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COURT CONVICTS KENYAN MINISTER, HEAD OF POLICE OVER MIGUNA DEPORTATION.

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A Kenyan high court judge found the Interior Minister and the police chief guilty of contempt on Wednesday and told them to appear for sentencing because they failed to obey a court order to release a detained opposition politician, Miguna Miguna. 

According to his lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, the Kenyan authorities deported Miguna on an Emirate flight, two days after the police detained him on his return to the country.

This is the second time the vocal politician is being deported from his country.

His lawyer also said that he had no further details of how Miguna was put on the flight, but private Citizen TV channel said he was escorted by security officers.

Local media quoted Miguna saying, he was ‘dragged, assaulted and drugged’ before being forced to leave the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi for Dubai on Wednesday night.

The deportation is in defiance of at least two court orders for police to release Miguna so that he could present himself in court.

It could increase pressure in Nairobi’s High Court, following Judge George Odunga’s ruling against Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the head of immigration.

Odunga said he would sentence the officials on Thursday even if they did not appear in his courtroom, but it was unclear the impact that would have.

However, the Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka declined to comment because the matter is in court and there was no comment from the police on Wednesday.

The interior ministry had denied that Miguna was being held illegally and said he had failed to follow arrival procedures when he landed in Kenya.

 

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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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