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Kigulu South MP arrested over supporters clash

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Iganga police station

Kigulu South MP Andrew Kaluya has been arrested following clashes between his supporters and those of the former area MP Milton Muwuma.

According to Kaluya’s political assistant Sarah Nalubanga, they had been doing door-to-door campaigns in Bukyaye parish on Sunday evening when the trouble started.

“A pick-up van belonging to supporters of Muwuma carrying rowdy cane-wielding youths waylaid us. They threw stones while caning Kaluya fans including me,” she says.

She adds that even though police intervened, the law enforcers seemed to be in support of Muwuma’s team. She alleges that Kaluya’s pleas with David Ndawula, the district police commander to restrain Muwuma’s supporters from attacking his people fell on deaf ears. Ndawula confirms that two rival NRM party groups engaged in a fight at Nampirika village.

“When police intervened, one group obeyed our orders while Kaluya’s team remained defiant. They instead wanted to move in a procession towards Iganga town which prompted us to arrest the MP,” he says.

He adds that Kaluya was due to be arraigned in courts of law over defying of presidential directives on COVID-19. He appeals to the youths of Kigulu South to be calm and maintain peace well aware that only one victor will emerge during party primaries on September 4.

Ndawula reveals that Nalubanga and other rowdy youths who attempted to storm Iganga central police station to protest Kaluya’s incarceration had equally been arrested on Monday.

Last month, the NRM secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba called for the arrest and punishment of all NRM aspiring candidates found flouting measures against the spread of Covid-19.

Last week two MPs were arrested for breaching COVID- 19 guidelines. They include the Bufumbira South MP Samuel Kwizera Bitangaro and Nakaseke South MP Luttamaguzi Semakula.

In June, the Electoral Commission banned open-air campaign rallies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  All candidates will be expected to campaign through various forms of media.





Source – observer.ug

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21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang | China News

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CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine.

Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.



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African Champions League: CR Belouizdad join Sundowns in quarter-finals

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Amir Sayoud in action for Algerian club CR Belouizdad
Amir Sayoud opened the scoring for Algerian club CR Belouizdad as they beat South African hosts Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.

Algerian champions CR Belouizdad earned the win they needed over hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to clinch a place in the African Champions League quarter-finals.

Amir Sayoud took his tally in the competition to seven when he gave Belouizdad the lead over Sundowns in Pretoria on 29 minutes.

That advantage was doubled just before half-time as Ahmed Gasmi headed home a cross from Zinelaabidine Boulakhoua.

It was a measure of revenge for the Algerians who were embarrassed by Sundowns on home soil in the reverse fixture when the South Africans won 5-1 in February.

In Friday’s other Group B game DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, who were already out of contention to make the last eight came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The Sudanese club had needed a win to have any chance at all of progressing.

Al Hilal made the ideal start in their bid to win against former African champions Mazembe – Eid Mugadam gave them the lead after just two minutes in Lumbumbashi – but 16 minutes later Hilal contributed to their own downfall as Ivorian defender Mohamed Ouattara scored an own goal to level the game at 1-1.

Mazembe won the game thanks to a goal from Isaac Tshibangu, who scored just moments after he came on as substitute.

The draw for the quarter and semi-finals will be held on 30 April at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters in Cairo.

Friday’s Group B results:

  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 2-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 0-2 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)



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Ghana's farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

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Ghana is the world’s second largest cocoa producer but sees little of the profits from chocolate – for now.



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