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Chad: State funeral for Deby set for Friday

The State funeral for slain Chad President Idriss Déby Itno will take place on Friday; Army Officials announced on Tuesday, 21st April, hours after reports of his death on the battlefield was announced – Africa News reports

According to the report from the military council, the funeral will be held in Ndjamena and “in the presence of heads of state and government of friendly countries”.

Ethiopia: Armed group has ‘taken control’ of some region

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has stated that an armed group has taken control of a region in northeastern Ethiopia – Reuters Africa reports

According to their report, the group have reportedly killed civilians and kidnapped public servants. The commission also disclosed that it received reports that Sedal Woreda, in Kamashi Zone of the western Benishangul-Gumuz Region, was “under near full control of an armed group as of April 19”.

However, the commission failed to identify the said armed group.

GERD: Sudan in tough talks with Ethiopia over River Nile dam

Sudan’s rhetoric when discussing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) has moved from being broadly welcoming to being suspicious and belligerent – The BBC reports

According to reports, this change largely reflects the increasing influence of the military in the transitional government that was supposed to pave the way to a democratic system after overthrowing the long-serving leader Omar al-Bashir.

Zuma dumped by legal team

The legal team of former South African president Jacob Zuma has dropped him in the corruption case he is currently being trialled for – eNCA reports

His team, Mabuza Attorneys filed their intention to withdraw as his legal representatives with the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. This change in legal teams could also go a long way to impact the expected beginning of the former president’s corruption trial in May.

Zimbabwe: Parliament Approves Amendments to Constitution

The Zimbabwean parliament has on Tuesday, 21st April, approved the proposed amendments to the constitution removing a clause on electing vice presidents – All Africa reports

The raft of amendments came after the Senate voted for another amendment that will also extend the tenure of senior judges and the president directly appointing judges, instead of them being subjected to public interviews as is the case now.


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