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non-profit Zimbabwe Consortium for Civic Education.
“Power is down and you bump into primary school students who try to learn what a website is in front of a laptop that’s switched off!”
Andrew Mlambo, an economist in the capital, Harare, is alarmed by the potential impact of the energy shortage on pupils’ futures.
“Zimbabwe is weighed down by over 70 percent joblessness. Students who obtain science and technical qualifications have better chances in a shrinking job market,” he said.
Reliable electricity is also a matter of health for pupils and communities. In the country’s driest province of Matabeleland, electricity is needed to run irrigation pumps for vegetable gardens that feed orphaned children and to power clinics.
The parents of children feel the pain of the power shortage too. Donald Dziva of Hwedza, one of Zimbabwe’s richest farming districts, owns a maize-grinding mill and butchery.
“Nowadays electricity is available only from 8pm to 5am. I sleep in my mill or butchery just to catch electricity when it’s switched back on. I’m forced to sell meat or refine grain at night. My losses are massive. Two of my kids may (have to) briefly stop attending college next year,” he said. — Reuters NAIROBI — Kenya said it may deploy as many as 10 000 police officers to boost security during a visit by Pope Francis (pictured) later this month, as the country readies for crowds of one million people.
Islamist rebels have staged a string of attacks in Kenya, including an April massacre at Garissa university in which 148 people were killed, and a 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall that killed 67.
“Security agencies continue to fine-tune plans to secure the city during a particularly busy period, and when we expect Nairobi’s population to swell by an additional one million people,” State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement on Monday.
“Tentatively, about 10 000 police officers will be deployed,” Esipisu said, adding that another 10 000 members of the government’s youth service would help in crowd control.
The pontiff will be in Kenya from November 25 to 27, before spending two days in Uganda and travelling to the Central African Republic (CAR), where his trip will end on November 30, according to a Vatican itinerary.
The three countries — which have significant Catholic communities — have been troubled by civil conflicts and violence, leading to increased security concerns surrounding the pope’s visit.
In Nairobi, Francis will tour the Kangemi district, home to about 100 000 people who live in shacks without proper sewage systems and where about 20 000 residents belong to the local Catholic parish.
In July, Kenya hosted US President Barack Obama, a visit that effectively shut down the capital of Nairobi, with hundreds of American security personnel and military helicopters deployed.
Kenyans were urged to stay at home during the visit, with Nairobi’s normally traffic-clogged roads closed off during the massive security operation.
But Kenyan organisers for the papal visit said this trip would be different.
“Unlike the visit by President Barack Obama when the government encouraged Kenyans to stay home, we are encouraging Kenyans to flock into the city in their numbers to cheer the pope and celebrate mass with him,” Esipisu said. — Reuters LAGOS — Nigeria’s military has said it has made its first arrest as a result of publishing a list of the 100 “most wanted” Boko Haram suspects.
Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman said in an emailed statement late on Sunday that one man whose photograph featured on the poster was spotted and held at Abuja airport.
“Chindo Bello was apprehended by aviation security as he was boarding [an] Aero Contractors’ flight to Lagos,” he said.
No further details were given about Bello or when he was held but Usman said security agents were tipped off and the arrest was made “as he attempted to flee”.
He was handed over to military intelligence for questioning, he added.
The “most wanted” poster, published in English and the local, north-eastern languages of Hausa and Kanuri late last month, appeals for public help in tracking down suspected Boko Haram members.
The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau features twice in the rows of colour photographs, reflecting the military’s belief he is in fact a composite character played by lookalikes.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the public’s help in providing intelligence to the military, particularly with the Islamists having increased attacks on urban areas. — News24