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Al-Shabab gunmen kill Somali MP

Fighters from al-Shabab have warned of further attack against government officials

A Somali member of parliament has been shot dead in Mogadishu by Islamist militants from the al-Shabab movement, officials say.

Abdullahi Qayad Barre was killed near the presidential palace when gunmen opened fire on his car.

A spokesman for al-Shabab said the group had carried out the attack, and would target other MPs.

Barre's death came amid tight security as lawmakers gathered to vote on whether to approve a new cabinet.

It is the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country. At least five MPs were murdered last year, but Barre is the first to have been killed in 2015.

Al-Shabab described Barre as a "legitimate target", calling MPs "despotic infidels" who would continue to be targeted.

Al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda, was pushed out of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, by African peacekeeping forces in 2011.

But the group has waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of Sharia law.

The latest violence is an apparent attempt to discredit claims by the authorities and African Union troops that they are winning against al-Shabab.

Somalia's parliament is also the scene of political infighting, prompting repeated warnings by international donors that the power struggles are stalling progress.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
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Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.

Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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