Congo Stability At Extreme Risk, UN Warns

Congo, UNThe United Nations says the Democratic Republic Of Congo is on the verge of descending into widespread violence.

While addressing the Security Council, UN envoy Maman Sidikou said threats to the 18,000 strong peacekeeping mission there, outstrips its capabilities.

The violent protests have broken out as a result of the postponement of the presidential polls.

The opposition accuses President Joseph Kabila of trying to cling to power beyond the end of his term, which is due to expire in December.

Dozens of people died in anti-government violence in the capital Kinshasa last month after the electoral commission said it could not hold polls in November.

Chadian President, Idriss Deby Wins 5th Term

Idriss DebyThe Chadian President, Idriss Deby, is in very high spirits as he has secured a fifth term in office after winning more than 60% of the votes in the first round of presidential polls.

President Deby has been in power since 1990, when he orchestrated a military coup.

Based on the outcome of the vote, the opposition has expressed huge doubts over the credibility of the polls, especially after the opposition leader, Saleh Kebzabo finished a distant second with just under 13%.

Chad has one of the most capable armies in the region and President Deby has played a key role in efforts backed by the west to combat neighbouring Nigeria’s Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram fighters as well as Al Qaeda militants.

VP’s Wife Assures Women Of More Political Participation

vp's wifeThe Wife of the Vice President, Dr Aminat Sambo, has assured Nigerian women in the south-west that political positions for women will be increased from 35 per cent to 45 per cent, should President Goodluck ‎Jonathan be re-elected at the March 28 Presidential polls.

Dr Aminat Sambo gave the assurance in Osogbo, the Osun State capital while addressing the women at the Nelson Mandela freedom park, in continuation of the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

She asked the women to see themselves as useful tools in the political terrain.

Dr Sambo stressed the need for persons that have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards to do so before the deadline of March 22.

The VP’s wife also urged the people of the state, especially the women, to vote massively for the PDP in all the elections, saying “the PDP is the only party that can deliver good governance”.

She assured the women that re-electing President Jonathan would result in more involvement of women in governance, emphasising that “women play key roles in ensuring good governance”.