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Tanzania police makes arrests over missing president rumour

But Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa rejected those reports saying “Tanzanians should be at peace. Your president is around, healthy, working hard. To spread rumours that he is sick is just an outcome of hate.” – – The prime minister added that the president has been busy at work indoors reviewing files. “I have decided to say this to give hope to Tanzanians that our president is around,” he said. “If he were sick, would I talk to him on the phone? He sent his greetings to you.” Tanzania’s ambassador in Namibia, Modestus…

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Ugandan politician Bobi Wine arrested for protesting

– – Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested in the capital, Kampala. The former presidential candidate was leading a team of MPs from his party, the National Unity Platform, in a protest on Monday. Bobi Wine and his fellow politicians were protesting the arrests and disappearances of their supporters in the lead up to, during, and after the January presidential election. Local media reported that security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd that was marching with the politicians. Uganda’s leading TV…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Man killed after police shot into student protesters

– – One man has been killed during a protest by students at the University of Witwatersrand on Wednesday. South African police had fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the protesters who are demanding changes to registration and financial aid policies. The man killed wasn’t a student, according to officials. The man was caught in the crossfire right after being treated by at the My Clinic health facility. Tebogo Sedibe, a doctor at the My Clinic health facility in Braamfontein recalled how he tried to save the 35-year-old…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe: 3 female political activists arrested for insulting police

– – Police in Zimbabwe have arrested three female opposition activists. Police said the trio was arrested on Monday after holding a demonstration outside a government building in the capital, Harare. They are also accused of using abusive and obscene language against police officers. In a statement, the Zimbabwean police confirmed the arrest of Joanna Mamombe [MP], Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri in Harare after a flash demonstration outside the New Government Complex. “The trio who were in a Toyota Fortuner without number plates followed a police vehicle with officers who…

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Tunisia: Over 600 people arrested as protesters clash with police

– – Police in Tunisia have arrested more than 600 people as violent protesters returned to the streets for the fourth consecutive night. On Monday, thousands of the protesters gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. The police fired tear gas and water cannon to quell the violent protests. Outside Tunis, clashes were also reported on Monday in the cities of Kasserine, Gafsa, Sousse and Monastir. The protesters are peeved over worsening economic conditions with a third of its young people being unemployed. – – The latest…

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Ugandan police chief says journalists are beaten for their own safety

– – Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, has said that beating up journalists in the line of their duties is for their own safety. Ochola has been under pressure to apologize for the violence meted out to journalists by security forces. Several journalists have suffered abuses and violence ahead of this month’s general elections in Uganda. The International Press Institute (IPI) in November last year, called on Uganda to investigate police attacks on reporters. The New York based rights group Human Rights Watch also warned that the…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Two police officers sacked for killing demonstrators

– – Two police officers in Zambia have been dismissed for killing some demonstrators. They have been sacked on the orders of Zambian President Edgar Lungu following investigations into the deaths of two opposition demonstrators last week in Lusaka. The protesters were killed when riot police broke up a rally outside the police headquarters where the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was being probed. Hichilema told journalists that he was called in to answer questions about a property purchase he made 20 years ago. In a statement the Zambian presidency said President Lungu who…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana bans opposition protests amid post-election agitations

– – Ghana’s police service has announced that it has secured a court order banning opposition supporters from protesting amid post-election agitations. Opposition supporters have been demonstrating on the streets alleging of electoral fraud over the December 7 presidential and parliamentary election results. The electoral commission declared the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo as winner of the presidential election. But the result was rejected by the opposition leader and former president, John Mahama. His party is also challenging some parliamentary election results with declared parliamentary results resulting in a hung parliament…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Police clash with opposition MPs amid post-election protest

– – Minority MPs in Ghana’s parliament are livid after clashing with police during a protest march to the Electoral Commission on Tuesday. The minority MPs were marching to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC) to challenge the results of the Presidential elections declared in favour of the incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo. They were also demanding a recollection of some of the parliamentary results declared for the candidates of the ruling NPP. But they were blocked by armed police who have mounted barricades to stop them from entering the premises of…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Police clash with opposition supporters challenging election results

– – Supporters of the opposition party, NDC in Ghana have clashed with the police as they continue their protests against the conduct of the December 7 elections. They have been staging nationwide protests, challenging the declaration of the incumbent Nana Akufo Addo as President-elect. The largest opposition party has also accused the Electoral Commission of vote padding and rigging to keep the governing party in power. Hundreds of NDC supporters on Thursday morning marched to the EC headquarters, in the capital, Accra chanting slogans such as “No Mahama No…

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