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Court orders SA ex-leader Zuma to return to jail

Jacob Zuma was freed in September for an undisclosed medical reason

A South African court has ruled that the country’s former President Jacob Zuma should be returned to prison, saying his medical parole was “unlawful”.

The time he has spent out of prison should not be counted in his 15-month sentence, the Pretoria court ruled.

Mr Zuma was released on 5 September for an undisclosed medical condition.

He had been jailed for failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

The 79-year-old handed himself in to police in July after a public stand-off, but his jailing, unprecedented for an ex-president, sparked violent protests and looting.

Source: BBC

Ghana and Denmark sign two climate change agreements

Ghana and Denmark have signed two climate change agreements on zero emissions in shipping and green umbrella water solutions for Danish projects in the  country.

The diplomatic ceremony took place at the Jubilee House on Tuesday November 24 when the Danish Prime Minister, Her Excellency Mette Frederiksen called on president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of her two day visit to Ghana.

She is the first time a Danish Prime Minister to visit Ghana.

This visit also marks the 60-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Ghana.

Ghana is an important partner in West Africa and the broader region, especially concerning peace and security, including maritime security, economic growth and trade.

The two leaders spoke about the need to prioritise climate change, water and sanitation as well as youth employment.

During her two day stay , the Prime Minister will visit the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been deployed to the Gulf of Guinea until April 2022.

The Danish contribution has the aim of improving maritime security and deterring piracy in the area, where 30-40 Danish-operated ships are present on a daily basis.

The Prime Minister will also meet with Danish companies, Ghanaian CSOs and explore the extensive water cooperation between Denmark and Ghana.

She will visit Tema to hear about the city cooperation between Tema and Aarhus in Denmark, Danish COVID-19 response for UNICEF activities to improve water and sanitation, and the commercial activities in
the water sector.

The Prime Minister will also visit Tema Port, a joint venture by Danish APM Terminals, Bolloré and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ghana’s 2020 election ‘free and fair’ – US Vice-president Kamala Harris

The Vice-president of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, has stated that Ghana’s 2020 polls that saw the re-election of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was free and fair.

Vice-president Harris made this known on Thursday, 23 September 2021, when she held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the White House, with the aim of strengthening the ties of cooperation and friendship that exist between the two countries.

Addressing a press conference prior to the holding of a closed-door meeting between the pair and their delegations, the US Vice-president indicated that Ghana and the United States share a commitment to democracy.

“We, these two nations, share commitment to democracy”, she noted, adding: “Last December, the people of Ghana voted in a free and fair election that demonstrated your nation’s commitment to democratic principles and institutions”.

“We share a view that all people must have a voice in their future, that our democracies are stronger when everyone participates and weaker when anyone is left out”, the US Vice-president said.

Ghana’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its 2020 flag bearer, former President John Dramani Mahama, rejected the election results and described it as fraudulent.

The NDC accused the Electoral Commission of rigging the polls for Mr Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party.

Mr Mahama sought redress at the Supreme Court in Ghana’s second election petition but the apex court upheld the results of the presidential election.

The apex court said the petitioner failed to prove that the winner did not cross the constitutionally-required threshold of more than 50 per cent of the votes cast

Iraq Hospital Fire Outbreak Kills 50 People

At least 50 people have been reported dead in a fire outbreak at an Iraqi hospital.

According to reports, the fire outbreak occurred in a coronavirus isolation ward at a hospital in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

Reports say the cause of the fire outbreak at the al-Hussein hospital remains unclear.

Some reports however said the fire started after an oxygen tanker exploded.

The Prime Minister of Iraq,
Mustafa al-Kadhimi, has reportedly ordered the arrest of the head of the hospital

Former South African President Jacob Zuma Jailed

Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has been jailed.

He had been been implicated in aiding and abetting the stealing of state funds during the nine years he led South Africa.

He was sentenced to 15 months in jail for defying a court order to testify at a graft inquiry.

The Constitutional Court had ruled in January this year that Mr Zuma had to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

However, Mr Zuma refused to appear before the court.

The 79-year-old intelligence operative had accused the court of bias.

Mr Zuma ruled South Africa on the ticket of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The operative walked out of the judicial panel hearing in November and February.

The panel then filed contempt charges against him.

Ruling on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Johannesburg, acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe noted that “This sends an unequivocal message in this our constitutional dispensation, the rule of law and the administration of justice prevails.”

The South African government believes over 500 billion rand ($35 billion) was stolen from the state during Zuma’s rule, and at least 40 witnesses who’ve appeared before Zondo linked the ex-president to the looting spree. Zuma, who the ruling party forced to quit in 2018 to stem a loss of electoral support, has denied wrongdoing and says the allegations against him are part of a smear campaign

John McAfee: Anti-virus creator found dead in prison cell

John McAfee

Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been found dead in a Barcelona prison cell hours after a Spanish court agreed to extradite him to the US to face tax evasion charges.

The Catalan Justice Department said prison medics tried to resuscitate him, but were not successful.

It said in a statement that “everything indicates” McAfee took his own life.

A controversial figure in the tech world, his company released the first commercial anti-virus software.

McAfee VirusScan helped to spark a multi-billion dollar industry in the computer world, and was eventually sold to technology giant Intel for more than $7.6bn (£4.7bn).

In October 2020, John McAfee was arrested in Spain when he was about to board a plane to Turkey, and accused of failing to file tax returns for four years, despite earning millions from consulting work, speaking engagements, crypto-currencies and selling the rights to his life story.

The US Justice Department alleged that McAfee evaded tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees.https://208352b3b09ae84f5f90c9cbc4dece8d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

He was also accused of concealing assets, including a yacht and real estate property, also in other people’s names.

Spain’s National Court authorised his extradition to the US to faces the charges on Wednesday morning.

In recent years, McAfee repeatedly claimed that there was a plot to get him – however the court said there was “no revealing evidence” that he was being prosecuted for political or ideological reasons, El Pais reported.John McAfee, shown here in Miami Beach, Florida, was a controversial figure in the technology sector

The entrepreneur, who was born in Gloucestershire, England first came to prominence in the 1980s when he founded his tech company and released McAfee VirusScan.

Although a pioneer of computer security, he once admitted to the BBC that he never actually used the software on his own computers – or any anti-virus software for that matter.

“I protect myself by constantly changing my IP [internet protocol] address, by not attaching my name to any device I use, and by not going on to sites where you might pick up a virus,” he told the BBC’s technology reporter Leo Kelion in 2013.https://208352b3b09ae84f5f90c9cbc4dece8d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“Porn sites, for example, I just don’t go there.”

He also launched unsuccessful bids to become the Libertarian Party’s candidate for the presidential elections in 2016 and 2020.

In 2019 McAfee expressed his disdain for taxes, tweeting that he had not filed tax returns for eight years because “taxation is illegal.

In the same year he was briefly detained in the Dominican Republic for allegedly bringing weapons into the country.

McAfee never fitted into the mould of what a tech entrepreneur might look like. He was brash, reckless and never far away from the next scandal.

Mcafee himself is best known for the company he founded and named

It was wildly successful and made him a rich man. He also helped to create a multi-billon dollar computer security software industry in the process.

McAfee was a visionary, but also hot headed. It was his temperament that got him into trouble throughout his life.

In 2012 he was arrested in Guatamala, having been on the run in Belize where police were investigating the death of his neighbour.

He always denied any involvement in the murder.

A prominent libertarian, engaging speaker and crypto enthusiast, McAfee still had the ability to make money. His latest brush with law enforcement was due to alleged tax evasion on his recent earnings.

He will be remembered, rightly, as an important figure in the development of the technology scene of the 80s and 90s. But he will also be remembered as a deeply controversial figure, who at times seemed intent in taking a path in life that might lead to trouble.

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Zambia’s First President Kenneth Kaunda Passes On

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, has died aged 97. Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia.

His aides said he did not have COVID-19. In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain.

He became president following independence in 1964.

As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.

He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991.

“I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee,” Kaunda’s son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father’s Facebook page, using a term of respect. “Let’s pray for him.”

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said the country was mourning “a true African icon”.

“I learnt of your passing this afternoon with great sadness,” he wrote on Facebook. “On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our First President and true African icon.”

Another tribute came from Kalusha Bwalya, former captain of the national football team, who said Kaunda had made “an immense impact”.

Kaunda – popularly known as KK – was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.

In later life Kaunda turned his attention to the fight against HIV after one of his sons, Masuzyo, died from an Aids-related disease.

“We fought colonialism. We must now use the same zeal to fight Aids, which threatens to wipe out Africa,” he told Reuters in 2002