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ZIMBABWE CRISIS:MUGABE TO ANNOUNCE NEW LEADER

Harare -Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is expected to address a Press Conference Thursday Morning in which he is expected to announce his estranged Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as his successor.

Mugabe lost the grip to Power last evening after 37 years, following a silent coup by the Zimbabwe Defense Forces led by Major General SB Moyo. Gen Moyo confirmed that Mugabe and his Family are safe, calling for calmness, denying that Army has carried out a coup.

“It is a done deal. The army has taken full control of state affairs, be calm, as the President and his family are safe.” He said. All the security Organs including intelligence are reporting to Gen SB Moyo as the acting head of State.

Top Political figures in the Southern African Country have indicated that this will end Mugabe’s rule. President Mugabe had fired his Vice PresidentEmmersonMnangagwa, drawing his wife Grace Mugabe closer to the helm. The army took over the State Television Tuesday evening.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma, who is also the Chairman of SADAC confirmed that Mugabe is fine but confined at his home. “I talked to President Mugabe and he confirmed that he is fine but confined. We call upon the army not escalate the situation.” He said

Several key Government officials including Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo have been arrested. Earlier in the day, Mr. Mnangagwa announced his return in the Country in a tweet.

“Zimbabweans stay calm & remain turned to national news. I’m back in the country & will be quite busy over the next few days. My communication with you will now be via formal broadcasting channels so I’m unlikely to use twitter handle. Thank you for the support & solidarity,” he tweeted.

“We salute & applaud the bravely of our ZDF who decisively rejected desperate last minute concessions by an Executive was to create a family dynasty. An army led transitional phase will now pave way for a peaceful, free & fair democratic elections.”

He added that“I will fight tooth and nail against those making a mockery against Zanu-PF founding principles, ethos and values.”

Gun Fire and severe explosions were heard in the capital with ZDF calling on the elite Presidential Guard to surrender.

Gen SB Moyo said the army is seeking to pacify a degenerating social and economic situation in the Country.

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country, in order to bring them to justice” he said.

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LUKWAGO GOES TO VOTE DEFENDING HIMSELF ON KAFUMBE MUKASA ROAD

Kampala - Defending himself on Kafumbe Mukasa graft President Museveni alleged he was at the center of staling road project.

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EC Introduces Location Slips For Polls

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COURT ALLOWS MAKERERE LAW DONS AS FRIENDS OF COURT WHILE CSOs REJECTED

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ORIENT BANK STARTS ENTREPRENUERSHIP ACADEMY

Orient bank has commenced are financial literacy and entrepreneurship program set to offer grants of up to 30 million Ugandan shillings to existing businesses that have leaved up five year across the country.

The program funded by the bank aims at alleviating

POLICE NABS CONTRACT KILLERS

Kampala - Police has arrested six suspected contract killers in Kampala as the Force moves to curb increased cases of robberies in the greater Kampala metropolitan area.

In the latest operation, a group of suspected contract killers was busted and over seven guns recovered with 110 rounds of ammunition.

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DR BESIGYE FINALLY OUT ON BAIL

After spending over two months in prison, former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has been released on bail of shillings 100m not cash.

While releasing the runner-up of the February 18 presidential elections, presiding judge

MAGISTRATE PROBED OVER SNATCHING WOMAN'S HUBBY

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is investigating a female magistrate for allegedly snatching another woman’s husband.

Jinja Grade One Magistrate Phiona Birungi is being investigated for snatching away Isaac Mugerwa, from Dr Julie Mugerwa.

ACHOLI DEMANDS FOR LAND RIGHTS. OUR LAND OUR VOTE:

The people of Acholi have vowed to continue shunning leaders who are deemed insensitive to their land rights, saying as a community, they have suffered a lot of humiliation from such leadership in the past. Justifying the recent voting pattern in the region in which the ruling party lost, the community argues that they cast a protest vote against the rampant violations of the indigenous

MUSEVENI BLAMES DROUGHT, HUNGER ON FARMERS

Isingiro - President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the drought and subsequent hunger situation in the Country to changes in weather pattern caused by poor farming methods that have degraded the environment.