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Lake Victoria: Kenya-Uganda settle for commission.



Kenya and Uganda have finally opted for the creation of a joint commission that will determine ownership of the disputed Lake Victoria island.

For more than a decade, the two East African nations have been arguing over its ownership.  The stalemate has been a source of worry for fishermen here.

“The reason I came here a long time ago, in 2006, is because there were a lot of fishes here. I always came home with lots of presents, that’s when I decided to work here, “ said Ugandan fisherman, Isaac Buhinza.

Nabisawa Fatuma is a Ugandan resident on the island and says the tension is needless.

“They [Kenyans] love to say that here is Kenya but we do not know who owns this island, we came here to make money, that’s why we left our house. If someone has enough, you have to leave the island and someone else will come to earn money here, but some Kenyan brothers and sisters want to incite violence on the island, “ Fatuma said.


Kenyan fishermen and local politicians are calling on the government to ask the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute.

Kenyan fishermen have denounce strong controls by Ugandan police, sometimes into Kenyan waters, claiming that they seize fish and equipment.


A Uganda policeman who requested anonymity rejected these accusations, saying the issues is ‘complex’.

He said ‘ the deep waters where we fish are more on the Ugandan side, the waters where the fish breed are more on the Kenyan side’.

Meanwhile, the two countries have signed an agreement to co-manage the island.


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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish



Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON



Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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