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Uganda: Age Limit – President Museveni Responds to MP Bobi Wine

Below is an unabridged response from President Yoweri Museveni to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in regards to the age limit amendment and governance. Kyagulanyi had called for the retirement of President Museveni because according to him the country was facing 21st problems that need 21st solution and can be implemented by the 21st generation.

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Nikki Haley: Why I am being sent to Africa (opinion) – CNN – CNN.com – CNN

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Ramaphosa will accept fate if Zuma chooses to axe him – Independent Online

"I serve at the pleasure of the president, and if I'm fired, it will be at the pleasure of the president," Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

Ramaphosa was asked by opposition party members in the National Assembly to confirm or deny speculation that he was next in line to be axed by President Jacob Zuma.

"When I was appointed deputy president, I accepted the appointment because it's the president's prerogative to appoint anybody to the executive and if a decision is to remove me, I will accept it... and I will continue serving the people of South Africa in one form or another," Ramaphosa told MPs.

The question to Ramaphosa came a week after Zuma chopped one of his most fierce critics, South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande, from his cabinet.

Earlier this year, Ramaphosa came out publicly against Zuma regarding the firing of Pravin Gordhan, the country's respected former finance minister.

Gordhan was, and remains, outspoken about the looting at state-owned enterprises, something Ramaphosa too was grilled on.

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The deputy president said the scale and depth of corruption at South Africa's state-owned companies like Eskom, Prasa and Transnet, which are central to economic growth in the country, was only now coming to light.

MPs were not buying it, insisting his silence on corruption had worsened the problem.

"We have a president who the ANC elected with 783 charges of corruption over his head. You were silent then... The law enforcement agencies have been captured, you were silent.

"Your silence has aided and abetted the prevalence of corruption in the country...Why should we believe you now when all along you have run away from realities presented before you?", asked Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

Ramphosa even faced a tough question from within the African National Congress ranks with Zukiswa Rantho, who chairs an inquiry into corrupt activities at Eskom, asking why state capture was only being probed now given that a witness told the inquiry state capture should have come under investigation several years ago.

"These incidents of corruption are only now spewing out in the manner that all of us have become aware of them and to this end... the various parliamentary committees have now been set up to go through all these," he answered.

"The admission that will be made is yes that as news coming out about what is happening in various state-owned enterprises, we have delayed and taken too long to act against those involved."

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Rwanda genocide: France keeps 1990s archives secret

Rwanda genocide: France keeps 1990s archives secret

Image copyright AFP Image caption June 1994: French soldiers on patrol pass ethnic Hutu militiamen in Rwanda

France's top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher.

In 1994 France backed Rwanda's ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people - mostly Tutsis - were killed.

The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand's documents is legitimate.

A researcher, François Graner, had sought permission to study them.

He argued that the rule keeping many government documents under wraps violated the public right of access to official archives - a right dating back to the 1789 French Revolution.

He said he is prepared to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

The restrictions on access to the presidential archives "are justified on the grounds of common interest and are proportional", the Council said in its ruling.

The constitution says papers deposited in the archives by a president or minister can remain secret for 25 years after that person's death.

Mitterrand was president from 1981 to 1995, and died in 1996.

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Rwanda: 100 days of slaughter

Image copyright AFP Image caption In 1984 President Mitterrand was hosted in Rwanda by President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu

In April 2015, the French presidency announced that its archives on Rwanda for 1990-1995 would be declassified.

François Graner then requested access to the Mitterrand archives, but was rebuffed.

Mr Graner has written a book accusing French officers of helping the Hutu militias.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, who took control after the genocide, has made similar allegations of French complicity. France denied any involvement in the killings.

Image copyright AFP Image caption A genocide memorial in a church where thousands of people were massacred

"It's obviously a cover-up," Mr Graner said. "There are political reasons for this decision."

France had close military co-operation with the Rwandan military before the genocide erupted. The spark was the death of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down.

During the 1994 killings, France sent a force to set up a supposedly safe zone. Critics accused France of not doing enough to stop the slaughter.

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Africa: Lessons To Be Learned from Kenya As Liberia Prepares to Vote

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On the road to Sanniquelli, third largest city in Liberia. Inadequate infrastructure is one of the challenges facing the country as citizens prepare to vote on October 10.

columnBy Vivian Lowery Derryck

Washington, DC — The Kenyan Supreme Court's monumental decision on 1 September to annul the presidential election and order a new poll in two months time is reverberating through the continent. But the decision is particularly significant for Liberia, which holds the next African national election on 10 October.

The Kenyan decision is a victory for civil society and the institution of the judiciary, plus it reinforces peaceful resolution of electoral disputes and/or malfeasance. These are all important lessons for Liberia as the country holds its first post-civil war election without the UN.

The Liberian poll will test both the electoral process and the country's major institutions in a hotly contested race to replace the two-term first democratically elected female president in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

George Weah, twice denied the prize, campaigns with Jewel Howard Taylor, former wife of convicted warlord and former president Charles Taylor, as his running mate, raising a host of bitter Liberian civil war memories as well as legal issues. Current Vice President Joseph Boakai carries his party's standard and, with his vice-presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Emmanuel Nuquay, represents slow but steady progress in reconstructing a country devastated by more than a decade of civil war and the 2014-2015 unprecedented Ebola crisis. Meanwhile, 18 other candidates are vying for the presidency, including former warlord and current Senator Prince Johnson, Attorney Charles Brumskine, twice defeated in earlier presidential runs, and former Coca Cola executive Alex Cummings.

Teachable moments from Kenya for Liberia's upcoming election

The intense political landscape is further fraught by the Liberians having organized this election largely on their own, after UNMIL's major reduction in presence—from 15,000 peacekeepers to 260 police and 230 troops. That means Liberian responsibility for accurate voter registration; ballot security; ballot availability and voter access on election day in outlying counties during the rainy season; polling stations (5,390) management; monitoring the count; and ensuring accurate transmission of results to the central election headquarters for the final tally.

This massive undertaking with hugely reduced logistical support and security apparatus from UNMIL means that impoverished Liberia and its international donors have been forced to absorb the bulk of the multi-million-dollar tab. Reduced resources mean increased vulnerabilities.

Enter Kenya and the teachable moment. The glaring irregularities exposed in the Kenyan election may bring closer scrutiny to the preparations, counting process at the polling stations, and transmission of the ballots to the Liberian National Election Commission (NEC).

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The Kenyan crisis centers on the role of institutions, the judiciary and the electoral commission, two especially vulnerable institutions in Liberia. The Liberian Supreme Court has decreed several controversial election-related rulings and the citizenship of Counselor Jerome Korkoya, the head of the NEC, is under scrutiny. So there was no surprise when the Kenya situation hung over the proceedings at the dedication of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court Complex in remote Sanniquellie, Nimba County the day after the Kenyan bombshell.

The Kenyan debacle was front and center in the Chief Justice's remarks at the opening when he applauded the bold decision of the Kenyan court, reinforced the importance of the judiciary in the democratic process and reiterated Liberian dedication to the rule of law and faithful adherence to the constitution.

There is an opportunity for Liberian officials to do more than laud the Kenyan court and its bold decision. According to news accounts, the fraud in Kenya took place after accurate counting at polling stations, when the results were forwarded as changed vote tallies, and intercepted e-mails were replaced with fraudulent vote counts. Falsified vote certification forms were also submitted. The Kenyan case offers a teachable moment to demonstrate to citizens the distinction between a flawed vote and a flawed count.

The East African experience also reinforced citizen faith in national institutions. Raila Odinga's dogged persistence in appealing to the institution of the judiciary resulted in a hearing. It's a lesson that should be heard across the continent, but especially in Liberia with its upcoming contest.

To benefit immediately, African Union, U.S., EU and UN Electoral Assistance Division officials should send IT specialists to Kenya who can quickly review the Kenyan anomalies. The team or similar experts should then immediately travel to Liberia to inspect the Liberian system for similar vulnerabilities. If any are found, safeguards could be put in place against potential mischief. To reassure the public, the experts and the Government of Liberia should hold a joint press conference and publicly discuss any vulnerabilities found and measures taken to correct them.

In addition, Liberian polls would benefit from having independent election statistics experts present on Election Day, with a special invitation to University of Michigan professor and elections statistics expert, Professor Walter Mebane, whose forensic analysis incontrovertibly exposed the Kenyan deficiencies.

Liberian officials say that they are on schedule and will be ready. Billboards, radio programs, newspapers, jewelry and casual conversations are consumed with election news. The Sunday after the Kenyan decision, pastors referenced it and prayed for peaceful, transparent elections.

Government efforts and international assistance are supported by a massive civil society effort, including a highly experienced Women's Situation Room with its national outreach involving churches, NGOs, professional organizations, the private sector, youth groups and a 150,000-motorcycle brigade currently in training to monitor the polls.

Liberians are proud people. They want this election to run smoothly and to conclude peacefully with a universally accepted winner so that the world will witness Liberia's first civilian handover from elected leader to elected leader in more than 80 years. They yearn to solidify their status as a successful post-conflict nation of peaceful, violence-free elections. Therefore, all 20 candidates for president should be willing to unite behind a joint statement confirming that each will reject a poll that shows discrepancies between the final tallies at each polling station and the tallies sent to election headquarters in Monrovia, and denounce any evidence of tampering with the process.

All the candidates signed a general statement supporting peaceful elections at a recent ECOWAS meeting, but given the Kenyan events and the multiple vulnerabilities in any given electoral system, a specific new reconfirmation is warranted.

As a bonus, while obtaining commitments from the political parties to reject tainted election results, the issue of the citizenship of Counselor Korkoya of the National Elections Commission, could also be addressed. It's a thorny issue that already has been raised to question the legitimacy of the process and even a call to postpone the elections. Since Counselor Korkoya has overseen at least two previous elections successfully, in the spirit of national unity, all political parties should agree to let him serve in this election and then resolve the nationality question post-election.

Major national elections either strengthen or weaken pivotal democratic institutions. In the case of Kenya, the judiciary was strengthened and citizens have renewed faith in that foundational institution. Let the international community benefit from the Kenyan case as a lessons-learned and avoid in Liberia the unsettling uncertainty and huge expense being incurred in Kenya. The lessons-learned are relevant for any country and every future election:

Liberia just happens to be the election in West Africa looming in a little less than one month. The international community, partnering with Liberian politicians, its judiciary and its electoral bodies, can make positive history by doing everything in their joint power to ensure a clean election--thereby rekindling the "love of liberty" in the country's national motto and aiding Liberians on their path to national reconstruction.

Vivian Lowery Derryck is founder of The Bridges Institute.

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South Sudan rebels accuse government of new offensive

South Sudan's armed opposition has accused government troops of attacking a town that has sheltered thousands of displaced people near the Sudan border and sending them fleeing again. Opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel calls this week's alleged offensive on Aburoc an "act of terror against innocent civilians."

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Nigeria: Buhari Heads to New York to Seek UN Support On Chibok Girls Release

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President Buhari with the freed Chibok girls.

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation to the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Onyeama made this known in Abuja on Tuesday when he briefed the newsmen on the conference scheduled to hold from Sept. 12 to Sept. 25 .

He said Nigeria would at the meeting, renew its call for international support for the release of remaining Chibok girls.

He said that Nigeria would also call for comprehensive reform of the UN, particularly the Security Council to reflect effective, equitable and fair representation.

"We are absolutely delighted that, as he did last year, Mr President will be leading the Nigerian delegation to the UNGA in New York.

"That should be an excellent message to the world that Nigeria is engaged at the very highest level with the international community and it is present in the big and global issues of the day.

"Of course, when we attend UNGA we always have clear objectives of what we want to get out of it for the country.

"We are always keen that Nigeria's priorities and interests are really pushed and our objectives are achieved," he said

According to him, under the leadership of President Buhari the 2017 UNGA will be no exception as the delegation will engage robustly with the international community.

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He said that the 2017 UNGA provided a high level window of opportunity to advance Nigeria's actions toward the promotion of peace and fervent implementation of SDGs.

He said Nigeria would pursue its agenda in line with the theme for the session "Focusing on people: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet"

Onyeama said that Nigeria would seek the support of the international community in eradicating the residual traces of terrorism from the northeast of the country.

"Government's efforts have resulted in the release of over 80 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014

"We will call for continued international support to ensure the safe release and return of the remaining Chibok girls," he said.

He said that Nigeria would also reiterate call for the repatriation of the proceeds of illicit financial assets to countries of origin.

He said that Nigeria at the 2016 UNGA co-sponsored the resolution on repatriation of illicit financial assets to countries of origin.

"At the 72nd Session, the country will follow-up on this resolution and call for international cooperation to combat illicit flows and enhance asset recovery to foster sustainable development.

"Nigeria will also advocate for the eradication of poverty through partnerships which focus attention on people and planet in line with SDG Goal 1

"In this connection Nigeria will call for the continued support and cooperation of the international community to achieve this goal," he said.

According to him, Nigeria will seize the opportunity to take stock of the progress and achievement it has made since the adoption of the global agenda.

He said that Nigeria was keen on the reformation of the UN, particularly the Security Council, to reflect an even-handed and fair representation.

"The UN must scale up its process of change and reform to strengthen its delivery capacity to meet new demands and deliver its vital services in most effective and efficient manner.

"The contemporary call for the reform of the UN Security Council is for a transparent, accountable Council. To this effect, Nigeria will call for the comprehensive reform of the UN.

"Africa must be adequately represented on the Security Council in the Permanent membership category. In this regard, Nigeria stands ready to serve Africa and the world in advancing international peace and security," he said. (NAN)

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South Africa’s Motlanthe: ‘Good if ANC loses power’ – BBC News – BBC News

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It will be good for South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) to lose the 2019 election, ex-President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

The party has become "associated" with corruption, and it has to lose for the "penny to drop", he told the BBC.

Mr Motlanthe is a senior ANC member whose comments show growing disillusionment with the party.

The party has won each general election with more than 60% of the vote since white minority rule ended in 1994.

However, it lost some of South Africa's main cities - including the commercial capital, Johannesburg - in local elections in 2014.

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Voters were seen to have punished the party because of worsening corruption within its ranks.

Its leader, President Jacob Zuma, has survived eight no-confidence votes in parliament.

He has been accused by the opposition and his ANC critics of being at the centre of a corrupt network in government, an allegation he denies.

In the interview with BBC Hardtalk, Mr Motlanthe said the electorate will vote out the ANC for as long as it is "associated with corruption and failure".

"It would be good for the ANC itself and let me tell you why - because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it," Mr Motlanthe added.

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Media captionThe Zuma presidency: Scandals and successes

He said the ANC could renew itself, but it would require "lots of courage and failing that it has to hit rock bottom".

"It has to lose elections for the penny to drop," Mr Motlanthe told Hardtalk.

Mr Motlanthe served as South Africa's president between 2008 and 2009.

He was closely allied with Mr Zuma, but later fell out with him.

Mr Zuma is due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president in 2019.

He is backing his ex-wife and former African Union commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him.

Her main challenger is Mr Zuma's deputy and former business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa.


Zuma's scandals:

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Jacob Zuma is due to step down in December - but could now be ousted sooner 2005: Charged with corruption over a multi-billion dollar 1999 arms deal - charges dropped shortly before he becomes president in 2009. 2005: Charged with raping a family friend - acquitted in 2006 2016: a court ordered he should be charged with 786 counts of corruption over the arms deal - he has appealed 2016: Court rules he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade private home in Nkandla - he has repaid the money 2017: Public protector calls for a judge-led inquiry into allegations he profiteered from relationship with wealthy Gupta family - he denies allegations, as have the Guptas No inquiry appointed yet

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Nigeria: Jonathan Believed Boko Haram Was Sponsored to Remove Him – Obasanjo

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Former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan.

'We did not do what we should have done when we should have done it. We left it to become a very very intractable problem', these were the words of former president Olusegun Obasanjo while responding to questions in an interview with BBC's Nkem Ifejika.

The former president who was speaking about why it seems difficult for insurgency in Nigeria to end permanently pointed out that the issue was not nipped in the bud to prevent what we have now.

Speaking further, Obasanjo said ' I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening. Boko haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan. Jonathan didn't believe that Boko Haram was a serious issue. He thought that it was a device by the North to prevent him from continuing as president of Nigeria which was rather unfortunate.

'Even when Chibok girls were abducted, it took a while for the government to believe. Now if that is the situation, you can understand why the right attention was not paid to the issue of Boko Haram when it should have been paid.

'Boko Haram will not be over. It started from a position of gross under-development, unemployment, youth frustration in the north-east. So we must be treating the disease not the symptom'.

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Ex-South Africa leader claims Trump ‘not taking the big issues … – Sligo Champion

The former president, who freed Nelson Mandela and oversaw the end of apartheid in the 1990s, accused Mr Trump of overreacting on the North Korea missile testing crisis.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said he had been prepared to give President Trump a chance.

"If he did the right thing I'm still prepared to give him a chance but I am critical of his overzealousness at tweeting," Mr de Klerk said.

"He's, I think, not taking the big issues seriously enough with all these tweets.

"At times he's pouring oil on fire instead of putting the fire out and stepping back a while before he commits in a more organised and structured way."

Mr de Klerk was in Dublin with the Global Leadership Foundation, an organisation he set up to bring together statesmen and women and former leaders to privately advise governments in developing countries.

He added: "I think he's not doing the free world a favour by the way in which he's acting."

Mr de Klerk toured EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, before addressing a small group of invited guests and discussing global issues.

On Brexit, Mr de Klerk said he was in the remain camp and that European leaders should have done more to give former British prime minister David Cameron concessions ahead of the 2016 referendum.

"They should have helped David Cameron by making some concessions," he said.

"By limiting, not stopping, limiting the freedom of movement of people, by recognising the right of the supreme position of Britain lawfully.

"I think it was achievable.

"I think it's sad. I'm worried about what effect there will be on London's place as the (top) business place almost, one of the (top) business places in the world and the effect it may have on the city."

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Portage native Maria Brewer has served in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and other locations during her career with the U.S. State Department, The Times reports . Brewer graduated in 1991 from Portage High School and in 1995 from Valparaiso University, where she studied international economics and cultural affairs, among other subjects.

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Amnesty says ‘horrific’ violence in Central African Republic

The human rights organization interviewed dozens of survivors in Basse-Kotto prefecture in the country's east, where a rebel group known as the UPC has carried out waves of attacks. The rebels are considered an offshoot of the mostly Muslim rebel coalition known as Seleka that overthrew the longtime president in 2013.

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Angola: Agency Confirms Ruling Party’s Poll Victory

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By Arnaldo Vieira

The National Electoral Commission (CNE) Wednesday confirmed the victory of the ruling MPLA party in Angola's August 23 General Election.

CNE chief Andre da Silva Neto announced that the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola won with 61.07 per cent vote and 150 MPs.

Consequently, the MPLA flag-bearer and former Defence minister João Lourenço, is expected to be sworn-in on September 21, marking the end of Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year presidency.

The Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) came second with 26.7 per cent of the votes cast and 51 MPs.

The Board Convergence for Angolan Salvation- Electoral Coalition (Casa-Ce) was the third with 9.4 per cent and 16 MPs.

Were illegal

Fourth was the Social Renovation Party (PRS), with 1.45 per cent of the vote and two MPs, followed by the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) with 0.93 per cent and a single MP, then the National Patriotic Alliance (APN) with 0.51 per cent and no MP.

Four political parties on Sunday disputed the MPLA victory, according to the provisional results, and vowed to unite to challenge the poll outcome.

The parties said in a statement that the provisional results were illegal and unconstitutional.

However, CNE spokesperson Júlia Ferreira dismissed the opposition claims as unfounded, untimely and illegitimate.

End of the war

She promised a more careful analysis of the claims.

The August 23 election was Angola's fourth since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and the third since the end of the war in 2002.

MPLA has dominated the Angolan politics since independence.

It won the elections in 1992, 2008 and 2012, with a parliamentary majority.

In 2012, MPLA secured 74 per cent of the vote against Unita's 18 per cent. Casa-Ce emerged third with 6 per cent vote.

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Tanzania’s opposition Chief Whip Tundu Lissu was shot by unknown assailants outside his home after leaving Parliament.

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania's opposition Chief Whip in Parliament Tundu Lissu was Thursday shot by unknown assailants.

Mr Lissu, who is also Chadema's chief legal counsel, was shot in stomach and leg, Dodoma Chief Regional Medical Officer James Charles said.

Briefing journalists Thursday, Dr Charles said a team of medical experts have been assigned to attend to Mr Lissu.

He said they will issue a report to relevant authorities in the due course but Mr Lissu is in stable condition.

Regional Police Commander Gilles Muroto said they have launched investigations into the shooting but preliminary reports show that people who attacked Mr Lissu were in a white Nissan vehicle.

Dodoma Regional Commissioner Jodarn Rugimbana said they have banned any gatherings in Dodoma Municipal.

"We also don't want people to go to the hospital because the area is too small to accommodate many people.

"People should stay calm, go on with their activities and we will inform them if there is any development," he said.

In the meantime, Chadema party has issued a statement condemning the attack.

"Chadema has received with great shock the report on the shooting of the Party chief legal counsel who is also Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament and Singida East MP, Tundu Antipus Lissu," reads part of the statement. - The Citizen

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Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa envisages forming a transitional government with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai when President Robert Mugabe steps down or dies, according to a report by Reuters news agency.

Quoting "politicians, diplomats and a trove of hundreds of documents from inside Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization," the agency says the coalition would rule for five years "with the tacit backing of some of Zimbabwe’s military and Britain."

Reuters adds that its sources "leave open the possibility that the government could be unelected. The aim would be to avoid the chaos that has followed some previous elections."

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Kenya: Announce Poll Date Now, Ruto Tells Polls Body

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Deputy President William Ruto addressing residents of Githurai during his tour of Kiambu County.

By Mary Wambui and Eric Wainaina

Jubilee leaders have asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to announce the date for a fresh election, saying President Uhuru Kenyatta would win with a huge margin.

Deputy President William Ruto and the leaders who accompanied him to a rally in Thika, insisted that the election date must fall within the constitutional deadlines provided.

"We are telling IEBC not to waste our time. It should announce the date of the fresh election because Kenyans are ready," Mr Ruto said, adding that the repeat of the presidential poll must take place in a peaceful environment.

Mr Ruto who addressed the rally after a church service at St Andrews Cathedral sustained his criticism towards the Supreme Court, saying the decision to annul President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory had undermined the will of millions of Kenyans who cast their ballots on August 8.

He added that the opposition National Super Alliance was colluding with the Judiciary to subvert the will of Kenyans, calling it stupidity.

FOUR JUDGES

"Fifteen million Kenyans cast their ballots and the vote is not in dispute. That four judges can orchestrate a coup against the will of the people...We are telling them that they booked a permanent place of shame in the history on our country," Mr Ruto said.

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"They are telling us that there is no need of seeking votes from wananchi and that if you want to be a leader, you must seek connections and networks with brokers within the Judiciary. That our mistake was that we wasted time by campaigning...that we should have sought connection by looking for (Chief Justice David) Maraga and other judges so that they could give Uhuru Kenyatta victory. They are foolish."

The Deputy President said Jubilee would not entertain blackmail or intimidation.

Mr Ruto added that Kenyans were willing to go back to the ballot and vote for Mr Kenyatta.

JUBILEE LEADERS

"We are telling Maraga and his Kitendawili (riddle) man wakenya ni wale wale na wembe ni ule ule (Kenyans are still the same and they will do as they did on August 8).

Mr Ruto was accompanied by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, senators Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka-Nithi), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet), Irungu Kang'ata (Murang'a), Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his deputy James Nyoro.

MPs present were Kanini Kega (Kieni), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Jude Njomo (Kiambu Town), Kago wa Lydiah (Githunguri), Githua wa Macukuru (Kabete), Kimani Ichung'wa (Kikuyu), Wanjiku Kibe (Gatundu North) and Ng'ang'a King'ara (Ruiru).

Others were Francis Waititu (Juja) and former Thika town MP Alice Ng'ang'a who made her first public appearance since losing her seat to Mr Patrick Wainaina who is out of the country.

SHALL COMPLY

Prof Kindiki told off those accusing Jubilee leaders of subjectively criticising the Judiciary "since our words are based on the reasoning that informed the ruling".

"We respect the decision of the court and we shall comply with it but do not block us from voicing what we don't agree with. Don't try to cow us into silence," he said.

"Two judges agreed with what we are saying. If the judges themselves are saying the ruling was erroneous, baseless, illegal and unconstitutional, how then can you tell politicians not to speak?"

The senator faulted some opposition leaders he accused of introducing an ethnic angle to the Supreme Court ruling debate.

ATTACKING COMMUNITIES

"They should not tribalise this issue for the simple reason that one of the judges comes from a certain community. We are not attacking communities. If Kindiki does something wrong, don't blame Meru people, blame me," he said.

The leaders vowed to campaign vigorously and get more votes for Mr Kenyatta than what he received on August 8.

"We have never been this psyched up. They (Nasa) called us vifaranga vya kompyuta (computer-generated leaders) but we are telling them they will go nowhere. This time, the margin will be historic," Mr Wamatangi said.

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