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Rivers State, Nigeria Places a Ban on #EndSARS Protests1 minute read

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Governor Nyesom Wike has banned all forms of protests, specifically the #EndSARS demonstrations, in Nigeria’s Rivers State.

Wike’s directive was contained in a statement on Monday night by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.

Youths across Nigeria, including Rivers State, have taken to the streets since last Thursday to demonstrate against the brutality of a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The unit has since been disbanded by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, but the protests continued with demonstrators demanding amongst other things, a total overhaul of the police force and the release of all arrested protesters.

Wike, in the statement, explained that there was no need for any form of demonstration since the IGP had disbanded SARS.

The statement read, “The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the state.

“Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSARS Campaign are hereby prohibited.

“Government took this decision because the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already scrapped the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“Therefore, there is no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists.

“Parents and guardians are therefore advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order.

“Law enforcement agencies are also directed to ensure that the ban is enforced and that violators are brought to book.”

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Parliament in Somalia endorses new PM Roble’s Cabinet

The new Cabinet formed includes eight women – four ministers, a State minister and three deputy ministers.

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The new Cabinet formed

The new Cabinet formed last Monday by Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, has been approved by the Lower House of the country’s Federal Parliament.

A list of 71 ministers, State ministers and deputy ministers was presented by the Premier to the legislators, stating that their selection was based on their integrity and capacities.

“I have selected the ministers upon closely examining their abilities to deliver services to the people,” he said in a brief speech.

All MPs present, 188 in number, voted in favour of the new Cabinet by show of hands.

The new Cabinet formed includes eight women – four ministers, a State minister and three deputy ministers. 

While delivering a speech to seek parliamentary approval of his portfolio holders and political programme, PM Roble emphasized the zeal of his government to tackle the country’s most pressing issues, particularly insecurity as well as the smooth running of the anticipated general election in 2020 and 2021.

The return of most of the deposed PM’s Cabinet members had been anticipated by many analysts.

However, in the new Cabinet formed, a number senior ministers lost positions. Among them were the holders of the Defense, Internal Security, Interior, Information and Education dockets.

The ministers of Commerce and Industry as well as Public Works did not appear in the new list.

Those who retained their positions in the cabinet include Deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled alias Khadar, Foreign minister Ambassador Ahmed Issa Awad and Finance minister Dr Abdirahman Dualeh Beile.

Others are Health minister Dr Fawzia Abikar Nur and Planning minister Jamal Mohamed Hussein.

The new Cabinet comprises of 27 ministers, 27 deputy ministers and 17 state ministers.

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Opposition’s Ramkalawan Wins Seychelles Presidential Election

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Opposition’s candidate, Wavel Ramkalawan, has been declared the winner of the Seychelles presidential election.

The last time an opposition candidate won the election was in 1977 and winner Ramkalawan reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage after COVID-19 stifled the tourism-dependent economy.

Seychelles State House said in a statement on its website that Ramkalawan and his Vice-President, Ahmed Afif, will be inaugurated on Monday.

Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, defeated President Danny Faure after three decades of unsuccessful runs for the presidency of the East African nation, an Indian Ocean archipelago famed for its natural beauty and rare wildlife.

Ramkalawan captured 54.9 per cent of the votes while Faure got 43.5 per cent in the vote held from Thursday through Saturday, the electoral commission announced.

Ramkalawan promised to continue working with Faure – an unusually good-natured transfer of power for the nearby African continent where many rulers are eliminating term limits and cracking down on political opposition.

“Mr Faure and I are good friends. And an election does not mean the end of one’s contribution to one’s motherland,” Ramkalawan said in his victory speech.

“In this election, there were no losers, there were no winners. Our country was given the opportunity as the ultimate winner.”

As he spoke, Faure sat close by, nodding his head.

In 1977, power changed hands via a coup that led to 27 years of rule by Albert Rene, punctuated by several coup attempts, including one in 1981 by South African-backed mercenaries masquerading as vacationing rugby players.

Faure’s United Seychelles party had been in power over the past 43 years but this was the first time he had faced voters himself.

He was vice president when his predecessor resigned in 2016 after a constitutional amendment was passed limiting presidents to two terms.

Faure’s chances may have been damaged by a severe economic downturn.

Travel restrictions imposed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic mean the Seychelles economy is expected to contract by 13.8 per cent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

It is a stunning reversal of fragile progress since the government defaulted on its debt in 2008 and sought an IMF bailout.

Both Ramkalawan, of the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa party, and another opposition candidate, Alain St Ange of the One Seychelles party, had promised voters they would raise the minimum wage.

This week’s election was for both the presidency and parliament.

Ramakalawan’s party will have 20 directly-elected parliament seats and five nominated ones, while Faure’s party will have six directly-elected members and four nominated.

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EU, US Sanctions: Russia Offers Help To Zimbabwe

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Puttin accusses the West for ill treating Africa

Russia will enhance investment cooperation with Zimbabwe and promote the African country’s socio-economic development to help it overcome the consequences of U.S. and EU sanctions, an official said on Sunday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this on Sunday, the day of solidarity against restrictions imposed on Zimbabwe.

“We intend to further contribute to the socio-economic development of this state, as well as to help it overcome the disastrous consequences of these sanctions by building up mutually beneficial investment.

“And also by building scientific and technical cooperation as part of implementation of the existing bilateral Russian-Zimbabwean agreements at the highest level,” the statement said.

The ministry noted that on Oct. 25 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) celebrate the day of struggle for lifting unilateral sanctions against Zimbabwe.

“We express our solidarity with the position of SADC countries, demanding the immediate lifting of illegitimate restrictive measures against Zimbabwe, which is a full-fledged member of the international community.

“We recall that in 2002-2003, the U.S. and the EU, bypassing the UN Security Council, imposed a number of coercive measures, including blocking Zimbabwe’s access to loans from international financial institutions,” the statement said.

According to the ministry, these restrictions not only undermine the authority and prerogatives of the main UN body, but also directly harm the population of the African state.

In the early 2000s, Washington and Brussels introduced sanctions against then-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s administration, accusing it of undemocratic practices, human rights abuses and economic mismanagement.

They also urged it to carry out political and economic reforms.

The sanctions made it impossible for the country to seek financial assistance from international organisations.

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