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Uganda: Aura lawmaker faces treason charges after swearing in.

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Parliament of Uganda has sworn in the legislator for Arua Municipality, Kassiano Wadri, whose campaigns sparked off violent confrontations between opposition supporters and the president’s security officers two weeks ago.

Wadri, who was subsequently charged with treason, along with several other legislators and political activists, took oath before the deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.



Meanwhile, local media in Uganda are reporting that president Kaguta Museveni told legislators from the ruling party that their colleagues Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a. Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake were beaten by the Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers because they resisted arrest.

Several human rights groups and Museveni’s allies including the United States and the European Union have condemned the torture and physical mistreatment of the legislators and opposition supporters who were detained in the subsequent crackdown.

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On Tuesday, the army said that they have arrested soldiers involved in the beating of legislators and civilians over their alleged rôle in stoning the president’s convoy.

Wadri, who was granted bail on Monday, has however been barred from visiting his constituency in the West Nile region for three months as investigations continue.

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Ethiopia : 36 spy officers enter detention over corruption, rights abuses.

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After five months of investigations, Ethiopian authorities have arrested over thirty officials of the intelligence services, the attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye told reports on Monday.

According to him, the 36 officials currently being held have questions to answer over human rights abuses and alleged corruption. The officials were detained over the weekend, he added.



Local media portals quotes him as revealing grim details of rights violations on especially Ethiopians suspected and detained in connection with terrorism.

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He said investigators have uncovered 7 illegal dungeons in Addis Ababa, used purposefully to torture victims. Some of the actions of the detained officials led to death, rape and castration in some cases.

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He also gave details with regards to the case of a bombing at a pro-Abiy rally in Addis Ababa.

The third detailed corruption within the business wing of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces’ commercial wing.

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Uganda: Raging fire kills nine students in boarding School.

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Nine students died after fire engulfed a dormitory at a secondary school in southern Uganda early Monday, police said, one of the deadliest in a string of conflagrations at schools across the country in recent years.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said, the nine male students died when the blaze erupted at a dormitory that housed about 130 students at St. Bernard Maya secondary school in a district near the border with Tanzania.



Security personnel, Onyango said, suspect the fire was started deliberately by a group of students who had been expelled days earlier from the same school over indiscipline.

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It is suspected that they could be the ones that set the school on fire because of anger. They came back between midnight and 1 a.m. (local time Monday) and set the school ablaze,” he said.

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Our investigation is along that line because that is what we suspect happened.”

Other students were injured in the fire and had been rushed to nearby health facilities but Onyango said he was yet to establish their number.

Fire outbreaks at schools, mostly in dormitories, have become more frequent, often leaving buildings and students’ personal effects reduced to ashes.

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