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Police Pledges Security Coverage for NRM Party Primaries

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The Uganda Police Force has assured the NRM party and its political aspirants of security during the forthcoming party primaries as revealed by the Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye.

“Following the request that we received from the NRM party, police wishes to inform the public that the security joint task force will be providing security coverage to support the party primaries,” Namaye said.

“As a joint security task force, we are focused on ensuring a safe and secure environment for all political players and their supporters to exercise their democratic rights at all levels in line with the health and electoral protocols,” she added.

Addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center today, Namaye noted that although the pre-election campaign activities have been relatively peaceful, police has identified a few incidents of violence.

“A few isolated identified incidents of violence were registered in Hoima, Sembabule, Kazoo, Bundibugyo and some others,” she noted.

Namaye also called upon all candidates, their support agents and supporters to refrain from all forms of electoral violence as well as exercising utmost responsibility.

“We are also monitoring districts that have been congested by aspirants. It is upon this background that we call upon all candidates, campaign agents and supporters to refrain from all forms of violence and avoid provocative behaviour, we instead encourage them to exercise maximum responsibility during this election process,” she stated.

She further requested all political aspirants to make known their electoral road map to the joint security task force for the safety of those who will be involved.

“We want to assure the party that we are adequately deployed across the country to ensure that there is no form of electoral violence. We would like to thank them for working with us, showing commitment and we request political aspirants to harmonize their electoral road map with the joint security task force to ensure safety of those who will be involved in the primaries,” Namaye said.

 



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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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