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Civil society activists demand justice for Kenyan lady gang-raped in Albania

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Hundreds of Kenyan citizens and civil society activists on Sunday, took to the streets of Tirana, the capital of Albania, to demand justice for a Kenyan lady who was gang-raped.

The protesters who gathered on streets outside the Police Directorate in the Albanian capital, accused the police of not doing enough to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

The victim, a 22-year-old identified as Joy Aoko was found unconscious under the building where she lived in Tirana on August 13 and medical reports confirmed she was raped.

One of the leaders of the demonstration, Xheni Karaj, a women rights activist, who spoke to journalists, said:

“Does justice only work for bad people? Covering up this crime sets a precedent against the vulnerable in the whole country.

“We demand a stronger investigation and demand that the perpetrators are brought to justice. We demand that the institutions pay the bills for her treatment abroad.”

A lawyer Idajet Beqiri who was part of the protest said he was outraged at the concealment of the incident by the police, adding that hiding the case was a crime in itself.

“I consider it a great shame for Albanian institutions. This incident happened on August 14 and the police did not notify the citizens.

“The state police hid the crime. Is this all about racism or are there other reasons? Covering up a crime is a crime in itself.”

The victim’s mother, Ruth Aoka, who was interviewed after the protest, Joy had been chased by a casino driver for a long time and that she felt threatened and unsafe.

“She told me that a driver was following her and that he wanted to have a romantic relationship with her, but she didn’t want him.

“She told me that she was being threatened. I met the driver and started a normal conversation with him and asked him why he doesn’t take no for an answer from my daughter,” the mother said, adding that the police has refused to pursue the angle, possibly because the driver is Albanian.

According to her, the daughter has been in hospital for three months in a serious condition with the police doing nothing to get her justice.

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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