UN Security Council approved on Friday a one-year extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after its expiration on Thursday and a deadlock on its mandate. The council demanded that the leaders of the country implement the permanent ceasefire declared in the peace agreement. The unanimously adopted resolution extended the mandate to December 15, 2017. It maintained 17,000, including a 4,000-strong Regional Protection Force with 2,101 police personnel, and 78 corrections officers. Also, the UNMISS will “use all necessary means to deter and prevent sexual and gender-based violence within its capacity and areas of deployment, and monitor, investigate, verify and report specifically and publicly on violations and abuses committed against children and women.”11
A signed letter from the boxing legend Muhammad Ali to Nelson Mandela in which he offered his condolences on the death of an anti-apartheid leader has sold for £7,200 in an auction in Devizes. This typed letter signed by the boxing legend on “Muhammad Ali in South Africa” stationery, dates from 1993. Andrew Aldridge the auctioneer said, “It’s fair to say Mohammad Ali was the greatest sportsman of all time and Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest figures of the last century.”
He also said, “It is a truly iconic cross collectable and will appeal to collectors of Ali memorabilia as well as those who collect Nelson Mandela material, items relating to apartheid, political history and collectors of iconic memorabilia.”
In a shocking incident of domestic violence, Valentina Guebuza, one of Mozambique’s richest women, has been shot dead by her husband. Zofino Muiuane was arrested after Mrs Guebuza was killed at their home in the capital, Maputo. Mrs Guebuza, who was 36 years old is the daughter of Mozambique’s ex-President Armando Guebuza, who ruled from 2005 to 2015. She had married Mr Muiuane in 2014 at a lavish ceremony. Mrs Guebuza became one of Mozambique’s wealthiest businesswomen during her father’s presidency. Mrs Guebuza has been listed by Forbes in 2013 as one of the 20 most powerful women in Africa.
Gambia’s newly elected President Adama Barrow has stated that he will declare himself the President on January 18, despite the rejection of the election result by the previous President Yahya Jammeh. Mr Barrow further said that his team was preparing for his inaugural ceremoney. On December 1, the election commission had declared Mr Barrow the winner. Mr Jammeh, the President who lost after a long rule has initiated court action and has challenged his defeat.
Sol Bamba, the Cardiff City defender has been charged by the Football Association for alleged insulting and/or threatening behaviour in the draw at Ipswich. Bamba, who is 31 years old has already received a two-game ban for his red card – and now faces more matches on the sidelines. Bamba confronted the referee, fourth official and Neil Warnock as he reacted angrily to a Jonathan Douglas tackle. He has until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge. Bamba, has apologized saying, “I want to apologise to the Cardiff City supporters, my team-mates and manager for my conduct during Saturday’s game at Ipswich.”