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Chad: Government summons opposition leader, Succes Masra, over protest clash

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The leader of the most radical political group in Chad, Succes Masra has been summoned for questioning following clashes last week.

Masra is the president of a Chadian party called “The Transformers”, the opposition coalition that is boycotting a forum launched by Chad’s military ruler, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.

While addressing his party supporters outside the headquarters Masra said he was standing up for justice and equality. The activist also asked his supporters to avoid confrontation with the authorities.

“It is in the name of justice and equality that we are here standing in the rain this morning

One of the party supporters, Denemadji, told the newsmen that their position is not against anyone or the country but in the interest of country.

“It’s to go and listen to what they’re going to say to us but we’re not vindictive, it’s not to avenge. Our revenge is the national anthem and the march, that’s all. No scuffles” Denemadji said.

“You have stood up today to help me carry a kind of cross of justice and equality. So I’m going to ask you to be disciplined, not to boil over”, added the activist.

Lt Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno was named as the new leader of Chad, after his father Idriss Déby was killed during a battle with rebel forces.

Chad is one of the many African countries battling the insurgency, the military in most of the countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea rode on the security challenge to take over the government but not much appears to have been the result of the interregnums.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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