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Brutal killing in Kenya

Brutal killing in Kenya: It appears that militants may now have kidnapped scores of people after killing thirty six non-Muslims in northern Kenya as al-Shabaab gunmen opened fire at a stone quarry in Mandera early this morning. The attack came at 1 am this morning, when the workers were asleep in their tents. Just hours before the attack on the quarry, gunmen had attacked a club in Wajir, shooting one person dead and injuring 13. The quarry is just 30 km away from the scene of the bus attack last month, in which al-Shabaab militants killed 28 people .

The Somali militant group, which had claimed responsibility for the bus attack, also claimed responsibility for the quarry killings.

Vauldi Carelse, EWN Kenya correspondent sets the scene.

We do know that this attack was very similar to the attack that happened 10 days ago in Mandera. Again they were were divided into separate groups; they were divided inot Muslims and Christian groups....the Christians wee killed...we are getting reports that at least two were beheaded....there are bullet marks everywhere

Vauldi Carelse, EWN Kenyan Correspondent

Unfortunately, Kenya hasn't been built on a national identification...people still categorise themselves based on religion and ethnicity.... As long as Kenya is not able to build an inclusive national unity in which people really feel they belong to one country....

Dr Inneli Botha, Institute for Security Studies

Gauteng to lose as gateway to Africa: In the business day this morning it was stated that Gauteng is in danger of losing its position as a gateway to Africa for business. Gauteng has been described as the Gateway to Africa. At its centre is Johannesburg, which this year’s MasterCard global destination cities index ranked as the most popular destination city in Africa. It also ranks as the top African city for doing business by various surveys of African companies. But things are changing fast. Other fast growing cities, from Lagos to Nairobi, are positioning themselves as emerging African hubs. The new reality is that the locomotive driving African markets has clearly shifted from the south, with investors now seeking new entry points and direct access to Africa’s high-growth markets.

Other African countries are vying for this position.... especially in the consumer market.... they are leveraging its competitiveness and competitiveness to tap into those markets.... they are trying to prove themselves as viable gateways... even if they are not on the continent....

Dr Lyal White , Director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets at GIBS

Oil Price Low: In international markets the price of oil is still dropping dramatically. It went past seventy dollars a barrel yesterday for the first time in a long while.the oil price has plummeted to six-year lows, and there’s no knowing how low it will go or how long it will stay there.

The price of oil has been under pressure this past year. There are many theories..... the increase of supply and production is coming from the US and the Saudies would be very worried and so wouldn't do anything to cut production...the increase in production is impacting the price of oil....

Maudi Lentsoane , MD at Lehumo Capital

Causes of death in South Africa: Statistician General, Padli Lehotla announced that TB is now the leading cause of natural death in South Africa.

Tuberculosis is still the number one killer....However, there is an indication that the total number of deaths in South Africa are declining... there is a drop from ...between 2012 and 2013...

Pali Lehotla, Stats SA Chairman.

New EFF Leader convicted of murder: The Economic Freedom Fighters in the North West Province have elected Papiki Babuile as its provincial leader, despite the fact he has been convicted of murder. Babuile was convicted last week along with several others for the murder of the ANC’s regional secretary in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region, David Chika. Chika was shot and killed in his house in Alabama, Klerksdorp, on December 14 2012 just two days before the ANC elective conference kicked off in Mangaung. Babuile, who is said to be close to EFF leader Julius Malema, was an ANC youth league chairperson at the time.

Papiki is on trial...he has made applications for appeal and a date to set aside the verdict... We couldn't deny him an appointment.... the members of the EFF wanted him. ...Should the matter be settled by court that he must spend time in prison.... he will forfeit his position. The case is under review...we don't conclude... that he is a murderer...Everyone must have a fair chance in court.....

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Spokesperson EFF

Mubarak may be freed: There is still intense anger at a decision over the weekend not to pursue any more criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, after he was cleared of other charges over the weekend. An Egyptian court dropped all remaining charges against former President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, raising the possibility that Mubarak, whose overthrow came to symbolize the promise of the so-called Arab Spring, could go free once again following his removal from office in 2011.

In the most recent charges... the charges were essentially dropped and were based on a technicality... the Public Prosecutor didn't follow the proper procedure. Today the prosecutor says he is going to appeal against the dropping of the charges....

Andrew Bassone, EWN Middle East correspondent
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