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The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria had separate audience with the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang this Tuesday 12th April 2016

During the separate audience, each of them handed a sealed message from their President to President Paul Biya.

The Equato - Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Agapito Mba Mokuy who was the first to be received handed his sealed letter from his President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Shortly after, he discussed issues of cooperation and fraternity between the two countries.

He also briefed reporters on his country’s mood before elections few days from now, saying everything is going on smoothly and that his government has urged its Nationals to be promoters of peace as they actively participate in the voting process.

 He was accompanied by his country’s Ambassador and other senior staff at the embassy.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khadidja Boukar Ibrahim came after with a sealed letter from his President Muhammadu Buhari.

After a close to 15 minutes talks with the Prime Minister he later on told reporters that the relations between Cameroon and Nigeria is progressing positively.

Common security issues and the plight of Nigerian refugees were also part of their discussions.

He was accompanied to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Cameroon Hadidja  Moustapha.

CRTV

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled a prominent American researcher weeks after he published a report linking soldiers to the massacres of civilians, the government and the researcher's organization said on Saturday.

Jason Stearns, the director of the Congo Research Group at New York University, was expelled from the country, to which he makes regular research visits, for making false declarations to immigration services, government spokesman Lambert Mende said.

"(Immigration authorities) wanted to present him to a judge but finally they decided to expel him," Mende said, adding that he did not have any details on the nature of those declarations.

The group said the reason given by authorities for Stearns' expulsion on Thursday was his "undesirability", and said the immigration irregularities were "minor procedural matters, which we are taking steps to address".

Its statement said the authorities referred to Stearns' report about the massacres, without giving further detail.

 

Last month's report said that soldiers in Congo's army had participated in massacres of civilians in the country's northeast since 2014, although it said it was unclear to what extent the military hierarchy was involved.

Mende sharply criticized the report at a news conference in the days after it was released, accusing Stearns of "abusive generalization".

Rights groups say more than 500 people have died in a wave of machete attacks and other raids since October 2014. The government has blamed most of them on a Ugandan Islamist group that has operated in eastern Congo since the 1990s.

Political tensions are high in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, is required by the constitution to step down before the end of the year.

Opponents, however, accuse him of trying to delay a presidential election due in for November in order to hold onto power. The United Nations and rights groups say the government is cracking down on dissent through arrests and intimidation of opponents.

The government denies both of these charges.

Stearns is a former coordinator of the U.N. panel of experts in Congo and author of a widely read book about the country's civil wars from 1996-2003.

African public officials are among the high-ranking figures to find their names in the leaked Panama Papers. Kofi Annan's son Kojo and a nephew of South Africa's President Zuma are among those listed in the disclosures.

The law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama sells anonymous offshore companies around the world. It’s not illegal to own such a company or shares, but they can be used to cover up deals that could be illegal. Research by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and a German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung has uncovered trade deals between Mossack Fonseca and several African public officials.

Clive Khulubuse Zuma - nephew of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob is currently battling parliamentary impeachment proceedings following corruption allegations including the Nkandla and Gupta Family scandal. The Panama Papers could provides the Zuma's opponents with fresh ammunition in theri bid to oust him. The documents link President Zuma in an oil mining deal between a British Virgin Islands-based oil company Caprikat Limited and Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the documents, Zuma helped Caprikat to secure oil fields in the DRC and ordered his nephew to head the firm's operations in the country.

Kalpana Rawal - Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya

Kalpana Rawal, Kenya's deputy Chief Justice was implicated in several business deals linked to two companies based in British Virgin Islands. Rawal and her husband were directors of the companies prior to her appointment as deputy chief justice. The documents revealed Rawal's involvement in real estate in the United Kingdom through offshore companies. Rawal has not stated if she had declared any of her investments to Kenya's judicial service commission. Kenya's constitution bars public servants from owning a bank account outside the country.

John Addo Kufour – son of Ghana's former President John Agyekum Kufour

Ghana's former President John Agyekum Kufour 's eldest son, John Addo Kufour, was also mentioned in the revelations. During President Kufour's first term, the son and his mother allegedly controlled a bank account in Panama worth $75,000 (66,000 euros). They appointed the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, to manage the fund which was called The Excel 2000 Trust. Local media in Ghana had reported allegations that the younger Kufour gained lucrative government contracts and private sector business deals through his father. But an official commission later found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Mamadie Toure - widow of Guinea's late President Lansana Conte

Mamadie Toure, widow of Guinea's late president, Lansana Conte, was allegedly granted the power of attorney to Matinda Partners and Co Ltd, a British Virgin Islands company, in November 2006. Authorities in the US claimed that Toure received $5.3 million to help a mining company win a mining concession from President Conte shortly before he died in 2008.

Mounir Majadi - personal secretary to Morocco's King Muhammed VI

Mounir Majadi, personal secretary to Morocco's King Muhammed VI, allegedly purchased a luxury 1930s schooner “Aquarius W” in 2005 on behalf of SMCD Limited, a British Virgin Islands firm. After the purchase, the vessel was registered in Morocco and renamed “El Boughaz I.” It is now owned by King Mohammed VI.

Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos - Angola's oil minister

Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos is Angola's oil minister. Oil is the southern African country's main export. He also held the portfolio for energy and water. Prior to the Panama files, de Vasconcelos had never been linked to any corruption allegations. According to the Panama Papers, he was secretly ran a company based in the South Pacific. The company was worth $1 million, according to his own statements. The company was disbanded in 2009.

Ian Kirby – head of Botswana’s court of appeal

Ian Kirby began his career as a tax specialist and has been the head of the Court of Appeal, the highest court in Botswana, since 2010. According to research by ICIJ, Kirby had shares in seven offshore shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands. The purpose for which these companies existed is unknown, but Kirby told ICIJ that he and his wife had invested only the required minimum contribution in the company and want to use them for investment purposes. Due to the economic crisis they had lost a large part of the money.

Jaynet Desiree Kabila Kyungu – twin sister of President Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

She is considered one of the most influential people around President Joseph Kabila. Jaynet Desiree Kabila Kyungu has been sitting in Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament since 2012. She also has a media company. The Panama Papers revealed that Kyungu together with a Congolese businessman were co-heads of an offshore company based in the South Pacific. The company is said to have shares in one of the largest mobile operators in the DR Congo.

Kojo Annan – son of Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations

Kojo Annan purchased an apartment in London for $500,000 in 2013, according to the ICIJ's Panama Papers, through an offshore company headquartered in South Pacific nation of Samoa. He is also registered as a director of two other companies, based in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. His company acted according to applicable laws and purposes, according to Kojo Annan's lawyer. Kojo's father, Kofi Annan, was Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) between 1997 and 2006. During this period, the UN placed an order under the oil-for-food program to a Swiss company for which Kojo Annan worked. Allegations of corruption and nepotism were made, but an independent investigation found no proof.

Reactions in Africa

Mouhamadou Mbodj, coordinator of the "Forum civil" and Transparency International in Senegal, said he was not surprised by the Panama Papers' revelations. In a DW interview, Mbodj said money disappearing through tax havens was exactly the reason why African countries lacked better social policies. "This probably can be explained by the absence of these funds and that's also the reason why so many people emigrate to Europe," Mbodj said.

(DW)

Police in the Republic of Congo's capital exchanged heavy gunfire with unidentified gunmen Monday in the first major outbreak of violence since the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso last month.

The shooting happened in Brazzaville's Bacongo and Makeleke neighborhoods.  There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Nguesso first served as president between 1979 and 1992, and after losing an election returned to power in 1997.  He won disputed elections in 2002 and 2009 before getting voter approval to remove constitutional blocks that would have barred him from the March 20 vote because of age and term limits.

An army general who finished third in the voting alleged fraud and called for a campaign of "civil disobedience" after the results were announced.

(VOA)

During a plenary sitting of the national assembly chaired by Speaker Cavaye Yeguie Djibril on April 1, 2016, Hon. Awudu Mbaya questioned Cameroon's Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma on why all major headlines in the state owned Newspaper Cameroon Tribune were in French. "Depriving a people of information is a crime against humanity," he declared.

In his response, Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary first historically situated the genesis of the English and French versions of Cameroon Tribune and explained that the economic crisis of the 80s, the 1994 devaluation CFA Franc and the ensuing corporate restructuring were behind the decision by its publisher, Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation (SOPECAM) in 1995, to produce only one bilingual edition.

He further stated that although the economic situation has improved with Cameroon Tribune regaining its aura as a reference news source in Africa, the newspaper sector has evolved and now marked by a competitive environment, the rapid development of Information and Communication Technologies and the Internet, making it difficult for newspapers to exist. "It is necessary to grant subsidy to ensure the profitability of a bilingual daily and seek resources to ensure its sustenance,"

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