The perpetrator of the assault, to members of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church dismay, was head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Busola Dakolo is the wife to popular musician Timi Dakolo.
Leading up to the table-shaking interview, Timi Dakolo published a series of post on his social media, instagram, accusing the head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo of being a serial molester that particularly preys on young women seeking salvation from the church.
On Saturday, 3 armed policemen barged into the Dakolo’s Lagos residence demanding the couple come to Abuja against their will.
The van had the plate number; BR932KSF.
There were rumors that armed officials allegedly attempted to coerce the couple into rescinding the statements made in their riveting interview.
Busola Dakolo is a case study for why survivors may feel unsafe to, if ever speak up against their abusers. Head pastors from other Nigerian mega churches seemed to be in solidarity with the infamous COZA head pastor. Some, subtly alluding to ‘Jezebel’ attacks from morally corrupt women through the sermons they preached at the peak of the scandal. Meanwhile, others, like reverend Israel Akanji of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) outrightly came out to vehemently defend their “man of God”.
Some Nigerians sound off;
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Shubale Buta, head of the town’s Malga district confirmed the deaths of 13 civilians killed in Wotera Rassa; a town near Hawassa city. Saying the soldiers were travelling to contain the violence in a nearby town on July 18th.
“When they saw people gathered near the roads, they thought they were there to create a problem and that is how the killings happened,” he told Reuters via telephone.
A Malga resident said late on Friday he saw 14 bodies after a shooting.
The Sidama is the largest ethnic group in the Southern region.
As weird as it may sound, it is their constitutional right to be able to request autonomy as it is in fact in Ethiopia’s constitution.
The constitution requires the government to organize a referendum for any ethnic group that wishes to form a new entity within a year of their intial request.
Ethiopia is already divided into 9 semi-autonomous regions.
The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) -at the forefront of the calls for the new state- have accepted the government’s request to wait pending a direct vote of all members of electorate before the end of the year.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.
On Friday; 19th July, Kenya revealed Africa’s largest wind power plant.
The 80,290,000,000.00 Kenyan Shilling –$775m– wind farm containing 365 turbines is located in nothern Kenya; on the shores of Lake Turkana.
It is aimed at lowering Kenya’s fossil fuel dependency & cost of electricity.
It is designed to boost the country’s electricity supply by 13%.
70% of Kenya’s electricity comes from renewable sources- more than 3 times the global average- making Kenya a global leader in renewable energy.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the country’s plans to move to 100% green energy by 2020 while Nigeria continues to daydream of broken promises & vision 2020. #GodWhen
The Alliance for change announced their acceptance of Ethiopia’s initial formulated proposal while the Transition Military Council (TMC) rejected it. It called for a designated transitional parliament of 300 lawmakers with 67% of them from the Alliance for Freedom & change. The 33% remaining were to be from other political groups excluding the National Congress Party of deposed President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir.
As covered in previous In Colors’, the discussions between the TMC & protestors; the opposing coalition, collapsed when security forces stormed a peaceful protest sit-in outside the defense ministry on June 3rd, turning it bloody by killing demonstrators.
Atleast, 128 people have been killed since the crisis ensued. The Health Ministry, in bed with TMC, put the overall death toll on June 3rd at 61 people nationwide.
Other players on the chess board;
Montreal-based firm, Dickens & Madson Inc. signed a lobbying contract on May 2019 with Sudan’s military council.
The Canadian firm signed a $6m deal to campaign on behalf of the TMC to foreign governments.
The contract states that the company will assist with lobbying the governments of the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia & others “the beneficial development of your political aims“.
We all can’t collectively think of a reason he would be biased & inclined to say that, right?
Sudanese activists fear these 3 countries may be in cahoots; playing a dubious game to push the military to cling on to power rather than help the country move with democratic change. Valid concerns, considering the history of the 3 states & their leaders who have suppressed political freedoms in their countries.
TMC spokesperson, Lieutenant Kabashi said the new AU-Ethiopia proposal was “a suitable proposal for negotiations to reach a final agreement leading to the establishment of the institutions of transitional rule” adding that the TMC was ready to continue “immediate serious & honest negotiations“.
Yes, it is as bad as is sounds like & no you won’t be able skate your way through it If you’re planning to travel to the US. Time after time again, America goes against its own marketing of being a country that values freedom.
A civil rights group; the American Civil Liberties Union made a statement saying there is; “no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair“. They believe it will cause self-censorship online.
We are guessing the American President is more sensitive than he lets on.
The new State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names.
Visa applicants would have to provide 5 years’ worth of email addresses & phone numbers.
This includes people coming into the country to work or study. Only certain diplomatic & official visa applicants will be exempt from these new strict measures.
The State Department reportedly made a statement saying; “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,“
Previously, only applicants who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorists groups were required to provide this extra information.
It also seeks to promote public health by improving access to service & help address human trafficking.
Does President Donald Trump care about the people who voted him in?
Trump’s 2017 tax law already wiped out all but $100 off the average American household benefit. & this last $100 in tax-cut gains is in danger to some additional tariffs the President has announced or is considering.
The President has made threats to impose levies on all imports from Mexico & China.
These tariffs would most affect middle-earning households who could allegedly pay up to $4000 more for a number of goods; from produce to smart phones.
President Trump also proposed additional tariffs in May on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland; a coalition of business groups, this would increase the cost for an average family of 4 in the US to about $2,294 annually. The president has made good on his threats to Mexico starting with a 5% tax which began Monday; June 10. He has promised this would continue to increase to 25% in October unless Mexico curbs illegal migration to President Trump’s satisfaction.
Research done by the Tax Foundation says that only the top 5% of earners would continue to see a net tax cut of more that 1%.
The tariff would also depress wages by about 0.5%. Subsequently leading to a loss of nearly 610,000 full-time jobs. Hello unemployment line!
The American president’s decision seems to be bringing about turmoil in his political party, but what’s new?
The tax cuts “vaulted America back into the most competitive economy,” said Representative Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who led the passage of the tax cut legislation in the House. “Higher tariffs and the uncertainty that comes with trade disputes hurt the economy,” he said.
Mitch McConnell; the Senate Majority Leader, encouraged the administration to delay imposing the tariffs on Mexico until Republicans in Congress could plead their case to the American president.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat said “This is a man-made disaster, because Donald Trump is not focused in any way on advancing a well-thought-out doctrine“. “He seems to be carrying out at times personal vendettas, at other times political objectives and sometimes an effort to distract from the news of the day” Jeffries said.
It’s June. So you know what that means??!!
It’s Pride month!
WhoToldYou is all about all negroes living their best possible lives while being safe. We love all the negroes regardless. If you have a problem with the LGBTQ based on the grounds of “religion”? We suggest you shove your hate up somewhere, educate yourself & explore why you weaponize your beliefs as a tool to spread hate.
Happy Pride! & thank you for being brave enough to live in your truth. You make the world a better place.
Now some Black girl magic in case you ever forgot Black women are the most valid beings on this earth.
Let’s start with some humor…before we dive into the precarious situations.
Nigerians react to the new requirements implemented by the United States to now obtain a visa.
The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is yet to address the Nigerian people since his suspicious-to say the least-re-election. However, he is making sure his impact is being felt…dictator-style.
Everyone knows the first order of a budding dictator is to stifle the media. How else would they commit various atrocities with little to no world attention on their actions? Just ask the internet shutdowns across the continent, most recently Sudan.
On Tuesday; June 6th the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), under the orders of the President, made the decision to indefinitely suspend the broadcasting & media licence of Daar Communications PLC.
Daar Communications is home to legendary Nigerian broadcasting station; Africa Independent Television (A.I.T) & Raypower.
Kakaaki a political show which airs on A.I.T seems to be the main point of contention.
The NBC claims Daar Communications is in violation of the NBC Act Cap N11. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria & the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
The NBC claims AIT has been pushing out hate speeches & divisive rhetoric. Examples they listed were comments made in a segement of the political show; Kakaaki Social. “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta” “Nigeria irritates me” .
One deep look into the state of the Nigerian economy can give incite to why there might be some truth to at least the latter statement. But, that’s our opinion. Ignore it.
NBC says it has held multiple meetings with Daar Communications & letters of caution expressing the commission’s concern for the company’s violation.
NBC claims Daar Communications responded with a smear campaign because they posted said letters on the company’s social media.
We would have just assumed they were doing their job…telling the news. But, again, please,
Below is the alleged video that broke the dictatorial camel’s back.
The NBC claims Daar Communications is partisan & biased.
Daar Communications has been suspended until further notice.
Speaking of dictators; present & past, General Sani Abacha seems to be the evil gift to Nigeria that keeps on giving.
General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian army officer & de facto president between 1993 until his death in 1998.
He laundered money through the US into the Channel Islands & now that money is being recovered.
The money is currently being held by the government until authorities in Jersey, Nigeria & the US can come to an agreement on how it should be distributed.
Any money Jersey does keep would be alloted into the Criminal Confiscation Fund to be used to pay for a variety of projects. The fund has been used in the past at La Moye Prison to build a new police station & more developments.
More money held by Doraville is expected to be confiscated & paid into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund in the future.
Some Nigerians sound off on it.
Below is a young man’s detailed experience in the Northeast region of Nigeria.
It is no secret that the insurgent terrorist group; Boko Haram has been active in Northeastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger & Northern Cameroon.
Nigerians in other states are particularly apathetic to the situation. Shrouded by the illusion of a false sense of security perhaps.
A quick skim through this young man’s thread (above) will give another perspective.
A man in Abuja, FCT laments about the incompetence of the Nigerian police after his car was burglarized in less that 12 minutes while he made an ATM stop.
“Nigeria irritates me” word to A.I.T
As frustrating as the country is, despite the odds stacked up against them, the Nigerian people remain the center for excellency.
On Monday; June 3, paramilitaries in Khartoum threw dozens of bodies into the Nile in an attempt to hide the number of casualties they inflicted during a pro-democracy protest at the capital.
According to doctors & activists, more than 100 people have been killed in the crackdown against demonstrators by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across Sudan.
It was suggested that a military-led transitional government would lead the country to democracy.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has been the leading opposition to military rule & one of the forefronts in the demonstrations.
The Sudan Doctors’ Committee; the medical arm of the SPA, said security forces retrieved more than 40 bodies from the Nile.
This contradicts previous estimates on Monday’s attack in the central Khartoum, which puts the death toll at 20 people.
Eye-witnesses beg to differ. According to the Guardian, images passed by opposition organizations showed multiple corpses with concrete blocks tied to their feet after residents & activists retrieved nine bodies from the Nile on Wednesday.
The RSF led by Mohamed Hassan Dagalo, popularly known as Hemedti, is made up of militia who have already been accused of systematic human rights abuses during the war in Darfur. Hemedti is also the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC).
On Wednesday; the week of the attack, Hassan Dagolo said in a televised address that Sudan would not be allowed to slip into chaos. “We must impose the authority of the state through law.”
Details of rapes by the RSF are also coming to light.
Weam Shawga, a women’s rights activist, said she was threatened with rape when the RSF attacked the sit-in.
Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of the TMC said on Tuesday; June 4th, elections were projected to be held within 9 months. However, his attempt to reach protest organisers to resume talks were dismissed.
A spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa said the proposal couldn’t be taken seriously.
On Thursday; May 16th, 40 overseas diplomats were abruptly relieved of their postings after multiple futile attempts at convincing them to return to work in Juba.
The foreign ministry in Juba, the capital & South Sudan’s largest city, said they tried in vain “to engage with these diplomats who went Absent Without Appointed Leave (AWOL) over the past few months and years” some diplomats included were posted in the United States & United Kingdom.
None of the emissaries responded or returned home after completing their postings.
They were fired in a curt memo issused by the foreign ministry.
Mawien Makol, a spokeperson for the Foreign Ministry addressed AFP on Thursday; May 16th. Stating the whereabouts of the fleeing diplomats remain unclear.
The disappearing emissaries full government names were printed in a table titled “Dismissed/Terminated Diplomat“.
The emissaries listed have been removed from the payroll & formally discharged of their duties effective immediately.
They have also been ordered to return their diplomatic passport including those of their family members to the nearest South Sudan mission.
Meanwhile, the implementation of South Sudan’s shaky peace agreement has reached yet another prolonged delay.
However, it was officially delayed for a half-year. 6 months. Naturally, this has been demoralizing, sucking out the optisiming of mediators who are ready to quell the 5-year-long conflict that has claimed the lives of up to 400,000 South Sudanese. Displacing millions & leaving alot of the population ravenous.
One would think the sense of urgency would be apparent to the Main characters.
The initial agreement stipulated in a peace treaty agreement signed last September to set in place a transitional power-sharing government.
The delay now means main opposition leader; Riek Machar would be returning to Juba in November, serving as President Salva Kiir’s deputy.
The international community commended both parties for their ability to reach a consensus over the delay, however they warn against futher extending it. Progress must be made in 6 months & another delay is out of the question.
South Sudanese aren’t too keen on this though. They’re worried the longer the wait, the less likely the fragile deal would actually be implemented.
“I am not comfortable with the extension,” said William Magok, who is eager to leave his UN-protected displaced persons camp in Juba, where he has been living since 2013. “Now I am afraid to leave because if I go, maybe something bad will happen… I do not trust the government.”
A report by a panel of experts appointed by the UN Security Council stated the delays are due to a government “reluctant to share control of key parts of the political, security and economic landscape,”
There has been delays in the creation of a unified army, no progress on security arrangements & setting state boundaries.
Angelina Teny the wife of Riek Machar insisted it would be a “recipe for disaster” if Dr. Riek Machar returned to the capital; Juba without adequate provisions already made for his safety.
The nonsuccess of a previous peace deal in August 2015 is largely attributed to the inadequate security arrangements.
Dr. Riek Machar arrived at the capital in April 2016, with over 1,000 heavily armed bodyguards as part of a power-sharing deal, unfortunately chaos ensued only 3 months later, leaving Machar fleeing the country on foot.
Recently, Machar has been hiding out in Khartoum; Sudan’s capital.
According to the 2018 peace agreement; oppostion & government forces alike where supposed to be reined in & trained to be unified into a national army.
Barely any progress has been made on this front.
“Kiir’s army ignored provisions to demilitarise cities,” the International Crisis Group report stated.
“There was no advance toward cantonment: Machar did not send his soldiers to camp.”
In January, according to a letter sent from community leaders to the governor, 1,200 men in Twic State were forciblly enlisted into the government army.
All sides are now being accused of increasing recruitement.
South Sudan is yet to settle the issue of internal boundaries. Intially starting with 10 states at independence in 2011. However,after signing the failed 2015 peace treaty, Kiir increased the number to 28. South Sudan now has 32 states.
South Sudan critics say this strategy is placed purposefully to gerrymander boundaries along ethnic lines. Neither side can seem to agree on exactly how many states should exist.
For its part, the government has pledged $100 million towards the deal’s initial implementation & will also attempt to fund “the whole peace process”, said Information Minister, Michael Makuei.
Suppression of the media 101.
On April 30th the country’s “communications regulator”; Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ordered that 13 media establishments suspend 39 producers, editors & head of news.
Many of Uganda’s media groups are disputing this decision. Critics believe it to be a symptom of Ugandan’s oppressive government, reprimanding journalist for covering popular music star turned politican Kyagulanyi Ssentamu A.K.A Bobi Wine. Futher servicing President-Dictator Yoweri Museveni’s 33-year-old regime.
It doesn’t help that the directive was signed on the same day the media house covered the unlawful arrrest of Bobi Wine.
The UCC ordered a 30-day-long suspension of the journalist as it investigates them for any breach of broadcasting standards.
Charles Ssenkubuge was the head of progammes at Salt Media in Kampala up on till May 1st.
Intially suspended for a week. However after a meeting between broadcasting executives & UCC he was recalled as a general manger.
The ordered directive also includes that the media organisations submit all news & live-streamed content aired the day before.
On Thursday, May 16th, a high court in Kampala; the capital heard the arguments of Uganda Journalists Association & two private lawyers seeking to stop the suspension or reassign the targeted journalists.
Uganda’s constitution includes the right to freedom of expression “shall include freedom of the press and other media”. However, the media laws of the land have been said to favour the control of media platforms.
Many Ugandans have noticed the result of commications regulator weilding all that power.
“The president of the Uganda Law Society confirmed that the regulator has a lot of powers and that, perhaps, these powers need to be adjusted or reduced. It is a fact that the law gives us a lot of powers,” Ibrahim Bbossa a spokerperson for the UCC told Al Jazeera on Wednesday; May 15th.
Bbossa argued it a necessary evil authorities needed to regulate the industry effectively.
“Regulating” the media but freedom of speech being in the consitution??
Tensions continue to rise in the political atmosphere of Uganda as the country prepares itself for the upcoming 2021 national elections, where Kyagulanyi Ssentamu; Bobo Wine & President- Dictator Yoweri Museveni would run against each other.
The National Association of Broadcasters also sought a meeting with the UCC a week after the directive was passed. Daniel Kalinaki; an executive who attended the meeting wrote in his weekly column “despite a lengthy and, at one point rather heated debate, the meeting only achieved semantics: the journalists would not be suspended, but would only be asked to ‘step aside’ to allow investigations to continue”
Some known activitist like Mweisge still think the media groups & journalists aren’t being assertive enough in resisting restricitions.
“The media owners are complicit in this state of affairs. They didn’t challenge the authority of UCC in suggesting suspensions for their staff. Instead, they sought to find some sort of common ground. As soon as you start such negotiations, you are on a slippery road to hell,” he said.
President- Dictator Yoweri Museveni has finally addressed the closure of the border by neighbouring country; Rwanda in late February.
Dismissing it as minor ‘hiccup’ that the people would find an alternative way around.
According to Mrs Twum Amopofo global labour market trends are indicating a high demand for skilled trade workers. She stressed the importance of the Ghanaian youth positioning themselves in an favorable stance for the global labour market by making good use of Ghana TVET Voucher Project.
The Ghana TVET Voucher Project was launched to teach & upgrade the skills of the artisans, local master craftmen & those in the grey economy to be on par with the international standards to enable them benefit from the global labour market.
The Ghana TVET Project is under the Ghanaian-German Financial Development Cooperation. It was co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMW) through KfW Development Bank & the Government of Ghana.
Since it’s intiation in 2017 September the TVET project is said to have trained over 5,000 people in trade areas such as Beauty and Cosmetic (Cosmetology), Consumer Electronics, Automotive Repair, Building Construction (Welding) & Garment/tailoring/dressmaking.
Plumbing, Furniture making, Electric Installation, Block Laying & Tiling, & Catering & Hospitality were also recently added to the project.
TVET is estimated to be at a value of 127,162,255.00 GHS ~25M USD.
TVET was piloted in 4 regions; Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern & Volta Regions. Due to its immediate success it was further expanded to cover up 3 other regions including Central, Western & Eastern Regions.
TVET is a 5-year development project & it aims to about 16,000 master craftsmen & apprentices during its duration.
Mrs. Twum Amopofo futher commented that the government would review the project after the 5-year time limit & then make the decison to strengthen it inorder to benefit more people.
The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy was another iniative launched in September 2017. This resource promises to ensure free secondary education with emphasis on TVET training for all children in Ghana.
This was a huge platform President Nana Akufo-Addo ran on in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Although the Free SHS policy says it offers absolute free secondary education to Ghanaian citizens, parents are still instructed to pay some fees to the Parent Teacher’s Association with many other hidden fees. What’s new?
The entire board of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GMC) had been charged by the Auditor General for the unlawful & colossal increase in the monthly fees & sitting allowances of the chair & members between; 2016 – 2017.
The audit showed in the 1st minutes of a meeting held by the Board of Directors on Thursday 21st September, the directors by-passed seeking the approval of members at a general meeting, increasing their monthly fee & sitting allowances for the chair & members between 2016 & 2017.
“The monthly fee was increased from 650 GHS -126.48usd- for Chairman and 580 GHS -112.86usd- for members to 3,000 GHS -583.77usd- for Chairman and 2,000 GHS -389.18usd- for members. The sitting allowance was also, increased from 600 GHS -116.75usd- for Chairman and 500 GHS -97.30usd- for members to 1000 GHS -194.59usd- ,” the audit report said.
Frances Essiam the CEO of the company was also charged with for increasing the salary of the staff on a whim, without following the due process.
“The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Company, arbitrarily increased the salary and wages of the workers by 30% to 50%. She again increased the number of staff from 36 to 59 without approval from the governing board, or reference to any approved salary structure and scheme of service. This resulted in an increase of the Wage bill astronomically, from44,531.81 GHS -8665.44usd- in June 2017 to 112,404.78 GHS -21872.85usd-
Due to a stalement between the board & the CEO the dissolution of the board was brought about last year.
Officials of the company declined to comment when contacted by Starr News.
In a country where to attain the real truth the youth has to ask the questions & seek the answers themselves, down below is a thread of a young Nigerian reviewing the Nigerian budget; credible sources included.
So, I promised to review the Nigerian budget and point out 100 agencies that are useless and need to be scrapped. I've spent over 4 hours going line by line and I can't. The whole budget is a scam and I'll shred my passport in the end if I continue.
The future is woman; & we are banding to together. One search of the hashtag #AbujaPoliceRaidOnWomen would get you up to speed on one example of how the world hates women. It would also make you realize you never thought you had to obviously say out loud that “Sex for bail is rape”.
Unfortunately this was the faith of some sex workers in Abuja. We would love to archive this as an usual occurrence. Sadly, we cannot be naive to the fact that sex workers experience one of the highest rate of sexual assault. Yes, their line of work makes them more likely to be in harms way, however because of their line of work society generally tends to think they are worth less; deserving of less or no protection.
This is simply; wrong.
Between April 24th- 26th members of a Joint Task Force led by law enforcement carried out illegal raids in several parts of Abuja. Particularly focusing on nightclubs in Aminu Kano cresent, Gwarimpa & Katampe extensions.
Mostly women were targeted; with the police rounding anyone they presumed were sex workers.
It gets even more despicable.
The Nigerian police were alleged to solicit sex from the presumed sexworkers incarcerated. Offering this as a means of bail to those who could not afford to pay. …so rape?
This, -& rightfully so- spun an outrage to the Nigerian public when word got out.
Nigerian women immediately took matters into their own hands organizing a moment that started on line, to the streets of Nigeria.
Since you have refused to accept this letter physically, we are presently notifying you via this platform that there will be a massive march against your indiscriminate arrests of women in Abuja tomorrow.
Asiedu; 25, walked into the Culinary Institute of America on Sunday while an event; Marist College’s Harmony on the Hudson, was being held with a backpack.
Kelvin Asiedu walked to the front of the venue. Sat down, remained seated, then he got up & left the bag on the seat, left his row & stood in the aisle starting at the stage.
Asiedu told officers that his “actions were intended to cause alarm,”.
He was arrested, & two other people were detained although they weren’t charged.
The backpack was later only found to contain paper.
Kelvin Asiedu has been released on bail with his court date set for May 30th.
Meanwhile, negros in Washington, D.C are protecting their space & protesting the infringement on their self expression.
Under the hashtags #DontMuteDC #Moechella you can do your own futher research.
D.C was been experiencing the wave of gentrification, & like most gentrifiers do; complaints to law enforcement by the newcomers about the culture of the environment they moved into.
D.C previously had such a high negro population it was once dubbed “The Chocolate City”, although the capital’s negro population isn’t what it used to be, the culture still remainsn very present & intact. D.C is known for some stores blasting go-go music to the streets as music is also part of the heart on D.C.
Well the gentrifiers were having none of that; reporting the “loud” music to law officials, insisiting it be shut down.
So D.C locals decided to welcome the newcomers on to the block; protest-style.
Shout out to the estimated 3,000 people who shut down 14th & U Street to peacefully rock out with Backyard Band in demonstration that D.C. was not all death & despair before it became super gentrified. There are people & culture that have been uprooted. #DontMuteDC#Moechella
Guinea-Bissau held their legislative election on March 10 & all seemed to be well in the land.
This is was the 1st election in the country with the capital; Bissau since then President Jose Mario Vaz came to power in 2015.
That year Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira whose party had won majority of the votes in the 2014 elections.
Since then Guinea-Bissau had be experiencing a level of unpredictability in governement with 7 different heads of government popping up.
Things seemed to be looking up for the West African country located on the Atlantic coast.
David McLachlan-Karr the Deputy Special Representative of the secretary-general in Guinea-Bissau said the March 10 election was “a very positive result for the people”. “A new chapter” for Guinea -Bissau.
However, it seems the inverse has been the reaction.
Guinea-Bissau has been entangled in a political crisis since the legislative elections.
This is due to a power struggle in the legislature; between the ruling party & its oppostion.
The ECOWAS Chairperson directed that the issues be solved by the sub regional body.
Geoffrey Oyeama is also the Chairman, ECOWAS Council of Ministers & he led the ECOWAS peace delegation. He seemed quite optimistic.
“We are very happy with the way it went, and commitments that were made and we believe that if those commitments are respected and kept, this problem will be over in a matter of a week or two.”
In a video broadcasted to the public on May 1; Wednesday, Onyeama expressed that all the parties involved in Guinea -Bissau’s legislative crisis have pledged their commitment to peace.
The representatives met with President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz; the Prime Minister Aristides Gomez; President of the National Assembly, Mr Cipriano Cassama & various parliamentary groups in the Guinea-Bissau’s National Assembly.
Caster Semenya, as well as any other female athlete with higher testosterone levels than average, will be foreced to take hormone suppressants or be barred from competing at the Olympics & other major international competitions. The Kenyan team has since dropped Maximila Imali(2017 world athletics competitor) & Evangeline Makena due to this regulation.
The new IAAF regulation, which went into effect May 8, 2019, states:
(a) she must be recognised at law either as female or as intersex (or equivalent);
(b) she must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months (e.g., by use of hormonal contraceptives); and
(c) thereafter she must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously (ie: whether she is in competition or out of competition) for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.
In a world where athletes like Lance Armstong, Alexandr Zubkov, & Tyson Gay –to name a few– have been stripped of Olympic medals for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The most powerful sports regulatng organization is now requring that women alter their naturally occuring hormone leves to be allowed to compete is quite odd to say the least. This brings questions like “what exactly makes a woman” into the mix.
We think Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba’s answer is all that is needed:
Rio 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba talks about her quest for a better life, admiration for Caster Semenya and hyperandrogenism.
Long-standing President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe has been on office since 2005.
President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe took over from his father who seized power in 1967 by way of a coup. What’s new?
The change caps the presidential mandate to 2 5-year terms.
Here’s the catch
It doesn’t not apply retropectively, President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe would be able to run in the 2020 & 2030 elections despite already ruling for 3 terms prior.
The change also includes life immunity for ex-presidents, who under the new constitution cannot be prosecuted for any illegal activity they may have carried out as sitting president.
The law was passed overnight with 90 out of 91 members of parliament voting for it.
As a form of protest against the 63 year reign of the Gnassingbe family the oppostion refused to participate in the December 2018 Legislative elections, boycotting it. The turnout for Togolese people are the voting polls were extremely low.
This, however also ensured the opposition had no seats in parliament thereby no real power to effect the laws.
On today’s epsiode on the West continues to purposefully spread mis-information;
Is the revolution here? One search of the hashtag #SudanUprising & you will get real-time updates of the revolution currently happening in Africa’s 3rd largest country. As covered in previousWeek‘s In Color; Sudan has been experiencing –on-going– nationwide protests since December 19.
The protests were sparked by the government’s decision to triple the price of bread & fuel.
Things quickly snowballed into an anti-government protest, with Sudanese people asking for the end of President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir’s 3 decade rule.
Sudan (located in Northeastern Africa) is no stranger to mass group demonstrations, having experiencing 2 prior revolutions in 1964 & 1985, this way.
President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir took power of the country in 1989 thanks to a coup orchestrated by the National Islamic Front & it’s leader Hassan al-Turabi.
President-Dictator al-Bashir initially attempted various methods at quelling the protest: Dissolving the federal & state governments; relieving previous governors of their position while strategically appointing military officers & high-ranking police as governors of state. He also declared as State of Emergency on February 25; banning public gatherings & demonstrations. President al-Bashir insisted the nation-wide protests were not reflective of the general public’s concerns & blamed Sudan’s economic situation on international sanctions. On Thursday, April 11; General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf announced the removal of the 75-year-old longtime ruler via broadcast on state TV.
General Ibn Auf stated that al-Bashir had been arrested & taken to a “safe” location, then declared that a military council would run Sudan for 2 years. A military-led transitional government into democracy.
General Auf also announced the suspension of the constitution & introduced a month-long 10:00pm (20:00GMT) curfew.
General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf serves as Sudan’s defence minister.
Here’s the issue, Sudanese people didn’t want this. General Ibn Auf was one of the military officers appointed by the disgraced ex-ruler al-Bashir only 7 weeks ago! As his deputy; vice president! Protestors rejected this military-led transition especially because General Ibn Auf –who was sworn in as Sudan’s new ruling council– was a part of the old regime & ruling party; National Congress.
General Ibn Auf held a senior position in Sudan’s military for a long duration of time; serving as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
General Ibn Auf served as head of military intelligence & security during the bloody conflict which began in 2003 within the country’s western region of Darfur. The population consisting mostly of non-arab negroes.
According to the United Nations an estimated 300,000 Sudanese people lost their lives in the conflict, an additional 3 million displaced. In 2009 the International Criminal Court charged al-Bashir for alleged war crimes & crimes against humanity in Darfur.
General Ibn Auf was sanctioned by the US for managing & aiding militias accused of carrying out genocide during the conflict with the US Treasury Department blocking his assets in 2007, along with 2 other Sudanese officials for their part in “fomenting violence and human rights abuses in Darfur“
General Ibn Auf retired from the army in 2010, only to be brought back in 2015 as defense minister by al-Bashir.
12 April, 12:02 am Sudan 🇸🇩 Revolutionaries chant the Sudan National Anthem At the vicinity of the Army HQs now, defying the curfew imposed by the country's new military council.#SudanUprising to achieve a civilian-led transitional government. Proud to be one of them ✌🏻🔥🇸🇩👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/V925sbm0F6
General Ibn Auf’s heavy ties with the National Congress –the old regime– made Sudanese people fear the arrest of al-Bashir was nothing but a political facelift. Not the real change of power a civilian-led transitional government with the support of the military could be.
General Ibn Auf knew he couldn’t quell the large demonstrations, as previously reported –recently dismissed– President-Dictator al-Bashir had already tried various methods at that. On the evening of April 12; Friday, with only about a day sworn in as leader; General Ibn Auf stepped down as the head of the country’s ruling military council. He named Lieutenant General Abdelfattah al-Burhan as his successor. This set a wave of celebration in Sudan’s capital; Khartoum. Thousands of protestors chanting “It fell again, it fell again,” piggybacking off the initial chant “Tasgut bas” which translates to “Just fall” what the demonstrators in the Sudanese diaspora cried out for the removal of al-Bashir.
Diaspora on a flight back to a post-Bashir Sudan.
Chanting "you danced for 30 years, today's our dance" – referring to Bashir's infamous tribal stick dance. pic.twitter.com/CWS9rgdz7O
Lieutenant General Abdelfattah al-Burhan previously held the post of general inspector of the armed forces. He was one of the first military officials to meet with the protestors in the streets; in hopes of fostering a dialogue between the people & state.
Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo; also known as Hemeti, the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces was appointed as Lieutenant al-Burhan’s deputy. Hemeti too had urged the military council to start a conversation with the protestors.
For al-Burhan’s first televised address to the nation, he reiterated the military council’s initial position, stating the council would rule Sudan for up to 2 years until elections.
Al-Burhan said discussions would include “all the people of Sudan, including political parties and civil society groups”. He lifted the nighttime curfew intended for the duration of a month, vowing to “uproot the regime” of al-Bashir & its symbols, promising justice for the innocent protestors killed.
April 14th; on Sunday ,the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA); an umbrella group at the forefront of the protests, said they’d stay in the streets demonstrating until there is a civilian-led transitional government. Included in the 9-point list of demands on the Declaration of Freedom and Change was:
Dismissal of all top judges & prosecutors, a freeze on all the assets top officials in al-Bashir’s regime & a reform of the dreaded National Intelligence & Security Service(NISS).
Also the arrest of Major General Salah Abdallah “Gosh”; who had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in 4 months of mass demonstrations that led up to the toppling of the old ruler (al-Bashir) & Mohamed Atta. Gosh resigned & Atta was fired from his position; an attempt by the military on taking a conciliatory stance.
Reforming NISS, while significant, “was not the main issue standing between the two sides – the main issue was how will the military council operate under the transitional government,” said Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan. “There were concerns from the political parties that the military council will oversee the government and that’s something they do not want. They want an independent government in which the military council serves only as a protector. “We still need the power to be transferred to the civilians and [for] the dissolution of the ruling party and the militias of the ruling party [to take place], said demonstrator Mohammed Atia. Finally, early Sunday, the military council met with some political parties in Khartoum & urged them to agree on an “independent figure” to lead Sudan as prime minister.
what other country can say they got rid of TWO corrupt heads of state, freed all political prisoners, secured freedom of the press and did all of it in less than 48 hours??? come at us bitches pic.twitter.com/czbx5gGsJo
Inflation rates are said to be 75% in Sudan & NGO’s state the government reportedly embezzled up to $9bn in oil reserves.
The revolution is currently being televised.
DAD is FREE! Thank you for the support
He is over the moon. Not cus he is free but cus Sudan is free. He was an exile for 20 years missing his mum's funeral, they tried to kill him n repeatedly locked him up. He sacrificed so much for this day. Enjoy ya baba 2day we celebrate😊 pic.twitter.com/NM14DS5YBm
Protect Ilhan Omar at all costs! This is an example of what happens when a politician is actually honest & would rather steer away from “playing politics”. Minnesota’s representative has been ruffling feathers since being sworn in & we love it! As reported Omar is a Somali immigrant & a 181-year-old headwear ban was lifted to for Ilhan to don her hijab as she was sworn in office as Minnesota’s representative. Over the past 2 months Ilhan has been called anything from antisemitic so someone actively committing treason. The most recent backlash started when footage of Omar giving a speech against Islamophobia at a Council on American-Islamic relations resurfaced. “Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and frankly, I’m tired of it and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said addressing the audience gathered in Los Angeles. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something,” she said, gesturing as if to separate herself from “some people,” “and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” Conservatives took Omar’s explanation of 9/11 “some people did something” to mean the Minnesota representative trivialized the attack. Then proceeded to throw a slew of propaganda shrouded in Islamophobia at her.
This has called for a response from activists & supporters of transparency from the US government; who all decided to speak up & voice their opinions on how this type of rhetoric was endangering Ilhan Omar’s life.
Make no mistake, @realDonaldTrump’s video was a call to arms. He’s inciting violence, stoking xenophobia, promoting Islamophobia and calling upon his white nationalist base to attack a WOC because he believes himself to be genetically superior to her. #IStandWithIlhan ✊🏾🙏🏾💪🏾
When I was a child, it was Japanese Americans who were villified as the enemy after Pearl Harbor. No one stood up for us, and 120,000 of us were sent to internment camps. I swore that I'd dedicate my life to ensure this never happens again in America. #IStandWithIlhanOmar
We can tell you one thing though, it seems like it will take a lot more than that to scare Ilhan Omar away from voicing her opinions.
This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Do y’all understand how big of a deal this is? Arabic newspapers are primary forms of news in the Middle East. Nipsey Hussle and his legacy is being written about all over the world. This man’s impact is GLOBAL. Can’t say this enough but Rest in Paradise Nip! 🙏🏽🏁 pic.twitter.com/zER2QRu8iU
If you ever wanted to know how gentrification & it’s effects are violent, take a look down below.
In January, dozens of Inglewood families received notices like the one below, saying their rent would double. Here, a 2-bedroom apt that was $1,200 would rent for $2,725. No renovation would be made. My story on the gentrification of Inglewood https://t.co/q6Oke9yBXUpic.twitter.com/FGDAWDmDrf
What did black people ever do to warrant all this resentment & unwarranted hate from non-blacks; Book 1000834977937 volume 76836862383
This happened yesterday at Barnard College. A black Columbia University student was entering the library when he was racially profiled by public safety officers. They took his ID. They pinned him down.
A white woman was charged for spray painting racist, Nazi and anti-gay graffiti on buildings in Oklahoma, including a Native American center. She told police she wanted to scare Jews and non-white people.
Does the Nigerian police care about the lives of its citizens? There seems to be high correlation between the constantly plummeting Nigerian economy & the increasingly unruly behavior of the departments intended to enforce law & order in the country. Stories of police brutality are recalled everyday, with Nigerians venting out their frustrations on social media. Hashtags like #ENDSARS were part of the youths response to the unjust treatment by Nigerian law enforcement. What’s sad? This is the best chance at holding the Nigerian government accountable. Inspector Dania Ojo is the most recent perpetrator of unwarranted violence & abuse of power. shooting 2 individuals; a 20-year-old girl & a young man, returning from a night at the club.
The 20-year-old lady died on the spot, while the young man was hospitalized in dire condition.
Inspector Dania Ojo did not work alone. Other rogue officers from the Trinity Police Station, Ajegungle were arrested too. This included Sergent Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergent Kashim Tijani, Sergent Lucky Akigbe & Sergent Paul Adeoye.
– The @PoliceNG officers who were involved in the shooting of a Nigerian man & his girlfriend in Ajegunle earlier today, have been arrested. They are (1) Insp Adamu Usman (2) Serg Adeyeye Adeoye (3) Serg Kashim Tijani (4) Serg Lucky Akigbe and (5) Serg Paul Adeoye #EndSARS. pic.twitter.com/5lsKw7Vhsc
Nigerians, instead of reporting cases of excesses by @PoliceNG to random twitter handles, please report them to the Complaint Response Unit of the @PoliceNG as that is THE fastest way to get them handled. The head of the unit, @YomiShogunle is also on twiter, CC him if need be.
Your driver Abraham harassed and threatened me today in Wuse Market @Boltapp_ng because I told him the N100 toll is already included in the fare. He said he will beat me out of his car and come to my house. pic.twitter.com/GktriAz4z2
…so harassment? Constable Mauti’s intention when he excused himself from a night shift at Itumbe police station armed with his rifle was to shoot the barmaid. However, Dominic Oyugi; a hero, used his body as a human shield, protecting the barmaid. Furious, Constable Mauti fired 2 shots into Oyugi’s stomach. Dominic Oyugi died instantly.
Men are violent.
Evans Omayio; the deceased cousin said the word of the unfortunate incident got to the family at 11:pm. “We are really saddened as a family, losing a young man Alixinah Gesare; the deceased mother wants Constable Mauti arraigned & justice served. Martin Kibet; Kisii county’s police commander said Constable Mauti requested permission to go eat supper before committing the crime at the local pub. “We have received the report and the suspect is in custody awaiting completion of investigations after which he will be arraigned in court,” said the police commander. Judge Mumbi Ngugi reduces Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s bail terms. As reported in last week’s In Color; Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on April 2nd to face charges including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.
Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s bail reduced to Sh. 10M cash bail or Ksh. 30m bond.
News Update High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi reduces Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal bail terms to Sh. 10M cash bail or Ksh. 30M bond, with one surety of a similar amount. @citizentvkenyapic.twitter.com/gK6JN3jjKT
Live on @SkyNews earlier. Think the presenter got a bit confused 🤦🏾♂️ FYI “It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe & healthy environment. pic.twitter.com/HVR74exPFC
Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.
Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.
The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.
“Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.
#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”
Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?
Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.
I don't think ppl truly understand what happened yesterday. Rival gangs for generations all literally called a peace treaty JUST to unify and show respect to Nipsey Hussle and his legacy. Absolutely amazing. pic.twitter.com/AZNuLx3hGy
— Veteran Freshman – #PapaYuie – #85toAfrica Out Now (@yusufyuie) April 6, 2019
Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!
So I've quit my job as a financial Analyst to open the first #Nigerian restaurant in the city of San Francisco. Tbh I'm not sure of exactly what I'm doing but I'll do my best with what I have. Wish me luck, guys. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/dAJQQJSdIW
During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
The men often denied fathering the children.
About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality.
Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?
We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right?
As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi.
Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.
More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.
Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.
Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.
Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city.
Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties.
“We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.
Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government
“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.
“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.
Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai
“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.
“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.”
Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).
Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish who the true criminals are.
SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.
Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.
The death of Kolade Johnson at the hands of another police officer is a reminder of how we fail over and over as a society. My condolences to the family and friends of the young man. I pray the Lord gives them the strength to bear the loss.
Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?
However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.
Police do not regard NSCDC. Two years ago, they shot dead a Naval personnel here in Calabar, thinking the personnel was with the NSCDC (imagine!!). Well, Navy cleared their doubt in the whole city and burnt one of their stations sef. Till date, No Police/SARS rubbish here. https://t.co/GpOQB3KwKi
This young man, Chijioke Nnamani, has been in Onitsha prison since January that his mates at NYSC have graduated leaving him behind. What did he do? He made a post on Facebook asking MADONNA UNIVERSITY to treat their lecturers nicely as god lecturers are hard to find.
Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !
Meet Adebayo Gbadebo. He works with Isolog Primary School, where he raped students aged 9 to 11. He is currently on the run. Please retweet till he is found. The schl is trying to cover it up. Let's make them all popular. The School's HM should be arrested for aiding and abetting pic.twitter.com/fcOl2mlXqO
On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!
Nigerian teenager, Ketandu Eze raised by her mom in the US just got admitted into 6 Ivy League Universities!! Been Facebook friends with her mom for some years and I've always admired her dedication to her kids. We should celebrate this young lady and her mother! pic.twitter.com/0fCJ68MSOT
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.
& on a lighter note:
Apparently, a Babcock student (100L) scammed his father of N800,000 to buy textbooks which obviously he did not buy. His wroth father lashed him in front of his hostel. 😭😭🙆🏽♂️🙆🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/CgXePRv2at
Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.
President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.
The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage.
Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.
“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”
July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.
Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.
“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.”
Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”
On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services.
Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants.
Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate.
Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.
He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments.
We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?
President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”.
He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though.
He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.
As reported in Color 13; 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.
Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated.
Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.
The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed.
This issue reportedly may have caused the accident.
The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.
Dr. Besigye was similarly blocked on Wednesday; April 3rd, from holding an event in Ishaka – Bushenyi.
Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.
“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said.
Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.
While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party– during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.
Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean.
Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:
“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”
Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent.