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Tanzania President Magufuli Warns Opposition to avoid Jail

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President John Magufuli yesterday warned leaders of opposition parties to mend their ways if they are to avoid going to jail.



Already, a number of opposition politicians have appeared in court over the last few years charged with, among other offences, sedition, unlawful assembly and incitement.

Speaking at the ceremony to inaugurate the $41 million (Sh90 billion) state-of-the-art library at the University of Dar es Salaam, President Magufuli urged opposition leaders to emulate Mr Edward Lowassa, a former prime minister and 2015 presidential candidate on the Chadema ticket, for maintaining a composed disposition despite losing to him (Mr Magufuli) in the last general election.

Mr Lowassa had defected from the ruling CCM to the opposition and ran for presidency against his old party.

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“I commend you (Lowassa). This is the kind of Tanzania we want to build. Political parties should not be vehicles for dividing us but rather catalysts for development.

“I’m saying this with all due respect so that you (Lowassa) can go and counsel those who are under you or else they are going to end up in prison,” Dr Magufuli warned.

He also said that the government would continue to seek support from the Chinese government in financing development projects, arguing that the Asian economic powerhouse had friendly terms in loans and grants compared to other development partners.

President Magufuli said the financial support that China has been extending to Tanzania over the years has boosted socioeconomic transformation.

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He said that for a long time China had been providing loans and grants on terms that were favourable to Tanzania, and described the support as proof of true partnership between the two countries.

 “I would like to thank the government of China for extending to us a grant of over Sh90 billion for the construction of the library that we are inaugurating today,” he said.

Speaking earlier, UDSM vice chancellor William Anangisye said the construction of the library, which covers a total of 20,000 square metres, started in December 2015.

The facility can accommodate 2,100 students at a go, with other services including a conference room capable of accommodating 600 people and 160 internet-connected computers.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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