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TOGO: The opposition calls.

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A grouping of Togolese opposition parties called to march in Lome on 30 and 31 August to demand political reforms, according to a statement released Wednesday evening.

The fight for political alternation (Cap 2015, regrouping of five parties), the Pan-African National Party (PNP) and another group of six parties also demanded the release of those arrested on 19 August during the PNP demonstrations, repressed in several Cities of the country.

“In response to the expectations of the Togolese people, Cap 2015, the Group of 6 and the PNP agreed on Wednesday and agreed to join forces to bring about the liberation struggle of Togo,” the statement said.

“Already, Cap 2015, the Group of 6 and the PNP have made arrangements to contact other opposition political parties, civil society organizations, the Diaspora and all patriots , So that they will reinforce this great movement of national liberation, “adds the text.

These political parties are also calling for an “independent investigation to locate the responsibilities and bring to justice the perpetrators and the sponsors of the violence” recorded during Saturday’s demonstrations.

These demonstrations killed two people (including one per bullet) in Sokodé, 300 km north of Lomé. A total of 66 people were placed under arrest warrants, said Wednesday at a press conference, Justice Minister Pius Agbetomey.

“With regard to the two deaths of demonstrators, a judicial inquiry is also put in place to determine the exact causes and responsibilities,” he said.

In addition Cap 2015 and the PNP called for a day of “prayer and prayer” Friday in “tribute” to the victims.

“We ask all the national forces of the nation to cease all professional and economic activity all day Friday, August 25 from 6 am to 6 pm It is a way for us to continue the fight and show that we are not happy “Said AFP Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson, Coordinator of Cap 2015.

The Togolese opposition has been demanding for ten years that the Constitution – modified in 2002 – be revised, in particular to reintroduce a limitation of presidential terms to 10 years at the most.

It also requires a two-ballot system, a constitutional reform of the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Commission.

President Faure Gnassingbé succeeded his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma – who led Togo with an iron fist for 38 years – to the presidential election of 2005 with the support of the army, before being re-elected in 2010 and In 2015 during highly contested elections by the opposition.

Source: AFP

 

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SENEGAL – Harassment, food tampering, communication ban: the Diomaye Coalition President alert on the conditions of detention of his candidate

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Bassirou Diomay Faye

The Diomaye Coalition President warns about the conditions of detention of candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye. The members of the said coalition inform that his visiting days have been changed and he can only receive visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays within the Court. He is also prohibited from telephone communications. The Diomaye Président coalition denounces this relentlessness against its candidate and holds the regime responsible for any attack on the physical or moral integrity of their candidate.

“Following the official launch of the Diomaye President Coalition and the massive adhesions of opposition leaders, it was expected that the government in power would reinstate the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye in his rights, particularly in the context of a presidential election of which he is undoubtedly the favourite,” reads a statement.

However, the Coalition announces that the Prison Administration, under the responsibility of the Minister of Justice, has decided to unilaterally and without justification tighten the conditions of detention of candidate Bassirou Diomaye FAYE by:

“A unilateral modification of his visiting days now, the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye can only receive visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and this within the Court itself. A ban on telephone communications under the pretext that the favorite candidate in the presidential election whose campaign begins in two days has conversations whose purpose is political. A continuous harassment of the room of the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye is now searched at every turn.”

Moreover, she notes a «lack of security measures despite her status as a candidate in the presidential election of February 25, 2024 and multiple alerts on probable alterations of the food served to her. Candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye no longer has breakfast.”
The Diomaye President coalition denounces this relentlessness against its candidate. “We strongly denounce this umpteenth violation of the principle of equality between candidates in the presidential election of February 25, 2024. We call for the immediate release of Bassirou Diomaye Faye to actively participate in the election campaign.”

In any case, she stresses, «the State of Senegal has the responsibility to ensure its protection if it unjustly decides to maintain it in the bonds of detention».

In short, the Diomaye Coalition President indicates that «Macky Sall, Aissata Tall Sall and Amadou Ba will be held responsible for any attack on the physical or moral integrity of the candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye».

Source : PressAfrik

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SENEGAL – 100.000 Housing: Ismaila Madior Fall á Bambilor for the inauguration

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This Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese from outside, Ismaila Madior Fall, accompanied by Minister Annette Ndiaye Seck, will inaugurate the “City of the Diaspora” in Bambilor. This project aims to prevent the creation of new slums and encourage the mass production of accessible housing.

According to the Observer, the aim is to boost and diversify the supply of housing for low-income and/or irregular households, while facilitating access to adapted bank financing. With a clear vision of strengthening the construction ecosystem, this initiative demonstrates the commitment of the Senegalese government to its diaspora.

The 100,000 units planned in this project were developed in partnership with the Senegalese government and its collaborators, seeking to meet the specific housing needs and concerns of Senegalese living abroad.

Source: PressAfrik

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SENEGAL – Thione Niang “I have no program, I have a vision”

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Thione Niang ©Ze-Africanews

Social entrepreneur Thione Niang is a candidate in the February 2024 election. In this exclusive interview, he reveals his vision, his projects in particular, “Give One project”, “JeufZone” which includes an agricultural component, training but also women’s empowerment. 

It was an opportunity for the social entrepreneur to look back on his beginnings, on the process of returning to his country of origin, Senegal. He addressed the political question: his involvement in the political ring while giving his opinion on the Senegalese political landscape. 

African politics is another aspect of this interview. The urgency of the industrialization of the continent, the urgency of helping African youth so that they have the same opportunities for development as other young people in the world, is close to his heart. 

On the question of the African school, Thione Niang proposes a redesign of it, starting with a paradigm shift and especially the content of the teachings. According to him, we must return to our fundamentals, namely our own models of identity representations, notably Cheikh Anta Diop or Nkrumah. 

Thione Niang, also told us about vision, his vision and not a program, to give each Senegalese what he deserves both in terms of education, health, but also on the development of infrastructure, which, according to him, necessarily passes first and foremost through food self-sufficiency, hence his return to the land for an assertive agricultural progress.

He ended up sending a strong message to all Senegalese.

The rest of the interview on this link:

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