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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

Happy new month negroes!


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President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir actually stepped down from power??!

Technically…Yes, but really; No.

As previously documented: In Color 9 & 11 violent protests have been on-going in Africa’s 3rd largest country. 

These demonstrations were sparked by a sharp spike in prices of bread & fuel within Sudan. Sudanese citizens have demonstrated with bursts of city-wide protests before.  However, this time they remain relentless.

& it could be working! 

President Omar al-Bashir pulled a number of  dictator tactics in hopes quell the uproar & prolong his 30 year grip as Sudan’s leader. 

Multiple protestors & journalists have been arrested; with many losing their lives, all in the regime’s failed attempt to silence voices & rein in the demonstrations. 

When intimidating protestors proved to no avail. President al-Bashir has turned to placation. Inviting journalist to his presidential palace, where he promised the release of the wrongfully arrested journalists & protestors. He blamed sanctions & the West for Sudan’s current state of economy. 

In late February; Monday, February 25th President Omar al-Bashir banned public gatherings & protests, declaring a state of emergency. 

The protests continued. Protestors saw this declaration as an act of desperation on the part of the President. A sign of the demonstrations effectiveness.

We are challenging the regime and we are not scared of the state of emergency,” said protester Erij

Protests in Sudan started on December 19th 2018, in Atbara, after the government’s decision to triple the price of bread. 

President al-Bashir tried shaking up his cabinet, firing his long-time ally & Vice-President; Bakri Hassan Saleh. He also swore in a new Prime-Minister & appointed 16 more army officials. 

President al-Bashir stepped down as leader of the National Congress Party, on Friday; March 1st.

  • President al-Bashir quit his position as chairman & delegated his powers as leader of the ruling party to Ahmed Harun; the party’s deputy chairman. 
  • Much like President-Dictator al-Bashir, Ahmed Harun is wanted for alleged war crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region. 

Harun is quoted telling local news that President al-Bashir made this decision in order to “devote himself to the national tasks” as al-Bashir remains the country’s leader.

Anti-government protests have engulfed Khartoum, the capital & its twin city Omdurman. 

On thursday, February 28, according to SUNA; the state-run news agency, 8 people were sentenced to prison in an emergency court set up in the capital for their participation in the protests. 

  • 4 of them were given 5-year sentences, 3 got 3-year terms while 1 person was sentenced to a month. This same court ordered the deportation of an Ethiopian citizen over similar charges.

An african country deporting an African to another african country?

The irony in this is not lost. 

  • The emergency court was set up to investigate violations under the state of emergency declared by President-Dictator al-Bashir. 
  • According to The Democratic Lawyers Alliance; part of the bigger group leading the protests, more than 870 protestors were brought before the emergency court on Thursday.

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This is the most documented protest in Sudan. The country has a total of 9m internet users, with 90% of the population having access to mobile phones. President-Dictator al-Bashir also banned local newspapers from covering the protests. 

Government officials have a recorded death toll of 31 people since the demonstrations. The Human Rights Watch death toll report is 51 people

Sudan has been experiencing constant instability in government since the independence of South Sudan in 2011 & a huge lack of foreign currency.

The shortages in basic goods further fueled inflation the country, depleting the purchasing power & living standards of the average Sudanese; from local agricultural labourers to the middle-class professionals. 


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Zimbabwe is the 2nd African country to approve cannabis investors. South Africa preceded them.

  • In 2018 the Zimbabwean government decided to legalize the production of cannabis.  
  • Vangelis Haritatos, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate & Rural Resettlement, says the government was stormed with applications for the production of mbanje or dagga (cannabis). Over 200 local & foreign investors inquired about venturing into cannabis production in Zimbabwe.
  • Minister Haritatos said the government working on making sure the chosen investors are licenced & in line with; Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018 (Dangerous Drugs Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific use Regulations).
  • The Cabinet approved 37 investors to be issued with licenses. These would last for 12 months(1yr), pending renewal.
  • Deputy Minster Haritatos says the global mbanje or dagga business is worth $24B per annum. He acknowledged the growing pains with pushing out cannabis production. He says his ministry would be working extremely closely with the Ministry of Health & Child Care in production of medicinal cannabis, in partnership with investors.

Let’s give investors a chance. There is a lot of excitement which will bring a lot of investment and help people produce oils for cancer and other medicinal purposes,” he said.


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Current Senegalese President Macky Sall won 58% of the votes.

As reported in last week’s in color Senegal had their Presidential elections.

The results were announced on Tuesday; February 24th, & President Macky Sall unsurprisingly was re-elected! 

  • According to Demba Kandji; chairman of the electoral body, President Macky Sall won 58.27% of the general populations votes. Due to this, there’s no need for a recount. 
  • Election observers did not record any major irregularities on Sunday; when Senegalese people casted their votes, determining the following 5 years.  

Although, protests did break out in Dakar, Senegal. University students vehemently protested the election results. Tired of the corruption in the government.

  • As covered last week, there were rumblings of foul play, when 2 main candidates  Khalifa Sall-not related to the incumbent president-, & Karim Wade were blocked from participating in the election contest in 2012.
  • President Macky Sall had campaigned on the promise of change. Since then, a constitutional referendum was agreed upon; shortening the presidential term from 7 years to 5
  • President Macky Sall still proceeded to remain in-seat for 7 years (2 years after) following this law change. 

Despite the consistent growth in the Senegalese economy, unemployment –especially within Senegalese youth– is very high. Many venture into the mediterranean in hopes of greener pastures. 

57 year-old President Mally Sall promises even more growth in the economy. Senegal recently discovered large crude oil reserves valued at $50B.

Senegal still remains a beacon of light when it comes to democracy in West Africa. 


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In contrasting news;

Contrary to world news reports; Nigeria did not partake free & fair elections.

But don’t take our word for it. 

See the evidence yourself & you decipher.

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari secured himself 56% of the votes. The electoral commission announced these results on Wednesday; February 24th.

Atiku Abubakar; the main opposition running against President Buhari has challenged the election results.

Calling it “rigged” & stating that this was “the worst election in Nigeria’s history

  • Atiku Abubakar represents the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • He secured 41% of the votes according to the electoral commision. He says he will challenge the outcome in court.

Below is the press release of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on the conduction of the carried out 2019 Presidential & Legislative elections.

Yikes!

On a brighter note!

We love when the diaspora links up!

American actor Kevin Hart patronizes a local Nigerian artist.

& the link up happened through a few retweets on social media!

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Meet Naomi Wadler; a young American student activist currently enrolled in George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Yes,

you read it right. Naomi Wadler is an elementary school student.

She’s mostly know as a strong voice in the anti-gun protest; March for Our Lives held in Washington, DC.

  • Wadler is just 12 years-old.

She expresses her activism focuses on black women. Commending her peers for their voices in the fight for better gun laws & gun control, however she makes it clear that children in Chicago have been speaking way louder for a longer time. 

The children are the future.

Speaking of things that happen to everyone not white in the United States

A law had to be implemented to allow black people wear their hair how it naturally grows from their scalp.

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A win!

…we guess??

New York City just passed a law that protects natural hairstyles, allowing people the right to their natural styles like afros, braids, locs, bantu knots, fades e.t.c. at work, school or in public spaces.

  • It is a know fact that black people still get harassed for wearing their hair the natural way it grows from their scalp in the US. Racism or prejudice is disgusting !


 

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