Malawi's VP pledges crackdown on corruption

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Malawi’s may elections hits up as vice president, Saulos Chilima, takes leadership of the opposition Movement for Transformation (UTM) party on Monday.

A head position that paves way for him to challenge President Peter Mutharika in next year’s elections.The Democratic People’s Party’s (DPP) ticket handed to him by Mutharika to run along him in the 2014 elections did little to hold him back.

The vice president left the DPP in June to form the UTM, criticizing corruption, nepotism and patronage within the ruling party.

“ Our country continues to experience entrenched and institutionalized corruption, cronyism and nepotism at all levels of our society. I therefore call upon all Malawians to join this agenda and mission were we shall all save and reclaim our mother Malawi,’‘ Saulos Chilima said.

Saulos Chilima was elected unopposed by some 900 delegates who gathered in Lilongwe for the first UTM Congress since its formation five months ago.

The 45 year old, is considered a possible rival of 79-year-old President Peter Mutharika, who won the 2014 elections, two years after the death of his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika.

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France pledges extra 50 million euros to G5 Sahel alliance

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday met with his Burkinabe counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the Elysee Palace where Macron pledged an additional 50 million euros ($56,757,500 US dollars) to the G5 Sahel alliance.

“In keeping with the Sahel emergency plan put in place by the Burkina Faso government, the French development agency will invest near to 50 million euros additional funding in the region in 2019 in the areas of professional integration, electrification of rural areas and in water and water purification,” Macron said.

The G5 Sahel alliance, which is composed of five West African countries, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania, is focused on the fight against organized crime and terrorism which is on the rise in the region.

Kabore stressed that the fight against terrorism in West Africa is urgent as over 600 schools in the east of the G5 Sahel region and northern Burkina Faso are closed due to the presence of jihadist activity.

“What we wanted to state was that set of counter-terrorism measures are really urgent because today we have almost 600 schools which are closed between the east, the Sahel and the north of Burkina Faso. These are large figures and demands that we can co-ordinate our operations between countries, between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and be able to reduce the circulation of these people between our borders,” said Kabore.

During his visit Kabore and Macron signed two agreements pledging the extra cash injection to contribute to the electrification of train lines between Nigeria, Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso and to contribute to investments in professional integration, rural electrification and water treatment.

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How Gerard Butler Wound Up Hosting a Press Conference at the Pentagon

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A few weeks ago, Hollywood star Gerard Butler found himself behind a podium at the Pentagon talking to the national press. Given how rare Pentagon press conference have become in recent months, a number of people have asked the question as to how he ended up there, and why a Scottish movie star was deployed to talk to reporters. I reveal the background to this bizarre event, which marks a new tactic in the activities of the military entertainment liaison offices.

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Manchester United sack coach Jose Mourihno

5 hours 23 minutes ago

Manchester United has sacked its manager Jose Mourinho, following a dismal start to the 2018/19 season.

The English club side announced on Monday, that it was partying ways with the 55-year-old Portuguese gaffer, who has been with the club since 2016.

‘‘The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future,’‘ read part of the statement.

Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.

We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018

The statement added that a new caretaker manager would be appointed to run affairs at the club, until the end of the season.

United are sixth in the table with 26 points from 17 matches. The club is 19 pints behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who they lost to (1-3) last weekend.

Reactions on social media

With ManUtd 19 points behind LFC after 17 games, with the vast majority of players playing way below their best…and dour football to boot. Given Mourinho was allowed to spend hundreds of millions on those players the split seemed inevitable.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 18, 2018

Mourinho was sacked on December 18th 2015 by Chelsea after losing 3-1 to Klopp's Liverpool.

Today, 18th December 2018, Mourinho gets sacked by United after losing 3-1 to Klopp's Liverpool…— Nãif ➰ (@NaifFCB_) December 18, 2018

Where is that #MourinhoOut party? I'm in the mood to start drinking alcohol NOW!!!!!!!!!

Time to celebrate.— Talkative Rocker (@beewol) December 18, 2018

The after party of Jose’s exit will be at manifestive #Manifestivities18 on Dec 23. Thank you! ????‍♀️

— Juliet Bawuah (julietbawuah) December 18, 2018

I will always love you Mou.❤️❤️ Life happens and somethings have to be.— Juliet Mafua (@julietmafua) December 18, 2018

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