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Cameroon: Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations Calls For Open, Genuine and Transparent Dialogue
July 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations say it is imperative for the Cameroon Government forces and the Southern Cameroons armed groups to commit to fully adhere to humanitarian law
Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations say it is imperative for the Cameroon Government forces and the Southern Cameroons armed groups to commit to fully adhere to humanitarian law

The Government of Cameroon should adhere to the global call for the unconditional release of all Southern Cameroonians incarcerated within the context of the armed conflict as a show of good faith for genuine ceasefire negotiations.

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations has welcomed the preliminary talks held between the Cameroon government and jailed leaders of the Southern Cameroons struggle led by Sisiku Ayuk Tabe.

In a released signed July 10, 2020, for the steering committee, the Coalition strongly believes that ceasefires are effective if negotiated with credible guarantees for compliance. At a time when the world yearns for global leadership in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to save the most vulnerable, The Coalition welcomes the unanimous United Nations Resolution 2532 of July 1, 2020, that called for a global ceasefire of hostilities for at least 90 days.

Since the conflict escalated in 2017, this is the first reported peace talks between the government and the Anglophone separatists. As per a communiqué released by the Interim Government of Ambazonia, representatives of the Cameroon government and leaders of the Interim Government led by Sisiku Ayuk Tabe were engaged in a peace talk geared towards ending the four year-long battle.

“Be reassured that we remain committed to the restoration of the independence of the homeland,” Julius Ayuk Table, self-decaled President of Ambazonia, currently serving life imprisonment for charged including terrorism said.

The statement further states that “no war has ever been wrapped up in the battlefield” and that “real, sustainable peace and independence are a product of the negotiation table.”

With Cameroon having the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Central Africa the country faces an increasingly daunting challenge, especially with the worsening sociopolitical crisis. In light of these, The Coalition strongly recommends:

1. The Government of Cameroon and the leadership of all Southern Cameroons armed groups to commit to an open, genuine, and transparent adherence to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2532.

2. On Human Rights Abuse and Humanitarian Response: The Government of Cameroon should adhere to the global call for the unconditional release of all Southern Cameroonians incarcerated within the context of the armed conflict as a show of good faith for genuine ceasefire negotiations. In the same vein, it is imperative for the Cameroon Government forces, and the Southern Cameroons armed groups to commit to fully adhere to humanitarian law. We welcome the “Ambazonian Defense Forces (ADF)” commitment on July 7, 2020, to allow safe passage for humanitarian aid workers under the auspices of OCHA.

3. Political Parties: At this critical juncture it is imperative for all political engagements to be geared towards encouraging the warring parties and credible international stakeholders to implement a negotiated ceasefire.

4. The International and Diplomatic Corp in Yaoundé should commit to advance the implementation of Resolution 2532. Their collective support is needed for the Cameroon Government to commit to genuine mediated negotiations for a ceasefire and its effective implementation.

5. UNDP Cameroon to ensure an enabling environment for sustained development and peace before commencing the implementation of the recovery plan. UNSC Resolution 2532 provides an opportunity to leverage UNDP’s expertise to ensure a ceasefire and peace agreement in line with UNDP’s core values.

6. To the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary General a. Hold a UN security council meeting to begin addressing the root causes of the armed conflict

b. Mediate and Monitor Ceasefire: Empower in-country UN Chief to ensure any negotiated ceasefire adheres to recognize international norms and instruments with guarantees for an effective implementation

Cameroon security forces patrolling the streets of Buea
Cameroon security forces patrolling the streets of Buea

A July 6 statement signed by the Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi has dispelled the news stressing that the reports circulated on media outlets “did not conform with reality.” This suggests that no such talks with the jailed leaders took place.

He added that all efforts were being taken by the government to end the crisis in the country’s two English-speaking regions but that all such measures were aimed at preserving the unity, and territorial integrity of the country, while He reiterated government’s call for armed groups to lay down their arms and embrace a peace offer by President Paul Biya.

Violence in Cameroon’s two-English speaking regions broke out following government’s crackdown of peaceful protest of teachers and lawyers who complained of marginalization. Non-state armed groups took up arms and demanded separation from La Republic du Cameroun.

The ongoing squabbles has caused more than 3,000 deaths and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Some have taken up refuge in other regions while others are refugees in neighbouring Nigeria.

Last year, Switzerland mediated talks between the government and exiled separatist leaders, but those leaders are considered less influential than Tabe and the discussions did not produce any significant results, Aljazeera reported.

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Cameroon Government Wants Ceasefire Negotiations With Jailed Separatist Leaders To Remain Secret
July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Many think that President Paul Biya, 87, has not shown sufficient good faith in seeking a lasting solution to the crisis
Many think that President Paul Biya, 87, has not shown sufficient good faith in seeking a lasting solution to the crisis

Last week news about ongoing negotiations between the government of Cameroon and jailed leaders of the country’s nonstate armed groups vying for secession broke out, making rounds on social media platforms and was even reported by local and international media outlets including Aljazeera.

The news was received by many with euphoria who hoped the talks will put an end to the ongoing killings in the country’s troubled English-speaking regions of North West and South West. One of those who confirmed the rumors was Agbor Felix Nkongho, Human Rights Lawyer, President of Fako Lawyers Association, African Bar Association Vice President, and Director of Centre for Human Rights & Democracy in Africa.

Agbor Nkongho,  leader of theCameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC), a group which at the start of the crisis in 2016 held several talks with government in bid to find lasting peace to the simmering crisis took to his twitter handle to congratulate the government and separatist leaders for engaging in negotiations towards putting an end to the crisis.

“I salute the bravery and the Laudable initiative by the Government and Sisiku Tabe & Co as they met on 2 July 2020 to start discussions. It is my fervent wish that these discussions will contribute in finding a breakthrough in the current logjam. I endorse these discussions,” he wrote.”

A few days later, On Monday July 4, the government issued a statement refuting reports it had engaged in a ceasefire negotiation with detained Ambazonia separatist leaders.

In the communiqué, government through Communication minister, Emmanuel Rene Sadi said information circulating social media about the holding of negotiations between a government delegation and detained separatist leaders “is not consistent with reality”. Without giving further details, the communique said government was reaffirming its readiness to seek peaceful solutions to the crisis in the North West and South West regions “particularly through dialogue”.

However, Cameroon’s leading English-language newspaper, The Guardian Post, maintains that the government has indeed engaged in talks with separatist leaders, adding that this was not the first time.

According to the article written by long-time venerated reporter, Kristian Ngah Christian, some members of the government might not want the public to be aware of ongoing talks for various reasons.

Citing a source whom they dubbed a “trusted and renowned personality” of the government, the reports states that the source had presented unquestionable graphic information and evidence detailing how the talks unfolded.

“The mediator, who pleaded to remain anonymous citing the sensitivity of the issue, told this reporter that the July 2, 2020 meeting between government emissaries and the jailed separatist leaders, was the second. He gave to understanding that during the two encounters, both delegation heads took notes on each party’s demands. The report of the two meetings, he said, it was agreed, was supposed to be forwarded to the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, for onward transmission to President Biya,” the report partially read.

Another faction of separatist front runners also rebuked claims that detained separatist leaders engage in any ceasefire negotiations with the government of Cameroon. To Chris Anu Communications Secretary of the Interim Government “being led by Dr. Samuel Ikome Sako, has not, is not, and will not hold any talks or meetings with authorities of La Republic du Cameroon, LRC outside of a properly constituted meditation or negotiation and such must hold outside of LRC.”

By the time of this report, the detained separatist leaders were yet confirm or rebuke claims that such talks ever took place or is taking place. An avid supporter of detained Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe known by separatist as first president of the unrecognized Federal Republic of Ambazonia told this reporter on phone from Maryland U.S.A that indeed the government has met with detained leaders privately but to seek lasting solutions to the simmering in the English-speaking regions.

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Malawi’s New President Pledges Support To Mozambique In Fight Against Terrorist Attacks
July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Jorge dos Santos

Malawi’s new President, Lazarus Chakwera, condemned the armed attacks in Northern Mozambique

Malawi’s new President, Lazarus Chakwera has condemned the armed attacks in northern Mozambique and expressed his willingness to help bring peace to the country, according to a statement from the Mozambican Presidency.

Lazarus Chakwera repudiated the violence in the north, during a telephone conversation with his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, indicated the note published on Monday night.

The two heads of state expressed their desire to focus attention on cooperation in defence and security with a view to combating armed violence in Cabo Delgado province, which has already caused the deaths of over 1,000 people.

On 27 June five terrorists killed eight people in an ambush against a vehicle of the company Fenix Construction Services that is working in Palma district where the complex to liquefy natural gas in being built on the Afungi Peninsula.

According to a press release from the company, the ambush took place about four kilometres north of the town of Mocimboa da Praia. Of the 14 people on board the vehicle, eight lost their lives, three managed to escape unharmed, and three are missing.

The survivors said that the attackers wore military uniforms similar to those of the Mozambican armed forces. They blocked the vehicle and then opened fire, killing the driver instantly. As the vehicle came to a halt, the three known survivors managed to scramble out and fled into the bush.

One of them walked through the bush to the village of Quelimane, where he spent the night. The following day he got a lift from a motorbike and returned to Palma on 28 June.

The other two survivors remained hidden in the bush for several more days. One returned to Palma on 1 July, and the other on 2 July.

A private security company hired by Fenix recovered the bodies of the eight murdered men, who were buried in Palma on 3 July.

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Sierra Leone : President Bio Appoints New Attorney General And Minister Of Justice
July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

The new Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Anthony Yeihwoe Brewah, taking the Oath of Office at State House before President Maada Bio

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has appointed renowned Lawyer  Anthony Yiehwoe Brewah as the country’s new Attorney General and Minister of Justice replacing her predecessor  Dr. Priscilla Schwartz ,the first ever female Justice Minister  in the country.

“It has pleased His Excellency the President , Brig.(Retired) Julius Maada Bio to appoint Anthony Yiehwoe Brewah as Attorney General and Minister of Justice with immediate effect,’’ a statement from the office of President said on Monday.

 Her replacement as Justice Minister has been mounting days  after the government lost the treason case against former defence  Minister and opposition politician Rtd. Alfred Palo Conteh with prominent lawyers , civil society activist , the media , citizens calling for her resignation as they felt  she has wasted the states  resources in a case where there were no evidences or need to have charged the matter.

The new Justice Minister becomes the third to hold that position since President Bio assumed power two years ago.

The former Justice Minister prior to her appointment as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, worked as Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Law (Master of Laws (LLM) Programme, at the College of Professional Services, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East. London, United Kingdom (2012-2018). She has also lectured at the University of Leicester, UK, (2007-2012), Queen Mary, University of London, UK (2008-2011), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (2011-2013).

Speaking on Local television on AYV’s Wake Up Sierra Leone on Monday, on Palo’s treason trial, Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Augustine Sorie Sangba Marah, said “She’s put the nation through enormous distress, enormous fear and I think the humble thing is for the AG to have her resignation”

Another Renown Lawyer, Law lecturer and former Ombudsman Francis Gabbidon also called for the Minister of Justice resignation on Local television AYV stating that ” the decision to ignore the Police investigation of unlawful possession and charge for treason is a big blunder, the attorney general should tender her resignation to the President”

These calls by these prominent lawyers including ordinary citizens critics believed that these could have pressured the President to replace her with another person on late Monday evening.

Popular journalist and editor of Salone Times Newspaper , Thomas Dixon, wrote on his Facebook account “AG Priscilla Schwartz out!…. We have A listening President.

However there has been no statement from the former Justice since her replacement on Monday night.

The new attorney general was first appointed as Minister of  Local government and Rural development but was sacked less than a year in that office.

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Malawi’s Chakwera pledges graft clampdown in subdued inauguration amid virus
July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

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BUILD A SOLID MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICY ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT LOCAL INVESTMENTS AND STRENGTHEN INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE
July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 6th, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) recently held its virtual 52nd Plenary Session with the official opening and keynote by Hon. Betty C. Maina (Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Kenya).

Themed “Business Environment, Competitiveness and Economic Growth in Africa”, the plenary was held over two days with a special session titled: African Economies Amid COVID 19 – Impacts & The Road Ahead.

“Competitive economies are most likely able to provide an environment conducive to business, market development, policy clarity, strong institutions that define the rules/incentives mechanism and effective coordination; and hence will grow more sustainably and inclusively. This means that there is a likelihood that everyone in that particular society, market segment or physical location will benefit from the fruits of economic growth,” said Professor Njuguna Ndung’u, AERC’s Executive Director.

In her official opening speech, Honourable. Betty C. Maina highlighted that Africa must reimagine business beyond COVID-19, and that there is an opportunity to reshape Africa’s manufacturing if it focuses on self-reliance. She noted that African manufacturers are stepping up to produce essential medical supplies which could contribute 1.5 Billion dollars to the continent and, in the long run, African manufacturers can take advantage of opportunities that lead to African trade and global supply chain realignment.

The importance of strengthening Inter-African trade and supply chains could create a springboard for export-orientated growth. The opportunity to catalyze the formalisation of Africa economies, improve productivity and access to finance will create additional protection and opportunity for employees and SME’s.

“Targeted campaigns need to be launched for SMEs so that they can familiarize themselves with access to finance and labour. It is important to leverage the informal employment sector as it has 70% of the working population and cuts across manufacturing and trade that leads growth to GDP. It is important to create the shift of competitiveness for economies in Africa”, Honourable Betty Maina concluded.

“We must build a solid macro-economic policy environment, protect local investments and strengthen intra-African trade as we embark on a post-COVID recovery path,” said Njuguna Ndung’u, executive director of, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

The forum had a diversity of presentations by various economists and was attended by senior government officials and scholars virtually, who discussed policy options to boost economic recovery after months of lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gambia new Justice Minister takes Oath, Barrow Calls for Unity
July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

President Barrow and New Justice Minister Dawda Jallow
President Barrow and New Justice Minister Dawda Jallow

President Adama Barrow has appealed for unity in preserving peace and stability of the country, as the new Attorney General and Minister of Justice took the oath of office today.

The President said maintaining peace and stability in the country hinges on respect for the rule of law and allowing the law enforcement officers to perform their duties without hindrance.

“Once again, I appeal to all Gambians to unite and be law-abiding citizens. Let us remain united. Unity fosters peace and prevents crime and disorder,” urges President Barrow.

He described Gambians as “a diverse people”, maintaining that such diversity should not breed hate or hostility. “Instead,” he said, “it should be a source of inspiration, pride and strength in building peace and strengthening social cohesion. Therefore, let us stand united as proud Gambians.”

The President recalled that in February 2017, he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the members of his first Cabinet. Among them was Honourable Abubacarr Marie Tambadou.

“As a team, we pledged to execute relevant institutional and legal reforms, and committed ourselves to transforming The Gambia into a fully-fledged democracy for the overall development of the people,” he recounted.

Today, he expressed pride that Mr. Tambadou does not only leave behind an indelible mark on The Gambia’s legal reform programme but also made a name for himself.

“This occasion affords me the opportunity to thank him for his selfless service to the nation. Despite the many challenges that confronted us from the outset, we have been able to weather the storm this far. On behalf of the entire nation, I thank Honourable Tambadou and wish him luck in his endeavours,” he added.

To Dawda Jallow who just swore as Minister of Justice, President Barrow said his appointment comes at a time when his government is solidifying the democratic foundations built to establish a just and peaceful nation. Such foundations are also marked by the rule of law, respect for human rights and human dignity.

He noted that the Justice and Judiciary sector have been playing a lead role in this direction. However, in spite of the progress made so far, he noted that more needs to be done to complete the legal reform process that begun within this vital sector.

“It is a common belief that good governance in any democratic environment must always be grounded in equal rights, justice and the rule of law. This is not attainable in the absence of a strong judicial and justice system, staffed by competent professionals under impartial and upright leadership,” the President argued.

He expressed trust that Honourable Jallow will build on the work of his predecessor, and contribute to strengthening the Justice sector for the realisation of government reform objectives and national goals.

Honourable Dawda Jallow in his statement thanked the president for appointing him to serve the country and the government. He assured him of his “absolute and diligent dedication to duty at all times.”

“I therefore take this opportunity to assure all stakeholders in the transitional justice process, especially the victims that the Ministry of Justice will continue to support and provide the necessary leadership to ensure that the transitional justice process reaches its logical conclusion,” he said.

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Commonwealth Secretary-General congratulates Malawians and newly elected President,urges unity
June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments
President Lazarus Chakwera

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Malawi for their resolute commitment to democracy demonstrated in the conduct of the 23 June 2020 election. 

“Malawians have demonstrated to the world a resolve to chart their own democratic path in the constitutional way,” she observed. “I congratulate the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), political parties, security forces, religious leaders, civil society groups, the media, and all national stakeholders for playing their respective roles in advancing their country’s democracy.”

The Secretary-General congratulates President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima on being sworn in at the ceremony on Sunday 28 June 2020, and offers them her very best wishes as they take up the responsibilities of high office and leading their nation.

She has commended former President, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, for his leadership over the past five years, and looks forward to his continued collaboration with the Commonwealth on the promotion of our fundamental political values.

The Secretary-General further congratulates the people of Malawi on their commitment to the rule of law. As always, she encourages any grievances to be pursued through the prescribed legal channels.

“This is the time for nation-building, and I encourage every citizen to channel the same determination shown at the ballot box towards the achievement of this collective goal. The Commonwealth stands in readiness to support the people of Malawi in this endeavour.”

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Nigeria:PDP Will Win October 10 Governorship Election in Ondo – Ala
June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Ayo Boboye

Hon Tony Ala
Hon Tony Ala

A leader in the Peoples Democratic Party in AKURE South LG, Hon. Tony Ala has said the PDP would win the October 10, election with Eyitayo Jegede ad it’s gubernatorial candidate.

Ala who is a former Special Assistance to late Governor Olusegun Agagu made this statement in Akure, Ondo State capital when speaking to newsmen.

According to Ala, All aspirants seeking the PDP’s ticket for governorship are qualified but Jegede stands tall among them all.

According to him, the PDP needs most vibrant and popular candidate to fly its flag in the coming governorship election.

 “Eyitayo stands out of all the aspirants contesting for the PDP’ ticket. He’s the gubernatorial candidate who came second in the last election without federal might. He has his network in all the local governments. So, he’s an aspirant that will emerge to fly the patty’s flag for the coming election.

While speaking on zoning agitated by some aspirants, Ala said the first civilian governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Ajasin came from the northern senatorial district of the State. The executive governor, Adefarati was a also from the northern senatorial district. Akeredolu who is from the northern senatorial district is also from the northern senatorial district.

“If not the courts, Agagu was a two time governor. Also Mimiko who ruled for two terms. “Even if we are not going by the agitation, Jegefe is one aspirant that permeates all the 18 local government of Ondo State. He’s loved by everyone and dreaded by opposition. He was a governorship candidate in the last election who came second. Why would anyone underrate such personality for the next election?

“What PDP needs is a strong candidate that can win election for the party. I doubt if any other aspirant is much stronger than Jegede in the next contest” he said.

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Rwanda: Infrastructure Minister Under Investigation for Embezzlement
June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Gatete is being investigated over misuse of public funds
Gatete is being investigated over misuse of public funds

Rwanda investigation Bureau (RIB) says it has started investigating Minister of infrastructure, Gatete Claver over some cases including misuse of public funds.

Gatete, the long serving Minister has recently been linked to the public tender in which government paid over 9 million US dollars while valuer estimated that such tender could have not exceeded seven million dollars.

Former government officials who are in court on the tender, pointed at Minister Gatete, saying that he was the one who gave them orders and wish him in court as well.

Though RIB declined to announce cases on which Gatete is being investigated, It is said that he is involved in another tender in which a Kenyan company was announced the winner, while there were other local companes that could have won the tender at lower price.

Last week while presiding over an Extended National Executive Committee of ruling party FPR Inkotanyi, President Paul Kagame promised that those who involved in misuse of funds will be held accountable.

“You cannot punish people for ordinary mistakes but when it comes to mistakes that are done willingly, wasting public fund which could be helping citizens, this should stop immediately”, Kagame warned.

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Ex- Gambia’s Justice Minister Optimistic Dictator Jammeh Must Face Justice
June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Abubacarr Marie Tambadou
Abubacarr Marie Tambadou

Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, outgoing Attorney General has assured Gambians that former president Yahya Jammeh will surely be in court one day to face justice for the atrocities he commit.

He advised the supporters of ex president Yahya Jammeh to wake up from dreams and move on, saying the former president will surely have his day in court one day.

Tambadou resigned as justice minister effect from 30th June, 2019 and he is expected to Join  United Nations Abubacarr  as the registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).

During a press conference on Friday to bid farewell said: “I am aware that my principled position on former President Yaya Jammeh has not endeared me to his supporters and sympathisers, and to them I say, Jammeh belongs to the past, so wake up from your dreams of a Jammeh political comeback and move on with your lives,” he said.

He accused Jammeh of causing too much pain and suffering to the people of this country throughout his 22-year reign of terror as the TRRC keeps revealing.

“He has during this period destroyed the innocence and soul of Gambian society with the sheer brutality of his crimes, and for this, he will be brought to account someday here or abroad. He will surely have his day in court.”

He therefore, assured the victims of the past regime that justice will be served.

“To the victims of human rights violations and abuses during 22 years of Jammeh’s rule, you will get justice. I have always had you in mind at every stage of our transitional justice process and I have been committed and dedicated to your cause since the first day I was appointed,” he said.

“I know that there have been difficult moments for you and your families in this process and I can only assure you that it will not have been in vain,” he added.

On my part, I have initiated and delivered on the key pillars of our transitional justice process which has now achieved global recognition by experts as being among the best models in the world particularly for its inclusiveness and originality.

During his tenure, Tambadou led the initiations of several transitional justice programs to recover wasted public funds and bring closure to the victims. These include the commission of inquiry (Janneh Commission) to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission.

The Janneh Commission, tasked to inquire into the financial corruption of former President Jammeh, allowed the government to recover over 1.1 billion dalasis so far.

“And in all of these processes, we were able to put together a team of talented and credible Gambians, and I wish to thank them for their service to the country.”

He credited himself for rebuilding a hitherto weakened judiciary, stating that the institution has now become respectable, robust and independent organ of State.

“Immediately after my appointment, I established a Criminal Case and Detention Review Panel which reviewed a total of 241 ongoing criminal cases involving 304 accused persons. I discontinued prosecutions in 36 cases involving 86 accused persons on the basis of insufficient evidence,” he said.

He also claimed that the reported incidents of arbitrary arrests, detention without trial or torture by State agents, which were a hallmark of the Jammeh days, have substantially reduced.

“Freedom of expression which was a luxury in the past is now taken for granted. In sum, The Gambia is no longer in a state of fear.

“Also, during my tenure, the Government’s commitment to international law has strengthened. We rescinded the decision by the Jammeh administration to withdraw The Gambia from the International Criminal Court, paving the way for our continued membership to the ICC.

“We signed and/or ratified a number of international treaties including the UN Convention against Torture, the UN Optional Protocol on the Abolition of the Death Penalty, the UN Convention against Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance, and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

He said the government submitted combined periodic reports for the first time since 1985 to the UN Human Rights Council on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and our combined periodic report for the first time since 1994 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

He hints the preparation for other new bills which include a prohibition of torture bill to criminalize acts of torture for the first time in The Gambia; an international crimes bill to cover mass atrocity crimes like genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity; an access to information bill, an anti-corruption bill, and various other amendments to remove discriminatory laws against women in our society.

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Mozambique extends state of emergency for third time
June 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Jorge dos Santos

President Nyusi is calling  for stricter observation of the measures in force, and more rigorous enforcement on the part of the police
President Nyusi is calling for stricter observation of the measures in force, and more rigorous enforcement on the part of the police

President Nyusi has extended Mozambique’s state of emergency for a third 30-day period, now running until 23:59 on 29 July, as the novel coronavirus still constitutes a risk to the Mozambican people. The extension will go before parliament for ratification.

Of the measures already decreed since the first declaration of state of emergency on 1 April there has been an effort for compliance that although it is immense is still not enough, said Nyusi pointing out that the children still go to the street without plausible reasons; there are still parties and gatherings and with high numbers of people; there is deficit in the observation of physical distance in the bus stops, markets and funeral ceremonies.

 The mask has been worn, but in an inadequate way and usually with the intention not to have problems with the authorities, he added.

In his address to the nation on Sunday evening, Nyusi announced new measures: gradual resumption of the classes in person; opening of museums and galleries; practice of individual physical activity in the open air; restart of restoration, but with closure of the bar component.

Nyusi called for stricter observation of the measures in force, and more rigorous enforcement on the part of the police. The Council of Ministers will meet tomorrow, he said, to discuss among other things the right time to reopen classes, particularly for those with exams this year. It will also analyse whether the conditions are in place to allow technicians and specialist workers to enter the country.

The question of opening international points of entry, such as port and airports, will be analyzed, President Nyusi said.

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