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Torrential rains strike again as flood kills 8, displaces hundreds in Sierra Leone

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A landslide and flood have killed at least eight people and hundreds displaced in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown.

Rescue workers in the West African country revealed that four men, a woman, and a seven-year-old girl died on Sunday when buildings on a mountainside were submerged by a mudslide during heavy rains in the Looking Town area.

The national disaster management agency reported that two other men died in the Mount Aureol and Blackhall Road areas when barriers collapsed on the buildings, they were in.

Spokesman of the agency, Mohammed Bah said more than 800 people have been displaced due to the flood in the Colbert area, agency.

“The landslide is due to the heavy rains, there is no doubt about that, but also to a combination of illegal activities,” he said.

“People are cutting down trees and destroying the forest cover. The landslide is mainly the result of people building outside the designated areas,” he said.

“We see with the heavy rainfall this August the impact and consequence of global warming and climate change,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening.

“But years of poor urban planning and mismanagement of municipal resources have contributed enormously to the flooding,” he added.

There have been devastating effects of rainfalls in countries like NigeriaSudanUganda, and the Central Africa Republic. While the flood situation might to a certain extent be unavoidable, urban and town planning policies need urgent attention to address such occurrences in the future.

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Ugandan President Museveni promotes son to full General after threatening to capture Kenya

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has promoted his first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to full General which is the highest rank in the hierarchy of Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

The promotion of Muhoozi, which was announced by the country’s Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in a statement on Tuesday, also said he has been dropped from his role as Commander of Land Forces, will continue serving as senior presidential advisor for special operations.

General Muhoozi had on Monday, sparked a storm on social media when he tweeted about capturing the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a statement the Ugandan government has since distanced itself from.

In a series of tweets which went viral before he deleted them, Gen Muhoozi who is seen as the heir apparent to the East African country’s Presidency, said he blamed former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for not contesting for a third term in the August 2022 polls, adding that the retired President could have easily won the election.

“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily!” Muhoozi wrote on his Twitter account, (@mkainerugaba.

He then went on to tweet about leading the Ugandan military to capture Kenya and going on a tour of the conquered territory with his wife.

“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi,” he tweeted.

“After capturing Nairobi, I shall take my wife on a tour of our district,” he wrote.

“I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still 2 weeks to Nairobi! After our army captures Nairobi, where should I live? Westlands? Riverside?” He wrote in another tweet.

However, following the backlash he received following the tweets, the 48-year-old Muhoozi took down the tweets and went to write that he was only joking with the earlier tweets.

“I’m glad that I have scared you Kenyans a bit! Two weeks is long. Nairobi in one week for sure! Aided by my brothers from Carnival!”

He then went on to assure Kenyans that he would never wedge a war on the Kenyan army.

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Liberian narcotics officials arrest drug trafficker with cocaine worth $100m

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Operatives of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and National Security Agency (NSA), have arrested a 31-year-old Guinea-Bissauan drug trafficker, identified as Malam Conte, with cocaine worth $100 million.

The LDEA, in a statement on Monday, said Conte was arrested on October 1, following intelligence reports from the US government which has been on his trial.

“At about 1:00pm Saturday, October 1, the LDEA stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc compound and seized from there a huge quantity of raw Cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc, a frozen food company located in Topoe Village along the Japanese Free Way.

“The value of the confiscated drugs is about One Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$100,000,000).

“During a preliminary investigation by the LDEA, the suspect Malam Conte, a national of Guinea-Bissau, said he was asked by his international partners to follow the consignment and ensure it reaches the final destination. However, he did not say as to whether Liberia is the final destination.

“It was also established that suspect Malam arrived in the country with two other accomplices who checked in at the Royal Grand Hotel. The suspects later moved over to the Boulevard Palace Hotel where the LDEA was able to pick up additional information leading towards their syndicate.

“Meanwhile, suspects Gustavo Henrique, a Brazilian and Adulai Djibril, a Portuguese, who both accompanied Malam, were not in their hotel room at the time of our arrival.

“Suspect Malam is currently undergoing a full-scale investigation, while suspects Gustavo Henrique and Adulai Djibril remain at large,” the LDEA statement said.

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