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Teachers from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya grab first AU Teacher Prize

The African Union has honoured three teachers on the African continent for their contributions to the teaching profession. A teacher each from Uganda, Kenya and Ghana were the first to be honoured at the inaugural award ceremony for the first Continental Teacher Prize. Top three teachers were Augusta Lartey-Young from Ghana,  Gladyce Kachope from Uganda and Eric Ademba from Kenya. Augusta Lartey-Young teaches at the Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School in Ghana while Erick Ademba is a teacher at the Asumbi Girls School in Kenya. Gladys Kachope from Kenya teaches in…

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Africans demand end to visa restrictions in online petition

A group of Africans has launched an online petition to have visa restrictions in Africa eliminated to ease movement across the continent. A new Visa Openness Report in Africa in June revealed that majority of African countries are still unwelcoming to Africans. In that report 51 percent of African countries still demand that Africans secure visas before visiting their territories. That policy means many Africans struggle to travel freely across borders on the continent. So far only 25 percent of African countries no longer require visas for African citizens. But 24…

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Sacked AU Ambassador demands $234k due her before exiting

The African Union (AU) Permanent Ambassador in the United States, Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao was told by the chairperson of the AU Commission this month that her services would no longer be needed. Her sacking which takes effects from November 1, 2019 however sparked outrage from many Africans especially those in the diaspora. Dr. Chihombori-Quao who was appointed to the position in December 2016 has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond. In a letter dated October 7, 2019 the chairman of…

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Outrage over the sacking of AU Ambassador Chihombori-Quao

Many Africans in the Diaspora have been angered by the sacking of the African Union (AU) Permanent Ambassador in the United States. Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao appointed to the position in December 2016 and has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond. Chihombori-Quao is very outspoken and has become a leading voice for Pan-Africanism. She has been heard on several occasions criticizing the west for maintaining neo-colonial policies that are meant to keep Africa poor. In some media interviews she has called out…

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Rwanda accepts to take in African refugees held in Libya

Rwanda has reached a deal with the African Union to take in African refugees being held in worsening conditions in detention centres in Libya. These refugees mainly migrants will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Rwanda’s government and the African Union. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday that a first group of 500 refugees will be evacuated in coming weeks. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a news briefing…

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AU lifts suspension on Sudan after transitional government deal

The African Union (AU) has now lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership after a transitional government was put in place. The new government brings an end to months of violence and chaos following the toppling of former leader, Omar al-Bashir. The AU suspended Sudan for three months after the military initially refused to hand over power to a civilian regime with 60 days. Following negotiations and dialogue, the civilian opposition and the military agreed to a new transitional government. The parties signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August. Sudan also…

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AU commission says ‘some military coups are inevitable’

The African Union Commission Deputy Chairman Kwesi Quartey has said that although the Union hopes coups do not take place, some of them are inevitable. The Ghanaian diplomat told DW that “we are concerned. But we also recognize that the military is a backbone of the state and in a situation of chaos normally the military will not sit down and watch the political situation fall apart. So, some of it is inevitable”. But the deputy AU commission chief reminded the world that despite a push for democracy in Africa,…

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Sudan crisis: Factions agree on new transitional government

Sudan’s military leaders have agreed on a deal with the main opposition coalition to make way for a new transitional government. The deal was struck on Saturday after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said. Both factions have been negotiating for a new transitional government since April when longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a coup. The African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt who made the announcement on Saturday did not give any details. “I am announcing to the Sudanese, African and international public opinion that the two delegations…

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Senegal Court case of Former Chad Leader Habre might spell an end to the need for ICC

President, Hissene HabréA special court in the Senegalese capital of Dakar began a long-awaited trial Monday against former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre on charges of torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

The 72-year-old Habre and his lawyers have dismissed the court as lacking due process and said they would boycott the trial, but they were present Monday after authorities forced their client to appear.

 

“We consider that this procedure, this court as illegitimate,” Francois Serres, one of Habre’s lawyers, said. “We consider the principle that there is no due process when the investigation has not been conducted fairly.”

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ICC the West’s tool to Harass Africans, Mugabe demands cutting ties

Robert MugabeThe International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.

The demand came in a report Saturday on previous decisions made by African Union leaders.

Mugabe, 87, told the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2011 that the ICC has no credibility in Africa.

The court “seems to exist only for alleged offenders of the developing world, the majority of them Africans”, he said.

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