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Kagame Calls AU Summit on DRC
Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who doubles as head of African Union, has called for a “high level consultation meeting” of heads of states and government on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The country is teetering on the verge of a possible conflict following a disputed presidential election.
The heads of state meeting is expected to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
According to a statement from AU, the meeting will be preceded by SADC internal consultations meeting.
Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has since petitioned the Constitutional Court, challenging the election of Felix Tshisekedi as president.
Fayulu claims the election exercise was rigged in favour of Tshisekedi with whom outgoing President Joseph Kabila had quietly reached a back-door power sharing deal.
AU stressed the need for all concerned stakeholders to act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace in the country.
“In this context, it is important that any challenge to the provisional results, including claims of inconsistencies with the verdict of the ballot box, be pursued peacefully, through avenues provided by the existing national legal framework, and political dialogue among all stakeholders,” said AU.
The AU also advised on a power sharing deal to maintain the country’s political stability.
Kenya Attack: 2 Suspects Arrested as 21 Are Confirmed Killed
Kenya Police Service commander Joseph Boinnet has revealed at least two suspects in connection with the Tuesday terror attack have been arrested.
Addressing the nation on Wednesday night about the just-concluded counter operation against terrorists that attacked DusitD2 luxury hotel in the capital Nairobi, Boinnet revealed: “The police has so far arrested two people suspected to have played a role in the terror attack.”
He also told the press the total number of people killed by the terrorists in the assault had risen from 14 to 21 people.
The Kenyan police chief said among the dead were 16 Kenyans, one US citizen, one Briton and three people of African descent who are yet to be identified.
Notably, among the dead is a police officer and an American businessman identified as Jason Spindler who has been the CEO of I-DEV international management and investment firm based in Nairobi.
Boinnet applauded Kenya police and also thanked foreign security agencies that supported in the operation to defeat the attackers.
Relatedly, Uganda police force spokesperson CP Fred Enanga honored and praised the bravery exhibited by the Kenyan security forces after they eliminated the four terrorists who participated in the attack
CP Enanga said that they’re actively monitoring the aftermath of the Kenya attack and reassured the public of a general security situation that is calm and peaceful.
He however advised Ugandans planning to travel to Nairobi to seek advice and guidance from police and sister security agencies.
Uganda counter terrorism forces have been placed on alert to secure all transit borders in a bid to deter infiltration by extremists.
AU: Kenya Attack a Cowardly Act
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned in the strongest possible terms what he described as a “cowardly” terrorist attack against innocent civilians in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.
“This cowardly attack, once again, underlines the imperative for renewed and reinvigorated efforts to combat terrorism throughout the continent,” said Faki in a statement seen by ChimpReports.
At least 21 people were killed when Al Shabaab fighters stormed DusitD2 Complex in Nairobi.
Faki commended the “swift response” by the security forces of Kenya and expressed solidarity of the AU with the government and people of Kenya.
He reiterated AU’s commitment to “continue working with its Member States and partners in the fight against terrorism throughout the continent, as well as to pursue its efforts to stabilize the situation in Somalia and the fight against al-Shabaab, through its Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).”