Human Rights Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe Must Take Measures to Stop Witch Killing

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) is urging the government of Zimbabwe to take urgent steps to stop the killing of persons accused of witchcraft in the country. This appeal has become necessary following the gruesome murder in Bulawayo of an 83 year old man, Mitsho Ncube. According to a report in the Zimbabwean Chronicle, Ncube’s son, Thanbani bludgeoned the father to death after accusing him of witchcraft. The accusation is linked to the father’s refusal to use the rentals collected from tenants to pay utility bills. Thanbani, who had…

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Africa 

Gnassingbé re-elected with 72% of votes- EC

Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth term in office, according to provisional results declared by the national election commission. On Monday, the commission said he won 72 percent of the vote in the first round of presidential election. “Based on all the data obtained from the local independent electoral commission and the independent embassy electoral commissions, the candidate of the Union for the Republic (UNIR) party, Mr. Gnassingbé Essozimna Faure is provisionally proclaimed elected president of the Togolese Republic”, Kodjona Kandaga, President of the National Electoral Commission said…

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Africa 

Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

As global temperatures continue to rise and the world seeks solutions to stem the tide, the deputy UN chief visited Hwange National Park, which, at 14,651square kilometres, is almost half the size of Belgium. “We have seen what climate change is doing to our environment and livelihoods”, she said. “We saw how the park is hounded by climate change; the way in which Hwange is hot, the water, and even animal migration and people”.  A privilege to visit #Zimbabwe’s largest national park—its rich population of mammals & bird species are…

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Africa 

CONVID-19: Africa is ill-equipped- WHO

Africa is ill-equipped to respond to the deadly corona virus outbreak, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The global health body is concerned about the spread of the virus in countries with weak health systems on the continent. Director General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at a meeting of 36 African health ministers at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa via video link from Geneva, Switzerland. In some member states we have weak public health institutions, weak systems, health systems, we have gaps in the diagnostics. “If…

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Africa 

Vote counts underway in Togo

In Togo, counting of votes began Saturday just after the first round of the presidential election. More than 3.6 million people registered for a population of nearly 8 million to decide between the six candidates. The failed opposition has found a single candidate, hoping that a leader will emerge to unite the opposition in the second round. But in the camp of President Faure Gnassingbe, it is hoped that he will win a fourth term. President Faure Gnassingbé became president in 2005 after the death of his father, who took…

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Africa 

South Sudan forms coalition gov’t

It’s a new dawn in South Sudan as leaders form a coalition government. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, a day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government. “You have just witnessed the swearing in of the First Vice President, and the vice presidents. An event, which many of you had thought, was impossible. This action signifies the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. I want to assure you, we will…

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Africa 

Togolese opposition denounces vote irregularities

Togolese main opposition candidate Agbéyomé Kodjo has denounced electoral irregularities on the evening of the first round of presidential elections. The former Prime Minister under Ngnassigbé Eyadema, whose house, according to AFP, was briefly surrounded by security forces, made the claim at a press conference. “I think that if the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) rectifies the irregularities we denounce, there is no reason why we should not pass the first round”, Kodjo said. Somehow, the current president himself and his government are aware that they have been defeated. Along…

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Africa 

UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief commended the parties for the “significant achievement in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan”. “The Secretary-General applauds regional and international efforts that contributed to this result”, the statement continued.  Mr. Guterres also called on the TGoNU members to “fully adhere to the letter and spirit of the Agreement”, so that the people of South Sudan can finally realize the benefits of durable peace and stability they deserve.  “The United Nations stands ready,…

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Leaders Nigeria 

SOUTH SUDAN FORMS UNITY GOVERNMENT AS TB JOSHUA’S PROPHECY COMES TO PASS

Saturday 22nd February 2020 is set to go down as a historic date in South Sudan as a unity government between once bitter rivals President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Riek Machar finally comes to fruition.  “I want to tell the people of South Sudan that all the changes that are taking place right now are to bring peace and not changes that will bring conflict again because we are tired of conflict,” Kiir announced as he officially appointed Machar as Vice President, one of five to be appointed to the…

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Africa 

Togo votes in a presidential election without great suspense

Polling stations opened on Saturday morning in Togo where voters will choose their president in a ballot without much suspense as incumbent Faure Gnassingbé is expected to win a fourth term in office in the face of divided opposition. Some 3.6 million voters are being called to the polls until 4 p.m. (1600 GMT) in some 9,000 polling stations across the country, but many of them have already announced that they want to boycott a poll they consider neither free nor transparent. In Lomé, in the sandy courtyard of the…

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