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President Mnangagwa Faces Embarrassment Over Disputed Burial Decision of Robert Mugabe
September 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu Munhumutapa

President Mnangagwa consoles mourners at a funeral wake for the former President and National Hero Robert Mugabe, in Borrowdale, Harare, (Picture by Justin Mutenda,Chronice)

Harare-There are strong signs of fears come Sunday end of this week if it is finally decided that the late nonagenarian Robert Mugabe will be finally buried in Zvimba Rural his home area, 60 kilometres west out of Harare. An atmosphere of nasty animosity grips the Mugabe family versus the Government of Zimbabwe over the burial place of the purported founding Father of Zimbabwe.

This, the Pan-African-Visions Journalist confirms with whole-hearted truth that the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa may face remorseful embarrassment if the former President gets buried in Zvimba  his home of vestige. There has been growing nasty symptoms of misanthropy between President Mnangagwa and Mugabe family since the former President was ousted of power in 2017 on 21 November.

A close top source in Government contacted for comment took it up that there has been mistrust between the Mugabe family and the current Government leaders who removed Mugabe out of power. The source was caught hold of for comment late yesterday sun-set time after Robert Mugabe’s body had arrived.

‘’There are fears that President Mnangagwa may be embarrassed. There is a vibrant wave of mistrust, hatred and lack of faith in each other between the family and the Government led by Mnangagwa .

‘’Leading to the death of the former Leader last week on Friday in Singapore at Glen-Eagles Hospital , there have been spate of meetings about the burial of the former Leader who had announced a month before that he does not want to be buried at the Heroes Acre .

‘’The  Government obviously says the former President must be buried at the National shrine but this is against family members and relatives .There has been bad blood between two fighting groups ever since .

‘’There have not agreed yet. You will receive communication about the final decision in terms of burial. There is likelihood that there could be more nasty fears concerning burial place of the former Leader’’.

Mugabe’s Body Arrives..

His body arrived yesterday around 3pm in a Chartered plane. Grace Mugabe former First Lady was accompanied by Sydney Sekeramayi Former Minister of State Security, Ednah Madzongwe the former Senate President and Vice President Kembo Mohadi .

There was tense atmosphere of mistrust between two factions created by the nature of ZANU PF politics. There were groups of supporters on the side of Mugabe family and the other on President Mnangagwa’s side.

Grace Mugabe who kept on weeping bitterly according to sources who were at the airport was in black clothes, sad funeral regalia colours, with a face covered. President Mnangagwa later addressed people before the body was taken to his home at the blue roof in Borrowdale.

‘’We are here gathered to give homage to the Founding Father of our country. He is the man who led Zimbabwe to Independence. He has been our Leader since time memorial when we were fighting for black rule. He is a Pan-Africanist , said Mnangagwa at the Airport .

‘’We shall announce to you about burial arrangements but for now the body will proceed to his home in Borrowdale. I kindly urge you to attend in big number to pay your last respect to the icon of Zimbabwe’s Independence’’, he said .

 

 

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South Sudan; President Kiir, Machar agree on deployment of Forces before D-Day
September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

Salva and Machar.Photo/MFA

Salva and Machar.Photo/MFA

Juba – South Sudan president Salva Kiir and ex-rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar have agreed on the deployment of all forces before the formation of the power-sharing government in November 12, this year to end the five-year conflict.

Dr. Machar arrived earlier on Monday in the company of the deputy head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and other senior council members.

Three-hours face to face talks between President Kiir and ex-rebel leader Dr. Machar focused on the discussion outstanding issues including security arrangements, number of states and their boundaries in line with the revitalized peace agreement.

This was a third time face to face meeting since they inked the revitalized peace deal with president Kiir in 2018. Machar was in Juba in October last year for celebrations to mark the signing of the deal.

The two rivals last met at the Vatican, Italy on the invitation of Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, in April this year.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013, when Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader for plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

With latest deal, returned Machar as the president Kiir’s first vice president, a position he held before the conflict broke in late 2013.

The two principals have broken-down the immense deadlock in the peace implementation process leading towards the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity.

Kiir, Machar talks end the need to timely establish the security arrangements, especially on ensuring that the necessary Eighty-Three Thousand forces for the Protection of the Presidency are mobilized, trained, and ready for the task.

Speaking to journalists, the Chair of National Pre-Transitional Committee, Hon.Tut Gatluak reiterated the commitment of the two leaders to ensure that the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity is formed by November.

On the other hand, Henry Odwar – the deputy chairperson of SPLM/A-IO, reiterated that the two principals are agreed and ready to the formation of the transitional government of national unity in November.

He further described the meeting as a great sign of commitment to realization of the revitalized peace accord.

Odwar also said it focused much on deployment of the 83,000-strong force before the formation of the government of national unity.

“This evening our meeting concentrated on security arrangements, because it’s one of the fundamental provisions of this agreement and we deliberated on how we can Fast Track so that the necessary forces of 83,000 will be realized before 11th of November,” Odwar told the reporters.

However, the political expert said this will produce a meaningful outcome and put an end to the political mistrust and humanitarian crisis in the country, and that will be a great achievement.

The power-sharing arrangements under the peace deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed over the terms and security agreement.

 

 

 

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Cameroon: Mixed Reactions as President Biya calls for National Dialogue
September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

President Paul Biya addressed the Nation in an unprecedented State of the Nation's Address, September 10, 2019 in Yaounde

President Paul Biya addressed the Nation in an unprecedented State of the Nation’s Address, September 10, 2019 in Yaounde

The President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya has called for a national dialogue by the end of this month in a bid to bring an end to the present upheavals in the North West and South West Regions. In an unprecedented address to the nation on September 10, 2019, the Head of State indicated that all stakeholders will be invited for the dialogue-something which has been called for by many.

Before Biya’s address late on Tuesday, there were the expectations that the president might grant amnesty to arrest separatists and political leaders as a way to bring peace to the country.

Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute will chair the dialogue which would bring together governmental officials, and representatives of armed separatist groups. “The dialogue to be presided over by the prime minister will bring together all Cameroonians, especially traditional rulers, lawmakers, the clergy and all elected officials,” Biya said.

Without naming the countries, the president said the armed separatists were “mainly inspired from abroad,” and the solution to the crisis “lies within our Republic.” “Cameroon will remain one and indivisible,” Biya said at the end of the speech.

The Head of State equally indicated that great efforts have been made to solve the crisis and denied any marginalization of the English-speaking regions, saying he has always appointed ministers from there. “We should all know that we are Cameroonians, appointed to serve Cameroon, not our tribes or linguistic groups,” Biya said.

Nkongho Agbor Balla, an Anglophone activist, told Al Jazeera that “the call for an all-inclusive dialogue is very appreciated”, saying the announcement “should signal the end of arrests of Anglophones for their political ideas.”

“Whilst my expectations were not fully met in the speech, we should give peace a chance by supporting the dialogue process. I urge those who will be attending the national dialogue to call for the release of all those detained in connection with the crisis, the need for constitutional amendment and also to ensure that the form of the state is equally discussed at the dialogue table,” he said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also welcomed the announcement. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement that Guterres “encourages the government of Cameroon to ensure that the process is inclusive” and “calls on all Cameroonian stakeholders, including the Diaspora, to participate in this effort.”

Much information but little substance-MRC official

Though many received the message from the head of state with so much joy, others say the president should put more substance in what he has said. Speaking to the Secretary General of the MRC Party, Barrister Ndong Christopher, he said, “the president has done a good thing by calling for a national dialogue. However, one would have thought him would have granted amnesty to all who are in prison in connection to the crisis.”

“The speech fell short of so many things” he said while indicating that “We expected that he will have granted general amnesty to those of the Diaspora and anybody in prison in the cause of the crisis. You cannot be calling Cameroonians to come from the Diaspora when amnesty has not been granted-it is a legal document to guarantee that those who ran away even if they come for the dialogue, nothing will happen to them.”

“We also expected him to grant pardon to all those political prisoners, and their militants who were locked up. I already see a CPDM dialogue issue as main people who should constitute the dialogue team are not present.” “We are waiting to see how the dialogue will be implemented but it is dead upon arrival because people like Ayuk Tabe and the Nera 10 are in prison for life, Kamto and his collaborators are in prison, honestly there is a problem. The Head of state has yet to demilitarize the North West and South West, he has not granted a general amnesty which is something which is prerequisite for dialogue.”

The MRC official has raised scepticism on the Prime Minister being charged with selecting those to be present for the dialogue. He said, “… The Prime Minister is there, and we all know it will be a CPDM affair. If Kamto, Ayuk Tabe and their collaborators are in prison, who then are those to dialogue with. The people they shall call are not the people who started the problem. Before you dialogue, you do so with the man who is giving you headache, not the man that is comfortable.”

The Anglophone crisis which has been going on for more than Two years now has seen many killed, displaced or become refugees in neighboring Nigeria. Attacks by both sides have left 1,850 dead, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, while the UN says 530,000 people have fled their homes. According to UN aid officials, more than one in six people in Cameroon-4.3 million need humanitarian aid, an increase of 30 percent from 2018.

 

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UN peacekeepers in DRC not ready to leave
September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

UN peacekepeers in Congo

UN peacekepeers in Congo

UN  Secretary General Antonio Guterress has said UN Peacekeepers will not abandon Democratic Republic of Congo as security is still deteriorating in the east.

During a meeting with president of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi this Monday in Kinshasa, Guterres promised that  blue helmets will continue to ensure that the eastern parts of Congo  are secured.

Last year former president Joseph Kabila asked UN peacekeepers to leave, insisting their mission failed to bring peace in Congo.

Congo houses about 16 000 UN peacekeepers who entered in the country since 1998. It is the largest UN mission in the world.

Guterres  told president Tshisekedi that  UN would not ‘abandon the Congolese people’, BBC reported.

UN chief’s visit in Congo comes when the country is being on high alert after Ebola outbreak kills  2000 people since 2018.

Security deterioration is believed to have contributed to the spread of the outbreak.

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Cameroon: Shops sealed, business premises vandalized for respecting “Ghost” Towns
September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Shop sealed in Buea for respecting ghost town

Shop sealed in Buea for respecting ghost town

Inhabitants of Buea, chief town of the South West Region have continued to cry foul at the constant sealing of their business premise by the Mayor of the Buea council. Monday September 2, 2019 saw over 20 business premises sealed while others had their businesses destroyed.

The sealing of the shops by the Mayor Patrick Ekema Esunge is in a bid to frustrate the “ghost” town phenomenon and to get people back to work. The efforts equally coincided with the back to school across the South West Region.

Many of the inhabitants this reporter talked to were very disgusted with the mayor’s attitude in sealing and even destroying people’s businesses. “Let the Mayor look for other means in getting shops to open and not destroy people’s sweat when they do not open” one Buea inhabitant narrated       while adding that “very soon the Mayor will start to seal but people’s houses”.

According to another inhabitant who preferred anonymity, this effort only makes people to stay at home. He said, “We are tired in two corner-if you close your shops then the council may close or vandalize it but if you open it then you risked being beaten or seen as a black leg by the separatist fighters. Who knows what may happen to you”. “Our security is not even guaranteed but yet the administrators want us to open our shops. If we are kidnapped, will they pay for any of our release” he questioned.

Businesses vandalized by the Buea council for respecting ghost towns

Businesses vandalized by the Buea council for respecting ghost towns

The sealing of shops has been a constant weapon used by the Buea council to get people not to respect the set “ghost” towns called by separatist fighters. January 4, 2019, saw more than 20 shops and other businesses around Bongo Square sealed. In August of 2018 close to 700 shops in the Buea municipality were sealed. The shops were only reopened after an agreement was reached between business persons and the council.

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Malawi: Vocal Human Rights activists Living in fear after grenade attack
September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Dumbula

HRDC leader Timothy Mtambo

HRDC leader Timothy Mtambo

Leaders of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have admitted being targeted by unkown people over their recent activities in pushing for the stepping down of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah. They maintain their accusations against Ansah that she let go a fraudulent election in May this year but went ahead to christen the election as free and fair.

The HRDC has been holding a series of protests accross all major cities and had recently announced they would hold next vigils in all borders and airports of Malawi. However the Supreme Court of Appeal had granted the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale a 14 days Moratorium on the HRDC-led demonstrations implying the two sides engage each other on how to stop the impase.

However, there was a bomb scare at the meeting in Lilongwe as HRDC leader Timothy Mtambo said he was targeted by a grenade. Reports say the HRDC security personnel went ahead to chase the suspect. The HRDC went ahead to ask the Malawi Police Service to guarantee them of security during and after the meeting. This followed reports that Mtambo was attacked by irate vendors in Lilongwe accusing him of disturbing their business through the vigils he has championed.

Previously, Mtambo had his house petrol bombed and a house in his home village also torched. Meanwhile, the Malawi Police Service says it will be investigating the matter although media reports say the government has dismissed the claims. The HRDC has kept asking Ansah to quit on her position since the May elections. She has however in the rare media interviews said her conscious is clear that the elections were free and fair.

At the moment, the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe will resume this Tuesday hearing an application by the Malawi Congress Party and UTM to have the presidential Elections nullified. The two believe that MEC and eventual winner Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party spearheaded anomalies such as use of erasing fluid Tippex to rig the poll.

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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Bar Council Declares Nationwide Protest
September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Lawyers will organize protest come September 16

Lawyers will organize protest come September 16

A five-day nationwide strike action to protest the poor treatment of lawyers by Cameroonian state authorities has been called by the Cameroon Bar Council. The call for a general sit-in was made August 31, 2019, following a meeting to evaluate the difficulties faced by lawyers in the practice of their profession.

In a resolution signed by the 13 members of the Cameroon Bar Council, the body frowned at the fact that some of their colleagues were brutally beaten recently by forces of law and order. “In spite of previous complaints made, lawyers are continuously being threatened, arrested and detained in the course of exercising their functions,” the council noted with dismay.

“The Bar Council in protest calls on all lawyers to observe a five-day sit-in strike beginning as from the 16th to the 20th day of September 2019,” the legal body resolved.

The council was also chagrined by the fact that lawyers are constantly being denied access to their clients in detention centres like the dreaded Secretariat of State for Defence (SED), gendarmerie brigades, police stations and prisons. “The rights of accused persons protected by national and international instruments ratified by Cameroon are constantly and consistently being violated by judicial authorities.”

Barrister Eric Mbah, representative of the Cameroon Bar president in the North West Region, speaking to the BBC said, “The judicial system in Cameroon is very sick-from the trial of accused persons in a language they do not understand, the extraction of confessional statements from the accused persons by torture, threats and others. There is a lot o extortion and it is no news that lawyers are rejected in court, threatened and when they go to police stations to check on their clients, they are brutalized, extorted and detained.”

Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemous has tasted the bad side of the security officers in Cameroon as he was beaten into a coma. He detailed his experience for the BBC stating, “I was returning to my office and I was attacked by two gendarmes. When I started speaking English, the two of them fall on me and they strangled me to a deadly point and I only discovered myself in the hospital, several hours after. When I worked, I was told the population who watched the dirty scene had to call the police to come and disarm one of the gendarmes who had a pistol on him.”

Lawyers protesting in 2016

Lawyers protesting in 2016

He added, “This is not the first time I am suffering some torture from uniform officers in Cameroon. Sometime I went to judicial police in Yaoundé to access one of my clients and behold a battery of police officers bundle me into the office of the judicial police who joined the others in quarrels and said I will be sent to prison before midday and I challenged them.”

Barrister Joseph Fru and his colleagues survived a military shooting with some 6 bullets lodged in their car in Bamenda, North West region. “…Because of the corruption, impunity, they are afraid of us, they do not like us and are afraid of us. We are being treated this way simply because we confront them, we tell the truth and interpret the law the way it is” he said.

The Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso is yet to react to the latest move from the legal counsel. In the previous protest by English speaking lawyers, the Minister of Justice stated that hunger will beat them back to the court.

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Sierra Leone: Over Cancellation of election , Rights group questions legality of NEC’s decision
August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

Chief Electoral Commissioner , Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh

Chief Electoral Commissioner , Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh

Christian Lawyers Centre (LEGAL LINK) a human rights organisation operating in Sierra Leone has in an open letter dated 26th August and addressed to the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh, urged the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to show the extant law that supports their cancellation of the entire parliamentary re-run elections held on 24th August in Constituency 110.

In the strongly worded letter, the organisation noted that they wrote to NEC out of a deep sense of cosmic responsibility and moral rectitude at a time when majority of the country’s pressure groups and civil society organizations have gone reticent over such travesty of justice.

According to the letter, LEGAL LINK felt obligated to stand tall and be the voice of conscience and mouthpiece of the nation over what he referred to as all-important subject.

“We are in receipt of your Press  statement dated 25th August 2019 in which you cancelled the entire re-run Parliamentary election in Constituency 110 held on the 24th of August 2019.According to your Press Statement, this action was taken by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) because violence erupted during the course of the polls at the Sarah Modern Preparatory  School  polling centre which led to the destruction of ten ballot boxes and other electoral materials,’’ the letter recalls.

It continued that based on the reasons provided by NEC, they at LEGAL LINK have taken the pains to search out all the legal references cited by the commission in their Press Statement of 25th August 2019 and also other governing laws on elections at the international, regional and domestic levels.

“We make bold to say that there is no clear or expressed provision in any legal framework be it at the international, regional or domestic level that supports your action to cancel an entire Parliamentary election.Against this backdrop, LEGAL LINK feels compelled to reach out to you and afford you a second chance to make clear to the nation which legal framework or section thereof that was invoked by you in arriving at your cancellation decision. As we await your reply and clarification, let us seize this opportunity to bring to your kind attention and by extension the public some basic awareness on the electoral laws governing the conduct of elections in Sierra Leone since education seems to be vital in all of what has happened,’’ the letter reads.

Lawyer Rashid cited laws bearing and touching on elections at the international, local and regional level and therefore concluded with the ones at the National level, to showcase to the NEC boss that he acted ultra vires (beyond the powers conferred on him by law).

“At the domestic level, there are a plethora of legal, institutional and policy frameworks that have been established for the smooth and efficient conduct of public elections in Sierra Leone. These frameworks include, the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone,the Constitution of Sierra Leone Amendment Act of 2001,the Electoral Laws Act of 2002,the National Electoral Commission Act of 2002,the Public Elections Act of 2012,the Political Parties Act of 2002,the Local Government Act of 2004,the Election Petition Rules of 2007,the National Civil Registration Act of 2016,the Chieftaincy Act of 2007,Wards (Boundary Delimitation) Regulations, 2008.’’

The letter argued that there was no express provision stated in all the above legal and policy frameworks that gives NEC the authority, right or power to cancel an entire election.

They letter reiterated that LEGAL LINK strongly avers that such decision falls exclusively within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Sierra Leone as provided for under Ssections 146 and 147 of the Public Elections Act of 2012 respectively.

“At the very least, the farthest NEC can go in terms of cancellation of an election is limited only to a polling station where over voting has occurred. This is so stated in section 87 of the Public Elections Act 2012.”

The Human Rights group stated that it will amount to a complete waste of tax payers money if  the decision of NEC is not reversed within the shortest possible time, adding that  the conduct of elections, no doubt, requires not only huge amounts of money, time and energy but much more a higher degree of fairness, impartiality and integrity by the referee conducting the elections.

They urged the NEC boss to think about all of what they have stated in the open letter and do the right thing for the sake of transparency, justice, fairness and the peace of the country.

‘’Finally, and in the interest of transparency and accountability, please do not also forget to mention in your reply the actual winner of the Parliamentary re-run elections of 24th August 2019 since you already know the difference in result between the first and second contestants,” the open letter ended.

 

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Sierra Leone: International community condemns acts of intimidation and violence in re-run election
August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

President Bio

President Bio

 

The International community in Sierra Leone has in a joint press statement today  condemned all acts of intimidation and violence during Saturday’s re -run parliamentary elections in constituency 110, western Rural district in Freetown.

The Joint statement by the international community in the country which included the British High Commission, Delegation of the European Union, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of the Republic of Ireland, and Embassy of the United States of America respectively came in the aftermath of Saturday’s election in constituency 110.

‘’We have followed with concern, the bye elections that took place in constituency 110 on 24 August EU and US Embassy staff were accredited as international observers and visited all polling stations .While elections were conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner in the majority of polling stations, partners condemn all acts of intimidation and violence that marred the process. we note the decision of NEC to cancel the bye elections,’’ the joint statement said.

The joint statement further said they were calling upon all electoral stakeholders and the political party leadership, the police, and NEC to engage in a dialogue and to create the conditions for the electorate to exercise their civic duties in a peaceful environment and in a manner that allows for a credible outcome of future elections.

‘’This requires trust of the electorate in the independence of the institutions and confidence that political parties will engage in this process in full compliance with the law and with the code of conduct they have signed up to’’

The International Partners further noted that the country has made important progress in the consolidation of democracy and peace since the end of one-party state rule and the end of the civil war, as was also witnessed during the 2018 general and presidential elections but however said that this was not fully demonstrated during the bye -election in constituency 110 on 24 August adding that there is strong expectation that Sierra Leone will further consolidate democratic gains.

 

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Sierra Leone: NEC cancels Re-Run Parliamentary election in constituency 110
August 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

Chief Electoral Commissioner , Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh

Chief Electoral Commissioner , Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh

Sierra Leone’s Electoral Body, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), has in a press statement today said it has cancelled Saturday’s Parliamentary re-run elections in constituency 110, Western Rural District due to violence in the centre which led to the destruction of 10 ballot boxes containing used ballot papers and other electoral materials destroyed.

‘’As a result of this incidence, voting did not end peacefully at the said polling stations. This seriously undermines the integrity and credibility of the electoral process and adversely affects the outcome of the polls. In View of the foregoing, the National Electoral Commission regrets to inform contesting political parties and the general public that it has cancelled the polls for constituency 110 Re-Run Parliamentary Election in the Western Area Rural District. A new date for the conduct of the said election will be communicated in due course,’’ the release said.

The press statement which was signed by the Chief Electoral Commissioner , Mohamed   Nfah Alie Conteh reads’’ By the power vested in it under section 33 of the constitution of Sierra Leone ,1991 (Act No.6 of 1991 ) and pursuant to the provisions of section 39(1) of the said constitution , section 69(1) and 70(1) of the Public Elections  Act 2012 (Act no 4 of 2012) and the judgement of the High Court of Sierra Leone dated the 31st May , 2019 , a Re Run Parliamentary bye lections was conducted by the National Electoral Commission  (NEC) in constituency 110 Western Area , on the 24th Day of August 2019, in accordance with the relevant electoral legal frame work.

The Vacancy occurred as a result of a judgement passed on the 31st day of May 2019 , in the High Court which ordered inter alia that the parliamentary election conducted on the 7th March 2018 in constituency 110 in the Western Area Rural District be declared null and void; the seat be declared vacant and the National Electoral Commission to conduct elections ‘’not later than three months from the date of this order’ in the said constituency.

‘’Tallying was done at the NEC National Data Centre at Wellington Industrial Estate Freetown on 24th August 2019. Accredited political parties’ agents and observers witnessed both the lections and the tallying processes. A total of 135 polling stations results were entered into the result data base representing 93% of the total number of polling stations in constituency 110. After entering results of the 135 polling stations, the difference between the two candidates with the highest valid votes is 174 excluding results from 10 affected polling stations, which materially affect the status of the result,’’ the NEC release further stated.

Four (4) political parties contested the parliamentary Re-Run elections, the All People Congress party, (APC) the National Grand Coalition (NGC), the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the Unity Party UP)

‘’The Commission wishes to assure the public of its continued commitment to conduct transparent and credible elections in Sierra Leone, ‘the release ended.

Meanwhile, the main opposition APC party has in a strong worded statement said ‘’ The APC wishes to emphatically make it known that we shall not accept the verdict of NEC to illegally cancel the results that we have been able to win at huge costs to our party , and we call on the international community and all peace -loving and patriotic     Sierra Leoneans to bring pressure to bear on NEC to reverse their arbitrary decision in the best interest of peace and stability in our beloved Sierra Leone’’

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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi holds talks with Vladimir Putin in Russia
August 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with the Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, who is in Russia on an official visit since Tuesday until friday. The leaders discussed issues related to the further development of Russian-Mozambican cooperation in various areas, as well as current international and regional issues, according to a press release seen by Pan African Visions.

Following the talks, Putin and Nyusi witnessed the exchange of documents signed during the a meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow.

The list of signed documents includes an intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of classified information and an agreement on cooperation between the interior ministries of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Mozambique; as well as documents related to technical cooperation in geology and minerals’ extraction, as well as cooperation between Rosneft, the Mozambican National Institute of Oil and the Mozambican National Hydrocarbons Company, including on the development of natural gas deposits on the shelf of Mozambique. Inter RAO-Export and EdM (Mozambique) also signed a memorandum of understanding in power generation.

Putin told Nyusi that its government is ready to develop relations between both countries in all areas. “I am sure that your visit, Mr President, will give a boost to the ties between our countries” he said adding that “we are very happy to see you”

On April when Mozambique was severely affected by destructive Cyclone Idai, Russia has delivered 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid, following the the country appeal to the international community for help.

On Tuesday Nyusi thanked Putin for the help.

“I would also like to thank you for the material and moral support you have been providing us” Nyusi said, “We would like to thank all Russian people for this”

On wedsneday Russia has pardoned 95% of Mozambique’s debt, according to an announcement made by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi at a meeting with Russian and Mozambican businesspeople.

Nyusi’s visit is the first by a Mozambican head of state to Russia since the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991. The last Mozambican statesman to visit Moscow was Joaquim Chissano, in 1987.

 

 

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Mo -Ibrahim Foundation Statement on the formation of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan
August 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
Abdalla Hamdok has been sworn in as Sudan's new Prime Minister.Photo AP

Abdalla Hamdok has been sworn in as Sudan’s new Prime Minister.Photo AP

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation welcomes the establishment of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan as a significant milestone for the country and Sudanese citizens. We hope that a new chapter will begin for Sudan, marking a peaceful transition to a civilian-led, stable democracy.

Democratic civilian rule is the only way to ensure sustainable good governance shared by, and for, all the people of Sudan. The pursuit of an inclusive dialogue between all parties and effective support from the international community will be essential to the success of this transition.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation warmly congratulates Abdalla Hamdok on his appointment as the first civilian Prime Minister of Sudan. We support his vow to prioritise economic prosperity and build a lasting peace across the country.

The Foundation recognises Abdalla Hamdok’s unwavering commitment to upholding standards for leadership and sound governance in Africa throughout his career. We are grateful for his commitment as Chair of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) Advisory Council over the past six years.

Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said: “Sudan is at a critical turning point in its history. What has been achieved is amazing and showcases the ability of a committed civil society, led by women and youth, supported by continental and regional institutions, to achieve a peaceful and democratic transition. We must now all commit to the sustainability of this success, key for the whole continent.

I am also happy to see two women as members of the Sovereign Council, including one representative of the Coptic Christian minority. I hope that more young people and women will take an active part in this new government.

We wish Abdalla Hamdok all the best as he steps up to his new position and the important task at hand.”

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