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Former President Of Burundi Dismisses “Politically Motivated” Arrest

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Former President Of Burundi Dismisses "Politically Motivated" Arrest

Former president of Burundi, Pierre Buyoya, has dismissed an arrest warrant he described as “politically motivated”, issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country’s first democratically elected leader.

On Friday, Burundi’s attorney general issued 17 international arrest warrants for Buyoya and former senior military and civilian officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. Buyoya, a highly respected diplomat and representative of African Union is on the top of the list of those accused of planning Ndadaye’s killing.

Attorney General Sylvestre Nyandwi said the suspects allegedly were involved in the planning and killing of Ndadaye. His death sparked a civil war between the East African nation’s two dominant ethnic groups, the Hutu and Tutsi, in which an estimated 300 000 people died.

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Laurence Ndadaye, wife of the late president, has been urging President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government to bring killers of her husband to book.

Buyoya, a Tutsi, who came to power in 1987 with the help of Burundi’s army, ruled Burundi from 1987 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2005 and has repeatedly denied any role in the killing.

Buyoya said in a statement issued on Sunday; “everything they are saying is political manipulation”. Buyoya said in a statement issued Sunday. He said the arrest warrant against him is an attempt to divert attention from Burundi’s ongoing crisis that the current leadership has failed to resolve.

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He said in his statement that Burundi’s courts have already convicted the officers who played a role in the killing of Ndadaye.

Burundi remains in political turmoil over current president Nkurunziza’s election to a third term, which many criticize as illegal.

Regarded by many in Burundi as the hero of democracy and the country’s first elected Hutu leader, Ndadaye was killed in an attempted coup by hard-line Tutsi soldiers four months after Buyoya, a Tutsi, stepped down.

In events marking 25 years since the assassination in October, Burundi’s justice minister told lawmakers that those suspected had held powerful positions for many years, delaying efforts at accountability.

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The lawyer defending Ndadaye’s family, Fabien Segatwa, called the announcement “a great step towards justice.”

Vital Nshimiyimana, a Burundi local human rights activist, told The Associated Press that the decision to arrest Buyoya after over 20 years will be regarded as witch-hunt and will spark anger among Burundians.

“Since 2015, the current government has been persecuting soldiers close to Buyoya and the arrest warrant against him will be viewed in the same angle,” Nshimiyimana said.

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Ramaphosa Deploys SANDF To Mozambique As Cyclone Affects SA Power Supply

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Ramaphosa Deploys SANDF To Mozambique As Cyclone Affects SA Power Supply

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has deployed the South African National Defense Force, SANDF, to Mozambique to assist in recovery efforts after cyclone Idal caused severe damage, knocking down pylons and affecting power supply to Eskom.

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The storm is said to have damaged a Mozambican transmission line to South Africa, cutting supplies by 900 mega watts, and worsening already strained electricity supply in South Africa.

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The president has apologized to South Africans for the crisis that has led to an increase in load shedding.  Ramaphosa said the problem should be cleared within two to three days.

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Kenya: Former Destitute Man, Patrick Hinga Passes On

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Kenya: Former Destitute Man, Patrick Hinga Passes On

Former destitute street adult in Kenya, Patrick Hinga, has died.  His rescue and transformation by a former schoolmate became an internet sensation.  Hinga’s rehabilitation from the abyss of drug abuse was captured and shared step by step on social media by Wanja Nwaura, a childhood friend, who also broke the sad news on Sunday.

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Nwaura had a chance meeting with Hinga in 2017 when he shouted her name as she was getting to a market.  A journey back from drug addiction began for Nwaura’s childhood friend who had spent many years living in the streets.

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Nwaura took Hinga out of the streets and got him help at a local rehabilitation center.  Born in 1983, Hinga’s drug problems began when he was in standard 8. His friends introduced him to the lifestyle that later destroyed him.

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Nwaura launched an appeal for Hinga’s rehabilitation as the Chiromo medical lane center.  He completed the program in 2018, and the hospital waived a fifteen hundred dollars bill.

Nwaura did not say what caused her friend’s death.

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Black Boxes Data Shows “Clear Similarities” Between Ethiopian And Lion Air Crashes

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Black Boxes Data Shows “Clear Similarities” Between Ethiopian And Lion Air Crashes

Black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crash last week have shown what authorities call “clear similarities” with October’s lion air crash 737.

The crash has generated one of the most widely watched and high-stakes inquiries for years, with the latest version of Boeing’s profitable max series.

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Both jets in the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia were max 8, and both crashed minutes after take-off when pilots reported control problems.

Concern over the plane’s safety led aviation authorities to ground the model, wiping billions off Boeing’s market value.

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Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman, Muse Yiheyis, has said the data were successfully recovered, and they show similar case with the Indonesian crash.  He said American and Ethiopian teams had validated data from the black boxes.  Us officials told Reuters News Agency in Washington they have not validate the data.

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