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Unknown Assailants Attack MINUSMA Base in Central Mali

An attack on MINUSMA’s base in Central Mali saw 20 peacekeepers sustaining serious wounds.

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The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Central Mali reports that unknown assailants have wounded at least 20 soldiers after an attack on its base.

The mission base, located near the town of Douentza was attacked on Wednesday evening, the peacekeeping mission known as United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) revealed in a statement, and the identity of the assailants remains unknown.

Going by previous occurrences in the area, the attack has been linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation who are known to have previously laid siege on peacekeepers and Malian soldiers manning the area.

Security in the Sahel region of Africa has been an issue of concern with militants choosing bases in areas habited by locals.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of MINUSMA noted that they have been conducting numerous security operations in this part of Mali for several months now.

Four peacekeepers were killed in the area on January 14, with MINUSMA recording at least 230 casualties since 2013 when its operations began, making it the worst affected of all the UN’s missions.

Northern and Central Mali have been pressure points in the country with local soldiers and the peacekeepers working to dislodge militants.

Mali is one of Africa’s hardest-hit by terrorism, which has been bedeviling the continent for more than a decade.

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Two sentenced for Illegal Possession of Pangolin

Zambia Wildlife Act No 14 of 2015 stipulates a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, without the option of a fine for persons found in illegal possession of pangolins, their scales, or other body parts.

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A police officer and a wildlife ranger in Zambia have been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour for being in possession of a live pangolin.

Mr. Sakabilo Kalembwe from the Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer named the affected officials as Bertha Katanda, a wildlife officer from the department and John Pende, an officer in the Zambia police service.

Sakabilo Kalembwe

Mr. Kalembwe said the jailing of the two officers attests to the nation’s zero tolerance for wildlife crimes. 

“The Lusaka subordinate court has sentenced Bertha Katanda (42), a Wildlife Police Officer from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), and John Pende (54), an Officer from the Zambia Police Service, to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of a live pangolin. The duo was jointly charged with two other persons, for Unlawful Possession of the Protected Animal contrary to section 130 (1) ZWA No. 14 of 2015. Two other suspects in the matter were acquitted” he said.

Zambia Wildlife Act No 14 of 2015 stipulates a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, without the option of a fine for persons found in illegal possession of pangolins, their scales, or other body parts.  

Read also: https://newscentral.africa/zim-healer-arrested-for-wrongful-possession-of-2000-python-skin/

Each decade, over a million pangolins are poached especially from Africa and sent to China. Due to their prolific insectivorous diet, pangolins are significant in pest control, often eating insects that negatively impact crop production.

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Tanzania’s Electric SGR Operations Gets Power Boost

Energy minister for Tanzania Medard Kalemani has confirmed that the construction of power lines between Kinyerezi in Dar es Salaam and Kingorwira in Morogoro was complete and that Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) was set to supply the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) locomotives.

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Energy minister for Tanzania Medard Kalemani has confirmed that the construction of power lines between Kinyerezi in Dar es Salaam and Kingorwira in Morogoro was complete and that Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) was set to supply the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) locomotives.

Speaking at a Tanesco workshop on Sunday, he said

“We have invested Tsh71.1 billion (about $30.7 million) in building the necessary power infrastructure for the first phase of the SGR. The project is 100 per cent done,” he said, detailing a number of other projects that the government has implemented in the energy sector.

Dr Kalemani, who doubles as Chato MP dismissed concerns that SGR train operations could be disrupted in times of power cuts. He explained that the locomotives will have inbuilt power-saving systems capable of retaining charge for at least one hour.

Medard Kalemani

He further explained that in an effort to meet the 5,000 megawatts target by 2025, Tanzania was currently undertaking some power generation projects which includes the 2,115 megawatts (MW) Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station.

Tanesco’s managing director Tito Mwinuka said although the country’s current demand is 1,180MW of electricity, Tanzania now produces 1,604 MW.

Mwinuka showed confidence in the progress recorded and promised it will be completed by June 2022.

He further added that the Tsh6.5 trillion ($2.8 billion) Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station had strategic importance to Tanzania’s economic outlook and that the government deserved commendation for its implementation.

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Breaking: Veteran Broadcaster Sadiq Daba is Dead

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Sadiq Abubakar Daba, Ace broadcaster and Nollywood actor, is dead. The popular TV host and actor reportedly died on Wednesday evening after a long and harrowing battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer.

A Senior official of the Nigerian Television Authority confirmed the passing of the veteran broadcaster.

Sadiq Abubakar Daba

Daba was married to Bolaji Daba and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Although Daba hails from Kano state, he grew up in Sierra Leonne. He won the AMAA 2015 Best Actor Award for his role as ‘Inspector Waziri’ ‘in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1.

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