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Three soldiers lynched in DR Congo border

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Police in Uganda on Sunday said three soldiers were lynched by an angry mob near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo after being accused of being criminals by locals.

Local official, Peter Debele told AFP that ‘‘investigations are underway to establish the circumstances under which they were killed”.



He added that “three firearms were recovered at the scene of the attack and eight people were arrested in connection with the killing of the soldiers”.

According to him, the soldiers were arrested about 8 km from their posts by residents for “interrogation. He said they handed over the firearms, but the crowd lynched them claiming they had come to steal from them.

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Debele also said, the soldiers were attached to an army unit guarding the Ugandan border post at Vurra.

Ugandan police spokeswoman for the region, Josephine Angucia, said that among the dead soldiers was a unit commander attached to the border post, Corporal Julius Kobum.

“We urge the people not to do themselves justice every time they face a problem, it should have reported the incident to the police,” she added.

The region between Uganda and DR Congo is experiencing high levels of crime due to the porosity of the border, crossed by armed groups to steal and attack locals.

Earlier this year, the government banned civilians from wearing camouflage uniforms because of the number of criminals putting on military uniforms.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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