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Ethiopia To Probe #Protests.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalgen, insists that the country is able to launch investigations into deadly protests that have gone on in recent months and that as a sovereign country they should be allowed so to do.

His view is backed by the the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Girma Birru. Both men are quoted by the US-based Foreign Policy (FP) news portal as stating that the country did not need outsiders to probe the Oromia and Amhara protests.

“There is no need for somebody from outside to come and investigate this issue. It’s not because there is something to be hidden but it’s because we have a sovereignty that needs to be kept,” Hailemariam is quoted to have said.

There is no need for somebody from outside to come and investigate this issue. It’s not because there is something to be hidden but it’s because we have a sovereignty that needs to be kept.

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The country located in the horn of Africa region has been under international pressure to accommodate independent observers to look into the nationwide protests that have been clamped down upon by the security agencies.

“Ethiopia is a sovereign country and Ethiopia has the capability to investigate its own case. When the Ethiopian government is assumed to have failed to do these things, it’s an insult,” the ambassador told FP  in Washington last week.

Whiles accepting that protesters have legitimate grievances regarding land reform, he denied claims of political partiality by the government, citing the legislative presence of Oromia in both chambers of parliament — reportedly the largest of any region.

Human Rights Watch and other rights groups, the World Council of Churches and several governments across the world have called on the government and protesters to exercise restraint and to use dialogue as a means of ironing out differences.

The United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner in his recent report reiterated calls for the government to allow an independent assessment of the situation in order to confirm or dismiss reports in the media.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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