archives : July 2009


Panafrica - Ethiopia - Sudan
Following the decision of the jury at the International Criminal Court (ICC) not to indict Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for masterminding genocide in the Darfur region, prosecutors have appealed the tribunal’s decision saying there is sufficient evidence to prove his guilt. - Sunday 19 July 2009

Ali Bongo Ondimba does not have the supposed unanimity within the ruling Democratic Party of Gabon (PDG). Discontentment since his election, Wednesday, as the party’s representative for the August 30 presidential elections, has been mounting. Some of the party’s top officials have so far resigned to stand as independent candidates in the pending elections. - Saturday 18 July 2009

United States
A U.S. magazine has posted a film showing Michael Jackson’s accident during the filming of a Pepsi advertisement on the 27th of January, 1984, on its website. The accident, which occurred at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, left the singer with severe burns. According to the American magazine, it is highly possible that Michael Jackson’s dependence on prescription drugs as well as his obsession with plastic surgery began after the unfortunate event. Pepsi cola is reported to have paid $ 1.5 million in damages. Michael Jackson donated the money to a center for serious burns. The U.S weekly did not specify the video’s source. - Saturday 18 July 2009

The Nigerian government has offered to pay repentant rebels of the Niger Delta, N20,000 ($135) every month, and N1,500 ($ 9) a day for food, as part of the amnesty package to help incorporate the rebels back into regular society. - Saturday 18 July 2009

Senegal - United Kingdom
Mame Biram Diouf (MBD), the 21 year old Molde FK (Norway) striker, will be defending the colours of Manchester United (UK) next season. The Norwegian championship’s best scorer is expected to undergo a medical check-up in England to validate his contract with the English club. - Friday 17 July 2009

Unresolved insecurity issues of the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia has prompted the National Electoral Board to reschedule the region’s local and bi-elections for a second time. The electoral exercise was scheduled for September 2008 but was postponed to June 2009, due to the volatility of the region. Should the elections take place in the coming year as proposed, elected officials will only have a short time to serve. - Friday 17 July 2009

South africa - Botswana - Sudan
Pressure is mounting on South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to distance himself from the African Union (AU) decision to ignore the arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. - Friday 17 July 2009

Uganda - Sudan - International
Ugandan government is divided over what action it must take concerning Sudan’s president, Mr. Omar al-Bashir, ahead of his visit to Uganda for the Smart Partnership International Dialogue meeting. Cabinet ministers demand his arrest, but the president, Mr. Yoweri Museveni has dissented from their decision. - Friday 17 July 2009

After more than two weeks of meetings and negotiations behind the scenes, the political bureau of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG, ruling party) last Wednesday invested Ali Bongo Ondimba as its presidential candidate. The elections will be held on August 30, 2009. - Thursday 16 July 2009

The Nigerian government and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has disagreed over conditions for truce declaration. The Nigerian government has insisted that the military will remain in the country’s oil-rich Niger Delta to observe the sixty day cease-fire declared by the rebels, but MEND insists that a partial pullout of troops was a condition of the truce. - Thursday 16 July 2009

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