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DR Congo opposition leader Katumbi: Victim of Political Repression or Enemy of the State?

Recently, the opposition presidential leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moise Katumbi, has been going through increasingly unbearable political turbulence following his recent decision to challenge the incumbent president Joseph Kabila in the upcoming elections. A day after authorities in Kinshasa issued an arrest warrant for Mr Katumbi, his lawyers said he flew to South Africa for medical treatment, following the tear gas the police allegedly fired at him during a protest, according to the lawyers. Contradictorily, the…

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When Food Becomes a Disease

Food ““ especially good food- is  the most important element   that prolongs our lives. We simply cannot survive without food.  What happens, however, when the same food we need to survive becomes a major threat to our lives? A harbinger of death? From that big tummy obstructing your shirt and quarrelling with buttons of your trouser, to becoming a laughing stock and victim of constant pest, your life has become miserable. So is your health. As we think…

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron Describes Nigeria as “Fantastically Corrupt“

In what might be described as a bombastic diplomatic blunder, the UK Prime Minister has described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt.“ He made the statement at the Buckingham Palace during an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, which was attended by political leaders and other public figures. David Cameron described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen while talking about the upcoming anti-corruption summit scheduled in London this week. “We’ve got some leaders of…

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Liberia: Former Soccer Icon George Weah and the 2017 Presidential Election

George Weah, the former World footballer of the Year has on Thursday, confirmed his intentions to contest in the upcoming presidential election is Liberia. Declaring his ambition, George Weah, who is not only the leader of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, but also the Montserrado County Senator, said that he is persuaded by numerous calls and petitions from Liberians to take up the challenge and change the direction the country is heading in. George Weah who narrowly…

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Affaire Ntaganda : audiovisuel Programme

  The trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Court (ICC) continued from 18 to 21 April 2016 with the testimony of the 17th Prosecution witness, expert John Charles Yuille.   Please find below links for the viewing and download of the “˜In the courtroom` programme related to these hearings (in French). Background:  Bosco Ntaganda, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libé ration du Congo [Patriotic…

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Papa Wemba Collapses on the Stage and Dies Later

The Congolese musical star Papa Wemba collapsed on the stage while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was later pronounced dead. The famous African singer was about to sing his third number during the Festival des musiques urbaines d`Anoumabo (FEMUA) when the tragedy occurred. Shocked members of the band rush to help the 66 year old Papa Wemba, who was lying on the floor. Later, the organisers of the festival confirmed that the musical icon died after suffering a…

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South Africa: EFF`s Malema Threatens Violence to Oust President Zuma

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters of South Africa, Julius Malema has on Sunday audaciously vowed to remove the government of President Jacob Zuma “through the barrel of a gun.“ In one of the boldest inflammatory statements so far attributed to the 35 year old acid tongue radical leader of the third largest opposition party in South Africa, Malema, who was once Zuma`s zealot has warned that his party would be ready to take up arm if necessary…

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Africa: Kofi Annan to African Leaders – Leave When Your Time Is Up

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has strongly advised African leaders to leave the political scene when their time is up and ripe. Speaking at the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, the respected diplomat warned African leaders that their over stay in power could endanger democracy as well as bring conflicts on the continent. While praising Africa for the good job done in the area of democracy, which has resulted in the end of…

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens ICC Permanent Premises

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened, on 19th April,   the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) during a ceremony hosted by the ICC President,  Judge Silvia Fernández, and H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba, President of the Assembly of States Parties (“ASP“), and attended by honoured guests including H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. As a permanent judicial institution created to fight impunity for perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and…

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The Tears of an Orphan Run Inside

Kud mbelewa a hada a hwad (Mafe: Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger) An orphan`s tears run inside (English) It is only the affected ones that know exactly what they go through (Meaning)   Often, the life of an orphan is that of neglect, misery and sadness. Being an orphan, one is often treated with less love and attention. It’s not uncommon that orphans are sometimes neglected because they have no one to stand for them. In times of challenges, orphans may…

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Bring Back Our Girls: Two Agonizing Years After

As we sadly remember our innocent Chibok schoolgirls who were violently kidnapped on 14th April 2014, by the Boko Haram terrorist organization, operating in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, we call on the whole world to show massive solidarity to the plight of these helpless victims of senseless fanaticism. It is now two years, 276 Schoolgirls abducted, 57 of them escaped same day, 219 remain in captivity since then. How best can we help rescue the abducted Chibok…

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ICC Trial Chamber Terminates Ruto and Sang Case

Trial Chamber V(A) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC“ or “Court“) decided, by majority, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, that the case against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang is to be terminated. According to the majority, this decision does not preclude new prosecution in the future either at the ICC or in a national jurisdiction. This decision may be subject to appeal. The Chamber considered the requests of Mr Ruto and Mr Sang that the Chamber find…

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