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Congo Brazzaville hosts Congo basin summit [Focus]

The Congo Basin is nn area of a rare ecological richness: it represents 10% of the world’s biodiversity located on more than 500,000 hectares with about 250 million inhabitants.

It is the second largest lung of the earth after the Amazon due to the importance of carbon reserves.

The republic of Congo hosted a summit on the Congo Basin – which event brought government officials, United Nations representatives and members of civil society to dilate on how to maximize the potential of the basin.

Jean David MIHAMLE of Africanews covered the event that took place in Congo’s capital, Brazzaville.

Kenya court rules IEBC must allow another candidate in poll re-run

A Kenyan High Court has ruled that the election board should include another candidate in presidential poll re-run ordered by the Supreme Court.

Ekuru Aukot, polled less than 1 percent in presidential elections held in August but Justice John Mativo said, “I find nothing to bar the petitioner from contesting the fresh election.”

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had planned the October 26 repeat poll to be between the top two candidates – incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition NASA’s Raila Odinga.

But the ruling means President Uhuru Kenyatta may still have a challenger on Oct. 26, when the re-run is scheduled despite the withdrawal of top opposition candidate on Raila Odinga over allegations of bias.

The top court on September 1 annulled results of the August election stating that the IEBC failed to conduct the process based on electoral laws.

The main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) filed a poll petition after Kenyatta was declared winner with over 60% of votes. NASA led by former Prime Minister Odinga secured the poll cancellation which was the first time in Africa.

Cameroon govt refutes reports of massacre in Anglophone regions

The Cameroonian government has responded to allegations of mass killing in the restive Anglophone regions, a local media portal Cameroon Tribune has reported.

The government in a statement issued by the Communication Minister, Issa Bakary Tchiroma, said the reports of a massacre on protesters were unfounded.

The statement also accused leading members of the Anglophone regions of masterminding what is now called ‘a genocide planned by the Cameroon government against compatriots of English-speaking origin.’

“The government strongly refutes and condemns such unfounded allegations which in reality is a concrete translation of the desire of the secessionists and their relays to carry out their evil intentions to destabilize Cameroon,” the statement said.

Another part sought to absolve the security forces of blame insisting that they applied proportionate force to the protesters. “On the field, the law enforcement units showcased a remarkable sense of duty and restraint in their operations acting only in legitimate self-defense.

“It was this moderation in the retaliation of the law enforcement forces that helped to limit the loss of lives even though the regular troops were constantly harassed by armed assailants,” the statement added.

Cameroon’s anglophone areas are facing a serious social and political crisis since November 2016. The two regions – North West and South West – are pushing for independence under the Ambazonia republic.

Their attempted symbolic independence declaration on October 1, 2017 was met with heavy security crackdown which led to official deaths of eight people. Rights group, Amnesty International, puts the casualty figure at 17. Scores were reported injured and mass arrests made.

The United Nations, United States, United Kingdom and other religious groups have all called for the need to open dialogue between the government and leaders of the restive region. President Biya has also condemned the violence and called for dialogue.

South Sudan FA president meets CAF president

President of South Sudan Football Association, Francis Amin was received in audience on Tuesday 10th October 2017 by CAF President, M. Ahmad. It was at the headquarters of the Confederation Africaine de Football in Cairo. For the occasion, he was accompanied by Venancio Amum and Anthony John Lauro, respectively Vice-President and Secretary General of the […]

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Over half million dollars found hidden under minister’s mattress in Juba

A state minister is under police custody in Juba after police found over $500,000 neatly spread under his bed’s mattress at his house in Tongping, Juba A police officer who preferred anonymity told HIJ that the minister was arrested after state’s youth demand that he account for over 1million US dollars which is uncounted for […]

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South Sudan delegation in Washington for IMF-World Bank talks

A high-level delegation from South Sudan has arrived in the capital of the United States of America, Washington-DC for participation in the meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF}. The delegation is headed by the National Minister of Finance and Planning, Stephen Dhieu Dau. The annual meetings of the Boards of […]

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Pope to appoint four bishops for South Sudan

The Vatican Ambassador to Kenya Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo has disclosed that Pope Francis will soon appoint bishops for the four vacant Catholic dioceses in South Sudan. The four dioceses that have no bishops currently are; Torit, Malakal, Rumbek and Wau. The bishop of Torit Akio Johnson Mutek died in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013, while […]

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Ateny Wek misusing state resources to manipulates women, says Daniella Valentino

Daniella Valentino better known to many as Dinka Chick on social media is neck to neck with the presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek who she accused of being incompetent, womaniser and corrupt. She penned this piece on social media replying to Ateny’s response to her earlier post: This addresses the master of manipulation, the one-eyed man in […]

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