A Nigerian, Ms Esther Agbaje, has been elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives in Tuesday’s U.S. general elections.
She will represent District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of U.S. Democratic Party.
Esther, 35, won by a landslide, polling 17,396 votes or 74.7 per cent of the total ballots cast.
Her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party, secured 4,128 votes, representing 17.7 per cent of the total.
Elections to the lower chamber of the state legislature hold every two years, and there are no term limits for the lawmakers.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Agbaje was born in St. Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.
Her father, Rev. John, an Episcopal Church priest, met her mother, Bunmi, a librarian, at the University of Minnesota where they were studying.
She graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science.
Esther holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and also a law degree from Harvard University.
She currently works as an attorney in Minneapolis with focus on general civil litigation and medical malpractice.
She once served at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer, charged with managing rule of law projects in the Middle East.
Her priorities as a lawmaker include affordable housing, environmental justice, police reform, public safety and racial equality.
Adolf Hitler Elected Councillor In Namibia
A politician named after Germany’s Adolf Hitler has been elected councillor in a Namibian regional election. However, unlike the man he was named after, Adolf Hitler Uunona says he has no plan for world domination.
The politician, who normally goes by the name Adolf Uunona, got 85% of the votes in last week’s election in Ompundja, a small town in the far north of the country.
In the candidates’ list, Hitler was reduced to the initial: ‘H’.
Uunona won 1,196 votes in the recent election compared to 213 for his opponent, giving him a seat on the regional council
Namibia is a former German colony and there are still reminders of that time in some placenames.
“My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” Mr Uunona said in a recent interview.
“It was a very normal name for me as a child. It was not until I was growing up that I realised that this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”
The German occupation of Namibia, which ended after World War One, has bitter memories for the people there.
Between 1904 and 1908 its colonial forces killed more than 80% of Namibia’s Nama and Herero populations, in what historians now call “the forgotten genocide”.
Adolf Hitler was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party.
During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland on 1 September 1939. He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust.
Mr Uunona’s SWAPO party has ruled Namibia since independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990. Namibia was once known as German South West Africa and was a German colony from 1884.
A small German-speaking community still lives in the country today, and around 120,000 Germans visit Namibia every year.
Trial Of Former Liberia Rebel Leader, Kosiah, Begins In Switzerland
Alieu Kosiah, a former commander of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) faction, on Thursday, appeared before a court in Switzerland over war crimes charges.
ULIMO, a rebel group that participated in the First Liberian Civil War, fought against the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), led by Charles Taylor.
The war is noted for its brutality.
Kosiah is accused of sexual violence, murder, cannibalism, recruitment of child soldiers and forcing civilians to work in cruel conditions, which he denies.
After the war, Kosiah fled to Switzerland, where he was arrested in 2014 after evidence emerged of his alleged involvement in the deliberate killing of civilians, sexual violence and acts of cannibalism.
Kosiah denies the charges.
The case marks the first time war crimes charges are being heard by a civil court in Switzerland.
His lawyer claimed that he was not in the Liberia’s Lofa county at the time when the alleged crimes were committed there.
Mr Kosiah’a trial had been scheduled to begin earlier this year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
His alleged victims will not be able to testify due to Covid-19 restrictions and are expected to do so next year.
The civil war, which lasted from 1989 until 2003, led to the deaths of nearly 250,000 people, often at the hands of child soldiers.
Kenya Planning To Destabilise Somalia, Minister Alleges
Osman Abukar Dubbe, the Minister for Information Culture & Tourism of The Federal Republic of Somalia, has accused neighbouring Kenya of plotting to destabilise his country as it prepares for general elections.
Dubbe accused Kenya of political interference and hosting opposition leaders in Nairobi.
Politicians from Somalia’s southern Jubbaland regional state were among those who have previously held meetings in Nairobi amid discussions over Somalia’s 2020/2021 elections.
Speaking during a press conference broadcast live on the Facebook page of the state TV, Dubbe said, “We respect Kenya, appreciate our neighbourliness and mutual interest. On our side, we always uphold these principles. However, Kenya seems not to be interested in that but rather wants to pursue an inappropriate daydream and is a state focused on ambitions to pursue taking the Somali land and waters.
“Mogadishu has never hosted a single opposition politician from Kenya, who want to create tension in our neighbours, but instead, Nairobi has become a base where attacks on Somalia are launched from. It has become the base where agreements reached inside Somalia are violated.
“(Nairobi) has become a place where plans to cause political tensions intended to destabilise the emerging governance in our country… That is why we had recalled our ambassador from Nairobi for consultation,” the information minister said.
Dubbe also said al-Shabab seized territories in southern Somalia after the Kenyan Defence Forces that are part of AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) withdrew from strategic towns in the region.
“After the Kenyan forces withdrew from the towns without informing anybody they were seized (by al-Shabab). Imagine the problems the Somali people who lived there experienced. Is that something we can ignore. Go and ask the residents in Fahfadhun what had happened to them,” the minister told reporters in Mogadishu.
On Monday 30 November, the Somali federal government recalled its ambassador to Nairobi and asked Kenya’s ambassador to Mogadishu “to depart for consultations”.
The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied reports that it is interfering in Somalia’s internal and political affairs.
Relations between Kenya and Somalia have been marred in recent years largely due to a maritime dispute over a 150,000 square kilometre area in the Indian Ocean rich in oil and gas deposits.
According to the National Electoral Commission, Somalia will hold presidential elections on February 8, 2021, which will be preceded by legislative elections from December 1 to 27, 202.
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