Connect with us

Politics

Ugandan President appoints main opposition leader Justice Minister after signing cooperation pact

Published

on

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has appointed his major opponent and leader of the Democratic Party, Norbert Mao, as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

The appointment comes a day after Moi who is the leader of Uganda’s oldest political party, met with President Museveni at State House, Entebbe, where the two signed a cooperation agreement on behalf of their parties.

The appointment of Mao which was announced by the President on Friday, also confirmed the fears of major opposition figures who kicked against the pact which they believed was done to further weaken the opposition.

The meeting was also criticised by leaders of the opposition with many stating that the move was expected as Mao has been having “an unholy alliance” with Museveni.

“The cohabiting has ended, here is the wedding,” spokesman of the National Unity Platform(NUP), Joel Ssenyonyi, had written on Twitter after Mao signed the cooperation agreement with Museveni on Wednesday.

Politics

Coalitions intensify call for protest against Guinea ruling junta over ‘credible dialogue’

Published

on

There has been fresh call for protest by Guinean political coalition against the ruling junta, after government’s delay to demands for “credible dialogue” on the transition to civilian rule.

The coalition which comprises parties, unions and civil society organizations, National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), initiated the July 28 and 29 demonstrations, which were banned by the authorities.

Protesters hit the sreets of Guinea two weeks ago, days after the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) Umaro Sissoco Embalo hinted that the bloc persuaded the junta to shorten its timeline for a return to democracy.

Regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on August 1 called on “the Guinean authorities, the political class and civil society to engage in an inclusive dialogue in order to defuse the tension and agree on a timetable and reasonable modalities for the peaceful restoration of constitutional order.

But the junta has consistently rejected the calls and failed “to respond to the many calls for dialogue on the transition,” the FNDC denounced Monday in a statement also criticizing “the chronic attitude of defiance” of the Guinean government towards ECOWAS, its “unilateral and authoritarian management of the transition” and “the illegal use of lethal weapons in the management of demonstrations.

Guinea is in the West African region of the continent that has been rocked by two coups in Mali, and in Burkina Faso   since August 2020. The military juntas have had kick-backs from different quarters, including ECOWAS.

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, overthrew Guinean President Alpha Conde, who has been in power since 2010, on September 5, pledged to hand over power to elected civilians within three years. The proposed transition period has been widely criticized.

Continue Reading

Politics

President Tshisekedi to discuss Congo/Rwanda diplomatic tension with Secretary Blinken

Published

on

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intends to discuss growing tensions between it and Rwanda with the United States.

President Felix Tshisekedi of the DRC plans to discuss the diplomatic brouhaha during a visit to Kinshasa on Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The intension was announced on Monday by the Congolese presidency.

According to a statement released on Monday by the Congolese presidency, Mr. Blinken “will be received in the early evening” by President Tshisekedi who “will not fail to discuss issues of strategic partnership between the DRC and the United States.

“The latest UN experts’ report on the invasion of Rwandan troops transformed into the M23 will not fail to be addressed,” it added.

Remarking to Bliken’s visit, the Human Rights Watch (HRW), says Secretary of State Blinken should during his visits to Rwanda and the DRC “articulate the inconvenient truths”, “publicly condemn the M23 attacks in the strongest terms” and “warn Rwanda of the consequences of its support for M23”.

The friction between the countries was pronounced in June when Rwandan military authorities accused the armed forces of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks.

Rwanda denied and in turn, accused Congo of fighting alongside insurgents – a face-off that has raised fears of fresh conflict in the region.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Sports18 hours ago

Tennis great, Serena Williams, announces retirement in emotional statement

Tennis star, Serena Williams, has announced that she will retire from the sport after the US Open at Flushing Meadows...

Politics21 hours ago

Coalitions intensify call for protest against Guinea ruling junta over ‘credible dialogue’

There has been fresh call for protest by Guinean political coalition against the ruling junta, after government’s delay to demands...

Politics21 hours ago

President Tshisekedi to discuss Congo/Rwanda diplomatic tension with Secretary Blinken

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intends to discuss growing tensions between it and Rwanda with the United States. President...

Metro21 hours ago

Sierra Leone: Parliament passes law to protect locals from land grabs

The parliament in Sierra Leone has passed two laws that is widely believed will boost the rights of rural landowners...

Metro21 hours ago

Nigerian army arrests suspects of Catholic church killings in Owo

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor has revealed that the country has arrested suspects in an Islamist militant...

Metro23 hours ago

Ethiopia deploys more troops into Somalia to battle al-Shabaab

Ethiopian authorities have deployed thousands of troops into Somalia’s Gedo region to prevent al-Shabaab fighters from further crossing into the...

Metro23 hours ago

Airline passenger dies aboard flight from Alexandria to Benghazi in Libya

A passenger on board an Afriqiyah Airways plane traveling from Alexandria to Benghazi in Libya reportedly slumped and died on...

Metro23 hours ago

Former Malawian anti-corruption boss arrested over contract bribe

A former Director-General of the Malawian Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Reyneck Matemba, has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe for...

VenturesNow1 day ago

Nigeria climbs to fourth position on World Bank’s list of most indebted nations

Nigeria has moved into the fourth position of World Bank’s list of countries with the highest debts, according to the...

Culture1 day ago

How Tanzania star, Diamond Platnumz, pocketed $100,000 for 10-minute performance at Odinga’s rally in Kenya

Tanzanian Bongo singer, Diamond Platinumz, is currently smiling to the bank after he was paid a whopping $100, 000 (KSh230...

Trending