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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement published on the WHO official website.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised. I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization,” further said Tedros, whose election as the first African leader of the UN organization was billed as a pivotal moment for the continent, where much of the organization’s work is based.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: US, UK Biggest Recipients of Looted Funds From Nigeria: US Intelligence Expert

NIGERIA POLITICS: US, UK Biggest Recipients of Looted Funds From Nigeria: US Intelligence Expert

Mr Mathew Page, former United States intelligence community’s top expert on Nigeria has said, “Nigeria’s kleptocrats deftly use both Nigerian banks and the international financial system, especially anonymous shell corporations and offshore tax havens, to launder stolen public funds and stash them overseas, often in the form of high-end real estate in London, Dubai, New York, and California.

“Despite possessing robust discretionary powers, the US and UK rarely deny visas to corrupt officials or report cases of suspected corruption or unexplained wealth back to law enforcement agencies back home.

“The UK is one of a small number of global financial centres that play a key role in processing substantial levels of corrupt capital,” Mathew Page said.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

While many people blame Joseph Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with George Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.

Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

“I was one of those trailing behind the military convoy when Boko Haram opened fire and soldiers responded with fire,” Sani Mato, a commercial bus driver, said, adding, “The soldiers were able to repel the attack but lost three men. Five were also injured.”

Boko Haram has been largely pushed back out of its main strongholds in northern Nigeria, according to the country’s military and government. The group, however, is still active in their Sambisa Forest enclave in Borno and launches sporadic attacks on civilians and security forces there.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing. Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo could not be reached for comment and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria had no immediate comment.

“If there is any information suggesting corruption or irregularities, it needs to be investigated across the borders. It should not be restricted to South Africa,” Zweli Mkhize, one of several potential candidates to replace Zuma told reporters.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

The tyrants in the National Assembly have erased an efficient democratic opportunity for determining the public good. They are not constrained by the need to bargain with the people’s interests.

The people lacks any mechanism for holding the tyrannical minority to account or even to listen. They simply have their way, without regard to reach out to the people. The dangerous aspect of this is that the potential for instability and separatists agitations exists and increase when the rest of 180 million people ends up as permanent losers.

To get the business of the majority – the people – done, we must overthrow the tyranny of the minority in the National Assembly.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

Internet freedom declined worldwide for the sixth straight year in 2016, according to an annual report from Freedom House.

“Africa is becoming a new testing ground for authoritarian practices online,” said Francois Patuel, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International.

“We have seen disruptions in Togo and in other countries but also arrests for what people are saying online. Often what people say online can be used against them in court.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

Akombe, a member of the election board’s top panel, cited severe partisan political divisions among its eight members and the secretariat for her decision to leave.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” Roselyn Akombe said in a statement issued from New York.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

But because they are petty and obviously pursuing very notorious agendas, the Buhariphobics whose lives now revolve around nit-picking every word or action from President Buhari and his government, scavenging same for faults to ply their jaded wares, are not consoled by the obvious intents of President Buhari in making this patriotic request. They ask why the World Bank President never said that President Buhari requested them to focus on the North but on the North-East. Can you imagine such silliness? Can you imagine such pettiness? Can you imagine such mischief? Can you imagine such avarice?

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Offers Buhari Best Solution to Beat ‘Corruption’

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Offers Buhari Best Solution to Beat ‘Corruption’

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said, “The bid stories about scandals about corruption are really what people want to read. But actually, fighting corruption and putting those systems in place are very ‘unsexy’; it takes time. It took us 10 years to try and build the Government Integrated Financial Management System in Nigeria, to get way from cash-based transactions.

“When you say the Government Integrated Financial Management System, it is so boring; nobody wants to hear. But that is what needs to be done. So, that is my one mantra. I think it is all about strengthening institutions.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Readies for Grace Takeover

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Readies for Grace Takeover

Robert Mugabe might be hatching a plan to step-down as national president and remaining party leader. That way he would become president emeritus allowing him to secure his family interests,” Rusero said.

Grace Mugabe, in the past few weeks, has turned on the heat on Mnangagwa demanding that he be fired for leading a faction in the party.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Bomb Blast in Mogadishu: Over 230 People Killed

SOMALIA POLITICS: Bomb Blast in Mogadishu: Over 230 People Killed

An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told news agency AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”.

Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.

“Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.

President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

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KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

Opposition coalition Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya said police have allowed government supporters into the banned protest areas and that they were attacking opposition supporters.

Opposition leaders have called for daily demonstrations. Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, this week said he has left the race because no reforms to electoral commission have been made.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: 800 Corruption Charges Finally Get Zuma to Face Prosecution

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: 800 Corruption Charges Finally Get Zuma to Face Prosecution

The president, who is accused of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering, has always insisted he is innocent.

Zuma and other government officials were accused of taking kickbacks from the $5bn purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms manufactured by five European firms, including British military equipment maker BAE Systems and French company Thales.

Charges were first brought against Zuma in 2005 but dropped by prosecutors in 2009.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Disappointed By Ruling of Supreme Court of Appeal

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Zuma Says Disappointed By Ruling of Supreme Court of Appeal

“The decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal today‚ whilst disappointing‚ was much anticipated‚” the presidency said in a statement.

“The effect of the decision is that the only legitimate decision made by the NPA is to prosecute President Zuma‚” the presidency said.

“Importantly‚ it means that the representations have not been considered and the expectation is that the NDPP will now consider these representations under the correct prescripts of the law and make a legitimate decision relating thereto.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: HDP Commends Aregbesola’s Progressive Leadership Style In OSUN

NIGERIA POLITICS: HDP Commends Aregbesola’s Progressive Leadership Style In OSUN

A statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of Osun HDP, Mr. Wole Adedoyin and State Secretary Mr. Tijani Lukman Lolade, made available to journalists in Osogbo, urged all Osun State citizens to support Ogbeni Rauf Aregebsola and jointly work for the progress and development of Osun State.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

“The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

“We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results. If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action,” he said.

Liberia, Africa’s oldest modern republic, was founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

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DRC POLITICS: Pressure on Those Unlawfully Enriched by Kabila’s Rule

DRC POLITICS: Pressure on Those Unlawfully Enriched by Kabila’s Rule

The United States and European Union should expand targeted sanctions on President Joseph Kabila’s family members and financial associates benefitting from unlawful activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seven international and Congolese human rights organizations said today. The sanctions

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

“I am just voting for peace. We want peace right now, peaceful country, we want a peaceful situation now and things to go fine,” said James Marthics, a voter in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital Monrovia.

Some had been waiting for hours before dawn to vote and brought small wooden chairs with them, forming orderly queues as vendors sold them soft drinks and palm wine. Early voting in Monrovia largely went smoothly, though with delays in some areas.

“I need a change of this government that is in power,” said Richard Akoi, 32, a former child soldier who fought for Taylor’s rebels. “I‘m a die-hard fan of former president Taylor and if he shows up today in the election I‘m going to vote for him.”

Liberia is Africa’s oldest modern republic founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847. But its last democratic power transfer, defined as a peaceful handover at the end of a full term, was in 1943.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra: Now That Nwodo Is Talking

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra: Now That Nwodo Is Talking

“I saw the Biafran war with my two eyes. My father was Minister for Local Government in the Eastern Regional Government of Dr. Michael Okpara but I fought on the front lines. I was a full lieutenant in the Biafran army. I fought in Ore. I fought in Orlu. I fought in Enugu. I fought in the Bafran School of Infantry. I worked for several months at the Biafran Airport in Uli.

“Abusing the President will not give us Biafra. Abusing other tribes and calling them names will not give us Biafra. Telling Igbos to stop attending churches with Yoruba pastors will not give us Biafra. It will rather widen the gaps between us and these other people who themselves are victims of the injustices in Nigeria. It will annoy them and they will abandon us. We can’t push this alone. We need the support of our neighbours. By busing and threatening others, you put the lives of our people who live there in danger (emphasis mine)”.

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