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SHOCKING: Goats And Fruits Test Positive For Covid-19: Magufuli Insists, Something Is Not Adding Up…

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President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania (Courtesy photo)

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania Sunday ordered a probe on the country’s coronavirus testing protocols citing possible interference by unnamed western powers.

According to Capitalfm Kenya, Magufuli says some animal, fruit and oil samples disguised as human samples had tested positive for the virus raising questions on the credibility of the country’s influenza laboratory.

In his remarks on Sunday, Magufuli cautioned against what he termed as fearmongering by politicians and the press which he accused of constantly running alarming news content on coronavirus.

“We extracted a sample from a goat which turned positive. This tells you that something is not adding up. Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?” President Magufuli said.

The Tanzanian leader who has been governing from his rural home in Chato, while urging citizens to exercise caution, downplayed the severity of the disease saying it could be managed without disrupting the country’s economy.

“Let’s continue working. Factories must continue to produce products. I have said it before and I will repeat this: I will not place Dar es Salaam under lockdown,” he insisted.

Speaking during the inauguration of the country’s new Constitutional Affairs Minister, Mwigulu Nchemba, Magufuli also dismissed claims the immediate former minister in charge of the docket, Amb Augustine Mahinga, succumbed to the virus saying he had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

President Magufuli’s remarks came against the backdrop of a significant increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the East African nation from 284 on April 29 to 480 by May 1, making the country the most affected in the region.

Kenya which had before May 1 registered the highest tally is second to Tanzania with 435 cases having been reported as of May 2. The virus had claimed twenty-two people representing a five per cent fatality rate.

Meanwhile, Tanzania has reported seventeen deaths marking a 3.5 per cent fatality rate.

With 167 patients discharged as at May 2, Tanzania’s recovery rate was reported at 34.8 per cent. Kenya had by May 2 discharged 152 patients representing a 34.9 recovery rate.

Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Burundi had registered 249, 85, 45 and fifteen as at May 2.

 

Source: Capitalfm

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Vatican Launches Probe Into How Pope’s Instagram Account ‘Liked’ Picture Of Semi Nude Brazilian Model…

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The Vatican has opened an investigation after the Pope’s Instagram account was caught “liking” a raunchy picture of a Brazilian model posing in a sexy schoolgirl outfit, an official said on Friday.

Reports and screenshots last week showed that the account of Pope Francis, which has 7.4 million followers, had hit like on the sultry snap of glamour model Natalia Garibotto, 27.

“At least I’m going to heaven,” the model joked upon receiving the Pope’s unlikely blessing, which was removed by a member of his social media team a day later.

“As far as we know the ‘like’ did not come from the Holy See,” a papal spokesperson told the BBC.

He added that the holy father’s social media accounts are managed by a team of people, emphasizing that the horny double tap couldn’t have been executed by Francis himself. The Vatican has now turned to Instagram for answers.

They added that the Vatican and Instagram were trying to establish where the like had originated.

The Pope’s Instagram account – Franciscus – does not appear to have liked any other posts and does not follow any other accounts.

 

Source: RT News

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Married Man Who Was Nabbed By Wife Wedding Another Woman In Church To Face Up to 7 Years Behind Bars…

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A Zambian man who was caught handed by his wife marrying another woman in a Church ceremony has been identified as Abraham Muhinda of Kabwata Site and Service.

Mr. Muyunda who works for Zambia Revenue Authority at Head Office is married to Caroline Mubita and they have three children between them.

Mrs. Muyunda narrated that on the fateful Sunday, yesterday, her husband left home in the morning and told her that he had gone out of town on duty.

The wedding procession was taking place at a Catholic Church in Chainda when Mrs. Muyunda appeared just in time to stop the proceedings.

Mrs. Muyunda was reportedly only tipped off by vigilant neighbours that her husband was about to wed another woman, after which she rushed to the said Church together with her kids and interrupted the ceremony.

Mr. Muyunda looked embarrassed as kept looking down while his legitimate wife claimed him, in front of the Church and his illegal wife to be.

Mr. Muyunda has now been handed over to Matero Police station where he is kept as the family discuses the way forward.

He will be charged with Bigamy which is a criminal matter in Zambia, and may face up to 7 years in prison when convicted.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza Dies Of Heart Attack….

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Burundi government statement on Twitter says outgoing President, Pierre Nkurunziza (55) has died at Karusi hospital after suffering heart attack.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the government announced “with great sorrow to Burundians and the international community” the passing of Nkurunziza, 55.

The outgoing president died at Karusi hospital after suffering a heart attack on June 8, the statement added.

In power since 2005, Nkurunziza was due to be replaced in August by political ally Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was declared earlier this month the winner of a May 20 presidential election.

WHO IS NKURUNZIZA:

  • Nkurunziza was born in 1963 in Burundi’s capital city of Bujumbura.
  • He was raised in the province of Ngozi in northern Burundi.
  • His father, Eustache Ngabisha, was a Catholic Hutu connected with the royal family. His mother was a Protestant Tutsi assistant nurse.
  • Ngabisha was enlisted to the ranks of the pro-independence UPRONA party and elected to the Parliament of Burundi in 1965, later becoming governor of two provinces before being killed in 1972 during the Burundian Genocide of 1972 when ethnic violence claimed the lives of between 80,000 and 210,000 Burundians.
  • Nkurunziza attended primary school in Ngozi and pursued secondary education at Athénée in Gitega.
  • He later attended the Institut d’Education Physique et des Sports (IEPS) at the University of Burundi in the late 1980s and graduated in 1990 after obtaining his degree in sports education.
  • Before the civil war broke out, he became a sports professor at Lycée de Muramvya in 1991 while still studying psychology and pedagogy. Nkurunziza became a teacher and assistant lecturer at the University of Burundi in 1992.
  • In 1995, he was threatened and joined the CNDD-FDD when hundreds of Hutu students were killed or forced to flee. After rising through the ranks, Nkurunziza was appointed deputy secretary-general of the CNDD-FDD in 1998.
  • In the late 1990s, he was condemned to death by court and trial in absentia. In 2001, he was elected chairman.
  • There was a split in the group in late 2001. He was reelected chairman in August 2004.
  • During the Burundian Civil War, Nkurunziza is said to have survived a near death experience.
  • He was wounded several times in the war and was given the nickname “Pita”.
  • Beginning in late 2003 and after the ceasefire agreement, he was appointed Minister for Good Governance in the transitional government of President Domitien Ndayizeye.
  • Following a series of CNDD-FDD victories in elections held during June and July 2005, Nkurunziza was nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.
  • He was elected president by members of parliament (acting as an electoral college) with a vote of 151 to 162 on 19 August 2005 and took office on 26 August 2005.
  • He was reelected in 2010 with more than 91% of the vote amidst an opposition boycott and sworn in for his second term on August 26, 2010.
  • In March 2014, Nkurunziza banned jogging, due to “fears it was being used as a cover for subversion.”
  • In April 2015 Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term in office. The opposition said that Nkurunziza’s bid to extend his term was in defiance of the constitution, as it bars the president from running for a third term.
  • On May 13, 2015, Burundi Army General Godefroid Niyombareh declared a coup via radio while Nkurunziza was abroad attending a summit in Tanzania with other African leaders. Niyombareh had been dismissed from his post as head of intelligence in February 2015.
  • However, the controversial presidential elections were held on 21 July 2015. The electoral commission under pressure announced on 24 July 2015 that Nkurunziza had won the election with 69.41% of the vote with low voter turnout, the participation rate under 30%.
  • In March 2018, Nkurunziza was named “eternal supreme guide” by the ruling party, CNDD-FDD, in the run-up to a constitutional referendum on 17 May that year. The referendum’s proposed constitutional changes would allow Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034.
  • On 21 May the new constitution was approved, allowing Nkurunziza to extend his term limits starting in 2020.
  • On 7 June 2018, Nkurunziza announced that he will step down after the 2020 elections.
  • Nkurunziza was one of seven siblings. Two of his siblings were killed after civil war erupted in 1993, and three others died while fighting in the CNDD-FDD. Only one of his siblings, a sister, is alive today.
  • He married his wife in 1994 and is the father of two sons.
  • Nkurunziza described himself as a born again Christian, though his rule has involved severely restricting religious freedoms for evangelical Christians and other groups.
  • Nkurunziza enjoyed playing football and cycling. He began playing football at the age of five, and played in a team at secondary school and his university.
  • In September 2019, a UN committee concluded that President Pierre Nkurunziza was personally accountable for serious violations.

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