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Burkina Faso’s Compaore To Be Tried For Thomas Sankara’s Murder

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The exiled former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, is to be tried for the murder of the man he ousted in a 1987 coup, Thomas Sankara, lawyers told AFP on Tuesday.

The case was sent to the military tribunal in the capital Ouagadougou after the charges against Compaore and the other main alleged perpetrators were confirmed, 34 years after the death of the cult figure, often called the African Che Guevara.

Compaore and 13 others were being charged with harming state security, complicity in murder and complicity in the concealment of corpses, lawyer Guy Herve Kam told AFP.

“The time for justice has finally come. A trial can begin. It will be up to the military prosecutor to determine a date for the hearing,” he said.

Among the accused is General Gilbert Diendere, Compaore’s former right-hand man and a former head of the elite Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) at the time of the coup.

Currently serving a 20-year sentence in Burkina Faso for masterminding a plot in 2015 against the West African country’s transitional government, Diendere, now 61, is believed to have headed the commando that killed Sankara.

Even more people had been accused, but “many of them have died since,” Kam said.

 No trial date yet

Diendere’s lawyer, Mathieu Some, said that while a trial date had not yet been set, it “could happen soon”.

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The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday, he said.

One of the lawyers for Sankara’s family, Prosper Farama, said: “There are two possibilities for Compaore: either he appears freely and voluntarily, or an international arrest warrant will have to be issued.

“But what we hope is that he can appear voluntarily,” he added.

Sankara took power in a coup in 1983, but was killed on October 15, 1987, when he was 37, in a putsch led by Compaore, who was himself ousted in 2014 by a popular uprising after 27 years in power.

Compaore has always denied ordering Sankara’s murder.

But even mentioning Sankara’s name was taboo in Burkina Faso under his rule.

However, the case was reopened in 2015 with the installation of a transitional government and a warrant was issued for Compaore’s arrest in March 2016.

Now 70, he currently lives in Ivory Coast, where he fled after being ousted and where he has since taken citizenship.

Over the past six years, the authorities in Burkina Faso have conducted around 100 hearings and ordered Sankara’s remains to be exhumed for DNA analysis.

Sankara’s widow, Mariam, who moved to the south of France with her two children in 1990, told AFP in a rare interview in 2015: “I have not given up, I will not give up, until the truth comes out.”

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In a subsequent interview two years later, she expressed the hope that Compaore would “come and answer to justice”, and that “the sponsors and perpetrators” of the assassination would finally be punished.

In February 2020, the first reconstruction of his assassination took place at the scene of the crime, at the headquarters of the National Revolutionary Council in Ouagadougou.

-AFP

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Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french completely.

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Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french completely and sidelining english

People said: “This is good,really good but such a move leavez the Belgian (the former coloniser) and French authorities furious.

I will not be surprised if a few months from France imposes sanctions on Rwanda or increases its funding to opposition parties or releases a report on Kagame’s government poor service delivery and human rights violations.

Rwanda is setting an example for the rest of the African countries. Its about time we drop the colonial legacy and go back to our roots. After all there is no European with an African name or African language as their official language…..Good job Rwanda, wake the rest of the sleeping countries up.

This is great development, if Rwanda still hold on that colonial tight with France, they would not have gone this far, France is evil blood suckered, they keep developing and building their country, But most Country they colonize are living in objective poverty, they dominated their entire existence. The African Union should rise and liberate the African from France and western imperialism.

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Protect democracy, enact Electoral Act Amendment Bill, UK urges Nigeria

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The United Kingdom (UK) has urged Nigeria to ensure quick passage and enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill currently pending before the National Assembly.

UK’s Minister for Africa James Duddridge gave the advice in an interview in Abuja.

Duddridge said that passing the amendment bill would build more confidence in the country’s electoral process.

According to him, confidence in election results plays a very important role in democratic governance.

“It is very important. I will meet the senate and I will be asking when the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is going to be passed.

“You Know, democracy is not a static thing. It has to evolve; you have to make elections increasingly secure.

“So, I think it is really important to make an Act that will give the Nigerian people and the international community greater confidence that the elections are free, fair, and a reflection of what the people voted.

If you have not got that in actuality or perception, democracy starts to crumble and we see where that leads.

“Democracy is the main pillar alongside a capitalist free market that drives social progress and allows us to function,” he said.

According to him, one of the components that build confidence in the electoral process is the electronic transmission of results such that the final results declared correspond with each of the local results.

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He said that though the UK was interested in seeing Nigeria’s democracy become stronger, it could only play an advisory role and not dictate to Nigeria what it should do.

“We can offer practical advice on election processes working with Non-Governmental Organisations and youth groups to make sure that young people are not only more likely to be registered for elections but also that their voices are heard.

“In the UK parliament, we have got members of parliament in their 20s and it is the richer for it.

“We wouldn’t want a parliament full of 20-year-olds.

“Equally, we do not want a parliament full of 70 and 80-year-olds.

“We need a balance to reflect society and everyone brings different experiences,” he said.

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Support Nigeria, Relocate AFRICOM HQ To Africa –President Buhari Appeals to US

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The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The OBSERVERS TIMES gathered that the appeal was made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 27, during a virtual meeting with US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.

President Buhari has urged the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command to Africa. Photo credit: Femi Adesina Source: Facebook Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad confirmed the development.

The Nigerian leader in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained that the move was necessary as part of efforts to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
According to Adesina, the support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated. He noted that the growing security challenges in West, Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and Sahel, underscores the need for the United States to relocate the defence command. AFRICOM is responsible for military relations with nations and regional organisations in Africa. It also focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries.

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