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Ex South Africa President Thabo Mbeki’s Mother Dies Tags: News South Africa Presidents

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the Mbeki family following the death of former President Thabo Mbeki’s mother, Eppainette Mbeki, on Saturday morning.The 98-year-old, popularly known as Ma Mbeki, died in East London in the Eastern Cape Province after two weeks in the hospital for treatment of an unnamed illness.

“A consummate activist in her own right who dedicated her life and
that of her family to the struggle for liberation in South Africa from
an early age, Ma Mbeki was fiercely outspoken on political and socio-economic issues till the end,” the President said on Saturday.

Ma Mbeki was the wife of the late African National Congress and South African Communist Party stalwart Govan Mbeki.

Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course.

Source: APA

Congo says plot to assassinate President Kabila was foiled Tags: Congo Assassination NEws Presidents
Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said on Friday that it had thwarted a plot involving a Belgian member of parliament that aimed to assassinate President Joseph Kabila and overthrow his government.
 
Two suspects – a Belgian doctor of Congolese origin named Jean-Pierre Kanku Mukendi and Isidore Madimba Mongombe, a former policeman – were arrested earlier this month in the capital Kinshasa, Interior Minister Richard Muyej told journalists.
 
Muyej said the two men, who were in possession of a small quantity of weapons at the time of their arrest, confessed to the plot.
 
“[Mukendi] admitted that this plan to attack the city of Kinshasa and physically eliminate the head of state was adopted at a large meeting presided by himself on Jan. 20 in Kinshasa,” he said.
 
Muyej claimed Mukendi had, while living in Belgium, founded a group called Mouvement Debout Congolais, or the Arise Congolese Movement, with the assistance of a member of Belgium’s Chamber of Representatives.
 
“With the help of the Belgian member of parliament Laurent Louis, he increased his meetings with Congolese compatriots ... in the aim of preparing and finalizing their project to overthrow [Congo’s] institutions,” he said.
 
Louis, an independent MP, told Reuters that while he opposed Kabila’s rule, he was not involved in any plot to overthrow the Congolese government by force.
 
“I am opposed to violence ... What’s more, these meetings were totally public. There weren’t any secret meetings to plot this or that,” he said by telephone.
 
Joseph Kabila became president of the vast mineral-rich but chronically unstable Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, President Laurent Kabila.
 
While he won the country’s first democratic poll in nearly five decades in 2006 in a vote endorsed by observers as free and fair, Kabila’s re-election five years later was tarnished by widespread irregularities.
 
Twenty men suspected of belonging to another insurgent group were arrested in South Africa last month and charged with plotting to overthrow Kabila after they travelled to the country to seek military training and buy arms.
 
Source: Reuters
Somalia newly President Mohamud survives assassination attempt Tags: News Somalia assassination Hassan Sheikh Mohamud presidents
Just days after the world celebrated the first Somalian election of a president in decades, Islamist rebels have tried to kill him. Al Shabaab, a terrorist group in Somalia with links to Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Wednesday targeting new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. “We are responsible for the attack against the so-called president and the delegation,” Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told Agence France-Presse. 

The suicide bomb occurred at the gates of a hotel in Mogadishu, where President Mohamud was staying, BBC News reported. The president and hotel guests were unharmed, but the bomber and four security officers were killed. 
 
The attack reveals the major security challenges that Somalia's new president is facing after his historic election, Reuters reported.
 
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Al Shabaab terrorist group had warned that it saw Mohamud's presidency as illegitimate. It will probably not be comforting for the president to learn that the Shabaab group has "nothing personal" against him. Before the attacks, the Shabaab spokesman had told the AFP: "Nothing personal, but the whole [election] process is like an enemy project."
 
 
Source: globalpost
Ghana president dies at age 68 after illness, successor sworn in Tags: Ghana News John Atta Mills African News African Presidents
ACCRA — Ghana President John Atta Mills died suddenly Tuesday, hours after being taken ill and months before he was to seek re-election in a country seen as a bastion of democracy in west Africa. The 68-year-old Mills, who oversaw the start of large-scale oil production in Ghana in December 2010, had recently traveled to the United States for a medical check-up. His cause of death was not given.

In accordance with Ghana's constitution, Vice President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as president before an emergency session of parliament, pledging to maintain stability as he serves out the remainder of Mills' term.
 
"I wish Ghanaians to be assured that all is well," the 53-year-old who has also served as communications minister and recently published a memoir said. "We are going to maintain the peace, unity and stability that Ghana is noted for."
 
He declared a week of national mourning, with flags to be flown at half-mast.
Mills died in a hospital in the capital Accra while receiving treatment, his office said. While the cause was not specified, he had shown signs of illness, including recently losing his voice and a gradual loss of weight.
His recent visit to the United States was officially for a routine medical check-up.
 
There were unconfirmed reports in local media that he had suffered throat cancer, while false rumours of his death had also previously spread.
Presidential elections are set for December in a country seen as a rare example of a stable democracy in west Africa and which recently joined the ranks of the world's large-scale oil producers.
 
Mills was to be the ruling party's candidate after fending off an unprecedented challenge for the nomination. Condolences poured in for the late leader, including from US President Barack Obama who chose Ghana for his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president in 2009.
"President Mills tirelessly worked to improve the lives of the Ghanaian people," Obama said in a statement.
 
"He helped promote economic growth in Ghana in the midst of challenging global circumstances and strengthened Ghana's strong tradition of democracy." West African leaders, including those in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Togo, also paid tribute to Mills, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon praised his "statesmanship."
 
The capital Accra was sombre, with activity slowing and residents gathering in the streets to discuss the news. Emmanuel Bombande, executive director of the the Accra-based West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, said "people have a lot of faith in the Ghananian constitution", adding that he trusted the transition would be an orderly one.
 
"It was a total surprise, although ordinary people knew that the president had not been 100 percent well," he said, mentioning Mills' recent trip to the United States. Bombande called the late president "a man of integrity". Pindana Mohammed, a market trader in the capital, said he was shocked by the news which he heard on the radio.
 
"I am not a supporter of the ruling government, but I respect so much the president because of the way he carried himself," he said. Mills took over as Ghana's president in January 2009. He narrowly won the vote in 2008 with a less than one percent margin against a candidate from the party of incumbent John Kufuor, widely respected for having bowed out following his two terms in office.
 
In July last year, Mills was nominated to be the ruling National Democratic Congress party's presidential candidate for the December 2012 elections.
The primary represented the first time in the country's history that a sitting president competed for his own party's nomination.
 
Mills beat his only rival in the party primary, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, the wife of ex-military leader Jerry Rawlings. Mills rose to prominence in 1997 when Rawlings named him vice president -- a position he held until the former coup leader-turned-elected president made way for Kufuor after the 2000 elections.
 
After finishing his law studies in Britain, Mills came home to teach law for 25 years at a Ghana university.
 
Ghana, a country of some 25 million people, recently joined the ranks of the world's large-scale oil producers.
 
The country has begun producing oil from its offshore Jubilee field, one of the largest discoveries in West Africa in recent years. The field's operator Tullow has estimated that the field's recoverable resources amount to up to one billion barrels.
 
Source: AFP
South African President Jacob Zuma will take a fourth wife Tags: South Africa News Jacob Zuma African News Presidents African Wedding
South African President Jacob Zuma is all set to take his fourth wife, with whom he has been engaged for a number of years and also has a three-year-old son.

Mr Zuma, who turned 70 on April 12, will tie the knot again next weekend in a traditional ceremony in Nkandla, the media in Johannesburg reported today.
 
Gloria Bongekile Ngema, with whom Mr Zuma has a three-year-old son, will become the President's fourth wife after having been engaged to him for a number of years, the Sunday Times said.
 
Mr Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj was quoted as saying: "The President is to formalise his relationship with his fiancee, Ms Bongi Ngema, next week at a private traditional ceremony in Nkandla."
 
Last year, Ms Ngema, who has various academic qualifications including a business degree, joined Mr Zuma on a diplomatic trip to France, her first state visit. The privilege is usually reserved for the first lady.
 
But she may be the last bride Mr Zuma takes. At his lavish 70th birthday party in Durban on Friday evening, more than 1,000 guests watched a video montage in which he said his marrying days were over, according to the report.
 
Mr Zuma has married twice during his presidential term which began in May 2009. His other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, whom he met in 1959, Nompumelelo "MaNtuli" Zuma and Thobeka Stacey Mabhija.
 
He divorced Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in 1998, and his another wife Kate Zuma committed suicide two years later.
 
Mr Zuma, who reportedly has 20 children, was born into a polygamous family. His father had two wives.
 
Source: nzherald.co.nz
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