We will start constructing concrete roads in Ghana – Bawumia

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted of government’s decision to move from constructing asphalt roads to concrete.

This decision, according to Dr. Bawumia, follows “insightful comments” by the founder and Presiding Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Dag Heward-Mills concerning the construction of roads and also as part of measures to build long-lasting roads in the country.

Civil engineers have also raised concerns about the country’s deteriorating road infrastructure as some contractors have resolved to using substandard materials in undertaking the projects.

Explaining the need to move to concrete roads at a ceremony to dedicate a new temple for Harvest International Ministries in Accra Sunday, Dr. Bawumia said concrete built roads are cheaper and have longer lifespans.


JM ‘Toaso’ - Asuogyaman chiefs openly declare

Three Traditional Councils in the Asuogyaman constituency in the Eastern region have declared their support for President John Mahama’s second term bid.

Chiefs from Akwamu, Anum and Boso say the amount of developments they have witnessed only point to the fact that Mahama’s mandate must be renewed.

The acting president of the Akwamu Traditional Council Osuogyasonu Yaw Boadu I made this declaration at a mini rally at Akosombo addressed by Mahama.

According to the chief, the traditional authorities will soon perform sacred rituals for the image of flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo to disappear from the ballot paper come December 7.


University Girl Commits Suicide Over Facebook Lover

A college student committed suicide after a foreigner lured her through Facebook and assaulted her, the family revealed Monday, ending two weeks of silence.
Ms Mercy Bundi, 19, left a suicide note in which she named the man, gave details of where he assaulted her and the reasons she took her life.
“The day we met was the day my problems started. He was not the man I knew on Facebook,” Mercy said in her suicide note.
She said she was traumatised after the man, who identified himself to her as Marco Ritz, threatened to post her naked photos online for the whole world to see.
“He took my nude pics and told me if I say (sic) this to anyone he will sell them on the internet and say I am a prostitute,” she wrote.
Mercy was too afraid to wait for that moment. On September 12, she was found dead in her bed, a bottle of poison by her side. Her Sh3,190, the suicide note and her phone were all by her side.


Kenya: Al-Shabab kills quarry workers in Mandera gun attack

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At least 14 people have been killed and several others wounded in a gun attack near a military camp at the Kenyan border with Somalia.
It is believed the victims were workers from a local quarry in Mandera county in the north-east of the country.
Residents told the BBC they had heard two explosions, followed by heavy gunfire in the middle of a night.
Militia group al-Shabab, which operates out of Somalia, has confirmed to the BBC it carried out the attack.
Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo told AFP that people were sleeping when the gunmen struck.
"They just came and hurled explosives in the houses," he said.
Kenya Red Cross said it was sending an aircraft to the scene to fly the injured to hospitals in Nairobi.


How second-hand clothing donations are creating a dilemma for Kenya

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hen a fire razed East Africa’s biggest second-hand clothes market in Nairobi last week, the deputy president, William Ruto, rushed to the scene to assure traders that the government would do everything to help them to rebuild their destroyed stalls.
But perhaps a more important question Ruto should have answered is whether Gikomba market will be in business a year from now if a proposed ban on the importation of second-hand clothes into east Africa is approved.


Kenya HIV activists want data destroyed

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Human rights activists have gone to court to get Kenya's government to destroy data which lists children who are HIV positive.
They argue it violates the constitution that prohibits the recording of details about people living with HIV.
The president ordered the collection of the data in February, to help the provision of health services.
Children were required to list their names, schools, guardians and relatives possibly affected by their condition.
Activist groups Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network (Kelin), Children of God Relief Institute (Nyumbani) and two other parties jointly filed the petition.
The case began on Wednesday and its second hearing will be on 10 July.
According to the UN, more than 1.6 million people are living with HIV in Kenya, including 190,000 children aged 14 and under.
The activists fear the process used in collecting the data could push back the fight against stigmatisation.


Briton among al-Shabab fighters killed in Kenya, tests expected to confirm

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Forensic tests are expected to confirm that a British man was among 11 al-Shabab fighters killed during an attack in Kenya, the BBC understands.
Kenya's defence forces believe Thomas Evans, 25, from Buckinghamshire, was among those who died in an attack on a military base in northern Kenya.
Evans, a Muslim convert who changed his name to Abdul Hakim, is believed to be one of two white men among the dead.
His family said they were awaiting official confirmation of his death.
The attack happened in Lamu County on Kenya's northern coast close to the Somali border, when militants armed with AK47s and grenades assaulted the military base and then stormed a nearby village.
Eleven gunmen were killed and two Kenyan soldiers also died.
Police from London are working alongside the Kenyan security services to identify the man they believe is Evans.


Kenyan hospital ordered to pay for failed birth control

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A court in Kenya has ordered a hospital to pay $48,000 (£31,000) to a woman who became pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant procedure.
The woman said that she had the implant because she and her husband already had two children and did not want more, and was told that it would prevent her getting pregnant for three years.
The judge said the private hospital in Nairobi had been negligent.
The Aga Khan University Hospital has not made any comment.
Despite being served the court papers, no representative from the hospital appeared in court, the judge said.
The woman told the court that she became pregnant a year after the procedure.
She said the unplanned pregnancy caused her emotional pain, financial strain and marital problems, partly because her husband thought she had lied about seeking contraception.


Kenyans flock to beatification of Italian nun Irene Stefani

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Catholic pilgrims are flocking to the central Kenyan town of Nyeri for the beatification of an Italian-born nun.
Sister Irene Stefani went to Kenya in 1915 and worked as a nurse at British military hospitals during WW1.
She then settled near Nyeri where she was known as "Nyaatha", meaning "mother of mercy" in Kikuyu.
Tens of thousands of people are expected in Nyeri for three days of beatification ceremonies which take the nun a step closer to becoming a saint.
The BBC's Anne Soy in Nyeri says there has been great activity in the town with roads painted and street lights fixed ahead of the influx of visitors.
The ceremonies begin with a Mass and vigil on Friday afternoon, our reporter says.
Pope Francis will not be attending Saturday's beatification Mass, when the nun, who died in 1930 at the age of 39, will be declared "blessed".


Kenya floods: Deadly mosque wall collapse in Nairobi

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At least nine people have died after a wall surrounding a mosque collapsed, amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, according to authorities.
Many people are feared to be trapped beneath the rubble after the wall fell on shanty homes in the Mukuru slum area of the city.
Rescue workers have been looking for survivors.
Several major roads were submerged overnight after heavy downpours.
The owners of the mosque have now been instructed to knock down the remainder of the perimeter wall, Nairobi county deputy commissioner Omar Beja told the BBC.
He said that people who had built their temporary homes along other sections of the wall were frightened of a similar collapse.


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