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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
28 | Africa News Malawi sex workers sue over forced HIV test BLANTYRE, Malawi, Tuesday Fourteen sex workers ar- rested by police in Malawi and forced to take HIV tests launched a fresh bid to seek damages in court today. The group was detained in 2009, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent, and the results were disclosed in an open court. “My clients are seeking damages as compensation for violation of their constitutional rights and trauma suffered as a result of actions of the police and a hospital,” lawyer David Matupika Banda, told AFP after a brief court hearing. Neither the sex workers nor the state lawyers were present in the High Court on Tuesday, where lawyers made a fresh attempt to sue the government. It was not immediately clear how much they are demanding. The prostitutes, who all tested positive, were charged with offering sexual services while carrying the HIV. They were set free after paying a fine equivalent to $7. 2009 Year group was arrested In 2011, they sued the gov- ernment for violating their privacy and filed for a judicial review of their 2009 case. But more than two years later, the case has not come up for hearing. The sex workers “feel ag- grieved by the decision of the police to subject them to mandatory medical tests that included HIV tests without their consent,” said the lawyer. (AFP) DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 TRAGIC | Relatives surround morgue 43 killed as Boko Haram raids school Medical source says the gunmen only targeted males and girls were spared KANO, Nigeria, Tuesday they attacked secondary school students as they slept in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria’s troubled northeast. The raid at 2:00 am targeted S the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state and bore the hallmarks of a similar attack last September in which 40 died. The attackers reportedly hurled explosives into student residential buildings, sprayed gunfire into rooms and hacked a number students to death. A senior medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Yobe’s capital Damaturu said the gunmen only targeted male students and that female students were “spared”. “So far, 43 bodies have been brought (from the college) and are lying at the morgue,” said the source, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss death tolls. Yobe has been one of the hardest areas in Boko Haram’s four-and-half year Islamist uprising, which has killed thousands of people. The name Boko Haram means “Western Education is forbidden”. The group has been blamed for waves of school attacks, especially in Yobe, where scores of students have been slaughtered in the last year. The state’s police chief, Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the uspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 43 people today when attack and had given an earlier death toll of 29, was headed to Buni Yadi, roughly 60 kilometres from Damaturu, with Governor Ibrahim Geidam to assess the damage. Damaturu resident Ba- bagoni Musa told AFP that four ambulances carrying dead bodies drove past his shop, which falls on the road from Buni Yadi. “They had tree branches on them which is a sign used here to signify a corpse is in a vehicle,” he said. People whose relatives were studying at the college had surrounded the morgue and were desperately seeking information about those killed, forcing the military take control of the building to restore calm, the hospital source said. Yobe is one of three north- eastern states which was placed under emergency rule in May last year when the military launced a massive operation to crush the Boko Haram uprising. (AFP) RADICALS Fighting to create state Terror list: Boko Haram, led by Abubakar Shekau (pictured) was declared a terrorist organisation by Nigeria and the United States. It has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. Honour your pledges, Somalia urges donors BY ABDULKADIR KHALIF NATION Correspondent MOGADISHU, Tuesday Somali President Has- san Sheikh Mohamoud highlighted yesterday the importance of action and delivery of the pledges made by the international community in Brussels, Belgium on 16 September 2013. “Our people are anxiously awaiting the promises from our International partners,” said the president. He added: “The govern- ment took initiatives to establish a financial governance programme that would provide greater oversight, transparency and accountability to our financial institutions.” The envoys to Somalia from the UN, AU and representatives from the ministries and regional authorities participated in the discussions. “We have opened our doors and laid down our financial institutions,’’ he said.
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