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Eleven Kidnapped Teachers Freed In Cameroon

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Eleven teachers kidnapped in Cameroon have been freed. Unidentified men took them hostage on Tuesday during a raid on two schools in the town of Kumbo.

Representative of the church that runs the schools, Samuel Fonki says the teachers had been freed but gave no further details when contacted by the media.

Authorities gave no immediate comment on the release.

10 days before that incident gunmen had stormed a school in another western town, and killed seven children. No one has claimed responsibility for either of the raids.

More than 3,000 persons have died since 2017 in the conflict between the Cameroonian government and the Anglophone separatists who want to break away from the primarily French-speaking state.

Human rights groups say both sides have committed widespread atrocities, with the separatists often targeting schools that fail to comply with their demands to close.

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Uganda Police To ‘Investigate Protesters’ Deaths’

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Uganda’s police have begun probe into the alleged killing of protesters. The security outfit opened investigations into law enforcement`s violent crackdown on protesters last week that led to killings of dozens demonstrators.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the inquiry will “identify mistakes” that led to the collateral damage.

Last week, plain-clothed operatives were seen on video recorded by members of the public holding guns in the streets during protest over the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine was charged with flouting covid-19 restrictions and granted bail. He has returned to campaigning.

There have been calls by European Union envoys for a full and independent investigation into police actions against protesters to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable”.

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Africa ‘Needs To Get Ready For COVID-19 Vaccine’ – WHO

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The World Health Organization is urging countries in Africa to prepare for the arrival of a vaccine as soon as possible. W.H.O warned that African countries are far from ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, whenever one becomes available.

It says only a third of countries on the continent have a health infrastructure capable of conducting mass vaccination campaigns.

WHO also says only half of the countries on the continent have set aside funding and identified priority cases who will receive the vaccine first.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has said vaccinating people will be a big challenge. Africa CDC hopes to vaccinate at least 60% of people on the continent, arguing that this should help achieve herd immunity.

There are now more than 2.1 million cases on the continent – less than 4% of the global total.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr John Nkegasong, has said the process might not start until the second quarter of next year.

Until then, people have been urged to rely on the public health measures that have been put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

 

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Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules

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Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.

In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.

But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.

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