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Kenya’s new president, William Ruto, makes bold promises to address climate change

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Kenya’s newly elected president William Ruto has promised to make climate change a key agenda of his administration.

President Ruto made the ambitious pledge to ramp up clean energy and phase out fossil fuels for electricity by 2030 shortly after his inauguration on Tuesday.

President Ruto in his inauguration speech on Tuesday at Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Complex said “in our country, women and men, young people, farmers, workers, and local communities suffer the consequences of climate emergency.”

“We must act urgently to keep global heating levels below 1.5 Celsius, help those in need, and end addiction to fossil fuels,” he added.

“Kenya is on a transition to clean energy that will support jobs, local economies, and sustainable industrialization,” Ruto said. “We call on all African states to join us in this journey. Africa can lead the world. We have immense potential for renewable energy. Reducing costs of renewable energy technologies make this the most viable energy source.”

General elections were held in Kenya on 9 August 2022. Voters elected William Ruto as the East African country’s fifth president after a close contest with a veteran contender, Raila Odinga.

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto was declared the winner of close presidential elections after defeating veteran contester, Raila Odinga.

With the drought in Eastern Africa and destructive rainfalls in the Sahara, the effect of climate change has been hitting Africa deeply lately. The African Development Bank (AfDB), recently revealed that climate change has caused Africa to lose between 5% and 15% of its GDP (gross domestic product) per capita growth annually.

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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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