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Uganda: Proposal to Amend Constitution, Eliminate Age Requirement for Presidential Candidates

(Oct. 30, 2017) The 445-member unicameral Parliament of Uganda is considering a bill aimed at amending the country’s Constitution in order to eliminate the age requirement applicable to candidates seeking to be elected to the country’s presidency.  (Uganda Introduces Bill to Remove Presidential Age Limit, AL JAZEERA (Sept. 29, 2017).)  The current Constitution of Uganda, […]

Nigeria: Government Reconstitutes the Investment and Securities Tribunal

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 19, 2017, the Nigerian Minister of Finance announced the reconstitution of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) in order “to sanitise the capital market, restore investors’ confidence and reposition the country’s economy.”  (Bassey Udo, Nigerian Govt. Moves to Sanitise Capital Market; Reconstitutes Investment & Securities Tribunal, PREMIUM TIMES (Sept. 20, 2017).)  […]

Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment Bill Gives President Unilateral Power to Appoint Top Judges

(Aug. 22, 2017) On July 25, 2017, the 270-member National Assembly, the lower house of Zimbabwe’s bicameral Parliament, passed a bill that among other measures seeks to amend the Constitution to accord the President unfettered power to unilaterally fill the highest judicial positions in the country: those of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, and Judge President of the High Court.  (Amendment Bill […]

Seychelles: Ban on Plastics Takes Effect

As a solution to a major solid waste management problem, a ban on plastics came into effect on July 1, 2017, in the Republic of Seychelles. (Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, Notification: Seychelles – Plastic Bags, G/TBT/N/SYC/3 (July 2, 2017), World Trade Organization (WTO) website (click on “English” hyperlink to view text of the […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill

(June 8, 2017) On April 5, 2017, the Ugandan Parliament reportedly passed the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill, 2017, which aims to make changes to the definitions of what constitutes “terrorism” and “an act of terrorism” under current law in order to ensure that the relevant Ugandan law is in keeping with “the revised international aspects envisaged by […]

Liberia: Mental Health Bill Advances

(June 6, 2017) On May 23, 2017, the Liberian House of Representatives, the lower house of the country’s Parliament, unanimously approved a proposed amendment to the Public Health Law that would add a chapter on mental health.  (Leroy M Sonpon III, House Passes Law to Protect Persons with ‘Mental Disorders,’ DAILY OBSERVER (May 25, 2017).)  This follows the […]

Namibia: Bill on Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

(June 1, 2017) In April 2017, the Namibian National Assembly reportedly passed the Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill and sent it to the other chamber of Parliament, the National Council, for review.  (Absalom Shigwedha, NA Passes Bill on Use of Genetic Resources, NAMIBIAN (May 11, 2017).)  If the bill is confirmed by […]

South Africa: Financial Intelligence Centre Act Amended

(May 25, 2017) On April 29, 2017, South African President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act, 2017, amending the Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2001, an Act designed to “combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”  (Press Release, President Jacob Zuma Signs FICA Bill into Law, South African Government website […]

Kenya: Movable Property Security Rights Act Enacted

(May 18, 2017) On May 10, 2017, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Movable Security Rights Bill 2017, legislation aimed at facilitating the use of movable property as collateral for securing a credit line.  (President Kenyatta Signs Movable Property Security Rights Bill into Law, OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE PRESIDENT (May 10, 2017).)  It does this […]

Kenya: Parliament Ordered to Enact Legislation Related to Increasing the Number of Female Members

(Apr. 19, 2017) On March 29, 2017, the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi found that the two houses of the national legislature, the National Assembly and the Senate, failed to perform their constitutional obligation to ensure that not more than two-thirds of their members be of the […]