ROUNDUP: Tanzania holds poachers, crooked Senegalese ex-minister, and other African stories

Mozambique opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama in hiding, but is nominated as presidential candidate, and in DRC Katanga secessionists are foiled

Tanzania arrests 6 poachers with 28 tusks

Six people have been arrested in Tanzania for allegedly poaching and unlawful possession of 28 elephant tusks, an official said on Sunday.

Manyoni District Commissioner Fatma Tawfiq said the suspected poachers were arrested by officers of anti- seized tusks were suspected to be hacked from at least 14 elephants from Rungwa Game Reserve and neighbouring reserves of Kizigo and Muhesi.

In March, police in Singida region arrested six people in possession of 55 elephant tusks weighing more than 170 kilograms. It’s estimated the tusks were removed from 26 jumbos.

Senegal ex-minister probed over suspected corruption

Senegal’s anti-corruption court Friday asked former minister Abdoulaye Balde to explain, within a month, the source of his wealth that is estimated at over 5 billion CFA Francs (over $10 million dollars), a judicial source said.

However, Balde who was questioned by investigators from the anti-corruption court said the move was a “political witch hunt.”

Balde, a judicial police officer who later became an inspector general, served as Armed Forces minister under the regime of ex- President Abdoulaye Wade.

Following Wade’s defeat during 2012 presidential elections, Balde left the former ruling party and formed the Union of Senegalese Moderates.

DR Congo forces foil Bakata Katanga militia

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) blocked the Bakata Katanga militia’s plans to attack Lubumbashi, the headquarters of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday.

In June, the militia group’s leader Ferdinand Mutombo said his movement would declare the independence of Katanga as an independent country on July 11.

Hundreds of DR Congo armed forces and police officers were deployed around strategic sites in the town of Lubumbashi.

On July 11, 1960, just a month after DR Congo attained independence from Belgium, the Katanga secessionist leader Moise Tshombe declared the independence of Katanga.

Mozambique opposition leader in hiding, but gets on presidential ticket

The leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, was nominated as candidate for the October presidential election, with his documents submitted to electoral authorities on Saturday.

Renamo’s General Secretary Manuel Bissopo said that Dhlakama is prepared to launch his campaign to stand in the upcoming presidential race.

Dhlakama was not present at the event like all other candidates were. He is still hiding in the Gorongosa thick bush, in the central province of Sofala, since last October when the government forces stormed his base at Santunjira also in Sofala.

In a teleconference mid-week from Gorongosa Mountains, Dhlakama said he was afraid of being arrested or killed by security forces if he left the bush for the capital city.

It will be the fifth time for Dhlakama to join the race for the president. He lost all four presidential elections held since 1994, and accused the ruling Frelimo of cheating.

Namibian president suspects bugging

Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has said he suspects his office has been bugged following the leak of several private conversations, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Local weekly the Windhoek Observer reported that President Pohamba ordered the country’s secret service, the Namibian Central Intelligence Services (NCIS), to confirm or deny his suspicions that someone had bugged his private office and recorded his private conversations.

Ugandan refugees to sue Botswana

Refugees from Uganda say they intend to sue the Botswana government for what they termed “unlawful detention,” local media reported on Saturday.

According to local radio station Yarona FM, the lawyer representing the three refugees, Michael Dingake, said his clients who were detained for over three months intend to sue the government for illegal detention.

Dingake said his clients were detained without basis. He said they are suing the Ministry of Defense, Justice and Security, the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs and the Center for Illegal Immigrants in Francistown.

The three refugees, Peter Muganga, Timothy Yamin and Musa Isabirye petitioned the United Nations (UN) office in Gaborone at the beginning of March to compel the government to send them back to Uganda.

They were petitioning against their living conditions at the Dukwi refugee camp in northern Botswana.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, Botswana hosts almost 3,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Dukwi camp, where the government provides education and health services.

 Kenya hosts global conference on agriculture

An international conference focusing on digital financial services for agriculture got underway in the Kenya capital Nairobi, Monday.

The July 14-18 conference is organized by Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with the Central Bank of Kenya and African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA)

“The conference will bring together more than 600 leading decision-makers and financiers from public and private organizations across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP),” said a statement issued in Nairobi.

Experts say the digital revolution, with the rapid spread of mobile phones, provides possibilities for change in agricultural finance in developing countries.

Some of the ICT platforms to be showcased include, Ensibuuko, a mobile and web application that integrates SMS and mobile money services to enable saving and credit associations to handle savings and give loans to smallholder farmers.


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