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The leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema and other members were arrested early Wednesday ahead of a planned conference to demand constitutional reforms, the party said.

Freeman Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were rounded up in the dead of night in the northwestern port city of Mwanza, it said on Twitter.

“We condemn the repression of the rights of Tanzanians with the strongest force. These are signs that the dictatorship that existed during the rule of President John Magufuli continues,” the party charged.

“Freeman Mbowe was accosted by an army of police officers in his hotel when he arrived at 02:30 am and was arrested together with other leaders,” it said.

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While the other Chadema members were taken to Mwanza police station, there was no information about Mbowe’s whereabouts.

“We want the police to come out and say where the chairman is and why he was arrested,” Chadema said.

– ‘Cannot continue with old order’ –
The arrests come four months after Tanzania’s first female President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office in March following the sudden death of her predecessor Magufuli.

There have been high hopes that Hassan would usher in a change from the autocratic rule of her predecessor, who was nicknamed the “Bulldozer” for his uncompromising leadership style.

The arrests took place after Mbowe vowed to go ahead with a meeting on constitutional reforms despite Mwanza provincial authorities banning public gatherings to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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“We cannot continue with the old order,” Mbowe said in a video published on Twitter on Monday, dressed in a red shirt and beret.

Leader of Tanzania’s major opposition party arrested

“We have the right to meet but are arrested, beaten, accused and taken to court for two to three years and then freed.

“If they want to arrest all members of the Chadema party, let them first expand the jails because we are all ready to be arrested and will not request bail.”

In April, Hassan had reached out to the opposition and vowed to defend democracy and basic freedoms in the East African country, which had seen a slide into autocratic rule under her predecessor.

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In November 2020, several top opposition leaders including Mbowe were briefly detained after calling for mass protests against what they charged was a rigged election that returned then president Magufuli to power for a second term.

The deeply Covid-sceptic Magufuli died in March of what the authorities said was a heart condition but his political opponents insisted he had coronavirus.

Tanzania was long seen as a haven of stability and democracy in an otherwise volatile neighbourhood, but alarm grew over Magufuli’s increasingly authoritarian rule.

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Bill, Melinda Gates Officially Divorce As Ex-Wife Claims $76billion.

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Microsoft founder and tech billionaire, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda French Gates have officially divorced after 27 years of marriage.

This is coming after a judge approved their split on Monday.

The couple’s divorce agreement was pursuant to a separation contract, which is not public.

Neither person will pay spousal support, according to court documents filed Monday. No other financial details are included in publicly available documents.

Also Melinda does not plan to change her name, according to the documents.

Bill and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she’d go on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early ’90s.

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The couple wed on January 1, 1994, in Hawaii and Melinda left the company in 1996 to focus on starting their family.

Melinda got $76billion from Bill Gates as a result of the divorce. She got more money from Bill Gates than Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, Mackenzie got through divorce, which was only $60billion.

Bill, Melinda Gates Officially Divorce As Ex-Wife Claims $76billion.

Bill and Melinda have three adult children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe, and reside in their huge, earth-sheltered family mansion, dubbed Xanadu 2.0, overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, WA.

Along with being mega-rich, the duo is widely known for their philanthropic efforts ever since launching the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. It was estimated in 2014 that they had donated $28billion to the foundation, a number that’s only skyrocketed in recent years.

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For instance, the Gates Foundation made a contribution of $250million in late 2020 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gates’ net worth is estimated at more than $130billion.

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Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, says his country is available to help Nigeria in fighting insecurity.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, Johnson gave President Muhammadu Buhari the assurance on Thursday at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, UK.

Adesina said Buhari and Johnson assessed the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria and agreed that the judicial process must be allowed to run its course.

He said the two leaders concluded that it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who’s involved.

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Buhari briefed the UK prime minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security.
He also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country.

U.K Ready To Help Nigeria Fight Insecurity – Boris Johnson

On his part, Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” Adesina quoted him as saying.
The leaders also discussed the leadership of the Commonwealth, how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, and other issues.
Buhari had on Monday travelled to London to participate in the summit.
The summit is co-hosted by Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

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After the summit, the president is expected to spend a few days in London for an earlier scheduled medical check-up and is due back by the second week of August..

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain Thursday, appraised the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria, and agreed that the judicial process be allowed to run its course.

Holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, the two leaders said it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.
President Buhari briefed the Prime Minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security.

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He also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” he said.
The two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, leadership of the Commonwealth going forward and other matters of mutual interest.

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