Author: Kerrel Prince

Nigeria is calling for the release of ousted Niger president Mohamed Bazoum and for the military junta to allow him to leave for a third country, its foreign minister said. Nigeria is current chair of the regional group Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS which has imposed sanctions on Niger following the July coup that ousted Bazoum. ECOWAS had been demanding Bazoum’s immediate return to the presidency, but the military junta has kept him in detention and says it may need up to three years for a return to civilian rule. “We are asking them to release President…

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The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) announced the arrest of Valens Uwitonze, a technical assistance specialist in the Wood and Furniture Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) sector at the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB). He was apprehended on suspicion of accepting a bribe in exchange for issuing a certificate of quality. According to a RIB statement, Uwitonze was caught red-handed as he received a bribe of Rwf 25 million, on October 20. The suspect is currently detained at Kimihurura Station while his file is being processed to be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority’s Office. In the same statement, RIB expresses…

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Ethiopia recorded over 85,800 crossings as the humanitarian crisis in Sudan enters its sixth month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has said. Since the onset of the humanitarian crisis in Sudan in mid-April, about 1.1 million people have crossed into neighboring Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan, UNOCHA said in its latest situation update issued late Thursday. Ethiopia, which continues to receive returnees, refugees and asylum-seekers from Sudan, has recorded 85,800 crossings as of Oct. 17, mainly via Kurmuk and Metema border entry points in the Benishangul Gumz and Amhara regions,…

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In a pivotal decision that could reshape the political landscape of Ghana, the Supreme Court has dismissed on Thursday October 19 an injunction filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and four other political parties. The injunction aimed to prevent the Electoral Commission (EC) from conducting a limited voter registration exercise solely at its district offices, a move the opposition parties argued to be unconstitutional. The dismissal followed the absence of the applicants or their representatives in Court, casting a shadow over the democratic process. The EC proceeded with the registration exercise from September 12 to October 2, 2023, despite…

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The Former Organizer of the Miss Rwanda Beauty Pageant Dieudonne Ishimwe alias Prince Kid was sentenced to five years in prison for soliciting sexual favors and rape. Prince Kid who was the Chief Executive Officer for” Rwanda Inspiration Backup” the organizer of the Miss Rwanda Pageant was arrested in April 2022 on charges of sexually assaulting former contestants. At Least four girls accused him of sexual misconduct. In December 2022 the judge found him not guilty citing insufficient evidence and ordered his release but the prosecution appealed. However on Friday 13th /10/2023 the Kigali Court convicted him of rape and…

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Martti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland and global peace broker who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work to resolve international conflicts, died Monday. He was 86. The foundation he created for preventing and resolving violent conflicts said in a statement it was “deeply saddened by the loss of its founder and (former) chair of the board.” In 2021, it was announced that Ahtisaari had advanced Alzheimer’s disease. “It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the death of President Martti Ahtisaari,” Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said in a statement. “He…

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Chart-topping Ugandan artist Vinka has been named spotify’s Equal Africa ambassador for October. Equal Africa is an initiative by Spotify aimed at reducing gender inequality in the music industry and highlighting female artists from across the continent. Vinka joins a cohort of outstanding artists characterised by strength, talent, and great music, such as Makhadzi, Maandy, and Xeniah Manasse, just to name a few. Vinka’s introduction to music started with artists such as Awilo Longomba and Koffi Olomide, whose music was played regularly while she was growing up. She later entered the music industry as a dancer, a career she soon…

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After securing only three votes, Nigeria on Tuesday lost an opportunity to join the revered United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The election saw four African countries secure seats on the council. Ghana and Burundi were voted in as new members with 179 and 168 votes respectively, while Malawi (182 votes) and Côte d’Ivoire (181 votes) were reelected for a second term. The Council is the UN’s premier rights body tasked with the responsibility of upholding and advancing fundamental freedoms globally. It was created in 2006 and consists of 47 member States, elected via secret ballot by the majority of…

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The Minister of Agriculture, Abubakar Kyari has said that the efforts being made by the Federal Government would end the importation of wheat seeds in the next four to five years, noting that the importation was gulping the country’s foreign reserves. He added that the Federal Government was giving out 50 per cent subsidy to wheat farmers in the upcoming dry season farming to ensure massive production of the grain in the country. Kyari spoke to journalists shortly after inspecting assorted seed wheat productions in Kano on Friday, as he expressed satisfaction that the local production was the vital component…

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The government has unveiled its National El Niño Contingency Plan and Anticipatory Action for Tanzania Mainland, seeking to mitigate the most direct and immediate impacts of the anticipated rains forecasted between October and December 2023. The nine-month plan (September 2023 to June 2024) was handed over for implementation to ministers yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Dr Dotto Biteko, during a meeting in Dodoma where the ministers discussed how it will be implemented. Speaking after handing over the plan to the ministers, Dr Biteko said in the plan, the government had considered several key priority areas in disaster management by…

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