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Sudan arrests top members of former ruling party

Sudanese authorities arrested several top members of the former ruling party late Saturday, a senior party official told Reuters.

Those arrested included the acting head of the National Congress Party, Ahmed Haroun; ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s former first deputy, Ali Osman Taha; his former aide, Awad al-Jaz; the secretary-general of the Islamic movement, Al-Zubair Ahmed Hassan; and former parliament Chairman Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher, the source said.

Rwandan, Congolese discuss urban sanitation and hygiene project

Representatives of more than 100 firms and cooperatives in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Friday held a meeting with local businessman, Jean Malic Kalima, seeking his assistance on how to best plan and implement a city cleaning project.

 Kalima, who dabbles in mining, health among other businesses, in the past implemented a successful project in Lome, Togo. The Congolese – especially those who have been to Kigali and were struck by its beauty and cleanliness – want him to help them do it right.

Air strikes and explosions hit Libyan capital


Several air strikes and explosions shook the Libyan capital Tripoli overnight, residents said, in an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the city held by the internationally recognized government.

A whisper eye media team reported  an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the capital late on Saturday, and that it made a humming sound before opening fire on several areas.

Maj.Gen F. Sanziri , Head of UN Peacekeeping Force in Golan Heights Dies Unexpectedly in Israel

The head of UNDOF, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, in the Golan Heights, Maj. Gen. Francis Vib-Sanziri, died suddenly on Friday at the age of 62.

Israeli envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, eulogized the general saying, “his experience and leadership led UNDOF through a complicated and challenging period that included the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Hezbollah actions that challenged the force in their work.”

Burundi police chief warns opposition: ‘We will kill you, your wives and children

A senior Burundian police official has publicly threatened the lives of members of the main opposition party and their families, if they organise “clandestine meetings”, according to an audio recording heard by AFP Friday.

The threats were made by a provincial commissioner as the opposition National Congress for Freedom (CNL) party — the country’s second biggest political force — denounced “ferocious” repression suffered by its members since February.

New attack on Ebola center in DRC as 1 militia killed

Militia members have attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.

Butembo city’s deputy mayor, Patrick Kambale Tsiko, told The Associated Press that the attackers armed with machetes tried to burn down the center in Katwa district overnight. Military and police guarding the center killed one militia member and detained five others, he said.

Rebels attack and kill Ebola doctor in DRC

A doctor fighting an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in an attack on an eastern hospital, according to the World Health Organization.

Several gunmen from a local militia believed to be Uganda’s ADF rebels attacked the hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the Ebola outbreak, killing Richard Mouzoko, an epidemiologist from Cameroon.

Two Black Snakes Sack Liberia President George Weah From Office

The Liberian situation slightly mirrors that of Nigeria in August 2017, when presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari, fresh back home from a lengthy medical vacation in the UK, would be working from home due to damage to his office by rodents during his absence. Despite Shehu saying the maintenance company overseeing the renovations had been asked to expedite action, Buharii didn’t return to that office until another 11 weeks.

George Weah, President of Liberia, has been sacked from his office by snakes and is now forced to work from his private residence.

Mali PM and govt resigns after 160 dead in violence

By AFP

Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.
A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation, along with those of his ministers, two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence.

Islamic State hits Congo and declares it the Central Africa Province of Caliphate


Islamic State claimed its first attack in Congo on Thursday, and declared it the “Central Africa Province” of the “Caliphate,” after two Congolese soldiers and a civilian were killed in a shootout.

The three died in clashes on Tuesday in Bovata, near the town of Beni, a source at the U.N. peacekeeping mission and a civil society leader told Reuters. The town and the surrounding area have been simultaneously beset by militia violence and an Ebola epidemic.

Hafter mortar bombs land on Tripoli suburb


Mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli on Thursday, almost hitting a clinic and adding to people’s suffering after two weeks of an offensive by eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.

Shelling could be also heard late at night in parts of Tripoli where a battle was raging in two southern suburbs, residents and an eastern military official said.

Shells kill seven in Tripoli neighborhood as Haftar’s two-week siege rages


Shells slammed into a densely-populated district of Tripoli overnight, piling misery on civilians from a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces to take Libya’s capital from an internationally-backed government.

About 10 GRAD rockets hit the southern residential area of Abu Salim just before midnight on Tuesday, witnesses and authorities said, killing at least seven people, mainly women, and wounding 17. Some of them lost limbs.

Kiir, Machar disagree over formation of transitional government


South Sudanese main rival leaders President Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) Dr. Riek Machar have disagreed over peace-related rules guiding the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), a senior SPLM-IO official who asked his name not to be published because of the nature of his work told whisper eye media Wednesday in Juba.

The official who spoke exclusively to the SSNA in Juba disclosed that Kiir contacted Machar a few days ago and asked him to come to Juba by May 12 to form a provisional government as stipulated in the September 2018 peace agreement. The armed opposition says Machar refuses to accept Kiir’s move, citing several provisions that were designed as front before a transitional government is formed.

Sudan’s Bashir taken into a maximum security Jail where he used to lock up political prisoners

By AFP

Sudan’s military rulers have transferred ousted president Omar al-Bashir to prison, a family source said Wednesday, as demonstrators keep up their sit-in outside the army complex calling for a swift transfer to civilian government.
Following the dramatic end to Bashir’s rule of three decades last week, he was moved late Tuesday “to Kober prison in Khartoum”, the source said without revealing his name for security reasons.

Sudan’s interim military council fires three top public prosecutors


The head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) has fired the country’s three highest-ranking public prosecutors, the council said on Tuesday, after protesters demanded an overhaul of the judiciary as a step toward civilian government.

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), a group spearheading the popular revolt, has issued a long list of demands for wholesale change to end repression and ease an economic crisis after the military deposed veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week.

Egypt’s president meets Libyan commander Haftar in Cairo


Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met in Cairo with Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern-based Libyan forces, who is under international pressure to halt an advance on the capital Tripoli.

Egypt has close ties with Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east and swept through the mainly desert south earlier this year before moving to Tripoli ten days ago in a major escalation of conflict.