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
First generation East Africans have nuanced discussions on popular topics circulating black living room spaces.
Talk Habesha centers Ethiopian & Eriterean immigrants, watch the cast as they debate topics from moving back to their homeland, dating outside their culture to being fluent in your native mother tongue.
Basically a Caribbean diaspora Buzzfeed but since it’s black it has more flavor!
Chattabox is a Caribbean platform with different individuals from all around the West Indies diaspora.
Expect talk shows were Caribbean people give their hot takes on topics pertaining to their culture or how their culture influences their perspectives; also check out Rice & Peas: a blind dating show & The Bajan Bunch: a Caribbean Brady Bunch Parody.
Learn a little something about the culture today! As you know we are all about unorthodox ways of learning as long as you always remember #WhoToldYou
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.
“I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism”
As the son of an Oromo shepherd, one could say Abebe Bikila experienced “humble” beginnings growing up in Jato, a village located in the Semien Shewa (~North Shewa) zone of the province Amhara, Ethiopia. In the 1950s Bikila went to Addis Ababa (the Capital) to visit his mother. Impressed by the city & its beautiful structures, he decided to stay. Abebe Bikila was said to be particularly entranced with the discipline & preciseness of the prestigious Kebur Zabagna -Ethiopian Imperial Guards- an elite infantry division that safeguarded the Emperor.
Fun Fact; Ethiopia was not Colonized! Bikila later joined the force & soon became a private in 1956.
A man of many talents, young Bikila was known to be a good swimmer, skillful horse rider & an excellent hockey player. Physically, Bikila was said to weight 60kg (130lbs), standing 5′ 10″ (1.77m) tall, he was a slender man. Abebe Bikila was added to the national team just before the plane was scheduled to leave for Rome to the 1960 Olympics. Starting his career at the ripe age of 24, following a broken ankle suffered by Wami Biratu; the initial 1960 marathon entrant.
Due to this last minute turn of events, upon arriving in Rome, Bikila discovered Adidas – the shoe sponsor- didn’t have enough shoes left for the provision of all the athletes. The shoes given to Bikila were uncomfortable & ill-fitting. So much to the surprise of his peers, Bikila decided to run barefoot. Only 2 hours Before his marathon race!
The summer games in Rome didn’t start or finish at the main Olympic stadium. The later part of the event was run in the dark with the route lit up by Roman soldiers holding torches. Abebe Bikila finished first & won his race at a world record time of 2: 15:16.2, beating a field of 75 men.
This made Bikila the 1st Ethiopian to win an Olympic gold medal & the first Black African to win one. Onni Niskanen; the swedish coach responsible for scouting him gave a press statement years later saying that Bikila took 98 steps in one minute!
In 1961 Bikila went on to run marathons in Greece, Japan & -then- Czechoslovakia; he won all of them. Only 40 days to the 1964 summer Olympics in Tokyo, Bikila collapsed while training for the marathon. When rushed to the hospital, Bikila was diagnosed with acute appendicitis & immediately went under surgery to have his appendix removed. Many expected Bikila to sit this race out but not Bikila. He spent the evenings jogging around the hospital courtyard & won the marathon!
Taking the gold for himself & Ethiopia!
Bikila also participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, however due to an injured knee, he was forced to forfeit the game. Abebe Bikila participated in a total of 15 marathons & won 12 of them!
In 1969, Bikila was involved in an unfortunate car accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. But this didn’t quell this hero’s flame. Abebe Bikila picked up Archery & in 1970 he began training for wheelchair-athlete archery competitions, to later compete in the International Paraplegic Games in Norway.
He passed away on October 25, 1973 from complications due to the accident that caused a parallel cerebral hemorrhage. His legacy & heart continues to inspire the people of Ethiopia.
As a tribute to Bikila, Siraj Gena ran the last 500m barefoot in the 2010 summer Olympic men’s marathon & he brought home the Gold just like his fellow Ethiopian.
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.
“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.
My friend @SaintOraye life is in danger (he's currently in hiding), another friend @ikwerre was picked by Soldiers this morning (No one has heard from him since), their crime? Showing videos of the atrocities soldiers are committing in Rivers State https://t.co/57R8bGpIlw
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
I am profoundly saddened by the news of the crash involving @flyethiopian, one of the world's most successful and efficient Airlines. On behalf of the Govt & people of Nigeria, I extend sincere condolences to PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, and to all the countries that lost citizens.
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).
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 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.
Angry elderly woman against the president of #Haiti:
"No schools. No hospitals. This government stole everything from the people. Now the president wants to sell the country to the international community. Over my dead body. He must go. We're in the streets until the end." pic.twitter.com/sqfnIj0YdD
The “Lock Down” protests is the latest uprising against President Moïse’s government. It is due to the people’s discontent with the corrupt government & anxieties over the state of the economy. Also, high inflation rates, leading to higher prices & people struggling to afford bare necessities. On Thursday; February 14th, the U.S Embassy in Port-au-Prince released a security alert expressing the Department of State had ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S personnel & their family members.
However, considering all the commotion, President Jovenel Moïse didn’t seem too perturbed by any of this. On the same day; February 14th, he finally saw it fit to address the dissatisfied –to say the least– people of Haiti for the 1st time in 7 days of uproar & protest. His tone was far from placating.
“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said. The demonstrators are asking for transparency inparticular pertaining to the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement.
The PetroCaribe agreement is an alliance between Caribbean countries & Venezuela.
According to the World Bank; this agreement’s preferential terms for energy purchases were meant to help free up funds to aid development in Haiti, a country hammered by natural disasters.
The demonstrators gathered under the slogan: “Kot kob PetroKaribe a?“, direct meaning “where is the Petrocaribe money“.
Some presume the Haitian President’s confidence stems from his support of the U.S on the issue in Venezuela. This would guarantee U.S support from opposition groups. John Bolton, U.S National Security Advisor tweets below;
I met with Haitian Foreign Minister @BocchitEdmond yesterday to express the United States’ enduring support for and friendship with Haiti. We urge all of Haiti’s political actors to respect and protect their democracy, engage in dialogue, and put an end to the political violence.
President Moïse may also be trying to strong-arm his people. On saturday; February 16th, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced that government officials may lose their perks due to the continued protests. Futhermore, civilians accused the wealthy & elite of conspiring with the U.S Embassy in administering a collective punishment for the protests, by feigning a “Humanitarian crisis” through withholding the sale of essential goods to the people.
Streets are accusing wealthy elite & business owners of colluding with US Embassy to create a "humanitarian crisis" by withholding essential goods from sale as a form of collective punishment against widespread protests in #Haiti. pic.twitter.com/2eaPhpXCft
Video of 7 US citizens and a Haitian being held at main police station in downtown PAP, #Haiti. They were detained after a cache of automatic weapons, communications equipment and several license plates were found in their vehicles. Why they were stopped is unknown. pic.twitter.com/YvCxaULWIo
8 people have been recused from the initial 24 feared dead from 2 water flooded idle shafts in a mining town just 145km south-west of the capital, Harare this past Thursday. District administrator Fortunate Muzulu was quoted saying the “chances of rescuing any survivors are very slim“. “The illegal miners entered the shafts at night to evade the owners,” Muzulu said. The mine shaft was flooded by water from a dam with bursted walls due to heavy rain fall. Dozens of miners still remain missing or feared dead. On saturday, recuse workers retrieved 24 more bodies out from the shafts. The government released a statement on Friday saying about 60 to 70 artisanal miners were stuck in the flooded shafts.
They are at it again. Recent headlines on bigger news platforms have been crediting wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas as the 1st person to capture a black leopard on camera, in Africa, in 100 years.This is in fact a lie. Letoluai Ambose a young Samburu warrior & research assistant with Sandiego Zoo Global, previously captured images of the black leopard as far back as January 2018. “Will Burrard captured quality images but the media should not state that he found the leopard. He was only here for three days,” Letoluai mused. A curious case of Mungo Park syndrome? It’s a good thing 24-year-old Letoluai doesn’t sweat the small stuff; he didn’t seem as keen as Will Burrard was to get all the recognition. “Were it not for that elder, the local rangers, the landowner and the involvement of scientists from Sandiego Zoo Global, we would not have made this discovery. Everyone had a role and no one person can claim credit,” said Letoluai.
Nigeria postpones her elections a night before it was scheduled to take place. As mentioned in Color 11 Nigeria was set to carry out elections on Saturday; February 16th. Some Nigerians already expressed their concerns with the current adminstration & their lack of capability to honestly conduct a free & fair election.
Nigerians are outraged with some demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Yakubu; the INEC chairman. Many feel taken advantage of, fearing this postponement would lead to a lower turnout for the next scheduled date then in turn favoring the President’s party; APC.
Let us be clear:
1. The @inecnigeria chairman must not be made to resign or otherwise forced out.
2. We will not accept staggered elections. All elections will hold in one day as always.
INEC, with its ₦189 billion budget and four years to prepare, managed to behave no differently from a Nigerian tailor who collects ₦15,000 for your wedding outfit but switches off his phone on the day he is supposed to deliver. It is the exact same behaviour.
You think the postponement was ordinary? You sit down in your living room gulping down cheep beer and shouting “this incompetence must not be tolerated” but know absolutely nothing about how your country is being ran! When you had the CBN deliberately muddling the delivery of
They could have a point. Considering Okezie Victor Ikpeazu; the current Governor of Abia State’s aid was seen with already filled in Presidential election results sheets. Here’s the underlining issue; the Presidential elections were postponed. It is yet to take place.
In Haitian diaspora news;on Monday, January 7th, at the Eastern District New York Federal Courthouse located in downtown Brooklyn, a demonstration is to be held at 9:00 am, followed by a lawsuit at 9:30 am to protecting Haitian immigrants in the United States.
This rally is being held toprevent the deportation of ~50,000 immigrants from the Caribbean Islands.
The demonstration is fighting for the rights of Haitian immigrant protection under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
TPS is a legal designation that allows the people from war-torn countries or countries riddled with natural disasters to seek refugee in the “great” United States.
Amidst the American President’s sentiments towards people of color from “shithole countries” the termination of Temporary Protected Status is about to ensue.
The Saget et al v. Trump case is the first trial to challenge the government’s unlawful termination of TPS.
It’s no secret that mother nature has been lessthan kind to Haiti. With a record-breaking number of earthquakes, hurricanes & a cholera outbreak.
The U.S invests so much money into advertising the “American Dream” however, are only a certain group –hue– of people allowed this day-dream?
What’s even more interesting; is the push back towards immigration for a country where the majority of their population is in fact constituted of mostly immigrants; although caucausian.
Albeit a step in the right direction. It is hard to know if Zimbabweans would take the Presidential Clean-up Day seriously enough for it to be effective. For starters; the government is relying heavily on volunteer support;
The polls intially set to be open at 5am was delayed until 10 due to claims of “broken voting machines“. Some people had to travel at distance of 25 km just to cast their votes because their name had been transferred to another polling station without any previous warning.
Meanwhile, a government issued internet shutdown is still on going as the President-dictator & ruling Congolese party insists it for the people’s own benefit to “prevent disorder“.
The Congolese electoral commission have announced that the election results “may be delayed” as ballots tickle in & tensions tighten over the vote count.
The US congress makes history with a couple “firsts” & a diverse number of women finally taking position in office. Here’s to diversifying our government & making sure it is representative of the people in the real world.
Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota’s Democratic US House primary.
Ilhan Omar is an immigrant, 23 years ago she was in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Ghana’s new government is focused on establishing relationships with the diaspora community. This is in line with the Year of Return 2019 programmelaunched by the government welcoming African Americans & the black diaspora back to their home land.
It’s no secret that the Nigerian army is under-equipped. On Monday Nigerian troops launched an offensive attack trying to claim back a strategic town in Borno –located in the North eastern part of Nigeria– that had been overpowered by Boko Haram a known terrorist group.
The Nigerian military claims to have overthrown the terrorist group out of Baga, however eye witnesses & the scrambling residents refute this.
The unrest has spilled to neighboring countries like Chad, Niger & Cameroon.