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Twitter permanently suspends Trump amid heightened tensions

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Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account.

The President was accused of using it for sedition.

After the US Capitol invasion, Trump seemed to have posted tweets that tactically supported further opposition to the incoming administration.

Some rioters are reportedly planning further attacks on state capitol buildings on January 17, three days to the inauguration of Joe Biden as President.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence”, Twitter noted.

The social media platform said in the context of horrific events this week, it warned that additional violations of rules would potentially result in suspension.

Twitter added that it reminded users that accounts are not above its regulations

The statement added that the company will continue to be transparent around its policies and their enforcement.

It is not yet clear how Trump plans to disseminate his messages going forward. Facebook has also extended his ban.

More calls are being made for the President’s impeachment over Wednesday’s action by his supporters.

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High court dismisses Thales’ challenge against racketeering charges

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The KwaZulu-Natal High Court has dismissed the application of the French arms company Thales in which it sought to challenge the racketeering charges against it and former President Jacob Zuma. According to reports, the application was also dismissed with costs. 

NPA WELCOMES HIGH COURT DISMISSAL AGAINST THALES  

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed the decision of the High Court of South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Division, Pietermaritzburg to dismiss the application of the French arms company Thales, challenging racketeering charges against it. 

“We look forward to the criminal hearing,” said NPA National Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema. 

According to SABC News, Thales said in its application that the head of the NPA was mistaken in authorising a racketeering charge. Advocate Barry Roux told the court on behalf of Thales, that the State cannot substantiate the allegations that the French company knowingly participated in alleged corruption and bribes involving Zuma and Schabir Shaik from 1995 to 2005.

It was reported that Thales made a R500 000 bribe to Zuma, seeking protection from the investigation while the underhanded Arms Deal was seen through.

Read more on Thales, Zuma and the arms deal here. 

ZUMA DODGES ZONDO COMMISSION 

While Thales’ application has been dismissed, Zuma is still dodging appearances at the Zondo Commission. He was meant to appear from 18 – 22 January but the week before his lawyer Eric Mabuza furnished the commission with a letter saying it wouldn’t be fair for the former president to appear. 

Zuma essentially applied for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from his hearing as it would be a conflict of interest. Zondo denied his claims, especially that he would act with bias, and later refused his recusal bid. 

Thereafter a review application was launched to try and overturn Zondo’s decision. It is Mabuza and Zuma’s view that he cannot appear before the commission until the outcome of the review application is determined. 

“We respectfully submit that President Zuma will not be appearing before the Commission on 18-22 January 2021. Accordingly, Counsel will not be briefed to appear,” added Mabuza. 

On the same day Mabuza furnished the commission with the notice, the commission announced that it would be halted due to Zondo coming into close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. 

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One beheaded, two killed as communal crisis escalates in Akwa Ibom

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Three persons have been feared killed in a fresh attack at the ongoing communal crisis between Uko-nteghe Uda and Uko Akpan Enwang communities in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Report says of the three, one of them was beheaded.

This has continued to increase the number of those killed in the warring communities.

The incident, it was gathered happened in the early hours of Thursday and the situation has become dangerous and has made so many people to flee their homes.

According to a source close to the communities who pleaded anonymity, ”the situation in Mbo Local Government Area is still very scary as we speak. Many have fled their homes to seek protective cover elsewhere. This morning there was an attack and two people were killed and one beheaded.”

However, the Police Public Relations officer, Odiko Macdon, said the command can only confirm two casualties.

He called on political stakeholders to intervene in the matter to bring the crisis to an end.

“So far, we have confirmed two casualties, our officers and men are still on ground to restore normalcy to the communities. We call on the political class and other critical stakeholders to intervene too.

“All parties must as a matter of urgency and for the good of the inhabitants and the State at large, sheathe their swords and give peace a chance to prevail.

“The commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme, has deployed more men, and we will continue to dominate the affected space until normalcy is fully restored.”

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Gideon Moi Finally Joins Ruto in Talai Leadership [PHOTOS]

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  • Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has finally joined his longtime political rival Deputy President William Ruto in the leadership of the revered Talai clan of the Kalenjin community. 

    In a break of tradition, the elders travelled to Senator Moi’s family home in Kabarak where the ceremony, historically conducted in Nandi, was carried out on Friday morning, January 22. 

    The elders handed him the community’s instruments of power and gave him the mandate to look for the country’s leadership.

    Baringo Senator Gideon Moi being crowned as a Talai Clan elder on January 22, 2020
    Baringo Senator Gideon Moi being crowned as a Talai Clan elder on January 22, 2020
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    The elaborate ceremony which involved traditional rituals took three hours.

    The instruments include Sambut (a shield with a leopard skin), Rungut (a club), Nogirwet (a leadership staff), Sharit (an ordinary stick), Ngecheret (a three-legged stool), Kipkaliangit (a fly whisk) and Kutwet (a monkey-skin hat).

    Senator Moi had been blocked from attending a similar ceremony in Nandi on January 2 by irate supporters of the DP. 

    Ruto’s supporters blocked a section of the road obstructing the senator’s convoy when it arrived.

    This made Moi move the ceremony’s venue to his Kabarak home. According to reports, the Senator is eyeing to be installed as the official Kalenjin leader, a position said to be occupied by Ruto.

    The DP received the blessings from the clan in June 2020, in a ceremony that split the Talai elders. 

    A section of the elders poked holes into the ritual that was conducted on Ruto. 

    Led by Talai clan vice-chair Christopher Koyogi, the elders stated that the right procedure was not followed. 

    “The ceremony was conducted by young men who did not know what they were doing. When you promise money, they can do whatever you want them to do,” he criticised.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto meeting with Talai clan elders in Nandi County in 2017
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto meeting with Talai clan elders in Nandi County in 2017.
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