• New cases of Ebola emerge in Liberia

    21/Nov/2015 // 451 Viewers

    There are three new  cases of Ebola in Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson  in Rome  confirm to our reporter. This is barely after 3 months the West African country was declared Ebola-free which has had no fewer than 10,000 Ebola cases and recorded over 4,000 deaths.

    The three patients including a 10-year-old boy have been isolated and his relatives and others who risk contracting the disease  have been taken to an Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia suburb.

    The country's President, Ellen Johnson had in a speech delivered in Monrovia praised their resilience in combating the epidemic which has killed many people in the country before the new cases emerge which pose a serious setback to the country.

     

     

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  • If you lose, concede defeat - Jonathan

    21/Oct/2015 // 215 Viewers

     The Chair of the Commonwealth election observers, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said the Sunday elections will only be peaceful if losing candidates gracefully concede defeat.

    He said it was equally important to realise that, for the poll  to be free and fair all stakeholders, namely, National Electoral Commission (NEC), political parties, police as well as voters must play their part.

    Jonathan, who was defeated by former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in Nigerian general election in March, and conceded defeat, told journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the Commonwealth Observers Group started its work in the country yesterday and expects to meet with a wide range of stakeholders including NEC officials, political parties, civil society organisations, the diplomatic community as well as other international and national observer groups.

    “If you lose, accept defeat,” he said, warning that any attempt to reject the will of the people can only lead to chaos.

    The Nigerian former president insisted that Commonwealth Observers Group will issue  an interim statement on the  preliminary findings shortly after the elections and a final report will be prepared in Tanzania.

    “We will also submit the report on the Tanzanian elections to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and subsequently shared with relevant stakeholders and the public. The group is scheduled to depart in Tanzania on 31st October 2015,” he said.

    He added: “I am greatly honoured and privileged to have been asked by the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to lead the Commonwealth Observers Group to Tanzania’s general election that will be taking place on 25th October 2015”

    He pointed out that during their time in Tanzania, they will seek to assess the pre-election environment, polling day activities and the post election period, against the backdrop of Tanzania’s national legislation, regional and international commitments. 

    “Commonwealth Observers Group in Tanzania was constituted following an invitation extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania, and we will work according to the rules and regulations,” he said.

    Jonathan noted: “Our group comprises of 14 eminent persons drawn from across the different regions of the Commonwealth countries including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, The group which includes experts in politics, election, media, conflict prevention and youth affairs. We arrived in Tanzania on Monday and will stay here until 31st October 2015.” 

    He went further saying that the Commonwealth Observers Group will perform their observation role with impartiality, independence and transparency.

    He disclosed that on Friday this week, members of the Commonwealth Observers Group will deploy in small teams to various regions across the country to observe preparations ahead of the poling day.

    He also said that on Election Day, members of the Commonwealth Observers  Group will observe opening, voting, closing, counting and the results management process.

    “If all parties including the National Electoral Commission, Political Parties, and Police Forces will play its role, nothing will stops Tanzania to record a free and fair election this year,” he said.

    He insisted: “We hope that our group’s presence in Tanzania will demonstrate the commonwealth’s solidarity with the people of this country. The success of these elections depends on every stakeholder playing their part in the peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner, we are very confidence that we will achieve the goal.”

    However, The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens of which over 60 percent are under the ages of 30.

    The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, Spanning five regions. The thirty one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

    Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil societies, cultural and professional organisations.

    In the same vein, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the appointment of former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan as leader of a 33-nation observer mission to the Sunday, October 25, 2015 general election to be held in Tanzania, describing it as “a global recognition of the former president’s democratic credentials.”

    He said: “Jonathan’s appointment to lead the Commonwealth observer team, comprising 33 countries, is recognition of his remarkable role in the last presidential election, in which he conceded defeat, thereby saving Nigeria from catastrophe that even the international community thought would befall the country.”

    Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “Jonathan should be celebrated and I am happy that the world is beginning to give him the deserved recognition and celebration less than five months that he left office.”

    He said Dr Jonathan’s courage and spirit of sportsmanship in accepting the outcome of the presidential election despite the obvious shortcomings saved the nation from political chaos and violence, adding that “Jonathan provided the foundation on which democracy is standing in Nigeria today and one is not surprised that he is being asked to lead the Commonwealth election observer team from 33 nations to Tanzania.

     “Even if those who benefitted from his show of love and commitment to the peace and development of Nigeria are paying him back with persecution and victimisation, I am happy that the former President and those who worked with him are being celebrated globally.

    “I therefore congratulate Dr Jonathan and urge those currently holding power in Abuja to emulate him by putting Nigeria and its interests first.”


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  • Kenyans marks Westgate siege anniversary

    21/Sep/2015 // 199 Viewers

    AFP | Staff of the Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi pray as they mark the second anniversary commemorations of the Westgate shopping mall attack by militants from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab on September 21, 2015
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    Kenyans held prayers and lit candles in Nairobi on Monday to mark the second anniversary commemorations of the Westgate shopping mall attack by militants from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab.
     
    In the Nakumatt supermarket inside the mall, where many of those who died in the attack were killed, staff held prayers, as shoppers went about normal business in the redecorated building.
     
    "We are commemorating a time where many of our friends were lost, many of our friends had their destinies shattered," said preacher Dennis Pamba, as staff in the supermarket lit lines of white candles to remember those killed.
     
    The attack began on September 21, 2013, when four gunmen entered the mall, spraying shoppers and staff with machine gun fire and tossing grenades into crowds of Saturday shoppers and diners. The attack left 67 dead.
     
    "Though they killed the 67, they never killed our spirit," said supermarket manager David Muturi.
     
    "My appeal to all Kenyans all over the world is people to come and shop at Westgate, Westgate is safe... we will continue with the same spirit."
     
    Apparently inspired by the Mumbai attack of 2008, the gunmen hunted down shoppers in supermarket aisles and singled out non-Muslims for execution. They then fought it out with Kenyan security forces before the siege was finally declared over four days after the first shot was fired.
     
    The Shebab said the attack was revenge for Kenya's sending of troops to fight the extremists in Somalia.
     
    They have launched a string of subsequent attacks in Kenya, including their biggest attack to date earlier this year -- the massacre of 148 people, most of them students, at Garissa university in the northeast.
     
    All four gunmen were believed to have died in the mall, their bodies burned and crushed by tonnes of rubble after a section of the complex collapsed following a fierce blaze started by the fighting.
     
    The Westgate mall, Nairobi's most upmarket shopping centre and a magnet for the east African nation's growing middle class and expatriates, reopened in July after extensive renovations.
     
    Prayers were also held on Sunday in Nairobi's Karura forest at a site where a memorial stone and a plaque bearing the names of the dead, as well as newly planted trees, was unveiled a year ago.
     
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  • Flash: South Sudan

    21/Sep/2015 // 171 Viewers

    AFP / by Fred Garet, Marian Henbest
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    Conditions in war-torn South Sudan have worsened with thousands fleeing fighting since a ceasefire deal three weeks ago, the United Nations has warned. VIDEOGRAPHIC
     
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  • Ghana: Public officials cut down to size by ban on first class travels

    22/Dec/2015 // 162 Viewers

                                     John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana


    ACCRA, DECEMBER 22, 2015: (DGW): Ghanian President, John Dramani Mahama has placed a ban on first class travels for public officials, Minister of Communications, Mr Edward Boamah  disclosed to our reporter Tuesday in Accra, Ghana.

    This ban has become necessary seeing that it is a major weapon the opposition is campaigning with against the ruling party as presidential and parliamentary elections  are  billed to hold  next year, DailyGlobeWatch understands. 

    In a statement, the presidency directed that top government officials embarking on unwarranted  foreign trips at the expense of government to forget it as the government can no longer finance such trips.

    As this comes into force Ghana would be discussing Financial Accountability Bill which will impose penalties bordering on jail term for violators, our source further revealed.

    Meanwhile, the West African state has been enjoined to fix its economy by the International Monetary fund and this has in earnest commenced since April this year following high deficits amid a widening public debt and unstable local currency.

     

     

     

     

     


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  • 'We are at war with the extremists; we remain unbowed', President Kenyanta says in a memorial

    22/Jan/2016 // 220 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 22, 2016: (DGW) - General Abas Ibrahim of the Somalian Army said Kenya troops in the country were warned of an impending al-Shabab attack on their base 45 days before it was launched that killed no fewer than 100 Kenyan soldiers, DailyGlobeWatchhas reliably gathered.

    That episode remained the deadliest attack on Kenya's army although at the time of filing this report the Kenyan military has not made any disclosure regarding the death toll of their fallen soldiers in the country. However, reliable sources told our reporter that the bombs used in the attacks on Kenyan military base  three times outpower the ones used in 1998 American Embassy attacks in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city and no fewer than 224 people were killed in that ill-conceived attacks, DailyGlobeWatch understands.

    President  Uhuru Kenyata was quoted as saying during a memorial service held in honour of the slain soldiers 'we are at war with the extremists, terrorists and it is a war we must win. We remain unbowed''.

    Speaking further, Mr Kenyatta told the audience which was well-attended by the families of the victims that the attack was launched by a buildup of militants in the area which also  foreshadows future attacks and that Kenyan forces will henceforth intensify efforts on intelligence gathering to forestall similar incident in future while the war with the extremists continues.

    His words, "We were told that al-Shabab was bringing fighters from all over the regions in south Somalia - from Gedo region, Middle and Lower Shabelle and Juba. They were very strong."


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  • Al Shabaab militants launch deadly restaurant attack in Somali capital Mogadishu

    22/Jan/2016 // 194 Viewers

     

    (AP) - Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday.
     
    The security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the attack in Mogadishu.
     
    It was not clear whether Hussein's report of more than 20 killed included the assailants.
     
    Blasts and bursts of gunfire could be heard as Somali special forces went from room to room pursuing the al-Shabab gunmen who were holed up inside the restaurant.
     
    Hussein said the security forces rescued many people who had been trapped inside the restaurant's hall, where a party was taking place when the attack started on Thursday.
     
    Witnesses said that gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great," and entered the restaurant from the direction of the beach as clients, sitting behind razor wire, watched the seashore.
     
    "They randomly fired at people sitting near the beach before entering the restaurant," said witness Ahmed Nur, who was strolling along the shoreline when the attack happened.
     
    Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, in a broadcast on its online radio late Thursday.
     
    Al-Shabab attacked Kenyan peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia last week. The al-Qaida-linked group said it had killed about 100 Kenyans and seized weapons and military vehicles. The Kenyan government has given no death toll, but said there were some fatalities.
     
    Despite being pushed out of Somalia's major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks across the Horn of Africa country. African Union troops, government officials and foreigners are frequently targeted.
     
     


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  • Breaking: Sit-tight syndrome over as AU, ECOWAS backed by UN Security Council could now unseat leaders by troops to enforce fair election results

    22/Jan/2017 // 2718 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 22, 2016: (DGW) THE United Nations Security Council has sent a strongly-worded message to West Africa and indeed all of Africa that it is not going to be business as usual in a bid to protect democracy on the continent, BBC West Africa correspondent, Thomas Fessy has reported.

    The message states that ECOWAS and indeed the African Union backed by the United Nations Security Council would henceforth send troops or intervention force to enforce fair election results in the event of reported irregularities in any electoral process.

    According to him, this option was deemed absolutely necessary to check the sit-tight syndrome by African leaders that has often plunged countries on the continent into political crises.


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  • Partial Niger election results show president heading for big win

    22/Mar/2016 // 156 Viewers

     

    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou is heading for a crushing victory in a run-off election that became a near-formality when the opposition coalition declared a boycott, partial results on Tuesday showed.

    With 226 constituencies counted from a total of 308, Issoufou received 93 percent of Sunday's vote, according to the national electoral commission. Turnout was around 61 percent.

    Issoufou, an ally of the West in its fight against Islamist insurgents in West Africa, won the first round comfortably last month with 48 percent of votes but failed to clinch the outright majority required to avoid a second round.

    The candidate who came second, opposition leader Hama Amadou, has been in jail since November on charges relating to a baby-trafficking scandal, but was flown to France for medical treatment last week.

    Amadou says he is innocent and claims the charges against him are politically motivated.

    The Coalition for an Alternative (COPA), which unites about 20 political parties including Amadou's MODEN, called for a boycott of the polls, claiming the process had been tainted by fraud.

    Southern Niger, which borders Nigeria, has been the target of frequent deadly raids by Islamist Boko Haram militants.

    It also shares borders with Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, where al Qaeda-linked groups are active. Libya, home to Islamic State affiliates, lies on its northern border.


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