A Week In Color 10

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Mozambique’s 4th largest city is engulfed in floods.

  • Tropical Cyclone Desmond formed in the Mozambique Channel this past Sunday. Drifting slowing northeast & towards the coast, the storm hit the coast about 40km to the south of Chinde & 200km to the north of Beira; Mozambique’s largest city.
    • Beira was hit the worst with rain. About 277 millimetres worth! recorded on Tuesday.
    • Prayers out to the people of Mozambique. Specifically residents of Biera & anyone caught up in the unfortunate natural disaster. 

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa returned to Harare on Monday; January 21st.

As reported by last week’s In Color; violent protests broke out in Zimbabwe when the President announced a steep increase in fuel costs –making it the world’s most expensive petrol– before zooming off on a foreign tour. 

  • In light of the outbreak of chaos, President Mnangagwa cut his trip short. Flying back into Harare Monday night to handle the crisis. 

As reported in last week’s In Color the government is brutally cracking down on protestors & activist. President Mnangagwa initially called for a national dialogue; promising to investigate any abuse of power by security forces.

But he also remembered to chastise the protestors, saying;

“Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest,”

As of Friday; Zimbabweans say the abuse of power with security forces has yet to be reduced, even after it had been “denounced” by the Zimbabwean President.

  • There have been reports of rapes by government police forces during house-to-house searches. 

The Southern Africa director of Human Rights Watch; Dewa Mavhinga released a statement addressing this issue;

“We have received very disturbing reports of a number of cases of women allegedly raped by members of security forces,”

  • Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba says she has received zero reports of rape. 
  • 700 arrests have been made. 12 people have been reportedly killed. & 300 wounded. 
  • Human rights lawyer; Doug Coltart says, Zimbabwean military forces are rounding up vendors in the city centre, transporting them to the local police stations to be brutalized & beaten. 

Zimbabwe is also currently experiencing their worst economic crisis, with their cash reserves dangerously low & the internet still shutdown.

Not surprising as this is a page from the African world leaders playbook on how to control & withhold information about developments in your countries from the global perspective.


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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the discontinuation in the issue or renewal of sports betting licenses to firms operating in Uganda

In a press statement given to church goers by David Bahati; the Finance minister. Mr. Bahati expressed that the Ugandan President aims to curb the “negative” impact betting has on the youth. He addressed the church goers in Kabale town, located in Western Uganda saying;

From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licenses when they expire,

Jim Mugunga; Uganda’s Ministry of Finance spokesperson, said he wasn’t aware of the new development. However, he does wholeheartedly support it, since the notice was given by the minister.

“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,”

What are your thoughts?

Watch a video down below, of Matia Kasaija; Uganda’s Minister of Finance & Economic planning, address the public about the nations current economic state.


the Democratic Republic of the Congo.DR Congo

On Thursday, January 24th of February, Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as the president of the DRC .

During his heartwarming acceptance speech in front of a crowd of cheering supporters President Tshisekedi promises a DRC with no;

“division, hate or tribalism”

We want to build a strong Congo in its cultural diversity. We will promote its development in peace and security. A Congo for each and everyone, where everybody has his or her own place,“- President Felix Tshisekedi. 

As stated in a week In Color No. 8 protest broke out in the DRC when the votes were counted with various opposition leaders disputing the election results.

  • After postponing the elections 3 different times, this is the first power transfer in 59 years since the country attained its independence.
  • According to Al Jazeera Reporters, the newly sworn in President was momentarily interrupted in his passion-filled inauguration address to the people when he “collapsed on the podium”. He was able to resumed to his speech shortly after. 
  • The ceremony took place in the country’s capital of Kinshasa.

Tshisekedi was accused of striking hidden deals with the outgoing President-Dictator; Joseph Kabila. Both camps have vehemently denied these claims. 

Some foreign nationals attended the inauguration,showing support for the non-violent transfer of power.

Among those in attending included the Kenya’s & Tanzania’s Vice-Presidents ;William Ruto & Samia Suluhu, respectively.

China, Japan, France & the US also sent their ambassadors.

The opposition has run out of recourse to challenge the election results and the threat of widespread post-election violence is gradually subsiding,” said Robert Besseling of EXX Africa, a business risk consultancy.”

We are just excited to finally see a rightful transfer of power in a country that has long since been considered a “democracy“. 

The public is excited to since how the President would handle the complex economic issues & ethnic group dynamics that plague the country while creating unity. 

The United Nations right  group discovered more than 50 mass graves in the western Democratic Republic of Congo

  • In a statement released by Abdoul Aziz Thioye; the director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), more than 50 mass graves were unearthed including individual graves. 
  • According to UN reports, 890 people were killed during a 3 day intercommunal clash in the town Yumbi. The DRC’s western province of Mai-Ndombe. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Michelle Bachelet, says a “credible sources” point the duration of the clashes between December 16 & 18.

General Fall Sikabwe, the army chief in western DRC, told the AFP news agency that an investigation had already commenced to get to the bottom of it.


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The plot thickens on the countdown to election day continues.

On Friday, January 25th the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. 

As reported in last week’s In Color 8 Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen –the initial Chief Justice of Nigeria at the time– was set for trial. Brought up on 6-count charges due to an alleged fraudulent declaration of assets.

The former decorated Chief Justice was M.I.A on his trial date on January 14th.  Consequently leading to 5 of his bank accounts frozen by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen has now been suspended from his position in office. Effectively replaced by the “recommendation” of the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the trial.

  • It is important to note that it is extremely unusual for the President to be able to tamper or appoint anyone to the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Albeit “legal” it sets a horrible tone for the already fragile & feigned democracy.
  • Below is a condensed thread of all the other unfair controversial “laws” of the land.

https://twitter.com/ayosogunro/status/962265995535667200

  • It also doesn’t help that the Nigerian President seems to only appoint individuals from one particular ethnic group –where he’s from– to all the positions of authority.

Nigerians expectedly are shaken up by the series of unfortunate turn in events.  A lot of people fear the current President Buhari may not concede even if he does lose the elections fair & square.

Nigerians sound off;

& also when will the Nigerian army ever receive ANY of the alleged funding allotted to them annually?

President Buhari also signed another executive order on Friday, inside the council chamber of State House, Abuja.

  • The Executive Order 007 2019, would finally allow private companies the access to build Federal roads. 

Meanwhile your weekly update on our favorite Senator, representing Kogi west senatorial district; Dino Melaye.

We’ve been covering Senator Dino Melaye shenanigans for the past few week’s In Color.

Justice Halilu granted bail to the Senator, in Maitama High Court on January 18th, 2019, on conditions that Senator Melaye be not allowed to leave the country without attaining travel permission.

On Tuesday, January the 22nd Dino Melaye plead not guilty to the 9-count charge brought up against him by the Nigerian police. Despite some irrefutable evidence putting  him at the scene of one of the crimes. 

Dino Melaye – 6 , The Nigerian Judiciary System – 0

Oby Ezekwesili; Nigerian’s strongest female Presidential contender has stepped out of Nigeria’s February 2019 Presidential race.

Using the hashtag #Fight4Naija she released an eloquent press statement expressing her passion for her beloved country & her intent to continue to strive for a better Nigeria while stepping down as a Presidential candidate.

Here is some American inspired comedic relief.


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After endless weeks deliberating the longest government shutdown ever in US history finally comes to a halt. 

…For now. 

As reported in last week’s In Color ; there seemed to be a stalemate between the American President Donald Trump & his hunt for the funding of his $5.7bn wall.

  • Roughly about 800,000 Federal workers were furloughed out without a paycheck since last year December, due to what some addressed as a “temper tantrum” by the American President. 
  • President Trump stated that the government would reopen for 3 weeks  …So he’s going to shut it down again? 
  • The opening of Federal agencies would be a slow & tedious process. Some government workers fear it would be a while before they receive a full paycheck from their own hard-earned labour. 

All we have to say is…

Hey!

You get what you vote for. 

The family of Kalief Browder receives a $3.3m settlement from the city of New York.

  • Kalief Browder was only 16 years old  when he was wrongfully arrested of a crime he didn’t commit. He spent 3 long years in jail; of which hundreds of hours were spent in solitary confinement
  • Later released in 2013 with the charges dropped; the horrific & extremely traumatic experience was too much for Mr. Browder bare. This eventually lead to him taking his own life; commiting suicide.
  • After the arrest & suicide Kalief’s family remained relentless in the fight for justice. 
  • Kalief Browder nor his doting mother, who not for once stopped fighting to maintain her son’s innocence, never did live to see the day the city settled. 

Can this even be considered a “win“?

& We ask again.

Why does America hate black people? 

American’s sound off;


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