Xenophobia: have we learnt nothing from the 2008 attacks?

The Daily Vox

A recurring theme in discussions about the xenophobic violence of the past few weeks has been whether we learnt anything from the 2008 attacks? LOREN LANDAU, research chair in mobility and the politics of difference, looks at what we’ve learned in the past seven years – and what we haven’t.

Over the past weeks, newspapers and radio stations have broadcast laments from citizens and leaders despondent that South Africa is again engulfed into an embarrassing and murderous xenophobic melee. Amid the outrage is a great deal of hand wringing about the failure to learn from the 2008 attacks. Did we not condemn them then? Did we not promise ourselves that this would not happen again on our watch? But the truth is, we have not been watching and this has been happening all along.

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Kenya to launch biometric passport

Planet Biometrics

Kenyan officials confirmed over the weekend that the country’s ePassport will be launched in November.

Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons, Gordon Kihalangwa, said on a live Twitter chat that tracking individuals’ movements will become easy with the ePassport.

“In Africa, only Burundi has implemented the e-passport. By November, Kenya will be introducing the ePassport,” he said.

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Mali : Communiqué du Conseil des Ministres du samedi 18 avril 2015

Le Conseil des Ministres s’est réuni en session ordinaire, le samedi 18 avril 2015 dans sa salle de délibérations au Palais de Koulouba sous la présidence du Premier ministre, Chef du Gouvernement, Monsieur Modibo KEÏTA. – See more at: http://maliactu.net/mali-communique-du-conseil-des-ministres-du-samedi-18-avril-2015/#sthash.ioz70szE.dpuf

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Ghana’s NIA calls for policy to synchronize ID cards

SPY Ghana

The National Identification Authority (NIA) is calling for a policy to synchronize identity cards in the country into one.

Head, Administration/Legal & Compliance of the NIA, Josef Iroko told SpyGhana.com in an interview over the weekend the situation where people carry different identity cards was not the best according to international standards.

“We need a policy decision to avoid multiple identity cards so that one card will serve as your voter ID, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) card, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), driving license etc,” he said.

Iroko emphasized the phenomenon of multiplicity of identity cards in the country could be attributed to the fact that most of the institutions existed before the NIA was established.

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Glaring loopholes in Uganda’s Registration of Persons Bill

Pambazuka News

The Parliament of Uganda passed the Registration of Persons Bill 2014 on 26 February 2015; the purpose of the Act is to harmonize and consolidate the law on registration of persons in Uganda and to provide for the registration of persons. Generally, the Act makes registration compulsory and it provides for cooperation with other agencies, government departments and Ministries in sharing the information that is gathered. While the law is a much needed piece of legislation to provide for and harmonize the process of collecting identification information, there are a number of loopholes around data protection and requirements for registration which arguably render the Act unconstitutional in its current state. Parliament is well within its constitutionally mandated powers in making laws for peace, order, development and good governance but what cannot be justified is making laws that contravene the constitution.

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