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Why AU special envoy John Mahama was rejected by Somalia

– – Somalia on Wednesday announced that it has rejected African Union’s special envoy former Ghanaian President John Mahama tasked to resolve the political crisis in that country. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in office by two years. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s move sparked anger resulting in clashes between his supporters and some of his critics. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed to him clashed last month in the capital, Mogadishu. The spark…

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Ghana: Two journalists released after arrest over security zone filming

– – Two broadcast journalists with Ghana’s Accra based Citi FM and Citi TV were arrested on Tuesday evening by some security officials. The two journalists were accused of filming at a security zone over the weekend. Caleb Kudah was the first journalist to be arrested for allegedly filming at the premises of the National Security Ministry. He was reportedly handcuffed and sent to the premises of the radio and TV station for a raid to arrest another journalist. Zoe Abu-Baidoo is believed to have received the files allegedly captured by Caleb…

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Kenya halts flights to and from Somalia amid fresh row

Kenya and Somalia have renewed diplomatic row with Kenyan suspending flights to and from Somalia. This is the latest fallout from a diplomatic row that is heightening tension between the two countries. On Monday Kenya announced that there won’t be flights heading to Mogadishu after Somalia rejected Kenya’s scheduled cargo deliveries. According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) all civilian flights between the two countries have been suspended until August 9. KCAA said flights departing for, or arriving from, Somalia will not be allowed for three months. – –…

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Kenya halts flights to and from Somalia amid fresh row

Kenya and Somalia have renewed diplomatic row with Kenyan suspending flights to and from Somalia. This is the latest fallout from a diplomatic row that is heightening tension between the two countries. On Monday Kenya announced that there won’t be flights heading to Mogadishu after Somalia rejected Kenya’s scheduled cargo deliveries. According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) all civilian flights between the two countries have been suspended until August 9. KCAA said flights departing for, or arriving from, Somalia will not be allowed for three months. – –…

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Ethiopia: Over 100 former peacekeepers seek refuge in Sudan

– – More than 100 former peacekeepers from Ethiopia have sought international protection to apply for asylum in Sudan. The Ethiopian peacekeepers originally from the conflict hit Tigray region have refused to return to Ethiopia out of fear of persecution. They had been part of the recently closed UN mission in Darfur. The UN says instead of returning home when their mission ended in the Darfur region, around 120 Ethiopian peacekeepers applied for asylum in Sudan. This development is likely to be linked to the ethnic tensions that have deepened in Ethiopia…

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Ghana’s ex-president Mahama named AU Special Envoy to Somalia

– – The African Union (AU) has named Ghana’s former president, John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia. The former Ghanaian leader has been tasked by the AU to try and resolve the dire political crisis in Somalia. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in office by two years. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s move sparked anger resulting in clashes between his supporters and some of his critics. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed…

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Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered in Kenya

– – A team of researchers on Wednesday announced that they have uncovered Africa’s oldest human burial site in Kenya. The site has a child no older than three laid to rest sideways in an earthen grave 78,000 years ago. The child’s legs were carefully tucked up against its tiny chest, signalling the earliest known human burial on the continent. The scientists say the sunken pit was discovered in a cave complex along the coast of Kenya. Ornaments, offerings or ochre-coloured clay carvings were found in the region’s more recent…

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Somalia: Fighting erupts after president extends his tenure

– – Fighting broke out on Sunday in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu following the decision by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to extend his stay in power. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed to him clashed with residents in the capital saying they heard gunfire across the city. The spark of violence signals the dire political crisis Somalia which could further degenerate. Tension has been growing after the country’s parliament approved a two-year extension of the president’s mandate. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. –…

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Tanzania’s president to meet opposition leaders

– – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced her intention to meet opposition leaders in the country. Speaking in the Tanzanian parliament, President Samia said deliberations with the opposition on a way forward for the country will be useful. When she took over from the late President John Magufuli, the opposition wished her well and said it was hopeful of engaging her. President Hassan told MPs that her government was open to criticisms and should not hesitate to speak out. She told ministers to be ready to be corrected…

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Tanzania’s President angry with MPs on Magufuli comparison

– – The President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan is angry with the country’s lawmakers who have been comparing her to the late former leader, John Magufuli. During debates in parliament, MPs have been comparing President Hassan to John Magufuli who died in March this year. Among the issues raised in the debates is the differences she has with Magufuli but President Hassan is not impressed with that. She would rather wish the MPs debate issues related to the government’s developmental agenda. President Hassan said she and her predecessor were…

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