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More than twenty Muslim worshippers killed in mosque attack in Amhara, Ethiopia

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The Islamic Affairs Council of Amhara, a region in Ethiopia says more than twenty Muslim worshippers were killed in clashes with unidentified armed men.

The attack which happened in Gondar is described as a “massacre” by heavily armed “extremist Christians,” by the Islamist group.

Seid Muhammed, president of the Amhara Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, told a journalist on Wednesday that “the incident happened yesterday when Muslims were on their way to bury an individual.”

Seid said the armed men threw an explosive device at the Muslim crowd in the town of Gondar, killing three people and wounding five. The other victims died in the ensuing clashes.

“There were lootings of shops and there were attempts to set fire to three mosques. One mosque suffered minor damage where its mat was set on fire,” he said.

Forces under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed — the Ethiopian military, ethnic militias, and troops from neighboring Eritrea are fighting to oust the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or T.P.L.F., from its stronghold in the northern region of Tigray.

The conflict in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, has left thousands dead, forced more than two million people from their homes and pushed parts of the country into famine.

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Kenya’s new president, William Ruto, makes bold promises to address climate change

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Kenya’s newly elected president William Ruto has promised to make climate change a key agenda of his administration.

President Ruto made the ambitious pledge to ramp up clean energy and phase out fossil fuels for electricity by 2030 shortly after his inauguration on Tuesday.

President Ruto in his inauguration speech on Tuesday at Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Complex said “in our country, women and men, young people, farmers, workers, and local communities suffer the consequences of climate emergency.”

“We must act urgently to keep global heating levels below 1.5 Celsius, help those in need, and end addiction to fossil fuels,” he added.

“Kenya is on a transition to clean energy that will support jobs, local economies, and sustainable industrialization,” Ruto said. “We call on all African states to join us in this journey. Africa can lead the world. We have immense potential for renewable energy. Reducing costs of renewable energy technologies make this the most viable energy source.”

General elections were held in Kenya on 9 August 2022. Voters elected William Ruto as the East African country’s fifth president after a close contest with a veteran contender, Raila Odinga.

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto was declared the winner of close presidential elections after defeating veteran contester, Raila Odinga.

With the drought in Eastern Africa and destructive rainfalls in the Sahara, the effect of climate change has been hitting Africa deeply lately. The African Development Bank (AfDB), recently revealed that climate change has caused Africa to lose between 5% and 15% of its GDP (gross domestic product) per capita growth annually.

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Rwanda begins massive recruitment of Zimbabwean teachers, over 450 shortlisted

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Following agreement between Rwanda and Zimbabwe, Rwanda has started massive recruitment of teachers from the South African country.

Rwanda agreed to hire tutors from the southern African country to cover a skills gap.

Zimbabwean government official in Harare, says 491 of its teachers have been shortlisted for interviews that will be conducted in the next few days.

Simon Masanga, who is Zimbabwe’s Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary said Rwanda had requested more tutors to bridge a longstanding skills gaps and language barriers.

“We are recruiting competent education personnel to be employed in Rwanda on job position under four categories: basic education, basic TVET (technical and vocational education and training), polytechnic and universities,” Masanga said.

“The successful candidates are expected to travel to Rwanda in September after undergoing pre-departure training by a team of experts from Zimbabwe and the embassy of Rwanda to ensure adequate orientation and requisite information is imparted to the Zimbabwean nationals prior to their deployment,” Mr Masanga added.

Rwanda and Zimbabwe on Thursday December 23 signed an agreement where the latter will send 306 teachers to Kigali as part of the efforts to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two countries.

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