Secretary General of IORA Pays Farewell Call On PM

[Government of Mauritius] The Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Ambassador K. V Bhagirath, paid a farewell call on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minis…

[Government of Mauritius] The Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Ambassador K. V Bhagirath, paid a farewell call on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on Monday 12 February at the New Treasury building in Port Louis.

source: AllAfrica News: Mauritius

Laura Miti Draws Parallels for Pres. Lungu in Zuma Fall

Political commentator Laura Miti has advised President Edgar Lungu to learn from the fall of South African President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been recalled by the African National Congress looks certain to resign following in the footsteps of his predecessor … Continued

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Political commentator Laura Miti has advised President Edgar Lungu to learn from the fall of South African President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been recalled by the African National Congress looks certain to resign following in the footsteps of his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. Miti reckons that the departure of erstwhile loyalists from Zuma’s side may happen to anyone once they exit office. Full posting: Zuma Lessons for Lungu If President Lungu is watching events in South Africa, I hope he understands that today was a long time in coming. There was a time when Jacob Zuma seemed untouchable. When first the Nkandla controversy broke, he was all arrogance. For years, it looked like there would never be a price to pay for his presidential choices. Important to note is that ALL the people involved in his recall today, were at one time vociferously protective of him. They were his praise team. His defenders. They did dirty battle for him. As members of the opposition, the media and general public looked on in frustrated helplessness, these people made arrogant annoying statement after arrogant annoying statement in defence of their President. Zuma was popular, strong, immovable, giving out godlike favours to those on his side. Important too for President Lungu to note is that, at no time did President Zuma take the chance to pull back from the issues that were making the public unhappy. He knew them. They were made clear by people he dismissed as unthinking critics, stooges of white capital. He refused to part ways with the corrupt Guptas. Instead, he instituted what he must have thought to be a fail-proof plan to be succeeded by someone who would continue to protect him after he left office. Then today arrived. A day that seemed utterly impossible a few short years ago. To President Lungu I would say, you have a few more years to pull back from all the things that are making the Zambian public unhappy with you. You know the issues. Don’t listen to the people around you. They are in it for themselves. They will leave you with not a second thought when finally, the day of reckoning comes. It always comes. The post Laura Miti Draws Parallels for Pres. Lungu in Zuma Fall appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Govt Bulldoze Houses in Bor; Residents Flee Fighting in Yei River

[VOA] Hundreds of residents of the Jonglei State capital of Bor are sleeping under the stars after local authorities demolished their houses Tuesday to make way for new roads.

[VOA] Hundreds of residents of the Jonglei State capital of Bor are sleeping under the stars after local authorities demolished their houses Tuesday to make way for new roads.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

Former Prosecutor General Tomana Criminal Charges Dismissed

[New Zimbabwe] Former Prosecutor General (PG) Johannes Tomana who was facing several office abuse charges Monday walked out of court a free man after High Court Judge dismissed all charges levelled against him.

[New Zimbabwe] Former Prosecutor General (PG) Johannes Tomana who was facing several office abuse charges Monday walked out of court a free man after High Court Judge dismissed all charges levelled against him.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

ANC Finally Fires Pres. Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma has been finally been shown the exit door by his party the African National Congress (ANC). Zuma has gone the same way his predecessor Thabo Mbeki went after being recalled by his party in 2008. … Continued

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South African President Jacob Zuma has been finally been shown the exit door by his party the African National Congress (ANC). Zuma has gone the same way his predecessor Thabo Mbeki went after being recalled by his party in 2008. The ANC has kept with their democratic credentials of recalling a leader when he fails their standards or expectations. Full story below: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign “for the sake of the country”. But despite the ANC’s top leadership deciding to “recall” him “urgently”, the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was still in power on Tuesday. He is expected to respond to the request on Wednesday, an official said. He had already told them he was willing to stand down in the next three to six months, the official added. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has been dogged by corruption allegations. But he has so far resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC. Ace Magashule, the ANC’s secretary-general, told reporters the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the removal should be “treated with urgency”. “The NEC has noted South Africa is going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of unresolved matter of transition,” he said. Mr Magashule said the country needed to build on the “renewed hope” felt after the election of Mr Ramaphosa as ANC leader. “It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the president of South Africa,” he added. Media captionANC seeks ‘amicable’ Zuma resolution He said the president was expected to respond to the NEC’s decision on Wednesday, although they had given him no deadline. “When we recall our deployee, we expect our deployee to do as asked,” Mr Magashule said. But South Africa’s opposition parties have already expressed reservations about Mr Magashule’s confidence. “The only way to remove Jacob Zuma as president of our country is for parliament to do so through a motion of no confidence,” the Democratic Alliance (DA) tweeted. It called the motion brought by fellow opposition group, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to be brought forward from 22 February so parliament can “remove Jacob Zuma”. What has Mr Zuma done wrong? Mr Zuma’s presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption which he has always vehemently denied. In 2016, South Africa’s highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home. Last year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering relating to a 1999 arms deal. Media captionThe Zuma presidency: Scandals and successes More recently, Mr Zuma’s links to the wealthy India-born Gupta family, who are alleged to have influenced the government, have caused his popularity to plummet. Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations. (Source: BBC) The post ANC Finally Fires Pres. Zuma appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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MPs in Heated Debate Over Security Dispute

[Nation] The withdrawal of security officers attached to Nasa MPs was a subject of heated debate in the National Assembly Tuesday as the affected members claimed that they are being unfairly targeted by the Jubilee administration.

[Nation] The withdrawal of security officers attached to Nasa MPs was a subject of heated debate in the National Assembly Tuesday as the affected members claimed that they are being unfairly targeted by the Jubilee administration.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Economist Raises Concern Over Britain’s Endorsement of Naira As Trade Currency

[Vanguard] As Britain is set to add the Naira as one of its pre-approved currencies, which will allow the UK Export Finance to provide financing for transactions with Nigerian businesses denominated in the local currency, the move may transfer payment …

[Vanguard] As Britain is set to add the Naira as one of its pre-approved currencies, which will allow the UK Export Finance to provide financing for transactions with Nigerian businesses denominated in the local currency, the move may transfer payment liabilities for individual transactions to the government.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria