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Sudanese coup general threatens to expel UN envoy over interference

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The leader of the October 25, 2021, coup in Sudan, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has threatened to expel the United Nations envoy in the country, Volker Perthes, after accusing him of “unwarranted and flagrant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

Gen. Burhan who is the head of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council (SC), said on Saturday that Perthes had no right to make certain comments on Sudanese affairs after the envoy warned that the country was heading for “an economic and security collapse” unless it addresses the political paralysis.

At a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Perthes who is leading international efforts on resolving the crisis in the country, had said the “absence of a political agreement on returning to a transitional path has already led to a deteriorating economic, humanitarian and security situation in the country.”

But Gen. Burhan who spoke in the capital Khartoum, at a ceremony for new graduates of Sudan’s Military Academy, called on Perthes to “stop exceeding the U.N. mission’s mandate and blatant interference in Sudanese affairs.”

“To the U.N. envoy, Volker, if you exceeded the mandate, we would kick you out of Sudan,” Gen. Burhan said while addressing the military graduates.

Gen. Burhan also called on the U.N. and the African Union to facilitate a dialogue among Sudanese and avoid exceeding their mandate and interfere in the country’s affairs.

The North-Eastern African country has been the center of turmoil with almost daily protests following the military coup led by Burhan which removed a Western-backed transitional government.

The military takeover had effectively put paid to Sudan’s attempt at a democratic transition after a popular uprising forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The street protests in Sudan demanding a return to civilian rule have been met by a crackdown on protesters with more than 93 people, mostly young men, killed and thousands injured, as the protesters have been demanding the removal of the military from power and a return to civilian rule.

But the military junta have said they will only hand over power to an elected administration, with elections tentatively fixed for July 2023 as contained in a constitutional document governing the transitional period.

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Weeks after justices protest, Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad resigns

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Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned.

Sources confirmed that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Hint of potential crises in Nigeria’s judiciary played out last week when fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court wrote to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, lamenting the parlous state of affairs in the court.

The petition is the first-of-its-kind in the 58-year history of the apex court, the justices chronicled the operational challenges that have almost crippled the efficient adjudication of cases at the court.

Arrangements are said to be ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 suspended Justice Tanko’s predecessor Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, 15 days after allegations of impropriety were lodged against the most senior judge in the country. It was the first time that Nigeria’s head of state had sacked a chief justice since 1975, when the country was under military rule.

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18 years after suspension, Zimbabwe lobbys for readmission into Commonwealth

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Southern African Zimbabwe has continued with lobbying for readmission 18 years after it was thrown out of the body over allegations of human rights abuses.

The country made its latest move to be readmitted at the ongoing Commonwealth summit in Rwanda.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Rwanda Charity Manyeruke, who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali as an observer alongside other top government officials, told newsmen that the country’s participation at the summit was a “positive development.”

“Zimbabwe is excited to be participating in Commonwealth forums as this presents opportunities to network with the international community taking into account the government of Zimbabwe’s policy of engagement and reengagement,” Ms Manyeruke said.

“The Commonwealth meeting in Kigali has provided opportunities for our Zimbabwean diaspora across the globe, who are participating as panellists, facilitators and as delegates in the forums.

Zimbabwe was first suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth for one year, after international observers condemned disputed presidential election as unfairly tilted toward Robert Mugabe in 2022.

One year after the suspension, Mr Mugabe revealed that he did not accept a Commonwealth decision to prolong Zimbabwe’s suspension from the group until the country mended its ways.

“Accordingly, Zimbabwe has withdrawn its membership from the Commonwealth with immediate effect,” said a government statement.

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs deputy minister David Musabayana said he had held meetings with influential people to discuss the country’s potential readmission.

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