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Somalia: Lawmakers vote to extend President’s term by two years

– – Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament has voted to approve a bill to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office by two years. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. It needs to be approved by the upper chamber before becoming law. Mr Farmajo welcomed the passing of the bill in the lower chamber, adding that after two years the Somali people will finally be able to elect their own president. But opposition candidates and some of the regional state leaders have rejected the…

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Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn deal with global oil firms

– – The governments of Tanzania and Uganda on Sunday signed a long awaited oil deal with international oil firms—French Total E&P, and China’s Cnooc. The deal worth some $3.5 billion gives way for the commercialization of an East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Officials of both countries and the oil firms have been engaged in years of protracted negotiations. This new deal now allows for the oil project for the next phases of development and production by earliest 2025. The 1440km export pipeline stretches from Western Uganda to the…

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Tanzania’s President in Uganda for her first official state visit

– – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Uganda on Sunday for her first foreign trip and state visit since becoming President. President Hassan inspected a guard of honor shortly on her arrival, honoring an invitation from her Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni. The Tanzanian leader held talks with President Museveni ahead of the signing of a deal for the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline which passes through Tanzania. Hassan’s predecessor, the late John Magufuli was due in Kampala last month for the three-way signing of the…

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Djibouti’s president Omar Guelleh re-elected for fifth term

– – Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office has been renewed by voters in Friday’s presidential election. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders secured a fifth term and will now extend his 21-year-long rule. He first took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger in the election was Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician after the main opposition boycotted the polls. The veteran leader secured 98 percent of the vote,…

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Djibouti: Voting gets underway in presidential election

– – Voters in Djibouti are choosing a new president in a poll that could extend President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders is tipped to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule in Friday’s votes. He took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger is Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician. In 2010 Djibouti’s constitution was revised, scrapping presidential term limits with only…

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Kenyan journalist shot dead at her home by gunmen

– – A female journalist working for Kenya’s state broadcaster, Betty Barasa has been shot dead in her house in Ngong, Kajiado County. According to police, Betty Barasa on Wednesday night was waiting for the gate to her residence to be opened when gunmen accosted her. The suspects according to police were hiding at a nearby house, which is still under construction when Ms Barasa arrived at the front of her residence. The gunmen forced their way into the house of the journalist following a confrontation and made monetary demands.…

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Tanzania says lifting of media ban applies only to online TV

– – Tanzanian officials have issued out a clarification relating to the lifting of a media ban announced by the country’s new president. President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday ordered the lifting of ban on all media houses in the country. The President instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to free media outlets that were banned and instead ensure they follow the rules set by the government. This was seen as a major statement that could define her presidency as a democratic leader who has nothing against freedom…

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Kenyans petition IMF not to give the government loans

– – Kenyans are signing an online petition to ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to give the government any more loans. Through the hashtag #StopLoaningKenya, Kenyans have circulated the online petition link which cites corruption and other reasons why no more lending should occur. The development follows the IMF’s approval of 257bn Kenyan shillings ($2.4bn) loan for Kenya to aid in Covid-19 response. The IMF Executive Board has approved a three-year financing package of US$2.34 billion to support Kenya’s pandemic response and economic reform program. More here: https://t.co/zsMzCe2szY #IMFAfrica…

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Tanzania President orders the lifting of ban on media outlets

– – President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday ordered the lifting of ban on all media houses in the country. The President has instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to free media outlets that were banned and instead ensure they follow the rules set by the government. This is seen as a major statement that could define her presidency as a democratic leader who has nothing against freedom of expression. The president said “I am told you revoked licenses of some media outlets, including some online television…

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Akon to build Akon city in Uganda by 2036

– – US hip hop star Akon has said during his recent trip to Uganda that he will be building a city in that country called the Akon City. The government of Uganda has already agreed to allocate him land of the size of 1 square mile. A statement from State House said the president had a fruitful meeting with the Senegalese singer as they discussed a number of investment opportunities in Uganda. “During the meeting at the president’s countryside home Rwakitura in Kiruhura district, attended by the First Lady…

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