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One feared dead as hawkers, askaris clash

The Citizen "Mwanza. Mwanza City came to a standstill for about seven hours yesterday following violent confrontations between petty traders, commonly knwon as ‘machinga’, and city council askaris.

Following the confrontations, which also pitted the petty traders against businesses run by Tanzanians of Asian origin, there were conflicting reports on people killed in the mayhem.

When contacted for comment, the Mwanza regional police commander, Mr Simon Sirro, said it was too early to comment on the incident as the matter was still under investigation."

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In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

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