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Uganda: Pakwach Bridge Closed As Floods Cut Off West Nile

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Tropical Storms Expected In East Africa 

Mudslides caused by heavy rains across eastern Uganda have killed at least six persons. Disaster relief officials say nearly 50 others are missing in Mount Elgon region.

In the north-west, due to the heavy rains in the last 24 hours the river Nile has burst its banks near Pakwach Bridge, cutting off road links.

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Roads authority has issued an alert, urging people to take caution and use alternative transport while the debris on the highway is cleared.

Dozens of homes and farms have also been destroyed during the downpour in the last two days.

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The government says it is trying to relocate people from the mountainous areas to safer terrain.

In recent weeks, heavy flooding and mudslides have killed at least 250 persons across east Africa.

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

Rwanda ministry of education has announced its partnership with the private sector to boost education and achieve its goals.

Members of the private sector have vowed to work closer with the ministry to support the sector as the government pushes for knowledge-based economy.

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The private sector is working to support the government’s efforts through technology, setting up schools, teacher training, finance and community work to accelerate development especially in rural areas.

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Minister of state in the ministry of education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi says the private sector has much offer in quality education in addition to improving infrastructure.

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Algeria Declares Fmr. PM Tebboune Winner Of Presidential Election

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Algerians Protest Against Disputed Election 

Algeria`s former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won the nations’s presidential election with 58% of the vote, in an election marred by protests and a boycott.  74-year-old Tebboune was a civil servant before he became prime minister in 2017, he also served as housing minister and information minister.

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Algeria national electoral body says the voter turnout was just 40% – the lowest ever for a multi-party election in Algeria.

The vote had been boycotted by people in the protest movement who said all the candidates were recycled. Demonstrators wanted a new kind of politics and political candidates. All five candidates in the election are former senior government officials.

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Thousands of Algerians took to the streets in Algiers on Thursday to protest against a presidential election they describe as a charade.  They were chanting “no vote! We want freedom!” They claim it was an election held to keep the ruling elite in power. Police used sticks to disperse marchers in the capital, but had to fall back as the crowd grew.

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

The European Union has removed Gabonese airlines from a blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into European airspace.

The clearance was announced earlier this week by EU commissioner for transport Adina Vălean.  This means Gabon airlines, as the National Regional Transport, NRT, can now resume flights to Europe after eleven years.

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The EU commission said it removed Gabon from the list following improvement efforts in aviation safety by Gabonese authorities. It also said, it has cleared all Gabonese air carriers from the eu air safety list.

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Carriers based in the two Congos, Djibouti, and Equatorial Guinea still remain banned. Also blacklisted are Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, and the Sudan.

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