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Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate  Gladys Kamasanyu hospitalised after attack

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu hospitalised after attack

CRIME, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala,Uganda:The Chief Magistrate of Utilities and Wildlife Court at Buganda Road, Gladys Kamasanyu was on Saturday attacked by unknown people. She was soon after admitted at IHK in Namuwongo. The judiciary spokesperson, Jameson Karemani confirmed the incident that he said happened around Green Hill academy where the Chief Magistrate had gone to pick the P.7 result slip for her child. According to the statement from the judiciary, the attackers could have trailed the Chief Magistrate before pouncing on her near the school. “It is true; the Chief Magistrate at Utilities Court-Buganda Rd Kamasanyu Gladys was attacked at Green hill Academy gate along Mbogo road in Kibuli as she went to collect her child’s result slip by unknown people. She was rushed to IHK and admitted in IC...
South Africa / Ten dead in unrest following jailing of Jacob Zuma

South Africa / Ten dead in unrest following jailing of Jacob Zuma

AFRICA, CRIME, PROTESTS, South Africa, VIOLANCE
South Africa violence ‘rarely seen in history of our democracy’ President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses unrest in response to jailing of Jacob Zuma South Africa military deployed to tackle violence over Zuma jailing South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has said the deadly violence gripping the country is unprecedented post-apartheid as he deployed troops to help police crush the violence and looting prompted by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma. Ten people have died, some with gunshot wounds sustained before the army was deployed, and 489 people have been arrested. Among those killed was a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet, local media reported. Around 2,500 soldiers were sent to the streets of the country’s two most densely populated provin...
China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

AFRICA, China, CRIME, CRISIS, WORKERS, ZIMBABWE
Summary Unions said Sunny Yi Feng workers were being given salaries that were below the minimum wage and were forced to stay in overcrowded accommodation where they were exposed to dangerous chemicals.They claimed some workers had even died at the factory and their deaths were concealed by the Chinese. Chinese diplomats are embroiled in a vicious war of words with Zimbabwe’s labour unions over allegations that businesspeople from the Asian country are abusing their local employees. Over the years, China has seen its influence on the Zimbabwean economy grow with investments in mining and construction projects, but the companies are routinely accused of ill-treating their workers. Unions say the Zimbabwean government often looks the other way when they report Chinese em...
Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, LAW, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, South Africa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has attributed some on the forces behind the recent violent protests to ethnic mobilisation. Although the son of a Venda apartheid policeman offered no evidence to back up this statement, he told the nation during Sunday night's address that this must be condemned by all citizens. While the sporadic incidents of anarchy are understood to be pushing for former President Jacob Zuma's release from prison, no uniform pattern suggesting this has been identified. It's what commentators and social scientists have been weary of since throngs of people gathered outside Zuma's Nkandla home in the name of shielding him from the police. But suggestions that Zulu nationalism is behind what appears to be Zuma's support base did not always stick. O...
Haiti police arrest suspected mastermind in president’s assassination

Haiti police arrest suspected mastermind in president’s assassination

CRIME, HAITI, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAGEDY
Suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was shot dead early Wednesday at his home, are shown to the media, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 8, 2021. /Reuters Haitian police said on Sunday they had arrested one of the suspected masterminds in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, a Haitian man whom authorities accused of hiring mercenaries to oust and replace Moise. Moise was shot dead early on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins formed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, plunging the troubled Caribbean nation deeper into turmoil. National Police Chief Leon Charles said the arrested man, 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, flew to Haiti on a private jet in early June, accompa...
Recovering from the Gaza War: Two Months Later

Recovering from the Gaza War: Two Months Later

CRIME, CRISIS, Disaster Preparedness, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, WAR
The Gaza border is quiet now. It's hard to even imagine that two months ago Hamas was preparing for war with Israel, readying rockets in underground bunkers that lined its "Metro" system of tunnels running the length of the Gaza Strip. Much of that arsenal, some 15,000 or more rockets, were being prepared for a conflict with Israel that would begin on May 10 with a salvo aimed at Jerusalem. Leanne Manshari, a therapist and sexual education supervisor in an education department within the Education Ministry, was concerned because she was preparing a pajama party sleep over for one of her children. One of her children was also going to be in Jerusalem for the flag parade. She looks back, two months later, and says the conflict didn't surprise her. "We expect it in the back of our min...
Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

ATTACK, CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, Security, USA
US businesses have been plagued with ransomware attacks thought to be originating from within Russia US President Joe Biden (PHoto: Patrick Semansky/AP) Joe Biden has said the US could attack Russian servers used for ransomware following a phone call with Vladimir Putin. Ransomware is a malicious software which holds corporate data hostage until its owner pays hackers a large sum of money. One such attack this month hit 1,500 companies. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” the US president told journalists after the call with his Russian opposite number. Asked if the US could...
NIGERIA: The Nnamdi Kanu arrest saga

NIGERIA: The Nnamdi Kanu arrest saga

AFRICA, CRIME, Nigeria, West Africa
Two weeks after the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was forcefully brought back to the country and arraigned, controversy rages in Nigeria. This is expected. The manner in which Kanu was brought home was in itself controversial. When a man who fled abroad for his safety is suddenly brought back to Nigeria in handcuffs, this will certainly generate heated discussion. However, it beats my imagination why Kanu, who could pass for the most wanted Nigerian for giving the Federal Government headaches with his agitation for Biafra, could be travelling alone. The Federal Government and people who always see what the government does as right have been thumping their chest that the IPOB leader has eventually been cut short and, perhaps, vanquished. Announc...
Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON, South Africa, South African Parliament
A convoy enters the homestead of former South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, South Africa, July 7, 2021 ©  Reuters / Rogan Ward South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war. Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal. https://twitter.com/JGZ_Foundation/status/1412890794114048005 On June 29, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ...
Rwanda jails 8 Kenyans, Ugandan in Equity Bank hacking case

Rwanda jails 8 Kenyans, Ugandan in Equity Bank hacking case

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, Rwanda, Security
Eight Kenyans and a Ugandan arrested in Rwanda for hacking Equity Bank have been handed eight-year jail terms and fined Rwf56 million (about $55,600 million). The nine are part of a 12-man gang arrested in 2019 by the Rwandan Investigation Bureau (RIB) that included three Rwandan nationals. Regional security teams had trailed the gang linked to bank hacking attempts in Kenya and Uganda and had notified Rwandan officials when they set up a shop there. The members of an organised group were arrested while hacking into Equity Bank accounts and funnelling the cash to Rwandans to draw out funds through Eazzy banking and ATMs. Taarifa Rwanda daily reported the court pronounced the verdict on Friday, July 2, fining the suspects Rwf50 million ($49,600) in damages and about Rw...
“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, DEMOCRACY, JUDICIARY, LAW, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
Following his sentencing last week, former South Africa President Jacob Zuma claims that he is too old for jail. Addressing the media on Sunday evening,  Jacob Zuma said sending him to jail during the height of a pandemic at his age was the same as sentencing him to death. The former president said he wasn’t seeking to destruct the work of the state capture commission, but all he is asking for is fairness and consistency in the application of the law. He however said South Africa was sliding back into apartheid-like rule. “The fact that I was sentenced without trial should induce shock to all those who cherish the rule of law. The rule of law doesn’t deal harshly with those you may dislike for whatever reason. South Africa is sliding back to apartheid-like rule. I am facing d...
Israel bombs Hamas site in Gaza over fire balloons

Israel bombs Hamas site in Gaza over fire balloons

CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WAR
Israel, at a local police precinct in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP) Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas confirmed one of its sites had been struck. Israel’s military said it had hit a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. There were no reports of casualties.  Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, Israel’s military said on Friday. Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas confirmed one of its sites had been struck. Israel’s military said it had hit a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. There were no reports of casualties. Since a May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of Israel-Hamas fighting, Palestinians in Gaza have sporadically launched balloons laden with incendiary material across the bord...
More than 400 000 people facing famine in war-torn Tigray – UN

More than 400 000 people facing famine in war-torn Tigray – UN

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, ETHIOPIA, WAR
Rebel fighters in Ethiopia's war-hit region, Tigray, seized control of more territory recently. This comes after rebels retook the local capital and vowing to drive all "enemies" out of the region.According to a UN official, more than 400 000 people are said to have crossed the threshold into 'famine'. Over 400 000 people have "crossed the threshold into famine" in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, a senior UN official said Friday, appealing for urgent humanitarian action to help the millions affected by the brutal eight-month long conflict. Fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) was reignited last month when the rebels launched a major counter-offensive that saw them retake their regional capital of Mekele. This we...
Eswatini: authorities have launched ‘full-frontal assault’ on human rights

Eswatini: authorities have launched ‘full-frontal assault’ on human rights

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, ESWATINI, POLICE
Dozens killed, more than 150 hospitalised, and hundreds detained Last absolute monarchy on the African continent has repressive track record ‘We are urging the authorities in Eswatini to end this escalating crackdown’ - Deprose Muchena The government of Eswatini has launched a “full-frontal assault” on human rights in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters which has seen dozens killed by the security forces, said Amnesty International. Amnesty is aware of the names of more than 20 people who have been killed by state security forces, while at least six others who participated in protests are unaccounted for.  Some bodies at Dups Funeral Home and Crematorium, in the city of Manzini, have not yet been identified. More than 150 people have been hospitalised and are b...
Statues of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth toppled in Canada

Statues of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth toppled in Canada

CANADA, CRIME, CRISIS, ENGLAND, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PROTESTS, WORK
Protesters have toppled statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II in the Canadian city of Winnipeg as anger grows over the discovery of the remains of hundreds of children in unmarked graves at former indigenous schools. A crowd chanted "no pride in genocide" before pulling down the statues of the monarchs. The action took place on Canada Day on Thursday, when traditionally celebrations take place across the country. However, many cities scrapped events this year as the scandal over the indigenous children made Canadians confront their colonial history. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the day would be "a time for reflection". Almost 1,000 unmarked graves have been found at former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan that were mainly run by the...
THE JOINT SECURITY TASK TEAM MAKES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF GENERAL KATUMBA WAMALA

THE JOINT SECURITY TASK TEAM MAKES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF GENERAL KATUMBA WAMALA

CRIME, EAST AFRICA, Security, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
The Task Team actively investigating the double murder of Nantogo Brenda and Kayondo Haruna; and the attempted murder of General Katumba Wamala and his body guard Sgt. Koboyoit Khalid, has made a major breakthrough, and arrested 4 more suspects, highly connected to the double murder and attempted assassination which occurred on the 1.06.2021. The major breakthrough was as a result of the man leads, that were actively pursued by the task team, and led to the arrest of Muhammad Kagugube alias BAFUMOYA on the 26.06.2021.  Upon interrogation, he admitted to having participated in the violent attack, when he carried out surveillance on the movement of General Katumba Wamala from his home.  He immediately alerted the assault team, as soon as he spotted him and the direction he was ...
92 per cent of all LinkedIn users’ data for sale on hacker forum

92 per cent of all LinkedIn users’ data for sale on hacker forum

CRIME, DATA, DIGITAL, Social Media, TECHNOLOGY
LinkedIn denies the sale is the result of a data breach Professional networking website LinkedIn has denied reports of a data breach that allegedly exposed more than 700 million users' personal data. LinkedIn has around 756 million users, the alleged breach covers more than 92 per cent of its userbase. News site Privacy Sharks saw a posting about the sale on RaidForums, a hacker site. 'GOD User' TomLiner published the post, which claimed they were in possession of the full 700 million records. To prove their claims, the post also included a sample of 1 million records. Researchers at Privacy Sharks examined the sample and found they contained many personal details, including full names, gender, phone numbers, email addresses and industry information. The news outlet has ...
South African Deputy Chief Justice nods to Zuma jail time court ruling

South African Deputy Chief Justice nods to Zuma jail time court ruling

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South African Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo expressed Wednesday his happiness with the unprecedented and historic ruling the day before by the Constitutional Court to hand 15 months in jail to ex-president Jacob Zuma. The former leader was found guilty of contempt of court following numerous failures to appear before the graft investigative commission chaired by Zondo --- whom Zuma accused of bias in 2019. Zondo on Wednesday welcomed the verdict, telling a news conference that this is "a very important judgement for our country." He nevertheless added, "one wishes that it had never become necessary to reach this point." "We think that the judgement is of great importance in our constitutional democracy. It vindicates the rule of law in our country. It...
Sudan: Protesters call for govt resignation over IMF-backed reforms

Sudan: Protesters call for govt resignation over IMF-backed reforms

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Sudan
Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday in several cities in Sudan to demand the resignation of the government. Behind this angst are the austerity measures put in place as part of reforms supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "No to the policies of international financial institutions" and "The people want the fall of the regime" were some of the slogans heard among the protesters in Khartoum, according to AFP correspondents on site. These demonstrations come less than 24 hours after the IMF announced the release of massive economic aid for Sudan, with a debt relief of 50 billion dollars, representing nearly 90% of the total debt of the country. The popular discontent has been palpable for several months and has increased after the removal of fuel s...
TPLF calls for cease-fire to be ignored in Ethiopia

TPLF calls for cease-fire to be ignored in Ethiopia

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, WAR
The fighters now retaking parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region will pursue soldiers from neighboring Eritrea back into their country and chase Ethiopian forces to Addis Ababa to weaken their military powers, their spokesperson warned on Wednesday. Getachew Reda said the Tigray People's Liberation Front would “stop at nothing to liberate every square inch” of the Tigray region of six million people, nearly eight months after fighting erupted between the Tigray forces and Ethiopian soldiers backed by Eritrea. Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, Reda rejected the unilateral ceasefire Ethiopia’s government declared on Monday as a “sick joke”, and said the Front's response was to treat the ceasefire "with a contempt it so richly deserves". Ethiopia declared...
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