Egyptian lawyer arrested for middle-finger gesture
An Egyptian court has sentenced the former presidential candidate and human rights lawyer, Khaled Ali, to three months in prison for publicly performing a middle-finger gesture, privately owned Al-Youm al-Sabi has reported.
Mr Ali, who recently spearheaded a case challenging the government's islands deal with Saudi Arabia, was detained for making the "obscene hand gesture" during a demonstration outside the State Council headquarters in January, according to his lawyer.
A video was circulated in May in which Mr Ali appeared raising his middle finger while being lifted by the crowd.
Kenya's electoral commission urges opposition to cancel demo
The Chairman of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has asked the opposition coalition, Nasa, to cancel its planned protest about it.
Nasa said it would stage a series of anti-IEBC demos from Tuesday to force officials to resign from the commision, which it accuses of bungling the 8 August presidential election.
In a letter, Mr Chebukati has asked Nasa to put off their demonstration and allow for a consultation meeting on Wednesday.
Apart from the sacking of IEBC officials, the opposition also want new companies to be in charge of printing ballot papers and supplying the voting kits.
It alleges that the companies that had these contracts allowed a fradulent election to take place.
Nasa says that if these changes are not made it will not allow the rescheduled vote to take place on 26 October, as planned.
It has given no further details about how it may do this.
The Ethiopian government says recent clashes between ethnic Somalis and Oromos have killed hundreds and displaced thousands from their homes.
"We can say hundreds of the Oromo ethnicity were killed... and there were
also deaths from the Somali side. We don't know exactly how many," AFP news agency has quoted government
spokesman Negeri Lencho as saying.
Historically, the relationship between the two groups has been characterised by territorial competition which often leads to disputes and conflicts over resources, including wells and grazing land.
Chad has been a major partner for
the US in the fight against Islamist militancy and its capital Ndjamena is home to
the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko
It has also hosted the annual US-led Flintlock military exercise three
France too is another Western power that has seen value in keeping Chad
close, basing its regional counter-terrorism force Operation Barkhane in
While Washington’s decision to add Chad to the travel ban list could
be a tactic to arm-twist it into providing the information the US needs, it
could also be counterproductive.
President Idris Deby has long complained about
the lack international support, particularly in funding for his (and regional)
troops to fight the insurgency and carry out sufficient patrols along the 1,100
km-long border with Libya.
He has even threatened to withdraw his forces
from the MNTJF. Chad made a significant contribution in suppressing Boko Haram
between 2014 and 2015 when the group was controlling huge swathes of territory
in neighbouring Nigeria, so its cooperation would be vital both now and in the
As Chad ponders the new US
declaration, Sudan will see its removal from the travel ban list as a sign of
progress in its relations with Washington.
The Trump administration is expected
to end sanctions on 12 October, after the State Department concluded Sudan was
cooperating better on counter-terrorism and in improving humanitarian access to
conflict areas, such as Darfur.
Sudan will welcome its renewed ability to trade freely with
international partners and see this as a path to attracting investment in its
agriculture, mining and petroleum sectors.
Dissident Zimbabwean pastor pleads not guilty to subversion
The Zimbabwean dissident pastor, Evan Mawarire, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to subvert the government and inciting public violence.
The charges relate to national protests Mr Mawarire is accused of organising last year. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail.
The pastor was re-arrested on Sunday, apparently over a video he posted on social media accusing President Mugabe and his ministers of wrecking the economy.
"He was exercising his constitutional rights of challenging the policies of government. This... was done in a lawful manner," defence lawyer Harrison Nkomo told the court, according to Reuters.
Kenya's chief justice feted at regional conference
Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga, who captured the world's attention for leading the historic ruling that cancelled the 8 August election, has been warmly received at a regional conference, Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reports.
It reports that Mr Maraga was "greeted by thunderous cheers from other participants" at the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Conference, which is being held in Dar es Salaam.
Mr Maraga, who has attracted praise and condemnation in roughly equal measure over the ruling, has told his critics that he is willing to pay the ultimate price to defend the rule of law.
Tanzania's Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma commended Mr Maraga for standing up for judicial freedom in Kenya, the report says.
It also reports that she is facing charges for inciting revolt and revealing “sensitive information”.
Ms Rwigara, who was arrested on Friday, has been under investigation over alleged forgery.
Authorities have also investigated her family over alleged tax evasion.
Police spokesperson Theo Badege said in a statement on Sunday that Ms Rwigara had been arrested for failing to co-operate with the police:
Quote Message: The decision to arrest was in addition to the behaviour of the suspects during preliminary investigations, particularly their consistent refusal to co-operate with the police and publicly revealing information that is, by law, supposed to be confidential.”
The decision to arrest was in addition to the behaviour of the suspects during preliminary investigations, particularly their consistent refusal to co-operate with the police and publicly revealing information that is, by law, supposed to be confidential.”
He added that she could be held for five days:
Quote Message: The criminal procedure law gives investigators powers to detain a suspect for a maximum of five days in order to conclude investigations and decide, based on the evidence, whether or not to forward the case to prosecution.”
The criminal procedure law gives investigators powers to detain a suspect for a maximum of five days in order to conclude investigations and decide, based on the evidence, whether or not to forward the case to prosecution.”
On Monday morning, a local website alleged that members of the Rwigara family were involved in a plot to overthrow the government, working with exiled groups including the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), the East African reports.
Ms Rwigara has previously denied working with exiled opposition groups, it adds.
Ms Rwigara was disqualified as a candidate in last month's presidential race which was won by incumbent President Paul Kagame.
Investigators allege that Ms Rwigara committed an electoral offence by collecting forged signatures to endorse her candidacy.
She has denied the accusation.
South Africans celebrate Heritage Day
Today is a public holiday in South Africa after this year's Heritage Day fell on a Sunday.
South Africans have been posting colourful photos on social media of how they celebrated their diverse cultural heritage.