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Gambian President Gets New Title

Gambian President Gets New Title

The Gambia’s long-serving President Yahya Jammeh has had the title of Babili Mansa added to his name. The Mandika-language phrase can be translated as “chief bridge builder” or “conqueror of rivers.” A statement from the presidency said Jammeh should now be known as “His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa.” He had taken the title once before, in 2014, only to drop it four months later. President Jammeh seized power in

Burundi Coup: Rival Soldiers Battle For Supremacy

Burundi Coup: Rival Soldiers Battle For Supremacy

Rival groups of soldiers in Burundi are battling for control of the capital Bujumbura amid confusion over the success of an attempted coup. There is heavy fighting at the state radio building, where broadcasts have been going on and off air. Witnesses say soldiers loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza controlled key areas, including the airport, while coup leaders insist that they remain in charge of the country. The unrest began when Nkurunziza announced he was

South Africa: Zulu King Pleads For Calm

Following the increasing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa, Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, has appealed for calm. The King had been accused of fueling the attacks, which have killed at least seven people, after saying foreigners should “go back to their countries.” More than 300 people have been arrested in the unrest. Thousands packed into a stadium in the eastern city of Durban to hear King Zwelithini’s address. Zwelithini, who said his comments were

Kenyan Rapists Bag 15-Year Jail Term

Kenyan Rapists Bag 15-Year Jail Term

A court in Nairobi, Kenya capital has convicted three men yesterday for the brutal gang rape of a schoolgirl. Kimberly Brown one of the counsels to the victim said the sentencing will have a ripple effect across the nation, “and hopefully the region at large.” A worldwide outrage had earlier greeted the first punishment meted to the men when they were asked to cut grass. This prompted more than 1.8 million people to sign an

Ebola: Schools Reopen In Sierra Leone As Threat Declines

Ebola: Schools Reopen In Sierra Leone As Threat Declines

Schools have reopened across Sierra Leone nine months after they were shut down because of the Ebola outbreak. The government said it hopes that the studying time lost by the country’s 1.8 million children can still be made up for. The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says that the reopening of Sierra Leone’s schools marks “a major step in the normalization of life.” New cases of Ebola continue to be reported in Sierra Leone but

Sierra Leone Vice President Sacked

Sierra Leone Vice President Sacked

Sierra Leone’s Vice-President, Samuel Sam-Sumana, has been sacked for seeking political asylum in a foreign embassy, the president’s office said on Wednesday. President Ernest Bai Koroma said the Vice President was sacked because he had “abandoned” his duties. On Saturday, March 14, Sam-Sumana said he had asked for asylum in the US because his life was in danger. It is unclear whether the constitution gives the president the power to dismiss his deputy. The governing

Simone Gbagbo Appeals Court Ruling

Simone Gbagbo Appeals Court Ruling

Lawyers to Simone Gbagbo, Ivorian First Lady have decided to appeal the 20-year jail term she got for her role in the post-election violence that killed over 3,000 people. Gbagbo’s counsel, Habiba Toure said “We lodged an appeal in the highest court…The procedure is irregular and must be nullified.” Surprisingly, prosecutors who argued that Gbagbo should be given 10 years imprisonment for her role in the post-election violence of 2010-2011, have also announced they have

Abacha Loot: Switzerland to Return $380 million to Nigeria

Abacha Loot: Switzerland to Return $380 million to Nigeria

Geneva’s public prosecutor, on Tuesday, said that Switzerland will return $380 million (360 million euros) to Nigeria, as part of funds looted by Sani Abacha, former Nigerian military ruler. The prosecutor also announced that it was closing a 16-year case on the funds. This follows a July 2014 deal between Nigeria and the Abacha family, whereby it was agreed that the funds would be confiscated and returned to Nigeria while Abuja would drop its case

Sam Sumana, the Vice President of Sierra Leone, has placed himself in quarantine, because of the recent death of one of his guards due to the Ebola Virus Disease

Sierra Leone’s Vice President Seeks US Asylum

Samuel Sam-Sumana, Sierra Leone’s vice-President, has sought political asylum at the US embassy in the capital after soldiers surrounded his house. Sam-Sumana said his wife had fled the residence but it is unclear if they are inside the embassy. The move comes a week after his expulsion from the ruling party. Two weeks ago, Sam-Sumana said he was putting himself in quarantine for 21 days after one of his bodyguards died of the Ebola virus. Police

Simone Gbagbo Appeals Court Ruling

Gbagbo Sentenced to 20 years Imprisonment

An Abidjan court has sentenced Simone Gbagbo, former First Lady of Ivory Coast to 20 years in jail following her role in the violence that followed the country’s 2010 elections. The 65-year-old Gbagbo, had been charged with undermining state security. Laurent Gbagbo, her husband, and former Ivorian President is also awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, The Hague. More than 3,000 people died in the violence that trailed the presidential poll after the

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