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Rwanda ready to receive first batch of migrants from the UK

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As the June 14 deadline for the deportation of asylum seekers from the United Kingdom to Rwanda, the East African country says it is getting ready to greet the first set of migrants when their flight arrive on Tuesday.

Despite worldwide opposition to the plan by the British government to transfer the migrants to Rwanda, including the United Nations, Pope Francis, Prince Charles and human rights activists, the UK says the plan will still proceed with the first batch of 30 migrants expected to be air lifted on Tuesday.

An official of a committee set up by Kigali to see that the migrants are welcomed properly and are given all the comfort and assistance they require, said the arriving asylum seekers will be housed at a four-star facility in the capital, the Hope Hostel.

“Rwanda is a good country that loves Rwandans and foreigners, we welcome the migrants warmly.

“Their new homes have been prepared and they will be safe. We are happy because others have come to seek shelter here. Rwanda is recognized for its hospitality,” the committee member said.

The Hope Hostel manager, Ismael Bakina, also echoed the same sentiments.

“This is not a prison. It’s a home like our home. Just, we serve them, the migrants, as a hotel. In a hotel, a person will be free in everything they want. So when they want to go out of the hotel, no problem,” Bakina, said while taking journalists around thr hostel.

Since the plan worth £120 million to Rwanda was signed in April, it has been widely slammed by human rights groups but also by politicians of all parties from both countries.

While some British politicians have kicked against the plan, back home in Rwanda, opposition figures have also kicked against the moves.

Victoire Ingabire, the president of the opposition Development and Liberty for All Party, said in a statement on Sunday:

“We have thousands of young Rwandans who do not have jobs. If you cannot give work to your own population, to your young people, if the Rwandan youth do not have jobs, how can the government promote work for these refugees who are going to come here to Rwanda?”

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Senior Somali police chief killed in explosion targeted at his convoy

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A senior Somali Police Chief, Farhan Mohamoud Adan, was on Friday night, killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in the Middle Shabelle region to the south of the country, Interior Minister, Ahmed Moallem, announced on his Facebook page on Saturday.

“Police Commissioner, Farhan Mohamoud Adan, known as Farhan Qarole, was killed in an explosion targeting his convoy in the Middle Shabelld region on Friday night,” Moallem wrote.

He went on to explain that security officials told him that Mohamoud’s convoy was “bombed the moment it passed into the Labondo area, returning from the town of Basra, which was liberated from the grip of the Al-Shabaab movement.”

“The same security details said the explosion killed the security official and four of Mohamoud’s bodyguards.”

Before the attack on the police chief’s convoy, the Somalian federal army had announced that it had successfully liberated five towns from Al-Shabaab’s control, including the town of Basra, after confrontations with the Islamist militants fighters.

State media, Sawt El-Jaish, also reported on Friday that the confrontations resulted in the death of five insurgents.

“The town of Basra, a strategic location for the Al-Shabaab militants movement as it links the regions of Lower and Middle Shabelle, at it was very important it was liberated on Friday.

“Unfortunately, in the night of same day, Mohamoud was targeted and killed by the militants,” Moallem said.

Since 2004, the Al-Shabaab militant group has been waging a war against successive governments in Somalia backed by the Al-Qaeda group and has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist operations in the Horn of Africa nation which has claimed thousands of lives.

The war, according to several claims by the group, is aimed at overthrowing the government and setting up a regime based on strict Islamic Sharia Laws.

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Gabon launches airline to fly only oil and gas companies’ executives

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The Gabonese civil aviation authority has issued an operational permit to a private airline company, Gabon Aero Solutions, to launch an airline that will only fly top oil and gas executives to and from their offices and oil fields around the central African country.

According to the Project Director of the company, Christophe Lacombe, in a statement on Saturday, Gabon Aero Solutions, which is launched with private capital gathered from Gabonese investors, has a fleet made of medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter, AS365 N3, made by aircraft maker Airbus.

He said the company is also planning to incorporate in the future 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined helicopter AgustaWestland AW139.

“The strategy of Gabon Aero Solutions is to support the main industrial actors who need a logistic support by helicopter, to accompany Gabon in the development of its tourism and to come also to support the populations by the installation of an emergency medical service by helicopter,” Lacombe said.

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