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Tanzanian President Meets With Chinese FM On Bilateral Ties

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Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, continued his five-nation African tour as he visited Tanzania where he met with president John Magufuli on Friday.  During a meeting in Chato, Wang and Magufuli discussed bilateral cooperation.

The Tanzanian president said the Chinese people have always been good friends and brothers of the Tanzanian people, and that Tanzania is deeply grateful for the help provided by the Chinese people in its struggle for national liberation and development.

He expressed Tanzania’s willingness to continue to stand firmly with china on all issues involving its core interests and major concerns.  Magufuli said Tanzania is ready to become the gateway for Chinese enterprises, to explore the eastern and southern African markets, and join hands with China to usher in a new era of common development between the two countries.

For his part, Wang Yi said China and Tanzania have profound and long-standing traditional friendship, which is the precious treasure of both countries and should be cherished, carried forward and continuously injected with new connotation of the era.

Wang said Tanzania was the first African country that president Xi Jinping visited after he took office as the Chinese president in 2013.  During that visit, Xi proposed the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith for china to deal with its relations with Africa.

Wang said China was once a comrade in arms in Tanzania’s struggle for national independence and is now a partner in Tanzania’s development and revitalization.

Later on Friday, Wang also held talks with his Tanzanan counterpart, Palamagamba Kabudi

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Rwanda’s Capital On Second Day Lockdown

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The Rwandan Capital-Kigali was plunged into a fresh fifteen days lockdown on Tuesday to curb the coronavirus spread. While the city of Kigali and other regions are in the process of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents are urging their colleagues to fear the pandemic, and implement the existing regulations.

This comes as some continue to make unnecessary movements contrary to the existing regulations.

Across the neighborhoods, in the small and big streets, there is still the flow of people. There are those heading to the markets, hospitals, and others sitting or walking around. Those who witness this kind of behavior are criticizing it.

A sector administration in Nyarugenge district said, local authorities have a responsibility to sensitize the public to comply with the directives issued by national authorities.

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EU Demands Probe Of Bobi Wine’s Alleged Abuses

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The European Union (EU) says it is concerned about the continued harassment of politicians and civil society activists in Uganda after last week’s general election. Opposition presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, a pop star-turned-politician known as Bobi wine, has alleged being under house arrest in the capital, Kampala, since Friday, with soldiers laying siege on his home after he began disputing the results of the presidential election.

Incumbent, 76-year-old president Yoweri Museveni, was declared winner of the election. He has been in power since 1986, and the poll was his sixth elective term. Media report, the vote was marred by harassment of opposition candidates, suppression of media and a nationwide internet shutdown.

In a statement, the EU council of ministers called on the Kampala government to restrain its security agencies, investigate allegations of abuses and bring to account all those responsible for violations.

EU ministers have said the internet shutdown disrupted the work of journalists, observers and polling agents expected to monitor the election.

On Wednesday, human rights organizations in Kenya asked international and regional bodies, to set up a mediation team, to address alleged election malpractices in neighbouring Uganda. The activists, under the banner of Africa Elections Watch, say unresolved injustices during and after elections may cause riots and widespread human rights violations across Uganda.

The activists say if no action is taken now, African leaders, seeking fresh presidential terms, may be emboldened to rig elections.

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Ghana Opposition Condemns Election Tribunal Timeline

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Ghana opposition leader John Mahama’s lawyers say the court’s timeline is unfair for the case addressing their concerns over December’s election.

Ghana’s supreme court had set the date on Wednesday, for the hearing next Tuesday of an election petition filed by the opposition seeking to annul the results over irregularities.

The court ruled that all parties must file their witness statements by Thursday afternoon and the supreme court will begin the main hearing on Tuesday. The supreme court says the strict timeline was to enable the hearing of the petition within 42 days of the election as prescribed by law.

Mahama’s lawyers say justice should not be sacrificed for speed.

They had applied for a review of the court’s decision to dismiss their request for the electoral commission to answer questions about the process of declaring results.

They had also applied for original copies of the statement of polls which contains constituency results.

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