NIMD condemns the apparent military take-over of the Malian government and the removal of President Touré as head of state this morning (22 March 2012). NIMD regrets this clear setback to the democratic process of the country. The scheduled elections for the new president are only a month away.
Yesterday, a large majority of the Kenyan people approved a new constitution through a referendum. Both the result and the peaceful conduct of the referendum present a great mandate for political reform in Kenya.
Political parties in Uganda have agreed to a dialogue with a view to contributing to free and fair elections early next year and long-term democratic reforms. The agreement, which has been facilitated by NIMD, was sealed today at a signing ceremony in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
On November 3 the Kenyan democracy activist Njeri Kabeberi was honoured in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she received a "democracy ribbon" for her contribution to peace and democracy in her country.