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Herdsmen kill 20 in Kaduna

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Herdsmen, between Saturday and yesterday, allegedly killed no fewer than 20 persons after laying siege to Godogodo, a semi-urban settlement in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Policemen and those who managed to escape the onslaught, said Godogodo was razed, with the casualty figure put at 20, aside from those injured. The incident was said to have heightened tension between the majority Christian population of Kafanchan, about 12 kilometres north of Godogodo, and its minority settler population of Hausa/Fulani Muslims.

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Following the incident, the Interim Management Committee, IMC, Chairman of Jema’a LGA, Dr. Humble, yesterday, slammed a 24-hour curfew on the council. Kafanchan is the headquarters of Jema’a LGA, about 250 kilometres South of Kaduna metropolis and also the commercial and socio-political hub of Southern Kaduna.

Local community leaders told Vanguard yesterday that Godogodo had been under invasion by the armed men for two days, with a substantial part of the town razed, while women and children were killed in the inferno. Eyewitness accounts said some persons, who tried to escape, where shot or cut down with machetes.

Kaduna State Police spokesman, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the violence, saying that no fewer than two policemen were killed in an earlier raid near Gogogodo last Friday. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association, Kaduna State chapter, Dr. Haruna Usman, in response to Vanguard’s inquiry on the alleged role of his members in the said violence, brusquely replied via a text message, “I don’t know anything about that yet.”

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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