: African press review 1 December 2015

“World leaders pledge climate rescue at Paris meeting but fault lines emerge.” That’s the main headline in this morning’s Kenyan Daily Nation and it just about sums up yesterday’s long day at the heads of state meeting at the United Nations climate conference in the French capital.

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“Never have the stakes of an international meeting been so high, because we are concerned about the future of the planet,” French President François Hollande said in his opening speech. He went on to tell the 147 heads of state present that the hope of all humanity rested on their shoulders.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi argued his nation needs to continue burning cheap and plentiful coal to escape from poverty. Modi says developed countries should make deeper and faster cuts in their own emissions.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at the “miserly” developed nations that want to “burden us with cleaning up the mess they themselves have created”.

The Nation also reports that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Committee has suspended three Athletics Kenya officials for their alleged involvement in graft and subversion of anti-doping controls in Kenya.

The committee indicated that a case has been established against outgoing Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat, Vice-President David Okeyo and former Treasurer Joseph Kinyua.

The report says the officials have been suspended for six months to allow the allegations to be investigated.

Kiplagat is due to retire as President of Athletics Kenya in August.

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The Nairobi-based Standard ignores alleged misdeed in athletics and the fate of the planet, giving pride of place to a report that cabinet nominees could be confronted with burning questions related to their previous occupations as the process of vetting by parliament gets underway today.

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The public will be invited to make submissions on the suitability of the nominees and as such they are likely to be questioned about matters ranging from past court cases, conduct in their previous employment and experience in discharging their duties.

Nominees for five cabinet secretary jobs and dozens of principal secretary positions are to be vetted.

BusinessDay in South Africa reports that the African National Congress (ANC) motion to impeach Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is set to be debated in the provincial legislature later today.

This will be the first time “since the dawn of democracy”, according to the Johannesburg-based financial daily, that a provincial premier faces a motion of impeachment.

The ANC accuses Zille of hiring Paul Scheepers, a senior police crime intelligence officer, in his private capacity to spy on the ruling party.

ANC officials laid charges at the Cape Town Central police station against Zille for “employing a private covert intelligence investigator to execute illegal communications surveillance work on state land and property”.

Zille has rubbished the ANC’s claims, saying the party is “manufacturing a scandal”. The premier said Scheepers’s company had been employed by the Western Cape government in 2010, following a cabinet decision to debug cellphones and install antibugging software.

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The ANC’s push for Zille to be removed from her position is likely to fail as her party, the opposition Democratic Alliance enjoys a healthy majority in the Western Cape legislature.

According to the Cairo-based Egypt Independent newspaper, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party has called for the dismissal of the interior minister and announced its solidarity with residents of Luxor and Ismailia who have been complaining about the torture of detainees at police stations.

The party said in a statement that the torture and killing of citizens inside Egyptian police stations is part of a police policy to spread fear among people. The police are also accused of trying to take revenge on the people in the wake of the January revolution of 2011.

The statement called for the restructuring of the interior ministry so as to ensure the respect of human rights and the law.

Source: rfi afrique