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Ugandan police halt Bobi Wine’s rallies after three die in ghastly accident

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The Uganda Police Force on Saturday suspended all rallies organized by the presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Bobi Wine, after three people died in a ghastly accident during a procession along the Kampala-Masaka Highway.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the decision came after a serious accident which involved a procession of NUP leaders on Friday, at about 10:00 am along the highway near St. Lawrence College, Maya.

Enanga said the accident involved two vehicles and four motorcycles, all of which were part of a motorcade heading to Masaka for NUP’s planned consultative activities.

“The collision resulted in the death of three individuals and left several others injured. The injured parties were transported to nearby medical facilities, which have yet to be specified by the police,” Enanga said.

“The cause of the accident was due to the recklessness of the drivers and riders who were driving at excessive speeds without regard to other road users,” the police spokesman said, adding that the incident underscores ongoing concerns about road safety and adherence to traffic regulations during political events.

“In response to the incident, and following a prior meeting held on May 27 between police leadership and NUP representatives, the Uganda Police Force has decided to put a stop to the party’s activities. During the meeting, both parties reportedly agreed on specific guidelines for conducting NUP’s consultative meetings.”

“The loss of innocent lives was a result of recklessness by the drivers and riders who were driving in excess speed without regard to other road users,” stated Enanga in a press briefing.

He, however, emphasized that the decision to stop NUP’s activities was necessary to prevent further incidents and ensure public safety.

The Uganda Police Force made a call to the public to remain vigilant and observe law and order, warning that anyone acting contrary to public order and safety would be held accountable under the laws of Uganda.

“The safety of Ugandans will always remain our priority,” the statement concluded.

Music star turned politician, Bobi Wine, had held a massive rally in Masaka city where he was welcomed by thousands of supporters with the rally going on until late in the evening.

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SA officials launch probe into accident that killed musician Shebeshxt’s daughter

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South African authorities have launched an investigation into the tragic accident that claimed the life of the nine-year-old daughter of musician, Lehlogonolo Katlego Chauke, popularly known as Shebeshxt, on Saturday.

The Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety, in a statement on Wednesday, said the accident that occurred along the R37 near the Smelters Mine outside Polokwane, also caused the controversial rapper a foot.

Spokesperson for the Department, Tidimalo Chuene, said the accident occurred at about 22:00 when Shebeshxt’s charcoal Volkswagen Polo collided with a heavy motor vehicle.

According to local media reports, the “Ambulance” hitmaker was en route to perform at an African National Congress Siyanqoba Rally celebration concert scheduled for Sunday in Lebowakgomo when the accident happened.

“A Volkswagen Polo is reported to have overturned after colliding with a heavy motor vehicle, killing the young girl and seriously injuring the driver and another passenger,” Chuene told reporters.

The spokesman stated that the nine-year-old girl was killed in the accident, while two other passengers sustained serious but “salvageable threatening injuries.”

She said the cause of the accident will be investigated, and the names of all individuals involved be disclosed to the public once all necessary police procedures are completed.

“As the department, we are saddened by the incident and send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, and wish for those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery,” she added.

In a related statement, Shebeshxt’s family confirmed the accident and the passing of the rapper’s daughter.

“The accident unfortunately claimed the life of his beloved daughter, Onthatile (Gladys Chuene), which has caused utter grief and shock as she was the angel that warmed up all our hearts,” reads the statement.

The family statement added that the “Twerka” singer is alive and currently hospitalised, receiving medical care.

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‘Stop competing, learn from Nigeria’s movie industry’, Nollywood actor Michael Uchegbu charges Ghanaian filmmakers

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A top Nollywood actor, Michael Uchegbu, has advised moviemakers and stakeholders in the Ghanaian movie industry to stop competing with the Nigerian film sector but rather learn from Africa’s biggest entertainment industry.

Uchegbu who gave the advice in an interview with Ghanaian entertainment tabloid, Graphic Showbiz, admonished stakeholders in the West African country to stop
expending their energy on contesting Nollywood and rather concentrate on building a unique brand.

The versatile actor noted that Nollywood, which is currently rubbing shoulders with Hollywood and Bollywood, achieved its status through the “relentless efforts and innovations” and that “attempts to compete with the industry would rather impede the development of Ghana’s film industry.”

The “Anomalous” star emphasized that players in the Ghanaian movie industry could learn a lot from their Nigerian counterparts if they stop seeing themselves as competitors.

“The Ghanaian movie sector is not making much progress due to the lack of drive among its players to achieve global success and that is what is hindering its growth,” he stated.

“So the best bet is to learn from Nollywood and not spend precious time trying to compete with them.

“Filmmakers in Ghana could harness the experiences and practices of Nollywood to overcome the sector’s current challenges.

“They also need to strategise to build up the industry by producing exceptional movies that can gain international recognition instead of rivalling Nollywood,” he added.

He also stressed the importance of investment, hard work and collaboration for the growth of Ghana’s movie industry.

“Nigeria’s movie industry is far advanced in my opinion because we are a go-getting nation while Ghanaians are more relaxed and calm.

“So I think the way to go is to learn from each other and build each other up. Ghana and Nigeria should not compete if we are to build Africa and our respective industries,” he noted.

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