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Saudi Arabian and Drowns In R.Nile Taking Selfie

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A combined team of marine police and local fishermen on Tuesday recovered the body of a Saudi Arabian tourist who drowned in river Nile at the weekend.

Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Joseph Mugisa, who heads the Police Fire Brigade,said on Monday said that Alsubaie Mathkar drowned on Saturday at Kalagala Falls, in Kangulumira sub-county, Kayunga District, where he had gone with colleagues for a tour.

Mr Mugisa and Mr Jamar Basalirwa the Police Commissioner, Protocol, oversaw the mission to retrieve the body from the roaring falls.

The Mathkar was in company of two colleagues from Saudi Arabia, one Egyptian national and a Ugandan national, a source who requested to remain anonymous said.

Mr Mugisa said Makhkar had spent four days in the country.

Ms Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson said Makhkar met his fate as he took a a selfie using his mobile phone.

Ms Butoto said, Makhkar, however, slipped and fell in the fast-running water that swept him.

“On Monday we were able to recover one of his shoes near the spot of the accident. This gave us hope and a hint in which exact area we have to search,” Mr Mugisa said.

He said that the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Uganda, Dr Abdallah Alkahtani and his deputy, Mr Bander Alfafi, were on Sunday and Monday at Kalagala Falls as the divers searched.

He said the two envoys tried to board canoes and join the search teams but were restrained by security.

Makhkar’s body, Mr Mugisa said, was recovered by local fishermen on the banks of River Nile at Mutukula village, about 10 kilometres from the spot where he drowned.

However, there was a fracas  between the fishermen and Saudi Arabian nationals as the former demanded for the Shs5 million reward, which they were reportedly promised by the Saudis, who allegedly wanted to offer Shs2 million.

The fishermen refused to hand over the body until they were paid the full amount.

Two sons of the deceased travelled from Saudi Arabia on Sunday night and camped at the site on Monday and Tuesday.

The body has been taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital, for a post-mortem.

It is not yet clear whether the body would be flown back to Saudi Arabia for burial.

Residents told this reporter that a number of people have drowned at the very spot which has no barrier or sign to warn to visitors.

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Uganda Willing To Grant Ousted Bashir Asylum

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By Samuel Frencha

Government of Uganda has shown interest in granting asylum to Sudan’s Omar al- Bashir who was ousted by army on Thursday last week should he apply for it.

While presenting the ministry budget proposals for the Financial Year 2019/20, Uganda’s State Minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello Oryem told journalists that if Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda, it will be a matter that will be considered by the president.

President Omar Bashir was co-guarantor for the peace agreement of South Sudan, he has played a very critical role which we are very grateful and his asylum in Uganda is something we can consider” – Minister Oryem told journalists.

Bashir was forced by Sudan’s army  to step down following massive protests across the country with many accusing him of corruption and failure to solve economic hardships in the country.

 

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Sudan Coup Leader Awad Bin Auf Resigns

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The head of Sudan‘s ruling military council has resigned in a speech broadcast live on state television, naming Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor.

The announcement by General Abin bin Auf  late on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition after the military overthrow of the country’s longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir.

“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf said, just a day after he was sworn in as the head of a transitional military council.

“This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress,” he said in a brief statement.”I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily.”

Ibn Auf said he was confident Burhan “will steer the ship to safe shores”, and added he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces.

Protesters in Khartoum greeted the move with “ululations and cheers”, said Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan.

“People are celebrating on the streets; they are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too,” she said from the capital.

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Omar al-Bashir has stepped down After 30 Years Rule

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By Samuel Frencha

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Apr 11 – Sudan president Omar al-Bashir has stepped down after months of street protests against his leadership, international media reports.

There has been no formal announcement about Bashir’s resignation, but local state television said on Thursday morning that the army wass set to make a ‘major announcement’ leading to celebrations on the streets and outside the palace in Khartoum which remains secured by the military.

Several international news outlets quoting reliable government sources reported that Bashir had stepped down, with reports indicating that a transitional council led by Lt. Gen. Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf willbe in charge.

Bashir has been in power for 30 years.

Tens of thousands of people have been maintaining a protest vigil outside military headquarters since Saturday, demanding the removal of the president.

On two successive nights they were attacked by intelligence and militia forces loyal to him – and on both occasions the army stepped in to protect them.

This was an early sign of fracturing in a previously steadfast security establishment.

State media said the military would make an important announcement imminently.

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