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Opossition leader Andargachew regains freedom, returns to UK.

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Andargachew Tsige, the Ethiopian opposition leader on death row who received pardon from the government has returned to the United Kingdom days after his release.

Tsige who holds British citizenship was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the banned opposition group Ginbot 7. He was arrested in Yemen in 2014 and extradited to Ethiopia, where he served the last four years incarcerated.



There was a big party at his residence in Addis Ababa to welcome him from prison. He subsequently visited the Prime Minister to thank government for the gesture.

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A sizeable number of well-wishers including his wife and children were at the Heathrow airport to receive him. It was the first time in the last four years that he had seen his family.

Reprieve, an international United States-based human rights charity focused on death penalty and other extreme rights abuse, shared photos and videos of his arrival.

The group had been at the forefront of a campaign to have him released. On Thursday, they posted a series of tweets appreciating U.K. lawmakers and others who played a role in securing Tsige’s release.

His pardon despite serving a death sentence is part of a series of pardons and releases of jailed dissidents announced by Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF in early 2018 in the wake of years of violent unrest.

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye disclosed last week that Andargachew has been pardoned “under special circumstances” along with 575 other inmates.

The decisions were made with the “intention of widening political space,” the attorney general told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Thousands of prisoners, including several senior opposition leaders, have been freed since January having been accused of a variety of charges such as terrorism or incitement to topple the government.

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Court ruling that upheld Tshisekedi’s election restores Internet in DR Congo.

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Internet was restored across the DRC on Sunday after the Constitutional Court’s affirmation of Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect.

The service was cut twenty days ago with the government defending the move as part of efforts to preserve national security. It was to avert the publication of unofficial results of the December 30, 2018 polls.



An RFI journalist covering the country also reported that the French broadcaster’s signal had been restored in the capital, Kinshasa after it was disrupted about three weeks ago without an official explanation.

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Meanwhile reports indicate that Tuesday January 22 has been slated as the day of investiture of the new president. Tshisekedi will take over from Joseph Kabila who has been president for the past 18 years.

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There are largely three possible outcomes according to legal experts seized with the issue. An affirmation, an annulment or a call for rerun of the polls.

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Nigeria: Hip Hop star Harrysong reconciles with E-money, Kcee

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Popular Nigerian singer, Harrison Tare Okiri also known as Harrysong has finally reconciled with his former label mate, Kcee, and boss, E-money.




Harrysong who declared that he will never bite the finger that fed him, wrote on Instagram, “I had a great time at my listening party yesterday and it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro Skiibii perform his hit song Sensima

The ‘Under the duvet’ crooner said he had to make peace with himself by resolving issues with those who made impact in his life.

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“Making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.

“My journey will never be complete without Kcee and Emoney you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story.

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“I appreciate you both, I was hurt and reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.

“Never bite the finger that fed you my people…let love lead.” he concluded.

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