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Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association(ZELA) reacts to repeal of access to Information Law

ZELA’ Statement on the Repeal of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Introduction of Access to Information Bill.

Issue Date: 14 February 2019

On the 12th of February 2019 the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mrs. Monica Mutsvangwa made a pronouncement that cabinet has approved the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). In the same statement, she revealed that the Government is working on three Bills amongst them an Access to Information Law to succeed AIPPA.

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Prince Philip will not be PROSECUTED over car crash

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no further action will be taken after the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was involved in a crash with another vehicle while driving his Land Rover.

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year.

“We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving licence.

“We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.
“All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”

He voluntarily surrendered his licence after the crash that left two women injured.

The palace said the Prince’s decision to hand over his driving licence was entirely his own and he will be driven from now on.

“All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”

He voluntarily surrendered his licence after the crash that left two women injured.

On January 17, the Land Rover Freelander he was driving collided with another vehicle, a Kia on the busy A149 road.

He had pulled out of a driveway on the Sandringham estate in and was apparently dazzled by the sun.

The Land Rover rolled onto its side and Prince Philip had to be hauled out of the vehicle by a passing motorist. Two women and a baby were in the other car. The baby was unharmed and Emma Fairweather, who was a passenger, suffered a broken arm.

Source: Evening Standard

Judge VOIDS Paul Manafort’s plea deal and rules he intentionally lied to the FBI

Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement by intentionally lying to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel in the Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another loss for the former Trump campaign chairman, who faces years in prison in two separate criminal cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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Cameroon opposition leader charged with ‘rebellion’

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection”, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

The former government minister was arrested in the economic capital Douala on January 28 after his MRC party organised protests against October’s election result, which they say was rigged.
The prosecutor’s office of the Yaounde military court filed the charges against Kamto, his lawyer Emmanuel Simh said Kamto was transferred to a prison in the capital during the night.

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Onnoghen asks Appeal Court to stop his arrest

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday, asked the Appeal Court in Abuja to stop his arrest.
Onnoghen, who faulted the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s decision to arrest him, based his argument on 11 grounds.

The suspended CJN said his decision to be absent from the CCT was not in disobedience to any order as no order to compel his attendance was served on him.

He said the tribunal erred by ordering his arrest when the application challenging its jurisdiction to hear and determine the complaints of the respondent had not been heard.

The court document read in part, “The appellant (Onnoghen) has a pending motion challenging the competence of the charge preferred against him and the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain same.

“Until the issue of the CCT jurisdiction being challenged by the appellant is heard and determined, the physical presence of the appellant to take his plea is not mandatory or necessary.

“The order of the bench warrant is a breach of the respondent’s right to appellant’s right to liberty under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Onnoghen said that the CCT contravened Section 266(b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act when it ordered his arrest as the Act clearly states that an appellant has a right to be absent from court during the argument of an interlocutory application.

Onnoghen challenged the decision of the CCT chairman not to step down despite calls for him to recuse himself due to a pending corruption charge against him and “likelihood of bias.”

Onnoghen asked the Appellate Court to “give an order setting aside the order of the tribunal made on February 13, 2019; an order for the constitution of a different panel at the CCT to try him and an order dispensing his presence from the CCT.”


AGF Malami writes INEC, asks for postponement of polls in Zamfara

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission asking the commission to postpone the National Assembly elections and the governorship and state House of Assembly polls in Zamafara State to enable the All Progressives Congress to field candidates in the exercise in the state.

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2019 Presidential Election and Emerging Political Dialectics in Nigerian Democracy


By Dapo Adejumo Esq.

It is few days to the 2019 Presidential Elections. Political parties and their presidential candidates are busy across the country canvassing for the majority chunk of passionate electorates. The big two i.e All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party had been the focus of a struggle that has started since the displacement of the former and enthronement of the latter.
During the build up to the 2015 general elections, the opposition had employed their entire political wherewithal to ensure the seemingly unbeatable Peoples Democratic Party were dislodged from their firm grip at federal power. Perhaps what undid the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan led P.D.P was the internal bickering that ensued from political chess played by its self-ambitious members. The drama that followed the polarity among the Governors Forum, the powerful P.D.P Federal Legislators scheming their return to the senate chambers, and the executive appointees plotting their relevance were notable instances of the chaotic state of the P.D.P before the 2015 Presidential Elections.
The opposition parties cashed into the chaos in PDP and restructured their selves into a coalition to be later known as the All Progressives Congress. Major party leaders decamped to the new coalition. The decampment was massive. Ministers, governors, serving federal and state legislators, executive appointees swapped P.D.P for A.P.C. What was going to be the last straw that broke the camel’s back was the Rivers State political salvos between Rotimi Amaechi and Dame Patience Jonathan.
The All Progressives Congress was a marriage between the C.P.C, A.C.N, and a faction of A.P.G.A. The marriage was necessary as none of these three had successfully won the P.D.P in the previous presidential elections. C.P.C was the party who had the best challenge to the P.D.P in most attempts at Presidential elections in Nigeria. Muhamadu Buhari as C.P.C presidential candidate was the runner up in two occasions, 2011, 2007. It was easier for the A.P.C to choose him as their presidential flag bearer for the 2015 presidential election.
Despite the brief postponement of the Presidential election, and arguments as to the proprietary of the use of card readers for the election, the d day came, and ballots were casted. The collations of votes were memorably dramatic. Mr. Orubebe was the thespian on duty. The numbers were aggregated, and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will make an announcement that significantly changed the narratives of Nigerian Democracy. G.E.J threw in the towel, announced Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2015 presidential election, his ambition does not worth the blood of innocent Nigerians he said. He thereafter called Buhari to congratulate him. It was the first time an incumbent will be voted out of office as President by the opposition party in Nigeria.
As A.P.C began to chart their course of “change”, the fear of Buhari was the beginning of financial discipline! It was the general mood rife in town. Nigerians began to recall the draconian discipline with which Buhari ruled while he was a Military Head of State. The looting spree and administrative recklessness will not be condoled by Buhari, was the popular opinion. The 16 year reign of financial and administrative rape is finally over, several Nigerians were musing.

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Just in- NBA conference 2019 to hold in Lagos

The 2019 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association will hold in Lagos from 23rd of August to 30th of August 2019 .
This was announced at the inaugural meeting of the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (TCCP) chaired by Gbenga Oyebode.

The meeting was attended by the President of the NBA,Mr Paul Usoro,Paul Ananaba SAN ,the Chairmen of Kano Branch Musa Abdullahi,Lagos branch,Chuka Ikwuazom,Chairmen of Ikere Ekiti and Ilorin branch.
Mrs Mfon Usoro,The NBA General secretary,Jonathan Taidi,welfare secretary J.E Usman and Publicity Secretary Kunle Edun were present
Anthony Atata,the Chairman of International Bar Association,African Regional forum was present .Also present at the meeting were Sylvester Udemezue,Mrs Oyinkansola Badejo Okusanya,Chinyere Obasi,Uche Nwadialor, Nta Ekpiken, Endurance Uhunmuavbi etc

The committee deliberated on the numerous
complain of Lawyers over the years regarding annual conferences and has resolved to prevent them in the 2019 conference.
More details will be released later

BREAKING: CCT Issues Bench Warrant Against Onnoghen, Orders His Arrest

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has issued a bench warrant ordering arrest and subsequent arraignment of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, issued the warrant to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest Justice Onnoghen and bring him to the Tribunal unfailingly on Friday.
He gave the order on Wednesday and directed the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) to join in arresting the suspended CJN and compel him to be at the Tribunal.