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Gates Foundation pledges $7 billion for healthcare, farming, gender equality in Africa

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to spend $7 billion to improve healthcare, farming and gender equality in Africa.

The announcement was made on Friday by the American billionaire philantropist while on a visit to Kenya.

The Microsoft co-founder said the new pledge will be spent over the next four years and is in addition to an existing funding by the Foundation to strengthen health systems across the continent.

Gates who said he will use the opportunity of the visit to the eastern African country to visit primary healthcare centers, leading medical and agricultural research institutes, and small holder farms.

During the visits, he said he has learned from partners about “what programs and approaches are making an impact, what obstacles remain, and how the foundation can better support future progress.”

“The Gates Foundation will continue to invest in the researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and healthcare workers who are working to unlock the tremendous human potential that exists across the continent.

“Africa’s young people have the talent and opportunity to accelerate progress and help solve the world’s most pressing problems,” the billionaire computer mogul said.

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US Justice Department indicts citizens for financing separatist fighters in Cameroon

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The United States Justice Department has revealed that three US citizens of Cameroonian origin have been arrested and charged with raising funds for separatist fighters in the Central African country.

In a justice department statement, the three people indicted were named as Claude Chi, 40, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Francis Chenyi, 49, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Lah Nestor Langmi, 46, of Buffalo, New York.

They indicted three who were alleged to have solicited and raised funds for supplies, weapons, and explosive materials to be used in attacks against Cameroonian government personnel and security forces.

They held senior positions in an organization that supported a group known as the Ambazonian Restoration Forces and other separatist fighters in Cameroon’s Northwest region and had been raising funds for them since 2018.

“In addition to more than $350,000 the defendants raised through voluntary donations, the indictment alleges Chi, Chenyi, and Langmi conspired with others to kidnap civilians in Cameroon and hold them for ransom,” the statement said.

“In some instances, U.S. citizens were extorted for ransom payments to secure the release of their kidnapped relatives living in Cameroon,” it added.

Two English-speaking regions began fighting the military with the aim of forming a breakaway state in 2017, which they call Ambazonia.

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Russian billionaire, Yevgeny Prigozhin says slain Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda, died while fighting for Wagner Group

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There is word from Russia on the death of a Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda who died in Ukraine Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, has claimed the slain student was a fighter for Wagner Private Military Group.

Prigozhin’s comment comes days after the South African country’s government demanded an explanation on the matter.

On Tuesday, Prigozhin’s Concord catering group said Nyirenda had been recruited by Wagner. Prigozhin and other Wagner representatives have toured Russian prisons offering amnesty in return for signing up to fight for Russia in Ukraine.

“Yes, I remember this guy well,” Prigozhin said in a written response to a question from a reporter as to whether the Zambian had been fighting for Wagner.

Prigozhin said Nyirenda had died a “hero” and that he was “one of the first to break into the enemy trenches on Sept. 22”.

Zambia’s foreign affairs minister, Stanley Kakubo, last week in a statement revealed that Russia had notified Zambia about the death of 23-year-old Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda, but did not provide details.

Zambian authorities earlier this week resolved to send a delegation to Russia next week to retrieve the body of the deceased.

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