Preliminary election results hand victory to Kabore in Burkina Faso

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s leader, according to preliminary results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission. Mr Kabore with 57.87 percent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of [Burkina] Faso in the first round, Newton Ahmed Barry, head of the commission, said on Thursday. Kabore vowed on Thursday to strengthen dialogue in his troubled country after the landslide victory in his bid for a second term. “I will deploy all my efforts so that through continuous consultation, through dialogue we can work together for peace and development, he said at his … Continue reading Preliminary election results hand victory to Kabore in Burkina Faso

The loyalty oath keeping Rwandans abroad in check

Leaked footage of a controversial “oath” ceremony at the Rwandan High Commission in London has fuelled allegations of an aggressive global crackdown on dissent by the authoritarian government of the small East African nation, dubbed the new “North Korea” by it’s critics. Members of the Rwandan diaspora have told reporters that such ceremonies are commonplace and designed to instill fear and obedience. One man said his relatives back in Rwanda had been abducted and possibly killed to punish him for refusing to co-operate. The Rwandan authorities have dismissed the allegations as false and unsubstantiated. In the video footage, recently circulated … Continue reading The loyalty oath keeping Rwandans abroad in check

Prominent Libyan lawyer gunned down in Benghazi

Hanan al-Barassi was gunned down by armed men in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya. Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord has condemned the killing of prominent Libyan lawyer and women’s rights activist Hanan al-Barassi, who was gunned down by armed men Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, her killing in Benghazi, which falls under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA), came just a day after she shared comments on social media criticizing the son of renegade military general and LNA leader Khalifa Haftar. “The assassination of human rights defenders and opinion-holders and the silencing of voices is … Continue reading Prominent Libyan lawyer gunned down in Benghazi

Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader asks army to join opposition

An influential former rebel leader has told Ivory Coast’s army to mutiny and back a rival breakaway government in the wake of a contested presidential election that the opposition says was illegal. President Alassane Ouattara won the election with 94 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission. However, the opposition boycotted the vote, arguing Ouattara’s bid for a third term broke a legal two-term limit and undermined the country’s democratic process. Police in riot gear surrounded the houses of two of Ouattara’s main rivals on Wednesday after the government accused them of sedition for creating a parallel administration in defiance of … Continue reading Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader asks army to join opposition

Polls open in Tanzania’s general election

Polls have opened in Tanzania’s general election, following nationwide reports of restricted internet access plus the arrest of an opposition leader in the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar. Voters have until 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT) to cast their ballot, results are expected to be announced within one week. President John Magufuli, whose Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) party has ruled Tanzania since independence in 1961, is seeking a second term in office, his main challenger is Tundu Lissu of the biggest opposition party, Chadema, who survived an assassination attempt three years ago, he returned from Belgium in July where he had … Continue reading Polls open in Tanzania’s general election

Ten people killed in Guinea’s post-election violence

Eight civilians and two policemen were killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters after a tense presidential election with results showing President Alpha Conde in the lead. Guinea’s security ministry announced the death toll on Wednesday following last weekend’s vote, this strategy of chaos was orchestrated to jeopardise the elections of October 18, the ministry said in a statement, adding numerous people were wounded in the unrest, without providing a specific figure. Opposition supporters burned barricades in the streets on Wednesday after initial results showed Conde ahead in vote-counting, at least three people died … Continue reading Ten people killed in Guinea’s post-election violence

#EndSARS: Nigeria says Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved

Nigeria’s police chief has announced the dissolution of a notorious anti-robbery unit following days of widespread protests against police brutality, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has long been accused of harassment, unlawful arrests, torture and even murder, thousands of people marched across the country this week to demand it be disbanded, while #EndSARS trended online in Nigeria for several days. In a statement on Sunday, Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police, said the unit had been abolished “with immediate effect”, a move that was in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people. He added, however, that all SARS officers … Continue reading #EndSARS: Nigeria says Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved

Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study

Africa is losing nearly $89bn a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to more than it receives in development aid, a new UN study shows. The estimate, published on Monday in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) 248-page report, is the UN’s most comprehensive to date for Africa. It shows an increasing trend over time and is higher than most previous estimates. Nearly half of the total annual figure of $88.6bn is accounted for by the export of commodities such as gold, diamonds and platinum, the report said. For example, gold … Continue reading Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study

Nigeria fuel tanker crash kills 23 people

A country that is already battling with all sorts of security challenges and social disorder, another tragedy that could perhaps being avoided happened as at least 23 people were killed after a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire on a busy road in Nigeria’s central state of Kogi. The tanker lost control and rammed into five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles on the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Wednesday. It reportedly fell on one of the five cars carrying a family, crushing them to death before bursting into flames, local media reported. Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety … Continue reading Nigeria fuel tanker crash kills 23 people

Head of Libya’s GNA says he wants to quit by end of October

Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s internationally-recognized government, has said he wants to quit by the end of October and hand over power to a new executive authority as efforts to find a political solution to the country’s years-long conflict gather pace. In a brief televised speech on Wednesday, al-Sarraj said United Nations-brokered talks between the country’s rival factions have led to a “new preparatory phase” to unify Libyan institutions and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections. I announce to all my sincere wish to cede my functions to the next administration before the end of October at the latest, … Continue reading Head of Libya’s GNA says he wants to quit by end of October

Protests against President Ouattara’s third-term bid turn violent

Protests against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s contentious plan to run for a third term have turned violent in several cities as fears grow of a repeat of a conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago. In the economic capital Abidjan, protesters torched a bus in the working-class district of Yopougon on Monday after scuffles broke out earlier in the day between security forces and youths. The district is thought to be a fief of exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo, whose supporters have filed an application for him to run in the October 31 … Continue reading Protests against President Ouattara’s third-term bid turn violent

Khalifa Haftar’s rival Libya government resigns after Benghazi protests

The rival government in eastern Libya has submitted its resignation after a number of protests over deteriorating living conditions and corruption. At the weekend demonstrators in the city of Benghazi set fire to the government’s headquarters. They also clashed in strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar’s stronghold of Al-Maj for the first time. Libya has been torn by violence since long-time ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 by Nato-backed forces. A spokesman for Gen Haftar said the administration backed peaceful protests but would not allow “terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood” to hijack them. Until now, protests against the situation in … Continue reading Khalifa Haftar’s rival Libya government resigns after Benghazi protests