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South African court changes Oscar Pistorius verdict to murder

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South Africa’s top appeals court ruled on Thursday that paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ earlier conviction be scaled up from manslaughter to murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp two years ago.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who handed Pistorius his original sentence, will re-sentence the Paralympic champion at a later date.

In South Africa, a murder conviction usually carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, although Pistorius’ lawyers are likely to argue that his physical disability and mental stress should be considered as mitigating circumstances.

The announcement marks the latest twist in a protracted legal saga that began with Steenkamp’s death on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Pistorius has argued that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet, killing the model and law graduate.

Last year he was given a five-year jail sentence for “culpable homicide”, the equivalent of a manslaughter verdict.

But prosecutors argued that the double-amputee runner should be convicted of murder and their appeal was heard on November 3.

‘THE JUDGE POINTED TO SERIOUS FLAWS IN THE ORIGINAL RULING’

Pistorius was released from jail on October 19 after a parole board agreed to place him under correctional supervision, a form of house arrest, in line with guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.

Reporting from Cape Town, FRANCE 24’s Ayesha Ismail noted that the five judges on the appeals panel unanimously approved Thursday’s dramatic legal reversal, read out by judge Eric Leach.

The judge described the athlete’s testimony in 2013 as “untruthful” and delivered a damning indictment of the original verdict.

“Leach said Judge Masipa had made serious errors of law and that the court did not properly consider all the evidence” during the trial, Ismail reported.

Officials said Pistorius would remain on parole under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria until he is re-sentenced.

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Seanice Kacungira named among Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business

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Former radio personality Seanice “Lojede” Kacungira has been recognized by Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans: An award ceremony that took place at the Hilton Sandton, in Johannesburg – South Africa.

The awards are the leading African recognition programme honoring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for the past nineteen years independently recognized those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

“Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process,” says Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global. “The highest possible standard is maintained throughout the judging. Those individuals whom have been recognized as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled.”

The SADC South leg of the recognition programme is the first part of CEO Global’s recognition programme that takes it around the continent to 8 regions. In each of these regions, country and regional winners are identified.

Seanice, who has set up what can be termed Africa’s first Indigenous female run Pan African Digital Agency with physical offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Blu Flamingo Digital Africa, is also the Founder of the Digi-Con Academy, which has to date trained over 25,000 young men and women in all things digital.

“It feels surreal to be recognized, this means so much to me, but at my core I’m really just about the work and pursuing the highest level of excellence for myself and those I have the privilege to work with,” Seanice said about the award.

Seanice was awarded in the category of Business and Professional Services.

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Pastor Bugembe to use concert money to build 6,000-seater church

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Pastor Wilson Bugembe today held a press conference at his Nansana based temporary church where he will also hold his upcoming concert ‘Tuzimbe’. His concert is slated for 31st August at his church in Nansana and will be accompanied by other artistes doing both gospel and secular music.

During the press conference the pastor revealed that all monies collected that day will be used to construct a well furnished church with sitting capacity of over 6,000 people. The said church is expected to be completed by January 2020.

Bugembe urged all his fans to flock his Light The World Ministries church and also not to politicize his concert by wearing attires with political colors especially the berets because he was warned by police not to allow politics to interfere in his concert or risk being stopped from performing.

Pastor Bugembe has over years domeyhits albums and singles like Kani, Ani, Yellow, Njagala Kumanya, Akawala Ako, Sibiwulira, Wanaza, Biribabitya, and Lengera Embaata among others.

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Kenyan DJ Pierre Makena coming to Uganda

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Kenyan Female DJ Makena will be coming to Uganda and particularly to Bbunga based nightlife spot Nomad bar and grill. The grill is slated for 7th September in a night themed “All ladies affair party”. DJ Pierre will be joined by DJ Lola from Uganda.

Event will be hoosted by NTV’s MC Esco, DJ Ace and DJ Kerb. The DJ Makena is also an actress and TV host and has served in the inaugural season of popular reality music show, Tusker Project Fame.

Determined to network with industry bigwigs, she poured herself into her duties and soon enough, climbed through the ranks becoming a camerawoman. The calls she so desperately longed for also started pouring in as the producers of TV drama series Tahidi High contacted her for a role.DJ Pierra Makena won best supporting actress for her role in When Love Comes Around at the annual Nollywood and African Film Critics awards held in Los Angeles.

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