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AFRICOM Donates Equipment and Mobile Field Hospital to Kenya Border Police

The new equipment is aimed at improving police mobility around the country’s border areas, build training capacity for new officers, and boost firearms proficiency.

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The U.S. Africa Command on Thursday donated mobile field hospital worth Sh173 million and transferred an additional Sh131 million in vehicles and training gears to Kenya’s Border Police Unit (BPU).

The new equipment is aimed at improving police mobility around the country’s border areas, build training capacity for new officers, and boost firearms proficiency.

U.S Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter.

The embassy further said it will deliver superior conventional weaponry for the police unit to protect and defend Kenyans from terrorist organisations and violence.

The Field hospitals are specially designed to be moved and assembled even in remote locations.  It can hold between 30 to 40 patients for full medical and operational needs in any condition.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter noted that the donation is an affirmation of the steadfast health and security partnership between USA and Kenya in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

“These state of the art, fully equipped, portable medical facilities can be rapidly deployed to the scene of a disaster or where residents do not have access to routine health care,” the embassy added.

The United States donates over Sh60 billion given annually to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in the last 15 years and an additional Sh7.6 billion in equipment, training, and other resources to fight COVID-19 in Kenya since the start of the pandemic.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon

Earlier in November, the United States Department of Defense through the U.S. Africa Command AFRICOM provided personal protective equipment worth N55,330,000 to Nigeria to support COVID-19 prevention in military and civilian medical facilities in five major cities including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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EU Says Aid Pact With Ethiopia Not Respected

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With at least 46,000 refugees fleeing to Sudan and more than 100,000 in Tigray, the European Union (EU) has said the agreement with the Ethiopian government isn’t respected.

The EU and the Ethiopian government agreed on a pace for the provision of humanitarian access but Europe says the Ethiopian government’s access is partial and is filled with bureaucracies.

Some children in Tigray are malnourished according to the EU, with Ethiopia claiming that the war is over.

However, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael has said that the claims made by the Ethiopian government are lies.

He accused the government of killing civilians in Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital which has over 500,000 people.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has said the top generals in the TPLF have been captured or killed.

Ethiopia is planning for an election in 2021 after its postponement in August.

The TPLF is dubbed a rebellious group by Mr Ahmed after they engaged government in armed conflicts for exactly a month now.

On the 4th of November, the Ethiopian government said its military base and state properties have been attacked, and it launched counteroffensives against the Tigrayan forces.

Ethiopia launched its final offensive last week when it claimed it has taken over Mekelle, without harming any civilian.

The TPLF has accused the Ethiopia and Eritrea of shelling Tigrayans and looting materials. Mr Ahmed has denied this.

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Militants Ambush, Kill 25 Mozambican Soldiers

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Villages in Mozambique's northern region grapple with faceless jihadists

No fewer than 25 members of the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM), including a colonel and a major, died in an ambush by Islamist militants in Matambalale village in the district of Muidumbe, local media reports have said.

According to reports, 15 others were injured in the ambush.

A group of military personnel were on manoeuvres in that region when the incident happened on Sunday, according to local media.

The victims were part of a group sent to that district to reinforce security after last week’s attacks where homes were set ablaze and residents killed.

The army has not been available to confirm or deny the reports.

The three-year insurgency has killed more than 2,000 people and displaced about 500,000 others in Cabo Delgado, according to official statistics.

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Lightning Kills Four In Mozambique

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No fewer than four people have been killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique’s western province of Tete, the Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) announced on Wednesday.

News Central reports that Tete shares a border with neighbouring Malawi.

According to the institute, the victims include an elderly woman and a three-year-old child. One other victim was seriously injured and a residence set ablaze.

The incident follows a rainstorm accompanied by strong winds that left a trail of destruction in southern Mozambique.

Tete’s National Disaster Management Institute delegate, Alex Angelo, said the torrential rain also caused damage in Maputo province on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

He added that thunderstorms, wind and heavy rain brought down trees and power poles and damaged public infrastructure in the districts of Matola, Boane and Marracuene.

The storm also destroyed homes, uprooted trees and electricity poles and blew away the roofs of some schools and a local prosecutor’s office.

The destruction occurred mainly in four districts within the province.

The meteorological authorities predict the bad weather may continue for four more days.

The situation is likely to cause flooding in the cities of Beira and Dondo, which were devastated by cyclone Idai last year, and cause erosion in Chimoio.

Meteorologist Acacio Tembe says the torrential rains are beginning a week earlier than expected and they will continue for long.

He added that the rains may cause the flooding of the Buzi and Pungue rivers.

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