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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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Nigerian woman goes berserk at US airport, opens fire on passengers

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A Nigerian woman identified as Portia Odufuwa, has been arrested by the Dallas Police in the United States after she went berserk at the Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas and opened fire at fellow travellers on arrival on Thursday.

According to Dallas Police Chief, Eddie Garcia, Odufuwa, on arrival from a trip, went into a rest room, changed her clothing and came out with a sub-machine gun and proceeded to fire at fellow travellers at random.

Garcia also confirmed that Odufuwa was shot “in the lower extremities” by a police officer attached to the airport before she was arrested and taken to a hospital where she has been placed in protective custody.

“Odufuwa was dropped off at the airport just before 11 am and appeared to change her clothes in a restroom before emerging and opening fire inside the airport.

“She was firing at random at fellow travellers before a police officer shot her in the lower extremities and arrested her,” Garcia said.

“It was unclear whom or what the suspect was aiming at when she fired as she was shooting at random. Luckily, no passenger was hit in the shooting spree,” he added.

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Scores feared dead as Somalia’s Al-Shabab militants launch attack in Ethiopia

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Somali-based Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility in a cross-border attack on Thursday in Ethiopia’s Afdher region where an unspecified number of people were killed.

According to Ethiopian police report, the invasion triggered gunbattles with Ethiopia’s paramilitary Liyu police which also led to an unknown number of casualties in what is believed to be the first time al-Shabab has launched an attack in Ethiopia.

Somali military also report that dozens of al-Shabab fighters crossed into the Afdher zone of Ethiopia’s Somali region late Thursday whee they carried out the attack.

The military intelligence report, quoting its Ethiopian counterparts, says ar least 87 al-Shabab militants were killed in the fighting.

The Liyu police on Saturday also confirmed that al-Shabab attacked and took control of several of their positions but confirmed that all positions have since been recaptured, witht police suffering heavy casualties.

Though the al-Shabab group has not commented on the attack, it acknowledged attacking the Somali border towns of Washaaqom, Aato and Yeet on Wednesday, where Liyu police are known to be present.

Security experts in the country believe the group may be trying to show it is still dangerous, and may also believe that Ethiopian forces have been weakened by the Tigray conflict and they believe they can easily overrun the vulnerable areas.

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