What you couldn’t miss last week: Kenyan miniskirt protest, EFF MP kicked out of parliament, Solange Knowles marries Alan Ferguson

By Vanguard Reporter

A roundup of the weeks biggest news and newsmakers.



1.Kano Emir calls for arms and army reclaims Chibok state

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has called on people to defend themselves against attacks by the Boko Haram, saying residents should “acquire what they need” to protect themselves.

The emir said residents should not wait for help from the military. There have been numerous reports of soldiers deserting, saying they are not as well equipped as the militants.

“These terrorists slaughter our boys and abduct our girls to force them into slavery,” he said.

“People should not sit idle and say prayer is the only solution. People should be made aware of the importance of being in a state of preparedness and make sure they acquire what they need to protect themselves. We should be ready to give our lives.”

He made the comments at a prayer meeting, following several further attacks in recent days blamed on Boko Haram.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said: “Any call for citizens to arm themselves is a call for anarchy and lawlessness. And this is not allowed under our laws. Such a call should be disregarded. The police [force] is living up to its duty to protect lives and property.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s military says it has recaptured the town of Chibok from Boko Haram, where the extremist Islamic militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls earlier this year.

Army spokesman Olajide Olaleye said Sunday that Nigerian forces had “secured” the northeastern town, and that operations were underway to flush out Boko Haram militants who had captured it on Thursday.

–bbc.com, msnbc.com



2.Dr Martin Salia dies from Ebola after delays in treatment

Dr Martin Salia, 44, a surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms, a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life.

He was in the 13th day of his illness when he reached the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha this past Saturday and passing away on the following Monday.

It took three days for him to be formally diagnosed after an initial test for Ebola came back negative and then another five days to be flown to the United States. By the time he got to the hospital, the deadly virus had done too much damage, shutting down his kidneys and making breathing difficult, doctors said.

Maada Salia spoke admiringly of his father over the weekend, saying “the fact that he would go back to his country and help is one thing that really amazed me because he showed the love that he has for his country. He doesn’t think of himself as someone important. He puts himself down and helps those who really need help.”

The virus has already killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa.

–edition.cnn.com, theguardian.com




3.Kenyan miniskirt assault protest draws thousands

Flags and fists competed for air space in Nairobi as female and male Kenyans gathered to protest the stripping and assault of a woman by a group of men for wearing a miniskirt in public and accussing her of dressing “scantily”.

A video of the assault surfaced on the internet last week and quickly caused a social media firestorm. An online campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice elicited both condemnation of the woman’s attackers, and vitriol supporting violence against women who dress “indecently” in public.

Bob Marley’s voice blasted from loudspeakers urging the hundreds of women present to “stand up for their rights” at the protest. Many women wore miniskirts in solidarity, vowing to “root out the cancer” that is violence against women in Kenya.

While hundreds marched in support of the woman and their right to dress however they choose, others justified the assault.

“I strongly believe they did the right thing,” said Nairobi resident Benard Owuor of the woman’s attackers. “She is a clear indication that there is moral decay in our society and she learned a lesson: Women can wear whatever they want in the bedroom – but not in public.”

A second video was released last week showing another woman stripped naked and sexually assaulted in Mombasa, a city on Kenya’s coast. A jeering, whistling crowd surrounded the woman, throwing her to the ground. She screamed, clutching her exposed body, scraps of clothing dragging behind her as she tried to escape.

–aljazeera.com, ewn.co.za



4.Official reception ceremony for South African bodies repatriated from Nigeria

The bodies of 74 South Africans killed in the Nigeria church collapse have arrived in South Africa just over two months after the incident.

The bodies arrived at Waterkloof Air Force base on Sunday. Eighty-five South Africans were killed in the collapse at TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations church.

“We can confirm that we depart with 74 South Africans. On arrival in South Africa, the families will be able to receive their loved ones to take them to their final ancestral resting places. The bodies would then be transferred to various provincial mortuaries before private funerals are to be arranged” spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement on Saturday.

A total of 116 people died on 12 September, when a guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, headed by preacher TB Joshua, collapsed.

Twenty-six injured South Africans were repatriated a month ago. Twenty of them had since been discharged from hospitals and reunited with their families, Williams said.

Last week, a team of specialists from South Africa including department of health and the SA Military Health Service officials, forensic pathology officers and police flew to prepare for the repatriation.

–news24, iol.co.za



5.Chaos in parliament as EFF MP calls President Zuma a ‘thief ‘ and is removed from National Assembly 

A volatile sitting of the National Assembly ended abruptly and in tears, with fists flying as public order police dragged a female Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP, Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela, out of the chamber on Thursday night, after she labelled President Jacob Zuma a thief and a criminal during a debate.

Mashabela was delivering her speech in a debate about the treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower project. In it, she repeatedly referred to Zuma as a thief.

“President Zuma is a thief. He is a criminal. He is the greatest thief in the world,” said Mashabela. ANC MP and house chairperson Cedric Frolick, who was presiding over the session, ordered Mashabela to withdraw her comments about Zuma. After her refusal to withdraw, he ordered her to leave the House.

In her speech, Mashabela said the EFF was concerned that politicians would use the multibillion-rand project as a vehicle for corruption. “Corruption normally hides under the disguise of such massive projects for the enrichment of politicians and their families,” she said.

She said this was worrying and asked: “How much will he [Zuma] benefit as he did in the arms deal from this treaty?” The EFF was tired of funding “Zuma the thief, the criminal who refuses to pay a cent [in Nkandla]”.

ANC MP Mandla Mandela, rising on a point of order, objected to Zuma being labeled a thief and asked Frolick to instruct Mashabela to withdraw that comment.

“The president of the ANC is the greatest thief in the world, I am not going to withdraw. He is a criminal. Everybody in South Africa knows that Zuma is a thief,” she insisted.

When instructed to leave the podium and the House, she refused.

The sergeant-at-arms, Regina Muhlomi, was called to remove Mashabela, but when she failed a group of parliamentary security personnel could be seen approaching Mashabela, who repeatedly told them “not to touch me”.

Four opposition MPs were injured in the scuffle.

The presence of police in the chamber, while the House is in session, is a violation of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, which prohibits the police from being in Parliament unless they have been instructed to be there by the speaker, her deputy or any other of the presiding officers.

Section 58 of the Constitution prohibits criminal or civil procedures from being brought against MPs for what they say in Parliament, and forbids their arrest in such matters. It is not clear who called the police.

–mg.co.za, ewn.co.za, timeslive.co.za


6. Solange Knowles married Alan Ferguson

Solange Knowles tied the knot with video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on Sunday in front of about 200 family and friends in what has been described as the ultimate hipster wedding.

The happy couple said “I do” at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. Around 2 p.m., the pair arrived via white-painted vintage bicycles, and it was all about the details as the bride’s basket held flowers!

“Beaming. Calm. They looked pretty calm, relaxed on their wedding day,” one onlooker said. “Definitely happy.”

As for their arrival attire, the bride rocked a cream pantsuit with a cape and plunging V-neck (accenting her look with a red lip) by Stéphane Rolland, while the groom matched in a white suit sans tie.

Her sister Beyoncé, with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy were also in tow as well as her mother Tina Knowles, son Daniel Julez and singer Janelle Monáe.

Ahead of their nuptials, the newlyweds celebrated with an intimate pre-wedding bash Friday at NOLA’s Indywood Cinema, which Hayley Sampson, the theater’s co-owner, said was “pretty adorable.”

“Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago,” she told Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year. “My love life has been stable for a while. It’s a f—ed up thing … without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

In June, the two went on a romantic getaway to Jamaica, where the singer celebrated her 28th birthday.

Ferguson, 51, has directed videos for Katy Perry and John Legend, and won a BET Award for Best Video Director for co-directing Beyoncé’s “Party” and “Dance for You” music videos.

This is the second marriage for the private star, who had Daniel Julez, 10, with ex-husband Daniel Smith.

–people.com, huffingtonpost.com, fashionbombdaily.com

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