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Zimbabwe tech students recognized for creative problem solving

This competition was aimed at coming up with creative solutions for one of the world’s largest developmental issues

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It can be argued that the greatest factor keeping the people of Zimbabwe going is hope. In a nation where an entire generation is yet to experience what it means to live in a stable economy, this hope converts itself into daily activities of problem-solving to get by.

The achievement of a group of young students at the just concluded World Summit for Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva is an optimal example of this.

WSIS 2019 was a 4-day summit on information, communication and in broad terms the information society hosted by the International Telecommunications HQ. The summit included a hackathon themed “Hacking Solutions for Lifelong Learning and Livelihoods” among other activities.

This competition was aimed at coming up with creative solutions for one of the world’s largest developmental issues, achieving universal education. The Zimbabwean team comprising of Isaac Gadzimbe (University of Zimbabwe), Kudakwashe Paradzayi  (Harare Institute of Technology) and Charmaine Kumbirayi (National University of Sciences and Technology) won the award for the ‘Most Creative Idea’ in a challenge against 20 other countries from across the world.

The team created a platform that improves the learning experience in overcrowded schools suffering from teacher shortages. The platform enhances the learning experience by allowing students to teach each other interactively, as opposed to relying entirely on a teacher. On the platform, students are able to create their own content, for example questions, which can then be answered and discussed with their peers via the same medium.

The intended result is that in overcrowded classes, students are still able to access additional learning materials as an alternative to the gap created by the teacher’s inability to give special attention to every learner.

Zimbabwe has been under diplomatic and financial sanctions for over a decade, coupled with economic collapse, the nation has been largely isolated from the rest of the world for the better part of the era of technological transformation that is underway globally.

The fact that these resilient students, sponsored by the nation’s Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ), were able to make a contribution worthy of commendation on a global stage is a true testament to the capabilities of the determined African spirit.

The group were celebrated by the country’s Minister of ICT Kazembe Kazembe, who tweeted, “Congratulations to our young techpreneurs participating in the Hackathon for winning the prestigious award for the Most Creative Application Idea”

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Two UN personnel killed in Benghazi by car bomb

Two members of the UN mission were killed and at least eight others wounded including a child, by a car bomb.

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Libyan firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of a car bomb attack in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on August 10, 2019. - "Two members of the UN mission, one them a foreigner, were killed and at least eight others wounded including a child, by a car bomb" in a shopping area of the Al-Hawari district, the official said. (Photo by - / AFP)

A car bombing in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi killed two United Nations staff on Saturday, a security official said.

“Two members of the UN mission were killed and at least eight others wounded including a child, by a car bomb” in a shopping area of the Al-Hawari district, the official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened as a UN convoy was passing through the area.

Benghazi, Libya’s second city and the cradle of the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was hit by years of violence targeting diplomatic offices and security forces after his fall.

An attack on the US consulate on September 11, 2012, killed US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

In 2017, military strongman Khalifa Haftar drove hardline Islamists and jihadists out of Benghazi after a three-year battle.

Haftar, who backs an eastern-based administration that opposes the Tripoli-based unity government, went on to seize Derna, the last city in eastern Libya outside his control.

But bombings and kidnappings have continued.

A May 2018 attack left seven people dead and last month, a car bombing at the funeral of an ex-army commander killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others.

A Libyan lawmaker is also feared to have been abducted by an armed group in the eastern city, the UN and lawmakers said in July.

Haftar controls most of eastern Libya, and early this year he ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army to purge the south of what he called “terrorist groups and criminals”. 

On the heels of that campaign, his LNA launched in April an offensive to take the Libyan capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord. 

The LNA on Saturday announced a truce around Tripoli for the three-day Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, after the unity government conditionally accepted a ceasefire called for by the UN.

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76 people survive shipwreck in DR Congo

The motorised boat was carrying around 100 passengers when it capsized on the lake, near the eastern city of Bukavu.

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DR Congo boat accident claims 11 lives, dozens missing

76 people have survived a shipwreck on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official said Saturday. However, more than a dozen people are feared to have drowned in the same incident.

The motorised boat was carrying around 100 passengers when it capsized on the lake, near the eastern city of Bukavu. 

“We have already registered 76 survivors,” said Swedi Basila, the regional transport minister for South Kivu province, adding that up to 20 people were still missing.

“No body has been found until now,” he told AFP.

The vessel had been on its way to the island of Idjwi when it hit a large rock and capsized, Basila said.

River transport is one of the most used in DR Congo with its numerous waterways. Boat mishaps are common, typically caused by overloading of passengers and cargo.

Tolls are often high because there are no life jackets and many Congolese do not know how to swim.

In April, at least 167 people were killed in two accidents, prompting President Felix Tshisekedi to make it mandatory for boat passengers to have life jackets. 

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EFCC charge Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer with corruption

Legal advisor Uyi Giwa Osagie is accused of handling $2 million without going through a “financial institution”

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Nigerian anti-corruption investigators have charged the lawyer of defeated presidential challenger Atiku Abubakar with money laundering, an official said Friday.

Legal advisor Uyi Giwa Osagie is accused of handling $2 million without going through a “financial institution”, a lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told AFP.

Election runner-up Abubakar has launched a legal challenge against the result of the fiercely contested poll in February that saw him lose out to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Several people close to the defeated candidate have been targeted by the anti-graft agency since the vote, in what Abubakar’s supporters have described as a witch hunt. 

Osagie was first detained in February after his house was raided in Lagos but released from custody several weeks later. 

Boladale Adekoya, a spokesman for Abubakar’s campaign accused anti-corruption investigators of being “more dedicated to partisanship than rule of law”.

“They are clearly acting on behalf of a higher authority,” he told AFP. 

Abubakar’s son-in-law was also detained in the wake of the election as part of a money-laundering probe but has yet to face charges.

Buhari swept to power in 2015 on a pledge to fight the rampant graft in Nigeria — but critics accused the former military ruler of using the crackdown to go after his opponents during his first term. 

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