Apr 26, 2018 Last Updated 7:34 AM, Apr 26, 2018


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Police in Tanzania have arrested seven people in the south-eastern city of Arusha for their alleged role in planning an anti-government protest tomorrow, BBC Swahili reports.

The city's deputy police boss, Yusuph Ilembo, told reporters that the "government will not allow an illegal protest being planned by a few people to destabilise the country".

Organisers of the protest accuse President John Magufuli of being a dictator. They say that his government has been silencing critics and that that he has passed laws that have undermined freedom of expression.

The arrests come amid a travel advisory by the UK foreign office warning its citizens to avoid large crowds in Tanzania tomorrow.

The chief organiser of the event is popular online activist Mange Kimambi.

She has two million followers on Instagram and over the past year-and-a-half has used her profile on the social media site to promote Mr Magufuli back when he was a presidential hopeful, but to now to call for "the mother of all anti-Magufuli protests".

Four mass graves have been unearthed in Rwanda, which are believed to date from the 1994 genocide.

The sites were found in the Gasabo district, outside the capital Kigali, and about 200 bodies have been exhumed.

Around 3,000 people from the area went missing during the massacres, and local people believe the graves may contain all of their bodies.

Some 800,000 people - ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus - were slaughtered in 100 days by Hutu militias.

The graves were uncovered two weeks after commemorations were held to mark the start of the killings.

Volunteers are leading the search after being told of the location of the graves by a woman, who claims to have seen bodies dumped there.

Houses had to be destroyed in order to get to the graves, which were located underneath.

"The exercise is ongoing as we have identified four mass graves," Théogene Kabagambire, an official with the genocide charity Ibuka, told News Day, a Rwandan newspaper.

Many of the genocide's perpetrators have been released from prison after having completed their sentences.

BBC Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo says the discovery has raised questions in the local media about why the people who knew about these sites have held back from revealing their locations.

Mr Kabagambire says they are still searching for a fifth grave, and adds that some genocide convicts "are doing little to reveal the whereabouts of our loved ones".

Relatives of genocide victims have been scouring through the sites in search of their loved ones' remains.

"I have information that both my parents were killed and dumped in one of [the] mass graves here and I came with hope that I can identify the clothes they were wearing when they left," Isabelle Uwimana, one of survivors, told News Day.

"I wish to be sure that they are here so that I give them a decent burial."

Prudent Nsengiyumva from the BBC Great Lakes service says there are many more graves in the country that have yet to be located.

The genocide began on 6 April 1994, when a plane carrying Rwandan President Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down.

No-one survived the crash.

Hutu extremists blamed Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), for the attack, before starting a well-organised slaughter campaign.

A forum of local Civil Society Organisations and rights defenders under the banner ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ is lamenting the ill treatment of Prominent Malawians plying their trade in South Africa.

The grouping comprising of religious leaders, youth readers the business community was formed with an aim of fighting victimisation, persecution and marginalisation of Malawians both in and outside the country.

Following numerous allegations against Shepard Bushiri and another Malawian Simbi Phiri of khato Civils, the grouping is calling for the South African authorities to come out clear on why prominent Malawians doing business in South Africa are being harassed for unjust reasons.

Recently, Bushiri who is also the executive chairman for Shepard Bushiri Investment SBI had his gadgets such as phones and laptop confiscated by the Hawks of South African upon his arrival in that country from crusade in the United States of America.

This According to the police, was done inoder to check information regarding his businesses and transactions as he is accused of laundering millions of rands out of South Africa.

On the other hand, Simbi Phiri has on several occasions been accused of the same crime by the South African and Botswana governments but nothing has come out to prove them otherwise.

Addressing members of the press in Lilongwe, chairperson of the Black Economic Empowerment who is also the chairperson of the Malawi Human rights Consultative committee Robert Mkwezalamba, revealed that the grouping is in the process coming up with a petition to be presented to the South African high commission to Malawi to look into the victimisation of Malawians in the Rainbow nation.

He notes the actions of the South African authorities are xenophobic in nature and that something needs to be done to ensure that human rights are protected at all cost.

Said Mkwezalamba: “were are engaging the South African embassy, letters are being drafted but we firstly wanted to address people in the country through the media on what is happening in South African”

Meanwhile Mkwezalamba revealed that his grouping is in talk with Khato Civils owner Simbi Phiri to share his experience on the matter.

He observed that the two prominent Malawian business magnets are facing similar challenges despite their tremendous contributions towards the development of the South African economy which hugely relies on foreigners.

“We are not jumping anyone, I can tell you that we are taking steps forward and we will be meeting Mr Simbi Phiri very soon and we will let you know the outcome of our meeting.” He added.

It is expected that the Malawi government will also be petitioned on the matter for it to liaise its South African counterparts on how best to protect Malawians living in South Africa.

South Africa's Premier Soccer League moved quickly to promise increased security at domestic matches, following the violent scenes which marked the end of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.

Fans of the Chiefs, the country's most popular club, ran amok after they lost 2-0 to their unfashionable opponents.

At least 18 people were injured, including a security guard who was brutally assaulted in full view of the main stand at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

There was an estimated US$800,000 worth of damage caused by a spree of wanton destruction - much of it captured on film.

They broke television cameras, audio equipment and advertising hoardings, pulled up power cables and even set fire to a small section of seats in the stands.

Police and other security personnel were overrun by the post-match invasion as angry Chiefs supporters swarmed onto the field, trying to get at their coach Steve Komphela, who has been under fire for months after going through a third season without any trophy success.

He quit immediately after the match saying he did not want to be the reason for rioting at games.

Irvin Khoza says fans who attend matches need to be reminded of their responsibility at grounds.

"The league held a meeting and noted the increasing criminality, especially at highly supported matches - and a strong message must be sent to deal with this trend. It cannot be allowed to continue.

"Supporters have to manage their expectations. No club goes there intending to lose.

"You can't use violence as a means to show your frustration and the clubs cannot solely be held responsible. Fans need to use other means to raise their concerns, not violence."

The country's new sports minister Tokozile Xasa led the condemnation of the violence at the iconic Durban venue, built specifically for the 2010 World Cup.

"We can't wait for another person to die before we act. How did supporters manage to storm the ground and endanger people's lives? Football is a beautiful game and I can't idle while few supporters are making a skunk of our game," she said.

On Monday, Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza - at a hastily called news conference in Johannesburg - promised to beef up security in the future, ensure better trained security personnel, and increase their security budget.

"The league is extremely shocked at the violence that took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. I want to make it clear that there is no place for violence in our stadiums and society," Khoza said.

"The league takes its responsibilities to secure the safety of the fans, players and officials very seriously. There will be a thorough investigation. We also note the trend of increasing violence at stadiums," he added.

The violence on Saturday played out on television until the feed was broken by vandals, who ran onto the field.

There were similar incidents last year when Khoza's own club Orlando Pirates were beaten 6-0 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria by Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates' fans also ran amok.

Last week, some 13 months after the incident, Pirates were finally punished and will play their next home league game against Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday behind closed doors.

It has been criticised as ineffective punishment.

Zimbabwe’s former army chief Constantino Chiwenga has fired more than 15,000 nurses who went on strike to demand better wages.

Mr Chiwenga led the military takeover last November that resulted in the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe – and is now vice-president.

In a statement, he said money had been released to the health ministry to pay outstanding allowances to the striking nurse on Monday, but they had not returned to work.

While this demonstrates good faith in the part of government, the prompt transfers which have been effected against demonstrable economic challenges facing the country, has not quite surprisingly persuaded the striking nurses to go back to their stations in the interest of saving lives and helping helpless patients under their care.

The government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and thus as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.”

The decision to fire them had been taken "in the interest of patients and of saving lives", the vice-president said.

According to Zimbabwe's Independent Online new site, this strike comes after the government gave in to doctors’ demands and increased their salaries and allowances following a month-long strike that had crippled the health sector.

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