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Burundi Army Chief Gen Niyongabo Survives Assassination

Gen Prime Niyongabo disembarks a UN chopper (Internet photo)

Leading African Television Company M-Net last week hinted on plans to unveil a brand new entertainment Channel tailored particularly for the Ugandan audience.

M-Net Channel Director for East Africa and SADC, information pills http://cycling.today/wp-includes/feed-rss.php Theo Erasmus made the announcement at the just concluded MultiChoice content showcase extravaganza that took place on the island of Mauritius through last week.

Mr Erasmus didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag but did confirm that the Maisha Magic Uganda is next on their planned unveilings.

The news came after M Net announced its oncoming second East African channel named The Maisha Magic Bongo which launches on DStv channel 160 on Thursday October 1.

The channel will offer subscribers on Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium subscribers content specifically acquired and packaged for a Tanzanian target market but will also be available in Uganda, Kenya Ethiopia and DRC.

“Uganda is our next big focus, I don’t want to let anything out of the bag now but there is something very exciting in the pipeline,” said Mr Erusmus.

M-Net he said, is continuing to tailor and polish its East African content portfolio in line with viewer demand.

With the existing Maisha Magic East (channel 158) now consolidating its focus on the Kenyan market (with a consistent block of Luganda content once a week, aimed at the Ugandan market), Maisha Magic Bongo will focus exclusively on the Tanzanian market, showcasing Tanzanian Swahili content.

“This is the next step in the broadcaster’s ‘hyper-local’ content strategy which is focused on creating customized content that is relevant to a specific group or market,” he said.

He went on, “We’ve made some changes to our offering in East Africa in recent months, and the speed of the changes speak directly to our desire to be adaptable and flexible to meet expectations in television landscapes that are clearly changing fast. Naturally, based on the response to Maisha Magic Bongo, we will evaluate opportunities to possibly create more country specific channels going forward.”

Burundi’s army chief General Prime Niyongabo has survived what officials described as a “well rehearsed” assassination plot in the capital Bujumbura on Friday morning.

Niyongabo was travelling in a military convoy when it came under heavy gunfire from soldiers travelling a military vehicle.

An impeccable source told ChimpReports that seven people including bodyguards were killed when their cars were sprayed with bullets.

Burundi Deputy Police Commander, clinic http://chemspec-api.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/really-simple-captcha.php General Godefroid Bizimana, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php confirmed the incident, http://cgt06.fr/wp-includes/class-wp-comment.php saying a commando force had been deployed in the area to pursue the assailants.

“Two of the attackers were killed. We are hunting down the rest,” Bizimana told the media.

He further revealed that Gen Niyongabo managed to escape because his driver was swift in speeding off from the scene where the convoy came under fire.

The attack comes high on the heels of the assassination of ex Intelligence chief, Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana.

This website understands that a specialized commando unit has surrounded military Camps Muha and Para.

The motive of the siege remains unclear but it is feared the commanders could be arrested in connection with today’s incident,

Camp Muha is next to Gasekebuye in Bujumbura’s Mairie Province.

Fighting in Burundi has left hundreds dead and displaced tens of thousands to refugee camps in neighboring countries.

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