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Former President Of Burundi Dismisses “Politically Motivated” Arrest

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Former President Of Burundi Dismisses "Politically Motivated" Arrest

Former president of Burundi, Pierre Buyoya, has dismissed an arrest warrant he described as “politically motivated”, issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country’s first democratically elected leader.

On Friday, Burundi’s attorney general issued 17 international arrest warrants for Buyoya and former senior military and civilian officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. Buyoya, a highly respected diplomat and representative of African Union is on the top of the list of those accused of planning Ndadaye’s killing.

Attorney General Sylvestre Nyandwi said the suspects allegedly were involved in the planning and killing of Ndadaye. His death sparked a civil war between the East African nation’s two dominant ethnic groups, the Hutu and Tutsi, in which an estimated 300 000 people died.

Laurence Ndadaye, wife of the late president, has been urging President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government to bring killers of her husband to book.

Buyoya, a Tutsi, who came to power in 1987 with the help of Burundi’s army, ruled Burundi from 1987 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2005 and has repeatedly denied any role in the killing.

Buyoya said in a statement issued on Sunday; “everything they are saying is political manipulation”. Buyoya said in a statement issued Sunday. He said the arrest warrant against him is an attempt to divert attention from Burundi’s ongoing crisis that the current leadership has failed to resolve.

He said in his statement that Burundi’s courts have already convicted the officers who played a role in the killing of Ndadaye.

Burundi remains in political turmoil over current president Nkurunziza’s election to a third term, which many criticize as illegal.

Regarded by many in Burundi as the hero of democracy and the country’s first elected Hutu leader, Ndadaye was killed in an attempted coup by hard-line Tutsi soldiers four months after Buyoya, a Tutsi, stepped down.

In events marking 25 years since the assassination in October, Burundi’s justice minister told lawmakers that those suspected had held powerful positions for many years, delaying efforts at accountability.

The lawyer defending Ndadaye’s family, Fabien Segatwa, called the announcement “a great step towards justice.”

Vital Nshimiyimana, a Burundi local human rights activist, told The Associated Press that the decision to arrest Buyoya after over 20 years will be regarded as witch-hunt and will spark anger among Burundians.

“Since 2015, the current government has been persecuting soldiers close to Buyoya and the arrest warrant against him will be viewed in the same angle,” Nshimiyimana said.

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government is committed to improving the country’s civil aviation infrastructure.  He credited the industry with enhancing the country’s economy and national development.

He said at the eleventh forum of the international civil aviation organization air services negotiation meeting in Nairobi that the aviation industry contributes four tenths of a percent to the country’s gdp.  He also said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi provides seventeen thousand direct and more than half a million indirect jobs.

Kenyatta said about eight in ten tourists visiting Kenya use air transport.

He said these are some of the reasons his government is committed to investing in aviation infrastructure to help the industry play its critical role in the economy.

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

At least two persons were reported killed in Togo over the weekend after security forces moved against protesters. Opposition has accused the government of using what it called “regime soldiers” it says opened fire on the demonstrators.

At least two persons were killed in clashes between Togo’s security forces and protesters.

Authorities reported finding a dead protester in Lome with an open wound in his left eye that indicated a bullet entry. Another dead body was also reported, this time with no bullet wounds.

The protests intensified after the government called for parliamentary elections to be held in late December.  Opposition is against the polls.  It has demanded reforms of the national electoral commission, and a two-term limit for presidents.

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

Two Cameroonian Law graduates, who are now musicians, have been traveling through the country’s English-speaking regions singing messages of peace they believe will touch the rebels and help end the separatist conflict there.

The singers started their group in October when they both lost family members and friend in the secessionist struggle in the English-speaking regions.

The duo sing in both English and French reminding people about the grave repercussions of war, and urging all sides to embrace peace.

The conflict has claimed hundreds of civilian lives. Thousands have been internally displaced, and thousands more have fled, many to neighboring Nigeria.

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