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A rights group in Nigeria has asked the court for "an order of perpetual injunction" to restrain the government from unlawfully shutting down telecommunication networks in any part of the country.

The injunction wants President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami stopped from suspending communication services.

The move by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to move to court comes three months after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered operators to suspend all telecommunications networks in some states in the north-western region.

This was after the military began an offensive against bandits blamed for rampant cases of kidnapping and killings in the region. The NCC has been joined in the suit as a defendant.

Bandits operating mainly in parts of north-western Nigeria were reportedly using phones for co-ordinating themselves and getting information about troop movements from informants in the communities.

In October, the Sokoto state asked the government to restore telecommunication services in 14 local government areas of the region "in view of concerns expressed by security outfits in the state that the outage was affecting the smooth conduct of their work".

Security agents are battling to contain a wave of kidnappings that started in December 2020 and has led to the abduction of thousands of people, mainly students.

Source: BBC

A presidential aspirant in Kenya has promised loans of between $4,400 (£3,300) and $8,800 to all newlyweds should he be elected to the top seat in next year's general elections.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who was launching his presidential manifesto on Sunday, said the low-interest loan payable within 20 years will help families "start life with dignity".

"What is the effect of all this? Dignity for all of us, improvement of the living standards and quality of homes countrywide and no more mud houses,” said Mr Mutua.

He also said his government would encourage tree-planting to be counted as part of dowry payment.

"When you are going to pay dowry, you should say how many trees you’ve planted,” Mr Mutua said during the launch that was broadcast live on local television stations.

But this promise has drawn sharp criticism and ridicule from Kenyans online.

Nearly a dozen politicians have already begun campaigns to succeed incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is on the last months of his 10 years in office.

They include veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga and current Deputy President William Ruto, who are seen as the main contenders in the August 2022 polls.

The economy, youth joblessness and fighting corruption have emerged as key issues in the agendas of those seeking the presidency, but past elections have shown that Kenyans largely vote along ethnic tribes or coalitions rather than policy issues.

Source: BBC

A Rwandan court has sentenced to five years in prison a former director of Kigali's main prison for stealing money from a British inmate.

Innocent Kayumba, who was sentenced on Friday evening alongside his former deputy Eric Ntakirutimana, has appealed against the judgement, a court document shows.

The court acquitted an IT specialist inmate who used his skills to hack the victim’s Visa card after telling the court that he was forced by the prison director to do so.

He said he was asked to "decode" the card kept by the prison authorities after they realised that the bank account linked to it had a large sum of money.

A British-Egyptian inmate had told the court that more than £7,000 ($9,300) was taken away from his account using his card last year without his knowledge.

The court ruled that Mr Kayumba and his deputy conspired to the theft while the IT specialist was coerced to work for them, hence found not guilty.

Mr Kayumba, a senior military officer, was transferred to the prison services in 2014, heading a prison in western Rwanda before moving to the capital’s main prison.

He was arrested early this year.

Source: BBC

The hashtag #JusticeForSylvester has been trending on Twitter in Nigeria after the death of a 12-year-old boy in Lagos called Sylvester Oromoni.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, his father said that Sylvester was beaten up after refusing to join a so-called “cult group”, echoing claims made by the boy’s cousin on Twitter.

The school, Dowen College, in the Lekki area of Lagos, had said that Sylvester died as a result of injuries sustained while playing football, but his father told the BBC he disputes that account.

The cousin’s Twitter feed alleged that five boys had accosted Sylvester, locking him in his hostel and giving him a chemical to drink – none of which has been so far corroborated by the police, who say they’re still investigating.

In a statement quoted by Nigerian news sites, the school said their “preliminary investigation showed there was no fighting, bullying or any form of attack on the boy”.

BBC Pidgin say the hashtag has also triggered a response from Lagos state government, which has now ordered the immediate closure of the school while the investigation is ongoing.

Source: BBC

At least 23 people have drowned after a bus travelling to a wedding plunged into a flooded river in Kenya.

Video footage shows the bus was swept away after the driver tried to cross fast-flowing water over a bridge in the Enziu River, about 200km (125 miles) east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The bus had been hired to transport church choir members.

Four of the dead were children and a least 12 people have been rescued, local reports say.

However, it is unclear how many people were in the bus at the time.

The driver was not familiar with the route and the bridge over the river in Mwingi, Kitui county, local news site the Standard reports.

The governor of Kitui Charity Ngilu said the "terrible" accident happened on Saturday morning.

She added that 23 bodies had been recovered but added that more were still stuck in the bus and that recovery operations would continue on Sunday.


Source: BBC

The Gambia's President Adama Barrow has easily won re-election, authorities there said, in the first vote for decades held without long-term leader Yahya Jammeh.


President Barrow received around 53% of Saturday's vote, with nearest rival - a lawyer, Ousainou Darboe - on 28%.

Mr Darboe and other candidates earlier said they could not accept the results of the poll.

The vote is being seen as a test for democracy in the country.

In the last election, Mr Barrow defeated Yahya Jammeh, who now lives in exile after refusing to accept the result.

Mr Jammeh's 22-year rule was marked by allegations of abuse, with witnesses recently telling a truth commission about state-backed execution squads and Aids patients being forced to take bogus cures.

Despite his exile, Mr Jammeh remains an influential figure, addressing supporters remotely during campaigning and urging them not to vote for Mr Barrow.


Source: BBC

Chalimbana University has developed a training programme in Leadership and Governance for Members of Parliament.

The institution has partnered with the Coalition of African Parliamentarians against HIV/AIDS -CAPAH- to offer a degree programme to the law makers.

And First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly ATTRACTOR CHISANGANO has urged parliamentarians to take advantage of the training programme and enroll.

Leading a delegation of parliamentarians on a familiarization tour of the tertiary institution Ms. CHISANGANO said leadership and governance training for law makers is cardinal in the management of public affairs.

The Deputy Speaker added that she is hopeful that parliamentarians will attain further skills in leadership and public affairs management.

Meanwhile Education Minister DOUGLAS SIAKALIMA said Government will support the program for quality leadership.

Mr. SIAKALIMA further commended the university for coming up with the training programme and that MPs will benefit from it.

And Chalimbana University Vice Chancellor GEOFFREY TAMBULUKANI said the institution is ready to start offering the degree programme.

Dr. TAMBULUKANI said the programme will go a long way in expanding the institution’s academic profile.


Source: ZNBC

Frank Ching’ambu-Three hundred and 50-members from the Movement for Multi-party Democracy -MMD- and the Patriotic Front -PF- in Kabushi constituency in Ndola have defected to the ruling UPND.

Among the defectors is the entire PF Kafubu ward leadership that was led by their chairperson, JOHN KALENGE.

Mr. KALENGE said they have left the PF because of ‘unending confusion’ that has continued rocking the former ruling party.

He also cited lack of leadership at national committee adding that what is happening in the party is contrary to the premise on which it was founded.

Others are Lubuto Ward Vice Chairperson ROYD MUSUKA who came along with 100 members.

Mr. MUSUKA said members in lower structures have been left like orphans by those at the national level.

Meanwhile, JAMESON KAMWANGA who led 219 members from the opposition MMD said President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’s leadership style is attracting new members to the UPND.

Reverend KAMWANGA, who was until his resignation, Copperbelt province MMD Secretary said the UPND has demonstrated good leadership.

And receiving the defectors, Copperbelt UPND Provincial Chairperson, ELISHA MATAMBO commended them for having made the right choice of joining the winning team.

Mr. MATAMBO urged the new members not to relent but join forces with their colleagues and recruit more, adding that numbers are important in politics.

He also urged new members to respect the norms and guidelines of the UPND and urged old members to embrace those joining the party.

But Ndola District PF Chairperson, BENJAMIN CHITONDO charged that the defectors were expelled from the party seven months ago.

Mr. CHITONDO said all ward structures in Kabushi constituency are intact.


Source; ZNBC

Red Arrows have bowed out of the CAF Confederation Cup despite a two one win over SIMBA Sports Club in the second leg played this afternoon.

The Airmen fail after losing three nil in the first leg which led to a 4-2 aggregate as Simba sailed to the group stage of the competition.

The pre-group stage encounter played at the National Heroes’ Stadium saw Arrows geared to overturn the fixture as RICKY BANDA’s 45th minute cracker restored hope as the team led one nil at half time.

Arrows scored their second goal minutes into the second half, through SADDAM YUSUF making it two nil and three-two on aggregate.

When all thought parity was being restored owing to the numerous chances that the home side had, SIMBA sniffed out the signs of hope as they pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 and 4-2 on aggregate.

The 4-2 aggregate gave Simba all the bragging rights as they wait to know who they will face in the group stage of the competition.

Meanwhile Arrows become the third Zambian club to be ejected out of continental football following the dismissal of ZESCO United and Kabwe Warriors football clubs.


Source: ZNBC

The governor of South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been dismissed by the assembly.

Theo Ngwabidje was voted out in a motion of no confidence with several accusations made including poor governance.

The assembly session was held amid a clash between the police and members of the public who were outside the assembly building in the provincial capital Bukavu.

The session was attended by 33 representatives, 28 of whom voted for the governor's dismissal.

Mr Ngwabidje has been asked to submit his resignation to the president within 48 hours.

But in a statement on Twitter, Mr Ngwabidje has dismissed the assembly’s vote calling it “an organised treachery…that we consider as a political gangsterism with no effect”.

South Kivu has suffered insecurity like most of eastern DR Congo because of the presence of armed rebels

Source: BBC

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