The Africa Report: 24 January
EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news.
South Sudan rebels sign ceasefire
While a ceasefire was signed in Addis Abba, government is already saying that the rebels are not going to be able to keep their troops in line. Eleven members of the SPLM who had been arrested will be released, according to the agreement. While the agreement has been signed by the leaders of rebel forces, many of the rebels have come out to say that they are not willing to comply. However, peace talks are set to resume again on 11 February.
Kenyatta's ICC trial delayed
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial has been delayed. The trial was due to begin on 5 February but the prosecution has requested that it be moved by three months. The original trial date will instead be used as a hearing for the prosecution to discuss the request for a delay. Kenyatta is charged with being behind the ethnic violence surrounding the presidential election in 2007.
Kenya taxes athletes' winnings
Kenya has proposed a tax of 30% for its athletes, which could lead to an exodus of the country's running stars. Member of Parliament Wesley Korir, who won the Boston Marathon in 2012, led a march protesting the Kenya Revenue Authority's proposal.