Chadian President, Idriss Deby has on Tuesday died while visiting troops on the frontline, fighting northern rebels, army spokesperson, Azem Bermendao Agouna said. Deby, 68 who was one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, ruling since 1990 died a day after he was declared winner of the just concluded presidential election in Chad, making it his sixth term.
The United States has ordered non-essential staff of its embassy in N’Djamena, Chad Republic to leave the country following unrest in the West African country. The US decision comes after rebel fighters had approached the country’s capital on Sunday, showing their displeasure as the results of the recent presidential election indicates incumbent president Idriss Deby could extend his 30-year rule. In a statement by the US state department, “Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena,” the US state department said.
Zimbabwe’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned Monday in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, apologising for tasks he “failed to do well”. Local news outlets have since late last month been awash with audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office.
The Niger Republic says it has foiled an attempted military takeover early hours of Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Niamey, President Mahamadou Issoufou said. The President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is scheduled to be sworn in on Friday, marking the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in the country. President Issoufou disclosed that the attack was carried out by some suspects who had planned to use aerial means to seize power."The aim of these individuals, driven by an unknown motivation, was to overthrow democratically elected institutions," he said.
President Joe Biden on Friday promised partnership with Africa and said he hoped to attend the next African Union summit, an about-face in US interest in a continent largely ignored by his predecessor. In a video message to this weekend’s African Union summit, being held virtually due to Covid-19, the new US leader promised to work with Africans on his key priorities of fighting the virus and climate change and also to advance diplomacy to end the continent’s conflicts.