The key to the prison cell on Robben Island once occupied by Nelson Mandela is going to be returned to South Africa rather than be auctioned in the US, a minister says.
The auction had been due to take place in New York on 28 January until South Africa’s Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa objected.
“This key belongs to the people of South Africa,” he said.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison for campaigning to end white minority rule.
Eighteen of those years were spent on Robben Island, an island off Cape Town.
In 1994, he became South Africa’s first black president after the country’s first democratic elections, and he remains a national icon.
Mr Mthethwa said Guernsey’s auction house had agreed to send the key back to South Africa and also to halt the sale of other items that belonged to Mandela.
These included Mandela’s original painting The Lighthouse, Robben Island, as well as the exercise bike he was allowed to use and a prison tennis racquet.
“The key symbolises South Africa’s painful history whilst also representing triumph of the human spirit over evil,” Mr Mthethwa said in a statement..
It had been put up for sale by Christo Brand, Mandela’s former prison guard in the notorious jail. The pair had become good friends.
The auction was to raise funds for a memorial garden and museum around Mandela’s burial site.
Mandela was released from prison in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation (apartheid).
He served a single term as president, stepping down in 1999.
He died in 2013 aged 95.
African countries must come together to find new ways of addressing infrastructural concerns – Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged African leaders to come together to articulate a new way of addressing infrastructural concerns on the continent.
Speaking at an Infrastructure Solution summit organised by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday May 12, he encouraged leadership on the continent to demand an equal playing field on the global finance market to enable Africa adequately enhance efficient infrastructural development.
“it is absolutely important that we should expand the influence of the institutions like AFC, ADB. ADB has recently gone for recapitalization to enable it to be able to do more.
“The governments of the continent we need to to put our weight behind this attempt but we also equally need to address structural constraints in the global capital market in the world.”
The infrastructural summit, one of the biggest networking events is expected to provide a unique platform to address and overcome some of Africa’s historical challenges.
Ghana to host West African Internet Governance Forum 2022
The Internet Society Ghana (ISOC Ghana), in collaboration with the West African Internet Governance Forum (WA IGF), will host the West African Internet Governance Forum in Ghana after a two-year virtual event.
The theme for the 2022 edition, ‘Digital Sustainability: Data Innovation for post COVID recovery’, seeks to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process.
The two-day event scheduled from Thursday 26th May to Friday 27th May 2022, will be held at the Airport View Hotel in Accra.
Speaking in an interview, NRI Coordinator for West Africa Internet Governance Forum, Madam Mary Uduma, called for more internet stakeholders’ involvement in the WA IGF processes as “internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”
The event complements current subregional efforts in the digital transformation in West Africa; therefore, it will tackle key issues such as Economic Recovery in West African countries: Prioritizing Data Privacy and Security and Freedom of expression online, the impact of the fight against disinformation within the subregion, digital economy policies, regulations and, multi-stakeholder issues amongst others.
Therefore, this will explore the challenges and opportunities in enhancing its digital economy in a world of information, communication, and technology.
Source: Citinewsroom. com
ECOWAS gives military in Guinea April 25 deadline to return to democratic rule
The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has charged military leaders in Guinea to provide an acceptable timeline for transition to democratic rule by April 25, 2022.
Failure to do so, according to ECOWAS, will lead to economic and financial sanctions.
Leaders of ECOWAS made the decision during an Extraordinary Summit in Accra on Friday, to review recent political developments in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.
President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, stated that it was unacceptable that there was no timeline set by the military junta to return the country to democratic rule.
“The fact that, as of today, we do not have a transition timeline in Guinea is a source of major concern. On several occasions, the authorities have indicated the concern that there is no visibility about the transition in Guinea, and we are demanding that a transition timeline is provided. As nothing was coming, now we are putting a deadline—April 25. Beyond this deadline, economic and financial sanctions will kick in.”
The leadership also expressed concern about the continued detention of the former President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, since the coup d’etat.
“The other condition, we set is that, President Kabore be set free immediately. The mission that went to Burkina Faso two weeks ago also insisted that he is set free unconditionally. As we speak today, President Kabore is on House arrest, and this is totally unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, ECOWAS has charged the transitional government in Mali to return the country to constitutional rule within 12 to 16 months.
This is a part of talks to restore democratic governance in the West-African country reeling under political instability.
Jean Claude Kassi Brou, said in view of the global political and security situation, there is an urgent need to reach an agreement in order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Mali.
“The discussions were extensively on the situation and taking into account that the sanctions are impacting on the country. There has been substantial work that was done by the Technical Local Committee Meeting and after examining the recommendations of the mediator, the Head of State disclosed that, they are willing to provide an extension of the transition in Mali for 12 to 16 months in addition to the three months that have already passed. So, agreements will be reached so that the sanctions are gradually lifted.”
Source: Citinewsroom. com
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