Burundi East Africa 

Burundi: Regional leaders must prioritize ongoing human rights crisis

The East African Community (EAC) must prioritize ending human rights violations in Burundi, and provide the renewed political leadership and commitment needed to end the crisis, said Amnesty International today in an open letter to the bloc’s leaders, ahead of their summit on 20 May in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

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Magufuli East Africa 

Tanzania: John Magufuli declares ‘Media freedom has limits’

The much heralded John Magufuli, President United Republic of Tanzania, has raised serious concerns by his statement declaring that “Media freedom has limits” during oath taking ceremony of his cabinet ministers.   PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government to take decisive action for the freedom of media and avoid restrictive approach to press freedom.

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Idrissa Haji Abdalla Development East Africa 

Winners of Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature announced

The 2016 winners of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature have been announced by Abdilatif Abdalla, chair of the prize’s board of trustees. Fiction category winners are Idrissa Haji Abdalla for Kilio cha Mwanamke and Hussein Wamaywa for Moyo Wangu Unaungua; both are from Tanzania. Ahmed Hussein Ahmed, from Kenya, received the poetry prize for Haile Ngoma ya Wana.

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