Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre dies of COVID-19 at 79
Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre, the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by an African court after his government was accused of killing tens of thousands of people, has died in Senegal. He was 79.
Habre, whose case for years showcased Africa’s reluctance to put its despots on trial as he lived in luxurious exile, had recently contracted COVID-19 according to local media reports. His death Tuesday at a Dakar hospital was confirmed by Jean Bertrand Bocande, director of the penitentiary administration.
The former dictator, first arrested in 2013, had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 2016 but ultimately served about five years in prison following his conviction.
Human rights activists say Chad was a ruthless, one-party state under Habre’s rule from 1982 to 1990. A fearsome security service headed by members of Habre’s Gorane ethnic group was placed in every village, documenting even the slightest transgressions against the regime, they said.
The list of offenses meriting arrest included speaking ill of Habre, listening to “enemy” radio stations or “performing magical rites to aid the enemy,” according to a truth commission appointed shortly after Habre fell from power.
The commission concluded that Habre’s government oversaw 40,000 killings.
Source – AP
Amaechi Didn’t Join APC To Sack Jonathan – Eze
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has said that former Rivers State governor and current minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, did not join the party with the aim of sacking former president Goodluck Jonathan from office.
Eze, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, said Amaechi was forced out of the PDP by “hawks and idle political jobbers” within the party.
The APC chieftain was reacting to a statement credited to the PDP chairman in Rivers State, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, that the minister would soon return to the opposition political party.
Akawor had told a gathering of PDP members at Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre local government area of the state, that Amaechi had gone to the APC to remove Jonathan and would soon return to the party having concluded his assignment in the ruling party.
He said; “For avoidance of doubt and in straightening the records, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has nothing to do with the ouster of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the president of Nigeria but was forced out of the PDP by those he described as party hawks and jobbers who felt Amaechi was a threat to their undemocratic antecedents.
“Let me state that the obvious desperation of the PDP leadership to completely destroy Amaechi led to his departure, alongside five other PDP governors, to form the New PDP, with five of them later joining the mega opposition political party, APC.”
Source – Leadership