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Three Girls Return Home After Escaping Isis Captivity in Libya

Three girls who had left Kenya to join ISIS in Libya have been brought home.

The three girls, Firthoza Ali Ahmed, Aisha Mafudh Ashur and Tawfiqa Dahir Adan, were rescued in the streets of Cairo, Egypt trying to find their way to the Kenyan Embassy in Egypt, after escaping their captors in Benghazi, Libya.

Firthoza says she was job hunting online when she was contacted by someone known as Umm Mariam on Twitter.

Umm Mariam seemed to know her well from the questions she asked. She also knew that Firthoza was looking for a job.

JOB DESPERATION

Thereafter, Umm Mariam offered to help get her a job in other parts of the world, especially Europe, urging that they paid their employees well. Consumed with the desperation of getting a job, she accepted Umm Mariam’s help.

Firthoza, did not have travel documents, but Mariam, assured her, that she knew people who could fix her problems, so she should not worry.

That is how the trio was lured to embark on a dreadful journey to Libya, to Join ISIS.

The safe return of the girls to the country is the successful efforts of the multiagency security approach employed by the Kenyan government in conjunction with other foreign governments to prevent the youth from leaving the country and to track those who have left and bring them back home.

Sources say that, many youth fighting for terror groups in Somalia, Libya and Syria, have reached out to the government to seek for amnesty.

SPYING ON TERROR GROUPS

They have expressed their willingness to cooperate with the government in the fight against terrorism. Most of the Kenyans fighters are being executed for spying on the terror groups.

The girls joining the group suffer the most because they are exposed to inhumane treatment, where they are sexually abused and beaten up if they resist.

Many girls die within weeks of getting into the militia controlled territory as a result of the adverse conditions they are subjected to. For instance, while there, the girls are treated as communal wives, to serve all the fighters at the battle front.

Psychologists opine that parents have a huge stake to play in the fight against radicalization into the terrorism.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

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Mourners Pay Tribute to PS Mariam El Maawy

By Ouma Wanzala

Government officials described the late Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy as a devoted public servant.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo said her death is a blow for the nation.

“She was a humble but courageous person; more so while discharging her duties.

“In Mariam, there was so much beauty, humility, gentleness, and so much love,” she said on Saturday in Lavington where mourners had gathered to commemorate her life.

ATTACK

Maawy was buried at Lang’ata Muslim cemetery.

The PS died in a South African hospital on Wednesday while undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during an Al-Shabaab attack at Milihoi on the Lamu-Mpeketoni road on July 13.

Six others died in the incident.

HUMBLE

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said she had lost a sister and confidant.

“She was also a strong, effective, selfless, driven and amazing leader,” Ms Mohamed said.

Leila El Maawy, the late PS’ daughter, said she had not only lost a parent, but also a mentor and a friend who had sacrificed so much for the well-being of her family.

Other Cabinet secretaries present were Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Dan Kazungu (Mining) and Najib Balala (Tourism), among others.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Rift Valley Geological Fault Triggers Bukoba Tremor

By Mariam Said

THE Geological Survey of Tanzania said today Bukoba, township in Kagera Region earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The GST said in a statement that the tremor might be triggered by the geological fault line in the Great Rift Valley since Bukoba, the quake epicenter, is near.

A magnitude 5.7 Richter scale quake, hit Bukoba on 10/09/2016 at 1527 hours, and killed at least 16 people and injured over 250, the authorities said.

The reports from the region indicated that apart from the deaths, 170 people still remained at the hospital beds fighting for their lives while 83 others were treated and discharged.

Though the actual cost of damages was yet to be established, initial official reports indicated that about 840 residential houses crumpled while 1,264 developed cracks.

The country, despite running along a geological fault line of the Great Rift Valley, major earthquakes are rare.

A magnitude 6 Richter scale quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha in July 2007.

Tanzania

Tears, Fear in Quake Aftermath

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Tanzania: Tele-Network Jams in Rujewa

By Mariam Said

Telephone network jammed in Rujewa, Mbarali and Mbeya after annular solar eclipse tourists have flocked the area to witness the historical event.

The network jammed some 20 minutes before the full eclipse at 1150 hours denied social media users the chance to witness the event live stream on internet, Facebook, whatApps and Twitter.

The reports have it that there were some 4,000 visitors from various parts of the country but majority are from nearby regions of Mbeya, Songwe, Njombe, Iringa and Rukwa.

“Tele-network is a problem here.

There are some many people here who came to witness this event,” Mroki Mroki, HabariLeo Online reporter said.

Due to tele-network jamming reports, bloggers and netizen reporters failed to send and upload pictures on social media.

Tanzania

Ruling Party Says It Won’t Engage Opposition Over Protests

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Woman Ditched Over Albino Children

By Jonathan Musa and Geoffrey Kimani

Mwanza — Flora Mabula, who lives in Nyamikoma Village,Misungwi District in Mwanza Region, was abandoned by her husband after giving birth to albino children.

Flora, 34, is one of the unlucky mothers, the husband abandoned her sixteen years ago after telling her that in their clan they did not produce albinos, whom he described as a curse. According to her, giving birth to a child with albinism is like a punishment from God.

The mother of four is now struggling to take care of her family alone. She claims to have been ditched by husband sixteen years ago over giving birth to babies with albinism.

The traumatised mother says her husband claimed to have been tired of looking at white faces (his children) since he is an African.

“When I left his place, I was pregnant and had three children, Manyasha Emmanuel, Mariam Emmanuel and Minda Emmanuel. I later gave birth to Joyce Emmanuel who is deformed by nature,” she says.

For Flora, life has become hard, especially in raising the children single-handedly, including her father, who is suffering from chronic cancer on his right leg. She says even her mother can neither walk nor stand up.

She never thought that one day her husband would change and run away from his loving children, who, she admits, were born according to God’s wish.

It was on August 14, 2008. The day will ever remain in Flora’s mind after one of her children was abducted and beheaded in the middle of the night by unknown people. After the killing, the slayers made away with a tongue, throat and knees of the innocent slain child.

“I did not believe my eyes when I saw my beloved daughter, Mariam, lying dead in a pool of blood without legs. At first, I comforted myself that I could have been dreaming,” she recounts.

The body of Mariam was found at dawn, after flies were seen buzzing around one of the doors of the house where the brutal killing took place.

Efforts were made everywhere to find the killers, whom the government also promised to pursue but till now no one has been arrested.

“It was a moment of sadness and encouragement when my relatives comforted me that they would ensure the perpetrators got arrested. But I wonder after the burial of Mariam nothing has been done,” Flora says sadly.

However, the woman suspects her x-husband of taking part in the killing of his own daughter, Mariam. She says the groups he had been associating with were accused of killing people with albinism in the Lake Zone.

“He vividly hated my kids, but I thank God that I’m still alive and care for my big family through the little help I get from well-wishers,” she says.

A local non-governmental organisation, Under the Same Sun, took her son, Manyashi, and promised to pay fees for him at a special school called Mitindo, before he was transferred to Alliance High School in Mwanza city where he is in Form One now.

“Despite all that help, I still don’t meet the needs required at home, my parents are sick and since I have no money to pay for their medical charges. I just struggle to make them have food and wash their clothes while awaiting God’s miracle to get them healed,” she said.

Flora fears that even his son, Manyasi can one day become a prey of abductors that is why she does not want him to come home for holidays.

More than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers were arrested last year in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.

The killings have been driven by the belief – advanced by some soothsayers – that the body parts have properties that confer wealth and good luck.

About thirty 30 people have been convicted of the murder of innocent members of the public. There is a misguided belief that if a person goes fishing or mining with a ‘body part’ of a person with albinism, he would return with a good catch or a handful of grams of minerals.

This misguided belief has sometimes driven some people to engage in the killings of their innocent brothers and sisters because of get-rich quick decisions. However, Flora urges society to stop killing albinos, saying, God’s judgement would be tougher for murderers when their time comes. She calls on the government to take stern measures against the killers.

Since 2000, a spate of murders has left more than 72 Tanzanian people with albinism dead. Studies show that getting the exact number of Tanzania’s albino population is difficult as estimates have been varying wildly. The government has undertaken a national survey of albinos but has not released its findings. Albino advocacy groups put the number somewhere above 100,000, out of a total population of roughly 48 million people.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation announces the 2016 Ibrahim Leadership Fellows

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today the 2016 Ibrahim Leadership Fellows. The Ibrahim Fellows are Mariam Yinusa from Nigeria, who will join the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and Diane Sayinzoga of Rwanda, who will join the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The programme is designed to mentor future African Leaders. The candidates, chosen from among a pool of over 1,000 applicants, will take up posts in these two multinational organisations and benefit from direct mentorship from their current leaders.

Commenting on the new Fellows, Mo Ibrahim said: “I would like to extend my warm congratulations to our two new Ibrahim Leadership Fellows. Through the programme, the Foundation continues to develop a community of individuals who are pushing boundaries in their fields. The Foundation is particularly proud of our former alumni who now contribute their skills and learning to benefit our continent and our people.”

The 2016 Ibrahim Fellows:

Mariam Yinusa will join UNECA. She comes from the African Development Bank in Abidjan where she worked as a Senior Financial Analyst. In this capacity, she has successfully designed, appraised and task-managed development projects in over 15 African countries. She is also a Chartered Stockbroker with several years of experience in stock markets and developing innovative financial products in emerging markets.

Diane Sayinzoga will join the ITC. She comes from the Rwanda Development Board where she worked as Services Development Division Manager. Diane was in charge of promoting investment and trade in health care services, education, transport, logistics, creative industries and BPO sectors. Previously, she was the Trade Division Manager in charge of export development and promotion.

This year, the programme will not include a Fellow at the African Development Bank, which will resume in 2017.

The application process for the 2017 Ibrahim Fellowships Programme will open on 12 August 2016.

More information on the Ibrahim Fellowship Programme: mo.ibrahim.foundation/fellowships/

Nigeria

Buhari Credits U.S., Jega With Making 2015 Elections a Success

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CRDB Manager Arraigned Over Forgery

By Faustine Kapama

Former CRDB Bank employee has been arraigned in court on charges of forgery, uttering false documents and obtaining over 270m/- from customers of the bank.

Ms Fauzia Ibrahim Bairu who was the Manager with the Bank’s Magomeni Branch, was arraigned before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday charged with six counts of forgery, uttering false documents and obtaining the money from customers. Before Principal Resident Magistrate Respicious Mwijage, the accused person, denied the charges.

She was granted bail on conditions of securing three sureties until July 28, when the case comes up for mention. Investigations, according to the prosecution led by Senior State Attorney, Grace Komba, have not been completed.

The prosecution told the court that the bank official committed the offence between April 4 and 16, 2013 at the Bank’s Branch in Kinondoni District in the city. The court heard that on April 4, 2013 at the Bank’s Branch, with intent to defraud, the accused person forged a deposit receipt, purporting to show that the said document was genuine CRDB Bank receipt for fixed deposit of 35,000 US dollars, which was deposited by one Steven Alfred Steven.

It is alleged that on the same day and place, knowingly and fraudulently, the accused person uttered the alleged forged receipt to Mr Steven, a customer of the Bank, purportedly showing that it was genuine deposit slip receipt of CRDB Bank.

The prosecution told the court further that on April 16, 2013 at the same branch of the bank, with intent to defraud, the accused person forged another deposit receipt, purporting to show that it was genuine CRDB Bank receipt for fixed deposit of 100,000 US dollars, which was deposited by one Mariam Baire.

On the same day and place, according to the prosecution, knowingly and fraudulently, the accused person uttered the alleged forged receipt to Mariam Baire, another customer of the Bank, purportedly showing that it was genuine deposit slip receipt of CRDB Bank.

It is alleged also that on April 4 and 16, 2013 at the Bank’s Branch, being a Branch Manager with the CRDB at Mikocheni, the accused person falsely obtained from the said two customers of the bank a total sum of 135,000 US dollars (about 270m/-).

The prosecution alleged that the bank branch manager pretended to show that the said amount was deposited as fixed deposits to Mr Steven and Ms Mariam, both customers of the bank in question.

Tanzania

Country to Send Seven for Rio Olympics

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Western Union, Moneygram Meet Biggest Foes in New Online Players

By Ali Twaha

Sending and receiving money across the border used to be a preserve for two international firms, Western Union and MoneyGram.

But with the advent of mobile technology, the future of these two firms remains questionable as mobile money transactions break barriers to connect people across the world, writes ALI TWAHA.

In the last four years and three months since she travelled to work in Oman, Aminah Gamama has sent thousands of Rial (Oman currency) back to her family in Uganda. As a single mother, she has done this effortlessly to fend for her five children, with the oldest daughter now in senior six.

In 2014, Gamama sent home Shs 3.5m using Western Union to cater for her children’s school fees and other necessities. However, when her sister Mariam went to withdraw the money at a Western Union agent in Kampala, through Equity bank, her identity card did not match the information on the account.

“When I reached the [Equity] bank, I was told the money had arrived but the name [used on the transfer account] did not match my identity card. The bank teller told me to contact her [Gamama] to change the name [to match my identity card,” Mariam recalls.

When she finished the process of changing the name, Mariam returned to the bank to withdraw the money. To her shock, though, the money had been withdrawn.

According to Mariam’s account of the story, there was a possibility that there were unscrupulous persons within the bank that might have connived to withdraw the money from the Western Union account.

“The case was taken to CPS [Central police station] and the person who had stolen the money was arrested. However, I was told, she paid Shs 400,000 to the police and she was released. We never recovered that money,” Mariam recollects.

If one is to receive money from Western Union or MoneyGram, most commercial banks would not give out the money when the information on the transfer account does not match that of the receiver. Some of the basic requirements to receive the money include: proper identification of the recipient, the expected amount from the sender, and an answer to the test question.

It is such inconveniences that companies such as Worldremit, Paypal, Xoom, and useremit.com [Ugandan firm], are positioning themselves to offer money transfer services as consumers across the globe continue to migrate to mobile and online channels.

The rise of online and mobile money transfers has given consumers more choice, flexibility, and better service. According to data from Bank of Uganda, remittances from Ugandans in the diaspora increased to $900m in 2014 from $816m in 2011. However, mobile money transactions within Uganda alone are at least 10 times more than remittances.

MORE COMPETITORS

Stone Atwine, the chief executive officer at useremit.com, a local remit firm that officially joined the market in 2013, says “millions of dollars have gone through their platform.”

“We have also noticed that Ugandans are really patriotic and would rather give their money to a Ugandan company. All we have to do was build trust that the money is safe,” Atwinne told The Observer.

Atwine explains that the remit system provides convenience and efficiency to the sender as it will not require identification and other documents. Mobile telephone companies provide records of all subscribers on their platforms.

Both Atwine’s remit system and WorldRemit’s charges are relatively lower compared to Western Union and MoneyGram. For instance, useremit.com charges 4.9 per cent of the sent amount, WorldRemit charges 5.99 per cent to send $100 (about Shs 341,100).

For years, Western Union and MoneyGram have been the biggest players globally, operating approximately 1.1 million retail centres in more than 200 countries when it comes to cross-border money transfer services. However, the future of these companies has come under its biggest test with the competition from new online platforms.

WORLDREMIT PARTNERSHIP

In January this year, WorldRemit — United Kingdom’s fastest technology firm – announced its partnership with MTN Group that allowed Ugandans abroad to send money instantly to their families using their mobile money accounts. Ugandans in the diaspora will have to download a WorldRemit application onto their phones which is then synchronised with their local mobile money account.

“For diaspora members sending to friends and family back home in these countries, mobile money is a real game-changer. In Uganda, mobile money has already overtaken cash pick-up and bank deposits as the preferred method to receive money,” said Alix Murphy, the senior mobile analyst at WorldRemit in a statement on January 28, 2016. He continued:

“We expect this trend to continue as MTN’s mobile money services reach millions of the people without bank accounts, giving them access to a variety of life-enhancing financial services, including savings and insurance schemes.”

Information from the Uganda Communications Commission indicates that mobile phone subscription grew from 19.5 million in 2013 to 23 million in 2015, which has strengthened the use of the mobile money services. On the other hand, internet users also grew from 8.5 million to 13 million people.

MERGER TALKS

In December last year, the Financial Times reported that MoneyGram predicts remittance mergers due to increased regulation and the rise of tech-savvy competitors who will put greater pressure on the money transfer industry.

The alleged report of Western Union and MoneyGram merging were, however, dismissed by the two companies. Although Western Union is reportedly said to be performing better than MoneyGram. Both companies are now stepping up their digital operations to compete with the new tech rivals, especially in developing countries where digital payment systems are becoming popular.

In November 2015, Western Union announced a newly-created role, the chief strategy and product officer, within its management system. Elizabeth G. Chambers, an expert in marketing brands, was appointed to this role. Her core task in the company is to grow consumer retail, digital transformation and facilitate the alignment of investment priorities.

“She brings an excellent track record of omni-channel development and brand transformation to Western Union team. Her expertise in developing market-leading products and partnerships will be critical as we execute on our strategic vision,” said Hikmet Ersek, chief executive officer at Western Union, in a statement.

Tanzania: Access Bank Offers Free Entrepreneurship Training

By Mariam Said

ACCESS Bank has prepared a one-day free seminar for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in a bid to assist them sharpening their business skills.

The bank’s end goal is for SMEs to market their product well at a reasonable and competitive price.

The Marketing Manager, Mr Muganyizi Bisheko said that SMEs contributes a lot to the growth of the country’s economy and the whole process of sustainable development.

“We know that most of these entrepreneurs mostly face various challenge especially increasing their income and profit as they lack proper knowledge on running their business,” he said.

Mr Bisheko said that the research shows that the high percentages of these entrepreneurs find it not important to market their products considering expenses for adverts are higher.

The seminar will be conducted this Saturday in Dar es Salaam, the Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Investment Ministry Dr Adelhelm Meru is expected to be the guest of honour.

Tanzania

Magufuli Faces Tough Test on Anti-Graft Campaign

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Kwale MCA Threatens to Resign Over Dispute With Ex-Wife

By Farouk Mwabege

A member of the Kwale County Assembly has threatened to resign due to what he says is continuous frustration from the family of his ex-wife.

The MCA divorced his second wife in 2015 following consistent wrangles between them in spite of having sired a son.

Speaking to reporters outside Kwale Police Station, Tsimba Golini Ward representative Swaleh Simba said he has never been at peace since they separated.

He accused the woman, together with her family, of nagging him to an extent of not giving him time to implement his obligations as an elected leader.

“I have consulted my family and they have supported my bid to resign and look for other ways of earning a living because this issue has now become political,” he said.

Mr Simba explained that he had been in and out of police stations countless times with the family demanding a Sh80,000 monthly maintenance for the son.

He added that apart from the demand, the family has also issued threats on his life claiming that last Wednesday, three unknown people raided his house at night.

“I divorced my wife because of mistakes which are known even to her family but surprisingly they have now ganged together in an effort to fight me,” he said.

UNFAITHFUL

However, Ms Mariam Mwarachuma, his estranged wife, accused Mr Simba of defending himself for the evil deeds which he used to do by not being faithful to their marriage.

She claimed that the MCA never used to spend the night at their matrimonial home and always used to return the following day without giving a clear explanation.

“Mr Simba is just raising the allegations against my family as a way of defending himself yet it is widely known that he is a womaniser and used to seduce even my own cousin,” she said.

Ms Mwarachuma dismissed claims of having decided to go public on the matter in order to finish Mr Simba’s political career saying he was only making the claims so because of his own failures.

She added that if the MCA calmed down, she was willing to withdraw the case provided that he agreed to take care of their son and pays her outstanding dowry of Sh30,000.

“If he wants us to reconcile I am willing to do so because we are humans but we cannot get back together because he openly betrayed my trust and started accusing me,” she said.

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