U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would end Cameroon’s preferential trade benefits from Jan. 1, citing what he called the country’s “persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Trump said Cameroon had failed to address U.S. concerns regarding extrajudicial killings, torture and other persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces. “I am taking this step because I have determined that the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, contravening the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the (African Growth and Opportunity Act),” Trump wrote in the letter. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J.
Congress formally opened a new, public phase of its presidential investigation on Thursday as US lawmakers voted for the first time to advance the impeachment process against Donald Trump. “Today, the House takes the next step forward as we establish the procedures for open hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee so that the public can see the facts for themselves,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said shortly before the vote. The chamber voted largely along party lines, 232 to 196, to formalize the process, which also provides for opportunities for Trump’s counsel to cross-examine witnesses.
Nigeria and Russia, on Thursday in Sochi, Russia, signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will enable both countries’ oil giants, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Russia’s Lukeoil to elevate commercial relationship to a government-to-government backed partnership. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja. He said with signing of the MoU, NNPC and Lukeoil would work together in upstream operations and revamp Nigeria’s refineries. According to him, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari and Vagit Alekperov, President of leading Russian oil company, Lukeoil, signed the MoU, which entails cooperation in deep offshore exploration
China’s foreign minister on Monday denounced months of pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong as “violence pure and simple”, accusing foreign forces and the international media of fuelling the political crisis. The comments, in an exclusive interview with AFP, were the most direct condemnation from a top Chinese official of the protests that erupted five months ago and have seen millions of people take to the streets calling for greater democracy. “What is happening in Hong Kong today are in no way peaceful protests,” Wang Yi said during the interview with AFP during a trip to Paris on Monday. “It’s violence pure and simple. These are unacceptable acts in any country,” he added, accusing the protesters of attacking police, members of the public and paralysing transp
Son of former South African president, Jacob Zuma who was alleged to have been involved in a number of corrupt practices executed by his father has denied any wrongdoing. Like his father, the young Mr Zuma denied each and every corruption allegation that was put to him. “I’m not corrupt, ” he said. He also said this: “I’m looked at as criminal. I’m looked at as this face of corruption, I’m this guy that’s plundered trillions out of the country which is not the case by the way. “I’d just like to say to the public out there. I’m not corrupt I have not taken money from anybody. I never have and never will.” Then he explained that he is a victim of his father’s political battles. “I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I believe that I’m unfortunately cau
Following the announcement of the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has declared that only democratic rules will be accepted in Africa. This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant. It reads: “Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afrobarometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption. “When you take on powerful and corrupt vested interests successfully, sometimes they seek to push back. As the saying goes, ‘if you fight corruption, corruption will fight back’. “The only acceptable form of governance in our region in th
President Muhammadu Buhari who is presently attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convening at New York City in the United States of America has goofed yet again. The UNGA Moderator asked President Buhari to highlight a pathway depicting Nigeria’s resilient future while taking into consideration, the country’s young population. Instead of answering the question, Buhari began to read a long-prepared speech on Climate change. The footage which was shared by Bashir Ahmad and Tolu Ogunlesi, has since been deleted due to the backlash from Nigerian Twitter users. “Nigeria has a very young population, Perhaps you might highlight what a pathway for a resilient future looks like”asked the UNGA Moderator President Buhari replied with “Your Excellencies, La
Herman Mashaba who is the Mayor of Johannesburg has stated that he has nothing to apologize for in regards to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The Mayor in an interview indicated that the attacks that happened in South Africa wasn’t an accident but was bound to happen. Herman Mashaba further reiterated his point that there is actually nothing to apologize for despite the killing that happened in his country. “There is nothing to apologize about. What do you expect me to really apologize for? It is unfortunate on what has happened but for me, I don’t regard this as an accident, it was something really bound to happen. When you let a country operate without laws this is really what you get. I think I don’t see the reason why one has to apologize. We are not
Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, was booed on Saturday while addressing mourners at Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president of 37 years, died in a Singaporean hospital at the age of 95. Ramaphosa was among world leaders who attended the state burial in Zimbabwe to pay their last respect. The president was booed as soon he climbed the stage to deliverer his speech, it took the intervention of the hosts to calm the angry audience. There have been attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa leading to the looting of shops and property owned by foreigners. On Wednesday, 187 Nigerians voluntarily returned to Nigeria due to xenophobic attacks. Below is a video of the booing. https://twitter.com/i/status/117317271467430297
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Presidency said on Sunday. According to Xinhua, the special envoys will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property, presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said. The envoys will reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity, Diko said. They will also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law. The envoys will visit