The Niger Republic says it has foiled an attempted military takeover early hours of Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Niamey, President Mahamadou Issoufou said. The President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is scheduled to be sworn in on Friday, marking the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in the country. President Issoufou disclosed that the attack was carried out by some suspects who had planned to use aerial means to seize power."The aim of these individuals, driven by an unknown motivation, was to overthrow democratically elected institutions," he said.
Zimbabwe’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned Monday in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, apologising for tasks he “failed to do well”. Local news outlets have since late last month been awash with audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office.
President Muhammadu Buhari has told his Benin counterpart, President Patrice Talon that Nigeria will continue to work with its neighbours on the importance of good neighbourliness. The President stated this on Tuesday in Abuja when President Talon of the Republic of Benin, paid him an official visit.
President Joe Biden on Friday promised partnership with Africa and said he hoped to attend the next African Union summit, an about-face in US interest in a continent largely ignored by his predecessor. In a video message to this weekend’s African Union summit, being held virtually due to Covid-19, the new US leader promised to work with Africans on his key priorities of fighting the virus and climate change and also to advance diplomacy to end the continent’s conflicts.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term in office on Saturday with 58.6 percent with 5.85 million votes in a disputed election with his rival Bobi Wine who polled 34.8 percent with 3.48 million of the votes. Chairman of the Election Commission, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama declared Museveni winner, saying "The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected president of the Republic of Uganda."