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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.

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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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‘Some people have turned into monitoring spirits because of Tinubu’ – Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, raised concerns on Saturday about the constant monitoring of President Bola Tinubu. Igbokwe claimed that some individuals have resorted to witchcraft and “monitoring spirits” to keep an eye on Tinubu.

He explained that these individuals are observing Tinubu closely to catch any mistakes or mishaps, wherever he goes. Posting on his Facebook page, Igbokwe predicted that this scrutiny will persist for the next eight years.

He wrote: “Some people have turned to monitoring spirits. They follow PBAT anywhere he goes to see if he will make mistakes, if he will fall down, or if he will be received very well in any country he goes to. This is witchcraft and they will do this for 8 years. Mark this.”

Tinubu had a slip during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square on June 12. Addressing the incident later at a Democracy Day dinner at the Presidential Villa, the President commented: “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused about whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

“But it is a day to celebrate democracy. Why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditional Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

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‘We’re still owed salaries in Abia State University’ – ASUU

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The Abia State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that many of its members did not receive their April and May salaries, and those who were paid had deductions from their salaries. ASUU Chairperson Chidi Mbah and Secretary Victor Obisike stated that despite announcements from the Abia government and social media reports indicating that salaries had been settled, only a few staff members with accounts at commercial banks received their April salaries, and even fewer received their May salaries.

The ASUU leaders highlighted that this inconsistency in salary payments and deductions has caused financial difficulties, anxiety, and uncertainty among the affected staff. They noted that staff members who did receive their April or May salaries experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000.

This irregular payment system has made it difficult for the unions within the university to determine the status of their check-off dues, which are usually deducted at the source. Additionally, ASUU emphasized that 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid, despite repeated assurances from the government.

ASUU expressed its support for Governor Alex Otti’s efforts to improve Abia State University but urged government officials to avoid politicizing the salary payment issue. They appealed to the state government to promptly address the concerns raised and ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid in full to alleviate the financial hardships faced by the university staff.

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Sanusi: Ado Bayero was never Emir of Kano – Gov Yusuf’s spokesman

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Sanusi Bature, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, has asserted that Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. According to Bature, former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Bayero as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city.

During an appearance on Arise Television, Bature explained that Ganduje’s appointment of Bayero as emir was part of a political maneuver that compromised the integrity of the historic Kano Emirate, which predates Nigeria and its constitution by over a thousand years.

Bature stated: “The governor’s action was intended to protect the emirate’s integrity as an institution. The Emirate of Kano has a history that predates Nigeria, with people living under a single Emir for over a thousand years. Ganduje’s administration politicized this history, which Yusuf promised to rectify during his campaign to restore the emirate’s lost glory.”

He further remarked, “This is not the first time an Emir has been deposed; Ganduje did it, and Sanusi left Kano for peace to prevail. Now Sanusi has returned to Kano after the law was repealed.”

Clarifying Bayero’s status, Bature said, “Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. He was appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city. With the revision of the law under a unified Kano, the emirate Bayero served no longer exists. He was the Emir of the Kano city emirate, not the entire 44 local governments of Kano, a status created by Ganduje’s 2019 Emirate law.”

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Governor Yusuf deposed Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Despite this, Ado Bayero has refused to leave his Nassarawa palace and has challenged the state government’s action in court.

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