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Ex-Comoros president tags constitutional court reopening the way to true referendum.

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Former Comorian President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi on Monday called for the rehabilitation of the Constitutional Court as a prerequisite for the referendum project announced by President Azali Assoumani on the revision of the Constitution.

“I am not ready to accept this referendum until the Constitutional Court is rehabilitated. I defend democracy,” Sambi said.

In late April, President Azali announced a referendum in July to amend the Constitution to ensure the stability and development of the country.

Earlier, the Comorian President had taken the decision to suspend the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, because of an “incomplete number of judges” and had “temporarily” transferred his powers to the Supreme Court. The opposition described the decision as an abuse of power.

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According to Sambi, president Azali Assoumani has the right to amend the Constitution, the Constitution allows it, but he said ‘‘this approach must remain in accordance with the rules set by the same Constitution, and among these rules, the Constitutional Court must approve it’‘.

He said ‘‘any change that does not respect the rules set by the Constitution would lead to a crisis. The Comoros does not need a new cycle of instability. The Comoros would be the first victim.”

“To save this country, to save its unity, we must stop this referendum. And if we really want to change the Constitution, we must restore the Constitutional Court. If we walk on the Constitution, there is a risk of instability,” he warned.

When asked what instructions he would give to his supporters, the former president said he had no answer. “Neither yes nor no, we’ll see if he persists in organizing it illegally.”

“Until proven otherwise, I do not believe that this referendum will take place, I would not wish it to take place. He must be dissuaded from not doing so.

However, the Juwa party leader rejects the idea of calling for a boycott.

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President Museveni Orders Refund of Mobile Money ‘Error’ Tax in Uganda

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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the refunding of 1% percent mobile money tax paid by Ugandans.

In a statement issued on a social media platform , Museveni insists that the 1 per cent tax which he ordered to be reduced to 0.5 percent last week was passed in error and he signed the bill knowing it had an error.

The mobile money tax and social media tax which triggered massive outcry were effected at the start of 2018/19 financial year.

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“I signed the law with the error because we could not delay the other measures. However, parliament, when it reconvenes, will be requested to correct it. The ones whose deductions had been made on the basis of 1% should have their money reimbursed,” said Museveni.

Apart from salary earners and those who use banks, Museveni said the earnings of many other Ugandans are not known. He revealed that each day, $52 million moves around in the form of mobile money that translates into $19 billion a year.

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Egypt: 37 persons bag jail terms over illicit human organ trade

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For illegally trafficking in human organs, an Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years.

The rulings which took place on Thursday in Cairo Criminal Court, reported by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper, sentenced six people to 15 years, 11 to seven years and 20 to three years while three people were acquitted.

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The sentences can be appealed.

An investigation found that doctors, medical workers and intermediaries were involved in multiple incidents of illicit organ transplants and harvesting of human organs.

The probe found that the defendants exploited poor Egyptians who sold their organs.

Egypt prohibits the sale of human organs under a 2010 law but some Egyptians, driven by poverty, offer to sell theirs to make ends meet.

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