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Koffi Olomide gets suspended French sentence for minor’s rape

A French court on Monday handed Congolese singer Koffi Olomide a two-year suspended prison sentence for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.

Mr Olomide went on trial after four former dancers claimed he sexually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006. The assaults allegedly happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in France, including at a villa outside Paris where the women said they were held against their will.

Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior: A rare seer of elemental truth

Cpt. Mabior; one of the most lucid, powerful and nuanced thinkers of our time, a true revolutionary concerns with “consciousness tuned to the highest pitch of refinement”— explores the chronicle of events in his arrestingly titled and arrestingly argued “pubic service Announcements”.
Aiming to reveal the deepest strata of reality; he focused his precocious wisdom on informing South Sudanese of the contradictions surrounding the implementation of R-ARCISS and how the alleged reunification of the SPLM will never change the predicament of the nation. He articulated this with stunning succinctness that calls for imagining nobler alternatives to the dicta and mindsets of regime predatory nature.

NRM MPs endorse Museveni for ‘2021 elections and beyond’

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus in Kyankwanzi District has unanimously endorsed the Chobe resolution by the party’s central executive committee (CEC) to have President Museveni continue leading the party and the State in 2021 and beyond.

The NRM spokesperson, Mr Rogers Mulindwa in a statement issued on Sunday said, the position by the party legislators was taken shortly after the presentation by the Party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba on the topic ‘Towards 2021: Milestones and Strategies for the NRM Party.’
During her address, Ms Lumumba read out to members the Chobe resolutions.

Zimbabwe death toll rises to 64 after Cyclone Idai pounds country

Cyclone Idai has killed at least 64 people in eastern Zimbabwe and destroyed homes, bridges and roads, making rescue efforts difficult, a government minister said on Sunday.

The tropical storm has already pounded neighboring Malawi and Mozambique. The latter has cut electricity exports to South Africa, which led to rolling blackouts in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Cyclone Idai batters Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead

At least 31 people have died in eastern Zimbabwe while dozens were missing as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, state television reported on Saturday.

Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting off power and communications.

Machar reportedly not allowed to move “beyond” Khartoum

The leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), Dr. Riek Machar Teny is reportedly not allowed to move beyond Khartoum until the formation of the revitalized TGONU, sources have claimed.

Senior South Sudan official on a visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo told the Nyamilepedia on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity that Machar’s movements are only confined to Khartoum until the unity government in Juba is formed.

Armed Men Kill 9, Including Children, in North Nigeria


Armed men killed nine villagers, including children, and torched homes in northern Nigeria on Saturday, official sources said, the latest attack in a surge of violence in the Kaduna region.

“Kaduna state government has confirmed the killing of nine citizens by criminal elements who attacked Nandu in Sanga [district] in early hours of this morning,” state Gov. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said on Twitter.

Court awards Besigye Shs10 million in illegal arrest case

Dr Kizza Besigye, the former president of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has been awarded Shs10million in damages for illegal arrest by police officers who grabbed him from a Kenya Airways plane at Entebbe Airport, nearly three years ago.

High Court Civil Division that was presided over by Justice Musa Ssekaana, ruled that Dr Besigye was embarrassed when he was grabbed from the stairs of an aero plane on October 3, 2016.

Museveni waters down Political Sergeant Bobi Wine challenge

President Museveni has derided Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, as a clown saying he cannot manage politics and that he better stays in the music industry.

President Museveni made the remarks while meeting Kampala City youth at State House Entebbe where he gave them Shs2.5b for self help projects.
“Bobi Wine that he is an artiste. This [politics] isn’t singing. If you are an artiste, go to Suzanna and Nakulabye,” President Museveni said.
Suzanna was a popular discotheque in the 1970s.

NRM shuffles a master card:Political Sergeant Bobi Wine may not qualify for presidency

Latest reports from whisper eye media team trickling in from Kyankwazi at the NRM retreat for Mps has reported that legislators have overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the constitution to limit the threshold for presidential aspirants to 45 years.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (born 12 February 1982), known by the stage name Bobi Wine is currently 37 years old

Lack of accountability for criminal acts rampant in Kenya

Lack of accountability for criminal acts and human rights abuses are prevalent at all levels of government in Kenya, the US State Department report says.

In its worldwide human rights report issued on Wednesday, US State Department says impunity persists in Kenya “despite public statements by the president and deputy president addressing the issue,” states the Kenya section of the report.

South Sudanese individuals can be prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity even in other countries

“Impunity cannot be allowed to continue.”

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has identified 23 individuals over the past year who bear command or superior responsibility under international criminal law for serious crimes related to the conflict in South Sudan. Members of the Commission, mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate human rights in South Sudan, told the Council this morning that these individuals, along with previously identified alleged perpetrators, could face justice in courts around the world, not just in South Sudan.

U.S. lawmakers say Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounded for at least ‘weeks’

U.S. lawmakers said after a briefing with the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday that Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for “weeks” at a minimum, until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes.

FAA Administrator Dan Elwell told reporters on Wednesday the software update will be ready within a couple of months after regulators around the world grounded the plane following a second fatal crash in the 737 MAX 8 since October.

Twenty-three individuals in South Sudan have appointment with chief Besouda of ICC

At least twenty-three South Sudan prominent individuals could face the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity according to United Nations human rights experts.

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has identified 23 individuals over the past year who bear command or superior responsibility under international criminal law for serious crimes related to the conflict in South Sudan.

General Cirillo Swaka: Juba deal ignored root causes of conflict, rewarded political elite

 The leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS), a group fighting government forces in Central and Western Equatoria in South Sudan, Gen Thomas Cirillo Swaka spoke to whisper eye media team about his faction’s refusal to honour the peace deal.

Why did you refuse to sign the Revitalised Peace Agreement despite having participated in the negotiations?

We went to the negotiations in good faith to find lasting solutions to the problems in our country. Unfortunately, the negotiations took an unprecedented turn, where the issues we brought up were either ignored or dismissed.

Ruto slams Rwanda over border closure

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday criticised the imposition of non-tariff barriers by some East African Community member states, singling out the closure of international borders as “retrogressive”.
Speaking in Kampala a day after Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta made whirlwind trips to Kigali and Kampala, in the wake of diplomatic stand-off between Uganda and Rwanda, Mr Ruto wondered why leaders in the region said the right things, but acted the other way.

“We are seeing cattle of people being auctioned when they cross some borders…others are banning chicken while some EAC member countries are closing their international borders,” the Kenyan Deputy President said.
He added: “The discussion we should be having should be over the East African federation; that is the discussion we should be having. We should not be discussing closing borders. That in my opinion is a retrogressive discussion.”