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Ethiopia: Human rights groups demand release of jailed bloggers and journalists

Several activist groups have raised their voices in protest against the recent arrest of six bloggers and three journalists by the government. Reports indicate that the group, who were arrested late last week, have been charged with inciting public unrest Read more ›

Somalia and Kenya in diplomatic row

The Somali government have recalled the country’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, for ‘consultations’ over the controversial operation ‘Uslama Watch’ as well as the much publicized arrest of a top diplomat of the Somali embassy last week. Since the Read more ›

Somalia: Cabinet approves new governor of central bank

Somali ministers have selected Bashir Isse Ali to head the country’s central bank. Ali, who has been described as a veteran banker, had been serving as interim director of the bank after Yussur Abrar resigned last year – reportedly over Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talks to resume in Addis Ababa today

Representatives of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar have reportedly made their way to the capital of Ethiopia ahead of the resumption of their negotiations today. The peace talks, being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has been Read more ›

Police confront Semayawi Party protesters

Police officers have reportedly jarred with members of the opposition Blue Party once again during the group’s much anticipated demonstrations in the past two days. Reports indicate that security agents attempted to divert the protesters from their planned course. However, Read more ›

Ethiopia to host CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2014

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) have announced that Ethiopia has been selected as the host country for the 2014 Senior Challenge Cup in November/December. CECAFA Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, revealed that “A Cecafa delegation will Read more ›

World Bank approves grant for hydropower project in Burundi

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors have agreed to provide $100 to jointly finance the construction of two hydropower stations in Burundi. The World Bank Director for Sustainable Energy Development in the Africa Region, Jamal Saghir, noted that the Read more ›

Kenya: Car bomb kills 4 in Pangani

Four people have been killed and many others injured after a car bomb went off outside the premises of the Pangani Police Station on Wednesday night. Reports indicate that two police officers are among the casualties. According to the Inspector Read more ›

Special court to rule on fate of 4 South Sudanese politicians

Judges at a Special Court in Juba presiding over the trial of four South Sudanese politicians accused of treason are reportedly set to pass a ruling on the hearing following the completion of cross examination process on Wednesday. South Sudan’s Read more ›

Activist groups report on Kenya’s weak human rights record

Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) have accused the jubilee government of failing to live up to its campaign promises regarding the rights of citizens. In a 28-page report, the groups detail several Read more ›

Kenya: Gunmen seize UN vehicle in Dadaab

Three unidentified gunmen attacked and made away with a United Nations vehicle from the Hagadera refugee camp, south-eastern Somalia, on Wednesday morning. Fafi District Commissioner, Geoffrey Taragon, told the press that the driver of the Nissan patrol vehicle was shot Read more ›

Terrorists assassinate another Somali MP

Unknown gunmen linked to the Islamic militant group, al Shabab, have shot and killed a member of the federal parliament on Monday at Madina district. Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal was shot several times as he emerged from his home in Dherkenlay Read more ›

Ugandan forces capture top LRA lieutenant

The Ugandan military have apprehended a top lieutenant of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Charles Okello, during a battle between the rebels and government forces on Monday, April 21. A statement by Army Spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, notes that Read more ›

Somali MP assassinated in car bomb

At least one member of the Federal Somali Parliament has been killed on Monday and another injured after a car they were driving in exploded and burst into flames in Mogadishu. Reports indicate that Isaaq Mohamed Riino died from the Read more ›

South Sudan: Angry mob attack UN base in Bor

A group of Dinka youths have laid siege to a United Nations compound in Bor on Thursday, killing an unknown number of people and injuring many others, including two peacekeepers. Reports indicate that the group had embarked on a peaceful demonstration to Read more ›

Djibouti sets free Eritrean prisoners

The Government of Djibouti has released over 200 Eritrean citizens who have been in detention in the country for reportedly close to five years. Reports indicate that the group have been released into the custody of the United Nations refugee Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels claim control of key oil-producing town

Rebels loyal to former South Sudanese deputy leader, Riek Machar, say they have taken over Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich Unity State. According to a spokesman for the mutineers, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, the rebels have completed a “mopping Read more ›

British Petroleum signs exploration agreement with Somalia

British Petroleum has entered an agreement with the Somali government to resume its oil and gas exploration activities, which were abruptly stopped in 1991 after the central government was toppled. Reports indicate that the Somali government has been involved in negotiations Read more ›

Kenya’s online cargo system to be launched next month

Kenya is set to launch an online system for clearing cargo next month. President Kenyatta will officially roll out the system in May, reports indicate. Commentators say the long-awaited electronic system will facilitate domestic and international trade at the Mombasa Read more ›

Uganda: Government returns properties to Kingdom of Buganda

President Yoweri Musuveni today symbolically handed over a document listing some properties confiscated by the state from the Kingdom of Buganda in 1966 to deputy Katikkiro Emmanuel Sendaula to mark the restitution of their ownership. Reports indicate that the items Read more ›

Eritrea: Ortac Resources announces discovery of gold deposits in Ber Gebey

Ortac Resources has confirmed the presence of gold deposits in Ber Gebey after a silica-barito rock sample recovered from the area tested for gold values of up to 23.95 grams per tonne on its surface. Reports indicate that other rock Read more ›

Tanzania’s VP survives helicopter crash

The Vice President of Tanzania, Gharib Bilal, and several other top officials escaped unhurt after a helicopter they were in crashed into a wall as it took off on Sunday morning at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. Read more ›

Somali government, humanitarian groups voice concerns over Kenya’s crackdown on illegal Somali migrants

Somali authorities and several humanitarian groups (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) have called on Kenya’s security agencies to review their handling of the ‘Uslama Watch’ operation aimed at curbing the growth of terrorism in the country’s migrant communities. Read more ›

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang wins London Marathon

The current marathon world record holder, Wilson Kipsang, added another medal to his collection on Sunday after winning the men’s London Marathon in record time of 2:04:29 – about 11 seconds better than the previous record. The 32-year old, who Read more ›

Ethiopian defence ministry ready to protect renaissance dam against attacks

Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, has told the country’s legislators that his ministry is prepared to shield the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) from any attacks. He relayed this information while presenting his ministry’s bi-annual performance report to the Read more ›

South Sudan to join regional railway project

South Sudan will join Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda in a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that seeks to enhance regional integration and trade. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) in charge of the project has issued a statement indicating that the African Read more ›

IGAD team officially commences monitoring of ceasefire agreement in South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development’s (IGAD) monitoring and verification teams have kicked off their operations in South Sudan. According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, the teams will be supervised by a joint technical committee made up of the warring parties Read more ›

Kenya Airways plane skids off runway in Dar es Salaam

A Kenya Airways Embraer ERJ-190 flight from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam has skidded off the runway as it landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport. Reports indicate that the plane landed during a heavy rain. However, the Director General Read more ›

Somali fishermen get ID cards

The Somali government has commenced a plan to issue fishermen with identification cards to eliminate the possibility of them being mistaken for pirates. Puntland’s Ministry for Fisheries and Marine Resources has revealed that about 2,000 ID cards have been doled Read more ›

Ethiopia’s coffee industry booms

Since late last year, a severe drought has stunted growth on coffee plantations in the heart of Brazil’s coffee-growing region and this is reportedly stimulating a resurgence in the Ethiopian coffee industry, whose value has risen to an astonishing 17.5% Read more ›

2 Kenyan aid workers rescued from al Shabab

The Kenyan Army under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) command have reportedly rescued 2 aid workers kidnapped by Islamic militant group, al Shabab, in 2011. Reports indicate that the two men, identified as James Kiarie and Daniel Njuguna, Read more ›

Supreme Court hears case against Kampala’s Mayor

The Supreme Court today tabled the application of the embattled Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, challenging an injunction against his return to office. Lukwago appealed to the Supreme Court to temporarily suspend the enforcement of the ruling of acting Read more ›

Sudan and South Sudan leaders meet in Khartoum

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir hosted his counterpart, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, in Khartoum recently amid ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral relations in the wake of the prolonged civil war in the south. A spokesman for Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Read more ›

Kenya: opposition party denounces Eastleigh operation

One of Kenya’s main opposition party has expressed “strong displeasure” over the government’s crack down on illegal migrants in Nairobi’s Somali-populated Eastleigh district. According to the acting chairman of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Peter Anyang Nyong’o, the operation, code-named Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

Egypt ceases transactions with Sudanese banks

The Central Bank of Egypt has ordered all banks in the country to freeze their dealings with Sudanese banks over concerns that these institutions may be violating international financial laws. Reports indicate that the verbal directive also includes Qatar and Read more ›

US presses Burundi to abandon controversial constitutional changes

The United States has appealed to the Burundian government to drop its planned constitutional amendments which has been the source of political tension in the deeply divided nation. On Tuesday, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, Read more ›

Kenyan police continue crack down on illegal migrants

Since Saturday, Kenyan security agents have apprehended reportedly about 6,000 foreigners in Nairobi – mostly Somalis – in the wake of a spate of terrorist attacks linked to Somalia-based al Shabab. Interior Cabinet Secretary, Ole Lenku, told the media, on Read more ›

Ethiopia and Kenya to speed up Special Status Agreement to boost business ties

Ethiopia and Kenya plan to speed up the implementation of a Special Status Agreement (SSA) to improve trade and investment between one another. This decision was reached when a 60-member delegation from the Ethiopian private and government sector met with Read more ›

Ethiopia campaigns to win Egypt’s support for renaissance dam

The Ethiopian government has heightened diplomatic efforts to secure the support of the Egyptian government for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile. The $4.3 billion facility, which is set to be the largest Read more ›

Ugandan government makes concessions to anti-homosexuality stance

The Ugandan government has agreed to some compromises to appease its western partners after the country’s enactment of a contentious law against homosexuality in February led to aid cuts. According to a report by The East African, the government has Read more ›