has had a bad year, but its support base remains intact, writes Richard Poplak.
The party is projected to win around 55 percent of the vote in the May 8 general election, according to a poll released by Ipsos on Tuesday.
This means the ANC will win a total of 342 of the 549 parliamentary seats, a drop of around 11 percent compared to the 2012 election.
ANC support has slipped in a number of provinces and the party’s vote share is now below the national average. But it still has a large support base, with an average of 47 percent in the 18 provinces where it is projected to win a majority of seats.
The ANC is the only party that has been in power in South Africa for all but one of the last 22 years. Its dominance has been built over time, as the party’s vote share has grown in each election.
The ANC vote share is still around 47 percent, and the party is still the biggest single party in South Africa. But its support has slipped, and its support base is smaller than it was a decade ago.
An Anti-BDS Bill Could Be Signed Into Law Soon
An anti-BDS bill could be signed into law soon. The Israeli government wants the law to be passed by April 15, 2016, which is the first anniversary of the State of Palestine being recognized by the United Nations. Israel says that the bill is a necessary step to fight BDS. The law could also help fight antisemitism in Kenya.
Crown Prosecution Service Recommends That Three Labour MPs Be Suspended
Three Labour MPs are being recommended to be suspended by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for possible misconduct. The MPs are Yvette Cooper, Kate Hoey, and Kelvin Hopkins. They were suspended for one year by the Labour Party in January for allegedly threatening a police officer.
Kenyan Politics: President Kenyatta Calls For Unity
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a national unity government. The government has been meeting for several days to discuss a way forward after Kenyatta’s deputy, William Ruto, said he will not join the government.
Somalia: Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility For Attacks In Kenya
Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Kenya.
First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta launches a new initiative for young girls in Kenya
Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, wife of the President of Kenya, launched the “Daughters of Africa” initiative on Thursday, February 9, 2018 at the “Daughters of Africa” interactive theatre, a unique project developed by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Wildlife and the Ministry of Education.
The initiative aims to provide an alternative learning space for girls, offering them a place to engage with each other and their peers, share their experiences and foster their growth through a series of activities.