Rwanda agrees deal to take in hundreds of African migrants

Rwanda agrees deal to take in hundreds of African migrants 1

Rwanda has agreed to take in hundreds of African migrants who are currently being held in Libyan detention centres. The migrants will be flown to Rwanda from Libya, where they are being held in detention centres A joint agreement between the government, the UN refugee agency (UNHRC) and the African Union (AU) was announced on Tuesday. An initial group of 500 people will be evacuated by aeroplane to Rwanda in the coming weeks, a statement said. That group, which includes children and vulnerable young people, is mainly made up of…

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African Union suspends Sudan after deadly violence

African Union suspends Sudan after deadly violence 2

The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership “with immediate effect”, amid an upsurge of violence in the capital that has seen dozens killed. Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan is a Sudanese Army lieutenant general who is currently serving as de facto Head of State of Sudan after former Chairman Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf resigned and transferred control. The pan-African body has warned of further action if power is not transferred to a civilian authority – a key demand of pro-democracy protesters. Opposition activists say a paramilitary group has killed…

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AU, UN back civilian-led Sudan transition

AU, UN back civilian-led Sudan transition 3

The African Union and the United Nations said they are supporting a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan following last month’s overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said after meeting on Monday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres there is no question of sustaining the military council that assumed power after al-Bashir’s ouster, saying “it is not acceptable”. But he said military members could be part of a civilian government. The AU initially gave the military 15 days to hand over power but extended the deadline to…

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US calls for immediate national dialogue in Zim

US calls for immediate national dialogue in Zim 4

By Tendai Kamhungira United States (US) has taken a tough stance on Zimbabwe, calling on the political leaders to immediately initiate national dialogue that must be facilitated by a neutral third party. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa This comes as President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week called all 2018 presidential candidates for dialogue at the State House. However, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa snubbed the meeting but insisted he is genuinely willing to enter into formal negotiations if certain conditions were met by Mnangagwa’s government. Related Articles Among his…

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Anger over Sadc, AU silence on Zim

Anger over Sadc, AU silence on Zim 5

By Tendai Kamhungira The silence by the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) on the on-going human rights abuses in Zimbabwe has drawn widespread condemnation from critics and neutrals alike. An injured man on a stretcher is loaded into a medical vehicle to be taken to hospital after being being beaten by soldiers in the Sizinda Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019. Widespread reports of violence continued as Zimbabwe faced a third day of protests over what has become the world’s most expensive gasoline. (AP…

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Burundi warned after ex-President Buyoya arrest warrant

Burundi warned after ex-President Buyoya arrest warrant 6

The African Union (AU) has warned Burundi against moves to jeopardise peace efforts after an international arrest warrant was issued for ex-leader Pierre Buyoya and 16 other officials. They are accused of being behind the 1993 assassination of the country’s first elected Hutu president. The killing of Melchior Ndadaye triggered a brutal ethnic civil war. Mr Buyoya, an ethnic Tutsi, says it is a ploy to stir up divisions and shift attention from the current crisis. More than 300,000 people died in a 12-year civil war between the minority Tutsi-dominated…

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