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Three Dead, 13 Missing As Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast1 minute read

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No fewer than 16 people are feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, a UN agency reports.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Friday reports that three bodies have been recovered but 13 people are still missing.

“At least 13 lives remain missing at sea and while three bodies have been recovered from the sea after a tragic shipwreck occurred off the coast of Libya last night,” IOM’s Libya office said.

Fishing vessels brought 22 survivors back to Libya, where IOM staff were providing them with medical assistance.

Libya has become a major transit route for migrants trying to reach Europe by boat, since chaos erupted after the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

So far this year, about 430 migrants have died at sea on the central Mediterranean route to southern Europe, according to the IOM.

Last weekend a German group rescued 114 migrants off the coast of Libya after they were stranded.

The migrants, which included a pregnant woman and eight children, were lifted from an “overloaded rubber boat”.

The organisation, in a statement on its website, said 90 people were first lifted from an “overloaded rubber boat” and then another 24 people were lifted from a fishing boat.

The organisation added that eight of those rescued were children and eight were women, one of whom was pregnant.

Sea-Eye President Gorden Isler said despite facing certain death, the migrants did not send a distress signal over fears of being detained by Libyan militia.

The number of migrants attempting the hazardous journey to Europe via the Mediterranean increased sharply in 2020. Most of the vessels used for the journey are hardly suitable for sailing at sea.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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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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NC Speaks with Ndi Kato on #EndSARS protest

In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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