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Reduced gas from Nigeria causes Ghana power outage

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Reduced gas from Nigeria causes Ghana power outage

Power cuts are expected to last at least another three weeks in parts of Ghana because of a shortage of supplies from Nigeria.

A statement from the state power firm said a temporary shutdown for maintenance works at an unnamed Nigerian gas supplier was to blame.

Ghanaians have endured years of regular power shortages and they even have their own nickname – “dumsor” – which means “on and off” in the Akan language.

The gas reduction, which began on Wednesday, is due to maintenance work by a gas supplier in Nigeria. This has led to a decrease in power generation capacity across Ghana.

To manage electricity distribution efficiently, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) announced on Thursday that load shedding would be necessary.

“The reduction in gas supply is due to maintenance works being undertaken by a gas supplier in Nigeria and is projected to last three weeks,” it added.

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On Wednesday, West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) revealed that it was experiencing a decline in the volume of gas available for transportation as a result of one of its producers in Nigeria shutting down its facility for maintenance.

This reduction in gas availability has had a knock-on effect on customers in Togo, Benin, and Ghana, who are experiencing decreased gas supplies transported by WAPCo.

“The current situation is entirely out of WAPCo’s control,” the regional power utility added.

“We expect normalcy to return after the maintenance activities.”

ECG has assured the public that it is working collaboratively with other key stakeholders in the power sector to make the most of available resources, thereby minimizing the impact on consumers during the gas shortage period.

It comes barely two months after President Nana Akufo-Addo curtailed the export of electricity to neighbouring Togo, Burkina Faso and Benin in response to local supply challenges.

Reduced gas from Nigeria causes Ghana power outage

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Kenya: Court stops police ban on Gen Z protests

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Kenya: Court stops police ban on Gen Z protests

The High Court of Kenya has suspended the National Police Service’s (IG) ban on protests by Kenyan youths (Gen Z). The ban was issued by IG Douglas Kanja.

Justice Bahati Mwamuye of the Milimani High Court declared the application challenging the ban urgent. The case will be prioritized.

“Pending the hearing on 18/07/2024, a conservatory order suspending the National Police Service’s ban on demonstrations in Nairobi Central Business and nearby areas is issued,” the ruling stated.

The judge restrained the acting IG from enforcing his decision dated 17th July 2024. This order also applies to all other personnel in the National Police Service (NPS) or those supporting them.

This suspension remains until the case is heard on July 18. The judge also directed IG Kanja to communicate these orders to all NPS officers.

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“The Acting Inspector-General of Police must circulate official communication of these orders to all NPS officers and the general public by the end of 19/07/2024. Evidence of this must be filed in court,” the ruling added.

This order followed a petition by Katiba Institute against the State Law Office after the NPS banned planned protests in Nairobi CBD and surrounding areas.

Acting IG Douglas Kanja cited security concerns and previous disruptions as the reasons for the ban. He mentioned that since the protests began in June, there have been significant losses, injuries, and damage to property and businesses.

“Criminals have infiltrated the protesting groups, causing disorder and destruction. For national security, we have credible intelligence that organized criminal groups plan to use these protests for attacks, including looting,” said Kanja.

The acting IG highlighted the lack of leadership within the Gen Z protests, making it hard to enforce safety protocols. Hence, no demonstrations will be allowed in Nairobi CBD and its surroundings until further notice to ensure public safety.

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Man dresses as woman to catch cheating wife

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In an extreme attempt to catch his wife in the act of infidelity,  a man identified as Wellington Phiri from Chegutu, Zimbabwe resorted to an unusual and elaborate disguise.

Phiri dressed in his wife Prisca Mhuru’s clothes, including her dress, bra, and headscarf, to sneak into the house where he suspected she was with her lover.

Phiri’s plan, however, did not unfold as expected. Upon arriving at the house and knocking on the door, he was confronted by a man identified as Mabhayo, whom Phiri alleges is having an affair with his wife. Recognizing Phiri despite the disguise, Mabhayo locked the door and threatened him with an axe, forcing Phiri to flee the scene.

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“My neighbour has wrecked my marriage. I learned that Mabhayo was accommodating my wife in his bedroom since he is single. I dressed myself like a woman and visited Mabhayo’s house, knowing he had a weakness for women. His dog tried to scare me, but I kept knocking until he attended to me,” Phiri recounted.

Phiri, who has two children with Prisca, believes Mabhayo’s actions have contributed significantly to the breakdown of his marriage. “After noticing it was me, he locked the door while my wife was inside, took an axe, and threatened to kill me, so I ran away,” Phiri told H-Metro.

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Kagame wins fourth term as Rwanda president with 99% votes

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Kagame wins fourth term as Rwanda president with 99% votes

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is preparing on Tuesday for a fourth term in office after winning 99.15 percent of the vote in an election with only two competitors allowed to compete against him.

The results of Monday’s election were never in doubt, with Kagame dominating the small African country with an iron fist as de facto leader and then president for three decades.

The election commission published partial results seven hours after polls closed, showing that Kagame had won 99.15 percent of the vote—more than the 98.79 percent he received in the previous ballot seven years earlier.

According to the results, Democratic Green Party candidate Frank Habineza received only 0.53% of the vote, while independent Philippe Mpayimana received 0.32%.

In an address from the headquarters of his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the 66-year-old praised Rwandans for another five years in power.

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“The results that have been presented indicate a very high score; these are not just figures; even if it were 100 percent, these are not just numbers,” he said.

“These figures show the trust, and that is what is most important,” he added.

“I am hopeful that together we can solve all problems.”

Full provisional results are due by July 20 and definitive results by July 27.

“In general, the electoral process happened in a safe and transparent atmosphere for Rwandans living abroad and at home,” the National Electoral Commission said in a statement.

With 65 percent of the population under the age of 30, Kagame is the only leader most Rwandans have ever known.

Kagame wins fourth term as Rwanda president with 99% votes

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