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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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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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