The Africa Report: 8 November

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves a hotel in London on 7 May 2013. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The Kenyan government has gone digital in a bid to fight corruption by making government services more efficient.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday launched the first _Huduma _- which is the Swahili word for "service".

Huduma centres are set to open across the country.

This forms an integral part of the plan to tackle inefficiency and time-wasting, which Kenyatta believes is the source of corruption.

Kenyans wills now be able to access and pay for government services electronically.


Liberian authorities have banned the popular motorcycle taxis from the capital Monrovia.

The ban on the taxis, locally known as pehn-pehn, was enforced by authorities in a bid to decrease accidents.

Residents of Monrovia are angered by the move.

They argue pehn-pehns are the most practical way to commute because the roads in the capital are in an appalling condition.


The European Union (EU) Court of Justice has ruled that homophobic laws in Africa are grounds for asylum.

The EU court, the highest on the continent, ruled on Thursday that homosexual Africans are entitled to asylum in Europe.

The case comes after three Africans, from Sierra-Leone, Uganda, and Senegal, lodged a case to the EU court in Luxembourg.

They claim they would face prosecution on the basis of their sexuality.

In Sierra-Leone, homosexuals face life sentences.

The ruling by the EU will see all member-states grant access to those seeking asylum on the basis of homophobia and the legalisation thereof.

In Africa, 37 countries have criminalised homosexuality.