News Brief: Turkey expands armed drone sales to Ethiopia and Morocco; Algerian security forces foil planned armed attack by separatists

Algerian security forces foil planned armed attack by separatists 

Reports emerged that Algerian security forces has on Wednesday thwarted a plot to execute an armed attack by separatists aided by a group called  “the Zionist entity” (Israel) and a North African country. Following its declaration as a terrorist organisation, seventeen members of a terrorist organisation called “MAK” were arrested and documents indicating continuous contact with the “the Zionist entity” organizations and weapons were seized, Ennahar TV added.

The government had accused MAK and another group in August of being behind the devastating forest fires, which hit several provinces in Algeria, including Tizi Ouzou, adding that one of them was backed by Morocco and Israel.

Zimbabwe ban unvaccinated civil servants from work

Zimbabwean authority is set to bar unvaccinated its civil servants from reporting for duty from Monday as part of efforts to fight COVID-19. This is as a result of the September 14th President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s order with a monthly compliance, that all government workers should be vaccinated.

According to a official circular, Zimbabwe has, as of Oct. 14, recorded 4,655 COVID-19-related deaths from 132,251 infections since March 2020. Although the country was one of the first on the continent to vaccinate against COVID-19, but the vaccination rate has slowed down in recent time, with the government lamenting the inadequacy of doses in stores.

South African ministers ‘held hostage’ during meeting with veterans

Following the confrontation and kidnapping of South African government officials, the country’s security forces has moved in to free three government ministers who were “held hostage” during a fractious meeting with anti-apartheid veterans on  thursday.Officials said, least of 56 people were arrested and would probably be charged to court

Mondli Gungubele, a minister in the presidency, said he and defence minister Thandi Modise, along with her deputy Thabang Makwetla, had earlier met with the veterans to hear their grievances over compensation for their role in the anti-apartheid struggle.

France donates COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria under COVAX scheme

According to a senior health official, Nigeria has on Thursday received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from the French government through the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility.

The COVAX facility, which was backed by the World Health Organization and the GAVI vaccine alliance, aimed at securing billions of doses for lower-income countries by the end of 2021. Head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, 

Faisal Shuaib, said the country also received 434,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine from the African Union.

Rwanda security forces arrested six people, accused them of spreading rumours

According to the investigation bureau of Rwanda, Rwandan authorities have arrested six people including a journalist and members of an opposition party accused of publishing rumours allegedly intended to spark an uprising.

According to the bureau spokesman, Thierry Murangira, he said Theoneste Nsengimana who runs Umubavu TV, an online channel that often airs content critical of the government, was among those arrested. Amidst other accusations, Murangira said. “They are accused of publication of rumours intended to cause uprising or unrest among the population.”

Turkey expands armed drone sales to Ethiopia and Morocco 

Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia after their successful use in international conflicts, according to four sources familiar with the agreements.Any drone shipments to Ethiopia risk stoking friction in already strained relations between Ankara and Cairo, which is at odds with Addis Ababa over a hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.

According to Two Egyptian security sources, Cairo had asked the United States and some European nations to help it freeze any deal.  They were also reported to have said that any agreement would have to be raised and clarified in talks between Cairo and Ankara as they try to repair ties.

Sudan security service slaps travel ban on top civilian politicians 

According to official sources, Sudan’s security service has imposed a travel ban on members of a task group supervising the country’s democratic transition, as tensions between civilian and military authorities threaten to boil over weeks after a failed coup. 

The political crisis began on Sept. 21, when Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok claimed that rogue forces loyal to overthrown President Omar al-Bashir had attempted to disrupt the revolution by force.On Wednesday, two senior civilian government sources reported that the General Intelligence Service (GIS) had imposed a travel ban on 11 civilian officials, the majority of whom were members of the Committee entrusted with destroying Bashir’s financial and military infrastructure.

Nelson Mandela’s famous shirts, belongings up for auction

The family of late South African President Nelson Mandela is selling his personal possessions to help fund the construction of a memorial park in his honor. 

The bright patterned Madiba shirts he wore on formal occasions, including meetings with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 1998 and 2003, are among the nearly 100 items. Mandela’s glasses, briefcases, and clothes, as well as gifts from former US President Barack Obama and other heads of state, are on sale to help build the Nelson Mandela Freedom Garden in Qunu, South Africa, where he is buried.

Kenya opposes UN court ruling in Somalia row, to seek diplomatic solution

Reports emerged that Kenya has on Tuesday rejected a top U.N. court ruling on maritime row that existed long while between the country and Somalia. According to the Kenyan President, the court has decided mostly in favour of Somalia, saying it was profoundly concerned by the boundary it set in a part of the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in oil and gas.President Uhuru Kenyatta said further said that  the decision would “potentially aggravate the peace and security situation in the fragile Horn of Africa Region”.

The International Court of Justice said in its ruling, ruled that the revised maritime border along the exclusive economic zones for the continental shelves of Somalia and Kenya had achieved an equitable solution. 

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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