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Rwanda Signs $400 Million Deal With Gasmeth To Produce Methane Gas

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Rwanda Signs $400 Million Deal With Gasmeth To Produce Methane Gas

Rwandan government said on Tuesday it had signed a 400 million dollars deal with Gasmeth Energy Company to produce bottled gas from Lake Kivu- known as one of Africa’s “killer lakes” that emits such dense clouds of methane.

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The project would suck gas from the lake’s deep floor and bottle it for use as fuel. And, in turn, would help prevent toxic gas bubbling to the surface.

Rwanda already has two companies that extract gas from Lake Kivu to power electricity plants.

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Chief executive of the Rwanda development board- Clare Akamanzi, says, bottled methane would help cut local reliance on wood and charcoal power and would help the country`s green agenda.

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Gasmeth Energy owned by U.S., Nigerian businessmen and Rwandans said it would finance, build and maintain a gas extraction, processing and compression plant to sell methane domestically and abroad.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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