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Uganda: Katongole forced to step down in LC elections

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Singh Katongole’s political star has been described as such that is waning from Member of Parliament for Rubaga North to being forced to step down from running for the lowest political office in his village.

Residents of Makamba Village in Lungujja Parish, Rubaga Division in Kampala on Tuesday run riot during the Local Council elections in which the former MP had presented himself as a candidate.

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The residents, who had vowed not to participate in this elections if Mr Katongole (NRM) was one of the candidates, was accused of having tampered with the village register and creating ghost voters.

But in order to solve the impasse and not miss out on the elections that had not been held for the last 12 years, a crisis meeting was called on Tuesday night.

It was chaired by senior politician Wasswa Lule.
The outcome of the meeting was to have Mr Katongole step down from the race but be the vice chairperson of Makamba Village.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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