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South Africa opposition leader, Julius Malema, insists President Ramaphosa must step down over corruption allegations

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South African opposition leader and president of the Radical Economic Freedom Fighters Party, Julius Malema, has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down over allegations of corruption and money laundering levelled against him.

Ramaphosa has been the subject of an investigation after a former South African intelligence chief, Arthur Fraser, filed charges accusing him of kidnapping, bribery and theft after robbers attacked his Phala Phala Farm and stole $4m which he failed to report to the police.

Though Ramaphosa has denied the allegations saying the amount stolen was largely exaggerated and that he has never stolen any money anywhere, Malema, who addressed journalists on Tuesday, insisted that Ramaphosa had “failed to prove to South Africans that he is a worthy president” and as such, must step down.

“Fellow South Africans, we gave Cyril Ramaphosa a chance to prove himself, he has dismally failed. We will treat him the same way we have treated Zuma.

“He must leave the office with immediate effect because he has not respected his oath of office.” Malema said in the address.

Ramaphosa who had been dogged by political infighting within the ruling ANC, has accepted to appear before party’s Integrity Commission over the burglary scandal next week.

Since the previous week, the 69-year-old Ramaphosa has been enmeshed in the scandal with Fraser, an ally of former President Jacob Zuma, accusing him of “complicity in buying the silence of burglars who stumbled on large sums of money at one of his properties.”

In the case which began in 2020, according to the complaint filed by Fraser last week, stated that robbers had allegedly broken into Ramaphosa’s farm in the northeast of the country where they found the $4 million in cash hidden in furniture.

Fraser also accused Ramaphosa of concealing the theft from police and the tax authorities, alleging that the president had “paid” the burglars “for their silence”.

Fraser also said he had provided the police with “photos, bank accounts, names and videos”, indicting Ramaphosa of obstruction of justice and organising for the suspects to be kidnapped, interrogated on his property and paid off.

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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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Malian military leader signs election law that will allow him contest in 2024: Is this deja vu?

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Leader of the Malian military junta, Col. Assimi Goita, has signed a new law which will pave the way for elections in 2024 and a return of the West African country to constitutional rule.

Col. Goita who has been president of the transitional government since seizing power in a coup two years ago, signed the law on Friday which will create a single election management body to replace a disputed three-party system.

The new law would also allow Goita and other military members of the transitional government eligible to run for elective positions in the next presidential election.

The law is seen as a step in the right direction after the West Africa regional bloc, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), imposed stiff sanctions on Mali earlier this year after the military rulers refused to organise elections in February as planned.

Mali and the 15-member ECOWAS have also been at logger heads over the coup leaders’ proposed five year timeline to elections, before proposing a two-year timeline, which ECOWAS deemed was too long.

The interim military government had, onJune 6, issued a decree fixing the two-year timetable, to be counted from March 2022, while negotiations with ECOWAS were still ongoing.

The law which gives room for Col. Goita to contest in the Mali election sounds like a deja vu situation too familiar with military coup leaders on the African continent, many of whom, over the years, transformed into civilian leaders, comfortably shedding their khaki uniforms for a civilian garb depending on the country’s national and traditional wear.

Goita does not lack inspiration as several examples abound from the length and breadth of Africa where the leaders ride into power on the barrels of guns but end up transforming into civilian presidents.

Africa will not forget the likes of Muamar Gaddafi in Libya, Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso, Idi Amin Dada and Yoweri Museveni in
Uganda, Paul Kagame in Rwanda,
Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Equatorial Guinea, Yahya Jammeh in The Gambia.

Others in the distinguished list include Jerry Rawlings in Ghana, Omar al-Bashir in Sudan, Gnassingbé Eyadéma in Togo, Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire, and a host of other African leaders who went from military head of states to civilian presidents.

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