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#Kenyan President Uhuru Says ‘Unilateral Sanctions’ On African Countries Unacceptable.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a defence against sanctions imposed on African and Caribbean countries, warning that such decisions could hurt cooperation.Speaking in Brussels, Belgium, President Kenyatta said affected regions should be consulted before sanctions are imposed.He referred to EU sanctions on African countries like Burundi and Eritrea that he said had made it difficult for cooperation with the European body.Another issue of concern, he added is the blacklisting of countries that have yet to pass laws to manage or control financial transactions and deal with money laundering.The President has been visiting Belgium since Monday.

Mozambique

#Southern African nations send troops to fight off Islamic Insurgencies.

Southern African nations approved on Wednesday the deployment of troops to Mozambique to help it combat an escalating Islamic State-linked insurgency that threatens stability in the relatively peaceful region.The 16-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been grappling with how to respond to the conflict, which is concentrated in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado and began in October 2017. The standby force is part of a regional defence pact that allows military intervention to prevent the spread of conflict.The decision ends months of deliberation and disagreement within the bloc about what action is needed to stem the insurgency.

Ethiopia

#AU observers say Ethiopia’s elections are ‘credible’ despite challenges.

The African Union election observer mission to Ethiopia has described the Monday poll as “credible and peaceful”.The mission said it had observed preparations for the election as well as the voting process in Addis Ababa and other parts of the country.Vote counting is underway.The election had been postponed twice, first in August 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and again on 5 June following security and logistical challenges.Violence and logistical challenges have led to the election being delayed to September in dozens of constituencies across seven regional states.The Mission observed the voting processes in 249 polling stations, or which 76.3% were located in urban areas and 23.7% in rural areas,” it said. “Voting took place in a largely peaceful atmosphere, with long queues reported in 79.9% polling stations throughout the day.

Diaspora

#Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit.

Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) in collaboration with Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President has organized  the first edition of the Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit from 23 to 24th of June  to attract foreign direct investments into the country.The event seeks to attract top investors around the world to come under one roof and to position Ghana as the ideal investment destination for the next decade leveraging on the Ghana Beyond Aid and Beyond the Return Agenda.The summit will also provide a platform to kick-start the process of economic transformation in the face of Covid-19.Participants will comprise local and foreign investors as well as key private sector partners who are responsible for creating jobs and helping the country attain economic prosperity. There will be opportunities to discuss investment policy concerns, key investments prospects in Ghana, among others.The event is linked in the description, so please take the time and check them out.

Namibia

#A European giant fishing company apologises for corruption and tax fraud in Namibia.

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Icelandic fishing giant Samherji yesterday issued an apology for the company’s conduct in Namibia between 2014 and 2019.The apology comes days after the United States (US) banned former minister of fisheries and marine resources Bernhard Esau and ex-minister of justice Sacky Shanghala from entering the country due to allegations of corruption.The US state department announced it would continue using sanctions to promote the accountability of corrupt actors globally.Samherji CEO Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson in his apology said he is responsible for allowing the activities that took place in Namibia.

He acknowledged that mistakes were made during the registration of the company’s international ship in the Faroe Islands, which is alleged to have been used to avoid paying employee income tax in Namibia.

Ivory Coast 

#Ivory Coast hands ex-PM Soro life sentence for plotting a coup.

Former Ivorian Prime Minister and ex-rebel leader Guillaume Soro was sentenced in his absence Wednesday in Abidjan to life in prison for “undermining state security” for acts committed in late 2019.The Abidjan court of assizes followed the prosecution’s demands, as for the other main defendants, Souleymane Kamagate, former head of protocol of Mr. Soro, Affoussy Bamba, former minister and Toure Moussa, his former head of communication, sentenced to 20 years in prison. The court also ordered the confiscation of the property of Guillaume Soro and his 19 co-defendants, as well as the dissolution of his movement, Générations et peuples solidaires (GPS), accused of engaging in “subversive” acts.It also ordered the convicts to pay 150 million euros jointly to the Ivorian state.