4th November 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

November 4, 2022 - 5 minutes read
KENYA

Azimio split over House teams slots

A falling out is looming in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition over who should occupy its three slots in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

Mr Odinga’s coalition is also sharply divided over which coalition party should produce members to chair the House watchdog committees.

The committees include Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Public Investments Committee (PIC), PIC-Governance and Education, PIC-Commercial Affairs and Energy, PIC-Social Services, Administration(Source: Daily Nation)

TANZANIA

China, Tanzania elevate ties, underline mutual benefit

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Beijing on Thursday, and the two leaders agreed to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Noting that Hassan is the first African Head of State to be received by China after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi said this fully shows the closeness of China-Tanzania relations and the important status of China-Africa ties in China’s overall diplomacy.

 and Agriculture, Public Debt and Privatisation Committee, Committee on Implementation and Decentralised Fund Accounts Committee.

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to maintain high-level communication, and strengthen cooperation on various levels between legislative branches and political parties. The two also agreed to expand trade scale, push forward infrastructure project cooperation and join hands in other fields such as green development as well as digital economy.

(Source: Global Times)

UGANDA

Congo turns heat on Uganda over M23 rebels

A group of Congolese parliamentarians and civil society activists have petitioned President Felix Tshisekedi to sever diplomatic relations with Uganda, accusing it of supporting advancing M23 rebels.

They also want Kinshasa to terminate the year-old joint military offensive by Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), code-named Shujaa, launched last November to annihilate the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

In Kampala, State Minister for International Relations, Mr Henry Oryem Okello, dismissed the claims that Uganda was involved in subversion against Tshisekedi’s government as “hogwash, rubbish” and unsupported with evidence.

(Source: Monitor)

RWANDA

Thousands join anti-Rwanda protests in DR Congo’s Goma

Thousands have protested in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) city of Goma, denouncing Rwanda’s alleged support of M23 rebels, as Kinshasa recalled its interim acting ambassador from Kigali in a further souring of relations.

The protests on Monday come as M23 have tightened their grip on the surrounding countryside.

Despite official denials from Kigali, an unpublished report for the United Nations seen by AFP in August pointed to Rwandan involvement with the M23.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

ETHIOPIA

Government welcomes signing of peace agreement in South Africa

The peace agreement signed Thursday between the Ethiopian Peace Talks Delegation and TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa, has reiterated respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia and to upholding the Constitution of the country.

This was pointed out  in a press statement issued by the Ethiopia Government Peace Talks delegation.

The delegation welcomed the signing of a peace agreement at the conclusion of the African-Union Peace Talks.

(Source: ENA)

SUDAN

Mainstream FFC reports ‘wide resistance’ to impunity for Sudan’s military junta

Amid rumours of an agreement between the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and the military junta over Sudan’s transition from dictatorship, coalition spokespeople have reported strong resistance to any form of impunity for the country’s military, paramilitary, security, and police forces. 

Professor Siddig Tawir, former member of the Sovereignty Council and a leading member of the Socialist Ba’ath Party Sudan, said that the number of member groups of the mainstream FFC that are in favour of an agreement with the military junta is limited. He added that any notion of an agreement “finds wide resistance within the coalition itself and on the streets” of Sudan. 

He denied the existence of any dialogue between the mainstream FFC and the military junta.

(Dabanga)

ERITREA

UK MP calls for sanctions against Eritrea over involvement in Ethiopia’s Tigray region conflict

A United Kingdom parliamentarian is lobbying for sanctions against Eritrea for its role in the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

The Eritrean army has been fighting alongside the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the two-year-long conflict.

Calls for a ceasefire have been accompanied by demands that the Eritrean army should leave Tigray, a province with which it shares a 200km border.

(Source: news24)

SOMALIA

National Committee for Sobe 2 bombings emergency committee gave reports to the Cabinet

The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hamza Abdi Barre, presided over a meeting of the Council of Ministers where reports were heard from the National Committee on the KM5 Blast, the Ministries of Defence, Security and Finance.

The National Emergency Committee of the explosion at the Sobe intersection on the 29th of last month, informed the council about the progress of the rescue operations, pointing out that some of the seriously injured were taken outside the country, the rescue is still ongoing, and doctors have arrived in the country. and medicines from Somalia’s friendly countries.

(Source: Radio Dalsan)

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