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Mozambique’s jihadi rebels go berserk, launch deadly offensives in Cabo Delgado

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A Mozambique’s Islamic extremist rebel group has reportedly gone berserk in the northern province of Cabo Delgado as they have carried out deadly offensives that have killed over 5,000 and displaced over 80,000 in the last three months.

According to local media, the armed groups have taken their offensives beyond their strongholds in the southern parts of the country to the North where they have continued to burn villages and behead civilians especially in the Ancuabe, Chiure and Mecufi districts which had previously been untouched by conflicts since it began in October 2017.

A report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimated that the latest bout of violence brings the total number of people displaced in Cabo Delgado to just under 950,000.

The IOM noted that despite the military support that Mozambique is receiving from troops sent by neighboring countries and Rwanda, the rebels are far from defeated while foreign troops which were deployed in Cabo Delgado a year ago following the extremists’ seizure of the strategic town of Palma in March, 2021, has not been able to dislodge the rebels.

The IOM has also blamed the government over its lacklustre efforts at battling the insurgents.

“The prevalence of attacks a year after the beginning of the foreign military intervention confirms what was already clear that the government is wrong to say the insurrection has been caused by an external invasion with obscure interests.

“The truth is that the conflict has internal origins due to bad governance and a poor relationship between the state and the local population.

As long as the government ignores this fact, the attacks will not stop,” the agency said.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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