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Gambian Justice Minister joins protest against Jammeh-era atrocities

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Gambian Justice Minister, Abubacar Tambedou, joined scores of protesters who took to the streets on Monday demanding justice for atrocities committed during the reign of former President Yahya Jammeh.

The over 150 young protesters marched in memory of over a dozen students who were killed in April 2000. Local media portals report that aside from the deaths, 30 other protesters were injured but have yet to get justice.

The deaths which were recorded over two days (April 10 and 11) 17 years ago were believed to have been on the orders of Yahya Jammeh. As part of the commemoration, a music concert was held after the march. A symposium and soccer game is also planned for April 11.

Jammeh’s regime has repeatedly been accused of widespread torture and enforced disappearances during its 22-year rule. Most victims of the Jammeh-era atrocities have petitioned the Adama Barrow government to help them get closure on deaths and disappearances.

The Barrow government has announced the formation of a reconciliation body to look into rights abuses and to recommend appropriate compensation for victims.

The head of the European Union (EU) in Gambia, Attila Lagos, supported the government’s efforts to set up a truth and justice commission to investigate the abuses.

“When we talk about reconciliation and justice delivered to the people, this is what we are talking about. We need to know what really happened, we need to see who were responsible, we need to see how we can learn from it and how we can go forward,” Lajos is on record to have said.

Since Jammeh’s departure early this year, the new administration led by President Adama Barrow has taken steps to restore the rule of law and strengthen its judiciary. Barrow ordered the release of most political prisoners in the West African country.

Human rights activists have demanded that Jammeh is held accountable for alleged abuses, including torture and detention of opponents. He is currently on exile in Equatorial Guinea where he flew to after regional forces threatened to oust him on the back of contested polls late last year.

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Absa became the new competitor on the Ethiopia market.

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Absa Bank Of South Africa’s  has become the Latest Multinational Corporation to show Interest in Organizing the Ethiopia market.

Ethiopia has since Prevented Foreign Ownership in Economic Sectors that Includes Banking but Abiy Ahmed has began to take fast Action on the issue since he came to power in April.



Jason Quinn, the bank’s chief financial officer, told reporters that Absa was investigating on how and where to enter in a number of populating market, including Nigeria and Angola.

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Am Entrance made into the Ethiopia market of 100 million People, would be part of a Scheme made by Absa after it break from Britain’s Barclays in 2017.

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Ethiopia has plans to liberalise state-owned companies including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise, and Ethiopian Electric Power, in order to attract foreign direct investment and stimulate growth.

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Black box of the Ethiopian Airline Crash recovered.

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The United Nations described the Sunday crash of the Ethiopia airline as disastrous saying it has cost them a great loss.



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Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European head garters said this was the worst loss suffered in years in Geneva in a statement where 150 people where gathered.

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Investigators in Ethiopia have recovered the black box from the ill-fated Ethiopian airline this Sunday.

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