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No fewer than 12 people died in a flood caused by torrential rainfall in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania capital state.

The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Lazaro Mambosasa, said on Thursday that the deaths occurred in Ilala and Kinondoni Police Zones.

The flooding occurred on Wednesday 13 October 2020.

“At around 7 pm on October 13, Mariam Yahaya (45), a resident of Vingunguti, died after she drowned while trying to save her belongings which were washed away by water,” he said.

Ms Yahaya’s body was found floating in the Msimbazi River.

Five other bodies were found in the Msimbazi River around Jangwani area, two of the dead were identified as; Herieth Kanuti (18), a Form Three student at Lutihinda Secondary School and Ipyana Mwakifuna (19) a resident of Jangwani.

Three other bodies are yet to be identified – two men and one woman.

On Wednesday October 14, another body of a man identified as Philipo Feliciani (30), a resident of Tabata Kimanga, was found trapped in River Tenge.

“The victim died after falling off and being washed away by water as he tried to cross the bridge used by pedestrians at Tabata Kimanga.”

Another body of a man, who is yet to be known and estimated to be around 30 to 35 years old was found in Ukonga-Sabasaba.

Two children from the same family and two adults were killed from the effects of the ongoing downpour, according to the RPC.

They were identified as Ibrahim Hassani(24), Hussein Awadhi (5) and Bakari Awadhi (14), all being residents of Kigogo Buyuni.

The children drowned after their house which is located in the Kigogo valley was flooded.

Also on October 14, 2020 at around 8am in Mabibo, the body of unidentified man was seen floating in Msimbazi River.

According to Mambosasa all the bodies of the deceased have been taken to the Muhimbili National Hospital.

The heavy rains that began in the early hours of Tuesday October 13, 2020 and continued throughout the day has rendered some of the residents homeless due to flooding.

However, there was a sign of relief to the residents of the expansive city after the entire Wednesday passed without any incident with bright sunshine.

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COVID-19: Rwanda makes EU “safe list”

The move follows a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.

Bernard Akede



the European Union

According to a statement from the European Union Council on October 22, Rwanda has been listed by the European Union, among the countries on which Covid-19 travel restrictions into the EU territory should be gradually lifted.

The move follows a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.

Some of the criteria which the European Union considers for lifting travel restrictions on third countries (countries that are not members of the EU as well as countries whose citizens do not enjoy the European Union right to free movement) include their epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations.

Some of the other countries from which the restrictions have been lifted are Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Uruguay, Thailand, and New Zealand.

This now means that Rwanda is the only country in African to feature on the list.

The EU Council’s statement, however, indicates that this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

In addition, the statement also says that European Union Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument.

To this end, the authorities of the member states are responsible for  implementing the content of the recommendation, where they may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards the listed countries.

In the past few weeks, Rwanda has been reporting progress in the fight against Covid-19. As of today, Rwanda has recorded a total of 5,062 cases of which 4,806 have recovered and 34 have died.

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Somalia Arrests 10 For Trafficking Cheetahs



Somalia’s Somaliland on Tuesday said ten suspects who have been rounded up in two separate incidents of wildlife trafficking in the past three weeks have been arrested.

The police said some suspects were arrested in Hargeisa while attempting to sell three young cheetah cubs to the highest bidder while others were nabbed after being caught in possession of cheetah cubs.

Kayse Sudi Arale police spokesperson said in a statement “we successfully confiscated 10 cheetah cubs from a known gang of traffickers in the Xeedho area on the outskirts of Hargeisa.

“Two key suspects are in police custody, and they will be brought to justice as soon as possible.’’

The cubs from the two incidents were placed in the immediate care of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Ministry of Environment and Rural Development’s partner in the counter cheetah-trafficking project.

The CCF said its veterinarians and animal care staff examined the animals and found a host of health problems typically seen in cheetahs that have been in the hands of unskilled captors for more than just a few days.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport



The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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