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Machar given one month ultimatum by the government to report to Juba

South Sudan’s government has issued a one-month ultimatum for main armed opposition leader,  Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to report to Juba for the SPLM reunification, a senior government official told  whisper eye media team.

On Wednesday, three SPLM factions currently in Juba with the exception of the faction led by Machar announced that they have reunified according to a statement issued by the ruling faction spokesman Peter Lam Both.

Nigeria’s Buhari promises security for delayed presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians “to go out and vote”, promising there would be adequate security for Saturday’s postponed election that pits him in a tight race with businessman Atiku Abubakar.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a week’s delay to voting in the early hours of last Saturday, just as some of Nigeria’s 72.8 million eligible voters were preparing to go to polling stations.

U.S. slaps travel curbs on DR Congo election officials for abuses

The United States on Friday imposed travel restrictions on five top officials from Democratic Republic of Congo, including the heads of the country’s electoral body and constitutional court, accusing them of corruption during the presidential elections.

Friday’s surprise announcement comes nearly a month after the United States welcomed the constitutional court’s ruling that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi had won the Dec. 30 vote, despite widespread concerns by the international community over the outcome of the contentious election.

Thousands of Algerians protest against Bouteflika’s re-election bid

Thousands of people in cities across Algeria marched on Friday to protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to seek a fifth term and police used tear gas to disperse crowds in the capital.

The 81-year-old Bouteflika, in office since 1999, will contest the April 18 presidential election despite concerns over his health. He has been seen in public only a handful of times since suffering a stroke in 2013.

Sudan’s Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves government

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, facing the country’s biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, declared a one-year state of emergency on Friday and called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election.

In a televised speech, Bashir said he would dissolve the central government as well as state governments.

Senegal heads to polls with president confident of victory

Senegal goes to the polls Sunday in a presidential contest that incumbent Macky Sall, facing unusually few challengers in a country fond of vigorous political debate, is confident of winning in the first round.

His two biggest rivals — popular Dakar ex-mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade, the son of the previous president — were disqualified after being convicted of corruption in trials questioned by rights groups. 

Sudanese security forces arrest opposition party leaders: Bashir pressured to resign

Sudanese security forces arrested a number of prominent party leaders who were on their way to deliver a petition to the presidential palace calling for a change in government, a leading member of the largest opposition party said.

UN Identifies South Sudan’s Mass Rapists, Killers, and Torturers

A United Nations report announced that its investigators have identified alleged perpetrators of pervasive rape, killings and torture in South Sudan’s civil war – violence they believe was driven by oil revenues.

The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan on Wednesday said the army, national security, military intelligence, rebel forces and affiliated armed groups committed serious human rights breaches,

South Sudan’s Kiir receive ex-Malong’s senior aide

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Wednesday met with a former rebel official who defected from the South Sudan United Front (SSUF) led by his ex-army chief of staff Paul Malong.

Lewis Anei Madut the former SSUF Secretary-General returned to Juba on 8 February and was received by government officials including the Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny.

Algeria military plane crash kills two

An Algerian military plane crashed during a training flight, killing two people on board, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

The Russian SU 24 aircraft crashed late on Wednesday in an inhabited agricultural area in the northern province of Tiaret, the ministry said in a statement.

Congo police executed 27 in anti-gang operation: Human Rights Watch

An international rights group on Thursday accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo denied the allegations in a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Egypt executes nine over public prosecutor’s killing

Egyptian authorities executed nine men convicted over the 2015 killing of the country’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday amid a surge in the number of death sentences carried out this month, lawyers, activists and officials said.

The men were among a group of 28 who were sentenced to death in the case in 2017. Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in the capital, Cairo.

Poet accused of insulting government ‘must be freed’

Amnesty International is demanding the immediate release of a Somali poet who has been detained in the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

Abdirahman Abees recited poems critical of the government at a hotel in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa.

Buhari ; if you don’t want to die, don’t snatch ballot boxes

 Director Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo, SAN, Tuesday gave kudos to the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, over his statement.

 Festus Keyamo Buhari had in APC caucus meeting issued a death threatening statement to would-be snatchers of ballot boxes in the forthcoming general elections.

Police rescue woman chained in Luweero church

Police in Luweero District on Tuesday stormed a born- again church to rescue a 23-year- old woman reportedly chained by a Pentecostal pastor in attempt to pray for her.

Luweero District Police Commander, Mr Benson Byaruhanga on Wednesday told this reporter that Ms Winnie Nakiwala was picked from a Rural Evangelical Church headed by Pastor Betty Kisakye located in Luweero Town Council.

Zambia opposition to report Lungu to ICC

Opposition parties in Zambia say they are reporting the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, and several governing party officials, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for instigating political violence.

At a press conference in the capital, Lusaka, ten opposition politicians accused President Lungu and Zambia’s home affairs minister, Stephen Kampyongo, of ordering militias to attack the opposition during recent by-election campaigns.