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Uhuru-Odinga Constitution Review Initiative Rejected By ICJ

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The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday declared its rejection of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Referendum Bill in totality saying the proposed amendments to the constitution will not offer solutions to the country’s social, economic and political problems.

The Commission’s Chairperson Kelvin Mogeni challenged BBI proponents focus on ensuring that the Constitution promulgated in 2010 is implemented instead of amending it.

“There is no guarantee that the proposed amendments will address the underlying social-political concerns, entrenched marginalization or historical injustices,” Mogeni said.

“The issue of concern is that the Constitution has neither been accorded adequate time to organically shape the legal, political, economic and social landscape nor give impetus to reorient Kenya’s political culture fulfilling positive state obligations and rights of citizenry,” he explained.

Mogeni further pointed out that the commission rejects the BBI constitutional amendments because its membership believes the process is characterized by mistrust, divergent political and contested interests which will not benefit ordinary Kenyans.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which commenced the verification of signatures in support of the referendum in December 2020 has since captured 544,624 records.

The Commission needs to verify the signatures of at least a million voters for the Bill to proceed to County Assemblies for validation, thereafter to Parliament before it is subjected to a national referendum.

The Bill widely supported by politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga faces opposition from Deputy President William Ruto and his allies, including serving lawmakers from central and coastal regions.

Kenyatta and Odinga argue that BBI will bring about inclusivity and end political violence that is often experienced after every 5 years while Ruto supporters term it as a scheme by some individuals (Odinga included) to ascend to the presidency.

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Bahati Lukwebo Elected President of DRC Senate

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The Senate of Democratic Republic of Congo has a newly elected President, Senator Modeste Bahati Lukwebo.

Senator Modeste Bahati Lukwebo won the vote on Tuesday March 02 with an overwhelming majority.

Of the 99 voting Senators, 89 voted for the AFDC-A Political Grouping.

Acoording to political analysts inside DRC, this vote result does not come as a suprise since majority of Senators have joined the Sacred Union advocated by President Felix Tshisekedi.

Modeste Bahati Lukwebo succeeds Alexis Thambwe Mwamba who was recently forced to resign with part of his office.

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President Uhuru Takes Over EAC Chairmanship

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya has taken over the Chairmanship of East African Community (EAC)  bloc.

“Thank you for showing confidence, faith and trust in me. I promise to do all I can to take our region to greater heights,” Uhuru said on Saturday.

The Kenyan President assured that he will spare no effort towards the realization of the shared aspirations that gave rebirth to the community 20 years ago.

Uhuru spoke when he addressed the 21st Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held virtually due to Covid-19 after taking over the chairmanship from Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

He hailed the late former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and the late former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, acknowledging the role they played together with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in the rebirth of EAC 20 years ago.

President Uhuru outlined his vision for the bloc, saying he will focus on strengthening of partnerships to enhance intra-EAC connectivity and ensuring sustainable implementation of projects and programs in productive sectors.

He emphasized the need for partner states to harmonize their commitment on free movement of people, workers and services as envisaged in the region’s common market protocol.

President Kenyatta announced Kenya’s decision to remove visa requirement for South Sudanese nationals visiting the country as an act of reciprocity.

President Kagame congratulated President Kenyatta on his assumption of the chairmanship of the EAC and welcomed Dr Mathuki as the new EAC Secretary General.

The East African Community bloc is composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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Equatorial Guinea First Lady Propping Son For Takeover

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Reports from the capital Malabo indicate there is an extremely unstoppable maneuver by the country’s First lady in her attempt to place her son at the helm of the country.

First lady and businesswoman Constancia Mangue Nsue Okomo has woven her web in politics to the point of holding the reins of a country at the head of which she intends to place her son Teodorín.

A cunning Businesswoman nicknamed “Zé”, the “Panther” holds shares in many construction companies, real estate or extraction of raw materials, she has, over the years, been able to promote her relatives to key positions in the Palace Presidential to Justice via Defense.

Here is a cobweb of influence set up by this First Lady or refered to as the “Primera Dama” in Spanish . This cobweb has one main objective- to catapult the first son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to the highest seat of power in this mysterious country.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and First Lady Constancia Mangue Nsue Okomo

The Director of Protocol to the Head of State is the brother of the First Lady. Master of ceremonies of the palace and of talks granted by the president, he lets Constancia Obiang know everything about the head of state’s agenda, over which she actually keeps control.

His daughter, Candy, is the wife of Antonio Oburu Ondo, Managing Director of GePetrol, Equatorial Guinea’s national oil company (previously run by Candido Nsue Okomo, another brother of Constancia Mangue Nsue Okomo).

Victoriano Bibang Nsue Okomo

This is also a brother of the First Lady. Deputy Minister of Defense (a position previously held by a cousin of Constancia Mangue Nsue Okomo, Vicente Eya Olomo), he provides her with a link in the country’s armed forces, in which the Obiang family is a fortiori omnipresent.

General and shadow technocrat, “Efa Mba” as he is known, holds the army with an iron fist on behalf of his nephew, Teodorín.

Juan Olo Mba Nseng

Minister Delegate for Justice, Worship and Penitentiary Institutions, he is the uncle of Constancia Mangue Nsue Okomo. A pillar of the government, he manages on behalf of the president the aspect of ill-gotten gains before the International Court of Justice in The Hague and was also his representative in the standoff between the company Orange and Malabo until 2018. Juan Olo Mba Nseng is one of the directors of Apegesa, an investment company very involved in the management of the Obiang’s fortune.

Jeronimo Osa Osa Ekoro

Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE, in power). In office since 2013, this former Minister of Information is very much involved in the media, a strategic sector.

Familiar with the First Lady, he is also a friend of Teodorín, for whom he holds the reins of the party. He has so far looked out for the interests of the “Panther” and his son, especially when feuds erupted between supporters of the latter and those of Teodorín’s half-brother, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.

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