Activist Mohamadi Sinon prosecuted for endangering the lives of others and for acts of defamation (Prosecutor)

The Prosecutor of Faso at the TGI Ouaga 1, Harouna Yoda, announced on Sunday that the activist and civil society leader, Mohamadi Sinon, has been arrested and is being prosecuted "for his recent audios who allege that the National Gendarmerie is not investing "one hundred percent" in the fight against terrorism".

According to the judicial authority, Mr. Sinon is being prosecuted for acts of defamation and endangering the lives of others.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Mogho Naaba Palace Destruction Project: Six Suspects Arrested (Prosecutor)

The Prosecutor of Faso at the TGI of Ouaga 1, Harouna Yoda, announced on Sunday the custody of six suspects, most of them civil society actors.

They are suspected of having broadcast for money, messages calling both to destroy and to oppose the destruction of the Mogho Naaba palace, with the aim of creating clashes with serious consequences.

“On the night of May 2 to 3, 2023, audio messages published on social networks called for a rally to burn down the palace of Mogho Naaba.

I instructed the Criminal Investigations Division (DIC) of the Directorate of Judicial Police of the National Police to open an investigation in tandem with the Central Brigade for the Fight against Cybercrime (BCLCC) to identify the authors, co-authors and accomplices of the said audios.

The message that led to the opening of the investigation was supposed to come from supporters of the Head of State and portrayed the Mogho Naaba as an opponent of the transition.

Two other audio messages, supposed to emanate this time from unconditional defenders of the Mogho Naaba called on the populations to come out massively to valiantly oppose the designs of those who want to attack the palace of the monarch, while announcing the imminence of the 'offensive.

It appears from the first elements of the investigation (which is still in progress), that these different audio messages, contrary to what they may suggest, come from the same source.

Their authors would have been approached for the recording and distribution of these audios, all for remuneration.

Other people approached in this sense had declined the offer and had opened up to our prosecutor's office while explaining the various stages which led, among other things, to the publication of these messages.

The logical consequence of these audios would have been the confrontation between supporters and opponents of the destruction of the Mogho Naaba palace, with heavy consequences; anything that seems to be one of the goals of their authors and sponsors.

The investigations have so far led to the arrest and custody of six (06) people who are mostly actors of civil society organizations.

They are implicated for acts of association of criminals (362-1 and 362-2 of the CP), disclosure of false information (312-13 of law 044-2019 modifying the penal code), incitement to an armed crowd or unarmed (315-4 and 315-8 of the penal code) and other offenses that the investigation may reveal.

This is the place to note that the people already arrested and kept in custody as well as those who could be in the coming days are in no way prosecuted for their opinions.

They are arrested because consistent evidence leads us to believe that they have committed serious acts that violate criminal law.

This is ample justification for these people, like hundreds of others across the country, to be arrested for the purposes of the investigation, in accordance with the law.

My prosecutor's office will continue to play its part whenever the actions of people, be they organizers or leaders of civil society organizations, are a threat to peace and national cohesion.

In the same vein, I would like to inform you that Mr. SINON Mohamadi, who had recently been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence and fine, was arrested and is being prosecuted for his recent audios that allege that the National Gendarmerie is not investing "one hundred percent" in the fight against terrorism. He is being prosecuted for acts of defamation and endangering the lives of others.

Every citizen is expected to make virtuous use of this marvelous tool that is the digital universe. If it were to be otherwise, my public prosecutor's office will work within the framework of its attributions and skills, so that there is an effective criminal response so as to lead to proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ouagadougou: Our Lady of the Annunciation School Complex celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Our Lady of the Annunciation School Complex in Cissin closed the activities marking the celebration of its 25th anniversary with a thanksgiving mass on Saturday May 20, 2023 in Ouagadougou.

1998 to 2023, it has been 25 years since the Notre Dame de l'Annonciation de Cissin school complex was created. It was with an opening mass on October 29, 2022 that the celebration of the silver jubilee began.

On May 20, 2023, a thanksgiving mass, marking the end of activities, took place on the premises of the establishment.

Students, staff, former students and parents of students came to attend this mass.

The theme of the jubilee is: "On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Notre Dame de l'Annonciation school complex in Cissin, all in solidarity, let us celebrate the benefits of God through this educational work and engage in innovative actions advocating the excellence".

This celebration, according to the celebrant priest, moreover, chaplain of the high schools and colleges of Ouagadougou, Innocent Kobindé, was an opportunity for the founding nuns to enumerate the benefits of God, to magnify him for all thanksgiving and also to perform an act of gratitude.

“But the complex, like all the other establishments, faces the challenges of school delinquency, incivility and the resignation of parents of students,” underlined the priest in his homely.

And the General Manager of the complex, Justine Somé to invite all the actors of the establishment to commit together to promote excellence, through renewed actions.

Noted that this establishment in Ouagadougou was created by the congregation of the Sisters of the Annunciation of Bobo-Dioulasso.

It currently has around 1,025 pupils and is made up of a kindergarten, a primary and a post-primary (the 1st cycle ).

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The Group of Accredited Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions expresses wishes for peace in Burkina Faso

The Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Burkina Faso, on Friday evening in Ouagadougou, expressed wishes for peace, prosperity and well-being to the people of Burkina Faso.

"The celebration of Africa Day offers us the opportunity to send to the High Authorities and to the Government of Burkina Faso our most sincere wishes for a Happy Africa Day, and we also express our wishes for peace, prosperity and well-being for the brotherly people of Burkina Faso”, declared on Friday May 19, 2023 in the evening the Dean of the Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Burkina Faso Youssef Slaoui.

Mr. Slaoui, also Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Burkina Faso, spoke at the premises of his Embassy in Ouagadougou, on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day by the Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited in Burkina Faso.

This celebration coincides this year with the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the African Union (AU) under the theme “Accelerating the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAf)”.

For Mr. Slaoui, “it is urgent to strengthen inter-African and international cooperation in the areas of peace, security and the fight against terrorism by supporting development efforts where the need is felt”.

He said that "the various member countries of the African Group have expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso and demonstrated their support to meet the challenges, by supporting the efforts underway during this period of Transition".

The Group, through the voice of its Dean Youssef Slaoui, also expressed its "renewed gratitude" to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Olivia Rouamba and to the Minister Delegate in charge of Regional Cooperation Karamoko Jean Marie Traoré, "for the warm hospitality and the diligent collaboration". of which they are the object and for "the quality of the diplomatic relations" that Burkina Faso maintains with their respective countries.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Youssef Slaoui reaffirmed “the Group's readiness to work for the advent of a prosperous, peaceful and reconciled Burkina”.

“The African Group would like to express its wishes for success in the implementation of your various development and cooperation programs on the African and international levels to achieve the objectives set by the Government so that the country experiences the growth necessary for its development. , for a better development of the people of Burkina Faso,” wished Mr. Slaoui to those in charge of Burkina Faso diplomacy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabè Abroad Olivia Rouamba expressed her "deep gratitude to the African countries and to all the partners who have always shown solidarity and compassion towards Burkina Faso which is going through difficult times in its history.

She hailed “the African group which has always shown solidarity with the Burkinabè Nation”. On this commemorative day of Africa, Burkina Faso through the voice of the head of its diplomacy reaffirmed its “commitment to real and genuine African integration”.

Anything that, in the opinion of Olivia Rouamba, is "essential to the construction of an Africa of peace, security and sustainable development for all its citizens".

“The government reiterates its attachment to the pan-Africanist ideal and to the ideals of peace, solidarity, cooperation and development advocated by the AU. He will spare no effort to contribute to the construction of a united and prosperous Africa,” Minister Rouamba concluded.

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was created on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia by the founding fathers of Africa. It was transformed in 2002 into the African Union (AU) and the AfCFTA was launched in 2019.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The annual week of Turkish gastronomy celebrated in Ouagadougou

The annual week of Turkish gastronomy was celebrated this Friday evening in Ouagadougou, during a Diner-Buffet offered by the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye Mrs. Nilgun Erdem Ari, at the Residence of Türkiye.

" Our gastronomy represents our culture and our identity. Each plate not only includes nutritional values, but also transmits the history, values, faith and experiences of its region”, affirmed Friday evening in Ouagadougou, the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye Mrs. Nilgün Erdem Ari during aa Diner-Buffet.

Ms. Nilgün Erdem Ari was speaking on Friday, May 19, 2023 in the evening during a Diner-Buffet at the Residence of Türkiye in Ouagadougou, on the occasion of the annual week of Turkish gastronomy which is celebrated in Türkiye and in the world.

She clarified that Turkish cuisine is “a long journey and a treasure that goes back centuries in many different regions, which consists of Seljuk and Imperial Ottoman culinary traditions”.

“Turkish cuisine has a liberal character that extends from the countryside to the palate. It is enriched by new experiences through the centuries without losing its original creativity and its multicultural character,” she continued.

The Diner-Buffet was organized under the aegis of Mrs. Emine Erdogan, First Lady of the Republic of Türkiye.

It took place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabe Abroad Olivia Rouamba, several Burkinabè personalities and several diplomats accredited in Burkina Faso.

The theme of the annual Turkish Gastronomy Week is “Sustainable Turkish Gastronomy: Zero Waste, Traditional, Healthy”.

“We are proud that our cuisine creates a delicate balance between body, soul and life. The main philosophy of our gastronomy is to make our life healthy,” said the Ambassador.

This is why, according to her, Turkish chefs used to respect this balance to which is added, she continued, "the traditional zero waste aspect of their thousand-year-old gastronomy, all ingredients are meticulously valued and included in the culinary ecosystem.

Mrs. Nilgün Erdem Ari recalled that “in 2017, under the auspices of the Turkish First Lady, Emine Erdogan, Türkiye launched the Zero Waste Project to highlight the importance of waste disposal in the fight against the climate crisis. ".

“The UN Secretary General hailed the leadership of the Turkish government and First Lady Emine Erdogan in the fight against global waste,” she said.

The Ambassador also informed that "last December, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution on the "zero waste" initiative presented by Türkiye, declaring March 30 as the International "Zero Waste" Day. waste " ".

“It is expected that the promotion of zero waste initiatives through this international day will contribute to advancing all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” she stressed.

There are huge taste similarities between Turkish cuisine and Burkinabe cuisine

Based on her own experience in Burkina Faso for two years, Mrs. Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye Nilgün Erdem Ari felt that "there are enormous similarities in taste between Turkish cuisine and Burkinabe cuisine".

“All the ingredients for this evening's dishes were purchased from local markets in Ouagadougou. We didn't bring anything from Türkiye. These dishes were made with the help of my Burkinabè assistants,” she informed.

In his opinion, "today's event is also proof that there is a vast potential for cooperation also in the field of gastronomy" between Burkina Faso and the Republic of Türkiye.

“If there is a Burkinabe friend among you who would like to open a real Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, I'm sure he can make huge profits. I assure you that I will be the first frequent customer of this restaurant,” she encouraged.

The CEO of Ipro Business Mohamed Dabo, who spent 10 years in Türkiye for his studies, says he has eaten several types of Turkish food and recognizes similarities with Burkinabè food. He welcomed this activity which, according to him, can contribute to strengthening the ties between the two countries.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina Faso hopes AfCFTA will make Africa a global power: minister

On the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day by the Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Burkina Faso, Foreign Minister Olivia Rouamba said Friday evening in Ouagadougou, that Burkina Faso harbors the hope that the AfCFTA will make Africa a world power.

"Burkina Faso nurtures the hope that the ZLECAf will make Africa a world power as declined by the 2063 agenda", declared on Friday May 19, 2023 in the evening, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabè Abroad Olivia Rouamba.

Ms. Rouamba was speaking at the premises of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Ouagadougou on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day by the Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Burkina Faso.

This celebration coincides this year with the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the African Union (AU) under the theme “Accelerating the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAf)”.

For Minister Rouamba, the choice of theme is relevant because through the ZLECAf, the African Union offers the opportunity to “create a vast common market for all of Africa by removing tariff and non-tariff barriers”.

"We have no choice but to give ourselves the means to achieve this because the ZLECAf is 1.3 billion consumers with a combined gross domestic product of around 2,500 billion dollars", he said. she asserted.

She indicated that "Burkina Faso, for its part, is continuing the process of operationalizing the ZLECAf through the adoption of a national strategy, the adoption and internalization of the texts relating thereto and its participation in the various meetings". .

However, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the many achievements made by Africa and of which we are proud, should not make the continent hide the obstacles to its emergence.

Ms. Olivia Rouamba lamented that 60 years after the creation of the AU, Africa is still undermined by "internal divisions, interference, difficulties in managing the various crises, insufficient financial resources, multidimensional crises and the lack of solidarity”.

"We must commit ourselves and work to take our destiny into our own hands, taking into account the deep aspirations of the African populations and of its youth in particular, who are increasingly showing their thirst for an independent and sovereign Africa", he said. she recommended.

In the opinion of the head of Burkinabe diplomacy, “the spirit of solidarity and unity must always guide our actions and our decisions. The Africa we want depends on each and all of us as much as we are”.

Minister Olivia Rouamba stressed "that the crises we are experiencing are not insurmountable if we bring endogenous and concerted solutions to them".

She therefore invited Africans to "look in the same direction for the benefit of our dear continent which is full of all the assets to rise well and shine more".

On behalf of the Group of Heads of African Diplomatic and Consular Missions accredited to Burkina Faso, the Dean and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Youssef Slaoui, declared that "every year Africa Day is an opportunity for the Group to organize an occasional cultural and gastronomic reception for more interaction and cohesion”.

This in order to pay "homage to the precursors of Pan-Africanism and to the founding fathers" who signed the founding Charter of the OAU, which has become the African Union.

Youssef Slaoui maintained that “Africa Day is an annual celebration of Africa's achievements and potential and a moment of reflection on the future of our Continent, its place on the international chessboard”.

"In this regard, we remain confident that the Chairmanship-in-Office held by the Union of the Comoros will continue to work for an integrated, prosperous Africa, and representing a dynamic force on the world stage," he said.

He noted that "many gains have been made on the path to unity, economic and social progress as well as a firm commitment to inter-African cooperation in solidarity".

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Burkina Faso also took the opportunity to "formulate the wish that all adaptation and resilience capacities be mobilized so that together we can better face the obstacles facing our Continent. faces ".

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was created on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia by the founding fathers of Africa. It was transformed in 2002 into the African Union (AU) and the AfCFTA was launched in 2019.

Source: Burkina Information Agency