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South Sudan conflict:Thousands flee to Uganda

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Thousands of people have fled conflict-hit South Sudan to Uganda following a recent clash between the rival armies in capital Juba, a media report said on Wednesday citing the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

At least 2,900 persons had crossed into the neighbouring Uganda since Friday in which more than 90 per cent were women and children, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The number of people seeking shelter and safety in Uganda from South Sudan has risen significantly in the past few days and we believe the influx will keep growing in the days ahead as tensions remain high across the border,” UNHCR said in a statement.

As the restrictions have been eased and the 200 km Juba-Nimule road has been cleared of the checkpoints, more persons were expected to flee to the East African country.

“As a result, more people are now coming by truck, and this explains the rising numbers of arrivals. Many are also bringing belongings,” said UNHCR.

The security situation remains volatile and fighting could return at any time while refugees talk of an increase in looting.

Over 6,000 South Sudanese were staying in the Pagiarinya refugee settlement in Uganda. The recent evaluation reveals the settlement has capacity for another 6,500 persons, the UNHCR said.

“An inter-agency site assessment mission, including officials from the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR, are currently visiting sites to identify areas suitable for establishing new settlement areas,” said a statement by the UNHCR.

At least 300 persons were killed and over 10,000 fled their homes after a clash between government troops of President Salva Kiir and forces loyal Vice President Riek Machar in the capital.

“The fresh displacement will put a further strain on UNHCR’s resources for the South Sudan operation and our ability to provide timely and life-saving assistance, especially with access to Juba difficult,” it said.

On July 15, UNHCR presented a revised appeal for its South Sudanese refugee operations, seeking $701 million though the earlier appeal for $608 million was only 17 per cent funded.

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South African President Jacob Zuma resigns

Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

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Johannesburg, Feb 15 : South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday resigned from his office with immediate effect making the announcement in a televised address to the nation.

The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.

According to BBC, he said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”

Zuma also said that violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down.

“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” he was quoted as saying.

“Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.

“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served… all of my life.”

Meanwhile, the ANC said Zuma’s resignation provided “certainty to the people of South Africa”.

Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte told reporters: “President Zuma remains a principled member of the ANC. The ANC wants to salute the outstanding contribution he has made.”

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South Africa’s graft-tainted president announces anti-corruption probe

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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s president says he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party.

President Jacob Zuma’s statement Tuesday night says “this matter cannot wait any longer” and that any further delay will make the public doubt the government’s revolve to fight graft.

The announcement comes amid opposition calls for Zuma’s impeachment and as the ruling African National Congress holds a high-level meeting this week, with the president’s fate a certain topic of discussion.

Rising public frustration over multiple corruption allegations against Zuma have led some in the ANC to call for him to step aside so the party can be in a stronger position to contest elections in 2019.

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Kenyan Supreme Court Cancels Presidential Election Due To Irregularities

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Kenyan Supreme Court on Friday, September 1, nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election which was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Presiding Judge, Justice David Maraga said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election.

The East Africa’s apex court also ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days, with the nullification becoming the first in the history of Kenya.

“The declaration [of Kenyatta’s win] is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.

The Judge added that the election commission “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

Reacting to the judgment, Kenyatta’s attorneys said the court’s nullification was a “very political decision” but assured that they will live with the decision.

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