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Death Toll In Kenya Landslides Rises To 65

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Death Toll In Kenya Landslides Rises To 65

The devastating landslide that hit remote villages in Kenya’s West Pokot county has continued to claim more lives.  Death toll has risen to 65 on Monday as more bodies were pulled from heaps of soil.

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Pokot county governor John Lonyangapuo has said rescue and recovery missions by various government agencies were underway.  He said the death toll could still rise as 22 persons were still missing.

The governor said six bodies of three children, two women and a man have been recovered, adding to the 46 deaths recorded on Sunday,

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County commissioner Apollo Okello has reported more than 400 persons have been displaced and are camping at various primary schools located on higher ground.

Forecast from Kenya meteorological services is not encouraging.  Director Stella Aura warns rains will not subside until December.

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

In the coastal city of Durban on Wednesday, a South African activist and son of a deceased prominent Muslim preacher is fighting for his life in a hospital after he was shot outside a court.

65-year-old Yousuf Deedat – son of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat – was shot in the head as he walked towards the Verulam family court on the outskirts of Durban with his wife, Police colonel Thembeka Mbele said.

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Deedat was rushed to a hospital for medical attention after an unknown suspect who fled in a car in an unknown direction opened fire, shooting him in the head.

On Wednesday, Deedat’s family said in a statement that “he is in critical condition in a local hospital. While his injuries remain severe, we remain hopeful for Deedat’s recovery.”

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Yousuf’s father, Sheikh, who died in 2005 was known across the world as a respected public speaker and writer who published several widely-distributed booklets on Islam and Christianity.

Sheikh was a prominent South African Muslim missionary who held several interfaith public debates with evangelical Christians. He was the founder of the Islamic Propagation Centre International, which aims for Islam to be heard and understood across the world.

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Police said they were still investigating the reason behind his shooting.

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Locust Plague Devastates Crops In Horn Of Africa

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Locust plague devastates crops in Horn of Africa

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said swarms of desert locusts have damaged tens of thousands of hectares across the Horn of Africa.

Bukar Tijani, FAO’s Assistant Director General, calling the swarms “vast and unprecedented,” adding that breeding is continuing on both sides of the Red Sea, in Sudan and Eritrea and in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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Ethiopian farmer Ahmed Ibrahim whose small grazing plot had been devoured by locust said “we have nothing else to sell at the market. How will I feed my eight children?” he asked helplessly.

The swarms spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into eastern and northern Kenya last week, threatening food production and the economy, Kenya’s then-agriculture minister said, before being fired in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

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A farmers’ association in Kenya’s northern Laikipia area said it was planning aerial spraying of pesticides to combat the worst locust plague since 1954. The FAO estimated one swarm in Kenya to be 40 km wide by 60 km long (25 by 40 miles).

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Peter Learpanai, a herdsman in the northern Samburu region said “these things are in their millions and will eat all the vegetation here. Our animals will not have anything to feed on.”

He added that “the government needs to get serious about fighting them.”

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Kenya: Kiunjuri, Rotich Out As President Reshuffles Cabinet

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GovernKiunjuri, Rotich Out As President Reshuffles Cabinetment Reforms Will Improve Service Provisions To All - Kenyatta

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has reshuffled his cabinet.  The president announced the changes during his state of the nation address from the coastal city of Mombasa.  Cabinet secretary for agriculture, Mwangi Kiunjuri has been removed and replaced by Peter Munya who is being moved from the ministry of trade.

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Henry Rotich lost his position as cabinet secretary for treasury to Ukur Yattani who has been confirmed as substantive secretary.  In the Tuesday shake-up, former Nyeri senator, Mutahi Kagwe, made a comeback after he was nominated as cabinet secretary for health, while environment principal secretary betty Maina was promoted to cabinet secretary for industrialization, trade and enterprise development.

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Apart from the shuffling of cabinet ministers and principal secretaries, the president also made some nominations for principal secretaries in four other ministries.  These nominations are expected to be approved by parliament.

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