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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, son Muhoozi, on war path over party’s leadership style

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Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is on a war path with his father over the country’s ruling party’s style of leadership which he says is not in favour of Ugandans.

Muhoozi who has carved a niche for himself in controversies, on Saturday, launched a scathing offensive at his father and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), saying they “no longer represents Ugandans.”

“I am listening to the outcry of our people for change. I am with the people. Whatever NRM has become certainly does not represent the people of Uganda,” he posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Muhoozi who has often boasted about being the “best bet” to take over from his father as the Uganda’s president in the future, said he is disappointed that his father and the ruling party had derailed as a result of the deteriorating performance of the ruling NRM.

“We shall jointly (all of together) create the 6th republic. The 1st was Obote, the 2nd was Amin, the 3rd was Obote II, the 4th was Okello and the 5th was NRM. We will be the 6th republic! The greatest epoch in history,” he wrote in another post.

This is not the first time Muhoozi has criticised his father over his leadership style. On more than three different occasions, he has called on his father to change his style and come up with policies that will be to the benefit of the masses and his utterances have made him quite popular with the ordinary people who see him as being part of them.

Last month, he had revealed plans of calling for a big youth summit where he will inform the young people in the country of a big plan that he has for them.

He had also previously expressed interest in replacing his father as the President of Uganda to honour his mother, Janet Museveni, who is Uganda’s Education and Sports Minister, whom he calls “an angel.”

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Islamist jihadists kill nine in attack on Niger refugee camp

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Nine people have been confirmed killed by Islamist jihadists who attacked a refugee camp in western Niger Republic on Saturday night, local officials said.

The camp, according to the officials, housed refugees from neighbouring Mali who were displaced by the turmoil in the country.

“The toll from the attack is nine dead, one wounded and six missing,” an elected county official said.

“The attack was carried out by heavily armed terrorists who arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the refugees before fleeing back to Mali,” he said.

A security personnel who also confirmed the attack, said it happened in the Tahoua region which lies in a zone bordering Mali and Burkina Faso, two countries that have been heavily hit by jihadist insurgency and has come under repeated attack since 2017 by armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

Jihadists attacks in the region since 2021 have led to the killing of hundreds of civilians and soldiers alike.

According to the United Nations, there are over 61,000 Malian refugees sheltering in Tahoua and nearby Tillaberi.

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Three killed in attacks on ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church

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An attack on an Ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Saturday has claimed the lives of three people, while an unspecified number were reported injured, according to a a religious media outlet.

The violence which erupted in southern Ethiopia, came on the backdrop of tensions in the Orthodox Tewahedo Church after some rebel bishops broke away from the body of the church and created their own synod in Oromia, the country’s most populous region.

The breakaway bishops have accused the church of discrimination and linguistic and cultural hegemony, saying congregations in Oromia are not served in their native language, claims rejected by the patriarchate.

Church-affiliated Tewahedo Media Center (TMC), in a report on Sunday, said two Orthodox Christian youths were killed, and another four people injured, when Oromia special forces attacked the church in Shashamene, which lies about 250 kilometers (150 miles) south of Addis Ababa.

The outfit later said there had been sniper fire on the church from nearby high-rise buildings that had killed a woman and injured others.

A statement issued by the Archbishop of Addis Ababa Diocese of the church. Abune Henok, described the incidents in the Oromia city of Shashamene as “shameful and heart-wrenching,” and urged the clergy and the faithful to wear black in protest, while calling for peaceful demonstrations at churches at home and abroad on February 12.

The World Council of Churches also issued a statement on Friday voicing its “deep concern” about the developments in the Ethiopian institution.

“We call upon all political leaders in Ethiopia to support the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in its efforts to achieve unity and peace among its members,” WCC general secretary, Jerry Pillay said in the statement.

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