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Tanzania plans to publish national database of married men to curb cheating

A Tanzanian state official has announced a plan to establish and publish a national database of married men in a bid to curb cheating.

Paul Makonda, the regional commissioner of the the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said on Monday that women would consult the database to check if their potential lovers are married or not.

According to a CNN report, Makonda explained that this would help end “heart breaks” caused by abandonment after a long period of dating.

I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn’t fulfil the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda

In a tweet he posted in Kiswahili, Makonda said it’s actually “illegal” for a man to promise a woman marriage when he knows he doesn’t have the intention to follow through.

My office and I are coming up with plans to stop marriage infidelity. You can’t promise a woman marriage when you don’t actually mean it. In fact, it’s illegal to do so.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda

The slightly unusual plan has elicited some reactions from South Africans on social media.

Mandisa Mashego, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Gauteng chairperson, was among them.

She praised Makonda for the idea, calling him “a boss” for protecting women from “womanisers and adulterers.”

However, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Tony Yengeni wasn’t so enthusiastic about it.

“Confidentiality should be upheld!” he tweeted.

Another Twitter user said the plan should be adopted in South Africa as well and should also include a DNA database for the sake of children.

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Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine charged with annoying president

Prominent opposition leader in Uganda Bobi Wine is reportedly facing charges of annoying the country’s President Yoweri Museveni.

According to a report in The East African, his formal charges have been cited as “intending to annoy, alarm or ridicule the president.”

It’s the latest in a raft of charges against the popular member of parliament, including treason.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, set aside a successful career as a musician to become an activist and opposition politician.

Ugandan authorities have frequently detained him for leading anti-government protests.

In September 2018, he had to seek hospital treatment in the United States after suffering injuries while in police custody.

In July this year, he announced that he will challenge Uganda’s long-serving president in the country’s general elections set for 2021.

Museveni, 73, has been Uganda’s president since 1986 when he seized power after leading an armed rebellion.

In July, Uganda’s highest court approved a constitutional change removing the presidential age limit of 75 that was previously in place.

This allows Museveni to seek a sixth term as president in 2021.

Popularly known as “the ghetto president,” Bobi Wine has popularised the red beret similar to those worn by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders and supporters in South Africa.

African stars Mo Salah, Sadio Mane among FIFA Men’s Best Player nominees

African superstars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been named among FIFA’s 2019 Men’s Best Player nominees.

The world soccer governing body released the 10-player shortlist on Wednesday afternoon.

Egyptian Salah and Senegalese Mane were among the standout performers in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League-winning 2018-2019 season.

Both were also joint top scorers in the English Premier League, with Mane also helping Senegal to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.

Salah was also Liverpool’s top goalscorer in all competitions.

The two stars were joined in the shortlist by fellow Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk, who is the 2018-2019 PFA Players’ Player and Premier League Player of the Year.

The usual suspects – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo – are included among the nominees.

Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappé, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane also feature after having stellar seasons.

Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong complete the shortlist.

Fans worldwide can now vote for their top three players on the FIFA website, available here.

Social media in stitches as ‘Jesus’ surfaces in Kenya, visits church

Mzansi social media is in sixes and sevens after photos and videos surfaced showing “Jesus Christ” in Kenya.

A Kenyan pastor reportedly found the man claiming to be Jesus and brought him to a Nairobi church about a week ago.

Apparently, the church’s congregation actually believed the man was the messiah and was super excited.

A video showed the white man, who was dressed in a white robe with a blue cloth fastened across his body, dancing with the jubilant congregation.

He had long hair and a beard – just like the typical depiction of Jesus in religious books or films.

Another video showed the man riding in an SUV, waving to curious people as he was driven through a street.

A man introduced him in Kiswahili as “Jesus Christ” through a loudhailer.

Several photos also showed “Jesus” preaching in church and posing for photos with congregants.

Some reports identify the man as Michael Job, who plays Jesus at a theme park in Florida, United States. However, this hasn’t been confirmed.

Nevertheless, social media users expressed disbelief that people could actually believe he is Jesus.

A Kenyan attempted to set the record straight, claiming that the man was just on an evangelical mission.

Nevertheless, the snaps and videos have generated considerable debates that are likely to persist for some time.

Boris Johnson set to become British Prime Minister after winning party poll

Britain is set to have a brand new Prime Minister as soon as Wednesday after Conservative Party MP Boris Johnson won his party’s leadership race on Tuesday.

Johnson trounced his competitor Jeremy Hunt, who is currently serving as British Foreign Secretary.

Current Prime Minister Theresa May announced in May that she would step down after her repeated attempts to win parliamentary approval for a Brexit deal with the European Union (EU) failed.

According to AFP, she will now formally tender her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. Johnson will then immediately assume office as Prime Minister.

Johnson’s immediate challenge will be to win parliamentary support for Brexit.

He was a prominent Brexit campaigner in the UK’s 2016 referendum. He is in favour of exiting the EU with or without a deal and before the October 31 deadline.

However, this is likely to be an uphill battle, as most MPs are opposed to a “no-deal Brexit.”

Three Cabinet members have already signalled their intention to quit once Johnson is confirmed as Prime Minister.

Notre Dame fire: French billionaire donates a whopping R1.6b to help rebuild cathedral

French billionaire François-Henri Pinault and his family have donated a massive $113m (R1.6b) to help reconstruct the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The iconic Paris landmark that has stood for over 850 years caught fire on Monday evening. Over 400 firefighters eventually managed to contain the huge blaze.

Pinault is the CEO and chairman of Kering, a luxury group that owns famous brands such as Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

He’s also chairman of Kering’s holding company Groupe Artémis and husband to popular actress Salma Hayek.

Pinault’s son William Plummer announced the donation in a statement posted on Twitter late on Monday.

My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds, a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.

William Plummer

More donors are also lending a hand towards the cathedral’s reconstruction.

According to Reuters, the French Heritage Society, which is based in New York, has launched a Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund.

More than 100 GoFundMe online fundraising campaigns have also been launched.

BREAKING: Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir steps down – sources

Sudan’s longtime President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down, according to a Reuters report.

Reuters cited unnamed government sources as well as Adel Mahjoub Hussein, a provincial minister in the North Darfur Adel region.

Hussein reportedly told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV on Thursday that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down.”

Sudan’s military is reportedly set to make a formal announcement via state media.

The northeast African country has been gripped by months of protests that have intensified over the past few weeks.

Al-Bashir has been in power since 1989.

Scientists release first ever image of black hole

Astronomers have released the first ever image of a black hole, which is an area in space with such strong gravitational pull that nothing can escape from it.

According to BBC, the black hole is located in the distant M87 galaxy, 500 million trillion km from Earth.

It reportedly measures a staggering 40 billion km wide, which is a whopping three million times the size of our planet.

The image was taken by Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration that created a virtual Earth-sized telescope.

One of the scientists involved, Prof Heino Falcke from Radboud University in the Netherlands, described the black hole as a “monster.”

What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System. It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.

And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe.

Prof Heino Falcke

The image shows a bright halo surrounding a dark hole, which is the point at which the gravitational pull is at its strongest – so strong that not even light can escape.