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Uganda’s Reggae Star, Bobi Wine, Vows To Beat President Museveni In 2021 Poll1 minute read



The presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has promised to defeat President Yoweri Museveni In 2021 General Elections.

Ssentamu, a former reggae artiste popularly by his stage name Bobi Wine, disclosed this in an address to the Ugandan Diaspora at the weekend.

In his address, Bobi Wine claimed President Museveni failed to live to promises he made Ugandans over 30 years ago when he got into power through a military coup which deposed President Obote in 1986.

He further accused Museveni of making Ugandans very poor by misusing their resources for over three decades.

Bobi Wine then reiterated his zeal to uphold human dignity and justice to all Ugandans from all walks of life and religious affiliations if he wins the election.

The Peoples President, as his supporters call him, promised to turn around Uganda’s economy and bring sanity and equity in his government.

He added that when he becomes president he would welcome back Ugandans living in Europe, Asia, North America so that together they can help him rebuild the battered economy.

Apart from politics, Bobi Wine is an activist, singer, actor, businessman and philanthropist. He won the Zzina Awards for Male Artiste of the Year and Song of the Year as recent as 2018.

He has served as the member of parliament representing Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region from 11 July 2017. He is the leading opposition figure in Uganda and has been at the forefront of leading protests across Uganda.

Thousands of his supporters followed the live stream from Facebook and Youtube and they also had a chance to ask him questions and give him suggestions.

He requested for donations from the Diaspora to help him run a good campaign which will culminate in beating Museveni in the General elections in 2021.

West Africa Politics

Lagos Celebrates Nigeria’s Independence With World Record 60,000 Cupcakes Mosaic



Nigeria is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Record after Lagos State celebrated the West African country’s 60th Independence Anniversary with a 60,000 cupcake mosaic on Thursday.

This is the largest anniversary logo created by any state in the world.

The initiative is by the Lagos State Government in conjunction with Fly Africa.

Speaking at the event held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, pointed out that the state through the laying of the largest cupcake mosaic, is sending a message to the world that Lagos remains a land of creativity and innovations.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the wife of the State Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, at the event monitored by officials of the Guinness World Records, said that the largest cupcakes in the world, before this one was 30,400 cupcakes made in Singapore in 2015.

“It is my belief that Lagos State and indeed Nigeria would continue to strive and record greater achievements.

“I call on everyone here today to join hands with our administration to build a Lagos that we will all be proud of,” he said.

The governor commended all the founding fathers of Nigeria, independence icons and those who had worked tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria remained a united nation.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the world’s largest anniversary logo made with cupcakes mosaic remains unique to Lagos as a trail-blazer in lofty initiatives.

Akinbile-Yussuf said that the government, through this event is putting itself before the international community, especially tourists, to see what the state could offer in terms of breaking new grounds and in creativity.

She said that the relevance of Lagos State in Nigeria can not be undermined as the state has been channeling its efforts into activities that have strengthened the nation economically, culturally and socially.

To her, Lagos State has been the melting pot of Nigeria’s traditions and culture.

“The coming together of Fly Africa and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for this event which is one of its kind in the history of this nation underscores Lagos’ rich attractions that have earned the nation a global voice and respect across the continent.

“It is also commendable that we are equally using this event to eye the World Guinness Record through the laying of the Largest Cupcake Mosaic in different colors, being the first ever in the world.

‘“I appreciate the almost 150 volunteers who came together to make this Largest Cupcake Mosaic possible, as well as the various partners for this event,” she said.

The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture used the period of the lockdown in the tourism and entertainment industry to rethink a workable direction for the post-COVID era.

In the future, efforts would be channeled toward the development of the state local tourism sites and the promotion of local creativity.

“Rather than enrich the economy of other countries through international tours, we want to change the narrative by making our state a more beautiful city to behold, where international tourists can visit and invest their resources,” the commissioner said.

The Lead Aviator of Fly Africa, Mr Wole Olagundoye, said the record breaking event would inspire Nigerians and Africans to rise above the odds and strive for positive actions toward achieving great and transformational feats.

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West Africa Politics

ECOWAS Hints At Lift of Mali Sanctions – Interim President



The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) may soon lift the economic sanctions it slammed on Mali following a coup in September, the country’s interim president has said.

Soldiers, who say they are the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), had on August 18 overthrown democratically elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, from power, prompting swift sanctions from the 15-nation ECOWAS.

The military junta led by Colonel Assimi Goita named a retired colonel Bah Ndaw as Interim President following demands by ECOWAS that the junta hands over power to a transitional government led by a civillian.

Goita was named as the interim government vice president but the ECOWAS has refused to lift the sanctions until a prime minister is named.

Just a few days ago the interim government named Moctar Ouane as the new government’s Prime Minister. Yet, the sanctions remain in place.

A tweet from the Interim President, Ndaw, has, however, disclosed that the West African regional bloc has “hinted” that sanctions against Mali “could soon be lifted”.

Earlier this week, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said there were still some “grey areas” that needed to be worked out before relations with Mali could return to normal.

For instance, Mali’s new vice-president is the former junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, and Ecowas wants to make sure that he cannot become president.

Ndaw is a former military officer and defence minister.

Members of Ouane’s government will be unveiled on Tuesday, a report said.

The new PM, aged 64, served as foreign minister between 2004 and 2011 during Amadou Toumani Toure’s presidency.

He has served as peace and security representative for the West African Monetary Union (WAMU) since 2016. Ouane is originally from Bidi in central Mali.

Mali maintained a “peaceful country” status until the military coup in September 2020.

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Sierra Leone’s Anti-Graft Agency Summons Ex-President Koroma



The Sierra Leone Anti-corruption Commission (ACC-SL) has invited a former president of the West African Country, Ernest Bai Koroma, for questioning under oath over allegations of corruption while in office.

Current President, Maada Bio, has launched a crackdown on graft. The summons served on Koroma is Bio’s latest move to call to account the previous administration that he claimed took the country to the brink of economic collapse.

It concerns alleged wrongdoing in connection with mining, construction and procurement contracts, and follows an order on Tuesday to bar Koroma and 111 officials from leaving the country after a judge-led inquiry alleged that they illicitly enriched themselves during his 2007-2018 tenure.

“The former president’s chief security officer received the notice on his behalf this morning at his residence in Makeni,” anti-corruption commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala told Reuters.

Koroma had been ordered to answer questions from the commission – which has prosecuting powers – in person on Oct. 5, he said.

Koroma has denied any wrongdoing in the past and said corruption allegations are part of a long-running smear campaign.

The former ruling All People’s Congress party, which Koroma still leads, has rejected the inquiry’s findings as “politically motivated, legally flawed and procedurally defective”.

It plans to challenge it at the Court of Appeal.

Koroma’s Makeni property is among assets worth $200 million. The government has ordered Koroma and the officials forfeit or repay after the inquiry released its report last Friday.

An earlier report commissioned by Bio accused the previous administration of exploiting an Ebola outbreak in the West African country for personal gain.

Sierra Leone, recovering from a decade of civil war that ended in 2002, saw its economy contract more than 20% in 2015 due to a slump in global commodity prices and the Ebola epidemic that had peaked a year earlier.

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