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Sudan, ICC Sign Agreement on Janjaweed Leader, Ali Kushayb

The ICC announced on 9 June 2020, that Ali Kushayb was being held in custody after he willingly surrendered himself in the Central African Republic. He escaped Darfur after the fall of the Bashir regime.

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Sudanese officials have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in The Hague in relation to the trial of Ali Muhammad Ali Abdelrahman (also known as Ali Kushayb).

Kushayb – a former Janjaweed leader is being held in the Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.

He was a member of the Popular Defence Forces, as well as a commander of the government-backed militia in Darfur, from August 2003 until March 2004.

Diplomats from across the world hailed Sudan government for reaching the accord with ICC.

Also among those facing charges of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are ousted President Omar al-Bashir, the former Minister of Defence Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein and the former Minister of State for the Interior Ahmed Haroun.

The ICC announced on 9 June 2020, that Ali Kushayb was being held in custody after he willingly surrendered himself in the Central African Republic. He escaped Darfur after the fall of the Bashir regime.

Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on social media lauded the initiative, saying such timely and concrete cooperation is crucial for the pursuance of justice.

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Zim Healer Arrested for Wrongful Possession of $2,000 Python Skin

Dzomba was apprehended with a sack containing the contraband, leading to his immediate arrest. According to police evaluators, the python skin, measuring 2.48 metres is valued at US$2,000.

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A fifty-one year old traditional healer Matirikisi Dzomba of Gweshe 2 village in Siakobvu, Zimbabwe was last week arraigned before Chinhoyi magistrate, Tendai Banda charged for the “possession of a python skin without a permit”
This was in contravention of Parks and Wildlife Act. The Act stipulates a mandatory nine-year jail term for anyone who illegally possesses endangered animal species or their trophies.

His arrest came on a failed attempt to sell python skin to Zimbabwe Parks Authority (ZimParks) rangers, who posed as potential buyers.

Dzomba pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody. He will remain there till 26 March 2021 when the regional court is expected to hand down the sentence.

State Counsel Tinoziva Chipupuri told the court that on 2 February 2021 at Gweshe 2 village under Chief Nebiri in Siakobvu, ZimParks ranger Herbert Makiyi got information that the accused was in possession of python skin.

Makiyi teamed up with his colleague from the Mutasadonha National Park and approached Dzomba posing as buyers seeking python skin. Dzomba was apprehended with a sack containing the contraband, leading to his immediate arrest. According to police evaluators, the python skin, measuring 2.48 metres is valued at US$2,000.

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Kampala Capital City Authority Officially Takes Over Owino Market

In an operation code named ‘walk through Owino Market’ downtown, KCCA announced the take over of Owino Market.

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Uganda’s largest open market, St. Balikudembe, popularly known as Owino market in country’s capital, has been effectively taken over by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

The Executive Director of KCCA Ms Dorothy Kisaka, announced the official takeover on Tuesday, during a second visit she undertook with the authority’s team through the market.

She also requested the vendors to organise elections for new leadership of the market, to replace renowned trader and chairman Godfrey Kayongo Nkajja.

Dorothy Kisaka leading the ‘walk through Owino Market’

Last year, Vendors in the four markets including the Owino and Nakasero issued an ultimatum, urging the Ministry of Kampala and KCCA to replace market Association leaders, threatening to hold demonstrations to oust leadership from those markets .

Kisaka also acknowledged traders in the market for observing COVID-19 standard operating procedures as directed by the Ministry of Health in the market.

She also commended them for exercising their democratic franchise in the recently concluded national polls.

Several vendors welcomed the move, saying it will solve several challenges they faced under private administration.

The directive highlights issues of market leadership, ownership, compensation, relocation, and suspension of government taxes in the market.

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France Urges Chad to Investigate Attack on Opposition Leader’s Home

Chadian President, Idris Deby (middle) flanked by Burkinabe President, Marc Kabore and French President, Emmanuel Macron. Ludovic Marin/pool

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Following an attack on Chadian opposition leader, Yaya Dillo’s home on Sunday, the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called for an investigation to be conducted into the incident.

Dillo said five members of his family, including his mother, were killed when his home was attacked by men believed to be from the Presidential Guard.

The opposition leader plans to contest against Idris Deby in a Presidential election in April.

Deby, one of West Africa’s most fearsome leaders, has spent almost three decades in power in the country.

He has a very cordial relationship with the French government and is often supported by French soldiers in stamping out criminal elements in the country.

Dillo is no unfamiliar foe for Deby, as their paths had crossed in 2006 when the former was a rebel leader, before going on to become a Minister in the country.

He’s one of the 16 people who have signified interest in unseating the President in the election, slated to hold in a month’s time.

The French government said there should be total investigation into the attack, as there were arrest warrants issued against Dillo before the attack on his home.

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