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Army Commander orders arrest of Sololdiers who attacks journalists in Uganda

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Gen David Muhoozi, the Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has ordered the arrest and punishment of soldiers who brutalised and harassed journalists who were covering a joint security operation against protestors who were on Monday demanding the release of jailed politicians including Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.



The order comes after widespread local and global condemnation of UPDF soldiers’ brutality and harassment of journalists who were covering the recent political campaigns in Arua Municipality which led to the arrest of politicians and riots in several parts of Kampala city on Monday.

A statement issued Tuesday by the Defence and Army Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire said the leadership of the army condemned the soldiers’ brutality.

“Attention has been brought to the leadership of the UPDF about the unprofessional conduct of the soldiers who molested some journalists while deployed on a joint operation in the capital city on Monday 20th August 2018.

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“UPDF wishes to express its displeasure over such behaviour by those individuals, and as a result, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) has ordered their arrest and punishment,” the spokesman said.

The journalists who faced the wrath of the soldiers are Juma Kiirya, Herbert Zziwa, Ronald Muwanga, Ronald Galiwango (all from NTV), Julius Bakabaage (NBS), James Akena (Reuters), Samuel Kyambadde (Metro FM) and another one identified as Richard from Ghetto TV.

“While expressing apologies and sympathies to the individuals on whom pain was inflicted, we wish to reiterate our strong commitment to maintain a strong partnership with the media fraternity in the course of executing all our core functions as laid out in the Constitution,” Brig Karemire said.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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