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Uganda: Court rules against Kampala Mayor’s reinstatement

A court has ruled against the embattled incumbent mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, from returning to his office at City Hall. The acting deputy chief justice, Steven Kavumba, granted the application of attorney general Peter Nyombi, which challenged the decision Read more ›

IAAF World-Half Marathon Championships Round-up

Kenyan athletes produced a dominant display at the 22nd edition of the IAAF World-Half Marathon Championships  in Denmark. The event saw the Kenyan team grapple with their Ethiopian and Eritrean rivals for team and individual honours. In the end, it Read more ›

UN: 1 million civilians displaced by conflict in South Sudan

The United Nations has reported that about one million civilians have been displaced in South Sudan since fighting erupted between government forces and rebel loyalists over 3 months ago. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Read more ›

Kenya to use Surveillance Drones to combat Poaching

The Kenyan government has announced plans of using surveillance drones in the fight against elephant and rhino poaching. A new law will also see the introduction of stiffer penalties including larger fines and longer prison terms in an effort to Read more ›

United Nations condemns Kenyan directive ordering Immigrants back to Refugee Camps

The United Nations has censured the Kenyan government’s decision for all refugees in the east African nation to relocate to two designated refugee camps following a spate of terrorist attacks. Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Read more ›

Ethiopia launches Climate Innovation Center

The Ethiopian government has launched an innovative Climate Center in Addis Ababa on Thursday, March 27th. Report indicate that the project is the result of a joint collaboration between Ethiopia and the World Bank. According to a statement released at Read more ›

Death Toll from Lake Albert Boat Accident climbs to 251

A spokesman for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has disclosed that 251 bodies have been recovered from Lake Albert after a boat capsized on Saturday, March 22nd. According to Lambert Mende Omalonga, only about 50 survivors have Read more ›

Witnesses exonerate 4 South Sudanese Politicians from Involvement in Coup Attempt

Two prosecution witnesses in the ongoing trial against 4 members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have told the court that the politicians were not directly involved in the alleged coup d’état in December last year. According to a Read more ›

Khartoum postpones UN Refugee Program

The Sudanese government has announced the suspension of a United Nations program aimed at providing training and other forms of assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in eastern Sudan. The Sudanese Media Center issued a statement announcing that the Read more ›

Ethiopia mulls restricting Teff Export

A few years ago, discussions about Ethiopia usually revolved around the country’s precarious food security and its poor economy. Now things are starting to change, Ethiopia is increasingly becoming synonymous with teff; a highly nutritious, gluten free “super food,” which Read more ›

Somalia commissions Offshore Oil and Gas Survey

The Somali government has commissioned a study of the nation’s offshore oil and gas reserves by British-owned Soma Oil and Gas. According to a report by Bloomberg, depending on the result of the survey, which commenced mid-February, the Somali government Read more ›

South Sudan: Rivals resume Discussions in Addis Ababa

Representatives from both sides of the divide in South Sudan are set to resume negotiations to end the almost 3-month long insurrection in the world’s youngest nation on Tuesday, March 25th. According to a statement by the Inter-governmental Authority for Read more ›

US deploys Troops and Aircrafts to Uganda

The Government of the United States of America has confirmed plans to discharge 4 CU-22 Osprey aircrafts to Uganda, as well as an additional 150 air-force personnel to man the planes. The reinforcements are expected to increase the ability of Read more ›

Somalia to get 4G LTE High-Speed Internet

Glocall Telecoms has announced plans of providing high-speed internet in Mogadishu using  Tazca Connects’ LTE infrastructure. Glocall’s CEO, Mobeen Bhamjee, has issued a statement saying that the deployment of the 4G LTE would accelerate internet connectivity in Somalia. Glocall and its subsidiaries Read more ›

Tanzania inaugurates Telecommunication Traffic Monitoring System

Tanzania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has officially launched a telecommunication traffic monitoring system to facilitate the organization’s regulation of network operators in the country. The system, provided by SGS-Societe Generale de Surveillance & Global Voice Group, is expected to improve Read more ›

Ugandan Journalism Code of Ethics undergoes Revision

Ugandan authorities have amended the laws regulating the activities of journalists and imposed new fees on media practitioners in the country. The amendments to the Press and Journalists Act 1995 were made through statutory instruments by the Minister for Information Read more ›

Ethiopia accused of Monitoring Dissidents

A rights group has accused the Ethiopian government of listening to and recording the phone calls of opposition journalists and activists. According to a report released on Friday by Human Rights Watch, the government monitors perceived political opponents outside and Read more ›

Members of Burundian Opposition Party sentenced to Life Imprisonment

21 members of the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) have been sentenced to lifelong incarceration after a court in Bujumbura found them guilty of armed revolt on Friday. The group of about 70 MSD members and supporters, who have Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talk fails to resume in Addis Ababa

The dialogue between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to be re-initiated this past week as both sides continued armed battle in the war-torn nation. During the adjournment of the discussions earlier in the month, representatives of Read more ›

Judges postpone Trial of 7 South Sudanese Politicians released to Kenya

The five judge tribunal of a special court created to hear the trial of eleven South Sudanese politicians accused of complicity in the alleged coup d’état against President Salva Kiir in December last year, on Thursday, ruled for the trial Read more ›

Sudan, South Sudan to re-activate Joint Border Patrol

The defense ministers of Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday agreed to resume joint patrol of their disputed 6-mile long border. According to a report by Daily Nation, the South Sudanese Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang, who was in Khartoum this Read more ›

East African Community harmonize Medical Standards

The East African Community has initiated a multi-million Shillings project aimed at harmonizing medicine registration and ensuring access to effective and safe cures for the most prevalent illnesses in the region. The three-year Medicines Registration Harmonization Project comes following about two Read more ›

Eritrean Authorities deny links with South Sudanese Rebels

Eritrean officials have disclosed that the embattled country has no ties with the rebels behind the insurgency in South Sudan – headed by Riek Machar – contrary to the claims of numerous critics. A statement from the office of President Read more ›

Court Sentences 4 Men accused of Looting during Harar Town Fire Outbreak

A court in Harar town has sentenced four people accused of looting the properties of traders during a fire outbreak at the Mebrat Hail Gebi Market Center last week. The First Instance Court of Harar ruled, on March 17th, for the Read more ›

Kenya: Public University Lecturers call off Strike

Union officials have, on Wednesday March 19th, announced the end to the strike action by Kenya’s public university lecturers, after an agreement was reached at a meeting with representatives of the universities’ administrators. Charles Mukhaya, the General Secretary of Kenyan Read more ›

President Musuveni reacts to Sanctions over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni, speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa on Tuesday, has described the move by several Europeans nations to freeze aid to his country due to its enactment of an Read more ›

United Nations accuses South Sudanese Security Agencies of Harassment

United Nations officials have charged the South Sudanese government of undermining the organization’s mandate through frequent “systematic and organized” harassment and violations of the rights of its staff. Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, told the Security Council in New Read more ›

Ethiopia invites Media to Renaissance Dam construction site

The Ethiopian government has taken a number of foreign journalists on a tour of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction site. According to the Communication Affairs Office, the visit is to enable foreign media houses get some “first hand” Read more ›

al Shabab attack Hotel in newly liberated Town

Islamic militant group, al Shabab, have killed up to eleven soldiers and injured many more in a failed attack on a top hotel in Buulo Burte, Beledweyne in the Hiran region of southern Somalia – one of the areas won Read more ›

Burundian Politician survives Assassination attempt

Gaston Sindimwo, the Secretary General of the Union for National Progress (UPRONA) – the main ally of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) – has escaped a close call on his Read more ›

Burundian Authorities suspend Opposition Party

Burundian officials have confirmed that the Movement for Solidarity and Development (MSD) – a member of the opposition Alliance of Democrats for Change (ADC) – has been officially suspended following a violent conflict between members of the party and the Read more ›

al Shabab Loses 2 more Towns to Government Forces

Two more towns have been reclaimed from the Islamic militant group, al Shabab, on Sunday, in Middle Shabelle region, southern Somalia. According to a report by Anadolu News Agency, the towns were taken without any confrontation with the terrorists, who Read more ›

Ethiopia to host Africa Investment Forum

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is set to host a significant continental investment forum early next month. Reports indicate that already about 150 international and 140 local companies have confirmed their participation. Addisu Tekle, the head of the communications Read more ›

Scores of Applicants vie for Ethiopian National Football Team Coaching Job

Numerous football professionals around the world are looking to take up the position of head coach of the national football team of Ethiopia – the Walya Antelopes – which has been without a manager after Sewnet Bishaw was fired in Read more ›

Victims of Harar Town Fire accuse Government of Complicity

March 9th was a sad and disturbing day for residents of Harar town – a place known for its ancient walls and performers who do amazing stunts alongside hyenas. A fire at the Mebrat Hail Gebi Market Center on this Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels condemn Regional Leaders’ decision to deploy Forces

Rebels in South Sudan have criticized the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to send troops to the deeply desolated nation. Last week, east African leaders met in Addis Ababa and voted to deploy a regional stabilisation and Read more ›