Rival concerts held as Venezuela power struggle intensifies

Cucuta, Colombia – Rival concerts became the backdrop of the showdown between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido on Friday as the opposition prepared to bring aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border – a move Maduro has vowed to block.  Billionaire Richard Branson hosted a “Venezuelan Aid Live” concert on the Tienditas International bridge, which connects Venezuela and Colombia, while Maudro’s government kicked off a three-day festival on the other side of the border.  Branson said he hopes to raise more than $100m to provide…

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Attempts to influence NPA decisions by crime intelligence revealed

On Friday, the Mokgoro inquiry heard new revelations about what evidence leader Nazreen Bawa SC called “an obvious attempt to influence a decision to prosecute” — through representations and a secret visit paid to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by senior crime intelligence officials. Bawa was cross-examining suspended head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) Lawrence Mrwebi about his decision to withdraw corruption and fraud charges against the former head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli. READ MORE: Mrwebi had no reason to favour Mdluli, Mokgoro inquiry hears The inquiry…

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Liberia: Speaker ‘Revokes’ Accreditation of Reporters Assigned At the Legislature

Photo: FrontPageAfrica Legislative Reporters Association of Liberia’s Secretary-General,Titus Dessie, flanked by colleagues, reads a press statement condemning House Speaker Chambers’ alleged decision to revoke some of their colleagues’ accreditations from the House of Representatives. By Gerald C. Koinyeneh, [email Protected] Monrovia — The Legislative Reporters Association of Liberia (LEGISPOL) has expressed shock and dismay over what it termed as the ‘unlawful’ decision of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers to revoke the accreditations of its president, Musa Kenneh and some of its members. But the Director of Press and Public Affairs Bureau…

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Thembi Kgatlana explains why she chose China for big move

Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana on Friday opened up about why she decided to choose China as her next destination.  The midfielder’s move to Beijing BG Phoenix FC in the Chinese Super League was confirmed earlier in the day. After her and Linda Motlhalo parted ways with the Houston Dash in the United States, it was only a matter of time until the reigning CAF African Women’s Player of the Year secured a big move. “I think my performance at Afcon really got people wanting to associate themselves with me…

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Nigerian political parties are weaponising fake news

COMMENT Disinformation is a significant threat to democracy and the credibility of electoral outcomes. In Nigeria it is being weaponised by political parties to influence voters ahead of the all-important general elections scheduled for 23 February and 9 March 2019. The political strategy of spreading factually inaccurate information and negative rumours is part and parcel of Nigerian politics. However, the volume of disinformation is unprecedented and further exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions in the heavily divided and fragile polity. During campaigns there has been both a deliberate attempt to spread…

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Things Are About To Change For Kenya’s LGBT Community

There is a quiet air of excitement at the offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), as the countdown draws closer to Friday when a much-awaited ruling by Kenya’s High Court could make history. The charity has fought hundreds of cases of abuse against sexual minorities in Kenya’s courts, but the verdict on whether to scrap British colonial-era laws criminalizing gay sex is undoubtedly their most eagerly anticipated case. “We are excited and cautiously optimistic — but optimistic nonetheless,” Lelei Cheruto from NGLHRC, one of the…

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Killing Of Black Teen In Brazil Ignites BLM Movement To End Police Brutality

The killing of a Black teenager in Brazil, which has a long history of police violence against Afro-Brazilians, sparked a movement to protect Black lives. This comes against the backdrop of a new law-and-order Brazilian president coming to power with an anti-Black agenda. See Also: Brazil’s New Racist President Has Anti-Black Agenda Demonstrators rallied in five major cities in Brazil after the death on Feb. 14 of 19-year-old Pedro Gonzaga whom a supermarket security guard choked—fueling a Black Lives Matter movement, the Guardian reported. It’s unclear exactly what led to the…

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Mrwebi denies receiving Bosasa bribe

Receiving bribes from Bosasa would have been “spitting into the graves” of his departed parents, suspended head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit Lawrence Mrwebi said on Wednesday. Mrwebi was testifying before the inquiry, chaired by retired Constitutional Court Justice Nomgcobo Jiba, into whether he and deputy national director Nomgcobo Jiba are fit for the posts at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Mrwebi was responding to bombshell allegations made by Bosasa’s former chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture. Agrizzi told Deputy Chief…

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USAfrica: Atiku, Secondus slam Buhari, “he’s not a democrat” over his shoot-to-kill order to soldiers against ballot box disruptors

Special to USAfrica [Houston] and USAfricaonline.com Nigeria’s former Vice President (1999-2007) and the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has sharpened his criticism of the latest words and actions of the country’s leader, retired army General Muhammadu Buhari. He ref erenced, earlier today Tuesday February 19, 2019, Buhari’s directives to the army and the police “to deal ruthlessly” with election riggers and vote disruptors; plus make them “pay with their life.” The 71-years old businessman argued in a statement that Nigerians “have also become victims…

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Nigeria 2019:Dogara to Buhari: Almajiris have seen through this fraud

Olumide Ajayi Nigeria’s speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari, in what is believed to be his first public condemnation of the president since leaving the ruling party last year. Dogara Speaking during an emergency meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Executive Committee on Tuesday, Mr Dogara said the president has done nothing for almajiris in his almost four years in office — despite claiming to be for the masses. He said Mr Buhari lacks a constituency as he has abandoned the masses and the…

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