Xenophobia: Zulu King Summons Meeting As Pressure Mounts

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has noted that there is need for regional police to put in place a mechanism for monitoring former terror convicts and developing a watch list for
suspected criminals.

Kayihura made the remarks on Friday evening during the East African solidarity meeting on counter terrorism held at Serena hotel in Kampala.

“The watch list is being  used in other parts of the world and has been successful .We can revive it here because as the world operates as a global village, rx information pills organized criminals and terrorists also  operate  from border to border, case ” the police chief said.

According to Gen. Kayihura most of those involved in crimes and other terror related acts are repeat offenders whom he stressed need to always be monitored on release from prison.

“There is need for monitoring of  convicts who have served their sentences   and come back to the community because most offences are committed by repeat offenders. In Busoga, most of those arrested in connection with the murders and other acts of terrorism had been in prison for various offences and later set free.”

A few weeks ago, the Uganda police swung into action and arrested Jamal Kiyemba a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison in connection with terrorism and murder of former Senior State prosecutor Joan Kagezi who was  shot while going back home on the evening of March 30 at Kiwatule, East of the capital Kampala.

Kagezi was the lead prosecutor in charge of the case in which 13 suspected Somalia based Al Shabaab militant group members  are charged for masterminding the  July 2010 Lugogo bombings that led to death of more than 70 people.

Kayihura added, “A good example are the former ADF and other rebels who have since benefitted from amnesty, there is need to always be monitored. Its a gap we should fill as a region if we are to fight terrorism and other organized crimes.”


The meeting for East African countries saw police chiefs from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania resolve to enhance cooperation in intelligence sharing, investigation and managing organized crimes and terrorism.

The East African police chiefs also agreed to review lessons learnt in the fight against terrorism by considering the link between terrorism and other organized crimes with a view of developing both proactive and reactive measures.

On 2 April 2015, suspected Al Shabaab gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in North-eastern Kenya killing more than 140 students and leaving scores injured.
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives for the second day of the 50th African Union Aniversary Summit in Addis Ababa on May 26, ambulance 2013, online with Africa’s myriad problems set aside for a day to mark the progress that has been made. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA
Burundi police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term in the upcoming elections, order while some protesters responded with stones, in the capital Bujumbura on Friday.

Xinhua news reports that hundreds of people, including the dissidents of the ruling party, attended a demonstration launched by five opposition groups in the downtown area in the morning, shouting “no third term to Nkurunziza.”

Anti-riot police asked them to leave, but were refused. Angry protesters had clashes with the police and some were allegedly arrested.

“This is just the beginning. We will continue demonstrations until President Nkurunziza gives up his plans for a third term,” said Chauvineau Mugwengezo, head of an opposition group, alleging “the police beat him during the demonstration.”

Burundi’s Roman Catholic Church, the opposition parties and some civil organizations have announced their opposition against Nkurunziza’s third term, although he has not stated his intentions.

The opponents say the move will violate the Arusha Agreement and Burundi’s Constitution, and may bring violence to the East African nation.

The constitution stipulates that a president of Burundi cannot serve the country for more than two terms. Nkurunziza was elected by parliament in 2005 and re-elected by citizens in 2010.

Burundi is this year to hold general elections between May 26 and August 24, with the presidential election to be held on June 26.

Meanwhile the United Nations is reporting that number of Burundians seeking refuge in neighboring countries, over the past weeks.

Briefing reporters in Geneva, Adrian Edwards warned that more than 8,000 Burundians had sought refuge in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past 14 days amid intensifying harassment and reported disappearances of people associated with the political opposition.

Earlier this week, during his visit to Burundi, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein confirmed that recent events in the country were of great concern.

He urged politicians and activists to ensure that the country’s political debate does not transform into incitement or violence, and urged those competing in the election to do so fairly and graciously.

Reports from South Africa indicate that the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will hold a meeting with traditional leaders in a bid to stop xenophobic attacks.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu made the announcement in Durban on Friday where he again urged locals not to attack foreigners.

Mchunu said Zwelethini would hold the meeting with the amakhosi on Monday at one of the stadiums in the city.

Durban has been wracked by a continuing spate of attacks on immigrants, tadalafil which many have blamed on a speech Zwelithini made last month in which he reportedly expressed anti-immigrant sentiments.

Mchunu said Zwelithini was considering a direct broadcast to urge calm.

“We have met with his majesty twice. He is extremely unhappy. He rejects the attacks. He’s expressing concerns at some of the activities carried out by foreigners, ” he was quoted by News 24.

Mchunu said Zwelithini’s speech last month, where he reportedly said “foreigners must pack their bags and go home”, was misinterpreted. He said the king meant to call on government to address his concerns regarding foreigners.

Mchunu said it was not a call for attacks to be carried out on foreigners.

The premier’s announcement follows a march against xenophobia in Durban on Thursday, which was marred by police having running street battles with those who are against foreigners.

But Mchunu insisted the march was a success and there were more people who had marched against xenophobia than those that had caused it.

A source in South Africa in the Zulu land has revealed that several chiefs led by Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi the chief minister of the Kwazulu are calling upon King Goodwill Zwelithini to retract his statement and apologies to the entire world.

“It is more provincial than national; KwaZulu- Natal (KZN) is tense, Gauteng Province is simmering at the seams. We all want our king to retract his words and apologize to the world if he has an ounce of dignity still left for him,” the source quoted the angry chiefs.

‘Calculated moves’

Asked what information the government had about those who were involved in the attacks against foreign businesses, he said the initial attacks had started randomly, but it now seemed “there was a calculated move to target foreign businesses”.

He said there appeared to be three issues that were upsetting locals.

These were that informal traders in the townships could not compete with the prices that foreign-owned businesses were selling their products, criminality that foreigners were involved in and a lack of respect shown by foreigners to locals.

Mchunu announced the establishment of a seven-man panel to investigate locals’ complaints against foreigners and how they can be addressed.



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