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Kenya Airways Spends $142m Annually On Leasing Aircraft

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Kenya Airways Spends $142m Annually On Leasing Aircraft

A new report has shown, that troubled national carrier, Kenya Airways, spends a whopping $142m annually, to service the huge leasing contracts it signed with financiers to acquire 20 aircraft.

The confidential report, which was submitted to the transport committee of the Kenyan parliament, means the airline spends up to 11 per cent of its operating costs to service loans.  That is way above global average of five per cent.

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Kenya Airways, which is struggling to rise from the depths of historic corporate loss-making, also told parliament, that 53 million dollars of the total amount, covers aircraft depreciation costs, leaving 89 million dollars for actual servicing of leasing costs.

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For the first time last week, Kenya Airways revealed that 11 firms bank-rolled leasing of the carrier’s 20 aircraft, which is half its fleet.

And in a revelation meant to anchor its role as the key tenant at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the airline disclosed it pays more than half a billion dollars annually to the Kenya Airports Authority for using the airport as its hub.

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That amount does not include the one hundred six million dollars it pays Kenya Airports Authority in annual landing fees, $4 million in building and utilities rents and $2 million in concession fees.

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.

Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.

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Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.

Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.

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The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.

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Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.

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Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants

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The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.

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The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.

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The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.

The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

Cameroon authorities have deployed military personnel on the streets ahead of protests scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday.

The army said, all military personnel have been put on alert in Cameroon for four days starting Monday, over fears the Tuesday protests could cause severe public disorder.

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Opposition leader of the Cameroon renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto has been calling for peaceful protests, demanding that president Paul Biya step down, and that regional elections in the Anglophone regions be reformed, so to include the marginalized communities.

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Members of the government have been quick to criticize the call for protests made by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, labelling his movement as an insurrection. They also are forbidding all demonstrations, threatening any protestors with “life imprisonment” should they answer Kamto’s call on Tuesday.

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Since 2017, security forces have been violently repressing activists demanding the independence of the Anglophone regions.  The instability, has forced half a million people from their homes.

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