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Kenyan Lawmaker To Face Murder Charge Over Election Violence2 minutes read

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A Kenyan lawmaker will face prosecution on murder and assault charges over the killing of a man and injury of several other people during the Ganda Ward by-election in 2019.

The East African country’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) approved the charges against Malindi Member of Parliament, Aisha Jumwa, on Wednesday.

The lawmaker will be charged alongside her aide, Geoffrey Okuto Otieno.

The two are now set to undergo mental assessments next Wednesday before being charged in court.

The man was shot dead in a scuffle between rival Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party supporters in Ganda Ward in Malindi, Kilifi County, in October last year.

The incident occurred after Jumwa reportedly stormed a meeting of ODM agents at a house belonging to Reuben Katana, the ODM candidate and eventual winner of the by-election.

Jumwa allegedly demanded to know why such a meeting would be held at night after the campaign period had lapsed.

A scuffle ensued between her supporters and those of the candidate and the police fire teargas. One person was shot dead and several others injured.

Gumbao Jola, 48, died upon arrival at Malindi General Hospital. He was Katana’s uncle.

MP Jumwa was on October 16, 2019 arrested at her home in Kakuyuni, Malindi, over the incident before later being released.

Ms Jumwa denies being involved in the murder.

She says she was at the scene of the scuffle but insists she left, on the advice of the police, before the fatal shooting.

The murder charges come a few months after Jumwa was freed on Sh5 million bond after pleading not guilty to six counts of money laundering, acquiring proceeds of a crime, conflict of interest as well as fraud.

Jumwa, alongside six other people and a company, was accused of defrauding the Malindi CDF of Sh19 million.

The money was allegedly misappropriated during the construction of a school building.

She faced two charges of acquiring proceeds of a crime.

Jumwa was accused of receiving Sh2.5 million in her Cooperative bank on September 12, 2018, and Sh900,000 on August 17, 2018, from Multserve Contractors Limited.

The legislator is also accused of money laundering by unlawfully disposing of funds received from the NG-CDF by concealing the two transactions.

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Somalia’s President Farmaajo Urges US To Keep Troops In Country

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Following reports President Donald Trump may remove US military presence from Somalia, the East African country’s leader has urged the American government to shelve the plan.

Somalian President Mohamed Farmaajo in a series of tweets on Friday sought to continue security cooperation with the U.S.

Earlier this week, media reports indicated that U.S. President Donald Trump had expressed the desire to withdraw U.S. troops from Somalia.

This will allow Trump to keep his campaign promises and return servicemen back home.

“The U.S. military support to Somalia has enabled us to effectively combat Al-Shabab and secure the Horn of Africa.

“A victory through this journey and for Somali-U.S. partnership can only be achieved through continuous security partnership and capacity building support,” Farmaajo said on Twitter.

The U.S. military has about 700 troops in Somalia – mostly from Special Operations forces – who have been helping local authorities to fight against Al-Shabab terrorist group.

Al-Shabab emerged in Somalia in 2006 and has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks throughout the region.

Al-Shabab has sworn allegiance to the Al-Qaeda terror group, which is banned in Russia.

In 2019, a report emerged that the U.S. was planning to reduce its military presence in the African country and reduce the intensity of airstrikes against Al-Shabab.

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SADC To Observe Seychelles, Tanzania Elections Virtually

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) electoral observer mission will virtually observe the conduct of elections in Seychelles and Tanzania, an official has said.

Botswana’s Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Lemogang Kwape, who will be leading the two missions, disclosed this on Wednesday.

Kwape was appointed this week by President Mokgweetsi Masisi as the incumbent Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

Kwape’s appointment was in accordance with the regional bloc’s revised guidelines governing democratic elections.

“Our virtual observations will focus on the pre and post-elections periods which include the final stretch campaigns, voting day and the process of counting of the ballot papers,” said Kwape.

Seychelles will hold its presidential and national assembly elections from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, while general elections of Tanzania will take place on Oct. 28.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health protocols in the region, the observer missions will only consist of representatives from the SADC Organ Troika member states.

The member states including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as members of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council.

These representatives will be supported by the SADC Secretariat, according to a statement released by Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation early this week.

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Eritrea’s President Afwerki Arrives Ethiopia For Three-Day Working Visit

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President Isaias Afwerki of Eritea, on Monday, arrived Ethiopia for a three days working visit.

Afwerki – who is accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, and his adviser Yemane Ghebreab – is expected to discuss further enhancement of bilateral ties as well as the consolidation of regional cooperation with his host, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopia and Eritrea ended two decades of tension in 2018 and signed a peace deal.

Eritrean Minister for Information, Yemane Gebremeskel, said that the visit was initiated by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

“The two Heads of State will hold extensive consultations on further enhancement of bilateral ties as well as the consolidation of regional cooperation,” he said in a Twitter post.

The visit came in the wake of accusation by Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leaders, specifically from the former minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin, that “Abiy Ahmed let the Eritrean president Isaias Afeworki rape Ethiopia.”

Afwerki flew directly to Jimma city, in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, where he was received by Abiy Ahmed.

The last time the Eritrean president visited Ethiopia was in May 2019 soon after Ethiopia declared a state of emergency as part of preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus disease, and this is for the sixth time for him to visit the country since the two countries ended hostile relation in July 2018 following Abiy Ahmed’s take over of office as prime minister.

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