By - Adedoyin Shittu
Outside the Continent
Huawei unveils operating system to rival Android
Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, August 9, as it faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions.
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, told a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan that the new system, called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese, would “bring more harmony and convenience to the world”.
The highly-anticipated software is considered crucial for the tech group’s survival as it confronts a looming White House ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei which could remove its access to Google’s Android operating system.
Huawei said the first version of the operating system would launch later this year in its smart screen products, before expanding across a range of smart devices, including wearable technology over the next three years.
Hong Kong’s peace prospects recede amid teargas and smoke
Hong Kong protesters have clashed with police and fought off a group of men armed with poles as the city’s political unrest continues.
A citywide strike accompanied by rallies in seven districts descended into chaos on Monday evening as thousands of protesters fanned out across the city, occupying roads, disrupting traffic, and vandalising police stations and other public buildings.
Riot police fired teargas, rubber bullets, sponge grenades and pepper spray on protesters in at least seven locations, including a main area near the government headquarters. Residential neighbourhoods were shrouded with clouds of teargas and residents were seen yelling at police or hurrying away.
Pakistani doctors no longer eligible to work in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE
Saudi Arabia and a few other Arab countries have rejected Pakistan’s MS/MD postgraduate programme, making Pakistani doctors no longer eligible to work in the country, a Dawn report said on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
According to the report, the move has left hundreds of highly qualified Pakistani doctors jobless. A lot of them, who are in Saudi Arabia, have been sacked or told to be ready for deportation.
After Saudi Arabia’s decision, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain followed suit.
The Saudi health ministry reportedly claimed Pakistan’s MS (Master of Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) programmes lacked structured training programme which is a mandatory requirement to hire medics for higher positions.
The move has reportedly left hundreds of highly qualified Pakistani doctors jobless.
UN rights chief decries latest US sanctions targeting Venezuela
The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.
The ban blocking American companies and individuals from doing business with Maduro’s government and its top supporters, which takes effect immediately, is the first of its kind in the western hemisphere in over three decades, following an asset freeze against Gen. Manuel Noriega’s government in Panama and a trade embargo on the Sandinista leadership in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Rouhani: War on Iran is The Mother of All Wars
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that a possible war against Iran is “a mother of all wars”, while peace with Tehran is “the mother of all peace”.
In a speech broadcast live on state-run TV on Tuesday, Rouhani also reiterated Tehran’s readiness to sit down with Washington if it scraps all the sanctions against Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran favours talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions”, he underscored.
The statement comes a few weeks after Rouhani signalled Iran’s willingness to hold negotiations with the US.
MbS aiming to take Erdogan down over Khashoggi
A leaked UAE intelligence document shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been pursuing a “strategic plan” aimed at weakening the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has adopted a tough position against Riyadh over the state-sponsored assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the leaked document, the Saudi scheme involves mounting pressure on Erdogan’s administration, slashing Saudi investment in Turkey and sidelining Ankara in issues of the Muslim world.
The plan would use “all possible tools to pressure Erdogan’s government, #weaken him, and keep him busy with domestic issues in the hope that he will be brought down by the opposition, or occupy him with confronting crisis after crisis, and push him to slip up and make mistakes which the media would surely pick up on,” read the document.
Iran Seizes Oil Tanker of ‘Smuggled Fuel’ in Persian Gulf
Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, marking the Revolutionary Guard’s third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions.
The ship was seized near Farsi Island, where a Revolutionary Guard naval base is located. The island sits in the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Iran, north of the Strait of Hormuz.
Guard commander Gen. Ramazan Zirahi was quoted by Iran’s state TV saying the ship was seized in Iranian territorial waters and had been transporting diesel fuel. State TV and other local media also ran footage of the ship, but did not show any flag or identifying marker for the vessel.
Gun opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store, killing 20.
The “white supremacist” attacker – believed to be 21-year-old Patrick Crusius – mowed down adults and children aisle-by-aisle in a packed Walmart in El Paso using an AK47-type weapon.
At least 20 people were killed while 26 were rushed to hospital – including a four-month-old baby
The gunman’s killing spree lasted 20 minutes and began at 11am local time (6pm BST)
The shooter stormed through the front entrance of the capacity-filled shop and opened fire as families were back-to-school shopping just before 11am local time.
The suspect, from Allen, Texas – 20 miles north of Dallas – did not put up a fight as he was arrested.
He is suspected of posting a sick race-hate manifesto online hours earlier that railed against “race mixing” and called on the deportation of immigrants – urging authorities to “send them back”.
Dayton, Ohio: Multiple fatalities in mass shooting
Hours after 20 people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso Texas, at least nine people were killed and 16 injured in a shooting rampage in Downtown Dayton, Ohio.
Ohio’s Dayton Police said that the gunman has been killed, the Associated Press reported.
Dayton police tweeted that an active shooter situation began in the Oregon District at 1:22 a.m., but that officers nearby were able to “put an end to it quickly.”
At least 16 others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said.
The Texas and Ohio shootings comes six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California.
U.S. not ready to remove Sudan from sponsors of terrorism list
The United States still needs to resolve longstanding issues with Sudan before it can consider removing it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition initialled a constitutional declaration paving the way for a transitional government, leading to calls from international mediators for the country to be removed from the U.S. list.
The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism makes Sudan ineligible for desperately needed debt relief and financing from lenders like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Removal from the list potentially opens the door for foreign investment.
Libya deports 141 Sudanese migrants
Libya deported 141 Sudanese migrants from Benghazi’s Benina airport Thursday. It’s part of a voluntary return programme. Children were not included, an official said.
“The trip starts from the Benina airport and ends in the Khartoum airport’‘, said Ashraf Ahweidy, Head of Benghazi Department for Countering Illegal Migration.
The Sudanese Consul General Omar Saleh appreciated the combined efforts of both parties and the International Organization for Migration.
Ennahda announces candidate for presidential elections
Tunisia’s largest party – the Ennahda Islamist Movement – has announced that its co-founder, Abdelfattah Mourou, will be its candidate in September’s presidential election.
It is the first time the party has put someone forward for the role since Tunisia’s transition to democracy following the revolution of 2011.
The election was brought forward after the death last month of President Beji Caid Essebsi, who was the country’s first democratically elected head of state.
Former interim President Moncef Marzouki, who lost to Mr Essebsi in 2014, is also bidding for the job.
Libya conflict: Drone strike kills dozens
At least 42 people have died in a drone strike in south-western Libya carried out by the forces of rebel Gen Khalifa Haftar, local officials say.
The strike hit a town hall meeting in the town of Murzuq, reports say.
Gen Haftar’s forces – which are based in eastern Libya – say they targeted the town late on Sunday, but deny targeting civilians.
The air strike left 42 dead and more than 60 injured, 30 of them critically” at the town hall in Qalaa neighbourhood, where more than 200 people were at a meeting “to settle social differences”, council official Ibrahim Omar told AFP news agency.
Nineteen dead in explosion due to Cairo car crash
Nineteen people died and 30 were injured in an explosion resulting from a car crash in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.
There was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack.
The blast happened when a car driving against traffic on Cairo’s Nile corniche road collided with three other cars, the interior ministry said in a separate statement.
It triggered a blaze that forced the partial evacuation of the nearby National Cancer Institute, the health ministry said.
Egypt’s public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, the report said, but there was no official statement indicating whether the explosion was a terrorist attack.
Migrants make it to Malta
A group of 40 migrants rescued by a German charity ship have landed in Malta and will be taken care off by other EU member states after a deal negotiated by Berlin.
The 40 people were rescued on Wednesday from a small boat off the Libyan coast by the ship Alan Kurdi, which belongs to the NGO Sea-Eye. The NGO then sailed them to southern Italy, saying the port of Lampedusa was the closest and safest harbour.
On the same day, Italy’s rightwing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, announced the ship would be banned from Italian waters.
South Sudan police sign cooperation deal with Sudan
South Sudan’s Inspector General of Police, Gen. Majak Akec Malok met the Sudanese delegation headed by the Director General of Police, Gen. Adil Mohamed and held a meeting in the capital, Juba.
Malok said they signed a bilateral agreement, adding that plans are underway to reopen border crossings between the two countries.
“There is a good cooperation between us and our doors are open for all Sudanese who live with us here,” he told reporters Monday.
Israel-made drones downed over Libya
Two Israeli-made drones have been found downed over Libya, raising questions about Israel’s potential arming of Libyan factions in the country’s eight-year civil war.
The two drones – Orbiter-3 tactical drones made by Israeli company Aeronautics – were shot down in Libya last week but only reported yesterday by the Jerusalem Post.
One of the drones was recovered from Al-Aziziya, some 40 kilometres southwest of Libyan capital Tripoli, while the other was recovered in Sidra, east of Sirte on the country’s coast.
The Israeli daily explained that, “according to reports, the two drones were part of a three-unit donation by Turkey to the United Nation-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) which is fighting to prevent Tripoli from being taken by [General Khalifa] Haftar’s LNA [Libyan National Army]”.
Sudan army, protest leaders sign constitutional declaration
Sudan’s army rulers and protest leaders Sunday signed a hard-won constitutional declaration that paves the way for a promised transition to civilian rule following more than seven months of often deadly street rallies.
Sudan protest leader Ahmed Rabie and General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, shake hands after signing the constitutional declaration at a ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019.
The agreement, signed at a ceremony in Khartoum, builds on a landmark July 17 power-sharing deal and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a three-year transition period.
Protest movement leader Ahmed Rabie and the deputy head of the ruling military council, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, signed the declaration at the ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators.
Zamfara gov to grant 100 bandits amnesty
As part of the on-peace resolution with the bandits, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has granted amnesty to 100 bandits, mostly Fulani, currently detained in Gusau prison.
Matawalle stated this when he received representatives of the Fulani community who were part of those driving the peace process.
RevolutionNow: Court fixes ruling date on Sowore detention order
Scores were injured while many Nigerians including journalists were arrested and brutalised by the police during protests against the alleged ineptitude of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on Monday.
The protesters also demanded the release of the Convener of the #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, being detained by the Department of State Services for “threatening national security and public safety” by calling for a protest under the hashtag #RevolutionNow.
The Abuja division of the Federal High Court fixed August 8 to rule on an application by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) seeking an order to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore for 90 days pending the conclusion of its investigation, beyond the 48 hours of his arrest required by law.
Bank robbers strike in Ondo, kill one, injure others
The police in Ondo have confirmed the death of a female bank security personnel, after armed robbers attacked a commercial bank at Iju, on Tuesday in Akure North Local Government Area.
The incident occurred barely 24 hours after a police inspector was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Isua in Akoko Southeast Local Government Area of the state.
Four other police officers managed to escape to tell the story of how they were ambushed by the yet to be identified attackers.
The gunmen, according to witnesses, stormed the Wema Bank branch in the afternoon, broke into the bank and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The spokesperson of the police in the state, Femi Joseph, while confirming the incident, said a female security guard attached to the bank was killed while two persons sustained serious injuries.
Gunmen kill pastor, abduct wife in Kaduna
Kidnappers have reportedly killed one Kaduna Living Faith Church Pastor, Jeremiah Omilewa, along Kaduna-Abuja highway.
According to The Sun, the late pastor was returning from Abuja with his wife and his son on Sunday evening when the kidnappers forced their vehicle to stop and seized them.
The police spokesman in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, was yet to confirm this development as he did not answer several calls put across his mobile line as of the time of filing this report.
However, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter, Joseph Hayab, condemned the rising cases of kidnapping of pastors and other Christian leaders in the state.
RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs stage counter-protest against Sowore’s coalition
The Democracy Watch Africa, which describes itself as an umbrella body of over 30 civil society organisations in West Africa, have staged a counter-protest against the #RevolutionNow movement. Members of the group took to the streets in Lagos on Monday, August 5, and headed to the seat of power in Alausa as they called for caution over the planned protest by the coalition led by Omoyele Sowore and others.
Josephine Okpara, one of the leaders of the group, read a speech in which she demanded for the expulsion of Amnesty International.
Miyetti Allah leader shot dead
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has reacted to the killing of Saidu Kolaku, the zonal vice-chairman of the body.
DAILY POST reported that Kolaku was shot dead on Saturday after unknown gunmen stormed the resident of the Fulani leader located at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa Local Government, Adamawa State.
His death was confirmed by the police spokesman in the Adamawa State, Sulaiman Nguroje in a statement.
The statement read: “Unknown gunmen stormed the resident of the Fulani leader located at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa local government, shot him and left him in the pool of his blood. ”
Nigerian Shiite leader granted bail for medical treatment abroad
The elderly leader of a pro-Iranian Shia Muslim movement in Nigeria has been granted medical leave abroad, following a protracted legal dispute.
Mr Zakzaky’s supporters say he has suffered two minor strokes and is losing his sight.
According to Mr Zakzaky’s team, a judge in the northern state of Kaduna ruled the religious leader and his wife must be allowed to go for medical treatment in order to continue standing for trial.
The leader of the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) will be receiving treatment in India.
Togo government passes new law to clamp down on protests
MPs in Togo have passed a law which puts further restrictions on demonstrations following a wave of opposition rallies.
The government says the law is to make the country safer but the opposition sees it as an effort to stifle growing dissent fuelled by the fact that one family has held the presidency since 1967.
Under the new law, no protests will be allowed on main roads, in city centres or near government buildings.
They can not take place before 11:00 or after 18:00.
As has happened in recent years, the Togolese authorities may ban them anyway for other reasons.
Found human parts may not be 3 kidnapped Takoradi girls
The police say it has retrieved some human remains from a septic tank suspected to be that of the kidnapped Takoradi girls.
In a press release Friday evening, the police say the bodies were retrieved from a septic tank in a building previously occupied by convict Samuel Odeoutuk Willis, who is standing trial for the kidnapping of the three Takoradi girls.
“The human remains, discovered late on Friday 2nd August 2019, have been sent to the forensic science laboratory for analysis and further investigation,” the police said.
Multiple media report say the retrieved bodies had signs suggesting massive sexual abuses.
The police special operation was undertaken following a tip-off in the community according to reports.
Priests storm Enugu govt house, protest reverend’s killing
Hundreds of Catholic priests in Enugu, on Friday, staged a protest to condemn the killing of one their colleagues, Reverend Fr. Paul Offu, on Thursday night, The Punch reports.
Fr. Offu, Parish Priest of St. James Greater Catholic Church, was allegedly shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Ihe, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
The angry Catholic priests matched to the Government House, brandishing placards with various inscriptions like “enough is enough”, “government should rise to defend Nigerians”, ” Fulani Herdsmen should go”.
They also matched through the major streets in the state capital to the police headquarters, chanting “God save Enugu people from murderous Fulani herdsmen”.
Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr. Omoyele arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services
Sowore human rights activist and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporterswas arrested Saturday morning at his home.
His arrest by the DSS could be as a result of his plans to mobilised people in Lagos and many parts of the country for a revolution protest tagged ‘Days of Rage’ to demand a better Nigeria.
The African Action Congress (AAC) had declared 5th August for the commencement of revolution protest tagged ‘Days of Rage’ across the country to demand a better Nigeria.
Omoyele Sowore, disclosed recently in Abuja at the end of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that the protest would be sustained until the country is put on the right path of honour where justice prevails. A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Department of State Service (DSS) an application to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore in their custody.
In his ruling, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said he will grant the application only for a period of 45 days.
The Judge added that the 45 days will start to count from today, August 8.
Ambode denies links to N9.9bn frozen bank accounts
A Nigerian court has ordered that three bank accounts belonging to Lagos state, the country’s main commercial hub, be frozen.
Justice Chuka Obiozor gave the order following an application by Nigeria’s anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is investigating alleged fraud totalling $27m (£22m).
A fourth bank account, which was opened by top civil servant Adewale Adesanya on 17 September last year, has also been frozen.
The agency alleges that $27m was transferred into Mr Adesanya’s personal account from the Lagos state accounts before elections for governor were held in March this year.
Mr Adesanya served as a permanent secretary in the administration of ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was unable to stand for re-election as he lost his party’s primary.
The EFCC is accusing Mr Adesanya and the other signatories of making “fraudulent fund transfers” from the accounts of the Lagos state government.
About $826,530 (£679,300) remains in the three state accounts, according to the agency.
It did not specify who the other signatories of the state bank accounts were.
Mr Adesanya has not commented on the allegations.
NNPC to re-start Chad Basin oil search
THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday expressed its preparedness to re-commence full oil search at the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough. It is therefore seeking for military support for the protection of its workers and high-tech equipment.
Its Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, spoke when he led top Management of the NNPC on a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, at his office in Abuja.
The GMD also urged the public not to drag the Corporation into politics in the guise of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Three Congolese doctors arrested in connection with WHO official’s death
Three Congolese doctors have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the killing of a World Health Organization (WHO) medic, a military prosecutor has said.
Cameroonian doctor Richard Mouzoko was shot dead in April at a hospital in Butembo, where he was treating Ebola patients.
The “passionate” medic was “always ready to go where people would need his help most,” the WHO said in a tribute.
The motive for the attack is unclear.
Gambia outdoors new banknotes without Jammeh’s portrait
The Central Bank chief Bakary Jammeh on Monday presented copies of the new notes to president Adama Barrow. The new notes are to be released into the economy today through commercial banks.
The main feature of the new notes is the absence of the portrait of long serving president Yahya Jammeh. His image has been replaced by a poultry believed to be one of the national birds.
Uganda’s Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president
A Ugandan court on Tuesday charged pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine with “annoying” President Yoweri Museveni, his lawyer told AFP.
Wine, who entered parliament in 2017, has emerged as a leading critic of Museveni — who has been in power for over three decades — and has faced multiple detentions while authorities have frustrated his efforts to perform.
He announced last month that he would take on Museveni in 2021 national elections.
“This government of President Museveni is in panic mode. At first it was treason and now it is annoying President Museveni. Who on earth can’t be annoyed?” Wine told AFP.
Burundi shuts ‘unhygienic bars, eateries’ amid cholera outbreak
Burundi’s main city has been hit by a cholera outbreak forcing the authorities to shut unhygienic bars and restaurants, Bujumbura’s mayor has said in a statement.
So far 126 people have been infected by the acute diarrhoeal infection, which is caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium
In severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.
“There are public areas in Bujumbura like bars and restaurants that lack hygiene, that’s why we have four or five new cases every day,” Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said.
Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera accused of ‘money laundering’
Top investigative Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has been charged with “economic crimes” a week after his arrest.
The charges are as follows:
Leading a criminal gang between January 2015 to June 2019
Failing to pay tax, totalling to about $75,000 (£62,000) between January 2015 to June 2019
Money laundering a sum of $75,000 between January 2015 to June 2019.
Britain and the United States urged Tanzania on Friday to guarantee due process of law for a journalist arrested on charges that his lawyer and rights groups called politically motivated.
Ugandan musician dies after abduction and torture
A musician who was close to Ugandan pop star and opposition MP Bobi Wine has died of his injuries after being abducted and tortured.
Allinda Michael, known by his stage name Ziggy Wine, was managed by Bobi Wine’s Firebase Crew music label.
He was kidnapped on 21 July on his way to recording studios in the capital, Kampala.
He was found a week later missing his left eye and two of his fingers. He died in hospital on Sunday night.
Police say they have begun an investigation into his death, but they allege the family is not co-operating.
Both Bobi Wine, a fierce critic of President Yoweri Musevi, and Ziggy Wine’s family believe the state may have had a hand in the abduction.
Ziggy Wine was a strong supporter of Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, and his movement known as “People Power”.
His torture and death have shocked many – and fans and journalists gathered outside Mulago Hospital earlier on Monday as the hearse carrying his body left the mortuary.
Kenyan MP forced out of parliament for bringing baby into chamber
An MP was ejected from the Kenyan parliament after she brought her baby into the chamber. Zuleikha Hassan brought her five-month-old daughter into the chamber because of an emergency at home, but she was ordered to leave because house rules state ‘strangers’ are not allowed in the area
Murdered Cape Town horse rider Meghan Cremer found tied up, had restraint around her neck
The body of Meghan Cremer, an avid horse rider who went missing over the weekend, was found with her hands tied up and a restraint around her neck, it emerged on Thursday.
Her alleged killers – Jeremy Sias, 27, Charles Daniels, 39, and Shiraaz Jaftha, 34 – appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning, TimesLive reported.
News24 reliably understands that one of the men led detectives to the site where Cremer was found, with hands tied up and a leash-like restraint around her neck.
It is further understood she was fully dressed, although police couldn’t determine if she had been sexually assaulted.
Her body did not appear to have been freshly dumped.
The court heard that there was a witness connecting the three accused directly to the murder, according to Netwerk24.
Zimbabwe minister fired over missing pension millions
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira “for conduct inappropriate for a minister of government” after her arrest over the disappearance of millions of dollars from the country’s pension fund.
The country’s anti-corruption commission alleges the money went missing during her time as minister of labour and social welfare.
She was charged with the misuse of about $94m (£77m) from the state’s National Social Security Authority.
Ms Mupfumira denies the allegations.
Zimbabwe protests US sanction against its Tanzania ambassador
Zimbabwe protested on Friday against US sanctions against its current ambassador to Tanzania for his alleged role in the repression of a post-election demonstration that killed six people last year in his country.
The United States has denied him entry to its territory for “his involvement in serious human rights violations”.
Anselem Sanyatwe, former head of the presidential guard, was accused of commanding the soldiers who opened fire in August 2018 on demonstrators protesting against a delay in publishing the results of the previous month’s presidential election.
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that it had summoned the United States Ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols, to “express its dissatisfaction” with the sanctions imposed on Mr. Sanyatwe
Muslim SANDF major faces dismissal over headscarf
A Muslim major in the South African army has accused the military of Islamophobia for not allowing her to wear a headscarf at work.
Fatima Isaacs, who has served in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for 10 years as a forensics expert, is facing charges for “failing to obey a lawful instruction” for refusing to remove the headscarf when ordered to do so by a superior.
She says she has always worn her head scarf invisibly under her beret and that it has never interfered with or covered up her military insignia.
She is expected to appear before a closed military court on Wednesday. It will be her third appearance, news site eNCA reports.
Maj Isaacs plans to take the matter to the Constitutional Court if she does not get a favourable result at the military court, according to eNCA.
‘Zimbabwe Facing Worse Political, Economic Crisis Today Than Under Robert Mugabe’
The chairperson of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Zimbabwe is facing a worse political and economic crisis today than in 2017 when long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was forced from power by the country’s military.In a statement to mark the first anniversary of the killing of six people last August by security forces in Harare, Idaho Republican Senator Jim Risch said the economic and political situation is deteriorating fast in the country, hard-hit by foreign currency shortages, price increases and other issues.
“As Zimbabweans mark this somber anniversary, we are reminded of all that can go wrong when regime preservation comes ahead of real democratic change. Zimbabwe is facing a worse political and economic crisis today than in 2017 when long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was forced from power by the country’s military. Today, citizens are suffering under staggering inflation, regular fuel and water shortages, rolling blackouts, a failing currency, and an increasingly repressive political environment.”
Seven cops arrested for corruption following Joburg CBD raids
Gauteng police have arrested seven of their own for an alleged corruption and defeating the ends of justice following the Johannesburg CBD raid on Wednesday.
According to Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, the five police officers – a warrant officer and four constables – were arrested at the Johannesburg Central police station after they were allegedly caught attempting to resell the confiscated goods back to the illegal traders.
Additionally, two officers from the Tactical Response Team (TRT) were also arrested following a police probe into a possible leak of information on the planned raid in the Johannesburg CBD
BLF calls on ANC to suspend ‘illegitimate president’ Cyril Ramaphosa
Black First Land First (BLF) has called on the ANC to immediately suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s president and remove him as head of state.
In what the BLF is calling the #RamaphosaLeaks, it said leaked emails on his 2017 ANC presidential campaign donors, “have not been denied and show beyond reasonable doubt that Ramaphosa is compromised, conflicted and corrupt”.
“Worse still, he is beholden to white monopoly capital (WMC) in that he is bought by it. It is also clear Ramaphosa is protected by the WMC judiciary. The consequence of this reality is that there shall be no meaningful change in the lives of our people,” the BLF charged in a statement on Monday.
The BLF said it believed Ramaphosa “conspired” with WMC to buy votes at the ANC’s 2017 national conference, and described him as an “illegitimate president”.
Prolific Zimbabwe playwright Stephen Chifunyise dies
Prolific Zimbabwe playwright Stephen Chifunyise is dead. He died at the age of 70.
He was a huge figure in the arts in Zimbabwe, and served for some years as permanent secretary for education, sport and culture.
Also an actor, director, musician and choreographer, he started his career in exile in Zambia during the 1970s, returning to Zimbabwe after independence in 1980.
According to Amazon, he wrote 73 plays, 63 of which have been performed on stage, radio and television in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sweden, South Africa, Malawi, India and the UK.
A CV posted on Unesco’s website from around 2010 shows that many of his scripts in 1970s were broadcast on Zambia Television and, from the 1990s, produced by Rooftop Promotions theatre company in Zimbabwe.
He was the co-founder of the Children’s Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo) in 1989, which honed the talents of many stars such as Black Panther actress Danai Gurira.
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