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Uganda: police blame protesters for shooting in self defense

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One person has died after being shot by a policeman during a protest over the ongoing detention of pop star-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi, a police official said Friday.

Regional police chief Francis Chemusto said officers were responding on Thursday night to a protest in the home town of the MP, who is better known as Bobi Wine, in Bukalamuli, some 120km (74 miles) west of Kampala.

“Protesters were burning tyres in the middle of the road. When our officers reached the scene they ordered the protesters to stop but one man rushed into his house and picked up an axe and a panga (machete) and charged towards our officer, who shot in self-defense and injured him,” Chemusto said.

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“The man was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds but has unfortunately died,” Chemusto said, adding the officer involved had been arrested.

Kyagulanyi moved from Bukalamuli to a poor neighborhood of the capital where he began a music career, becoming known as the Ghetto President, and became Kyadondo East MP in a by-election last year.

For many, he embodies the struggles, frustrations and hopes of the young, poor and marginalized in a youthful nation whose often elderly rulers can seem dismissive of their plight.

The protester is the third person to be killed since August 14, when a rowdy crowd allegedly led by Kyagulanyi smashed the windscreen of President Yoweri Museveni’s car during campaigning for a hard-fought by-election in the town of Arua.

In the ensuing chaos, police fired live rounds to disperse the crowd.

Kyagulanyi’s driver was shot dead during the events, but police say they have yet to establish who killed him.

The 36-year-old pop star was arrested alongside four other MPs, including opposition lawmaker Francis Zaake.

Police opened fire on a protest by Zaake’s supporters on Sunday, killing a man travelling in a bus carrying football fans who were not involved in the demonstration.

Kyagulanyi detention has sparked protests in Kampala, and outside the capital, with small demonstrations also taking place in Nairobi, London, Washington and Tokyo.

The singer was on Thursday charged with treason.

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Expect sack over N30,000 minimum wage -Governors warns

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Nigerian governors have rejected the proposed increase of N30,000 minimum wage,  unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.



Adding that, the 36 States rejected it because they will run bankrupt if they accept to pay the workers that amount. 

On Wednesday, The chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ summon its members on emergency meeting in Abuja calling on the Federal Government to agree to their demand by reviewing the national revenue allocation formula.

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The chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, told the newsmen that a new committee would be raised to meet with President over this issue.

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The committee members who are nominated to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari includes governor of Enugu,Bauchi,Akwa Ibom,Plateau,Kebbi,Lagos and Kaduna.

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Yari said, he hopes the committees engagement with  President will make everybody happy if an agreement is reached.

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Social media in frenzy over high school student’s height.

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Ghanaians have severally reacted to a photo showing an extraordinarily tall high school student. Name unknown, the teen is already been touted as a potential basketball player because of his height.



The state-owned Daily Graphic was among the first portals to share his photo sandwiched between his headmaster and a teacher. The photo attracted lots of comments and shares especially on Facebook.

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He is a first-year student at the Swedru Secondary Business School, SWESBUS, a school located in the country’s Central Region.

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Already, a sports journalist is on record to have said a Serbian varsity had contacted him on the possibility of getting the boy to be trained as a professional basketball player.

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