Public Service Minister Muthambi Under Pressure Over ‘Nepotism’

[News24Wire] The DA wants Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests to investigate Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi’s alleged hiring of 27 support staff without following proper procedure.

[News24Wire] The DA wants Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests to investigate Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi's alleged hiring of 27 support staff without following proper procedure.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Gunmen Attack Burkina Faso Restaurant, Many Killed

[Deutsche Welle] Several foreigners were killed when suspected Islamist terrorists attacked a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, officials said. Police and soldiers were battling the assailants.

[Deutsche Welle] Several foreigners were killed when suspected Islamist terrorists attacked a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, officials said. Police and soldiers were battling the assailants.

source: AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso

Hichilema Walks To Freedom Through Nolle?

A report in the Reuters, an international news agency, is quoting sources that opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema may be released when he appears in court for trial starting today. Hichilema is set to appear in court today charged with treason, … Continued

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A report in the Reuters, an international news agency, is quoting sources that opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema may be released when he appears in court for trial starting today. Hichilema is set to appear in court today charged with treason, but Reuters reported yesterday the opposition leader could be set free. BELOW IS THE REPORT AUTHORED BY CHRIS MFULA LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia plans to drop treason charges against the country’s main opposition leader and free him from prison on Monday under a deal brokered by the Commonwealth secretary-general, government and legal sources told Reuters. The United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after Hichilema’s convoy failed to make way for President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Hichilema’s trial had been due to begin on Monday but two sources said the prosecution would apply to the court to discontinue the case. The case has stoked political tensions in the continent’s No. 2 copper producer, seen as one of Africa’s more stable and functional democracies, following a bruising election last year. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland visited Zambia last week and told reporters she had met Lungu and Hichilema separately and that the two leaders had agreed to a process of dialogue facilitated by her office. “That process of dialogue, which the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland is leading with the help of Catholic bishops, starts with the release of the opposition leader from prison,†a government source told Reuters on Sunday, referring to local religious leaders. “The state will discontinue the treason case in the public interest as both the opposition leader and the head of state are committed to burying their past and starting dialogue envisaged to help address some of the issues the opposition raised after the 2016 elections so that the 2021 elections are better held.†Lungu is committed to all aspects of the dialogue agreed between the president and the opposition leader, the source said, which include promoting peace, stability and public good. “An overt act serious enough to warrant prosecution exists but the public interest seems to be the overriding consideration, so a nolle prosequi will be entered,†a public prosecutor told Reuters, using the legal term for the discharge of a case. The southern African country has always been relatively stable but relations between the government and the opposition have been fraught since August when Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) beat the UPND in a presidential election marred by violence and which the opposition says was rigged. It was the second time that Lungu beat Hichilema, an economist and businessman popularly known by his initials “HHâ€, in a presidential election by a razor-thin margin. In June, church leaders including those from the influential Catholic church, called for Hichilema’s release. Last month Lungu invoked emergency powers to deal with “acts of sabotage†by his political opponents, after fire gutted the country’s biggest market. Under emergency laws, police can prohibit public meetings, detain suspects longer than usual, search without a warrant, close roads, impose curfews and restrict certain people’s movements. The post Hichilema Walks To Freedom Through Nolle? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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5 Major Issues Buhari Will Tackle After Resuming

[Daily Trust] As President Muhammadu Buhari is being expected back from medical vacation in the United Kingdom, there are some major issues he will deal with upon resumption of his duties. Here, we highlights five of them.

[Daily Trust] As President Muhammadu Buhari is being expected back from medical vacation in the United Kingdom, there are some major issues he will deal with upon resumption of his duties. Here, we highlights five of them.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Kenya Misses 800m Medal As Semenya Rule

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya’s Margaret Wambui Nyairera missed a medal after finishing fourth in the women’s 800m as Caster Semenya won a third world title on the last day of the London IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya's Margaret Wambui Nyairera missed a medal after finishing fourth in the women's 800m as Caster Semenya won a third world title on the last day of the London IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Pressure Grows On Kenya’s Raila Odinga to Calm Supporters Amid Post-Election Violence

[Deutsche Welle] Friday’s announcement that President Kenyatta had been re-elected sparked two days of violent protests that has left as many as 24 people dead. But as of Sunday calm appears to have returned to the East African country.

[Deutsche Welle] Friday's announcement that President Kenyatta had been re-elected sparked two days of violent protests that has left as many as 24 people dead. But as of Sunday calm appears to have returned to the East African country.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Egypt Train Crews Held Following Fatal Crash

[Deutsche Welle] At least 41 people were killed and more than 130 injured when two trains collided in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday. Footage of the crash site showed medics working to rescue the injured from the wreckage.

[Deutsche Welle] At least 41 people were killed and more than 130 injured when two trains collided in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday. Footage of the crash site showed medics working to rescue the injured from the wreckage.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Hellen Obiri Wins 5000m Gold for Kenya

[Nation] Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Kenya’s Hellen Obiri claimed her first major when she ran a tactical race to dethrone Ethiopian Almaz Ayana of the World 5,000m title at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday.

[Nation] Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Kenya's Hellen Obiri claimed her first major when she ran a tactical race to dethrone Ethiopian Almaz Ayana of the World 5,000m title at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya