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India ,Mozambique sign deals on pulse trading, drug trafficking

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In a significant bid to boost food security, India on Thursday signed a long term agreement for purchase of pulses from Mozambique as the two sides decided to fast-track cooperation in the agricultural sector.

“Mozambique’s strengths are also the areas of India’s need,” Modi said in a joint press statement with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi following delegation-level talks here.

“And what Mozambique requires is available in India,” he said.

Observing that Nyusi had highlighted agricultural development as his top priority, he said experts from both sides have since held discussions on how to work together to improve agricultural infrastructure and productivity in Mozambique.

“Today, we agreed to put this cooperation on the fast track,” Modi said.

Stating that the both the countries were strengthening their partnership in food security, he said: “India’s commitment to buy pulses from Mozambique would help meet India’s requirement. It will also facilitate long-term investments in commercial farming, generate farm employment and raise farmer’s incomes in this country.”

A long-term agreement was signed following Thursday’s talks for purchase of pulses from Mozambique for India.

Two other memorandums of understanding were also signed – one on cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking and the other on youth affairs and sports.

The Prime Minister said health care was another area in which India’s capacities and Mozambican needs match well.

Modi also stressed on the safety and security of the people of the two countries.

“President Nyusi and I recognise that terrorism is the gravest security threat facing the world today,” he said

“Mozambique and India are no exceptions. Terrorism impacts India and Mozambique equally. The networks of terror are inter-linked with other trans-national crimes.”

He said the agreement signed between the two sides on prevention of drug trafficking was a testimony to the shared determination to combat the menace of terrorism and its networks.

Modi said he and Nyusi have agreed to strengthen the bilateral defence and security relationship in view of the emerging strategic and security challenges in the maritime domain.

At a banquet hosted in his honour by Nyusi, Modi said that India wanted to build on its already flourishing trade and investment ties with Mozambique.

He said India applauded Mozambique as one of the fastest growing economies of the world in recent decades.

“Our trade and investment ties have particularly flourished in recent years,” he said.

“We want to build further on it. For this, India remains ready and committed to share its experiences, technology, capacity and concessional credit with Mozambique, in line with your priorities.”

Mozambique is the destination of around a quarter of India’s investments in Africa totalling around $8 billion.

Modi also visited the Mozambique National Assembly and met its President Veronica Macamo.

“Prime Minister lauded the fact that 93 out of 250 Mozambican parliamentarians were women,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media.

“He invited Macamo to lead a delegation to India and also called for the formation of a group of young parliamentarians from both countries,” he said.

Modi later visited the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development (CITD) at Maluana near here that has been built with Indian aid and interacted with students.

The CITD is situated at the Science and Technology Park, built with an Indian line of credit.

The Prime Minister planted a sapling of African mahogany and donated four buses to the centre.

Earlier on Thursday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome after his arrival in Maputo on the first leg of his four-nation Africa tour.

He is scheduled to interact with members of the Indian community in this southeast African nation before leaving for South Africa in the evening.

This is Modi’s first official visit to mainland Africa and is also the first prime ministerial visit from India to Mozambique in 34 years since the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982.

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, he will also visit Tanzania and Kenya during his African sojourn.

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Kenyan Supreme Court Cancels Presidential Election Due To Irregularities

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Kenyan Supreme Court on Friday, September 1, nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election which was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Presiding Judge, Justice David Maraga said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election.

The East Africa’s apex court also ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days, with the nullification becoming the first in the history of Kenya.

“The declaration [of Kenyatta’s win] is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.

The Judge added that the election commission “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

Reacting to the judgment, Kenyatta’s attorneys said the court’s nullification was a “very political decision” but assured that they will live with the decision.

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Nigerian protesters demand sick President Buhari return or quit

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Nigerian protesters demanded Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed ailment for more than three months, either return or resign.

Buhari left for the British capital on May 7 on what is his latest medical trip, appointing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf.

Dozens of protesters marched in heavy rain to the presidential villa in Abuja with banners urging that the 74-year-old retired general, who headed a military regime in the 1980s, return.

“Resume or resign, Nigerians say enough is enough,” one said, with others stating: “If president Buhari cannot return to Nigeria after 90 days, then he should resign and go home”, and “Buhari, where are you? Nigerians want full disclosure. What is wrong with our president?”

The peaceful march was organised by a coalition of civil society groups under the supervision of security agents.

“We are here today because the president of Nigeria has absconded from duty,” said Deji Adeyanju, one of the organisers.

“He has not only absconded, he has continued to lie to us. This year alone the president has been away for 144 days.

“He was away for 52 days in January and he has been away again today for 92 consecutive days. This cannot continue.”

Buhari has been dogged by speculation about his health since June last year when he first went to London for treatment of what the presidency said was a persistent ear infection.

He then spent nearly two months in London in January and February and said on his return in early March that he had “never been so ill”.

Last month, members of the ruling party and the opposition went to see him in London and even took pictures in an attempt to douse public anxiety.

The health of Nigeria’s leaders has been a sensitive issue since the death in office of president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010 after months of treatment abroad.

Buhari’s main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He denied the claim.

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Twelve killed in Nigeria church shooting: hospital sources

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Warri (Nigeria), Aug 6 : Gunmen stormed a Catholic church in a town in southeast Nigeria early today, killing 12 worshippers, hospital sources and witnesses said.

The attack took place at around 6am at St. Philip’s church in Ozubulu, near the city of Onitsha, witnesses said.

“So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here while several persons are receiving medical attention,” a staff worker at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, where the victims were admitted, told AFP.

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were receiving treatment at the hospital, the source said.

Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers. They feared that up to 20 people may have died.

In contrast, Anambra State Police Commissioner Garba Umar said the attacker was a lone gunman, who “went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding” worshippers.

Witness Chukwuma Emeka said he had just stepped out of the church to stretch his legs “when I heard gunshots and screaming and people running inside.”

“When the chaos subsided I went inside, I saw my fellow church members dead in a pool of their own blood and many others were screaming in pain.”

Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.

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