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Laurent Gbagbo Returns To Abidjan on June 17

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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is scheduled to fly back to a country that he once led for years, his political party announced on Monday.

Assoa Adou, secretary general of the Front populaire ivoirien (FPI), said the arrival date was a climax of several weeks of negotiations with the authorities.

Laurent Gbagbo’s party has chosen the date of the former president’s 76th birthday to make public the date of his return to his country.

“On June 17, Laurent Gbagbo will tread the soil of his ancestors, the Ivory Coast,” announced Assoa Adou, secretary general of the dissident branch of the Front populaire ivoirien (FPI).

Discussions between those close to Gbagbo and the Ivorian authorities had accelerated since the International Criminal Court (ICC) pronounced the final acquittal of the former president at the end of March.

Assoa Adou was received by Prime Minister Patrick Achi on April 30. Interior and Security Ministers Diomandé Vagondo and Reconciliation Ministers Kouadio Konan Bertin were also present.

The two delegations then met on May 3, without Patrick Achi but in the presence of several Ivorian security officials, such as the director general of the police, General Youssouf Kouyaté.

Discussions revolved around Gbagbo’s security, his status as a former president and the conditions under which he intended to return to Abidjan.

The Ivorian authorities are not showing themselves to be favorable to the popular and triumphant reception that the “GOR” (Gbagbo or nothing) dreamed of.

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Rwandans, Ugandans, Kenyans Battle For Actor Daniel Kaluuya

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Daniel Kaluuya may have won an Oscar award as the best supporting actor and incidentally becoming the first black British actor to win an Oscar, but the war for his ancestry is raging on among East Africans.

Rwandans have begun claiming Kaluuya although giving no evidence of his links to the cradle land of a thousand hills.

The Kenyans on social media, owing to their strength have swang in action in a big bang claiming the actor is indeed Kenyan from the  Luhya tribe.

“People giving us screenshots, shauri yenu. When we say he’s Kenyan, we know what we are saying. Congratulations the son of our soil. Khaluuya is my neighbour here in Bungoma. We schooled with his sister in Namachanja High school. His mother is our Church treasurer,” Gladwell Pamba says.

According to Ras Amani, “We have decided and it’s settled. Ugandans can go settle their beef with M7. Kaluuya is ours, he’s Luhya. End of story.”

For Ugandan Peter Masiga, “When did he become Kenyan? Is Jinja in Kenya?”.

Another Kenyan says, “Who thought you’d come from Mwihoko and represent us on a global stage? In the words of Amondi Nyong’o, “No matter where you are from your dreams are valid.”

“Kenyans with you arrogance kila kitu nice u think ni yako. Sasa they are gona come barking,” says Raymond Owner Suzan Apparel & Textiles Accessories.

For the Ugandans always weak on social media, have failed to defend their own brother.

“What belongs to Uganda will always find its way back . Take him to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda…u can as well take him to Egypt, but he will find his way back to Uganda,” Kathy says.

For Leonard Mugisha, ” Ugandans can steal anything but not people…coz we are intelligent… so if we say Kaluuya is ours..he is ours.”

“If you listen to his acceptance speech, he shouted out “his family all the way from London to Kampala“ not Nairobi Rolling on the floor laughing That being said, it’s still a Win for East Africa!!!” Kindazi clare says.

However, according to his official profile, Daniel Kaluuya aged 32 is a British and Ugandan actor. Kaluuya began his acting career as a teenager in improvisational theatre.

Kaluuya subsequently portrayed Posh Kenneth in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins; he also co-wrote some of the episodes.

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Burundi Women Prisoners Protest Against Congestion, Hunger

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As the world continues to celebrate international Women’s Day, Women prisoners in Burundi have protested against poor food, congestion and delayed Justice.

On March 12 a team from the Ministry of Justice visited Mpimba central prison, however, the prison authorities had earlier cautioned the inmates to behave when the Ministry Justice team arrives at the facility.

Before the arrival of the personnel from the Ministry of Justice, the director of the prison asked the prisoners to behave like ‘human beings’.

“When our guests come, you should stand up, greet them warmly and welcome with dances and songs. You have to prove to them that you are still “human beings”, you have to show them that you are innocent “. And to tell them a secret: “The minister has brought you something, stay calm!,”said the director of the prison.

The prison warden prohibited the inmates telling them not to expose their problems but only to thank: “Put your jargon aside, and one of you is going to speak in thanks only. Our problems are between us,” he ordered.

Evelyne Izobiriza an inmate was chosen to represent her colleagues. She didn’t mince words and suddenly defied orders from prison warden.

In her speech, she didn’t just say “thank you”.

She presented her concerns also on the subject of the recent presidential pardon; “We are afraid that most of us will not benefit from the presidential pardon, because we are still in the category of ” defendants ” and that is a lot of years that our trials do not advance.

To qualify for this grace, you must be in the category of “condemned”. A lot of women here don’t have lawyers and others can’t afford a lawyer,” she pleaded.

“We sleep on the floor, the prison is full. You couldn’t get into our cells to find out. There are pregnant women, old people, mothers who have infants. Some of us have just spent 5 years without appearing in court, not to mention those who are here unfairly. The justice does nothing, we want to know where it is with our files,” Izobiriza querried the team from Justice Ministry.

Another inmate cited the lack of food, “We are given almost a kilogram and a half of flour and beans a day, for lunch and dinner, whether you have children or not. This is not enough “.

During this visit, the team from the Ministry of Justice brought some food for the detainees. This was for the purpose of celebrating International Women’s Day with these detainees.

“The prisoners are 235 in total while this part of the prison should only accommodate 80 inmates,” said Ildefonse Ruvahagumye, director of Mpimba central prison.

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Foreigners Attached To Congolese Conservation Agency ICCN Threatened

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Foreigners working for  the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) are worried of their safety following a growing public anger against them.

Reports reaching Taarifa indicate that the local population in town of Kyubo, Haut-Katanga accuses ICCN of attempts to rob the concession of the Upemba National Park for the erection of a hydroelectric dam by a foreign company.

This Monday March 15, a protest march was organized in Kyubo, more than 200 kilometers from Lubumbashi among which the agents of Kipay Energy are expressing their dissatisfaction with what they see as blocking the construction of a hydroelectric dam on an area belonging to the Upemba National Park.

Justicia Asbl a non-profit association for the defense and promotion of human rights has denounced threats against foreign officials of the ICCN. It calls on the political and administrative authorities of Haut-Katanga to ensure the safety of foreign nationals of ICCN and their partners in the face of these threats.

Justicia Asbl warns that messages against foreign nationals could lead to human rights violations attributable to the manipulators of these masses.

This manipulation, which began with the publication of pamphlets against foreign officials of ICCN in the local media, is exacerbated these days by the instrumentalisation of the youth in order to attack foreign nationals and ICCN partners.

The officials and agents of the Upemba Park have lived in insecurity for a while. The conservator of Upemba National Park was killed on Saturday December 15 in Kyalwe, in Mitwaba territory (Haut-Katanga).

According to the provincial office of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), the victim was shot dead by armed men while returning from the nearby town of Kyubo by motorbike.

Two armed men allegedly asked him to stop. Following the curator’s refusal, they shot him, said Upemba Park officials.

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