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Health minister urges ‘contact tracing’ to prevent Ebola spread

Rwanda New Times The Ministry of Health has said that people should effectively report any Ebola case, as well as wash their hands at border crossings as a means of preventing the spreading of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Dr Diane Gashumba, the Minister of Health, told Sunday Times that the first preventive measure against the disease is avoiding contact with the affected individual, but also, underscored the importance of hygiene to keep people free from the epidemic.

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."