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Gambian authorities arrest more soldiers over last week’s coup attempt

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In Gambia, two military officers have been arrested in connection alleged plot to overthrow the government of President Adama Barrow last week.

Gambian authorities last Wednesday revealed that four soldiers were arrested for plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow’s administration.

According to a statement by the government’s spokesman, Ebrima Sankareh, “Two more soldiers linked to the alleged foiled coup plot were arrested over the weekend and are helping investigators unearth allegations of plans to overthrow the Government.”

A second lieutenant of the Gambian infantry, and a captain from the military intelligence and security unit were arrested on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while the search for other alleged plotters was ongoing.

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

The coup wave in the sub-region has triggered demonstrations that have been dealt with stiff measures by the ruling government.

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Regional bloc leaders, wants ceasefire amidst diplomatic tension between Congo DR, Rwanda

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There is a regional call by Eastern heads of state for an immediate ceasefire by all parties in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Secretary General of the regional bloc, the East Africa Community, Peter Mathuki, said: “There must be immediate ceasefire by all political parties.

He added: “The withdraw including all foreign armed groups and directed the chief of defence forces of all the partners’ states of East African Community to meet urgently within the next one week and set new timelines for the withdrawal and the commend appropriate deployment matrix in different parts of eastern DRC.”

Mathuki said: “The heads of state called upon parties to respect and implement all the summits decisions and agreed upon themselves that any again violation should be reported immediately and the summit now will take the charge of this process.”

The diplomatic tension between East African neighbours, hit another height last month after Rwandan president Paul Kagame said the country can no longer accept refugees from the DRC.

Also last month, Rwandan forces fired at a fighter jet from the DRC, with the claim that it violated its airspace. The Rwandan government spokesperson, Yolande Makolo, said in a statement said his country had to take the measure after the military jet violated its airspace.

The DRC has consistently accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 armed group – whose origins lie in the region’s ethnic fighting – and powerful voices in the West have openly agreed. But Rwanda has denied backing the M23.

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Burkina Faso’s junta leader, Ibrahim Traore, assures France of relations amidst recent tension

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Amidst recent diplomatic tension between Burkina Faso and France, the military leader of the West African country, Ibrahim Traoré has claimed that recent incidences do not suggest the end of relations with France.

Burkina Faso had expelled French ambassadors and expelled French troops earlier in the year. French President, Emmanuel Macron had sought clarifications from military President Ibrahim Traore about reported demands for the departure of French troops from the country.

He said: “We’ve heard everywhere in the press that Wagner is in Ouagadougou. That’s also how we heard about it. I’ve asked some people who say, ‘Oh really? Where are they?’

“We’ve since heard that they’re even in a hotel somewhere, we’re surprised to hear about that.”

“There’s a general state of mind whereby if you deal with Wagner, everyone runs away from you, so it’s something which has been created in order that everyone shuns us – well congratulations, good job.”

The wave of anti-French agitations in the West African sub-region has continued in recent times. Notably French relations with Burkina Faso’s neighbour, Mali who is also caught up in a serious security crisis.

“The French embassy is here,” He said. “French nationals are here, just as ours is there, so diplomatically nothing has changed.

“This is about an agreement over military presence, and as they have said, our sovereignty is up to us, so that’s what we are expressing through our denunciation of this agreement. So there is no breaking off of diplomatic relations, or hatred of any particular country.”

France’s position in Africa has been a subject of discussion lately amidst recent anti-French agitations across the continent.

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