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Botswana Has the Best Police Force in Africa, Nigeria Ranked the Worst

Botswana has the best police in Africa and Nigeria the worst, the World Internal Security and Police Index reveals. Globally, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC were ranked 124, 125 and 126 respectively, out of the 127 countries ranked. What do you think of the performance of the police force in your country?

Botswana with a population of 2 million people is a model African country, known for its political stability, a strong economy, a stable democracy and blessed with visionary leaders. Botswana keeps getting things right, and the world acknowledges the country's strides.

According to the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI), Botswana's police was ranked the 47th in the world and the first in Africa. The ranking was done by the International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).


10 killed as Ethiopian forces clash with protesters in Oromia

About ten people have been killed in the town of Ambo in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, German broadcaster DW’s Amharic Service has reported.

DW cited Gadisa Desalegn, Ambo City Communications head, as confirming the deaths of anti-government protesters, following the deployment of ‘Agazi’ – a special elite unit of the Ethiopian security forces.

Local media portals have also reported that 20 people have been wounded, some private properties have been affect in the clashes.

A local media portal, Addis Gazetta, reported that the latest round of protest was linked to recent shortages of sugar in the country. They shared pictures on Wednesday when protesters blocked trucks belonging to the national sugar company.

Ambo located in the Oromia region – the country’s biggest – was the heartbeat of spreading anti-government protests that started in late 2015 through to the better part of last year.


Counting has started in Kenyan election re-run

Counting has started in Kenya's election re-run.

BBC Monitoring's reports that the polls closed at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

But in places where bad weather or technical hitches delayed opening of the polling stations, time will be allowed to compensate.

In four counties voting has been postponed to Saturday. These are Migori, Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay.

As for when we'll know the result, information will be trickling in over the next few days.

The BBC's Anne Soy explains that, unlike the August election, this time we won’t have almost instantaneous updates from polling stations.

No text results will be sent to the National Tallying Centre – only scanned copies of the forms.

That means that the system won’t be automatically adding up the figures and giving us the total number of votes each candidate has at any given point.


Three dead in clash between South Sudan rebel groups

South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other this week in a strategic area near the Ugandan border leaving at least three dead, rebels said.

The clashes broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. Kajo Keji is a key conduit for rebels moving east and west and an entry point for supplies from Uganda.

South Sudan’s civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Machar, has plunged parts of the world’s youngest nation into famine and forced a third of the population – about four million people – to flee their homes.

As the war burns on, battles are being fought on many fronts and armed groups have splintered and begun fighting each other.

The groups that clashed this week both oppose President Salva Kiir’s government and had previously been stationed side by side in Kajo Keji.


No Togolese protester died - Togolese Government

In Togo the government and opposition have made conflicting claims about how many people died in Thursday's protests.

Opposition leader Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo said three people died, 44 people were injured and more than 50 people were arrested.

This differs from the government numbers.

The security minister said there were no deaths or injuries and that no more than six people had been arrested.

The opposition decided to protest for a second day on Thursday against the regime of President Faure Gnassingbe - despite the ban on weekday demonstrations.

But eyewitnesses say that as people tried to gather the security forces dispersed them with teargas and live bullets.

Wednesday’s protests in Lome and Sokode were also broken up by the security forces.

The anti-government protests began in August and have spread to the whole country.

Protestors are calling for the introduction of presidential term limits


Samira Bawumia offers sponsorship to 13-year-old KNUST students

The Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, has offered to sponsor the education of the 13-year-old SHS student Ruth Gyan-Darkwa to further her studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

In an address on behalf of the second lady, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Chairman Wontumi) said the gesture is to encourage Ghanaian students to strive for the best and promised to do same for any student who excelled in that regard.

“The second lady of Ghana was touched by the performance of Ruth and so she has offered to sponsor her education at KNUST and not only that, she will also cater for the medical expenses of Ruth’s parent and other expenses.

She has also promised to do same for any child who will equally excel in this regard to further his or her education”.


Somalis in massive clean up of Mogadishu terrorist mess

Somalians have turned out in their numbers to clean up the debris that was left behind following the terrorist attack of last Saturday in the capital, Mogadishu.

Men, women and young people along with officers of the Somali National Army (SNA) were shown at the place of the incident with shovels and wheelbarrows, carrying debris, sweeping and clearing the place.

Official records indicate that close to 300 people have been killed with several hundreds injured. Turkey, the United States, Kenya, Djibouti have all sent medical assistance to the country.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet but al-Shabaab group are largely seen as the perpetrators.


Liberia votes to choose Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successor

Liberians are going to the polls to choose a successor to Africa's first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to succeed her.
Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years.
Ms Sirleaf urged people to vote peacefully in a nation still recovering from a 14-year civil war.
"Your vote is about you and your family - not party, ethnicity," she said in an address to to the nation.
A total of 20 presidential candidates are running to succeed Ms Sirleaf.
They include Alex Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, and MacDella Cooper, a former model and ex-girlfriend of Mr Weah.
Ms Sirleaf, 78, is stepping down at the end of her two terms.



Kenya's Raila Odinga quits election re-run

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run.
Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.
The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, after finding irregularities.
But Mr Kenyatta says he is ready to proceed with the new vote as planned.
The country's electoral commission said Mr Kenyatta had won the August vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes - or 54% of the total, compared to Mr Odinga's 44%.


Rwandan president critic to face criminal trial on Friday

A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame will appear in court on Friday charged with inciting insurrection and forgery, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

Diane Shima Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, is the latest political opponent of Kagame to face criminal charges. She was barred from contesting the presidency in an August election he won with 98.8 percent of the vote.

She has repeatedly accused him of stifling dissent and criticised his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s tight grip on the country since it fought its way to power to end a genocide that killed more than 800,000 people in 1994.

“The Court will examine the serious grounds justifying provisional detention of the suspects,” the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter. The office noted that the other two suspects to appear in court are Rwigara’s mother Adeline and sister Anne.


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