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South Africa: Alleged parliament arsonist appears in court

– – A man suspected of setting ablaze South Africa’s parliament complex last Sunday has appeared in court. On Tuesday the Cape Town Magistrates Court charged the 49-year old, for arson and then adjourned hearing to January 11. National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila told journalists on Tuesday that the suspect named as Zandile Christmas Mafe was also found with an explosive. Other charges include, “House breaking” with intent to steal and theft, two counts of arson, possession of an explosive device and destruction of essential infrastructure. The suspects lawyer,…

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Ghana’s lawmakers fight in parliament over e-levy voting

– – There was chaos in Ghana’s parliament on Monday night as lawmakers vote on the controversial levy on electronic transactions under a certificate of urgency. The E-levy has sharply divided the house, with opposition lawmakers demanding that government withdraws it before passing the 2022 budget. In the presentation of the country’s 2022 budget statement last month, the country’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta announced that the introduction of the e-levy has been necessitated by the astronomical rise in electronic transactions, hitting $80 billion (over 500 billion Cedis) in 2020.…

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Somalia: Lawmakers vote to extend President’s term by two years

– – Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament has voted to approve a bill to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office by two years. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. It needs to be approved by the upper chamber before becoming law. Mr Farmajo welcomed the passing of the bill in the lower chamber, adding that after two years the Somali people will finally be able to elect their own president. But opposition candidates and some of the regional state leaders have rejected the…

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Ghana’s parliament suspends sitting amid Covid-19 infections

Ghana’s parliament has suspended sitting for at least three weeks following reports of Covid-19 infections among lawmakers. More than 100 cases of the virus had been detected among MPs and their staffers. On Tuesday the speaker of the house, Alban Bagbin said he had “decided, in consultation with political leaders, that the Assembly session will be adjourned for three weeks.” He is hoping this will allow “disinfection and sanitation of the premises,” and hopefully deal with the surge in infection. Last week the speaker had threatened to publish names of…

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Ghana: Opposition member elected speaker of parliament amid chaos

– – Ghanaian lawmakers have elected a member of the opposition party as speaker of the country’s parliament. Former Member of Parliament, Alban Bagbin was elected after chaos broke out in the lawmaking chamber on Thursday morning. Soldiers earlier stormed the Parliament during the process towards electing the new speaker. The military officers had gone into the chamber to try and restore calm following chaos that characterized the voting process. Elected MPs from the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party…

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Soldiers storm Ghana’s parliament amid chaos over election of speaker

– – Soldiers stormed Ghana’s Parliament on Thursday morning during the process towards electing a new speaker for the lawmaking chamber. The military officers had gone into the chamber to try and restore calm following chaos that characterized the voting process. Elected MPs from the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party had disagreements over the voting procedure. Inauguration of 8th parliament: Military and police storm Parliament to restore calm. #7thTo8thParliament pic.twitter.com/cGatpcZgQu — Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) January 7, 2021 While…

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Ghana: Actor John Dumelo a step closer to becoming a legislator

Top Ghanaian Actor John Dumelo who has his sight set on becoming a lawmaker on Saturday cleared his first hurdle. The “A Night with Her” actor won his party’s primaries in Ghana’s Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency. Dumelo is a member of Ghana’s opposition political party, the National Democratic Congress, NDC. The “Black Men Rock” actor with his party level victory will now face off with the representative of the ruling party, likely to be the incumbent MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan. John Dumelo after his victory said he is putting in…

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Ghanaian actor John Dumelo sets sight on Parliament

A top actor in Ghana, John Dumelo has set his sight on becoming a legislator. The “Black Men Rock” actor is vying to become the Parliamentary Candidate for Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in the country’s capital city Accra. John Dumelo in an interview with Africafeeds.com revealed that he has always had a political ambition. “I’ve always had the desire to serve people. I have always had the desire to serve my country. And I’ve always also had the desire to be part…

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Kenya: How lactating MP sneaked baby into parliament

On Wednesday Kenya’s Presiding Speaker Chris Omulele asked orderlies to throw out Kwale Woman representative, Zulekha Hassan for entering the chambers with her 5- month old son. There was drama in the Kenyan National Assembly when a lactating legislator was forced out of the chamber. The legislator had opposed the speaker’s action arguing that she came to breastfeed the baby while attending to the house business. But the speaker ordered that she be thrown out, ruling that the chamber is not the right place to do it. Hassan has been talking about how she sneaked…

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