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Angola issues international arrest warrant for late President dos Santos’ billionaire daughter, Isabel

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The Angolan Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with INTERPOL, has issued an international arrest warrant for Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, daughter of late President José Eduardo dos Santos, who died in July after ruling Angola for almost four decades until he stepped down in 2017.

The billionaire businesswoman, according to local media, has been under investigations in the East African country and other countries for several years, with her bank accounts and shareholdings in several companies foreclosed.

The warrant document said dos Santos, 49, was wanted for various crimes, including alleged embezzlement, fraud, influence peddling and money laundering.

She has also faced corruption accusations for years, including allegations by Angola in 2020 that she and her husband had funneled $1 billion in state funds to companies in which they held stakes during her father’s presidency, including oil giant Sonangol.

The INTERPOL warrant requested the agency to “locate, arrest” and extradite dos Santos to Angola to face prosecution in which the state claims amounts in excess of $5 billion.

In December 2019, a Provincial Court in Luanda has decreed that decreed the preventive seizure of the personal bank accounts of dos Santos, her late husband, Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese and a Portuguese businessman, Mário da Silva, and several companies in which the she holds shareholdings, for alleged business that may have harmed the Angolan State, while her holdings relating to several companies in Portugal were also seized.

In January 2020, the International Investigative Journalism Consortium revealed more than 715 thousand files, under the name ‘Luanda Leaks’, which detailed the alleged financial schemes perpetrated by Isabel dos Santos and her husband, which would have allowed them to withdraw money of the Angolan treasury through tax havens.

However, Isabela dos Santos has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, believingshe is the victim of a “politically motivated attack” and maintains she will not have a fair trial or guarantees of personal safety if she returns to Angola from her base in Portugal, to defend herself against the accusations.

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Again, thousands of Sudanese Islamists protest against UN mission

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For the second time in two weeks,
thousands of Islamists in Sudan took to the streets in Khartoum and other major cities in the country to protest against the presence of the United Nations and the inability to resolve the political crisis that has engulfed the country sparked by the October 2021 coup.

The demonstrations which crippled major cities on Saturday, is the latest by Islamist factions in recent weeks, coming a day after military leaders and a key civilian bloc announced plans to sign an initial power sharing deal.

In the capital Khartoum, the protesters gathered in front of the United Nations Mission office to protest the presence of the agency in the country amid a spiralling economic crisis and a rise in ethnic clashes in remote regions.

On Friday, the country’s military leaders met with a civilian group, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which was ousted in the 2021 coup with a view to signing a power sharing agreement which has not gone down with the protesters.

In a statement announcing the deal, the FFC said they discussed a potential “political framework agreement that would lay the groundwork for establishing of transitional civilian authority,” which was also confirmed by Sudan’s sovereign council.

The talks were held in the presence of officials from the African Union, United Nations and the regional IGAD bloc, as well as Western diplomats, which led to anger from the opposition.

Divisions among civilian groups in Sudan have deepened since the coup, with some urging for reaching a deal with the military, while others insist on “no partnership, no negotiation”.

Political turmoil has gripped Sudan since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led an October 2021 military takeover, derailing a fragile transition to civilian rule installed after the 2019 ouster of long-time Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, son Muhoozi, on war path over party’s leadership style

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Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is on a war path with his father over the country’s ruling party’s style of leadership which he says is not in favour of Ugandans.

Muhoozi who has carved a niche for himself in controversies, on Saturday, launched a scathing offensive at his father and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), saying they “no longer represents Ugandans.”

“I am listening to the outcry of our people for change. I am with the people. Whatever NRM has become certainly does not represent the people of Uganda,” he posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Muhoozi who has often boasted about being the “best bet” to take over from his father as the Uganda’s president in the future, said he is disappointed that his father and the ruling party had derailed as a result of the deteriorating performance of the ruling NRM.

“We shall jointly (all of together) create the 6th republic. The 1st was Obote, the 2nd was Amin, the 3rd was Obote II, the 4th was Okello and the 5th was NRM. We will be the 6th republic! The greatest epoch in history,” he wrote in another post.

This is not the first time Muhoozi has criticised his father over his leadership style. On more than three different occasions, he has called on his father to change his style and come up with policies that will be to the benefit of the masses and his utterances have made him quite popular with the ordinary people who see him as being part of them.

Last month, he had revealed plans of calling for a big youth summit where he will inform the young people in the country of a big plan that he has for them.

He had also previously expressed interest in replacing his father as the President of Uganda to honour his mother, Janet Museveni, who is Uganda’s Education and Sports Minister, whom he calls “an angel.”

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