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Ricky Kej to perform for Narendra Modi at Johannesburg

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Johannesburg, July 8 

Grammy Award-winning Indian musician Ricky Kej is set to perform for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other state leaders and dignitaries of South Africa at ‘The Dome’ here on Friday.

The performance will be witnessed by a live audience of over 15,000 people and a television audience of 200 million across the globe.

Kej, who has flown down from India to Johannesburg especially for this performance, told IANS that he will be performing a song about Mahatma Gandhi from his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samsara”.

“I have flown (to South Africa) especially for this performance. I was invited by the Indian diaspora,” Kej said.

He would be performing with Grammy-winning South African flautist, producer and composer Wouter Kellerman, who also featured on “Winds of Samsara”.

“Our Grammy-winning album was a collaboration between him and me, so (we have) South Africa and India right there,” Kej said.

“We will also be playing the music video from the album. Mahatma Gandhi spent his formative years in South Africa, so I thought it would be perfect,” he added.

Last year, Kej was invited by Modi to personally congratulate him on his win at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Kej, who also composed a special version of the national anthem for the PM, said he felt great to receive recognition for his work from the country and from the head of government.

Modi arrived in South Africa on Thursday from Mozambique on the second leg of his four-nation African tour.

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya.

 

(IANS)

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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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