Sudanese military ruler seeks regional support

Sudanese military ruler seeks regional support 1

15th June 2019 Africa By BBC THE head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Lieutenant General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, has met Eritrea’s President Isiaias Afwerki in the capital, Asmara. General Burhan is seeking to build up regional support for the military, which is under pressure to hand over to a civilian administration. Eritrea has already criticised the decision of the African Union (AU) to condemn the military takeover in Sudan, which was suspended by the pan-African body last week. Eritrea and Sudan often had poor relations when President Omar al-Bashir was…

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Kenyan MP charged after ‘slapping colleague’

Kenyan MP charged after ‘slapping colleague’ 3

15th June 2019 Africa By BBC A Kenyan MP has been charged with assault after allegedly slapping a female colleague because she did not allocate money to his constituency. Rashid Kassim is accused of slapping Fatuma Gedi – who sits on the budget committee – in the car park of the parliament building in the capital, Nairobi. He denied the charge in court on Friday and has been released on bail, according to the Daily Nation news site AFP news agency quoted Speaker Justin Muturi as saying: “I have received…

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Botswana court decriminalises homosexuality in landmark judgment

Botswana court decriminalises homosexuality in landmark judgment 4

GABORONE, Botswana – Botswana’s High Court has decriminalised gay sex, paving way for the legalisation of homosexuality in the country. In a landmark ruling, the court declared section 164 of the penal code which criminalised same-sex relations unconstitutional. The section which criminalised gay sex was defined as abhorring “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature,” and commanded a jail term of seven years. Another one, section 167, which abhorred “acts of gross indecency” in private or public also commanded two-year jail term. The case came after Letsweletse…

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Botswana court set to rule on scrapping anti-homosexuality laws

Botswana court set to rule on scrapping anti-homosexuality laws 6

GABORONE, Botswana – Botswana could decriminalise gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws. Homosexual acts are outlawed in Botswana — one of Africa’s most stable, democratic nations — under the country’s penal code of 1965. An unnamed applicant is challenging two sections of the code that threaten offenders with a jail sentence of up to seven years. Last month, Kenya’s high court refused to scrap laws criminalising homosexuality, dealing…

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Botswana’s Ian Khama condemns ‘autocratic’ successor Mokgweetsi Masisi

Botswana’s Ian Khama condemns ‘autocratic’ successor Mokgweetsi Masisi 8

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Botswana’s former president Ian Khama has accused the man he chose to succeed him of becoming an autocrat and threatening the country’s reputation as a beacon of stability in Africa. Khama, 66, last month left the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a culmination of a dramatic fall-out with President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who took office last year. Khama told AFP that he took the “very painful” decision to leave the BDP because of the “immature and arrogant” attitude of Masisi’s government. “The person who I nominated…

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African Union suspends Sudan over killings, demands return to civilian rule

African Union suspends Sudan over killings, demands return to civilian rule 10

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – The African Union (AU) on Thursday suspended Sudan until there was civilian rule, intensifying global pressure on its new military leaders to stand down after the worst violence since Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April. Ethiopia – where the continental bloc is based – planned a mediation effort, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed due on Friday to meet members of both the ruling Transitional Council (TMC) and the opposition, a diplomatic source said. Both sides had been in talks over a civilian-led transition to democracy. But their already…

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Sudan military offers to talk after 60 die in protest crackdown

Sudan military offers to talk after 60 die in protest crackdown 12

5th June 2019 Africa BBC Sudan’s army ruler said Wednesday he was open to negotiations even as gunfire crackled across the capital after a crackdown that doctors close to protesters said left at least 60 people dead. Despite mounting international concern at what demonstrators called a “bloody massacre”, a bid at the UN Security Council to condemn the killings was blocked by China with support from Russia. Hospitals in Khartoum said they were struggling to cope with the number of wounded after security forces launched a deadly raid on Monday…

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Ebola cases in DRC break 2 000 mark

Ebola cases in DRC break 2 000 mark 13

AFP DR Congo’s health ministry said late on Monday that it had recorded more than 2 000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country’s east 10 months ago. “Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2 008, of which 1 914 have been confirmed [by lab test] while 94 are probable,” it said in an update. “In all, there have been 1 346 deaths (1 252 confirmed and 94 probable) and 539 people have…

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Sudan crisis: Military calls for snap election amid protests

Sudan crisis: Military calls for snap election amid protests 15

BBC Sudan’s military leaders say they are scrapping all existing agreements with the main opposition coalition and will hold elections within nine months. The announcement came as the military faced mounting international condemnation for their violent attack on protesters in the capital, Khartoum, which reportedly left at least 30 dead. The US said it was a “brutal attack”. The crackdown came after the military and protesters agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule. Demonstrators argue that former regime of President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military in…

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2 Zimbabweans buried alive after heap of sand collapses on them in SA

2 Zimbabweans buried alive after heap of sand collapses on them in SA 17

POLOKWANE, South Africa – Two Zimbabwean men digging for sand were buried alive after a heap of sand collapsed on them in Lebowakgomo, an area of South Africa’s Limpopo province. Police said two other men were found alive by rescuers and sent to hospital in a critical condition. The incident happened on Tuesday this week, Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe told The Star newspaper. The men were digging up sand for road construction when a river bank collapsed on them. “The Police Search and Rescue Team was summoned…

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