A Week In Color 16

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


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Nigeria’s elections ended weeks ago however the results have left Nigerians wondering  if they are truly part of a democratic country.

Over half of the newly elected members of parliament lack any previous legislative experience making Nigerians question their performance ability.

Meanwhile, abuse of power in the society seems to be prevelant at all levels of authority.

Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the highest producer of rice in Africa! 

Nigeria is now producing 8 million tonnes of Africa’s average of 14.6 million tonnes of rice annually.



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President Ali Bongo Ondimba should be back in Gabon!

The President was scheduled to return to Gabon on Saturday; March 23. President Ali Bongo has been recuperating in Morocco, recovering from a stroke he had suffered 5 months ago.

As we reported previously; President Bongo, 60, was hospitalized on October 24 -last year- in Saudi Arabia, while in attendance for a summit. Initial reports said the President was admitted due to “exhaustion”. However, it came out President Bongo had suffered a stroke. 

Due to his prolonged absence from Gabon there was concern about a vacuum of power which sparked a failed coup attempt on January 7.

In late February President Ali Bongo led a closed cabinet meeting during which he dismissed several of his close aides & announced a number of appointments. 

The President has been home twice since his illness. Each time he spent less than 48 hours in Gabon. 

The Gabonese government insists the President is in good shape. 


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Agnes Taylor, the former first lady of infamous Liberian President; Charles Taylor, is expected in UK court for torture charges. 

The ex-wife of the former President has maintained her innocence & denied all the charges. 

Agnes Taylor is accused of a string of torture offences & human rights violations dating back to Liberia’s civil war almost 20 years ago. 


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Minister Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla was killed on the ground floor of his office by armed Al-Shabab gunmen

A showdown occurred in the country’s capital of Mogadishu.

  • Abdalla was the deputy labour minister. 
  • The gunmen stormed the Somali ministries of labour & works after detonating a car bomb at the gates of the building. 
  • 15 other people were left dead in the ordeal. 
  • According to Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulance Service, 11 people were injured.

Al-Shabab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 & has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.


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Cyclone Idai continues to wreak havoc eight days after it tore through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi

The Mozambique government recorded a death toll if 417 people & an unidentified number missing. 256 was recorded in neighbouring Zimbabwe & 56 in Malawi. 

Henrietta Fore, the chief of United Nations’ children’s agency (UNICEF), told AFP news agency in Beira that stagnant water & decomposing bodies, as well as lack of hygiene & sanitation concerns, have created a high risk for outbreaks of malaria and cholera.

“We are running out of time, it is at a critical point here,”\

4 cases of typhoid were reported in the small provincial district of Dombe, some 280km west of Beira on Saturday. Further fueling fears that the disease could spread across the flood-prone area. 

  • The 4 are already receiving treatment.

UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) declared the flood crisis a level-three emergency, putting it on a par with Yemen, Syria & South Sudan.

Some were wounded. Some were bleeding,” said Julia Castigo, a Beira resident who watched the homeless & injured slowly make their way from the devastated inlands of Mozambique to Beira. “Some had feet white like flour for being in the water for so long.”

Aid workers report that children have been separated from their parents or orphaned in the chaos. More than 65,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique & other sites are being opened.

The government says it needs support for months to come & everyone would depend on it to survive

Our thoughts & prayers are truly with all the lives lost & families displaced due to this natural tragedy. 


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State Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Uganda narrowly escaped an assassination attempt today. Sunday; 2:40pm (GMT/UTC +3H).

Initial reports said Minister Ida Nantaba was shot at in her car by the alleged assassins who were riding on a motorbike.

However, upon further information it was confirmed that the Minister had contacted the police earlier, when she observed people trailing her on their motorbike, on her journey from Kayunga to Kampala; the country’s capital.

The police immediately responded to the alarm she raised by deploying about 999 patrols to the all routes surrounding the Minister. 

  • The shots fired around 2:40pm -near Naggalama- were between the police & the alleged assassins. An eye-witness told SoftPower.Ug the suspects opened fire at a Police Patrol car when they tried to initially retreat which prompted the officers to follow them.
  • The police shot back in defense, killing one gunman, while the other dashed off on foot, abandoning the motorbike.
  • Security is heavily deployed in Naggalama currently making extra effort to locate the second gunman’s whereabouts.

Suzuki Registration Number : UDL 822 A & a National Identity Card with the name Ssebulime Ronald was recovered on the dead suspect. 

The Police is yet to release an official statement. However, Minister Ida Nantaba confirmed to SoftPower. Ug that “It is true, I’m currently at Naggalama Police station recording a statement.”


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Weeks after advising Rwandese people from crossing over to Uganda, Rwanda adds Burundi to the list

Rwanda has restricted its citizens from travelling to Burundi. Rwanda recently closed its boarders with Uganda stranding over 100 Ugandan cargo trucks at the Katuna border.

  • A number of Rwandese people have been deported from Uganda for allegedly engaging in espionage operations. Rene Rutagungira is to face the General Court Martial in Uganda for kidnapping & illegally repatriating back to Rwanda Lt. Mutabazi. Lt. Mutabazi was the former bodyguard of President Kagame who had sought refugee in Uganda. Rene is also suspected to have partaken in the murder of Uganda prosecutor; Joan Kagezi. 

On March 20th, Wednesday, Senior military officer -& commander of the Rwandan Eastern Part- General Mubalaka Muganga; ordered residents of areas bordering Burundi not to cross the border into the neighbouring country. Burundi neighbours Rwanda on the South. 

General Mubalaka Muganga announced on Wednesday that Burundi has become hostile towards Rwanda therefore, moving there would be putting their lives at risk. 

No way to get to the other side. Even in case of marriage, look for partners here at home because, on the other side, the ground is slippery” 

General Muganga also warned Rwandans to stay away from the natural forest of Gako which extends to Burundi. 

“We warn you. Forget any reason you want to go to this natural forest, whether it’s fetching firewood, grazing or whatever. Going there may be considered as an act of rebellion or being shot. As military commander, I warn you! Whoever is caught will not have the chance to tell others, we will not even present him or her to the police, rather we will immobilise him or her here”

This rhetoric is harsh & could probably be the seed to many more relational problems between the two neighbouring countries.

However, to be fair, Burundi did openly declare Rwanda as an enemy state. This was after the Bujumbura administration accused Kigali of a 2015 failed coup attempt against Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza. 

Rwanda has also accused Burundi of cross-boarder attacks in Nyabitama. 

Wow! What a border

& a mess. 


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3 Burundi schoolgirls face actual jail time for drawing on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s photo.

No.

Although it sounds like it, we aren’t speaking on North Korea.

  • The 3 schoolgirls spent the weekend in jail & were charged Monday -March 18th- for “insulting the head of state” according to Human Rights Watch Group.
  • The girls could spend up to 5 years in prison.

Lewis Mudge, the Central Africa Director at Human Rights Watch told CNN;

It’s ridiculous that we’re at a point where we even have to

School children in Burundi have been previously jailed for similar offenses.

According to Human Rights Watch in 2016, agents of the National Intelligence Service of Burundi arrested eight secondary school students for allegedly insulting Nkurunziza by writing phrases like “Get out” or “No to the 3rd term” on a picture of the President in a textbook.

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A Week In Color 9

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On Friday 2000 mourners gathered in Burri, in support of Moawia Bashir Khalil, Who was killed by Sudanese security forces.

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  • According reports, on Thursday, 60 year-old; Khalil was shot inside his home by local authorities for hiding & protecting unarmed protestors from the local police.
  • Moawia Bashir Khalil died from sustained gun wounds the following morning.
  • 2,000 mourners gathered in Burri; Moawia Khalil’s neighbourhood. A suburb in Khartoum; the country’s capital. & the Sudanese police fired live rounds at them, ensuring another unplanned anti-government demonstration.
  • Before opening fire on the mourners, some of them had already destroyed a police truck & pelted stones at nearby officers.
  • As mentioned in last week’s In Color Sudan has been experiencing nationwide protests, with civilians having huge clashes with the Sudanese police forces.
  • The people of Sudan are fed up with rapid inflation, extraordinarily high fuel prices, a lack of basic amenities & frankly; a government who mismanages all the sectors necessary to create a thriving economy while funneling what’s left of Sudan’s wealth into the military.
  • Sudan is currently experiencing its longest protest since gaining independence in 1956.


1200px-flag_of_côte_d'ivoire.svgCote d’Ivoire; Ivory Coast 

The Ivory Coast’s former Head of State; Laurent Gbagbo was acquitted of all charges in the International Crime Court (ICC)

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  • Laurent Gbagbo, who had already spent 7 years in Hague, was found not guilty on Tuesday, over human rights violations relating to Ivory Coast’s 2010 & 2011 general elections.
  • The violence carried out during these election times claimed the lives of about 3,000 Ivorian citizens
  • The trial judges ordered that he be set free immediately, even refusing the request from prosecutors to extend his stay while they appealed the judgement. 

Ultimately a 3-2 decision carried out a 5-member appeals panel means; Gbagbo & his co-defendant, former Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude will remain in Hague, at least until the panel reviews the trial chamber’s decision to set them free. 

  • The appeal panel agreed with the prosecutors fear’s presuming once released Laurent Gbagbo definitely would not willing come back to the ICC to stand trial for anything. Ivorian authorises have made it clear they would not “send more Ivorians to the ICC“.
  • The new court date is set for February 1, 2019.

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The hunt for the wall continues, as the US is close to embarking on a 30 day long government shutdown.

The American President Donald Trump offers to extended the protection for young undocumented migrants brought in as children to the United States in exchange for his “steel-barrier”.

  • The people this would affect are dubbed the “Dreamers” protected under (DACA); the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme temporary protection.
  • In September 2017 the Trump administration announced it’s intentions of removing DACA but was swiftly curtailed by a court order.
  • The American Trump also offered to provide limited protections to holders of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS), although as mentioned in last week’s In Color the Trump administration had moved to actually revoke the status from immigrants from countries like; Haiti, El Salvador & Honduras.
  • House speaker & Democrat, Nancy Pelosi said all the proposals brought up by the President’s administration to end the 29 day shutdown was;

“a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable”

Albeit a partial government shutdown, about 800,000 workers have already been furloughed or are required to work for no pay.

Families with multiple members working government jobs have been hit heavy in their finances, as there is a stand still on incoming income & a pill up of automated passed due bills.

  • This government shutdown affects 1/4 of all US government programmes.

& We can’t help but wonder; if the American President feels so strongly against immigrants, especially from certain countries, why extended this lackluster offer now?

Is this wall just truly symbolic?

& if so who’s symbol is it?

On today’s World Series; on why do white people hate everyone not white ?

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Watch young caucasian teenagers wearing “Make America Great Again” hats antagonize an indigenous native –so original owner of the land– American elder & Vietnam war veteran yelling “build that wall” down below.

& why are Americans soo rude to old people?

Teach yourself & your kids not to be appalling scums of the earth.

There is absolutely no rationalization of pure hatred for no absolute reason. 


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At 3pm local time, coordinated terrorist attacks occurred on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya. 

  • According to Joseph Boinnet; Kenyan’s police chief, the attacks consisted of an explosion targeting 3 vehicles outside a bank, a suicide bombing in DusitD2; a hotel complex with armed gunmen holding hostages. 
  • The 20 hour siege occurred in the hotel lobby. Much like the unfortunate 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack which occurred in the same district; it seemed to be aimed at wealthy Kenyans & foreigners. 

This is the 3rd January in 4 years Kenya has experienced a terrorist attacks

Authorities sent special forces to apprehend the gunmen in the upscale Nairobi hotel complex & Kenyan security forces reportedly killed all 5 attackers.

  • It was a hard night for the families who had members trapped in the hotel. They waited outside at 3amlocal time– hearing the sounds of sporadic gunshots as Kenyan officers endeavored to recuse dozens of hostages; AKA their family members. 
  • 21 people were killed & 5 al-Shabab terrorists.
  • Al-Shabab is a terrorist group affiliated with the infamous; al-Qaeda. A terrorist group which once plagued the United States national security. 
  • The attacks launched in Kenya were prompted due to the American President; Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
  • According to President Uhuru Kenyetta a total of about 700 hostages were rescued during the whole kerfuffle. 

5 suspects have been apprehended & appeared in court over Tuesdays deadly attacks. 


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Zimbabwe’s Government is the latest in a series of African governments to impose a nationwide internet shutdown

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The hike means petrol prices rose from $1.24 (£0.97) a litre to $3.31 , with diesel up from $1.36 a litre to $3.11.


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The Gabonese President Ali Bongo finally arrives back to Gabon on Tuesday, in Libreville; the Country’s capital. 

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As reported in last week’s In Color; President Bongo has been M.I.A since from his country since October last year, after suffering a stroke in Saudi Arabia while in attendance for a summit during which Gabon has been without an effective government

  • President Ali Bongo has not been seen in public since he was admitted into a hospital on the 24th of October, 2018. 38 ministers arrived at the beachside presidential palace in Libreville on Tuesday morning & were sworn in at a ceremony presided over by President Bongo.
  • This event was so exclusive, it was also closed to the press.
  • One of the minster’s sworn in is quoted saying this;

“It will certainly take him several months to fully recover his physical abilities, that’s for sure”

  • Government spokesman Nanette Longa-Makinda is quoted by AFP news saying;

“It was very moving to see him,”

  • President Ali Bongo & his family have been ruling Gabon for over 5 decades, maintaining a strong relationship & alliance with former Colonizer France. 

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Pastoralists in Mali are utilizing satellites in search of watering holes. 

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  • In the Sahel, climate change has manifested into long droughts which threaten livestock populations due to the scarcity of freshwater during the dry season; animals are at risk of dying before reaching the next desert water supply.
  • Now, with the use of satellite imagery & cellphones, real time information is available on water & vegetation
  • Pastoralists use the private Garbal mobile phone serviceestablished by the Sustainable Technology Adaptation for Mali’s Pastoralists (STAMP) project in November of 2017operated through telecom company Orange Mali, to access the service. 
  • To make use of this service, users call or send a digital request to a call center or database for a small fee, & receive information on the surface water in a chosen location. Satellite imagery allows for real time information on water & vegetation, informing real time decisions. This is of benefit a pastoralist & their respective livestock. 
  • This project is funded by the Netherlands Space Agency through Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility. Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions provides the satellite imagery, Orange Mali manages operation of the call center, & TASSAGHT (Malian peacebuilding organisation) assist with the gathering of ground data through local pastorials. 

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Nigeria is holding its general elections next month; on the 16th of February 2019. So naturally, it has been a sh%#t show.

of…

you guessed it!

Politricks & clownery.

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Lets start off with this EXTREMELY telling & descriptive video with great imagery down below.

Nigerian politician aides boldly & in broad daylight coerce the residents of Elelenwo, Rivers states to turn in their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in exchange for wrappers.

Incase you were still wondering for some reason needed even more clarification; yes, they are selling their votes & yes this is completely against the constitutional laws of the land.

Chima Anyaso entrepreneur & House of Representative aspirant suggested fellow aspirant/opponent Benjamin Kalu should “screw” himself.

…How eloquent!

  • Chima Anyaso is an entrepreneur who owns a couple of hotels & works in the downstream sector in Nigeria’s oil & gas sphere. He represents the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
  •  Benjamin Kalu is a lawyer; a barrister to be exact, who is also partner in a law firm & he represents the All Progressives Congress(APC)party.

Meanwhile in Ibadan;

House of Representative aspirant & member of APC political party; Saheed Fijabi releases a press statement. Claiming opponent & Zenith Labor Party member; Rotimi Ajanaku ordered a physical attack on him.

  • Rotimi Ajanaku has fervently denied these claims. Urging Saheed Fijabi provide evidence supporting them. Mr. Ajanaku also states Mr. Fijabi’s claims are explicitly fabricated & false. 

Is the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confused about who exactly are the members of his own party; (APC) ?

Yes.

The correct answer is in fact; yesThe president is caught on camera passing over his party-(APC)’s flag to another Presidential candidate, administering a lackluster & passionless speech to the people of Nigeria.

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Senator Dino Melaye – 5 Nigerian’s Judiciary System – 0

Here’s the 3rd installment on the dramatic senator & our failed judiciary system.

As mentioned in last week’s In Color; the Nigerian senator has been attempted to be arraigned 4 separate times by law enforcement.

He finally turned himself in, however due to a mighty convenient asthma attack, he insisted on medical assistance upon arriving in police custody. Senator Melaye was then taken to a police hospital located in Garki, Abuja. There the dear senator was given a clean bill of health, still he remained uncooperative refusing to leave the medical facility.

Consequently, he was forcefully removed by masked military officials & transferred to the Department of State Security Services (DDS) medical facility located in Abuja.

Senator Melaye refused to actually walk into the DDS building upon arrival, then he spent the night on the floor; outside the medical facility. 

Phew!

All caught up now? 

Yesterday, Senator Dino Melaye won

He was granted bail at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama on grounds of human rights violations, due to his ill-health.

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scamming!

  • His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, argued the Senator be out on bail while he awaits arraignment by the police.
  • Justice Yusuf Halilu agreed. Granting the Senator bail on health issues. 

5 bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu have been frozen by the Nigerian Federal Government. 

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  • As reported in last week’s In Color the Judge was set to stand trial on Monday facing 6-count charges relating to a false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. 
  • Justice Onnoghen was in fact awol & refused to appear on 14th set trial date before Justice Danladi Umar’s 3-member panel. 

Speaking of abuse of power, toxic masculinity & frankly assault…

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Rest in Peace to Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

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  • Ahmed Hussein-Suale was an undercover investigative journalist under the Tiger Eye team. His biggest claim to fame was the June 2018 film he released. Exposing football corruption in Ghana & the whole of Africa.
  • The film brought about the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association &  a lifetime ban FIFA handed to its former head, Kwesi Nyantakyi including some referees.
  • Hussein-Suale was murdered on January 16, Wednesday night, in an Accra suburb. On his way home after receiving word of his child being sick.
  • He was shot 3 times; twice in the chest & once in the neck.
  • Hussein-Suale’s colleagues have announced they would not be silenced & will be continued his legacy by staying true to the press. RIP to Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Journalism is not a crime & freedom of the press is a constitutional law.

The Ghanaian President; Nana Akufo-Addo has released a press statement openly condemning the murder of the virtuous journalist & expressing his deepest condolences. Promising Ghanaians law enforcement are doing everything within their power to bring the perpetrators to justice.