Elizabeth Lulu To Face Imprisonment After Being Found Guilty Of Killing Actor Kanumba

Popular Tanzanian actress Diana Elizabeth Lulu Micheal has been found guilty of the murder of the Late Steven Kanumba.

Kanumba was one of the best bongo movie stars and he died on the night of 7 April 2012, after he and Elizabeth had a heated argument.

In a past court hearing, Lulu said the deceased wanted to attack her with a Panga after which he fell down and was unconscious. She then ran for her life only to get the news that Kanumba was no more.

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‘I Didn’t Kill Kanumba’ Actress Denies Murder Charges

Today, the court has charged her with killing the actor without intent -manslaughter- and she will face two years imprisonment.

Talking to the press in Tanzania, Kanumba’s mother Bi. Frola Kanumba cried and expressed how she felt that justice was served to her.

“Namshukuru Mwenyezi Mungu, naishukuru mahakama imetenda haki, Rest In Peace Marehemu Steven Kanumba.”

She added;

“Kalale salama mwanangu Steven Kanumba, Nikitoka hapa naenda makaburini naamini naenda kumzika, akapumzike kwa amani.”

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‘Elizabeth Lulu Killed Kanumba Without Intending’ Elders Say Over Actor’s Death

‘Elizabeth Lulu Killed Kanumba Without Intending’ Elders Say Over Actor’s Death

Tanzanian actress Elizabeth Lulu Michael is charged with the alleged killing of the late bongo movie star Steven Kanumba.

Kanumba succumbed to death in April 2012 after a heated argument between the two of them. Lulu says the deceased wanted to attack her with a Panga after which he fell down and was unconscious. She then ran for her life only to get the news that Kanumba was no more.

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A witness who happened to be Kanumba’s doctor in 2011, found out that Kanumba’s brain was not receiving oxygen well. In the same year, her patient is said to have gone to remove poison that was said to be in his body, according to what the witness said.

A council of elders says according to the hearing of the case, Lulu did not kill the late Kanumba intentionally.

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‘I Didn’t Kill Kanumba’ Actress Denies Murder Charges

After Kanumba’s death, Lulu was detained for almost half a year and her hearing was done last week which took five days.

The next hearing will be done on 13 November.

TV Host Ella Wanjiru Is Glad To Be Alive After Ordeal With Gun Totting Robbers

Actress and TV host Ella Wanjiru has been MIA for a while. That is because she was dealing with the trauma of being robbed at her home. At gun point.

Ella is a co-host of Ebru TV’s Lets Talk show with DJ Pierra Makena, Monique Kabuye and Brenda Wairimu.

She wrote, “I know I’ve been unusually quiet. For those who know me you know I am a sharer, and some say I even over share. However thanks for giving me a minute to process an ordeal of Sunday night. On Sunday evening me and friends were subject to a break in that resulted in many personal and other items being stolen.”

Ella narrated the Sunday night robbery ordeal.

“I know I am not alone in the experience of being robbed at gunpoint, and feeling the fear and trauma of handling the immediate situation and exhaustion after. We lost laptops, ipads, phones, TV, etc etc, and most importantly our sense of safety. In the Kenya we live in this is a far too common occurrence. I share with you my hopes and dreams that with our elections tomorrow we will usher in a government that will take security seriously for all of us so that we can prosper and thrive in the Kenya we all want and deserve. Be safe my friends, I love you.”’

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Ella’s concerned pals left her encouraging messages.

immanuelv.j: Am deeply sorry for that.Praying for your safety.
iamsammy911: Oh dear! Pole sana darling glad you are alright.
tinakaggia: I’m so sorry babe. Been through this so I understand how traumatizing this is for you. *hugs*. I’m glad you are safe.
barbzbeau: Ooh hunnie pole sana 😔😔.
jwmungaiPoleni: Hun.. glad you are okay. ❤️😀😘.
fayiinjoroge: Pole sana thank God you are safe and unhurt.
brendalicious811: Pole babe.

Sad! Class 6 Pupil’s Body Found Dumped On The Roadside

The body of a 12-year-old boy was found yesterday morning in Nangoto village next to a road, two kilometres away from his home.

Meshak Nato, a standard six pupil, is from Mji village in Maraka ward, Webuye East. He went missing on Monday night.

The body had no physical injuries, but police suspected Nato was strangled. His clothes were nowhere to be seen.

Nato’s mother Margaret Simiyu said he went missing on Monday night, only for the family to be informed the following morning that he was dead. Neighbour Bernard Konya said he suspects Nato was a victim of a long-running family dispute.

He said the body was found outside the gate of a woman who was once married at his home, but was later divorced.

Police have launched investigations and said they will do “all we can to arrest the boy’s killers”.

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Bungoma East police boss Zachaeus Ng’eno said postmortem results will give more details about the death.

Simiyu said, “We had prepared the evening meal. We ate together as a family.  In fact, he was the one who bought the vegetables that we ate from the market.

“After the meal, he took soap and said he wanted to wash his school shirt.”

That was the last time she saw him. Simiyu thought Nato would go to bed once he was done with the washing.

When she woke up at midnight, Nato was not in the house. She called out his name, but he did not respond.

“I then went to my mother-in-law’s house. A young boy who stays with her said Nato had been picked up by some people at night,” Simiyu told journalists.

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The distraught mother said she received a text message in the morning informing her to “come and pick up your son’s body”.

She almost fainted, as Nato was her favourite child.

Simiyu said she had great hopes in Nato and cannot come to terms with his untimely demise.

Her plans for Nato have been brought to a halt. A dream has been shattered at the wicked hands of unknown assailants.

The mother struggled to find her voice and was overwhlemed by emotions.

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Two People Found Dead In Separate Lodges In Nairobi After Spending The Night

Two people were found dead in two separate lodges in the city.

One victim was found Shauri Moyo area where he had spent a night.

The second one was found in a lodging along Duruma Road after also spending his night there.

Police say they were called and informed of the incidents by attendants at the lodges. The bodies were moved to the mortuary for post-mortem to establish the cause of the deaths.

Crime Wave: Two Pedestrians Shot During a Shoot Out Between Police And Thugs In Kayole

In other news, two suspected thugs were shot dead in a botched robbery incident in Dandora area, Nairobi.

The gang had been attacking and robbing locals when an alarm was raised alerting police on patrol.

Police said the gang had robbed and stabbed a pedestrian in a robbery incident.

This prompted police to chase and kill the two. Valuables that had been robbed from the victims were recovered. The bodies were taken to the mortuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crime Wave: Two Pedestrians Shot During a Shoot Out Between Police And Thugs In Kayole

Two pedestrians were last night shot and injured in a shootout and chase between police and suspected thugs in Nairobi’s Kayole area.

The gang was on a robbery spree and was riding on a motorbike when they confronted police.

Police say the injured were hit in the legs by bullets and are admitted in hospital in a stable condition.

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The suspects managed to escape on the motorbike and efforts to trace them are ongoing.

Cases of armed robberies have been on the rise in the area in the past months.

In other news, police are looking for a gang that shot dead one patron and injured an attendant in a shooting in Njiru area, Nairobi.

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The gang had been drinking alcohol in a bar in the area when a shooting erupted last night. They shot one man killing him before injuring a female waiter.

Police say the gang escaped on foot and no arrest has been mad so far. A hunt on the gang is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sad! Father Kills His 13-Year-Old Son After The Boy Mocked Photos Of Him Eating Feces From a Diaper He Was Wearing

A father was allegedly led to kill his 13-year-old son after the boy found ‘compromising’ photos of him in diapers and eating feces.

Dylan Redwine went missing in November 2012 while on a court-ordered visit with his father, Mark, in Colorado.

The child’s remains were found seven months later scattered in southwestern Colorado mountains by wild animals.

Prosecutors now say that Redwine may have killed Dylan after he was confronted about the ‘disturbing’ pictures.

Redwine was arrested on Saturday and indicted by a grand jury with charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death after the four-and-a-half-year investigation.

Redwine has constantly denied playing a role in his son’s death and at one point appeared on Dr Phil to blame his ex-wife for the child’s death.

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Cory Redwine, Dylan’s older brother, revealed that he had seen the photos.

‘I have seen the photos. It shows him wearing women’s clothes and makeup and a diaper and then eating his feces from the diaper. It was disgusting. We couldn’t believe it,’ he told ABC7.

Dylan’s mother, Elaine Hall, added that she believes her son confronted her ex-husband about the photos and was murdered for it.

‘He may have said something that just didn’t set well with Mark and Mark reacted in a very violent way…obviously. Dylan is no longer here,’ Hall said on a February 2015 podcast.

Redwine is being held in Bellingham, Washington, on a $1million bond and is facing extradition to Colorado, the Durango Herald reported.

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However, the issue of whether he will fight extradition will be decided at a later date after confusion over whether Redwine was offered his right to waive the hearing.

On Monday, the court was given an outline of the charges against him and bail was set.

In the grand jury indictment, investigators said blood was found in multiple locations in Redwine’s living room, including his couch.

Cadaver dogs even found the scent of a dead body in various locations in the home and on the clothes Redwine wore the night Dylan disappeared, the indictment says.

In 2014, the cadaver dog also picked up the scent of a body in the bed of Redwine’s pickup truck, according to the indictment.

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Authorities also said Redwine had mentioned how investigators would have to find his son’s skull before they determined how the teen died.

Dylan lived north of Colorado Springs with his mother but went to his father’s home near Vallecito Reservoir northeast of Durango for a court-ordered visit in November 2012.

His dad said he returned home from doing errands to find his son had gone. The two parents subsequently blamed each other for their son’s disappearance.

But in June 2013, Dylan’s partial remains were found on Middle Mountain.

Hikers found his skull 1.5miles away in November 2015, according to 9News.

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Investigators said Dylan’s skull was found in difficult terrain that was easily accessible by a road that Redwine was very familiar with.

The skull had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and two small markings that appeared to be tool marks from a knife, the indictment alleges.

Months after the first remains were found in 2013, Hall said she believed her ex-husband killed Dylan.

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‘I always have from day one, when he was missing,’ she told The Pine River Times at the time.

According to the indictment, Dylan had not been getting along with his father prior to his disappearance as he watched his two parents in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Hall told authorities that her ex-husband told her he would ‘kill the kids before he let her have them’, the indictment alleges.

On Wednesday, police released body camera footage of Redwine being arrested.

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Newly Wed Leaps From A 10th Floor Hotel Balcony Where She Met Her Death During a Hen Party

The love that was but never lasted long enough to make memories.

Kirsty Maxwell fell from a tenth-floor Benidorm apartment in which five men were staying on April 29.

Scottish newly-wed was in a ‘state of terror’ moments before plunging to her death from a Spanish holiday apartment, a lawyer claimed yesterday.

The 27-year-old, of Livingston, West Lothian, had been on a hen party trip with friends at the time.

Kirsty Maxwell, pictured with husband Adam, fell from a tenth-floor Benidorm apartment in which five men were staying on April 29

Four men appeared in court in the Costa Brava resort yesterday to be quizzed under oath about the death.

Luis Miguel Zumaquero, the lawyer acting for Mrs Maxwell’s family, tried to have the men held in custody by claiming she had leapt from the balcony in terror.

In an oral submission to the court, Mr Zumaquero claimed a report on the tragedy by Spanish detectives described Mrs Maxwell’s actions as a ‘desperate measure’.

Quoting from the report outside court after the hearing behind closed doors, he said: ‘The police’s own report says that Kirsty ‘tried to flee.

This is a desperate measure, resulting from a state of terror, comparable to what happens to a person who jumps into the abyss from a building in flames.’

A report on the tragedy by Spanish detectives described Mrs Maxwell’s actions as a ‘desperate measure’

The four  were allowed to return to Britain without being charged with any crime despite Mr Zumaquero’s effort to ensure they are detained

Spanish judge Ana Isabel Garcia-Galbis will now review the evidence as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the death before recommending whether the men should be charged and put on trial

Defence lawyer Roberto Sanchez described his clients’ decision to answer only defence questions as their ‘constitutional right’.

He said: ‘They have given the explanations we felt were appropriate and they have ratified their original police statements, which were very detailed and show they were in a different part of the apartment when Kirsty fell and didn’t see anything

Tests have shown Mrs Maxwell had a blood alcohol concentration of 2.79 grams per litre – putting her more than five-and-a-half times the Spanish drink-drive limit. She had not taken drugs.

Mr Graham told police she had been acting as though she was ‘mad, drunk or drugged’.

He said she had disappeared from his view as she headed towards the balcony.

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SAD!!! Man Kills His Best Friend Over 300 Shillings Bet Dispute

A 27 year old man  identified as Patrick Onkoba has been sentenced to 5years in prison for killing his best friend over a Ksh300 bet dispute.

The incident occurred in Mogenda Village, Gucha South Sub-District, Kisii County. According to July 1 ,2016, Patrick got into a Ksh 300 bet with his late friend Dennis Orengo, but he lost the bet and had to surrender his phone as guarantee since he did not have cash with him.

The agreement between the two friends was that Patrick would pick the phone the following day after delivering the cash. On raising the money, Patrick went to see his friend and take back his phone only to discover that it had already been auctioned.

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On realizing that his phone had been auctioned, the two got into a physical duel that ended in Orengo’s death. A postmortem carried out established the cause of the death as a severe head injury.

Appearing before a judge, Onkoba pleaded with the court to hand him a lenient sentence saying anger had pushed him to kill his friend and that he was remorseful and ready to ask for forgiveness from Orengo’s parents.

A report brought to the court indicated that they were not willing to accept Onkoba back,  “Even though the accused is a first time offender and is remorseful for his actions, the local administration and his community are not ready to accept him back in their midst. The probation officer is categorical that the victim’s family have vowed to avenge the death of their kin at any opportune time should the accused person be released from jail,” said the judge.

Eight jailed for stripping woman naked, inserting pepper and sisal into her private parts

Eight clan officials have been jailed for stripping a woman naked, beating her and inserting peppered liquid into her private parts.

They eight were convicted of leading a group of 100 clan members in kidnapping the woman and her husband from their home in Kikoko village, Makueni county before carrying out the attack.

Magistrate Patrick Wambugu heard at Kilungu law courts on Wednesday that they also put sisal and aloe vera sap into her private parts and smeared it all over her body.

It was reported that the eight then dragged the woman back to her home and demanded a sheep and food to celebrate what they termed a disciplinary exercise.

They are said to have carried out the attack on October 8, 2013 following reports that the woman was spotted entering a bar at a market in the area.

The officials told Wambugu that they have ‘punished’ others in similar ways, in line with their responsibility to uphold discipline and morality among members.

They were charged with assault, stock theft and unlawfully detaining the woman and were each sentenced to three years in jail, for each offence, without the option of a fine. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Wambugu said the trial of two accomplices who were arrested later will begin on March 3.

“I am happy justice has been served after waiting for two years,” the woman told the Star on phone. The officials were found guilty of the offence in May 2014.

She added: I had been travelling to the court only to find that the magistrate had postponed judgement without notifying me. It was very frustrating.”

Nakuru Sex Workers Fear A Serial Killer

Nakuru commercial sex workers say a serial killer is targeting and mutilating them.

Yesterday, they protested on Kenyatta Avenue against the rise in murders.

They demanded county police catch the killer.

Four sex workers were found dead under mysterious circumstances between September and October last year.

Two had their skin peeled off and the others’ eyes were gouged out, the sex workers say.

Last Saturday, another sex worker, 20-year-old Grace Wangari, was killed at Tumaini lodging.

Their spokesperson Daisy Achieng said: “We cannot hold funerals for our members every other time. We are tired of our ladies being killed.”

She said Wangari had only recently joined the trade and it is unfortunate “we have lost a lady respected by many”.

Achieng asked the county government to provide upkeep for Wangari’s two-year old.

Achieng also urged the lodging owner to provide CCTV footage.

The sex workers later attended Wangari’s burial in Molo town.

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Man Arrested For Pimping His Wife To 2,742 Men

The institution of marriage is one that should remain sacred as it has always been from the beginning, but that is not the case with this couple currently embroiled in a legal battle.

A husband ‘hired out’ his wife for sex with 2,742 different clients in just four years, a court was told.

The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made the equivalent of more than £5000 close to a million shillings a month through the suburban prostitution business.

As his wife, who is 46, welcomed clients, he would sit outside their home in in the family car, along with their five-year-old child.

The couple, who have been married for 10 years, were arrested last Tuesday, but only the man was charged with pimping, and faces a decade in prison.

Prostitution is legal in France, but it is against the law to solicit for business. The man is said to have used four internet sites and text messages to organise clients for his wife. He now faces a criminal trial, and has been released on bail. 

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Mugo Wairimu Denied Bail

Mugo Wairimu was on Friday finally charged with one count of rape alongside various other counts among them, running a medical facility illegally and drugging a patient.

Mugo who denied the charges is alleged to have committed the offenses between November 2014 and June 2015.

He was remanded in Custody until Monday next week after the DPP objected to his bail application saying he is a flight risk.

His actions were discovered after a hidden camera was placed in one of his clinics and then later through an expose’ on Citizen TV that led to his arrest.

‘Rapist Doctor’ Mugo Wa Wairimu Arraigned In Court

A Nairobi court has remanded’rapist doctor’ Mugo Wa Wairimu for 14 more days as investigations into the allegations leveled against him continue.

James Mugo Ndichu alias Mugo wa Wairimu appeared at Milimani law courts on Friday morning where the prosecution team applied to the courts to hold him longer as they conduct more tests on him and his victims.

Senior Principal magistrate Charity Oluoch said that Mugo will appear in court after police have gathered enough evidence and he will be detained at an undisclosed location for security reasons.

He is linked to a video that aired on Citizen TV Sunday night showing a gynecologist raping a sedated patient at the Prestige Health Care clinic in Githurai 44.

Mugo was arrested Thursday in Limuru town while having breakfast after a tip-off from members of the public. By Thursday, four women had recorded statements on allegations of rape against Wairimu.

His case will be heard on September 25.

Girl Raped And Silenced In Kuresoi

A family in Bonde village, Kuresoi North, has asked the state to open an inquest into the defilement of their daughter.

The family yesterday said that on January 20, the class six pupil was dragged into a bush, raped and made pregnant by two brothers, known to the family.

The girl’s family says that they reported the matter to the police, the men were arrested but released later.

“They threatened to kill me if I told anyone,” the girl said.

The girl said that six months later, the two men went to her family’s house and tried to rape her again, but she resisted.

They then beat her up until she fainted and later had a miscarriage, the brothers then took the foetus and buried it in their farm.

“Whenever we go to the chief they tell us to resolve the issue ourselves,” the girl said.

Her mother wants the government to ensure the brothers are arrested and prosecuted for the defilement, as the authorities in her area are taking the issue lightly.

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Steenkamps adamant Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter

Reeva Steenkamp’s devastated parents remain adamant Oscar Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter, telling Australian television their life has been ruined and they are not ready to talk to the Paralympian.

The 28-year-old athlete was due to be released last week after serving only 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend, but in a surprise decision Justice Minister Michael Masutha suspended the move.

Pistorius was convicted in October last year of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — over the killing of Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Prosecutors have appealed, seeking a murder conviction instead.

“How can 10 months be enough? He killed her. He admits he killed her. She’s dead. Why didn’t he just let her walk away? Why?” her mother June Steenkamp said in an interview with Australia’s Channel Seven, broadcast Sunday evening.

“Only Oscar will know for the rest of his life what really happened and would you like to live with it? Would I? Never, ever.”

Masutha said a parole board decision taken in June to free Pistorius and allow him to serve out the rest of his five-year sentence under house arrest was “premature” and suspended it pending review.

“We will leave it to the justice system,” Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp told the broadcaster. “It’s not finished, not finished by a long way.

“If the outcome is there’s going to be a longer sentence, are we going to feel better? I don’t know.”

The athlete admitted during a nine-week trial watched around the world that he killed Steenkamp by shooting her through a locked bathroom door, but claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

Her father is convinced they had a fight and Pistorius killed her in a fit of rage.

“He got angry, she went off to the toilet, locked herself inside, and then … him pulling out the gun and shooting,” he said.

“When he realised that had happened, then he couldn’t stop and he had to carry on until it was finished.”

The athlete — known as the “Blade Runner” for the prosthetic legs he wears on the track — won international fame after racing against able-bodied competitors in the 2012 London Olympics, making him a poster boy for sport.

He has expressed remorse for Steenkamp’s death and her parents said he had tried to make contact with them since his conviction, but they were not ready.

“I would say, ‘All I want you to realise is that you have ruined our lives. You have taken her life, her possible marriage or having a baby. Our grandchild. And you have ruined our lives.’ I just want to say that,” June Steenkamp said.

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Sudan’s Bashir says ready for 2-month ceasefire for talks

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday he was ready for a two-month ceasefire with rebels to allow national dialogue talks to take place to address the country’s myriad problems, offering insurgents an amnesty.

Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes in Darfur, announced the talks in January 2014 to resolve conflicts in Sudan’s border regions and has been trying to persuade rebels to attend the talks in Khartoum.

“We announce our readiness for a comprehensive ceasefire for a period of two months until this dialogue has been completed in a healthy atmosphere,” Bashir said.

“We renew the full amnesty for those bearing weapons who wish to take part in the dialogue,” he said, but added that “anyone who bore arms and killed will not be released”.

The 71-year-old was addressing the general assembly for the national dialogue, announcing the talks would start on October 10.

“We call for a stop to the war and this position is not the result of weakness, and we are advocates of peace and the biggest obstacles to this is the rejection of other parties in the war to engage in free dialogue,” Bashir told members of the assembly.

Insurgents from Darfur and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) from the Blue Nile and South were due to meet the African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki in Addis Ababa on Friday to discuss the dialogue.

The rebels did not immediately comment but they, along with Sudan’s mainstream opposition, have previously said they will not take part in the dialogue as the atmosphere is not conducive for the talks.

Darfur erupted into conflict in 2003 when mostly black, African rebels mounted a campaign against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government, saying they had been marginalised economically and politically.

The SPLA-N rebelled Bashir in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states in 2011 for similar reasons.

Some 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur alone and nearly 2.5 million forced to flee their homes, the United Nations says.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Bashir for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and on genocide charges connected to the Darfur conflict.

Thousands more people have also been displaced in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

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Morgan Freeman mourns granddaughter who was stabbed to death in New York

Morgan Freeman’s 33-year-old step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines was fatally stabbed to death early Sunday morning in New York City as exclusively revealed by People.

Her live in boyfriend Lamar Davenport has been arrested in connection with the murder after he attacked her near her home in Washington Heights. It is alleged that he killed her in an exorcism quest after he stood over her lifeless body screaming ‘Get out devils!’ as quoted by Dailymail.

Morgan Freeman took to Facebook to mourn the death of Hines expressing his gratitude for all the support he had received from his fans.

I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. -M

Posted by Morgan Freeman on Sunday, August 16, 2015

 

“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace,” Morgan Freeman wrote in his statement to People.