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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


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The Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu is not opposed to implementing the death sentence to deter targeted attacks on people with albinism. 

  • Samuel Tembenu insists although Malawi has yet to use this law since her change to democracy in 1994, is still in the constitution. Therefore at the court’s discretion to apply in murder cases; this includes people found guilty for killing persons with albinism.

Death sentence is still on the statutes and those who are being prosecuted (for killings and abductions) at the moment can still face it,” Tembenu said during a SDG Question Time debate organised by Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) & United Nations Malawi. 

  • The debate was focused on human rights & all the major parties participating in the upcoming May 21, 2019 elections were in attendance. 
  • False belief in magical powers of the body parts of people with albinism to bring good fortune has led to a series of attacks on innocent people. 
  • Malawi has avoided using the death penalty for 24 years. 

The Minister’s suggestions were met with some apprehension from party representatives like Ken Ndanda of United Democratic Front (UDF) & Hellen Chabunya representing UTM.

Death penalty is an extreme which we can avoid by implementing the National Action Plan, said Ndanga.

Malawi will be conducting her Tripartite elections & electing a president on May 21, 2019

  • There are approx. 6.8 million registered voters.

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President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of the women demonstrators detained during ongoing nationwide protests.

Friday, March 8th was International Women’s Day. & President Bashir made the announcement from his Khartoum home during a meeting with a group of people from eastern Sudan. 

  • Referring to the chief of National Intelligence & Security Service (NISS), President Bashir said in the meeting “I order Salah Ghosh to release all women detainees,” .
  • The NISS has been cracking down on protestors as an attempt to quell the 3-month –& on-going– demonstrations in the country. 

As reported in last week’s In Color; President-Dictator Bashir has banned public gatherings & protest. He also declared a 1-year long state of emergency.

However, the effectiveness of all these tough measures as an attempt to suppress these anti-government protests is yet to be seen. The demonstrations have continued. Defying the President’s orders. 

Here’s what we are wondering; why are demonstrators even being detained in the 1st place? 

Government officials have yet to say the number of women in custody, but activist on ground report about 150 in detention. 

As previously reported demonstrations in Sudan were sparked by the government’s decision to triple the price of bread last year; on Wednesday, December 19. 

President-Dictator Bashir has acknowledged that the protest run by the youth, mainly consists of women. 

Here’s to women doing the work !

We’re guessing releasing the detained women is President -Dictator Bashir’s attempt of good faith. Like when he promised an increase in wages or invited the journalist into his Khartoum residence. 

Thanks sexism?

…We guess

Earlier on Friday eye-witness reported protestors being confronted by security forces with tear gas in a demonstration staged in the district of Burri; eastern Khartoum.

Another witness reported tear gas being fired at protestors who rallied outside a mosque in the twin city of Omdurman after the weekly prayers. 

As reported In Color 14; according to the Human Rights Watch the recorded death toll for protest-related violence the country is at 51 people.

Government officials report a death toll of 31 lives. 


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Despite recommendation from world African leaders the United States still extends sanctions on Zimbabwe by a year

The renewal came on Monday 4 March, 2019. 

The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States” said the US President Donald Trump in a notice announcing the extension. “I am continuing for [one] year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”

President Mnangagwa called for the lift of the ban against Zimbabwe ruling party; ZANU-PF, top military figures & some government-owned firms.

  • The ban was imposed by the US during former President – Dictator Mugabe’s rule, due to what the US said were human rights violations & undermining of the democratic process.
  • According to US officials, there are 141 entities & individuals in Zimbabwe currently under US sanctions, including President Mnangagwa & former president Robert Mugabe.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the African leaders that recommended the ban be lifted.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade. Cash reserves are low & there is a severe shortage in fuel. The country experienced a 150% fuel prices increase in January. 


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Nigerians casted their votes for governorship & state assembly elections on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The level of apathy was high as a lot of Nigerians have lost faith in the electoral commission following the disappointing turn of events in the February 23, 2019 Presidential elections.

There were 120,000 polling units open but the electoral officials were reportedly idle as people barely showed up.

Elections were held to choose new governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies, & the administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

Heavy military deployment was reported in Rivers state.

#journalismisnotacrime

Fear –& rightfully so– of violence at the polls also contributed to the low turnout.

The turnout of voters in the five polling units we visited today was abysmal, at some polling units, the election officials especially the party agents, were more than the voters, Chioma Agwuegbo told Aljazeera Reporters.

I did not vote because last two Saturdays, the violence in my polling unit scared me away. After voting [thugs] came and burned our result sheets,” Chinedu Obiora, a businessman told Al Jazeera.

The polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT & closed at 13:00 GMT. The results should be announced early next week.

There was recorded evidence of vote-buying.

Nigeria’s top anti-corruption agency says it has intercepted “bags of cash meant for vote-buying“.

The ruling party; All Progressives Congress (APC) currently controls 22 states, while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 13.

Of the 84 million registered voters only 35% participated in last month’s Presidential & National Assembly Elections.

As reported in last week’s In Color, Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President & main opposition presidential candidate representing (PDP), has expressed his intentions to challenge the outcome of the recently concluded presidential election, which he claims, was rigged in favour of the current president Buhari.

Although, some Nigerians are wondering though; what is taking him so long?



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Ilhan Omar Minnesota House Representative is too honest for the American press.

Omar stirs a fire storm every week with her direct purposefully far from diplomatic choice of words.

I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel,” Omar tweeted March 3 in response to critics. “I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.”

Ilhan Omar frankly voiced her opinions on everyone’s favorite former president Barack Obama, condemning his foreign policies in his duration in office.

Ilhan Omar has suggested Barack Obama was a “pretty face” who “got away with murder”.

Below is a video of Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers giving an impassioned speech on the dangers of the “stand your ground” law, in a country with a problem with racial equality.

An attempt was made to shut her conservation down but Senator Flowers demanded for more time on the debate!

She argued gun rights enthusiasts openly carry guns in front of the Arkansas courthouse. What she describes as an act of bullying as she is unsure of what they’re capable of or their current mental state.

She also pointed out because of this “stand your ground” law, yearly innocent black boys lose their lives with no justice provided for their death. 

& we have to agree.

Senator Alan Clark a republican from Lonsdale Arkansas –in true white man playing devil’s advocate fashion– attempted to cut Senator Flowers off during her speech.

Saying; Senator, you need to stop,”.

Senator Flowers had none of it.

Father goes off on school authorities after they lose his 5 year-old daughter 3 separate times.


south african flagSouth Africa 

2 white farmers were convicted on Wednesday; March 6, 2019 for the murder of 15-year old Matlhomola Mosweu in April 2017

The pair said they suspected the black teenager of stealing sunflowers in their remote farming community. 

The judge; Ronald Hendricks had initially found the pair guilty of kidnapping & intimidation. 

Murder is undoubtedly the most serious offence that can be committed,” he said. “You picked up the deceased and threw him from the van onto the ground. Your actions that day were indeed disgraceful.”

Pieter Doorewaard, 28, & Philip Schutte, 35, were found guilty of killing 15-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu.

  • Doorewaard was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison, while Schutte was given a 23-year term.

The men had initially claimed the teenager jumped off the truck as they drove him to the police. It was later found that Schutte threw Mosweu to his death. Mosweu suffered a broken neck & died almost immediately after being thrown out the moving vehicle. 

Why do caucasians harbour so much unwarranted hatred in their hearts for anyone that isn’t white?

Why are our black boys not seen & treated as just that? Little boys with their own dreams & aspirations in life? Black is beautiful & it is never a crime to simply exist.

Racially charged incidents between white farm owners & managers &  poor black farm hands are a common occurrence in South Africa.

Only the white man has the ability to possess an ego so blinding, he has the audacity to attempt to intimidate the gracious homeowner who let him stay. 


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Rest in perfect peace to the 157 people who lost their lives on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, travelling en-route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.

There were no survivors

The flight was said to have 32 Kenyans among the passengers who lost their lives, including 35 other nationalities.

  • The victims included 149 passengers & 8 crew members. 
  • It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash of the recently acquired Boeing 737 MAX 8 model. However, it is know that shortly after take-off ; 05:38 GMT the pilot noticed & reported a specified issue. He was given permission to reroute & return to Bole airport; in Ethiopia’s capital. Communication was lost minutes later & the plane plunged to the ground near the city of Bishoftu.

Multiple world leaders expressed their heartbreak for the lost of lives & citizens of their country. Rest in peace.

Kenya’s President; Uhuru Kenyatta

The Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nigeria’s President; Muhammadu Buhari


2000px-Flag_of_Guinea-Bissau.svgGuinea – Bissau

About 760,000 voters headed to the polling unit in Guinea -Bissau to elect new members of the National Assembly today. 

The portuguese-speaking nation with an estimated population size of 1.9 million people is hoping this will be a turning point for the West African country. 

21 parties would be battling for 102 seats. 

Guinea – Bissau has been in a political standoff since 2015. A “government shutdown” so to speak. The 3 most powerful entities in the country; the government, president & parliament  have not been able to pass a single legislation. Purposefully blocking each other 

It all started when Jose Mario Vaz; Guinea-Bissau’s current president, removed Domingos Simoes Pereira as head of government. 

This came swiftly after 15 members of Pereira’s political party; the African Party for the Independence of Guinea & Cape Verde (PAIGC), turned their backs on him. Due to this, Pereira lost absolute majority in parliament. Supporters of Pereira insist this was a well thought out & calculated planned, schemed in advance. 

President Vaz then appointed a parliamentarian from another large party to head the government; the Party of Social Renewal (PRS). 

In allegiance,

maybe?

Parliamentary speaker Cipriano Kassama had the 15 PAIGC rebels thrown out of parliament & refused all cooperation with President Vaz & all heads of government installed by him

Votes on laws or budgetary proposals remained on ice & the Bissau- Guinean government hasn’t been functioning ever since. 

Yet again, another case of a few people experiencing personal temper tantrums while causing huge real-life repercussion for the general public. 

  • Many schools & universities in the country have been closed down for years as an effect. 
  • The public health sector is in constant decline. 

Due to an agreement reached at an ECOWAS summit in Lomé on 14 April, 2018, a consensus was met that Aristide Gomes; the Prime Minister, lead the country to the legislative elections.

The major parties with the best chances in the  elections are PAIGC, PRS & the Movement for a Democratic Alternative (Madem G15). 

  • PAIGC is the most powerful political formation in Guinea – Bissau. With the most financial assets, they are expected to garner the most votes.  However, the 3 main players in country’s political crisis; President Vaz, Pereira &  Kassama are members. 

Nevertheless, party leader Domingos Simoes Pereira remains positive.“We are the only ones capable of restoring a state-based on the rule of law,” he claimed at an election rally.

President Vaz is also extremely pleased with the course of the elections in the country.

No one has been killed, no fights, no coup, without random arrests and without political prisoners!” he said. “Instead there is freedom of expression and the right to assemble. I think that Guinea-Bissau is a champion for freedom.”

  • The elections were previously postponed twice. 

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