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President sacks Defence Minister

 

 

 

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sacked the national defence minister, Jaime Augusto Neto.

It comes just a day after the president fired the interior minister, Amade Miquidade.

The president has not explained why he has fired the country’s top defence and security leaders.

It’s believed that the decision has to do with the increased cases of kidnapping, murder, terrorism and corruption, as well as a rising number of road accidents.

 

 

Some of the cases have involved members of the defence and the security forces.

Observers have called on President Nyusi to explain his decisions to avoid public speculation, fear and disorder.

They say it’s not normal to sack two top security leaders in days and that there must be a reason.

 

In other news:

DR Congo lifts ban on song criticising the president

The song faults the president for failed promisesImage caption: The song faults the president for failed promises

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have lifted a ban on a song that criticises President Félix Tshisekedi.

The ban was announced on Tuesday by the censorship commission and then lifted on Wednesday after the justice minister intervened.

The group behind the music, MPR, also said it had requested the ban be lifted.

The ban had been seen as dictatorial and was widely criticised.

Media houses have now been allowed to broadcast the song Nini Tosali Te (What Didn’t We Do in the Lingala language).

 

 

 

The song compares what Mr Tshisekedi promised when he was in the opposition with what he has so far achieved as president.

“You promised us happiness after [the late president] Mobutu left. Mobutu went but we didn’t get anything. You said you would fix things if [the former president] Kabila stepped down. Kabila left but it’s still hard,” the AFP news agency quotes the lyrics as saying.

One other song in French, Letter to Ya Tshitshi, the nickname of Mr Tshisekedi’s late father, Etienne, remains banned.

The singer, Bob Elvis, says: “Since you’ve gone, your son Felix has become president… We have changed regime without changing the system,” the AFP reports.

Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya tweeted that the ban did not come from the government.

“Any citizen is free to express his opinion, provided it is in line with the law,” he said.

The number of views for the two songs have increased on YouTube since the ban, according to the Actualite Congo news website.

 

 

 

Source: BBC

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