Kenya: With Aching Hearts, Kenyans Seek Relatives Among Starvation Cult Victims
Kenyans are mourning the loss of loved ones who perished in the hands of a starvation cult. The cult, calling itself “The Kingdom of the Black Messiah,” is responsible for the deaths of over 250 people who believed that they would be saved from hunger and poverty through the cult leader’s teachings. The cult leader, who is now in police custody, is expected to face charges of murder and incitement.
Families of the victims are seeking answers and closure, with many taking part in mass funerals and prayer sessions. The tragedy has sparked a national conversation about the dangers of cults and the urgent need to address poverty and hunger in the country.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Biggest Economies to Grow Slower This Year
Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economies, including Nigeria and South Africa, are projected to grow at a slower rate this year due to a combination of factors. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cited slower global growth, rising inflation, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as some of the challenges facing the region.
According to the IMF, Nigeria’s economy is expected to grow by 1.5% this year, while South Africa’s economy is projected to grow by 2.8%. These rates are below the global growth projection of 6%.
Some analysts have called for more government interventions to support economic growth and address the challenges facing the region.
Mozambique: Mozambique President Says TotalEnergies Can Safely Resume $20 Billion Gas Project
Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi, has announced that TotalEnergies can resume its $20 billion gas project in the country after a pause due to security concerns. The project, located in the war-torn northern part of the country, is expected to create thousands of jobs and stimulate economic growth.
The project was put on hold last year after a spate of attacks by Islamist militants in the region. However, the Mozambican government has since taken measures to improve security, including partnering with neighboring countries and private security firms.
TotalEnergies is one of the largest foreign investors in Mozambique, and the gas project is expected to boost the country’s economy in the long term.
South Africa: Ex-CEO of South Africa’s Eskom: $55 Million-a-Month Theft Estimate Conservative
The former CEO of Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has claimed that the estimated $55 million-a-month theft from the company was an underestimate. Brian Molefe made the statement while testifying before a commission investigating allegations of state capture, corruption, and fraud during the Jacob Zuma presidency.