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Kenya’s Cargo Plane Crashes Into Fence At Mogadishu Airport1 minute read

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A Kenya-flagged aircraft on Saturday crashlanded at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The twin-engine Fokker aircraft, which was carrying cargo to Somalia, slid off the runway and rammed into a concrete fence after landing at Mogadishu airport.

The turboprop plane was severely damaged in the impact. It is reported to have belonged to Kenya’s Silverstone Air.

“Kenyan registered plane 5YMHT, Fokker 50, slid off the runway at Mogadishu Aden Adde Airport this morning. No fatalities co-pilot slightly injured and captain was stuck in the cockpit for a while. Silverstone air services doing domestic flights within Somalia,” a Twitter user said on the microblogging platform.

It is not immediately clear what could have caused the incident.

The authorities have dispatched rescue crews to deal with the incident.

Conflicting reports say four to five people were evacuated from the plane. No casualties have been reported so far, although some crew members were injured.

The Aden Adde airport is home to foreign diplomatic missions and is a gateway for humanitarian shipments delivered to Somalia.

The East African nation is still reeling from three decades of hostilities and relies heavily on international aid.

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Liberia Receives 15 Ambulances from World Bank to Fight COVID-19

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Liberia’s health ministry has, once again, received 15 new hard top Land Cruisers ambulances from the World Bank to ensure the safe transfer of patients to health facilities across the Country.

The donation was made on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Ministry’s office in Congo Town. The 15 ambulances are great milestones for the ministry and government.

Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, in a statement, thanked the World Bank for continuously contributing to the Country’s health sector.

He said, “On behalf of my Boss, H.E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, MOH, IMS and all those who have been participating in the COIVD-19 response, I want to say thank for this donation.

“These ambulances were purchased under the COVID-19 response to be used by MOH, not only to transport COVID-19 patients but, to enable us strengthen routine care for our people. We want to thank the World Bank and our local team for all the work that they did collaboratively to have made these ambulances reached.

“I want to thank UNOPS for the delivery and even taking on the responsibility to procure these ambulances under the World Bank project. I want to turn these keys over to the administration, which will later be turned over to the Transport Department.

“We are going to monitor all of these ambulances and make sure they are all use for the intended. Your contribution to this Government is something that cannot be overemphasized. We are proud of this donation, and we will ensure that these items reach their intended beneficiaries.”

Dr. Jallah said the distribution of the donation made is expected to commence within the soonest possible time.

“We will soon start the distribution of these ambulances to our needed counties once all modalities are worked out,” she said.

Jallah called on Liberians to continuously follow all health protocols prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities in the country for their safety.

He said, “We should not forget that the virus in the Country. Please let’s continuously follow all of the health measures prescribed by WHO and health authorities in the country to avoid further spread of the virus. Thanks for all the work that you do for us intense of keeping us strict as we all embark on keeping Liberia save.”

Meanwhile, the Project Manager of World Bank to Liberia, Mr. Mathew Flomo, disclosed that the donation is in fulfillment of a promise made to the Ministry in early August this year to procure 15 additional vehicles (ambulances) to heighten the Country’s fight against the pandemic, which according to him is World Bank’s goal to curtail further spread of the deadly pandemic.

“Madam Minister, this donation is in fulfilment of a promise made by the World Bank to beef up the Ministry’s fight against the virus. Therefore, I am pleased to turn over these vehicles to the government through your Ministry to enhance the fight against the virus. We hope that together we can end this global health crisis,” he said.

After the novel coronavirus pandemic first case in Liberia was reported on March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Health and the Government of Liberia obtained funds from the World Bank to support Liberia’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.

The project intends to support the MOH with essential equipment including vehicles (ambulances) that are required for use by the Ministry and other frontline agencies involved in the response.

The 15 ambulances were strategically and durably procured by UNOPS through the World Bank.

This donation is aimed at equipping the Ministry with the needed logistics to effectively follow the outbreak of COVID-19 promptly.

Since the outbreak of the virus in the country, this is the third time the World Bank has made such a huge donation to the Country through the Ministry. In July and August this year, the Financial body donated 20 ventilators (in addition to the 4 ventilators government had in Country) and 10 hardtop ambulances to boost Liberia’s preparedness in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. As it stands, the World Bank has donated 25 ambulances donated in total.

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Tanzania Elections; Citizens Act Against Rigging

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Newscentral Tv Journalist, Maryann Okon chats with Lilian Mabula in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on updates about the on going Tanzania Elections.

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Zimbabwe Arrests Six In Gold Smuggling Case

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Zimbabwean Police have arrested at least four people in connection with a high profile gold smuggling case involving a relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The case began after 53-year-old Henrietta Rushwaya, who is the President of Zimbabwe Miners Federation, was arrested at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport while attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold in her handbag to Dubai.

The gold was said to be worth about $333,000.

Steven Tserayi, one of the president’s long-term aides, was detained with her, according to local reports, and has been sacked by the president, but not arrested.

The police in Zimbabwe have confirmed the arrest of at least four people in the case.

The four include Ali Mohammed of the car dealership Ali Japan 786, whom Rushwaya allegedly fingered as the source of the four gold bars found in her luggage; two security services officers – Steven Cherai and Rafius Mupandauya – who may have been involved in the attempt to get Rushwaya through the security checks with her gold; and Gift Karanda who national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi last night said, when confirming the four arrests, had allegedly lied that he was a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation after he went to the airport to assist Rushwaya.

Rushwaya was arrested after airport scanners detected the gold. Police say she did not have the necessary export permits.

Ms Rushwaya, who appeared in court on Tuesday and is awaiting bail, denied the charges.

The prosecution believes that Ms Rushwaya is part of a wider smuggling ring.

Zimbabwe is a major gold producer, and in the past many smuggling rings have benefited from the protection of powerful politicians.

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