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Advocacy Group Urges Biden Administration to Prioritize Cameroon Anglophone Crisis
February 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

The Letter urges U.S Secretary of State Tony Blinken to mobilize international support to bring an end to the bloody armed conflict and humanitarian catastrophe.Photo credit Reuters
The Letter urges U.S Secretary of State Tony Blinken to mobilize international support to bring an end to the bloody armed conflict and humanitarian catastrophe.Photo credit Reuters

Nongovernmental advocacy group, the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, CDN, which has for some time now being at the forefront of engaging parties, governments, and organizations towards seeking a lasting solution to the deteriorating armed conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, is hoping that the new US administration will step up and engage in concrete actions towards solving the crisis in Cameroon.

The coalition made up of individuals and organizations with mission to end the war in Cameroon and ensure durable peace have in an open letter to the US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken urged him to move fast and coordinate the United States intervention towards ending the simmering crisis which has wreaked havoc in the North West and South West regions for over four years now. 

The letter signed by Denis Foretia and Judith Nwana Co-chairs of the CDN urged the US government to uphold its rightful place as the guarantor of freedom and human rights and to lead the world in finding a durable solution to this escalating armed conflict in the Southern Cameroons.

“As a coalition of Southern Cameroonians and organizations seeking durable end to this escalating war, we are soliciting the leadership of the United States Government to mobilize international support, that only it can, to bring an end to the bloody armed conflict,” a section of the letter read.

In its February 10, 2021 letter, the coalition specifically urged the US government to designate a special envoy to serve as US meditator tasked to engage with all concerned parties, push the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution requesting immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Cameroon, and finally but most importantly to create and sendto the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon a U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Southern Cameroons (UNIAMSC).

File Picture,members of the Coalition after a meeting at the State Department last year
File Picture,members of the Coalition after a meeting at the State Department last year

The mission, the Coalition states, will be charged with creating and ensuring the necessary conditions for peace and security to return to the regions.

“This will provide the opportunity for the implementation of a UN-backed mediation process, without any preconditions, between the peoples of the Southern Cameroons and the Government of Cameroon to provide a long-lasting solution that addresses the root causes of the conflict,” he letter added.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

(OCHA) the on-going conflict has affected nearly three (3) million people in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon, created over 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), with over 60,000 as refugees in neighboring Nigeria, and an estimated 1.4 million in dire need of humanitarian assistance. For years now, schools have also shut down, with more than 900,000 children unable to attend school. 

The CDN believes the only way to successfully cap the humanitarian crisis brewing from the heart of Central Africa will be for the United States to put in place a UN-mandated fact-finding mission, the release of all prisoners associated with the armed conflict, the putting in place of a UN-mandated third party mediation process and an honest mediated settlement addressing the root cause (s) of the conflict

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Portugal may help Mozambique train forces against terrorists from April
February 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

Portugal may start in April to train Mozambican troops in order to step up the fight against terrorism and strengthen cooperation in the security area, Portuguese defence minister João Gomes Cravinho said.

Planning work is currently underway and equipment would also be provided, he said, adding that the training programme had already been agreed between Portugal and Mozambique and only needed to be signed off.

Mozambique had already asked the European Union for help in training its forces to battle the insurgency, which has alarmed countries across southern Africa and beyond and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

While Mozambique awaits for the help, the country is still battling with the insurgents. Government forces have killed six leaders of the Islamist terrorists operating in Cabo Delgado province.

One of those killed was a Tanzanian, and two were described as “Arabs”. The operations in which they were killed took place in Macomia and Muidumbe districts, where the forces are driving terrorists out of their hideouts.

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South Sudan Peace parties agree to finalize formation of unity government within a week.
February 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

President Kiir and his Deputies
President Kiir and his Deputies

Juba – South Sudan warring parties to the revitalized peace agreement have agreed in a meeting to complete the formation of government at all levels within a week, in an effort to end the country’s conflict.

This was reached during the presidency meeting this week in Juba.

“After extensive deliberations that lasted for three hours on a broad range of critical and pertinent pending issues revolving around the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS). The meeting resolved as follows; One, that completion of the process of formation of state government be expedited by finalizing the list of nominations and each one of the requisite presidential decrees effecting the appointment of the following in the course of one week,” said Nhial Deng Nhial, the minister of presidential affairs, in the press statement.

 “State advisors, state ministers, state commission chairpersons, and members, county commissioners, state legislative assemblies, and county councils,” the minister added. “Two, that the unification of the top echelons of the army command shall be expeditiously carried out to pave the way for the commencement of the process to integrate all forces into a single national army under one unified command,” Minister added.  

Meanwhile, Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) in its 16th monthly meeting in Juba, noted that transitional security arrangements underpin stable, secure future for the people of South Sudan; but slow pace of peace implementation’s concerning.

RJMEC Interim Chairperson Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai reiterated that implementation of the TSA as envisaged in the R-ARCSS is vital. However, “no progress is reported on the training, graduation and redeployment of Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) under Phase I.” 

He further warned that  “protracted delays and passing of time without progress is detrimental to lasting peace in South Sudan.” 

According to Minister Nhial, the graduation of the first batch of the unified forces currently in the various training centres across the country will be conducted without further delay, “notwithstanding the lack of equipment essential for their graduation and launch preparations to admit the next batch of trainees to the training centres.”   

The presidency also resolved that the peace parties shall finalize the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) and the Councils of States on or before February 15, 2021.

 But they are also yet to reconstitute the national legislature – the body responsible for enacting the reforms stipulated in the peace deal.

Of recently, the president completed the appointment of the state governors and their deputies in the ten states and three administrative areas of South Sudan.

According to the revitalized peace deal, the responsibility sharing ratio at state and local government levels shall be 55% for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, 27% for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition, 10% for South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), and 8% for Other Political Parties (OPP).

However, the warring parties in the peace deal are yet to establish a unified command structure for the NUF (Necessary Unified Force), and addressing the ‘ranking’ (of personnel) process and the management of excess senior officers.

The financial constraints and clashes between the peace parties have been major obstacles toward the implementation of the 2018 peace processes.

The delays in peace implementation has been blighted with a sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) crimes across the country. 

As the country looks forward to marking ten years of independence on 9 July 2021, the Interim Chairperson said “It is incumbent on all of us to push hard on the implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement so that the ten-year celebrations will mark not only the milestone of a decade of independence, but also significant progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.”

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RDC/Sénat : Alexis Thambwe Mwamba a démissionné
February 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Alexis NTAMBWE

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, président du sénat a démissionné ce vendredi 05 février de ses fonctions.

« Considérant d’une part que la confiance n’existe plus et d’autre part, l’installation d’un Bureau d’âge désormais opérationnel, je vous remets ma démission » a dit Alexis Thambwe Mwamba aux sénateurs.

A savoir qu’avant de rendre les tabliers,  Thambwe Mwamba a pris soin d’envoyer aux sénateurs des éléments de défense par rapport aux accusations portées contre sa personne.

« Au regard de ce qui vient d’être développé, la conclusion à titre principal est l’irrégularité de la procédure initiée en violation de la Constitution et du Règlement intérieur. Quant au fond, je ne vois aucun grief qui peut être retenu à ma charge. Ceci dit, considérant d’une part que la confiance n’existe plus entre un groupe des sénateurs et moi-même, et d’autre part, l’installation d’un Bureau d’âge désormais opérationnel, je vous remets ma démission en tant que Président du Sénat », lit-on dans ses réponses transmises au bureau d’âge de la chambre haute du parlement.

Pour rappel, Thambwe Mwamba est visé par la justice congolaise ainsi que l’Inspection Générale des Finances (IGF) pour des affaires des détournements des derniers publics.

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Kenya Condemns Coup in Myanmar
February 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya has joined the world in condemning the coup that occurred in Myanmar.

In an official statement, Kenya slammed the south-east Asian country’s military, saying it “recognises the primacy of democratic civilian government.”

“Kenya therefore calls for the restoration of constitutional order, respect for the rule of law, the resolution of any and all electioneering disputes through lawful mechanisms, as well as the immediate release of the civilian leadership detained unlawfully,” read the statement.

Also reacting to the military takeover and dentition of government officials, the US President Joe Biden said that the military’s action is “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.”

“We will work with our partners throughout the region and the world to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to hold accountable those responsible for overturning Burma’s (another name of Myanmar) democratic transition,” said Biden.

Through its president Charles Michel, the European Union (EU) criticized the military and demanded the release of all detained civilians in the country. Michel stated that the elections’ outcome must be respected, and the democratic process needs to be restored.

According to the UN-Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the coup is “a serious blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar.”

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelett, could not hide her shock. She also demanded the release of the detainees and ordered the military to avoid using unnecessary force.

In the early hours of Monday, the military took control of the country and handed over power to the military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposed a one year state of emergency.

The military shut down the internet, and all other communication channels, closed financial institutions, and detained de facto leader Aung San Sunn Kyi, President Win Myint, and other senior government officials.

In an address on military Myawaddy TV, the military said the leaders were detained in response to the alleged electoral fraud in the last year’s elections.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won 83 per cent of the total votes in November’s polls.

No violence was reported despite the troops blocking Nay Pyi Taw and the central city, Yangon.

Reports from the BBC on Tuesday indicated that communication systems had been restored and banks opened.

However, doctors working in government officials have reportedly threatened to down their tools from Wednesday to force for the release of Ms. Aung San Sunn Kyi and her group.

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RDC : Les jours de Alexis Thambwe Mwamba au bureau du sénat sont comptés
February 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba

La session extraordinaire qui s ouvre ce mardi 02 février au sénat est invraisemblablement la dernière que va présider Alexis Thambwe Mwamba comme président du bureau du sénat.

En tout cas, aujourd’hui plus que hier tout porte à croire que Alexis Thambwe va perdre son poste et même va faire la prison.

En effet, le procureur général près la cour de cassation a saisi le bureau du senat pour autoriser une instruction à charge du président du Sénat Alexis Thambwe Mwamba pour détournement des deniers publics. Et comme si cela ne suffisait pas, une pétition contre tous les membres du bureau du sénat sauf Samy Badibanga a été déposée ce mardi.

Au regard du contexte politique au pays, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba se conjugue déjà au passé. Et il le sait.

PB

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RDC : Une session extraordinaire annoncée au sénat pour l’examen du projet de loi sur la ZLECAF
February 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

SENAT RDC

Le sénat sera en session extraordinaire ce mardi 02 février 2021. La nouvelle a été annoncée dans un communiqué officiel signé par Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, président de cette chambre haute du parlement et dont copie est parvenue à Matininfis.net

Selon ce communiqué, un seul point est prévu à l’ordre du jour à savoir l’examen et l’adoption du projet de loi autorisant la ratification par la RDC de l’accord portant création de la Zone de Libre-échange Continentale Africaine (ZLECAF).

Il faut noter que ce projet de loi a été déjà adopté par l’Assemblée nationale et devra être examiné en deuxième lecture par la chambre haute du parlement avant d’être promulgué par le président de la République.

Jules Ninda

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L’Opposition que nous allons devoir incarner aura toutes les chances d’être la plus responsable qui soit depuis 1960 (Tribune de Kikaya Bin Karubi)
January 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

kikaya Bin Karubi

La sagesse devant une bourrasque commande de se comporter comme le roseau. Cette plante aquatique à tige droite et lisse apparemment fragile se plie, laisse passer la menace, puis se redresse le moment venu, c’est-à-dire une fois le danger passé. Nous nous sommes toujours comportés comme le roseau. La guerre de libération de 1996, la guerre d’agression de 1998, les étapes de Sun City et du  1+4 etc. le prouvent amplement. La remontada est certaine.

L’Opposition que nous allons devoir incarner aura toutes les chances d’être la plus responsable qui soit depuis l’accession du Congo à l’indépendance le 30 juin 1960. 

En effet, ce ne sera pas une Opposition autoproclamée comme l’a été 37 ans durant l’Udps de 1982 à 2019. Ce sera une Opposition parlementaire issue des urnes et, à quelque chose malheur est bon, rendue compacte après la requalification de la Majorité parlementaire ayant tout du patchwork qu’elle était jusque-là. 

Ce sera une Opposition composée de femmes et d’hommes qui connaissent et maîtrisent les arcanes du pouvoir, de la gestion de la Res publica, ce qui n’a jamais été le cas de l’ancienne. 

Elle sait ce que représente la conduite des affaires de l’État dans tous les domaines de la vie nationale : politique institutionnelle et non institutionnelle, administration publique, sécurité, justice, diplomatie, macroéconomie, social, culturel… 

Elle n’agitera pas la rue par simple stratagème de victimisation pour s’attirer la sympathie des ONG de défense des droits de l’homme, des mouvements dits pro-démocratie, des médias  et, probablement, des confessions religieuses. Cette stratégie stérile n’a pas pu venir à bout du régime dictatorial qu’elle combattait.

Républicaine, elle s’en tiendra à la légalité établie entre autres dans la loi  n°07/008 du 04 décembre 2007 portant statut de l’opposition politique en République Démocratique du Congo, loi établissant ses droits et ses devoirs.

Aux termes de l’article 16, l’Opposition a pour devoirs de : 

1. Respecter la Constitution, les lois de la République et les institutions légalement établies ; 

2. Défendre les intérêts supérieurs de la Nation ; 

3. S’abstenir de recourir à la violence comme mode d’expression et d’accès au pouvoir ; 

4. Privilégier le dialogue et la concertation sur les grandes questions d’intérêt national et dans la résolution des différends politiques ; 

5. Promouvoir le pluralisme politique et reconnaître le droit de la majorité à gouverner ; 

6. Promouvoir la culture démocratique notamment par la tolérance, la non-violence et le soutien du principe de l’alternance dans le cadre d’une lutte politique pacifique ; 

7. Concourir, par la libre expression, à la formation de l’opinion publique ; 

8. Former et informer ses militants sur les questions touchant à la vie nationale. 

Aux termes de l’article 8 de la même loi, les droits de l’Opposition sont : 

1. Etre informée de l’action de l’Exécutif ; 

2. Critiquer ladite action et, le cas échéant, formuler des contre-propositions, sous réserve du respect de la loi, de l’ordre public et des bonnes moeurs ; 

3. Présider alternativement avec les députés et sénateurs de la majorité, les travaux des commissions de contrôle ou d’enquête de l’action de l’Exécutif ou d’en être rapporteur sans préjudice des prescrits des règlements intérieurs de chacune de ces Assemblées délibérantes ; 

4. faire inscrire des points à l’ordre du jour des assemblées délibérantes. 

A ce sujet, l’article 9 précise : « Le droit à l’information visé à l’article 8 est garanti à l’Opposition politique sur toutes les questions importantes de la vie de la Nation ».

LA REPONSE A TOUT EST DESORMAIS JURISPRUDENCE

Penser un seul instant qu’évoluer dans l’Opposition dans ce pays est un calvaire, c’est avouer qu’on n’a jamais sû ce que représente le Contre-Pouvoir dans un régime démocratique. C’est admettre qu’on a été opposant (des décennies durant) sans savoir pourquoi. 

Quand, en plus, un tel aveu émane d’un cadre du parti aujourd’hui au Pouvoir, on comprend pourquoi la gestion de la Res publica fait flop et qu’on a vite fait de trouver dans le FCC un bouc-émissaire. L’Opposition FCC, la meilleure du pays en 61 ans d’indépendance, arrive d’ailleurs  bien à propos, surtout lorsque la réponse à tout est désormais jurisprudence. 

Barnabé Kikaya Bin Karubi

Ancien Député, Professeur, Université de KINSHASA, Faculté des Lettres, Département des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication, Kinshasa, R.D. Congo.

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RDC : Christophe Mboso, candidat de l’Union sacrée à la présidence du bureau définitif de l’Assemblée nationale
January 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Christophe Mboso

Le président du bureau d’âge, Christophe Mboso sera bel et bien candidat de à la présidence du bureau définitif de l’Assemblée nationale de la République Démocratique du Congo.

Selon certaines sources proches de la présidence, le président du bureau d’âge est conscenti comme le candidat de l’union sacrée pour l’élection du bureau définitif de la chambre basse du parlement.

La nouvelle est confirmée par quelquus députés de l’union sacrée dont le député National Jean Pierre Kayembe Ilunga.

La même source indique que Jean Marc Kabund serait le candidat à la première vice-présidence et la deuxième vice-présidence serait réservée à L’AFDC-A.

Il faut rappeler que c’est ce jeudi 28 janvier 2021 qui est la date du dépôt des candidatures selon le calendrier électoral du bureau définitif.

Jules Ninda

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AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT MUST BE CONSIDERED FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AFRICA
January 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Melvin Foote*

Melvin Foote is CEO & President of the Constituency for Africa
Melvin Foote is CEO & President of the Constituency for Africa

The four years of the Trump Administration has severly damaged U.S. foreign policy in a variety of ways!  The framing of the Trump agenda as “America First”, has meant that the rest of the world, including Africa and the African world in the Caribbean and elsewhere, has suffered greatly!  “Black Lives” certainly did not matter much for the Trump Administration here in the U.S. or globally!

U.S. policy towards Africa, has also been severely damaged!  Early in his term, President Trump set the tone by completely denigrating African countries as, “xxxx hole countries”, with little or nothing to offer the world.  President Trump has waged war and has gutted the U.S. Foreign Policy establishment, including the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, trade agencies, and other government entities that implement policies and programs in Africa and other regions of the world!  Perhaps worst of all is that President Trump removed all Black Ambassadors in Africa, with the exception of three, Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi in Senegal,  Ambassador Natalie Brown in Uganda, and Ambassador Brian Nichols in Zimbabwe.  Many African-Americans and other Americans of African descent, who spent their careers in support of foreign policy, retired or were encouraged to leave the system during the Trump administration!

CFA’s President Melvin Foote, is urging the Biden/Harris Administration to consider an African-American or other Americans of African descent, to fill the position of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

The Constituency for Africa (CFA), a Washington, DC policy advocacy organization, has effectively advocated since the early 90s, for the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to be an African-American!  In 1993 Ambassador George E. Moose was appointed by President Bill Clinton, as the first African-American in history to hold this position!  All succeeding Assistant Secretaries for Africa were African-Americans, with the one exception of Ambassador Walter Kansteiner, who served as the Assistant Secretary for Africa in the administration of Republican George W. Bush, who appointed  General Colin Powell as the Secretary of State, and Condolezza Rice as the National Security Advisor!  The fact that General Powell and Dr. Rice are both Black, certainly left me with very little room to argue!

Other African-Americans who served in the position of Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since Ambassador Moose were:

  • Ambassador Susan Rice (Clinton)
  • Ambassador Constance Berry Newman (George W. Bush)
  • Ambassador Jendayi Frazer (George W. Bush)
  • Ambassador Johnnie Carson (Obama)
  • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Obama)

President Trump appointed Ambassador Tibor Nagy, as his Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.  Ambassador Nagy, who is a Hungarian immigrant, is a pleasant enough guy, and reflected the Trump foreign policy, but really did little in the four years to advance any significant Africa policy agenda.

CFA’s President Melvin Foote, is urging the Biden/Harris Administration to consider an African-American or other Americans of African descent, to fill the position of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.  Said Foote, “It is extremely important that the Biden/Harris Administration consider Black candidates for this critically important position at this point in time.  While the challenges domestically in dealing with COVID-19, will certainly occupy the energies of President Biden and Vice President Harris, it is very important that we as a country reach out to the continent, in a way that will rebuild confidence that the U.S. values partnership with Africa and with African people.”  Foote further stated, “It was very hard for me these past four years to look at the U.S. Ambassadorial corps in Africa in countries like, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and most others – all with white U.S. Ambassadors!  Not only were the Ambassadors white — and for sure there are plenty of white African experts with tremendous knowledge and deep passion for Africa — but for the most part, Trump’s Ambassador Corps in Africa, were whites folks with little or no knowledge about Africa or the countries they were serving in, and little to contribute in terms of any serious policy agenda. 

While the bench has pretty much been cleared of qualified Black candidates during the Trump administration, still there are a number of Blacks who could and should be at least considered.  My short list of possible candidates would include the following:

  • Ambassador Michael Battle, who formerly served as the US Ambassador to the African Union;
  • Ambassador Rueben Brigety, who is now the Vice-Chancellor for the University of the South, and who formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union;
  • Ambassador Susan Page, former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan;
  • Ambassador Robin R. Sanders, who formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador in the Republic of the Congo and in Nigeria;
  • Ambassador Harry Thomas, who served as Ambassador to Zimbabwe; and,
  • Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, who served in the position with distinction in the George W. Bush Administration.  Choosing someone like Ambassador Frazer, would also be viewed as an opportunity to reach across the aisle and to show unity and to try and heal our nation, after the brutal 2020 elections.”

Now that the new Secretary of State, Honorable Antony Blinken has been confirmed by the Senate, those of us who follow Africa, will turn our attention to the important job of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs!  “Black Lives do Matter” here!

*Melvin Foote is CEO & President of the Constituency for Africa (CFA). A pioneer in the field of African Affairs, Melvin Foote has over 35 years of experience and has worked in over 30 African countries

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Kenya:Raila visits Githurai, booed by a section of youths
January 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, January 27, rallied Githurai (an estate at the border of Nairobi and Kiambu counties) residents to support the Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI).

Youths allied to the deputy President attempted to disrupt the Raila’s roadside rally by chanting “hustler slogan” synonymous with the second in command.

Nevertheless, the youths were pushed back by the AU envoy’s supporters.

The hustler faction resorted to throwing stones at Raila’s convoy forcing the police to hurl teargas at the youths to disperse them.

The opposition chief urged the youths to support the initiative saying it would bring positive and transformative change.

“BBI is not about me; it’s for a better Kenya, which entails bringing stability and a peaceful working environment for any Kenyan without tribe or ethnicity,”

At the same time, he reminded the youths of the Jubilee government’s promises, which are yet to be fulfilled with eight years gone.

Raila mentioned the laptop project, creating jobs, and building stadia as some of the areas where Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has failed.

“They promised you 1million jobs. By now, you should have 8million jobs…have you seen them?” he asked.

He continued, “Some of our children are about to sit for KCPE exams, but they are yet to see the laptops they were promised.”

He further called on the youths not to be swayed by the “Wheelbarrow” narrative spearheaded by Ruto.

“Most of you are learned, but now you are being promised wheelbarrows…Is that the kind of change you want?” He asked the youth.

On Tuesday, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) gave the County Assemblies green light to debate the document after verifying 1.14 million signatures from the 4.5 million collected for the Building Bridges Initiative referendum.

The verification exercise confirmed that 1,140,845 registered voters had supported the initiative. This is, therefore, to notify stakeholders and the general public that the initiative has met the requisite threshold as provided in Article 257 (4) of the constitution of Kenya, 2010,” said IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

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RDC : l’élection du nouveau bureau de l’assemblée nationale fixée au 3 février
January 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Assemblée nationale

Le bureau d’âge a finalement rendu public le calendrier pour l’élection des membres du bureau de l’assemblée nationale. Cette élection est prévue pour le 3 février 2021.

Mais bien avant cette élection, le calendrier prévoit aussi le dépôt de candidatures pour le 29 janvier, l’affichage des listes des candidats pour le 30 janvier et la campagne ainsi que l’audition des candidats en plénière, le 1er et le 2 février.

La publication de ce calendrier va certes baisser d’un cran la tension observée dans le chef des députés encore fidèles au Fcc qui accusent le bureau d âge de mettre de côté ce pourquoi il est là.

Le bureau qui sera élu le 3 février va remplacer le bureau Mabunda qui vient d être déchu.

PB

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