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Renewed tribal clashes claim 168 in Sudan’s night of horror

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Not less than 168 people were killed in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), described as tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s Darfur province on Sunday night.

The bloody clashes which is one of the deadliest bouts of violence in the war-ravaged country in recent years, took place in the West Darfur province, and is coming at a time Sudan has been plunged into serious turmoil since a military coup last year.

The military coup which ended the country’s transition to democracy after a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, has also led to street protests which has seen close to 100 people killed.

The Sunday night killings further raises questions over the ability of the military leaders to bring security to the troubled Darfur, a region that has been wracked by years of civil war.

Spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur, Adam Regal, who confirmed the fighting in a statement on Monday, said Sunday’s fighting in West Darfur’s Kreinik area also wounded 98 people.

“The fighting grew out of the killing of two people by unknown assailants on Thursday,” he said.

“On Sunday, large numbers of people armed with heavy weapons launched a major attack on Kreinik, torching and looting properties. The fighting lasted for several hours and forced thousands of people to flee their homes,” Regal added.

According to Regal whose group provides food and other assistance to displaced people in the region, the clashes eventually reached Genena, where militias and armed groups attacked wounded people while they were being treated at the city’s main hospital.

“The area was burned down, and many people were killed. There was no intervention from the local government to stop the fighting,” d Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at a local hospital also said.

The Darfur has been an epicenter of deadly fighting between rival tribes in recent months as the country remains steeped in a wider crisis following the October coup, while Kreinik was also the scene of clashes in December that killed at least 88 people.

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Nigeria won’t bleed to death under my watch— Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has once again assured that Nigeria won’t “bleed to death” under his watch as he will do everything to make sure the country comes out of its present economic crisis.

Tinubu, who gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Yoruba Leaders of Thought at the State House in Abuja on Friday, emphasised that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

The Nigerian President also emphasised the need for a more effective local government system that promotes community development and delivers essential governance within a robust federal framework, warning that the local government administration was must not be suffocated so that effective governance can be felt at the grassroots.

Tinubu admitted that the past 12 months had been fulfilling for his administration despite the presence of some challenges that were being addressed frontally.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President noted said;

“Yes, it has been challenging; it has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we stopped the bleeding.

“I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity.

“That is the promise that I made to you all, and it is also the charge that you gave to me.

“We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.

“I thank the team that has been working hard. All I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined, and we will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance.

“My administration would ensure Nigeria gets value for every kobo spent. My government will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity to future generations,” he emphasized.

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Chief Mnukwa says history of libel suits by govt officials scares citizens from freely expressing themselves

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Chief Mnukwa of the Ngoni people says individuals are afraid to speak out on matters involving government officials due to a history of lawsuits against those who have voiced their opinions.

Mnukwa noted that individuals in government positions command a level of respect that discourages citizens from freely expressing their opinions.

In an interview with Zambia Monitor in Eastern Province, the traditional ruler claimed that some individuals in power exploit citizens.

“We have been observing in government circles, whoever says something about someone, they sue, they take you to court,” he pointed out.

He added that this practice prevented many people in rural communities from voicing their grievances.

“He may want to say something, but he will think twice, ‘I may be sued and what do I have,” Mnukwa stated.

He urged that this element of fear must be eradicated from people’s minds.

Mnukwa further added that abolishing the law of defamation must be prioritised so that people can freely oppose the government.

“We need to open up on those, to give the people the freedom to comment on government issues and any public figure’s actions,” he encouraged.

He further urged government officials to step up and fight for media freedoms, freedom of expression and digital rights on behalf of the Zambian people.

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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