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Kenyan Muslim cleric, jailed for terrorism, refuses to leave jail after acquittal

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A Kenyan Muslim cleric, Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Buru, who was jailed on terrorism charges in 2018, has refused to leave prison after being acquitted of the charges and released on Thursday.

Sheikh Buru who decided to stay put in prison said he fears for his life outside and has asked a Kenyan court not to release him despite all charges against him wiped out.

Sheikh Buru was arrested in January 2018 in northern Kenya and charged with possessing material promoting a terrorist group and for collaborating with al-Shabab militant group.

But after an appellate court discharged and released him saying the state had failed to prove their case, Sheikh Buru has, however, refused to leave the notorious Kamiti prison as he says he fears there are people outside the prison who are waiting to kill him.

In a petition to the court, the cleric allege that he could be abducted and killed by the state once he is free.

In response, the chief magistrate ordered that he could stay at the prison for a period not exceeding 30 days after which he would be set free whether he likes it or not, but he has to pay the government for his stay at the facility.

Sheikh Buru has also filed a different case at the high court seeking to have state protection once he is freed as his case has reignited debate about enforced disappearances in Kenya.

In a recent report by Amnesty International, the AI blamed police for an increase in brutality and extrajudicial killings and abductions in Kenya, citing a 2013 case where a
Muslim cleric, Ibrahim Rogo Omar, was shot dead in the port city of Mombasa, allegedly by state security agents.

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Zambia ranks 8th in Africa for highest food inflation

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Zambia has been ranked as the eighth African country with the highest food inflation as of May 2024, with a rate of 16.2 percent.

The ranking which was made by the World Bank in its latest Food Security Update report for June 2024, however, revealed that the country’s food inflation rate had decreased to 15.2 percent.

The World Bank’s Food Security Update placed Zambia behind Malawi and Nigeria, which jointly lead the continent with food inflation rates of 40.7 percent.

“Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (particularly its eastern provinces), Myanmar, the Syrian Arab Republic, and Yemen are also identified as hotspots of very high concern,” the report said.

“These regions face significant levels of acute food insecurity exacerbated by worsening factors such as conflict, displacement, and economic instability.

“Recent additions to the list include the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Zambia, while Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Somalia, and Zimbabwe continue to face acute hunger,” the report highlighted.

According to the report, domestic food price inflation remains high, with data from the latest month between February and May 2024 showing high inflation in many low-and middle-income countries.

It added that Zambia’s inflation was higher than five percent in 59.1 percent of low-income countries, 63.0 percent of lower-middle-income countries, 36.0 percent of upper-middle-income countries and 10.9 percent of high-income countries.

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Nigerians thrown into mourning as 22 die, 150 injured in school building collapse

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Nigerians have been thrown into mourning following the death of 22 victims including young school children and their teachers after a classroom building collapsed on Friday in the city of Jos, Plateau State, in North-Central Nigeria.

The tragic incident, which occurred after a two-storey school building caved in at Saints Academy, a secondary school in the Busa-Buji neighbourhood of Jos North Local Government Area of the state, also injured over 150 people who were lucky to be rescued.

According to eyewitnesses, the building collapsed on around 8:30 am when many of the students and teachers were already in classes writing their end of term examinations.

The State Government, in a statement confirming the tragedy, confirmed 22 deaths and 150 injured persons from the Jos collapsed school building.

In the statement, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Musa Ashoms, the Commissioner for Information, said six of the injured were in critical condition while those injured were receiving treatment in various tertiary health facilities in the state, just as the bodies of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuaries.

The State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, in a statewide broadcast, described the incident as a tragic and a monumental loss to the state.

The Governor, while sympathizing with the families of the affected victims, stated that the incident was heart-wrenching and unfortunate.

“This is tragic, unfortunate, heart-wrenching and a gloomy situation,” he said.

“We appreciate the timely intervention of the search and rescue team, as well as members of the public, who rushed to the school premises to assist in evacuating some of the surviving students and staff.

“I have directed the relevant government agencies, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and Plateau State Emergency Management Agency, to provide necessary support to survivors.

“Words cannot fully comfort the grieving families over their immense loss, so we pray that God will continue to console and uphold them during this difficult period,” Mutfwang said.

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