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Buhari prescribes ‘stronger institutions’ in Africa’s corruption fight.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has prescribed strengthening of institutions and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and anti-corruption bodies as effective means of combating corruption in Africa.

Buhari was speaking at the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa after being appointed the champion of the this year’s theme.

The theme of the African Union Summit this year is Winning the fight against corruption: a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation.

Buhari was elected as Nigeria’s president in 2015, having run a campaign of ‘rooting out corruption in Nigeria’ and ‘restoring security in the country’.

‘‘Corruption poses real threats to national security, unity and survival. It deprives young Africans of opportunities to lead meaningful lives,’‘ Buhari told the delegates attending the 30th session of the AU Summit.

Buhari pledged to ensure that the anti-corruption agenda ‘gets the attention it deserves’ and yields ‘the impact we hope for’.

‘‘Strong institutions are a necessary tool for any society that hopes to fight corruption,’‘ the president advised.

Buhari acknowledged the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) that came into effect in 2006, and said this summit is an opportunity to review how effective the framework has been since it was adopted.

View image on Twitter On behalf of the Govt of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I thank the AfricanUnion for entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as Champion of this year’s theme: “Winning the fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

The Nigerian president then presented three anti-corruption initiatives that he will be championing this year.

  • Organise African Youth Conferences against corruption.

  • Mobilise AU member states to implement the AUCPCC

  • Advocate for strengthening of the criminal justice system

Buhari concluded by saying the fight against corruption should extend to stopping illicit financial flows from Africa and strengthening asset recovery tools by governments.

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Protest leader arrested, charged with inciting violence in Zimbabwe.

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Armed police in Zimbabwe have arrested a political activist at his home on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

It comes as protests against fuel price hikes enters day 3 Wednesday. Evan Mawarire, a Harare pastor, rose to prominence as a critic of former leader, Robert Mugabe.

Beatrice Mtetwa is lawyer for Evan Mawarire.



Businesses and schools remain closed while mobile telecom networks enforce a government internet shut down in this Southern African nation.

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“I cannot say the stay away has been successful but at the end of the day we await to hear what the government will do because the people have spoken, they were not happy and up to now they are still in fear”, said Harare resident, Ronald Gwasira.

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“The way it looks people want to go to work but unfortunately it seems the transport operators are not willing to take them”, said Terrence Gumbi, another resident.

Wednesday is the third and final day of stay-at-home protests called by unions in response to the steep hike in fuel prices.

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Kenya: Uhuru Kenyata promises avenge terror attack in Nirobi.

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Kenyan security forces have neutralised all four terrorists involved in the attack on a hotel complex in the capital Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday.

Kenyatta said about 700 people had been safely evacuated, vowed to avenge the 14 “innocent” lives lost.



“We are a nation that never forgets those who hurt our children. We will pursue relentlessly those involved in the planning and execution of this attack,” the president said.

‘‘I take note of Kenyans who took to social media to spread hope and criticise false information. You have shown the world bravery, patriotism and love.’‘

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he attack in numbers

  • 14 civilians confirmed dead

  • 700 people safely evacuated

  • 4 attackers neutralised

Victims

An earlier estimate put the death toll at 15.

Timeline of the attack

  • Tuesday 3pm (local time): Attack on dusitD2 hotel begins with two explosions

  • Tuesday 5:55pm: Al Shabaab claims responsibility

  • Tuesday night: AU, EU, UN, United States, Somalia condemn the attack

  • Tuesday night : Police announces it has secured 7 out of eight floors

  • Wednesday 6am: Gunshots ring out as police say at least two groups of people still trapped inside complex

  • Wednesday 8am: President Kenyatta declares terror attack and security operation ‘over’.

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