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Welcome Prayer Warrior to our January 2017 edition,  Wishing you all a victorious 2017 filled with God inspired wisdom. In this edition we consider the political stability Africa so badly needs for economic development. We ask you all to pray to the Lord Jesus asking for mercy, forgiveness for past mistakes and guidance and wisdom for the future. We pray the prayer in 2 Chronicles 7v14 “If my people , who are called  by my NAME, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. The Message bible puts it this way “If  I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people,and  my God defined people, respond by humbling themseves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives. I will be there ready for you. I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins and restore their land to health”  The Lord has spoken so let’s do just that, pray for Africa, it’s politicians, it’s business people, it’s youth and it’s great Church. We start this edition  by considering the wars that ravaged Africa in 2016 asking for the Lord to intervene and put an end to the castastrophe and dispair in those areas and we go on to look at the political elections that took place in 2016.  26 of out of the 54 countries in Africa had elections in 2016. This tells me that the Lord is shaking Africa up and changing things,  we hope for the better.

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With the exception of Syria, African countries currently get the worst rep when it comes to violence and conflict. Virtually every story coming out of the continent seems to showcase one atrocity or another.  This narrative is both true and false. In 2014, Africa experienced more than half of worldwide conflict incidents, despite having only about 16 percent of the world population. This is a slightly larger share of the world’s conflicts than even during the chaotic years of the post-Cold War 1990s.  But there are two important caveats. First, the absolute number of conflicts worldwide has greatly decreased over the last two decades. So despite shouldering a larger share of the conflict burden, in absolute terms, Africa has become more peaceful as well. And secondly, the remaining conflicts seem to cluster in specific regions and involve only a few of Africa’s 54 nation-states.   According to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, twelve African countries experienced armed conflict in 2014. Three additional countries—Burundi, Niger and Chad—will likely be added to the list for the 2015 data   Geographically Africa’s conflicts are tightly clustered along an arc stretching from northern Mali through southern Algeria and Libya into Egypt, extending into the Sinai peninsula. The Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria is another epicenter and situated in relative proximity to an area of conflict hot spots in the Central African Republic, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, South Sudan and Darfur.  On Africa’s eastern coast, the Somali civil war is still going strong in its third decade.

Modern conflicts in Africa are thus highly localised , and they defy simplistic explanations based on stereotypes. That being said the conflicts tend to be religiously motivated such as the Nigerian Boko Haram that invoves Nigeria, Chad , Cameroun and Niger. The Mali, Algeria and Libya is also heavily thought to be Al Qaeda motivated. South Sudanese conflict seems to be based on racism and economic differences in status between Arabs and native Africans.  The problems however in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are mostly economic with a multiple of international interests due to the rich  raw materials concentration in this area with desparately poor people being expoilted and pitted one against another.

No list of conflicts in Africa would be complete without the catastrophes that Darfur in Sudan and Somalia continue to be. Darfur has experienced an uptick in fighting recently and there is no reason, certainly not the non-existing international attention, why this wouldn’t continue. We  saw the Muslim Al Qaeda-aligned Al Shabab on the offensive in Somalia, pushinfg back some of the territorial gains made by government and African Union troops over recent years.

One country to watch is South Africa. While the second largest economy south of the Sahara will definitely not devolve into large-scale internal conflict, there are some worrying developments. The economy is going down the drain, President Jacob Zuma is appearing more inept by the day and racial tensions continue to run high—more than two decades after the end of Apartheid

We ask for earnest pray for these afore mentioned countries and that peace, honesty, love and self respect may be resumed and established within the African continent. That our Lord Jesus Christ may again be ressurected in the heart and minds of people of all walks of lives within Africa. We pray that Africa would not become easy pickings for the greedy and powerful within this world and that the African race whereever we are found in the world, (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and indeed in Africa itself will unite with integrity, love and a determination to overcome our enormous problems.

 

These countries within Africa all had a political election in 2016, We pray this represents a change for the better in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ

  • Benin  Presidential Election
  • Presidential elections were held in Benin  on 6 March 2016, having been delayed by one week due to logistical constraints. Incumbent President Thomas Bon Yayi was at the end of his second presidential term and was constitutionally barred from running for a third. The elections grabbed the interest of many of the country’s top businessmen, resulting in over 30 candidates running for the presidency.   A second round was held on 20 March,  in which businessman Patrice Talon defeated Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou
  • Cape Verde Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Cape Verde on 2 October 2016.   Incumbent President Jorge Carlos Fonseca  of the Movement for Democracy (MpD) was re-elected with 74.08% of the vote.
  • Central African Republic General Elections 2015-16
  • General elections were held in the CAR on 30 December 2015 to elect the President and  National Assembly. As no presidential candidate received more than 50% of the vote, and following the annulling of the results of the National Assembly elections by the Transitional Constitutional Court, a second round of the presidential elections and a re-run of the parliamentary vote took place on 14 February 2016, with run-offs on 31 March 2016.  The elections were delayed several times, the original elections having been scheduled for 18 October before being postponed, whilst the second round of the presidential elections was due to be held on 31 January 2016.  Acting President Catherine Samba-Panza was not allowed to stand as a candidate.   Following the second round of the presidential elections, former Prime Minister Faustin Arcange Touadera of the Union for Central African Renewal was declared the winner with 63% of the vote, defeating independent candidate Anicet Georges Dologuele,  another former Prime Minister.   
  • Chad Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Chad on 10 April 2016. Incumbent President Idriss Deby was re-elected for a fifth term.
  • Comoros Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the Comoros on 21 February 2016, with a second round to be held on 10 April 2016, alongside elections for the Governors of the three islands.  Azali Assoumani of the Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros  was elected President with 41% of the vote. This was a change of leader.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo General Elections
  • General elections were originally scheduled to be held in the DRC on 27 November 2016 to determine a successor to President Joseph Kabila  According to the constitution of the DRC the second and final term of President Kabila was to expire on 20 December.  Many candidates including  Etienne Tshisekedi, Freddy Matunguiu, Monique Mukuna Muiombo and Emmanuel Weyi  had announced their intention to run, but the election was postponed until December 2017 after an agreement signed in December 2016.  Praying for the people’s will and right to decide who rules them to be upheld 
  • Djibouti Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Djibouti on 8 April 2016.  Incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelieh was re-elected for a fourth term, receiving 87% of the vote in the first round
  • Equatorial Guinea Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Equatorial Guinea on 24 April 2016.   In a vote initially scheduled for November but brought forward by seven months, incumbent President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo retained his office with 93.7 percent of the vote.
  • Gabon Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Gabon on 27 August 2016.   Incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba ran for re-election and was challenged by former Minisrter for Foreign Affairs Jean Ping.  On 31 August, the electoral commission proclaimed Bongo’s re-election with a margin of less than two per cent. Protests broke out in the capital  Libreville after the results were announced.
  • Gambia Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the Gambia on 1 December  2016 . In a surprise result, opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated long-term incumbent Yahya Jammeh. … Following the election, 19 opposition prisoners were released, including Ousainou Darboe, the leader of Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP).
  • Ghana General Elections

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Ghana’s former President  John Mahama hands over power to new President Nana Akufo Addo.

  • General elections were held in Ghana on 7 December 2016 to elect a President and Members of Parliament. … Former foreign minister Nana Akuffo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party was elected President on his third attempt, defeating incumbent President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
  • Ivory Coast Parliamentary Elections
  • Voters in Ivory Coast went  to the polls on Sunday in their first parliamentary election since 2000 on 18 December 2016, when former President Laurent Gbagbo came to power with his Ivorian Popular Front (FPI).

    Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara waves to the crowd
    Image captionPresident Ouattara wants to consolidate his position

    It is only a few months since the violence caused by Mr Gbagbo’s refusal to accept that he had lost the presidential elections died down and Alassane Ouattara took office as the new leader.  Mr Ouattara has vowed to unite the country after the latest bloodshed

  • Republic of Congo Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the ROC on 20 March 2016.   It was the first election to be held under the constitution passed by referendum in 2015. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who had exhausted the two-term limit imposed by the previous constitution, was allowed to run again due to the adoption of the new constitution. He won re-election in the first round of voting, receiving 60% of the vote. Prayer for integrity and against changing laws  to suit individual circumstamces.
  • Soa Tome Presidential Elections
  • There were five candidates, including incumbent President Manuel Pinto da Costa, two former prime ministers, Evaristo Carvalho from Independent Democratic Action and Maria das Neves  from the MLSTP/PSD, as well as two independents.  Carvalho stood as the candidate of the ruling ADI, the party of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada. Carvalho was initially declared the winner in the first round with slightly more than 50% of the vote, but Carvalho’s score was subsequently adjusted downward to 49.88%, necessitating a second round against President Pinto da Costa. However, Pinto da Costa refused to participate in the second round, alleging fraud and calling for a boycot meaning Carvalho was elected unopposed.
  • Seychelles Parliamentary Elections
  • Parliamentary elections were held in Seychelles from 8 to 10 September 2016.  Three parties and three independent candidates ran for the 25 directly-elected seats.   The result was a victory for the opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa alliance, which won 19 of the 33 seats.  It was the first time since the 1993 elections that the People’s Party did not win a majority of seats.
  • Somalia Parliamentary Elections
  • The next parliamentary elections in Somalia was scheduled to be held in October and November 2016. The Upper House was to be elected on 10 October, with voting taking place for the Lower House elected between 23 October and 10 November 2016.   They will be the first elections since  1984, and it was originally scheduled that the new Parliament will elect the President on 30 November.  As of 1 December, the presidential election has not taken place, and approximately 89% of parliamentary elections have taken place, due to instability in the region. Prayer for the Lord to intervene and displace those hell bent on distruction and promotion for  those with intelligence and good leadership skills.
  • South Africa Municipal Elections
  • The 2016 South African municipal elections were held on 3 August 2016,  to elect councils for all districts, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the nine provinces.  It was the fifth municipal election held in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994; municipal elections are held every five years. The ruling ANC  was the largest party overall, earning 53.9% of the total vote.   It was followed by the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) with 26.9% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 8.2%. Popular support for the ANC fell to its lowest level since 1994, a shift which was most pronounced in the country’s urban centres.   Despite marginal gains in some areas, the ANC lost control of three metropolitan municipalities – namely Nelson Mandela Bay, City of Twshwane and City of Johannesburg to opposition parties as a result of the election. The DA achieved its best local electoral performance so far, while the EFF, contesting its first local government election, improved on its performance in the 2014 generl elections. The local polls were widely seen a turning point in the political landscape of South Africa, as the dominance of the ANC was greatly diminished while coalition and minority governments became more widespread.
  • Uganda General Elections
  • General elections were held in Uganda on 18 February 2016 to elect the President and Parliament. Polling day was declared a national holiday. Presidential candidates included incumbent Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, Kizza Besigye who had run against Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi Abed Bwanika who has also challenged Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011, former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Venasius Baryamureeba, retired Army General Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi and former presidential advisor Faith Kyalya. Claims of rigging and violence at polling stations were reported and voting was extended in several locations after reports of people not being allowed to cast their votes. According to the Electoral Commission, Museveni was re-elected with 61% of the vote to Besigye’s 35%.   Opposition candidates claimed that the elections were marred by widespread fraud, voting irregularities, the repeated arrest of opposition politicians and a climate of voter intimidation.   The European Union and United States have since criticised the election for lack of transparency and detentions of opposition candidates.  Overseers from the Commonwealth of Nations were critical of the misuse of state powers in favour of the incumbent.
  • Zambia GeneraL Elections
  • Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected, according to official results, which are being challenged by the main opposition party.  The electoral commission said Mr Lungu had secured 50.35% in Thursday’s vote, just over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round under a new electoral system.   His main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, who alleges electoral fraud, won 47.67%

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Prayer Points

January 2017   Prayer points requests

  • Please pray for peace in Africa especially in the Niger and Chad Nigeria, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, South Sudan, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia . May the Lord have mercy on us and grant us peace, wisdom, integrity and unity.
  • Please pray against the devil’s plans for Africa in the form of Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Boko Haram
  • Please pray for all the above new and old governments and presidents as a result of elections in 2016 and Africa as a continent to grow even more democratic, considering the will of the people to the benefit of all. My school motto was NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS – NOT FOR SELF BUT FOR ALL – May the coming generation hold fast to the ideals of democracy and hold their leaders accountable.

 

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