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Interpol searches for Tanzania abducted tycoon

Africa’s youngest billionaire, kidnapped a week ago (11/10/2018) off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, was transported in a car that had arrived from “a neighboring country”, police source said, leaving the public to guess which one it might be among Tanzania’s neighbors:  Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

They had identified the car’s owner and driver, police claimed,  although they declined to reveal which country the car had come from, hinting it might cause a diplomatic raw.

Mohammed Dewji, (43) the CEO of the METL Group family conglomerate, was abducted by his he arrival for a morning meeting in Dar es Salaam last week. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.5 billion, making him Africa’s 17th richest man and its youngest billionaire.

His family have offered a reward of 1 billion Tanzania shillings ($440,000) for information leading to his release.

Tycoon conglomerate, the METL group operates in some 35 industries as diverse as trading, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and petroleum, financial services, mobile telephony, infrastructure and real estate, transport, logistics and distribution.

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Mohammed Dewji said he had been released and had returned home safely, publishing a short statement in his Twitter micro blog.

I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers. I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return,” he said in a tweeted messaged.

Zulu King stands for cooperation with Boers

Goodwill Zwelithini, the King of the largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. Zulu is ready to cooperate with the country’s white farmers, known as Afrikaners or Boers.

 

“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said, as quoted by eNews Channel Africa.

“Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa,” he added.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said the group will cooperate with South African minority rights group AfriForum.

CAR arrests suspected murderers of Chinese workers

A number of  suspects have now been arrested in the Central African Republic after three Chinese nationals were murdered last week by an angry mob.

The murders reportedly occurred after a boat capsized on a river near the town of  Sosso-Nakombo. The boat was carrying four Chinese employees of a mining company and a local youth leader. Afterward, the young man vanished.

When the Chinese survivors went to report the incident to a local gendarmerie brigade, they were surrounded and attacked by an angry mob of what the Central African Republic government has called “bandits,” who blamed the Chinese for the missing of young man.

At the Chinese embassy’s request, security reinforcements were deployed to the area and 58 Chinese nationals evacuated to the safety of a neighboring town. Abdoul Karim Meckassousa, speaker of they Central African Republic’s National Assembly, has strongly condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

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Russia to open representation in CAR

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the draft agreement with the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) to open a representation of the Defense Ministry. The relevant document was published on the official web portal. (Image above: illustration).

To approve the draft agreement proposed by the Russian Defense Ministry and coordinated with the Russian Foreign Ministry and other relevant federal executive authorities… on establishing a representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry at the Ministry of National Defense and Restructuring of the Army of the Central African Republic,” the document said.

The prime minister ordered the Defense Ministry to hold talks with CAR representatives and sign a document upon reaching an agreement.

The draft agreement was put forward with the aim of providing assistance to CAR in the issues of military and military-technical cooperation, as well as ensuring the activities of Russian military specialists in the African country on assisting in restructuring the country’s Armed Forces, providing training on using and repairing the military equipment delivered by Russia. The maintenance of the representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry will be financed by the Russian side, the document added.

The agreement comes into force on the date of its signing and does not have an expiration date.

 

Opposition elects Buhari challenger

This weekend Nigeria’s main opposition party selects its candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the elections in February 2019.

Recent defection of 13 candidates  from Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  added tension to upcoming contest.

Seven have ties with states in the northwest, mostly as current or past governors, bolstering the party in a traditional Buhari stronghold.

In February 2019 Nigerians will vote for their next president and the governors of 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, as well all federal and state legislators. The elections will culminate contest between the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) against the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). There are no expectations of a substantial growth of the smaller political parties, allowing them to contest the ruling APC.

The opposition PDP currently controls 12 state governorships from total 36 and the office of deputy president of the Senate, and, as a result of large-scale defections from the APC in July 2018 – an apparent majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The experts say the PDP’s  possible victory will depend on two main factors: the political background and personal popularity of the party’s presidential nominee, and his ability to unify against a generously financed incumbent who enjoys a strong support across a substantial  part of the north.

However the supporters of the President Buhari have already manifested their firm believe in his victory for the next mandate.

Nigeria is the largest African economy and the most populous country of the continent with 200 million inhabitants. The 86.9 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty representing nearly 50% of its estimated 180 million population. As Nigeria faces a population boomit will become the world’s third largest country by the mid of the century.

Minister admits Zuma pressure to strike nuclear deal with Russia

South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said to a corruption inquiry that former President Jacob Zuma pressured him to agree to a massive nuclear power deal with Russian Federation to be delivered to President Vladimir Putin in 2015.

Nene refused to approve the construction of eight nuclear reactors, which would have the capacity to generate 9,600 megawatts of energy. The costs of the project, promoted by Zuma, would have been “astronomical,” he said in his statement.

Tanzania freezes family planning ads

Tanzania has suspended broadcasting of family planning ads  of U.S.-funded project, a health ministry letter said, a fortnight after President John Magufuli pointed out family planning was for those “too lazy to take care of their children.

The ministry intends to revise the contents of all your ongoing radio and TV spots for family planning, thus I request you to stop with immediate effect airing and publishing any family planning contents in any media channels until further notice,” the letter, dated September 19, said.

“If you cannot work then opt for family planning but if you can work hard why family planning?” he said.

“Let me tell you in front of the minister of health who is always advocating for family planning, go to farm, work hard … if you have enough food then give birth as you can,” he said during a tour in central Tanzania’s Simiyu region.

 

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