Author: Paul Stevens

Gambia accuses renegade generals with desertion

General Umpa Mendy and General Ansumana Tamba BANJUL–– The Armed Forces of the Gambian says it has filed desertion charges against two renegade generals who went into exile with former president Yahya Jammed last year. Making the disclosure on Wednesday, the force said General Umpa Mendy and General Ansumana Tamba sought refuge in Equatorial Guinea alongside former dictator Jammeh in January 2017 after his brutal 22-year rule came to an abrupt end. An army spokesman, Major Lamin Sanyang, said the pair were “charged with desertion of duty contrary to the Gambia Armed Forces Act”, and would appear before a...

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Gambia arrests Jammeh’s ex-spies over detention and death

DAKAR–– Police in Banjul, the Gambia on Tuesday say ten members of Gambia’s former spy agency have been arrested and detained on suspicion of murdering a political activist who led a protest during ousted dictator Yahya Jammeh’s era. Police record shows that Solo Sandeng, the late organizing secretary of the United Democratic Party, was arrested in April 2016 for leading a street protest demanding electoral reform. After his arrest and detention, he died in prison. “Two of the suspects have been granted bail and eight are still in custody,” police superintendent David Kujabie said. Nine former top spy officials at...

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South Africa’s Zuma to face trial for Corruption Over Arms Deal

Former South African president Jacob Zuma LONDON— South Africa’s chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams on Friday said former South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to be charged and prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion-rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s. “After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr. Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment,” Abrahams said. Zuma, who disputes all the allegations against him, is to face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal.  The case...

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Liberia’s US envoy-designate: An exceptionally qualified and experienced diplomat

Liberia’s ambassador-designate Ms. Gurly Teta Gibson NEW YORK – With what some in the United States are heralding as an excellent choice, President George M. Weah of Liberia expands women leadership in his administration by appointing Ms. Gurly Teta Gibson as Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Ms. Gibson is an experienced diplomat and international trade and investment Consul with over ten years of practical experience. She brings a wealth of knowledge in diplomacy, international trade negotiations, global economics, and women’s rights advocacy. Furthermore, Ms. Gibson pledges to work with Liberians in the diaspora and the United...

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Ruff-off looms, rivals parties clash as presidential vote count continues in Sierra Leone

L/R: Samura Kamara and Julius Maada Bio FREETOWN––Supporters of rival political parties clashed while their leaders spar over the weekend after results of Sierra Leone’s presidential election were announced by the country’s National Election Commission. On Saturday, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) N’Ali Koroma declared partial presidential results based on 25 percent of the total votes counted after the March 7 general election. So far, the results from the country’s presidential election showed a runoff would be needed with no candidate set to secure the 55 percent required to win outright. On Friday, the European Union...

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George Weah First 100 Days

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Globe Afrique’s Conference Call – All About Liberia

Date: May 5, 2018

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Topic: George Weah’s First 100 Days

 

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