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Fighting resumes in Sudan despite latest ceasefire agreement

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Despite a seven-day ceasefire agreement brokered by Saudi Arabia and the United States and signed by the two warring generals in Sudan which was to begin on Monday, fresh fighting was reported in the early hours of Tuesday in the capital, Khartoum.

According to international observers, the fighting was fiercer than in the last few days, with reports of artillery fire on what was supposed to be the first full day of a weeklong ceasefire.

United Nation’s Special Envoy in Sudan, Volker Perthes, who had earlier welcomed the ceasefire deal, said in a statement to the U.N. Security Council that in addition to airstrikes and fighting in the capital, West Darfur also witnessed a resumption of large-scale intercommunal violence.

Perthes said there were signs of tribal mobilization in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions as well.

“I call on both sides to end the fighting and to return to dialogue in the interest of Sudan and its people.

Lives and infrastructure have been destroyed. The growing ethnicization of the conflict risks to expand and prolong it, with implications for the region,” Perthes said.

On Saturday, the Sudan Armed Forces loyal to Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Security Forces (RSF) paramilitary led by former deputy, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, had agreed to the deal meant to put a halt to the fighting, with a view to renewing the deal after its initial seven-day period.

The latest agreement came following days of negotiations in Jeddah and included a monitoring mechanism made up of three representatives each from the Saudis, the United States and the two Sudanese forces.

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Zambia: Golden Party leader Silavwe accuses Hichilema of weaponising state institutions

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Leader of the Golden Party of Zambia (GPZ), Jackson Silavwe, has accused President Hakainde Hichilema of weaponising and mobilising state institutions against the country’s citizens.

Silavwe who made the claim in a statement he issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, said the President had used institutions such as the Police, Judiciary and Parliament against citizens and groups holding critical or contrary views to his administration.

Silavwe further alleged that President Hichilema had strayed from the vision he outlined in his President-elect speech at Community House.

President Hichilema must return to full democracy, the one he once preached about when he was in the opposition,” Silavwe said in the statement.

He went on to accuse the Hichilema administration of branding critics as “enemies of the state, and using thugs, state machinery to arrest and persecute them.”

“President Hichilema and his circle of power have attached personal emotions to the laws of the land, justifying their repugnant conduct while neglecting the real problems facing our people, such as the high cost of living,” Silavwe stated.

He, however, warned that the weaponization of state institutions is a double-edged sword that would ultimately harm both the President and the nation.

“There is no better ending to what he has initiated. He must change course,” Silavwe advised.

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‘Stop complaining, you’re not the only ones facing poverty,’ Tinubu tells Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has told Nigerians to stop complaining as they are not the only ones facing poverty and hardship in the world.

Tinubu, who gave the charge when he received a delegation from the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, alongside the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, who came to felicitate with him on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, said though there was poverty and suffering in the country, the challenges would not be tackled by complaining.

According to a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Ajuri Ngelale, the President said one of the ways of tackling the myriad of challenges in Nigeria is to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can return to the farm.

According to the President, it is imperative for Nigerians to have a change of value system for the nation to make progress.

“Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges,” Tinubu said.

“We must find a way to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can bring out food from the farmland.

“If you do not have good roads to bring the food to the population, even if you grow the food and you are losing 60-70 per cent to damages, you will pay the price,” the President added.

He also challenged Nigerians to have a change of mindset about the country if the nation is to overcome its current challenges.

“The need for some citizens to change the rent-seeking mindset and become more productive to the economy is a challenge. The need to stop smuggling and all economic sabotage.

“Why should we have people removing rail tracks and all that, stealing electric cables and sabotaging the economy?

“We must embrace the campaign to change our value system. We must tell our people that the challenge we face is for all of us to change our mindset about our country.

“It is daunting, but we cannot run away from the fact that this country must survive the hardship,” Tinubu stressed.

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