Supporters of Central African Republic`s president Faustin Archange Touadera are rejoicing to see him win the presidential election.
The electoral commission in C.A.R. declared winner of the December 27 presidential election, saying the incumbent president Touadéra, has been re-elected after securing nearly 54% of the votes.
There were a total of 16 candidates running for president – including three women.
Opposition candidates have said the election was riddled with massive irregularities.
A supporter told the media he was satisfied with the result of the elections because “professor Faustin Archange Touadera is a candidate that the people appreciate.”
With security levels at stake, the voting did not take place at all in 29 of the country’s 71 sub-prefectures and was curtailed in six others. Some locals are now worried about these current trends.
“what we like is peace. We don’t like rebellion, we don’t like unrest. May the world lives in peace, may the children go to school, the political class keep quiet and the rebels keep quiet,” a local said.
Touadera is now faced with an uphill task thwart the ever-growing rebellion from several armed groups in the Central African Republic.
Touadera, 63, a former prime minister with an academic background in mathematics, won a first term as president in 2016, the first elections after a coup and civil war that erupted three years earlier.
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Criticisms about the credibility of his victory were muted at the time — many saw the ballot, however flawed, as the price to pay for stability.
During his post-electoral honeymoon, Touadera gained an image as hard-working, competent and self-effacing. His supporters even found him too modest.
Today, though, Touadera’s detractors see him as the head of a “predator government”, rife with corruption, prolonging a scourge that has beset the car for decades.
Others say he was conned by the militias that hold sway over two-thirds of the country, sporadically attacking civilians and the army and fighting over mineral riches.
The opposition was quick to pile on the criticism after his re-election vanquished rival Anicet Georges Dologuele, who called the election a “farce”.
Voters in more than a third of the country’s sub-prefectures had been unable to cast their ballots because of a renewed offensive by militia groups.
Touadera struck a peace accord with 14 armed groups in february 2019, essentially bringing warlords into the government or administration.
The agreement alienated many in the population who had suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of militias.
“the accord weakened the president,” said Thierry Vircoulon, a car expert at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).
To his supporters, Touadera has had to take on one of the world’s most thankless jobs.
The vote took place despite an offensive by a coalition of armed rebel groups which left thousands unable to cast their ballots.
On Sunday, rebel fighters attacked and partially occupied a diamond-mining town.
Four security, humanitarian sources and the U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSCA said in a statement at least five rebels were killed and two army soldiers wounded in the clashes in Bangassou, which lies on the southern border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rebels, whom the government and united nations say are backed by former president Francois Bozize, launched an offensive last month after the constitutional court rejected Bozize’s candidacy to challenge president Faustin-Archange Touadera in last Sunday’s vote.
Threats and attacks by the rebels kept more than 14% of polling stations closed on election day.
Rwanda’s Capital On Second Day Lockdown
The Rwandan Capital-Kigali was plunged into a fresh fifteen days lockdown on Tuesday to curb the coronavirus spread. While the city of Kigali and other regions are in the process of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents are urging their colleagues to fear the pandemic, and implement the existing regulations.
This comes as some continue to make unnecessary movements contrary to the existing regulations.
Across the neighborhoods, in the small and big streets, there is still the flow of people. There are those heading to the markets, hospitals, and others sitting or walking around. Those who witness this kind of behavior are criticizing it.
A sector administration in Nyarugenge district said, local authorities have a responsibility to sensitize the public to comply with the directives issued by national authorities.
EU Demands Probe Of Bobi Wine’s Alleged Abuses
The European Union (EU) says it is concerned about the continued harassment of politicians and civil society activists in Uganda after last week’s general election. Opposition presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, a pop star-turned-politician known as Bobi wine, has alleged being under house arrest in the capital, Kampala, since Friday, with soldiers laying siege on his home after he began disputing the results of the presidential election.
Incumbent, 76-year-old president Yoweri Museveni, was declared winner of the election. He has been in power since 1986, and the poll was his sixth elective term. Media report, the vote was marred by harassment of opposition candidates, suppression of media and a nationwide internet shutdown.
In a statement, the EU council of ministers called on the Kampala government to restrain its security agencies, investigate allegations of abuses and bring to account all those responsible for violations.
EU ministers have said the internet shutdown disrupted the work of journalists, observers and polling agents expected to monitor the election.
On Wednesday, human rights organizations in Kenya asked international and regional bodies, to set up a mediation team, to address alleged election malpractices in neighbouring Uganda. The activists, under the banner of Africa Elections Watch, say unresolved injustices during and after elections may cause riots and widespread human rights violations across Uganda.
The activists say if no action is taken now, African leaders, seeking fresh presidential terms, may be emboldened to rig elections.
Ghana Opposition Condemns Election Tribunal Timeline
Ghana opposition leader John Mahama’s lawyers say the court’s timeline is unfair for the case addressing their concerns over December’s election.
Ghana’s supreme court had set the date on Wednesday, for the hearing next Tuesday of an election petition filed by the opposition seeking to annul the results over irregularities.
The court ruled that all parties must file their witness statements by Thursday afternoon and the supreme court will begin the main hearing on Tuesday. The supreme court says the strict timeline was to enable the hearing of the petition within 42 days of the election as prescribed by law.
Mahama’s lawyers say justice should not be sacrificed for speed.
They had applied for a review of the court’s decision to dismiss their request for the electoral commission to answer questions about the process of declaring results.
They had also applied for original copies of the statement of polls which contains constituency results.