Africa East Africa World 

Uganda confirms seven Ebola cases as outbreak spreads

– – The Ebola outbreak in Uganda is fast spreading with the country’s health ministry confirming six new cases. Officials confirmed one case triggering the latest outbreak earlier in the week. The first case was that of a 24-year-old man who died earlier this week. The man who died had developed a high fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pains, and was… Read More
Africa East Africa Rwanda World 

French President hosts talks on Rwanda and DR Congo tensions

– – Amid increasing tensions, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a meeting between leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tensions have largely been related to the activities of an armed group called M23 in eastern DR Congo which shares borders with Rwanda. M23 had been dormant for years but resumed its attacks last November, making significant gains… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

William Ruto sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president

On Tuesday Mr. Ruto who was previously the former deputy president was handed a copy of Kenya’s constitution and a sword to represent the transfer of power from his former boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta. – – There was a handshake between the two who fell out before the election, a gesture that was cheered by those gathered at the ceremony… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Kenya: Local media oppose exclusion from Ruto’s inauguration coverage

– – The local media in Kenya are up in arms against organizers of Tuesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony over arrangements for coverage. The communications team of Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto has barred local media from covering the presidential inauguration, offering exclusive broadcast rights to Multichoice Kenya Ltd, an affiliate of a South African pay-TV group. Local broadcasters have been asked… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Kenyans await Supreme Court verdict on disputed presidential election

– – Kenyans are anxiously waiting for the country’s Supreme Court to deliver its verdict on Monday on a presidential election petition. The court will rule whether to uphold or nullify the result of last month’s presidential election. The ruling will be delivered by a seven-member panel chaired by a female Chief Justice Martha Koome. Opposition leader Raila Odinga who… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters kill 18 civilians in overnight attacks

– – At least 18 civilians have been killed by Al-Shabab fighters in an overnight attack in Somalia’s central region. The armed group launched the attack in the Hiran area in the semi-autonomous state of Hirshabelle in central Somalia. They also destroyed trucks supplying food aid from Baladweyne city to Mahas town. State news agency Sonna reported that al-Shabab fighters… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Ugandan prophet charged with assault for whipping worshippers

– – Police have arrested and charged a self-styled Ugandan prophet with assault, common assault, and trafficking in persons after he was filmed whipping his church members. Prophet Kintu Dennis of Hoima Empowerment Church International was seen in the viral online video whipping worshippers. The 42-year-old was quickly arrested along with four other members of the church following complaints about… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Kenya’s top court begins hearing presidential election petition

– – The presidential election petition challenging the outcome of Kenya’s August 9 presidential poll results has started. The full hearing opened on Wednesday with lawyers representing opposition presidential candidates Raila Odinga first presenting their case. The lawyers are seeking to nullify the declaration of William Ruto as president-elect. The judges gave them six hours to argue their case. Mr… Read More
East Africa 

Let’s get back to work by investing in modern water and sewerage infrastructure

By Simon Thomas, international consultant, and board member of Mega pipes Solutions Limited As we transition into a new government, the time is ripe to take solid steps towards making good on some of the promises given during the campaign period; particularly urgent is the need to invest in upgrading the water and sewerage infrastructure. The dilapidated and overstretched water and… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

Kenya: Raila Odinga files legal challenge to election results

– – Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday filed a legal challenge to results of this month’s presidential election in the Supreme Court. He rejected the presidential election results announced last week by election officials. The country’s deputy President William Ruto was declared winner of the country’s presidential election held on August 9. Kenya’s top election official announced that William Ruto… Read More