At least 20 persons have died and sixteen injured in a stampede as worshippers rushed to be anointed during a church service in northern Tanzania. Five of those killed were children.
Moshi district commissioner Kippi Warioba said the incident happened when thousands of people crammed into a sports stadium for the service on Saturday evening in the town of Moshi near Mount Kilimanjaro. Many reportedly got crushed after the pastor called them to be anointed with blessed oil.
Officials said on Sunday, pastor Boniface Mwamposa has been arrested in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar Es Salaam, for his role in the incident as he attempted to flee the country.
The pastor had been drawing huge crowds by promising prosperity and cures for diseases to worshippers who step in what he calls “blessed oil” during his services.
Home affairs minister George Simbachawene said on Sunday pastor Mwamposa will be held accountable for causing the tragedy. Authorities fear the death toll could rise because of the size of the crowd and poor lighting when the stampede occurred.
Kenya: Government Extends Deadline For Issuance Of E-Passport
Kenya authorities have delayed the deadline by a year for all citizens to switch to e-passports. It is the second time the deadline has been extended.
Ministry of interior says the deadline has now been pushed back to march next year to enable nearly two million Kenyans – mostly in the diaspora – who are still holding the old document to replace it.
The government said it had set up passport centres in Dubai, Johannesburg, Berlin, Paris, London and Washington DC to make it easier for Kenyans living abroad to get the e-passports.
The old passport was initially scheduled to be phased out by September last year but was pushed back to March this year.
The government says e-passports are intended to minimize fraud, identity theft, forgery and passport skimming.
At Least 29 Injured In Bomb Attack At Pro-Abiy Rally In Ethiopia
At least 29 persons are reportedly injured in an attack at a political rally, organized by officials, in support of prime minister Abiy Ahmed in central Ethiopia on Sunday.
Prime minister Abiy Ahmed himself was not there. Police say six suspects have been arrested following the attack in Ambo town. State-run Ethiopian news agency quotes Oromia regional state police commissioner Ararsa Merdesa as saying it was a grenade attack.
Political tension is high as Ethiopia gears up for elections in august. Violence arising from ethnic differences is threatening to undermine reforms initiated by the prime minister.
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W.H.O. says its Ebola operation is in dire straits in north Kivu and Ituri provinces – two cities that have been wracked with violence. The world body says it would run out of funds in a week and is urging donors to urgently come to its rescue.
Who says if it does not get the necessary funds to continue the Ebola fight, the declining number of cases in the country would pick up again.
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