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Tanzania’s President starts birth control campaign

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed concern over the high birth rate in the East African country as she urges citizens to take up birth control measures. It is a major reversal from the position of her predecessor, the late John Magufuli, who openly encouraged women not to use contraception. President Samia confronted the country’s baby boom over the… Read More
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Ethiopia: AU condemned over delayed Tigrayan peace talks

– – Some political parties in the rebel-held Tigray region of Ethiopia have condemned the African Union mediation efforts aimed at ending the conflict in the region. Last weekend the African Union was expected to mediate talks in South Africa. This time, the AU special envoy and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, with the support of former Kenyan President Uhuru… Read More
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Uganda: President’s son loses army post after Twitter spree

– – The Ugandan president’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has lost his position as the commander of the country’s land forces after going on a twitter spree on Monday. On Monday, Gen Kainerugaba tweeted that it would take him and his army just two weeks to take over Kenya’s capital Nairobi. He then said on Tuesday morning that he had spoken… Read More
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Kenya gives green light for cultivation of GM crops

– – The Kenyan government has given the green light for the cultivation and importation of genetically modified crops and animal feeds. The decision ends a decade-long ban that had been imposed due to health fears. It comes as the country is experiencing a devastating drought – the worst drought in 40 years which has left millions facing hunger. President… Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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