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Mali’s Former President, Moussa Traoré, For Burial Today1 minute read

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Former military ruler of Mali, Moussa Traore, will be buried on Friday at the Place d’Armes du Genie Militaire, the former air base in the capital, Bamako.

Col Assimi Goita, the leader of the military junta – the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), is expected to attend.

Mr Traoré died on Tuesday aged 83 at his home. Three days of national mourning began on Thursday.

He took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991.

Mr Traoré has played the role of elder statesman in recent years, advising the younger generation of Malian politicians.

Traoré – a Malian soldier, politician, and dictator – rose to power in 1968 after leading the military in a coup against President Modibo Keïta. In March 1991, he was overthrown by popular protests and a military coup that brought in Col. Amadou Toumani Touré.

He was twice condemned to death in the 1990s, but eventually pardoned on both occasions and freed in 2002.

He retired from public life and died in 2020.

Traore’s death comes just a month after another coup in Mali against immediate former president Ibrahim Keita.

Keita was removed from office by the military on 18 August following weeks of protests against his regime.

He was held in detention for 10 days after his ouster, with the military justifying the move saying it was necessary for his own security.

He was flown abroad for medical treatment upon his release.

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EU, US Slams Zimbabwe’s Anti-Sanctions Day

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The United States and the European Union has labelled the anti-sanctions day held in the country as a distraction.

The world powers insisted sanctions were not Zimbabwe’s problem but corruption.

As such, it won’t help the government meet the strong reform agenda set out by President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he came to power soon after the November 2017 coup.

Dr Stergomena Tax, the chairman of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, in a statement prior to the anti-sanction day, rallied behind Zimbabwe in calling for the removal of sanctions imposed at the turn of the century when Harare embarked on gross human rights violations.

“Sanctions have caused suffering among Zimbabweans and continue to have a far-reaching effect on Zimbabwe and the entire Sadc region,” he said in the statement.

Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun also backed the call in a tweet, saying: “Injustices in international relations forced developing countries into subjugation and poverty & still hold them back in independently choosing a path of development. #ZimSanctionsMustGo.”

However, UK ambassador to Harare, Melanie Robinson, argued that sanctions cannot be blamed for the situation Zimbabwe finds itself in.

“It’s not sanctions, it’s corruption that drives away investors and leaves teachers, doctors, nurses and services struggling. Zimbabweans must be free to expose corruption, rights abuses and see perpetrators face justice,” she said.

The US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian A Nichols, said if the energy used by Zimbabwe to rally other SADC member states in call for an end to trade and travel restrictions imposed on Mnangagwa’s government, companies and individuals aligned to it was channelled into reform the country would greatly improve.

“I think if the government of Zimbabwe put the energy that they put into organising these types of events and generating statements from other Sadc members into pursuing the reform agenda the better,” he said.

“The government of Zimbabwe campaigned and talked about reform three years ago in November 2017 and 2018 at the inauguration of President Mnangagwa. If they have events on the reform agenda and the conditions, the restrictive measures that the US, the EU, Canada, Australia and others have imposed would be met.

“I think this is a hollow exercise in that it does not solve the interests of the people of Zimbabwe,” he told journalists.

It is the second year that the anti-sanctions solidarity day is being held.

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Over 75% Of Eligible Voters Participate In Seychelles’ General Elections

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No fewer than 75 per cent of eligible voters across Seychelles’ three main islands participated in the islandic nation’s presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.

Counting of ballot papers has started and the results are expected in the early morning of Sunday.

The island nation’s 75,000 eligible voters chose among three candidates running for President: Wavel Ramkalawan of Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), Danny Faure of United Seychelles (US) and Alain St Ange of One Seychelles.

Four parties and two independent candidates are contesting for a seat in the National Assembly, the island nation’s legislative body. LDS and US have candidates in all the 26 electoral districts while One Seychelles and Lalyans have 18 and three candidates respectively

At 6 p.m. local time, 56,968 people had cast their ballots in 26 electoral districts of the archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, which represents 76.3 percent of the eligible voters.

The electoral officer in charge of the polling station at Beau Vallon, Andy Juliette, told SNA that he is very satisfied with the way voting went, saying almost 80 percent people had cast their votes.

There were 3,421 eligible voters in the district of Beau Vallon.

“We got a higher turnout in the morning. We were very busy and people were queuing even outside the station to vote. In general, we are very happy with the turnout and we are very satisfied that we have been able to manage our time, closing the station exactly at 7 p.m.,” said Juliette.

The chief electoral officer, Manuella Amesbury, told journalists that “now that the stations are closed, the staff will need to refresh and then counting will start with the polling agents.”

She said that the main voting day was satisfactory in general because “we saw that voting went fast and even faster than we expected.”

One of the main issues that arose was a shortage of ballot papers in some polling stations.

“We had planned to have a top up of ballots at around 5 p.m because we expected ballot papers to diminish at this time… but we saw that this happened a lot earlier than we expected,” said Amesbury.

She said that since the Commission was in contact with all stations they were able to organise for more ballot papers to be dispatched where needed.

Amesbury said that the elections did not go smoothly but this was mainly due to the new amendments made in procedures for election and the Commission had to adapt to the changes.

The last presidential election in Seychelles in December 2015 went into a second round, and the then incumbent President James Michel of Parti Lepep secured a third and final mandate winning 50.15 percent of the total votes cast.

Michel won 31,512 of the votes while his opponent the Seychelles National Party (SNP) leader Wavel Ramkalawan won 31, 319 or 49.85 percent of the votes. Only 193 votes separate the two candidates.

The Linyon Demokratik Seselwa won a majority votes in 15 of the 25 constituencies contested, in the legislative election in September 2016. The ruling Parti Lepep now United Seychelles, took the remaining 10. It was the first time since the return of multiparty democracy in Seychelles in 1993 that the ruling Parti Lepep lost its majority in parliament.

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Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Blasts Bola Tinubu Over Comments On Lekki Protesters

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Femi Fani-Kayode, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Bola Tinubu, a ruling All Progressives Party (APC) stalwart, over comments the latter made on Lekki protesters.

It would be recalled that soldiers had opened fire on a group of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Roundabout in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State, last Tuesday.

In a comment, Tinubu – a former governor of Lagos, had said the protesters also have questions to answer.

Reacting in a Facebook post titled – A BAT FROM HELL AND THE ASIWAJU OF BLOOD, Fani-Kayode wrote: “My dear Asiwaju Tinubu,
Even if the whole country is cowed and mesmerised by you and applauds your callousness, vanity, evil, subterfuge, deceit, ruthlessness, obsessive ambitions, lack of fear of God and doubkespeak I FFK, the Voice of the Voiceless, the Servant of Truth, the Lover of God, the Beloved of the Lord, the Otunba of Jogaland, the Sadaukin Shinkafi, the Odum Agu and the Odugwu Eze will not.

Your spell cannot silence, bind or blind me like it has done to others. I see you for what you are and your vain and boastful words here have confirmed it. To think I once loved and admired you gives me sleepless nights and goose pimples. How could I have been so blind?

When Baba Fasoranti’s daughter was murdered by Fulani herdsmen you made mockery of it, went to his house and asked “where are the cows?”
This was insensitive, callous and painful and all the more so because when the murderers of this much-loved and referred lady were eventually apprehended and arrested they were indeed Fulani herdsmen even though their cows were not arrested with them.

The latest episode in your catalogue of atrocities is that children that were protesting peacefully and asking for #EndSARS and an end to police brutality have been slaughtered at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos under your watch as National Leader of the APC.

Sadly instead of exhibiting any remorse or displaying any regret for this abominable atrocity, with a sheepish smile and a sneering and jocular tone, you had the sheer nerve and effrontery to say nothing other than that you are “still the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban?”

Yet what was even worse than this and what shocked and astounded all right-thinking people all the more was that you had the temerity to go on even further to say that the “casualties at the Lekki shooting have some questions to answer!”

You then asked, “how are they there?”, “how long were they there?” and “what kind of characters were they?”

How cruel can you be? Not a word of condolence or expression of commiseration to the families of the dead but instead you offered stupid questions and baseless accusations against their wards and children who were butchered in the most brutal circumstances and heartless manner.
You have no honor. You have no shame. You have no dignity. You have no self-respect. You have no decency. Children were murdered in our streets and this is all you have to say?

You are attempting to blame them for being shot to death and blown to pieces by a bunch of genocidal maniacs in uniform who subjected them to crimes against humanity, genocide and mass murder?

You seek to cover up these horrendous crimes and you are attempting to dishonor and denigrate the dead and desecrate and mock the great sacrifice of these courageous young martyrs for democracy who were murdered in cold blood on the front lines in the field of battle?

Let me tell you this: your dastardly strategy and evil diversionary plan will not work! This matter will not go away!

You will not brush it under the carpet, you will not play it down, you and your puppet Sanwoolu will not escape responsibility for failing to protect our people from the beastly savages that slaughtered them and God will punish you for your scurrilous attempt to muddy the waters, cover up the truth and pervert the course of justice.
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The bitter truth is that you have no conscience and no compassion. You lack the milk of human kindness. You bear no love for humanity or for human beings and you place no value or reverence on human life.

You only harbour love, which borders on obsession, for your vain and lofty ambition to rule Nigeria and trust me when I tell you that this will never happen.

You are heartless, you are cold-blooded, you are wicked, you lack empathy for the suffering and you are a sociopath. Your spell may work on others but it does not work on me.

I see you for what you are: pure evil. You are the darkness that seeks the darkness. The monster that betrayed his own people and put a tyrant and blood-sucking demon in power just to further his own fading ambition and feed his psychotic obsession for power.

Permit me to end with the following.

I urge you to find out what happened to a character called Icarus in Ancient Greek mythology when he flew too close to the sun because that is precisely what is going to happen to you.

As they say pride comes before a fall and hubris always leads to nemesis. Your hubris is here and your nemesis is coming.

To add to that the Holy Bible says “the Lord resists the proud and exalts the humble”.

It also says “who art thou O man? Thou art as the flower that fadeth! Thou art as the grass that withers! A man that is born of woman, that is today and tomorrow is no more!”

I counsel and urge you to ponder and meditate deeply on these words. I advise you to humble yourself before God, get to know Him, learn to fear Him and seek justice and truth before it is too late!

Remember that you will NOT be Asiwaju and Jagaban for ever and, like all mortals, one day you will answer the great call, go the way of all flesh, come face to face with your maker and account for your horrendous crimes against the Nigerian people!

LekkiGenocide #EndSarsNow #EndBuhari #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW #LagosMassacre #BuhariResignNow #BuhariMustGo #EndSARS

(FFK)

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