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Remain Vigilant, Uhuru Says As He Condoles Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta today condoled with the people of Somalia following the massive Mogadishu bomb attack last Saturday that left more than 300 dead and many others injured.

The president, at the same time, asked Kenyans to remain vigilant to prevent such attacks.

“On behalf of Kenyans, I send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Somalia. The attack is a sobering reminder of the dangerous times that we live in,” he said. “I urge all Kenyans to remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons bent on undermining our security from within and without.”

The president, who was speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Nairobi, also paid tribute the Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia.

“I wish to salute and celebrate our disciplined forces for braving all risks to keep us secure. Unfortunately, some of them have lost their lives in the line of duty. Their sacrifices can never be compensated by monetary or any other terms,” said Mr. Kenyatta.

Following the alleged terrorist bombing attack, the government sent 11 tonnes of aid to Mogadishu with assorted medicines and also received 20 victims for further medical evaluation.

Somalia

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Fred Matiang’i on the Spot Over Chinkororo Remarks in Kisii

Interior acting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is on the spot after associating with Chinkororo, an outlawed militia in Kisii region.

Dr Matiang’i, while speaking at Etago in South Mugirango on Tuesday, referred himself as an ‘Enkororo’ and that nobody could threaten him.

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“Is that what you want? Whoever is joking does not know Chinkororo. I am Enkororo from here,” he said in Ekegusii, his mother tongue, at a Jubilee rally.

The rally was attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen among other Jubilee leaders.

Chinkororo is a group of Kisii warriors and was associated with former powerful Finance Minister Simon Nyachae.

The group, which has been outlawed by the government, was used to defend the community by fighting neighbours who threatened the security of Kisiis along the borders.

“We are Chinkororo and nobody can threaten us. You all know we have Chinkororo here,” he said.

He said it was common knowledge that they have been protecting their borders.

“What can someone tell me, a person who comes from the border?” he asked amid cheers from the crowd.

JUBILEE

While scoffing at opposition leaders over their “No Reforms, No Election” call and the street protests that have claimed people’s lives, Dr Matiang’i asked members of the Kisii community not be scared by anyone.

“We fought with the Abamanyi (Maasais). No one can threaten us,” he said.

While urging residents to come out in large numbers to vote on October 26, he reiterated that they must shun battles that may endanger the lives of Kisii in other regions.

He warned those intending to disrupt the repeat presidential poll on October 26, saying he will deal with them.

“I am the minister for security and will tell the police to look the other way so that they can slap that person,” he said.

He drummed up support for the Jubilee, saying the ruling party has the interests of Kisii community at heart.

“We should remain firmly in Jubilee,” he said while praising Mr Ruto and President Kenyatta.

Editor’s Note: The name of the writer of this story has been withheld for security reasons.

Angola:Cassava Production Project Launched in Lunda Norte

Luanda — Two cassava stem multiplication and vegetable growing micro-projects were launched in northeastern Lunda Norte province, under the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Tele-food campaign.

The initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to develop large-scale production of cassava, vegetables and cassava flour in the municipality of Lóvua (Lunda Norte) to secure food security in rural communities.

According to Ermelinda Caliengue, director of the Food Security Office, the micro-projects are aimed at rural families and the community of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) based in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.

Speaking to Angop, the official explained that the micro- projects are expected to produce 250 tons of cassava and 248 tons of flour.

Currently, Angola is self-sufficient in the production of some vegetables and tubers such as sweet potato, cassava and others.

Angola

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Nigeria:Nigeria, Ghana Sign MOU On Maritime Operations

By Sulaimon Salau

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian Maritime Authority, (GMA) to optimally harness the natural potential in the industry.

The highlight of the renewable MoU, which has a life span of four years, include knowledge transfer and sharing initiative between both agencies; joint capacity building initiative; cabotage enforcement joint study initiative; joint comparative research initiative and joint efforts to combat piracy and terrorism initiative.

Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, at the official signing of the MoU at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre in Lagos, noted that intra-African collaboration is a vital requirement for Africans to effectively harness the natural potential that the blue economy represent for the continent.

He said: “African countries must cooperate to solve challenges peculiar to the continent. All maritime nations on the African continent have comparative advantage in different areas, and only collaboration will ensure that we complement each other, thus ensuring that the maritime sector contribute effectively to the growth of the continent”.

Peterside noted that Nigeria and Ghana have a historical link in the maritime sector, adding that the African maritime sector is richly endowed to the extent that coastal and aquatic ecosystems within the continent are treasures that provide diverse and vibrant natural resources.

The NIMASA DG who is also the chairman of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations commended the Management of Ghana Maritime Authority for seeking the collaboration and noted that the move will go a long way to strengthen efforts in the areas of promotion of scientific and technical cooperation; trade and movement facilitation; Exchange of information, data, knowledge and experience.

“The importance of bilateral cooperation to solve maritime environmental challenges that transcend international boundaries in our coastal and aquatic ecosystem cannot be over-emphasised. We are ready, and will give our supports to tackle all associated maritime challenges that have over time impede and slow the region’s maritime sectoral progress. We are ready to work with Ghana in all fronts within our defined and enabling capacities. NIMASA will not relent or derelict its duties and responsibilities within the contemplation of this MoU”, the DG said.

Also speaking at the event, the Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, KwamaOwusu commended NIMASA and its management for championing the growth of the maritime sector in the sub-region in particular and in Africa in general.

Kwame thanked NIMASA leadership and noted that the MoU would bring about constructive and healthy competition within the West African sub-region, as Ghana would continue to cross-fertilise ideas with Nigeria in the needed areas and at the same time learn from NIMASA as regards critical functional areas of maritime operations as encapsulated in the MoU.

It would be recalled that the Management of the Ghana Maritime Authority had early in the year visited the NIMASA on a fact finding mission with the aim of ascertaining areas of possible collaboration and cooperation.

Nigeria

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Nigeria:WHO Targets 874,000 With Yellow Fever Immunisation

By Gabriel Olawale

The World Health Organisation, WHO, yesterday stated its commitment to support Nigeria to immunise 873,837 people against yellow fever in Kwara and Kogi states.

According to the WHO Nigeria Representative, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the 10-day campaign, which began on October 13, targets residents, aged nine months to 45 years old.

Dr. Alemu said: “This campaign aims to ensure that people living in high-risk areas are protected from yellow fever.

“We have mobilised more than 200 health workers and volunteers to ensure success of the exercises.”

He disclosed that WHO had been working with health authorities on its implementation in nine local government areas in Kwara State and two in Kogi State.

He said: “Nigeria has requested support from the International Coordination Group , ICG, on vaccine provision for yellow fever.

“A global stockpile of six million doses of the yellow fever vaccine is available for countries to access, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

“WHO and health partners have been supportive since the first case of yellow fever was confirmed in Oke-Owa, Ifelodun council, Kwara State, on September 12.”

Nigeria

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Nigeria:Sultan Warns Against Politicising Health, Security Issues

By Danjuma Joseph

Lafia — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has warned politicians, religious and communities leaders, to desist from politicising security and health related issues in the country.

The Sultan gave the advice during the official flag off of the third quarter polio routine immunization, yesterday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Sultan Sa’ad, who was the special guest at the elaborate occasion, lamented that health and security issues does not discriminate on tribal or religious affiliation.

According to him “We decided to join in the fight to eradicate polio and other communicable diseases because of its devastating effects on our society.”

The Sultan,who also warned rumour peddlers that polio vaccines is contaminated, described such rumours as a deliberate effort to tarnish the good intention of government, as he called on politicians and elder statesmen, to join hands in fighting diseases that are ravaging the lives of the common people.

He noted that so much money have been donated by individuals, countries and organizations, to procure those vaccines, hence the need to utilize them prudently to save lives.

Responding, Governor Tanko Al-Makura thanked the sultan and his entourage for choosing the state as flag off point and assured that his government will stop at nothing to ensure effective primary health care delivery in the state.

Governor Al-Makura, promised that he will ensure that in the next two years, primary health care delivery will be top in his budgetary allocation.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of letter of commendation by the northern traditional leaders to Governor Al-Makura, for his credible performances in the area of primary health care delivery in the state.

Nigeria

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Development Bank Avails Fresh U.S.$700 Million in Credit

Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has launched a countrywide campaign to identify potential bankable projects in priority sectors.

The campaign, which started in Nyamata, Bugesera District, seeks to provide loans to local investors in education, agriculture, energy, housing, exports and infrastructure.

BRD has earmarked $707.3 million, which is accessible through commercial banks and savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), while the Government, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) will oversee the implementation of this plan.

“The aim of this campaign is to meet investors with ongoing projects and those with project proposals to see how we can help them develop and thus increase their contribution to national development,” said Livingstone Byamungu, the chief investment officer at BRD.

He said BRD’s meetings with investors are a platform for the bank to explain new opportunities that help investors grow their businesses.

The chairperson of PSF in Bugesera, Eugene Higiro, thanked BRD, saying the funds will promote the private sector in various ways and help the business community contribute towards national development.

Eric Ruzindaza, the Bugesera vice-mayor in charge of economic affairs, urged people to seize the opportunity and use the loans.

The outreach campaign ends in January, and will cover all the districts. The credit will be available next year.

“Usually we do our budget in October and use the rest of the year to identify potential projects to include in our next financial year,” Byamungu said.

He also made it clear that BRD does not only target big investors, but that small and medium entrepreneurs have equal opportunities to access the bank’s credit, either through commercial banks or SACCOs.

He said that, while BRD generally targets projects worth Rwf50 million and above, even investors who require less money can have their projects considered through commercial banks. The prospective investor should, however, be able to finance at least 30 per cent of the project cost.

BRD will channel its credit through Bank of Kigali, I&M Bank, BPR and SACCOs.

The funds will be allocated to key priority sectors with export development taking the lion’s share with $222 million, followed by energy with $185 million, agriculture at $170 million, affordable housing at $66.3 million, and education at $64 million.

However, Byamungu said BRD will also finance infrastructure that is considered as social goods – such as clinics and hospitals, markets, furniture and welding centres, and factories for construction and building materials.

South Africa:Reshuffle More for Energy Deal Than Good Governance – Opposition Leader

Leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane, has called the latest reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma an attempt to reinforce a nuclear deal with Russia.

In a statement, Maimane said the appointment of former State Security Minister David Mahlobo as Minister of Energy, was a clear attempt to strike a billion-rand energy deal with the country.

“This smacks of an attempt to reignite the ANC’s efforts to chain our country to a multi-billion rand nuclear deal with the Russians.”

Maimane said Zuma was relentless in his pursuit to loot state funds.

“The DA is not surprised by President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle, the latest move in Zuma’s war against anyone who opposes his project of ‘State Capture’,” he said.

He said that former Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande, who was sacked, was an obvious target because he “follows Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom, Mcebisi Jonas and others who have failed to toe the Zuma line and have found themselves out of office”.

Nzimande, also the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), was replaced by former Minister of Home Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize.

‘Zuma appears to be firing his critics’

Relations between Zuma and Nzimande have been described to be at an all-time low, as the SACP – that had propelled him to power – had turned out to be one of his biggest critics.

The party, which is in an alliance with the ANC, has called for Zuma to step down and has banned him from addressing its events.

Maimane said the SACP has been dealt an insulting blow, and they must now decide how long they will put up with this abuse, or if they will now do what they know is right, and begin to work outside the ANC.

He said the reshuffle was not a move to enforce service delivery, but that it was politically driven.

“This reshuffle has nothing to do with effecting good governance, and ensuring the best people serve our country. On the contrary, Jacob Zuma appears to be firing his critics, and offering promotions in exchange for support ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December this year.”

He called on South Africans to “use their power to vote out this self-serving ANC government at the ballot box, and choose a new beginning for our country”.

“The future of South Africa lies in a post-ANC South Africa, free from corruption and ‘State Capture’, and focused on our nation’s new struggle – the struggle for access to jobs.

Source: News24

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Lamu Police Reservists to Get Modern Guns to Fight Al-Shabaab

By Kalume Kazungu

The government will equip Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in Lamu with modern guns to fight Al-Shabaab.

According to county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo, 200 KPR officers have been recruited and are undergoing training before deployed to terror prone areas in the county.

Speaking to Nation in Lamu, Mr Kitiyo said the move is to ensure locals and property are protected.

Mr Kitiyo said the officers will be deployed in Witu, Maleli, Katsaka Kairu, Pandanguo, Mpeketoni, Hindi, Bar’goni, Basuba, Kiunga, Ishakani and all areas bordering the Boni forest where the Boni Enclave Campaign aimed at flushing out Al-Shabaab militants is ongoing.

The move to equip the Lamu KPRs with modern guns comes at a time when a section of the reservists have been complaining of the poor weapons they have been using which makes it hard for them to fully commit to their call.

OUTDATED WEAPONS

Officers who spoke to Nation accused the government of taking too long to equip them with modern weapons, something that has made them afraid of being subdued by attackers, especially the Al-Shabaab who are using more sophisticated weaponry in attacks in the county.

They said the guns given to them by the government “are too old fashioned to be used in a modern war zone”.

The officer said the guns which have fondly been nicknamed ‘Ngoja Kidogo’ (wait a little bit) due to the complexity and slowness in operation, are not very effective especially during attacks since they take too long to be set.

William Mwangi, a KPR in Lamu lauded the government for their decision to equip them with modern guns saying the move will boost their morale.

“We are happy that at last we will be equipped with the modern guns. We are tired of these old-schooled guns which can’t function as required during attacks. You fire one bullet and have to wait for five minutes before you are able to load and fire another one. We need the modern ones,” said Mr Mwangi.

In 2016, the national government also deployed over 500 KPR officers to the Linda Boni Security Operation areas in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa.

In 2015, over 60 KPR officers in Lamu quit their jobs citing poor working conditions and lack of salaries.

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Mauritius:Agro-Industry Ministry Organises Colloquium On Evolution of Agriculture in Mauritius

press release

A colloquium focusing on the evolution of agriculture in Mauritius opened this morning at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in Bell Village in the presence of the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun.

The colloquium, an initiative of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, is organised in the context of celebrations marking World Food Day 2017. The themes elaborated are namely: the role of the Faculty of agriculture in meeting the needs of the agricultural sector; research and development on sugarcane for a sustainable industry; programme régional de sécurité alimentaire et nutritionelle 2017-2022; and the challenges and opportunities of the Mauritian Cane Industry.

In his address, Minister Seeruttun highlighted that the colloquium will help all stakeholders and participants present to take cognizance of the role of agriculture which has been the very essence of the economy. He further stated that Government agenda is focused on the goal of achieving food security and various measures and schemes are being devised in the 2017/2018 Budget that are geared towards sustaining the agriculture sector, increasing crop production and supporting small farmers.

Speaking about the Cane industry, he outlined that the sugarcane crop has played a prominent position in the Mauritian economy over the years since its introduction by the Dutch in the seventeenth century. Government, he underlined has made constant efforts to improve and maintain the economic viability of this industry. Its main goal is that the sugarcane industry produces at least 400 000 tons of sugar annually. He further pointed out that that the sugarcane industry is not solely concerned with the production of sugar but also contributes to the country’s economy, namely in the energy and environmental sectors with the production of bagasse and ethanol.

He reiterated that Government is providing several incentives to urge planters adopt organic farming with a view to decrease reliance on chemical inputs and improve the quality of local food production. The increased use of pesticides and insecticides causes harmful impacts on human health and the environment, he pointed out.

Furthermore, the Minister recalled that Mauritius is highly exposed to climate change that adversely affects farming activities and food production, resulting in risks of crop failure and food insecurity. On that score, he emphasised on the need of the Crop Insurance Scheme that aims at providing better support and assistance to planters whose crops are affected by natural calamities. The scheme which has been implemented on a pilot basis will be extended to a larger number of planters, as well as to breeders, he added. Minister Seeruttun also underpinned the importance of the development of livestock production to meet future challenges of achieving food and nutrition security

He stated that his Ministry is presently implementing the 2016-2020 strategic plans which include enhancing food and nutritional security; promoting food safety and sustainable production systems; and developing resilience to climate change amongst others.

Mauritius

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