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Calls for King Charles to apologise on Kenya visit

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Calls were made on Wednesday for King Charles III of Britain to issue an apology for colonial-era atrocities in Kenya as he prepares for his visit to the country later this month. The visit, set to take place from October 31 to November 3, marks the king’s first trip to a Commonwealth country since ascending to the throne last year and his fourth official visit to Kenya.

Buckingham Palace stated that the visit is intended to celebrate the “warm relationship” between the two countries as Kenya gears up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain in December. The trip will also serve to “acknowledge the more painful aspects of the UK and Kenya’s shared history, including the Emergency” from 1952 to 1960, a reference to violent uprisings against colonial rule.

The palace further noted that “His Majesty will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya.”

The Mau Mau uprising saw approximately 10,000 people killed during Britain’s harsh suppression, making it one of the bloodiest insurgencies of the British Empire. In 2013, Britain agreed to compensate over 5,000 Kenyans who had endured abuses during the revolt, with the deal totaling nearly £20 million (almost $25 million at today’s exchange rates).

Evelyn Wanjugu Kimathi, daughter of the prominent resistance leader Dedan Kimathi, expressed the hope that King Charles’ visit would lead to a national apology and provide “closure.” She also sought Britain’s assistance in locating graves of the “freedom fighters,” including her father, whose remains have yet to be found.

Many Kenyans hope the visit will pave the way for a fresh start in relations with Britain, focusing on shared development and the future, rather than the colonial past. The trip is seen as an opportunity to reset relations and address ongoing issues, including allegations of abuses by British soldiers at a training camp near Nanyuki.

Kenya’s parliament launched an investigation in August into the activities of British troops, including the high-profile killing of a young mother in 2012. In the latest development, the family of Agnes Wanjiru, the victim, has initiated a lawsuit in Kenya to compel the British government to provide information about its investigation and potential prosecution in the case. Mwangi Macharia, chairman of the African Centre for Corrective and Preventive Action, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Wanjiru family, stated that he would be “seeking justice.”

Some Kenyans expressed skepticism regarding the impact of the royal visit, fearing that the king would remain guarded and detached from the feelings of ordinary Kenyans.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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Economic crisis: Find more ways to improve your IGR – President Tinubu to universities

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The Nigerian government has called upon universities in the country to broaden their sources of funding amidst economic challenges. President Bola Ahmad Tinubu made this assertion during the 6th & 7th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University, Dutse, which took place on Saturday.

Speaking through Professor Kabir Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented him at the event, President Tinubu stressed the government’s dedication to facilitating a conducive environment for universities despite resource limitations.

He urged universities to actively explore alternative funding channels, underlining the significance of self-reliance in the prevailing economic circumstances. The President also encouraged universities to seek international funding opportunities for research, advocating for collaborations and the attraction of funds from global sources.

President Tinubu emphasized that government alone cannot shoulder the financial burden of universities, particularly amid economic challenges and competing demands from various sectors. Nonetheless, he reiterated the administration’s commitment to providing the necessary support within the available resources to ensure universities function as pillars of educational advancement and national development.

He further urged universities to pursue innovative strategies for generating revenue and to tap into international research funding opportunities. He assured that his administration remains dedicated to supporting universities in achieving their objectives as outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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