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Rwanda hit by mass mayoral resignations

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Four mayors and six deputy mayors – all elected officials – have resigned in Rwanda in the last 24 hours.

Following their resignation, Interior Minister Anastase Shyaka tweeted: “They have failed to deliver what they have promised citizens.”

It is not the first year there have been mass resignations of this kind – in 2014 seven mayors resigned in a matter of days and last year another seven mayors stepped down in a similar fashion.

Observers say the officials are forced to resign if the central government does not think they are performing well.

Commenting on such resignations four years ago, President Paul Kagame said: “If the newcomers fail to perform, they will resign.”

And a former interior minister once admitted that mayors who resigned were actually being fired.

On social media the trend is known as the “Tour of Rwanda” – the name of the annual bike race – implying that all of the country’s 30 districts may catch the resignation fever.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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Liverpool maintain perfect lead after beating Mancity

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It was an eventful evening as Liverpool fc secured a remarkable win against the defending champions Manchester city at Anfield.

A fabulous goal from Fabinho on six minutes of play and a brilliant cross from Andy Robertson to Mohammad Salah sealed a two nil first half lead for the Reds.

The visitors fume after being denied a penalty for handball before a tremendous rocket from Fabinho.

Though, VAR reviewed the incident and deemed that Trent Alexander-Arnold had not committed a handball as Liverpool took an early lead.

On fifty-first minute, Sadio Mane converted a cross from Henderson to make it three as Bernardo Silva netted a consolidation goal to make it 3-1 on 78mintues of play..

It was a fantastic victory for Jurgen  klopp’s team as they extend their unbeaten record.

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