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Corpse Of Missing Tanzanian Journalist Found In Forest

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Residents suspect the journalist was targeted over a news story done last November. The corpse of a journalist was found in the forest in Northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, has said.

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The CPJ is the New York-based global body which safeguards press freedom. CPJ said the body of Issa Ngumba, 45, a reporter for Radio Kwizera, was found in Kajuhuleta Forest with a gunshot wound in his left arm and evidence that he had been strangled or hanged. It said a handgun was found next to his body along with two mobile phones and 10,000 Tanzanian shillings ($6.25) in his pocket. Mr. Ngumba’s wife, Rukia Yunus, said her husband left their home in the evening on January 5 to go to the town centre and never returned. Regional Police Commander, Fraisser Kashai, said police would begin investigations following the coroner’s report, and the Tanzanian Editor’s Forum also plans to carry out an independent investigation.

CPJ said in a statement that “We send our condolences to the friends and family of Issa Ngumba. Authorities must do their utmost to solve this heinous crime.” According to local reports, residents of the rural Tanzanian region of Kigoma, where Mr. Ngumba was killed, suspect that the reporter may have been targeted for a November story concerning a gruesome attack by a local cattle owner against one of his members of staff. The story, aired on November 24, claimed a local cattle owner had brutally wounded a shepherd under his service.

In September, CPJ documented its first work-related journalist fatality in Tanzania since the organization began keeping detailed records in 1992. Channel Ten reporter, Daudi Mwangosi, who was also chairman of the press club in the southern city of Iringa, was killed on September 2 while covering clashes between police and members of Tanzania’s largest opposition political party, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema). Authorities have arrested and charged one police constable, 23-year-old Cleophase Pasifious, for the suspected murder of the journalist.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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