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Doping: Nigerian gold medalist suspended

Doping: Nigerian gold medalist suspended

NIGERIAN sprinter Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at this year's Commonwealth Games, has been provisionally suspended for the use of banned substances, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday. Nwokocha, 21, ran the anchor leg in Birmingham last month as Nigeria beat England and Jamaica to take gold. "The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Ostarine & Ligandrol) (Article 2.1 and Article 2.2)," the body said in a statement on Twitter. The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of…
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Somali minister suspended for violating UN sanctions

Somali minister suspended for violating UN sanctions

SOMALIA'S prime minister suspended the foreign minister, citing the authorisation of a ship exporting charcoal to Oman in violation of international sanctions. The U.N. Security Council banned such shipments a decade ago to cut funding for the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, an al Qaeda franchise fighting Somalia's central government. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble's office said that as well as suspending Foreign Minister Abdisaid Muse Ali, he had ordered an audit and judicial investigation into the ministry's authorisation of the shipment. Ali could not be reached and foreign ministry spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment. The status…
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Kenya and Zimbabwe have been suspended from world football: what happens next

Kenya and Zimbabwe have been suspended from world football: what happens next

KENYA and Zimbabwe have both been suspended by the world’s football governing body, FIFA, owing to government interference in the operations of the national football federations. Nairobi and Harare dissolved their federations late last year and replaced them with government-appointed officials. The suspension, overshadowed for now by Russia’s dramatic banishment from virtually all international sport, will hit the two countries in the pocket and freeze international participation. Sports researcher Wycliffe Njororai Simiyu explains why this is straight from FIFA’s aggressive policy against what it terms “third-party interference”. Author WYCLIFFE W. NJORORAI SIMIYU, Professor, Health and Kinesiology, University of Texas at…
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Somali PM suspends intelligence chief

Somali PM suspends intelligence chief

SOMALIA’S prime minister has suspended the intelligence chief, prompting a public rebuke from the president and highlighting growing divisions at the heart of the political elite. The suspension - triggered by a dispute over investigations into an unsolved murder - followed months of wrangling that have threatened to further destabilise a country already riven by militant attacks and clan rivalries. Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble said he had told Fahad Yasin, the director of Somalia's National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA), to step aside for failing to deliver a report on the murder of one of the agency's agents. Soon after,…
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Niehaus freed from custody

Niehaus freed from custody

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER ANC military veteran Carl Niehaus has been released from custody arrested by the South African Police for allegedly violating COVID-19 regulations while protesting outside the Escourt Prison in KwaZulu-Natal, where former president Jacob Zuma is being held. A few hours after the arrest, Niehaus announced on Twitter that he had been freed and ordered to appear in court in Escourt on August 8. The suspended ANC member addressed the small crowd that had gathered to demand that Zuma should be freed, was conducting a television interview when he was arrested and taken away by uniformed police officers.…
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Magashule “shocked, dismayed” Ramaphosa

Magashule “shocked, dismayed” Ramaphosa

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SHOCK and dismay, that is how ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa described his reception of the letter from ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in which he attempted to suspend him. Ramaphosa described his reception to the ANC Parliamentary caucus in Cape Town. Caucus sources said ANC president disclosed that he had received Magashule letter on Wednesday night and would leave it to be handled by the ANC's national executive committee (NEC), which meets this weekend. ANC sources said the ANC may be asked to consider charging Magashule with serious misconduct, following his attempt to suspend Ramaphosa. In an afternoon…
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Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

THE head of Libya's internationally recognised government has suspended his powerful interior minister from his duties, saying his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown against them would be investigated. The move coincides with reports of growing friction between Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), and Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, an influential figure from the port city and military power base of Misrata. Bashagha, who was nominated in 2018, played a central role during a 14-month offensive on Tripoli by eastern-based forces that the GNA repelled in June with military support from Turkey.…
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Director-General suspended over inflated funeral costs

Director-General suspended over inflated funeral costs

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER A top South African civil servant in charge of a multibillion rand budget has been suspended for his role in blown-up state funeral costs. Public Works Director-General Sam Vukela was suspended after being implicated  in fraudulent contracts and irregular payments of high profile funerals of: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the struggle stalwart and ex-wife of the great Nelson Mandela. Dr Zola Skweyiya, former cabinet minister and liberation struggle veteran.Ambassador Billy Modise, retired head of state protocol and also a struggle veteran. The three funerals cost the state R76-million. Patricia de Lille, the Minister of Public Works, was granted special powers…
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