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Married South African man found guilty of ordering murder of pregnant girlfriend

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A married South African man, Ntuthuko Shoba, was on Friday, found guilty of ordering the murder of his 28-year-old girlfriend who was pregnant for him, to prevent his wife knowing about the pregnancy.

The victim, Tshegofatso Pule, was eight months pregnant when she was murdered on the orders of her estranged boyfriend who paid a hitman to take her out.

Pule, who was expecting her first child at the time of her death, was found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Johannesburg, with a gunshot wound to her chest.

Her murder had sparked widespread protest over violence against women in the country.

During his arraignment, the court heard that Shoba had hired Muzikayise Malephane, to lure Pule to a meeting point where she was killed.

Malephane who was arrested shortly after the murder, had since confessed to killing Pule and is serving a 20-year sentence, and became a state witness where he implicated Shoba, who is due to be sentenced in early May, as the mastermind.

Malephane told the court that Shoba wanted Pule killed to keep his wife from finding out about the pregnancy, adding that it was Shoba’s second attempt on Pule’s life.

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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