US with­draws $3m bounty

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

Ex­pect­ing Un­rest “In Togo, some of the op­po­si­tion groups have been re­fer­ring to Burk­ina Faso, say­ing that they kicked out the pres­i­dent there, so we can do it here,” he said.

Nige­ria’s elec­tion four years ago, which Mr Jonathan won by tak­ing about 59 per­cent of the vote, was fol­lowed by days of ri­ot­ing in which hun­dreds of peo­ple were killed, mainly in the north, ac­cord­ing to Hu­man Rights Watch. Mr Buhari, who was a can­di­date in the three pre­vi­ous elec­tions, protested against his de­feat, claim­ing the vote was rigged.

In a coun­try roughly di­vided be­tween a Mus­lim north and Chris­tian south, the demon­stra­tions de­gen­er­ated into sec­tar­ian and eth­nic vi­o­lence, as mainly pro-mr Buhari Mus­lims tar­geted Chris­tians and south­ern­ers, prompt­ing reprisal at­tacks.

“When peo­ple look at de­cent elec­tions, they look at Ghana and Botswana, th­ese are the coun­tries peo­ple re­spect,” Mr Cullen said. “Peo­ple look at Nige­ria and they ex­pect it will NAIROBI — The United States has with­drawn a $3 mil­lion (M32 mil­lion) bounty linked to the cap­ture of a high-level mem­ber of So­ma­lia’s al Shabaab Is­lamist group who had since de­fected.

The So­mali gov­ern­ment wel­comed the move and thanked Wash­ing­ton for sup­port­ing its ef­forts to per­suade se­nior fig­ures to quit the al Qaeda-linked or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has launched at­tacks across east Africa.

The US State Depart­ment of­fered a to­tal of $33 mil­lion in 2012 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the cap­ture of Zakariya Is­mail Ahmed Hersi and six other al Shabaab lead­ers.

Mr Hersi — de­scribed on lo­cal me­dia as the gen­eral sec­re­tary of al Shabaab’s fi­nance depart­ment — sur­ren­dered to So­mali gov­ern­ment forces in De­cem­ber.

Al Shabaab wants to top­ple the Western­backed Mo­gadishu gov­ern­ment and im­pose its own strict ver­sion of Is­lamic law but it has been los­ing ter­ri­tory in So­ma­lia to a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive by African Union troops and So­mali forces. — Reuters

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