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[Mboni Za Yehova] Jehovah’s Witnesses return to in-person gatherings after 2-year COVID closure

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All congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world will resume holding in-person meetings beginning April 1, except where local government restrictions do not permit them to do so.

For the last two years, the Witnesses’ houses of worship have remained closed globally due to the pandemic and the risks associated with meeting in person. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kenya also suspended their public ministry in March 2020.

Since then, the faithful had been carrying on their ministry through letters and phone calls while holding twice-weekly meetings in a virtual format.

The news of resuming in-house gatherings has excited Witnesses in Kenya who cannot wait to be reunited physically with their fellow worshippers.

“I have been attending meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the last 29 years,” states Bernard Owuor from a congregation that meets in Kikuyu town. “The association from the friends gives me a boost to move on. I liken going back to in-person meetings to eating my favorite food after having missed it for a long time.”

Noah Munyao, the spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kenya, pointed out: “We have enjoyed having so many from our local communities join our virtual meetings, in search of comfort and hope… We look forward to meeting in person all whom we have only met on-screen during our virtual meetings.”

Munyao added: “While we have prospered in many ways as individuals and congregations using technology to bring us together, nothing can adequately replace being together in person. We have longed for this moment for the better part of two years.”

According to Munyao, to ensure the safety of all who attend, guidelines for holding “hybrid” meetings have been sent to all congregations in Kenya.

Over the past six months, many Kingdom Halls have been equipped with the required technology to hold a productive meeting that allows for in-person and remote attendees, all of whom can participate in the discussions.

A pilot program was held in October and November in countries around the world to assess how this could be done most effectively.

Munyao says as of now, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no plans to resume their public ministry, though their “alternative” ministry continues.

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VIDEO|| SA Police officer used live Ammunition after running out of rubber bullets and shot a child during riot

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The people of Musina, in the northern part of Limpopo, have been on an ongoing strike for a while now, protesting the shortage of water in the area. The law enforcement (police) were called in to manage the situation.

[VIDEO] Voices can be heard on the video saying the child has been shot at. According to the information we are receiving and the voice messages that have been making the rounds on WhatsApp, police have resorted to using live ammunition to stop riots.

A primary school pupil who is 13 years old was shot by police using live ammunition during a service delivery protest earlier today in Musina. A video making the rounds shows the young lady being transported to Musina Hospital for treatment.

It is still unknown if the child will make it or not and what actions will be taken against the officer who used live ammunition that injured the kid.

People were left devastated by what they had witnessed at the scene. What do you make of the police’s decision and what do you think should happen to him? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Celebrations in Mogadishu after presidential vote – Face of Malawi

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Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who returned to power Sunday after a marathon vote, is a former academic and peace activist whose first term was marred by accusations of corruption and infighting.

President between 2012 and 2017, he then distinguished himself by his fierce criticism of outgoing head of state Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – known as Farmajo – who defeated him five years ago.

He played a crucial role in the violent protests in Mogadishu as Farmajo sought to extend his term of office, which expires in February 2021, without agreement with regional leaders on holding new elections.

Born in 1955, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is the first Somali head of state to be re-elected for a second term, promising to transform the country, shaken by a long political crisis, into a “peaceful country at peace with the world.

He will have to face several major challenges: a historic drought – which could lead to famine – is raging in the country, which is also plagued by an insurgency of radical Islamists, the Shebab. The latter had attempted to assassinate Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during his first term.

He will also have to repair the damage done by months of political chaos and power struggles within the institutions.

Born in 1955 in Jalalaqsi, in the central region of Hiran, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is from the powerful Hawiye clan, which has a majority in the capital Mogadishu.

He entered politics in 2011, when he founded the Peace and Development Party. In his party’s manifesto, he stated his goal of “building a society free from the demons of clanism, fear and internal conflict.

At the time, no one was betting on his chances of becoming president. His victory a year later raised hopes that the Horn of Africa country would regain stability.

His government was the first to receive global recognition and billions of euros in international aid since the fall of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime in 1991.

But he has largely disappointed his supporters, who have denounced corruption and infighting, as with previous administrations.

In particular, there have been long-running disputes between President Mohamoud and two of the three prime ministers he appointed, who were eventually dismissed.

Two governors of the central bank also stepped down following allegations of corruption that surrounded his administration, which he denied.

The new president was educated at the Somali National University before the fall of dictator Siad Barre and holds a master’s degree in technical education from the University of Bhopal in India.

His resume includes work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with whom he worked in his country in the early years of the collapse of the Somali state. He also co-founded the Somali Institute of Management and Administrative Development (SIMAD) in 1999.

Having won the support of the other anti-Farmajo candidates, he will now have to set about reunifying the country, observers say.

“The country is very polarized,” Samira Gaid, executive director of the Hiraal Institute specializing in security issues, told AFP ahead of Sunday’s poll. “This electoral process that has been so long offers a ‘reset’ button,” she added.

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