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Public servants in Benin Republic to get wage increment by November

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The President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, has assured public servants in the country of an increase in their minimum wages by November.

Talon who gave the assurance in an announcement in a nationwide broadcast on Friday through government spokesman, Landre Hougbedji, said the move was meant to cushion the effect of increasing inflation occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic and high cost of living in the west African country.

The move also came as a result of pressure from trade unions which have been calling on President Talon to honour a promise he made in April to bring the monthly minimum wage from 40,000 fr cfa (about 61 euros) to 52,000 fr cfa, the equivalent of 79 euros.

In the national broadcast, Hougbedji said the decision was taken after the first cabinet meeting held on Wednesday following a government recess.

He said President Talon had discussed the move with the state committee working on the pledge and had mandated the committee to come up with a workable plan to make sure the November agreement was sacrosanct.

Hougbedji, who is also the country’s Deputy Secretary to the Government, added that the President will make announcements by the end of November and urged workers, trade unions and other stakeholders to be patient.

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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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