Saturday, January 12, 2019

Four Witnesses Allegedly Killed by Kenyan Police!

Associated Press

   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Six men were dead. On that, Kenyan police and a watchdog could agree. Then the narratives diverged, and sharply.

   Police posted on Twitter that the six men had robbed a motorbike taxi driver and raped his passenger. Human rights activists quickly put together a different account from witnesses: Two of the dead were robbery suspects. The others apparently were killed by police for witnessing officers kill the two men.

   As frustration in Kenya grows over alleged police abuses, the public has begun fighting back. They have formed the Dandora Social Justice Center and others to investigate what they say the government doesn't.

   In low-income neighborhoods of the capital, Nairobi, police killings are common. Many cases have gone unreported with families suffering in silence, rights activists say. Rarely are perpetrators held accountable.

   Police officers have been implicated in numerous reports by international rights groups and even Kenya's government-backed rights commission. A database kept by the local Nation newspaper says police killed 180 people in Kenya in the first nine months of 2018, the majority in Dandora.

   Police counter the allegations of illegal killings by saying the rights groups are embellishing their reports to attract more donor funding.

   The rise of social justice centers in Kenya in recent months has had an immediate impact.

   The six deaths in October documented by the Dandora Social Justice Center were among 28 alleged killings by police documented over a month's time in Nairobi's low-income neighborhoods of Dandora, Mathare, Kayole and Githuria.

   One of the witnesses killed was a 17-year-old boy who climbed a tree to hide from officers but was pulled down and shot dead, said Beth Mukami with the social justice center.

   The center's account of the police killings was given to the Independent Police Oversight Authority, a civilian oversight group with the mandate of investigating police abuses. The authority says it received 288 complaints in 2018 of deaths and serious injuries allegedly committed by members of Kenya's National Police Service.

   The social justice groups have become a critical partner, said Dennis Oketch, spokesman for the authority. The groups work quickly on the ground, flagging cases when the crime scene is still fresh and witnesses are still available, he said. The groups also hold the authority accountable by following up on cases, he added.

   Wilfred Olal, who co-founded the idea of social justice groups, said the idea started about two years ago during discussions in a civil society group known as the People's Parliament.

   "The communities come together, do research on matters affecting the community, especially on human rights and social justice," Olal said. Most justice centers receive on average five cases a day.

   Other issues addressed in the 10 Nairobi slums that now have social justice centers include gender-based violence, pollution and political accountability.

   Currently most resources for the centers come from the community, Olal said.

   "We don't want to rely on donors so much. We are modelling justice centers to be business-savvy so that it gives them independence," he said. The centers have received some support from rights groups Amnesty International and the International Justice Mission.

   The community-based groups are the best placed to rapidly respond to rights violations and train local youth in leadership, said Irungu Houghton, Amnesty's country director.

   "The centers operate in very poor and marginalized neighborhoods," he said. "Bruised by neglect and violence, the centers' biggest challenge is building confidence and trust with the community that they can deliver results." Every time a young person is wrongly killed, "this trust is broken."

   People had had no safe place to go to report alleged police abuses, said Mukami with Dandora Social Justice, whose husband disappeared almost a decade ago in a police crackdown on a quasi-religious gang known as the Mungiki.

   Mukami says she suffered greatly as a single parent, not knowing whether her husband was alive or dead. The new social justice centers offer counseling to families of people who say they have suffered police-related trauma.

   One of the greatest challenges the new centers face is protecting their volunteers, Olal said.

   Currently one group member is in hiding after receiving threats from a police officer who was shown in a viral video shooting an armed suspect until bullets in his gun are finished, then taking a colleague's gun and shooting until it's empty too.

   The activist went into hiding after allegedly documenting how the officer pulled another suspect he had shot from a hospital bed, with the suspect found dead days later.

   Despite the challenges, the new centers have become community focal points for residents' complaints, Mukami said.

   "It shows us that people do not have trust in government and have nowhere to turn to," she said.

Recount Demanded in Congo Election

Martin Fayulu
Associated Press

   KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu on Saturday said he has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."

   He could be risking more than a court refusal. Congo's electoral commission president Corneille Nangaa has said there are only two options: The official results are accepted or the vote is annulled - keeping President Joseph Kabila in power until another election.

   "They call me the people's soldier ... and I will not let the people down," Fayulu said. The court filing includes evidence from witnesses at polling stations across the country, he said.

   Rifle-carrying members of Kabila's Republican Guard deployed outside Fayulu's home and the court earlier Saturday. It was an attempt to stop him from filing, Fayulu said while posting a video of them on Twitter: "The fear remains in their camp."

   Fayulu has accused the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, of a backroom deal with Kabila to win power in the mineral-rich nation as the ruling party candidate did poorly.

   The opposition coalition for Fayulu, a businessman vocal about cleaning up widespread corruption, has said he won 61 percent of the vote, citing figures compiled by the Catholic Church's 40,000 election observers across the vast Central African country.

   Those figures show Tshieskedi received 18 percent, the coalition said.

   The church, the rare authority that many Congolese find trustworthy, has urged the electoral commission to release its detailed vote results for public scrutiny. The commission has said Tshisekedi won with 38 percent while Fayulu received 34 percent.

   Earlier on Saturday, the commission announced that Kabila's ruling coalition had won an absolute majority of national assembly seats. That majority, which will choose the prime minister and form the next government, sharply reduces the chances of dramatic reforms under Tshisekedi.

   Congolese now face the extraordinary situation of a presidential vote allegedly rigged in favor of the opposition. "This is more than an electoral farce; it's a tragedy," the LUCHA activist group tweeted, noting a ruling party majority in provincial elections as well.

   This could be Congo's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but observers have warned that a court challenge could lead to violence.

   The Dec. 30 election came after more than two turbulent years of delays as many Congolese worried that Kabila, in power since his father was assassinated in 2001, sought a way to stay in office to protect his sprawling assets.

   "Even if Tshisekedi's presidency survives these court challenges, he will be compromised beyond repair and reliant on Kabila, whose patronage network controls most of the country's levers of power, including the security forces," professor Pierre Engelbert, a fellow with at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, wrote on Friday.

   Statements on the election by the international community, including African regional blocs, have not congratulated Tshisekedi, with some looking forward to final detailed results and many urging against violence.

   Congo's 80 million people have been largely peaceful since the vote, though the U.N. peacekeeping mission reported at least a dozen deaths in protests in Kwilu province. Authorities also noted demonstrations in Kisangani and Mbandaka cities.

   Internet service has been cut off across the country since election day.

   Tshisekedi had not been widely considered the leading candidate. Long in the shadow of his father, the late opposition leader Etienne, he broke away from the opposition's unity candidate, Fayulu, to stand on his own.

   After election results were announced, Tshisekedi said Kabila would be an "important partner" in the transition.

   Fayulu, who was backed by two popular opposition leaders barred by the government from running, is seen as more of a threat to Kabila's interests.

   The difference between Tshisekedi and Fayulu in official results was some 684,000 votes. One million voters were barred from the election at the last minute, with the electoral commission blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak. Elsewhere, observers reported numerous problems including malfunctioning voting machines and polling stations that opened hours late.

   The presidential inauguration will be on Jan. 22, the electoral commission said Saturday.

Oil Tanker Explosion kills 60 in Nigeria

Burning Oil Tanker in Nigeria

Associated Press

   LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people were scooping up the leaking fuel and many were killed, police and witnesses said Saturday.

   Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, as impoverished people risk their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines or trucks.

   "We have recovered 12 corpses and taken 22 persons with serious burns to hospital," police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told The Associated Press. She said the blast occurred Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state in the southeast.

   But some residents put the death toll closer to 60.

   "The police only recovered a few corpses, many of the other dead were burnt to ashes," witness Richard Johnson told the AP.

   He said about 60 people were inside a pit scooping fuel when the explosion occurred. "It is not likely that anyone inside the pit survived as there was a lot of fuel in the pit," Johnson said.

   He suggested the blast was caused by an electrical generator that had been brought to the scene to help pump out the fuel for people's containers.

   It was not immediately clear what caused the truck to overturn.

   About a year ago, more than 30 residents in the same locality were burnt to death while scooping fuel from an oil tanker involved in an accident.

   Nigeria's worst such accident occurred in 1998, when more than 1,000 people died as the leaking oil pipeline from which they were scooping fuel exploded in the town of Jesse.


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sudan Protests

   CAIRO (AP) - Thousands demonstrated Friday in nearly two dozen neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down, according to activists, keeping up the pressure on the autocratic general-turned-president who has been in power for nearly 30 years.

   The activists said hundreds also took to the streets Friday in the railway city of Atbara north of Khartoum, Obeid in the western North Kordofan province, and Senar and Wad Madani south of the capital. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals.

   They said police used tear gas to disperse protesters in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman, a traditional hotbed of dissent. There were no reports of casualties.

   Friday's protests were the latest in a wave of demonstrations that began across much of Sudan on Dec. 19, first against price rises and shortages but which later turned against Bashir, in power since a 1989 military coup he led. They coincide with worsening economic woes that saw a currency devaluation spiking prices, fuel shortages and a steep rise in the price of bread, a main fare for most Sudanese.

   The government says elections are the only legitimate means for "regime change" and insists that "subversive elements" have infiltrated the ranks of peaceful protesters. Lawmakers loyal to Bashir are rallying support in the legislature for constitutional amendments to allow Bashir, who is in his mid-70s, to run for election in 2020.

   On Friday, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he wanted authorities in Sudan to conduct a "thorough investigation" od the deaths and violence during the protests. "The Secretary-General emphasizes the need to safeguard freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," the spokesman said.

   London-based rights group Amnesty International says it has "reliable reports" to show that 37 people were killed in the first five days of unrest. The United States, Britain, Canada and Norway have expressed concern about the use of lethal force by security forces against protesters and are demanding an investigation.

   On Thursday, the government gave its first casualty figures from the unrest. It said 19 people were killed in the protests and more than 200 protesters were wounded. Nearly 190 members of the security forces were wounded, it added.

   As in previous protests, participants numbered in the hundreds or very low thousands, but the continuing defiance of the government in the face of security forces accused of using lethal force indicate a high level of popular discontent.

   But it's too soon to speculate on whether these relatively modest numbers could force Bashir to step down. They may embolden top army commanders to counsel the president to quit in the nation's interest, although another general at the helm is unlikely to placate the Sudanese. A protracted uprising would likely paralyze the country and turn into the kind of chaos seen in Libya, whose 2011 revolt turned into a civil war that has left the country divided to this day.

   Sudan's military has dominated the country since independence in 1956 and the ongoing protests bear some resemblance to popular revolts in 1964 and 1985 that toppled military regimes and ushered in democratically elected governments, later overthrown by military coups in 1969 and 1989 respectively.

   The protesters in Atbara chanted "the people want to bring down the regime," the main slogan of the Arab Spring revolts of 2010 and 2011. In Omdurman, they chanted "freedom, peace and justice."

   A video clip provided to The Associated Press by the activists and posted online purported to show the scene at a Khartoum mosque where Bashir, an Islamist, performed his Friday prayers. A lone male voice could be heard shouting "Bashir, leave!" The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.

   Friday's protests also coincided with an indefinite strike by doctors and a three-day strike by journalists that began on Thursday.

   Also Friday, the activists reported another wave of arrests of opposition leaders, including some of the organizers of an attempted march on Bashir's presidential palace on Tuesday. The call for the march attracted thousands of participants who clashed with police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them. Scores were wounded, some seriously.

   Among those arrested is the chairman of the liberal Sudan Conference Party and a senior leader of the Communist Party, the latter a key player in past popular uprisings.

What is Boxing Day?

   LONDON (AP) - In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here's a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:


   While no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.

   It was seen as a reward for a year's worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.

   Some trace it to Britain's proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.

   There are other explanations, but it's clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at "big box" stores selling televisions, computers and the like.


   No one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters' celebrations.

   Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes - they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.

   The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.


   Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence - and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.

   In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, "Boxing Day Sales" have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Usafiri Dar es Salaam (UDA)

Nani nakumbuka mabasi ya UDA ya miaka ya 1970's-1980s.  Zilikuwa zinajazana, vibaya mno! Mwenyezi mungu alitulinda! Walileta kumbakumba lakini hazikudumu kwa sababu barabara zilikuwa mbovu. Yaani siyo mashimo, ilikuwa mahandaki!!!  Depot ya Kumbakumba ilikuwa Ubungo (Pale yanapoondokea mabasi ya mkoani)

UDA Bus is Dar es Salaam circa 1978

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Yvonne Sangudi - MistaRomeo [Official Music Video]

Cheki video mpya kutoka Dada wa KiTanzania, Yvonne Sangudi!  Kweli Superstar quality!  Hongera Yvonne!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Update - MV Nyerere Sinking

   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, an official said Saturday, while coffins arrived for at least 167 victims and counting.

   An engineer was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported he had shut himself into the engine room. His condition was not immediately clear.

   Search efforts continued around the ferry's exposed underside as families of victims prepared to claim the dead. No one knows how many people were on board the ferry, which had a capacity of 101. Officials on Friday said at least 40 people had been rescued.

   The government's Chief Secretary John Kijazi announced the rising death toll to reporters after President John Magufuli ordered the arrests of those responsible.

   "This is a great disaster for our nation," Magufuli said, announcing four days of national mourning.

   The badly overloaded ferry capsized in the final stretch before shore on Thursday afternoon as people returning from a busy market day shifted and prepared to disembark. Horrified fishermen and other witnesses have expressed fear that more than 200 could have died.

   Pope Francis, the United Nations secretary-general, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of African leaders have expressed shock and sorrow.

   The MV Nyerere, named for the former president who led the East African nation to independence, was traveling between the islands of Ukara and Ukerewe when it sank, according to the government agency in charge of servicing the vessels.

   Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Some of the deadliest have occurred in Tanzania, where aging passenger ferries often carry hundreds of passengers and well beyond capacity.

   In 1996, more than 800 people died when passenger and cargo ferry MV Bukoba sank on Lake Victoria.

   Nearly 200 people died in 2011 when the MV Spice Islander I sank off Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast near Zanzibar.


Tanzia - Jah Kimbute


Yohana Blacklista

Habari zilizotufikia katika chumba chetu cha habari usiku huu zinasema kwamba gwiji wa muziki wa reggae nchini Jah Kimbute amefariki dunia nyumbani kwake Msasani jijini Dar es salaam, mshirika wa karibu wa marehemu David Msitta Manju, amethibitisha.
Akiongea nasi kwa njia ya simu kutoka Mwanza aliko kikazi, Manju amesema amepata habari usiku huu kwamba Jah Kimbute amefariki dunia Alhamisi jioni nyumbani kwake.
Amesema kwamba amepata taarifa hizo toka kwa mkewe aliyeko jijini Tanga na kwamba mipango ya mazishi itajulikana leo asubuhi baada ya ndugu kukusanyika.
Mke wa marehemu pia alithibitisha habari hizo akiwa Tanga, na kusema kila kitu kitafahamika baada ya ndugu wa Jah Kimbute kukutana.
Amesema marehemu alikuwa akiishi na mwanae nyumbani kwake Msasani na kwamba jana jioni alipokwenda chumbani kwake alimkuta amefariki.
"Hizi habari tumezipata usiku huu na sasa ndugu wa marehemu ambao wengi wako Lushoto wanakusanyika tayari kwa safari ya Dar es salaam kesho kukamimlisha mipango yote.
Jah Kimbute, ambaye jina lake halisi alikuwa Samwel Mleteni, alitamba sana katika anga ya muziki na kuitwa Mfalme wa Reggae wa Tanzania miaka ya 80 akiwa na kundi lake la Roots and Culture lililokuwa na makaazi yake jijini Dar es salaam.

Sehemu ya marafiki wa karibu wa Jah Kimbute wakiwa Hospitali ya Taifa ya Muhimbili jijini Dar es salaam Ijumaa jioni kuuaga mwili wa marehemu kabla ya kupelekwa Tanga kwa mazishi yanayotarajiwa kufanyika Jumamosi Septemba 22, 2018  (picha kwa hisani ya Michuzi blog)

Ferry MV Nyerere Yazama Ziwa Victoria - Watu zaidi ya 400 Wahofia Kufa

Inasdikiwa kuwa watu zaidi ya 400 wamekufa  baada ya Feri ya MV Nyerere kuzama Ziwa Victoria siku ya Alhamisi.  Feri ilizama karibu na kitou  cha Ukara Island. Ilikuwa na uwezo ya kubeba abiria mia lakini watu waansema ilikuwa imebeba zaidi ya watu 400.  Siku ya alhamisi iliku siku ya watu kwenda Sokoni 'Market Day', kwenda kununua na kuuza bidhaa mbalimbali. Raisi Magufuli amesema kuwa nahodha wa Ferry hakuwa na kipaji cha kuendesha feri hiyo.

MV Nyerere ikiwa kazini Ziwa Victoria

MV Nyerere baada ya kuzama Ziwa Victoria

Jitihada za Uokoaji

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mwanaume Mweusi Atafutwa kwa Kushika Matako ya Wanawake Boston!!

Huyo bwana, Nyege Mwasho, anatafutwa na polisi wa jimbo la Massachusetts baada ya kuwashika wanawake wawili matako, siku ya alhamisi.  Indaiwa aliwapita akiwa anaendesha baiskeli halafu kawashika matako maeneo  ya Boston Esplanade.  Kama Unamtambua piga simu 617-727-6780.

Kwa haari zaidi bofya hapa:

Massachusetts State Police want to know if you have seen this man who was riding his bicycle on the Boston Esplanade Thursday afternoon just before 2pm.
He is suspected of grabbing two women by the buttocks as he rode by them, just west of Community Boating. 
The surveillance video shows the man, a black male, dressed all in black with a black backpack that had two pieces of white tape on it.
If you can help this investigation, please contact Trooper Martin Concannon at 617-727-6780.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Listen to the Music of Ron Murphy

Ron Murphy Band

07 The Night We Make Love


Posted a new song: "07 The Night We Make Love"

Wadau, huyo  Mzee anakaa Boston. Ni rafiki yangu wa miaka mingi,