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Uganda Military Gives Jail Sentence To Soldiers For Assaulting Journalists

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According to reports by the BBC, the Ugandan military has confirmed seven soldiers who assaulted journalists outside the United Nations Human rights office on Wednesday have been given jail sentences of between two to three months at a military detention facility by the disciplinary committee.

The reports added that, the trial of the four privates, a lance corporal and two captains was not open to the public, however; Uganda’s army chief apologised for the violence that left six reporters injured. The incident happened as the opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine was delivering a petition over human rights abuses to the UN.

The journalists were covering Wine, a pop star and lawmaker, as he delivered a petition to the office asking the United Nations to investigate human rights violations on the country including torture, abductions, illegal detentions and others.

The Reuters also reported that, NTV Uganda television showed the journalists running for safety and screaming as the security personnel struck them with batons. Four of those assaulted sustained serious injuries including to the head.

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) said in a statement that a military disciplinary committee had tried the seven soldiers, who included a captain, convicted and given them varying sentences ranging from a severe reprimand to 90 days in jail.

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Breaking News: “[COVID-19 Vaccines] Is Safe For All People So Everybody Should Take Advantage”-Ex President Mahama

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Former President Mahama, is the latest among high-ranking government officials including President Nana Akufo-Addo, to endorse the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccines which aims at eradicating the deadly pandemic globally.

He made his endorsement public after taking his jab of the COVID-19 vaccine together with wife, former first lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama at the Police Hospital in Accra, Tuesday.

The former President implored all and sundry to toe in the same direction and to disregard any popular circulated news of the vaccine not being effective for the cure of the terror disease.

“Small pox has been eradicated, polio has almost been completely been eradicated and all those sicknesses has been eradicated and so vaccines are something that are useful to preserve our health, and so I think that people should discard all these rumours concerning vaccines.  I agreed to take this vaccine publicly to send a message to all that these vaccines are safe and that all the funny rumours that are going around on social media are just hoaxes and that people should ignore them”, he conscientized.

Also, the former President detailed his first experience after receiving his jab.

“Indeed, I hardly felt it going through my skin unlike other drugs when they push the plunger in. I mean[with] this one I can hardly feel the plunger so it is safe, it is not painful and everybody should take advantage” Mr. Mahama admitted.

Ex-President Mahama and wife Lordina Mahama after the vaccination at the Police Hospital in Accra on Tuesday

With the arrival of the 600,000 vaccines that touched down in the country during last month, about 43districts have been identified as epicentres in the country. Out of the 43, Greater Accra has 25, with 16 in the Ashanti Region, and two in the Central Region.

To this effect, Ghana Health Service has deployed from Tuesday March 2nd to March 15th this year to end the first vaccination campaign which aims at vaccinating 20million people with the support of some 12,471, vaccinators, 2,079 supervisors, and 37,413 volunteers.

This information was revealed during the President’s live telecast on “Measures Taken Against The Spread of Coronavirus” on Sunday (Feb.27).

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Government And Stakeholders Must Aid In Creating Wealth In The Creative Arts Industry- Hon. Awal Mohammed

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Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Awal Ibrahim Mohammed has said that there is a great need for the Ghanaian Government and stakeholders in the private sector to take interests and come together and work towards creating wealth in the creative arts industry.

According to the Minister-designate, the creative sector along with its artists must be supported to enjoy the enormous potential in the sector. In the Ministers quest to achieve this, he seeks to partner with movie makers to ensure that they produce enough quality films and series that will meet the demands of television stations. He announced that a $20million-dollar film studio will be built to become the hub for movie production in the West African sub-region.

Hon. Awal Mohammed explained that it frustrating that tourists visit the country and consume Western produced content instead of our local content. He said that tourists will spend more than 15% of their money on entertainment if there was much source of entertainment here.

“It is important that a significant percentage of content shown on television should reflect Ghanaian culture and norms.

“We want to build the studio to help us put out Ghanaian movie series so that primetime on TV should be at least 70% local content. We need to make our creative artists rich and strong. That will boost our creative industry,” he added.

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Inusah Fuseini Saga: Court Turns Over Inusah Fuseini To Police For Investigations

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Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini has been handed over by the Kaneshie Magistrate Court to the Criminal Investigations Department of the police for questioning over failing to cooperate with police.

 This stems from his remarks of inciting candidate John Mahama to declare himself President and proceeding to form a parallel government after the 2020 Presidential election went out of his party’s favour.

On Monday, state prosecutor, Richard Amoah told the Kaneshie magistrate court that the criminal summons was for his refusal to cooperate with the police after several attempts to honour their invite had fell flat.

He upholded that his charge is for “offensive conduct” stemming from his remarks which to them is earmarked at “breaching the peace of the state”.

In a move to shoot down claims that his client had contempted the court, lawyer for Mr.Fuseini, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe argued in court that his client’s refusal to honour the invitation was for not knowing what his client’s offense was.

He furthered saying that he wrote a letter to the police to inquire of his client’s offense and until now the letter is yet to be replied.

But contrastingly, Mr.Fuseni who played guest on Multimedia’s award-winning TV program,Newsfile over the weekend, had this to say concerning his court summons: “I am prepared…….”.

Judge Ama Adomako-Kwakye after listening to both arguments has ruled that the former legislator to succumb himself to the police for further investigations.

Together with his lawyer, they are at the headquarters of the CID for questioning, Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson reports.

More to follow soon….  

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Italian Ambassador Killed In DR Congo Attack

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According to reports by CNN, The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, has been killed in Goma alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy, the Italian Foreign Ministry has said in press statement.

“It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri,” the ministry said in a statement.

The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, according to officials at the nearby Virunga National Park. Armed groups are known to operate in an around the park, which borders both Rwanda and Uganda. Militias also clash regularly in the east of the country, where a large UN force is struggling to keep the peace.

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