Bobi Wine threatens to withdraw poll position, cries foul play | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the top stories making rounds on numerous News Media channels.

Bobi Wine threatens to withdraw poll position, cries foul play

Musician turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has threatened to withdraw a poll petition from the country’s legal system as he cites “bias” and “frustration”.

The Supreme Court in Uganda, on Tuesday, 16th February, rejected Wine’s additional 120 affidavits claiming the documents were filed late after the February 14 deadline.

“We have been collecting evidence and more is still coming in but the Supreme Court has rejected 250 affidavits we filed yesterday (February 15) much as hearing of the petition hasn’t started. We want to put the Supreme Court on notice that if this persists, we are not going to be part of that mockery, the next step is to take the matter to the public court,” the politician said.

The U.S. sells $200m arms to Egypt amid human rights abuse allegations

The United States has approved the sale of arms close to $200m to North African country, Egypt amid an existing case of human rights abuse done against an American activist in Egypt.

The US, nonetheless, vowed to press human rights issues after an against Egypt. Also, Mohamed Soltan, the U.S. citizen and activist in question, has also filed a lawsuit alleging torture in Egyptian custody.

Celebrated Nigerian entrepreneur, Invictus, bags 10 years jail term for fraud

Nigerian entrepreneur Obinwanne Okeke has bagged a 10-year jail term by a U.S. federal court for his role in an $11 million cyber fraud on a British company.

The entrepreneur had been in US custody since August 2019 on charges of computer and wire fraud and had previously pleaded guilty.

Ethiopia: Explosives intercepted on way to the capital city

Security personnel in Ethiopia on Wednesday, 17th February, intercepted 23 cartons containing explosives from a vehicle en route to Addis Ababa.

The cartons were said to have been transported from the country’s northernmost region of Tigray. The driver was reportedly accosted at Kombolcha town from the Woldiya customs checkpoint in the Amhara region.

Cyril Ramaphosa gets vaccinated as SA begins vaccine roll-out

South Africa on Wednesday, 17th February, began the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine with its President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving his portion on national television.

The president was injected with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town.

South Africa’s Ministry of Health and other healthcare workers were also vaccinated with the first batch of the 80,000 doses which arrived in the country on Tuesday evening.


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