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Kagame Shows Off His First African Union E-Passport Stamp

Chadian President Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony offered an occasion for Rwandan President Kagame to pick up his first e-passport stamp.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, one of the first two recipients of the African Union’s new e-passport that launched last month in Kigali, got to use the official document en route to the latest coronation of Chad's president for life Idriss Deby—the second beneficiary of Africa’s new passport system.


While en route to Deby’s fifth swearing-in ceremony held at the Grand Hotel N'Djamena Monday—which has been met with protest—Kagame tweeted this photo of the first stamp in his snazzy, red and gold passport book.

It’s a rare look at the travel permit that is expected to be rolled out to all Africans by 2018, despite only 13 out of the 54 AU countries having access to the required biometrics technology, while others have yet to relax their visa restrictions. It's hoped that the contactless smart-card passports can increase mobility for Africans on the continent as well as stimulate individual countries’ economies through increased trade and cooperation.

 

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Zimbabwe Approves Law Which Will Criminalise Anti-Government Protests

Zimbabwe's recent amendment to the existing Criminal Law (Codification Reform) Act will make make both anti-government protests and international political collaborations of any kind punishable under the new law.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa continues to draw criticism with regards to his governance despite rising concerns about the country. According to The Street Journal, President Mnangagwa has recently approved the proposal of a law which will make public protests illegal. This follows international concern about Zimbabwe's continued human rights violations since the questionable arrest of demonstrators in July this year. The iron-fist ruling of the Zanu-PF led government has driven this deliberate move to stifle international relations.

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