Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza’s release surprised many because it is unusual for longtime President Paul Kagame to pardon potential challengers. She quickly urged Kagame to release all other political prisoners. “The beginning of opening of the political space in Rwanda, I hope so,” prominent Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza said.
“I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine,” Kemi Adeosun said in her statement. “This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.”
The All Progressives Congress appears not to be losing sleep over the reported defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara from its fold to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, where he came from. All Progressives Congress Says: “We would advise Dogara against his ill-advised decision to recontest his House of Representatives seat under the opposition Party he is linked with because a crushing and humiliating defeat surely awaits him.”
The U.S. government will not lift sanctions against Zimbabwe until the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa demonstrates it is “changing its ways,” a senior U.S. economic official told a congressional panel on Thursday. “Our pressure on Zimbabwe remains in place. We are trying to use this pressure to leverage political and economic reforms, human rights observations,” Manisha Singh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs said.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President and Mrs Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary, Labour Part saidL “It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour Party and we want to say no to that as Mimiko has no business as a member of Labour Party. The party is registered by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, Market Women Association, students. We register the party and the certificate of the party is with the NLC General Secretary.”
West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalise personal use and prioritise treatment as a response to rising substance abuse in the region, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday. “All of us in West Africa know now that drugs are not just in transit through our countries. Our youth are becoming more and more consumers, even some form of drugs are being produced,” former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said.
INEC’s National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu: “We are witnessing an ugly trend of vote-buying in recent elections in the country. This is giving our democracy a bad name. There is difference between democracy, – government of the people made by the people and for the people – and plutocracy, which is government by the rich. We are going to make a big statement with the Osun governorship election by arresting and prosecuting vote-buyers. We can’t carry this ugly trend to 2019 elections.”
Zimbabwe former first lady Grace Mugabe: “I can tell you that we are safe under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Yes, what happened is past, let us move on. Don’t be left behind when others are moving on. I hope those who are attacking the current leadership are hearing me.”
Political analyst Mr Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the new team had the capacity to take Zimbabwe to the Promised Land.
“The salient feature of this Cabinet is that it is an intergenerational mix where the majority are young and technocratic brains that have been blended with experienced and competent seniors,” he said.
Janet Heard, managing editor of The Daily Maverick: “I think the DA took a lot for granted in just assuming that they have the trust of the public who supported them. They weren’t used to being questioned by that support base and it seemed like they couldn’t believe that they were being challenged on their transparency (in dealing with the De Lille matter).”
An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, and jailed more than 600 others over a 2013 sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces. Critics say the erosion of freedoms and silencing of political opponents is the worst Egypt has seen in its modern history.
The vigilante, Baba Ali Musa, said the militants came on motorbikes and in pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, while others fired rocket-propelled grenades on the town.
“They came toward the town shooting sporadically,” he said. “They were saying if you know you’re an innocent person just leave the town, our target is not you, or if you wish to stay with us, it’s no matter, you can stay with us.”
Born on July 2, 1925, in Onalua, Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Patrice Lumumba was a writer and civic organizer before co-founding the Congolese National Movement. He became the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo with the country’s independence; yet massive unrest followed with other leaders’ uprisings, along with U.S. and Belgian involvement. Lumumba was killed on January 17, 1961.