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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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Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

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At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in northern Kenya, police said.

The victims, according to the police report, were killed in the drought-stricken Turkana county rustlers whom they had been chasing after they had rustled several herds of cattle on Sunday.

In the statement, the county police said that a “criminal and cowardly ambush by cattle rustlers had taken place in Turkana county and while being pursued by officers and the locals, eight police officers, two civilians and one a local chief were killed.”

“The police officers who were killed had been pursuing members of the Pokot ethnic group who had attacked a village and fled with cattle,” the statement said.

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Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

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The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as “part of its continued support and solidarity with the brethren in country during crises and hard times,” a statement from the country’s Presidency said on Monday.

“Two military jets loaded with large quantities of aid headed to Somalia as per the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

“The aid is an affirmation of the depth of historical ties and relations between Egypt and Somalia as well as Egypt’s leading role towards Africa during times of crisis,” the statement said.

The aid package, according to the Egyptian government, also included two military medical crews who will “participate at treating and transporting injured military forces in Somalia in the recent terroristic attacks there.”

“In addition, Egypt military medical sector set the required preparations for receiving the injured Somalian soldiers.

This is not the first time Egypt is playing the big brother in other countries especially those with Arabian ties as it has sent several medical aid shipments to Arab and African countries including Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and others, which they believe has the famed ‘brethren’ with them.

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