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It has come to our notice that regime operatives are going around villages throwing printed and hand-written notices of this nature, threatening to cause harm to people in our name. These are usual NRA bush-war tactics which our people should ignore and treat with contempt. #bobiwine

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While #dictatormuseveni & his drunk son go about calling Ugandans pigs & imbeciles, they arrest, torture or kill those who answer them back in the same tone. They couldn't stand criticism on Facebook, they banned it. Must be thinking of banning twitter too. Cowards!
#freekakwenza

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) is on high alert in Gqeberha after a confrontation between a taxi driver and Somalian businessman ended in shops, taxis and cars being set alight.

According to police spokesperson colonel Priscilla Naidu, a taxi and an Audi were involved in an accident in Durban Road in Korsten on Wednesday afternoon and a confrontation ensued.

“It is alleged that at about 140 this afternoon, 13/10, a collision between the abovementioned vehicles took place. It is further alleged that the driver of the taxi alighted and started to assault the driver of the Audi,” said Naidu.

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Hakainde Hichilema (born 4 June 1962) is a Zambian businessman and politician who is the president-elect of Zambia.[1] After having contested five previous elections in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016, he won the 2021 presidential election with over 59% of the vote.[2] He has led the United Party for National Development since 2006.



Early life and career
Hichilema was born in a village in Monze District in present-day Zambia. He received a scholarship to study at the University of Zambia and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration. He thereafter pursued an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.[3]

He served as the chief executive officer of both Coopers and Lybrand Zambia (1994–1998) and Grant Thornton Zambia (1998–2006).[4]

Political career
Hichilema is a member of the opposition United Party for National Development, a liberal political party. Following the death of Anderson Mazoka in 2006, he was elected as the party's new President. He also served as the leader of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), an alliance of three opposition political parties.


Condemnation of arrest
Hichilema's arrest was widely condemned. The United States,[25] the European Union[26] and the European Parliament[27] denounced the arrest. The Africa Liberal Network condemned the arrest as an attempt by President Lungu to silence dissent and opposition.[28] The Catholic bishops strongly condemned the arrest and said Zambia had become a dictatorship under President Edgar Lungu.[29] Julius Malema, the leader of South Africa's EFF party, accused Zambia's president Edgar Lungu of apartheid style repression for detaining Hichilema on treason charges[14] and called president Lungu a “coward”.[30] Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's DA party, who was denied entry into Zambia to visit Hichilema in Jail[31] (stopped from exiting the plane at Lusaka's Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) strongly denounced the trumped up charges against Hichilema.[32]

Time in jail
Hichilema said in an interview on HARDtalk that during his time in prison he was held in solitary confinement for eight days without food, water, light or visitation, was tortured by having his private parts pepper sprayed, and accused president Lungu of having tried to kill him.[33]

His wife, Mutinta, was turned away by prison officials when she took food for him.

Hichilema's arrest was the subject of the episode of Al Jazeera's The Stream TV program titled Is Zambia's Democracy in Danger[34] which aired on 30 May 2017.

High-profile jail visitations
Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda was turned away by prison officials when he visited Hichilema in Prison.[35]

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance (South Africa) was also turned away by Zambia Police when he came to Zambia to attend Hichilema's court appearance, he was not allowed to disembark from the plane, had his phone confiscated and was roughed up.[31] This prompted South Africa's Foreign Ministry to summon Zambia's Ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba to explain the actions of the Zambian regime.


Personal life
Hichilema is married to Mutinta and has three children.[4] He is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[57] Hichilema is a millionaire and the second-largest cattle rancher in Zambia.[58]

In December 2014, he denied being a Freemason and labelled people accusing him as malicious.[59] He also sued Bishop Edward Chomba of the Orthodox Church for defamation after the former called him a Satanist and a Freemason.

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Rwanda, Mozambique forces recapture port city from rebels
Mocimboa da Praia, home to one of Africa’s biggest natural gas projects, retaken from rebels, the Rwandan army says



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Rwanda, Mozambique forces recapture port city from rebels
Mocimboa da Praia, home to one of Africa’s biggest natural gas projects, retaken from rebels, the Rwandan army says.

Rwanda sent in 1,000 soldiers last month to shore up Mozambican military forces who have been struggling to regain control over the northern Cabo Delgado province [Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP]
Rwanda sent in 1,000 soldiers last month to shore up Mozambican military forces who have been struggling to regain control over the northern Cabo Delgado province [Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP]
8 Aug 2021
Rwandan forces deployed last month to help Mozambique’s army battle rebels said on Sunday they have recaptured control of the key northern port of Mocimboa da Praia from the armed group.

“The port city of Mocimboa da Praia, a major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces,” the Rwanda Defence Forces said in a tweet.

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Forces’ spokesman Colonel Ronald Rwivanga confirmed this to the AFP news agency, saying “yes [Mocimboa da Praia] has fallen”.

The port town, from where the first rebel attacks were staged in October 2017, has since last year become the de facto headquarters of a rebel armed group, locally referred to as al-Shabab.

Mocimboa da Praia “was the last stronghold of the insurgents, marking the end of the first phase of counter-insurgency operations which is dislodging insurgents from the stronghold”, Rwivanga said in a text message.

Rwanda sent in 1,000 soldiers last month to shore up Mozambican military forces that have been struggling to regain control over the northern Cabo Delgado province, which is home to one of Africa’s biggest liquefied natural gas projects.


The forces last week claimed their first success since deploying, saying they had helped the Mozambique army regain control of Awasse – a small but also strategic settlement near Mocimboa da Praia.


23 Jun 2021
Rwanda said forces would have deployed in full by Saturday [File: Lionel Healing/AFP]
Rwanda deploys 1,000 soldiers to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado
Gov’t says deployment at request of Mozambican authorities aimed at restoring state control in conflict-hit province.

10 Jul 2021
The conflict has displaced some 700,000 people, half of whom are children [File: Rui Mutemba/Save the Children/Handout via Reuters]
Dozens of children, mostly girls, abducted by Mozambique fighters
Save the Children says 51 minors taken by armed groups in Cabo Delgado in 2020, a figure likely an underestimate.

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