Zambia to Assume AU Security Committee Chair

Zambia will assume the chairmanship of the African Union Peace and Security Committee this August, according to Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta. Zambia has ratified the African Charter on Governance, election and Human Rights to uphold tenets of democracy … Continued

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Zambia will assume the chairmanship of the African Union Peace and Security Committee this August, according to Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta. Zambia has ratified the African Charter on Governance, election and Human Rights to uphold tenets of democracy and good governance. Sikaneta was speaking when a consortium of civil society organizations in Africa under the auspices of Action Aid paid a courtesy call on her, at the embassy in Addis Ababa. The Zambian envoy to the African Union commended Action Aid for the work it was doing and emphasized the need for civil society organizations in Zambia to take a leading role in helping popularize the programmes of the African Union, especially Agenda 2063. Action Aid Zambia Governance Programme Manager Musonda Kabinga said that the decision by the Zambian government to revise the Constitution, the Electoral Code and amendments to the penal code were progressive moves meant to promote good governance. He said the organization would soon release a report on how the implementation of the charter is being done. Kabinga commended the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia for its role in ensuring that Zambia is not left out of matters pertaining to the continental body. Action Aid Rwanda Country Representative who was leader of delegation said the Adoption of the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance underscored the commitment of the African leaders to uphold democracy, respect for human and people’s rights and the rule of law on the continent. The post Zambia to Assume AU Security Committee Chair appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Congo Opposition Celebrates Jean-Pierre Bemba’s Release As Uncertainty Grows Over DRC Polls

The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has welcomed the release of former presidential contestant Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba is also a former vice-president of DRC. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday overturned the war crimes conviction of Jean-Pierre … Continued

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The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has welcomed the release of former presidential contestant Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba is also a former vice-president of DRC. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday overturned the war crimes conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal. ICC Judge Christine Van den Wijngaert said Bemba could not be held responsible for atrocities carried out by troops under his control in the neighbouring Central African Republic, and that trial judges had failed to consider the efforts he made to stop crimes once he became aware of them. Bemba was sentenced to 18 years in prison in June 2016 for alleged crimes, including murder and rape, in what was described as a landmark ruling after a five-year trial. Judges in the earlier trial said Bemba had failed to stop a series of “sadistic and cruel” rapes and murders by his militia, known as the MLC. Popular opposition leader Moise Katumbi has welcomed the release of Bemba. “Congratulations to my compatriot JP Bemba. His acquittal shows that the truth always ends in triumph. “To those who still use false trials, this decision marks the beginning of a new era of justice for the #RDC. “Today is a great day for the Congolese!†Katumbi, who has put his name forward for the DRC presidency, has been convicted in absentia on politically motivated charges. Felix Tshisekedi was also full of joy. Tshisekedi, leader of the oldest opposition party founded by his late father, said, “I learn with joy and relief, the abandonment of the charges that weighed on JP Bemba. My first thoughts go out to his family and supporters. His return to the Congolese political scene will undoubtedly be a considerable reinforcement for the alternation camp. Glory to God.†Experts believe Bemba’s release may add a new dimension to the politics in the DRC. President Joseph Kabila is delaying paving way for a democratic and free election as tension rise in Congo. President Kabila is constitutionally barred from seeking another term in office after serving his two terms plus one which was a transition. However, Kabila is pulling background strings to continue in office despite signing an agreement with the opposition and the church not to seek another term. President Kabila’s term expired in 2016. The post Congo Opposition Celebrates Jean-Pierre Bemba’s Release As Uncertainty Grows Over DRC Polls appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ethiopia’s Unlucky Offer for Peace

[Ethiopian Herald] The war between Ethiopia and Eritrea had left many painful vestiges over the people of the countries. But Ethiopia which was forced to enter in to the war can be said to have suffered more from the war and the subsequent no war no pe…

[Ethiopian Herald] The war between Ethiopia and Eritrea had left many painful vestiges over the people of the countries. But Ethiopia which was forced to enter in to the war can be said to have suffered more from the war and the subsequent no war no peace situation.

source: AllAfrica News: Eritrea

Behind Eritrea’s Silence Over Ethiopia’s Call for Peace

[Ethiopian Herald] As Eritrean government prolongs silence over Ethiopia’s call for peace, speculations are coming that Eritrean government would not respond to Ethiopia’s readiness to accept Algiers agreement and proceed with the process of ensuring p…

[Ethiopian Herald] As Eritrean government prolongs silence over Ethiopia's call for peace, speculations are coming that Eritrean government would not respond to Ethiopia's readiness to accept Algiers agreement and proceed with the process of ensuring peace between the two countries.

source: AllAfrica News: Eritrea

Abiriga’s Bodyguard Was His Young Brother

[Monitor] Saidi Butele, 57, was Arua Municipality MP, (Rtd) Col. Ibrahim Abiriga’s young brother with whom they were killed on Friday evening near the lawmaker’s home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.

[Monitor] Saidi Butele, 57, was Arua Municipality MP, (Rtd) Col. Ibrahim Abiriga's young brother with whom they were killed on Friday evening near the lawmaker's home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

How Officials Looted Shs158 Billion From Land Fund

[Monitor] A potentially mega corruption scandal worth more than Shs158b threatens to shatter the country’s record of stealing public resources in a single scheme involving a web of government officials, lawyers and other private citizens.

[Monitor] A potentially mega corruption scandal worth more than Shs158b threatens to shatter the country's record of stealing public resources in a single scheme involving a web of government officials, lawyers and other private citizens.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Jabidii Dominates Groove Awards Nominees’ List

[Nairobi News] When the annual Groove Awards are held later this month, singer Jabidii will be the man to watch after being nominated in seven categories, including Song of the Year.

[Nairobi News] When the annual Groove Awards are held later this month, singer Jabidii will be the man to watch after being nominated in seven categories, including Song of the Year.

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Wanyama Flies to Zanzibar to Spend Time With Family and Friends

[Nairobi News] Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is currently holidaying in Zanzibar. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder on Thursday posted on Instagram a picture of himself relaxing at the Hotel Verde.

[Nairobi News] Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is currently holidaying in Zanzibar. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder on Thursday posted on Instagram a picture of himself relaxing at the Hotel Verde.

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Why We Are Against Falz’s Song – Muric

[Premium Times] Ishaq Akintola, the director of The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said the organisation would still take legal action against Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, if he fails to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ video on the expiration of the seven …

[Premium Times] Ishaq Akintola, the director of The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said the organisation would still take legal action against Folarin 'Falz' Falana, if he fails to withdraw his 'This is Nigeria' video on the expiration of the seven days ultimatum.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria