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Briefing: Rwandan Activist Killed in SA; MTN CEO Returning; Kenyatta Visits Mosque

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MTN CEO Wim Returning to Uganda

Mbire (c) with MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte at a function in Kampala (internet photo)

MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Wim Vanhelleputte is returning to Uganda after being pardoned by President Museveni.

“MTN confirms that the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has exercised executive discretion to permit MTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte’s unconditional return to Uganda,” the telecom said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rob Shuter, MTN Group President and CEO recently met President Museveni in Munyonyo where Wim’s fate was discussed.

Wim is married to a Ugandan.

He had been deported over cases related to threatening national security.

MTN has since agreed to sell shares on the local stock market.

“MTN wishes to express its gratitude to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, all government officials, Ministries, Departments and Agencies for their support and goodwill for making this possible,” said Shuter.

“MTN Uganda is a law-abiding corporate citizen and is committed to continue to play its part in the development of Uganda.”

Rwandan Opposition Activist Shot Dead in South Africa

The car in which the Rwandans were traveling

Camir Nkurunziza, a former member of Paul Kagame’s presidential guard and another Rwandan have been shot dead in South Africa.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening in Goodwood, Cape Town.

According to a statement issued by authorities, the two Rwandans died when members of The Flying Squad opened fire.

“At about 17:00 the members spotted the vehicle Toyota Etios on the N1 and wanted to pull the vehicle over,” the statement reads in part.

The driver with three other occupants fled and in the process knocked a number of vehicles and skipped red traffic lights.

RIP: Nkurunziza

On the corner of Hugo and Milton in Goodwood the driver skipped another red traffic light and collided with a BMW, Kia and a Conquest.

The members of the Flying Squad instructed the Rwandans to get out of the vehicle.

The driver then attacked one member of the police squad with a knife.

The cop opened fire and killed the attacker. A second person, alegedly a victim of a hijacking, where the Etios was hijacked was also killed.

Nkurunziza is said to have joined FNL, a rebel movement whose spokesperson Callixte Sankara was recently captured and charged with treason in courts of law in Kigali.

He had campaigned against President Kagame’s quest for a third term in office.

7 people of the other vehicles were taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.

Kiir, Kenyatta Meet in Nairobi

Kiir held talks with Kenyatta on Thursday 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has at State House , Nairobi , held talks with Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed and the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit.

The talks between President Kenyatta and the Yemeni PM focused on various issues of mutual interest between Kenya and the second largest Arab State, including the issuance of Visas to Yemeni citizens visiting Kenya.

The two leaders also discussed Kenya’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the forthcoming elections.

Also discussed was the peace and security situation in the larger Middle East region and how stability in the Arab world impacts on East Africa, especially Kenya.

Later, President Kenyatta hosted President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit who briefed his host on the peace process in his country where political stability remains a challenge.

The two leaders underscored the importance of tranquility in South Sudan as a major component of regional stability.

Kenyatta in Historic Visit to Mosque

Kenyatta addressing Muslims at the mosque on Thursday

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has made history by becoming the first sitting President of Kenya to visit a Mosque and pray with Muslims.

The President joined worshippers at Jamia Mosque in prayer and in breaking their fast.

The Head of State’s visit was made more significant by the fact that Muslims are marking the last five days of the holy month of Ramadan.

The last days of the fasting period are regarded as more rewarding to Muslims.

Before the Iftar and the prayers, the President was taken on a tour of Jamia Mosque complex where he visited the library and Horizon TV station operated by the Mosque.

He addressed viewers on live TV and extended best wishes to Muslims as they approach the end of the holy month.

President Kenyatta later addressed worshippers inside the mosque where he reiterated his rallying call for all Kenyans to be united no matter their background.

“We are proud of our diversity as a nation of many ethnic groups, colours and religions,” said the President.

He urged Muslims and all other Kenyans to always remember to foster peace and unity, adding that tolerance is the bedrock of harmonious coexistence.

The President assured the community that the Government will never advocate injustice against any one group of Kenyans. He said the community should work closely with the government in fighting crime and extremism.

“When we see violence occasioned, this violence is not occasioned by Muslims or Christians but by criminals. It is this criminal that we fight because they are enemies of Muslims and Christians and all other religious groups,” said the President.

Muslim leaders who spoke at the Mosque said the President has opened a new window of unity by making the first visit by a sitting President to a mosque.

Earlier in the day, President Kenyatta flagged off food stuff destined for various mosques.

The food consisting of 480 bags of rice, 340 bags of beans and 190 cartons of cooking oil will be distributed to 13 mosques within Nairobi and will be distributed to needy people. The President further flagged off a truckload of cattle that will be distributed to the various mosques.

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