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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:59

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe finally 'resigns'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda says.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said the decision was voluntary, Reuters news agency reports.

The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against Mr Mugabe in a joint sitting of parliament.

Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week's military takeover, and days of protests.

He has been in power since independence in 1980.

BBC

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, November 21, 2017/ -- Abidjan, the economic capital of the Republic of Ivory Coast, will host the First Africa-Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments at the Abidjan District Hotel on November 27, 2017.

The Forum will be organized as part of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa - http://AfriqueLocale.org) initiative; the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR- www.CCRE.org); and PLATFORMA (http://PLATFORMA-dev.eu/fr), the European voice of local and regional governments for development, with the support of the European Union, the African Union, the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Ivory Coast (ARDCI- www.ARDCI-rd.org) and the Union of Cities and Local Governments of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI- http://UVICOCI.ci).



This first forum will be held as a side event at the 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Summit, which will take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, November 29-30, 2017, with the objective to redefine the strategic orientations of the AU-EU Partnership for the years ahead. Local and regional government leaders from Africa and Europe will meet around the theme of rebuilding Africa-Europe relations for sustainable human development in the territories.

The Forum will discuss key issues such as economic development and employment, investment in youth, migration and human mobility, climate change and access to energy. It will also discuss the contribution of local and regional governments to the structural transformation of Africa and the implementation of Agenda 2063, as well as the contribution of these governments to the implementation of the European Consensus on Development and Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, it will address the issue of the renewal of the cooperation framework between Africa and Europe at a time when negotiations for a new agreement will succeed the Cotonou Agreement, which has structured Europe-Africa relations since the year 2000 and will expire in 2020.

The Forum will adopt the Abidjan Declaration of the Africa-Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments, which will be presented to the Summit for Heads of State and Governments of the two regions to be held on November 29 and 30, 2017 in Abidjan.

The official opening of the Forum will be chaired by His Excellency Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, in the presence of:

  • His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Dassigli, Hon. Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin and Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union regrouping the African Ministers of Public Service and Urban Development, Local Governments and Decentralization (CTS No. 8);
  • Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs for the Commission of the African Union;
  • Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Development and International Cooperation of the European Union;
  • Mr. Mpho Parks Tau, President of the South African Association of Local Governments and President of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG);
  • Mr. Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Region of Emilia-Romagna, President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR);
  • Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, President of ARDCI;
  • Mr. Gilbert Kone Kafana, President of UVICOCI.

The national and international press is invited to attend the Forum, notably the opening ceremony scheduled to take place at the Abidjan District Hotel on Monday November 27, 2017, at 9:00 am, as well as the closing ceremony scheduled to take place at the same venue at 06:00 pm.


A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday in the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but “there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure.”

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram militants held territory in 2014, although the insurgents were pushed out of those areas by troops in early 2015.

Boko Haram typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets.

Tuesday’s attack is the highest loss of life since 56 people were killed in the same state last December, when two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009 in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region, killing more than 20,000 and forcing around 2 million people to flee their homes.

Most attacks by the group focus on Borno state, the birthplace of the insurgency. The group held a swathe of land around the size of Belgium in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states until early 2015 but were forced out by Nigeria’s army backed by troops from neighbouring countries.

Reuters

Robbers in Kenya took a rather unconventional mode of entering a bank and making away with cash to the tune of 50 million Kenyan shillings (equivalent to $482,000).

The police confirmed the incident which happened on Monday at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in Thika – an industrial town in Kiambu County, located north east of the capital, Nairobi.

The bank manager told the police that he found that cash had been stolen from two of the bank’s vault early Monday morning. “They broke into two safes…it is believed they used oxy-acytelene flames to drill holes into them,” police said.

Local media reports that the robbers had dug the tunnel which breaks off at a sewer line. Photos shared on social media show part of the tunnel leading into the bank. Some reports say they dug the tunnel over a period of six months. No arrests have so far been made.

Even though customers thronged the bank premises which had been cordoned off by police officers and investigators, the bank assured that depositors money was safe.

“There is no cause for alarm. Customers seeking to transact can do so at any other KCB branch or access services through our mobile and Internet banking platforms,” the bank said in a statement.

Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:01

Updates from Bamenda

As early as 5am this morning gun shots could be heard here and there emanating from Police men and women, most of them novice in artillery operations of such magnitude. It's alleged that the gun battle erupted when three Police officers were shot, two seriously wounded and one seemingly lifeless. Thereafter orders were given that any civilians caught onsite be brutalized and killed.

The questions that hang on the lips of most city dwellers or populace are: Where were these Police officers attacked in the first place. These Police officers have been abandoned to themselves and have resorted to racketeering, looting, kidnapping, raping and armed robbery.

This annoying attitude of the Purported Police officers,majority being from the Beti Clan has provoked the desire for revenge. Why has the state of LA Republique Du Cameroun refused to honour its engagement with the Geneva convention tagged Convention Against Torture? Police officers have become the law rather than law enforcement officers in the two Anglophone regions of the North West and South West.

Why has LA Republique Du Cameroun spurned the instructions of the UN to pull out their thugs and militia from the North West and South West Regions of the Cameroon's? Can we say LA Republique Du Cameroun is a law abiding nation in the eyes of the International community? The planned genocide is ongoing and looting and state terrorism keeps growing in leaps and bounds. The purported curfew was only launched so that the fake state of LA Republique Du Cameroun could continue unchecked with its pogrom.

 

BaretaNews can now confirm as reported earlier that Enow Orock who was shot last night is CPDM sub-section president of Okoyong. We gathered information that he traveled to Ekok on the night of 17th-18th Nov in supposed violation of the SW Governor's curfew of no movements at night. He was stop at a checkpoint and money was requested from him. Having on him only 6000frs was not enough and this let to some argument and he was shot on the thigh. His situation is seriouse and is currently in Bamenda for treatment. BaretaNews on speaking on phone with a relative of Enow , she displayed shocked and accuses the military as mad people.

 

Let me just state that Enow is just like anyone of us though being a CPDM Sub section President. This barbaric forces everyday in our land are committing grave human right abuses. The maiming, harassment, shooting, of our people continues. The bullet knows no party, these barbaric occupying forces know no party. We must up our game to push them away from homeland. Enow like others, we wish him quick recovery.

 

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