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Mali military coup: How the world reacted | News

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Military officers have taken charge in Mali after detaining President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at gunpoint and forcing him to resign, in a coup d’etat that drew immediate international condemnation.

The 75-year-old Keita had been the target of weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation over what opponents said were his failure to restore security, address corruption and lift living standards.

The organisers of the coup have pledged to restore stability and oversee a transition to elections within a “reasonable” period.

Below is a roundup of regional and global reaction to the events in Mali:

African Union suspension

Cyril Ramaphosa, the chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of South Africa, condemned the “unconstitutional change of government” in Mali and demanded the release of Keita and other top government officials.

The AU also said on Wednesday that it was suspending Mali’s membership until constitutional order is restored. 

ECOWAS blockade

In a statement, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expressed “great concern” over the “seizure of power by Malian military putschists”.

The 15-nation bloc, which had tried to mediate in the political crisis between Keita and the opposition, said its members would close land and air borders to Mali and demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

The 15-nation bloc also said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies. 

UN calls for release of held politicians

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday demanded “the immediate and unconditional release” of Mali’s president and members of his government. 

“The secretary-general strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali,” a spokesman for Guterres said in a statement

“To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his cabinet,” added the spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

European Union: ‘Return to the state of law’ 

European Union leaders also called for the “immediate freeing” of the detained politicians and “for a return to the state of law”.

“We believe that the stability of the region and of Mali, and the fight against terrorism should be an absolute priority,” EU Council President Charles Michel said after a video summit of the bloc’s 27 leaders on Wednesday.  

South Africa: ‘Immediate return to civilian rule’

The government of South Africa called for an “immediate return to civilian rule”.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ramaphosa also urged the people in Mali to “observe the rule of law and engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve their differences”.

 Nigeria: ‘Restoration of constitutional order’

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama condemned the military coup and called for the “immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order”.

In a statement on Wednesday, he also welcomed the activation of the ECOWAS standby force. 

Angola: ‘We repudiate this way of forcing the alternation of power’ 

Angolan President Joao Lourenco also denounced the events in Bamako.

In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, he said his government had carefully monitored the latest events, and despite the reasons “on which the president was ousted”, his government “repudiate[d] and discourage[d]” this way of forcing a change in power. 

Translation: “We carefully monitored the latest events in Mali. Regardless of the reasons on which the President-elect was ousted, we repudiate and discourage this way of forcing the alternation of power.” 

Algeria: ‘Rejection of any anti-constitutional change’ 

Algeria also rejected the coup in its neighbouring country and called for elections in line with its constitution.

“Algeria reiterates its firm rejection of any anti-constitutional change of government,” the foreign ministry said in a statement,

It said Algeria was following with “concern” developments in Mali, with which it shares an almost 1,400km-long (870-mile) border.

Algiers called on “all parties to respect constitutional order and to return to reason for a rapid end to the crisis”, the ministry said. “Only polls constitute the path to power and legitimacy,” it added.

US condemns ‘mutiny’

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the “mutiny” and called on all political and military actors to work towards the restoration of a constitutional government.

“We urge all stakeholders in Mali to engage in peaceful dialogue, to respect  Malians’ rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to reject violence,” Pompeo said in a statement.

China opposes change by force

The government of China called for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, speaking at a regular press briefing, said Beijing was paying close attention to the situation and opposed the change of power through means such as the use of force.

He added that China supported the efforts of relevant regional and international organisations, especially the AU and ECOWAS, in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali.

Turkey ‘deeply concerned’

In Turkey, the governing AK Party’s deputy chairman for foreign affairs called for the “immediate release” of Keita and other senior officials.

Cevdet Yilmaz on Wednesday expressed Ankara’s deep concern and said it hoped for people’s “unity, stability and a speedy return to a normal democratic political order”. 

Germany: ‘Closely monitoring the situation’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel “condemned the military putsch” and said she wished to promote “stability in Mali and peaceful relations”.

She also said German soldiers stationed in Mali were not in any danger, while the foreign office added that “it was closely monitoring the situation and had closed the embassy as a precaution”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the coup in Mali has so far not affected the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country [AFP]





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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million

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Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe

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A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.



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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News

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Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.



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