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Kenya: Attacks in Lamu County widens political division

A raging debate over the perpetrators of two deadly terrorist attacks in the coast this week, is threatening to push the country down the brink of stability. Following the attacks, which left about 70 people dead, the Somalia-based Islamic extremist Read more ›

Uganda tightens noose on tax defaulters

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has toughened its punitive measures against tax defaulters in a bid to compel them to comply. ChimReports has revealed that URA has imposed travel bans on all persons who stood as guarantors for the companies guilty Read more ›

Ethiopia: Court orders police to file charges against incarcerated ‘Zone 9’ bloggers and journalists

A court has directed the police to finalize its investigations and file charges against 6 members of a blogging community ‘Zone 9’, as well 3 journalists, who have been in custody for about 58 days Defense attorney, Amha Mekonnen, told Read more ›

Kenya: Terrorists kill 20 in another raid in Lamu County

About 20 people have been killed during an attack on two villages in Lamu County on Monday night. The raid on Poromoko and Mapenya came about 24-hours after a headline-grabbing attack on Mpeketoni in the same county; which claimed up Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talks postponed

A new round of discussions between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to resume as scheduled on Monday as both sides failed to show up, officials say. The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) chief mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, Read more ›

UN human rights expert visits Sudan

An independent United Nations human rights expert, Mashood Banderin, has arrived in Sudan for a ten-day visit to assess the country’s credential’s against the organization’s standards. Mr. Banderin has revealed that during this visit he will focus on the situation Read more ›

Kenya: 48 killed in audacious terrorist attack in Mpeketoni

A brazen terrorist raid on a town in the same county as one of the most popular locations among holiday-makers in Mombasa, has left at least 48 people dead, according to the police. The death toll was revised on Monday Read more ›

Zanzibar: Bomb attack leaves 1 dead

An explosion near a mosque in one of the most popular cities in Zanzibar on Friday evening, has left one person dead and many others injured. The attack in Daranjani district, Stone Town, has rekindled fears about growing tension in Read more ›

CITES: Poaching remains unsustainably high in Africa

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed that despite some reductions from previous years, poaching remains dangerously high in Africa. According to the report published on Friday, about Read more ›

Sudanese woman appeals against death sentence for apostasy

The hearing of the case of a Sudanese woman charged with adultery and renouncing Islam commenced this week in an Appeals Court in Khartoum. Meriam Ibrahim Yahya, 27, who has been in custody since the beginning of the year, was Read more ›

U.S. condemns attacks on civilians in Sudan

The United States has issued a stinging condemnation of alleged attacks by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on civilians in Blue Nile and North Kordofan States. According to Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in a statement Read more ›

Kenya: Opposition coalition and other groups threaten to protest over growing insecurity

Several groups have vowed to take to the streets if the Kenyan government continues to ignore their calls to immediately address the country’s security problems. Since the beginning of this year, terrorists have carried out a series of deadly attacks Read more ›

Tanzania to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army

The Government of Tanzania is set to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army in a bid to boost the capacity of the local forces to consolidate security in the war-torn nation. A report by Sabahi quotes the director Read more ›

South Sudan: Warring rivals agree to finalize peace talks in 60 days

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on Tuesday reached an agreement to finalize their discussion on a transitional government in the coming months. The two men, who met on the sidelines of the 26th extraordinary meeting of the Read more ›

Ethiopia and Egypt agree to resume discussions over renaissance dam

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom, has revealed that an agreement has been reached with the Egyptian government to re-open tripartite talks – with Sudan – concerning the renaissance dam. He made this comment at the end of a three-day visit Read more ›

Outspoken cleric assassinated in Mombasa

The chairman of the Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya, Sheikh Mohammed Idris, has been shot and killed in Mombasa on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen. Local sources say the vocal Muslim leader was attacked as he exited a mosque Read more ›

Kenya: National Land Commission launches 2013-2018 strategic plan

The National Land Commission (NLC) has officially launched its strategic plan for the next five years at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Monday, June 9. The chairman of the commission, Dr. Muhammad Swazuri, noted that the plan outlines the Read more ›

ICT association protest against the renewal of Safaricom’s operation license

The Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK) has demanded that the authorities reject an application for a license renewal from one of the country’s leading mobile network operators. In a letter to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), the Read more ›

Egypt’s new president vows not to allow renaissance dam dispute escalate into crisis

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed not permit the protracted diplomatic row with neighbouring Ethiopia evolve into a serious crisis. He made this comment during his inaugural address at the Qubba Palace on Sunday, adding that Egypt recognizes the value of Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels to pen final ceasefire agreement

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the way forward for young, war-torn South Sudan. Rebel spokesman, Yohanis Musa, told the press in Khartoum last week that both sides will begin to Read more ›

UN Secretary General urges President Kiir and Riek Machar to meet next week

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has directed the leaders of the factions involved in the ongoing war in the world’s youngest nation to honour their agreement to meet this month. The UN press office, which announced this Read more ›

Top Rwandan opposition politician freed from jail

Bernard Ntaganda, the founder of opposition Social Party Imberakuri, has been released from the Mpanga International Prison in Nyanza district, Southern Province, after completing his four-year sentence. The outspoken lawyer and politician, who had reportedly intended to compete in the 2010 Read more ›

Ethiopia: Renowned local manager appointed assistant coach of Walya Antelopes

The Ethiopian Football Federation have, this week, announced the appointment of Webetu Abate as assistant coach of the national men’s football team; the Walya Antelopes. The president of the federation, Juneidin Basha, who confirmed the report to the press, noted Read more ›

South Sudan: Cholera infections drop

The number of people diagnosed daily with cholera in Juba has dropped significantly since the outbreak of this deadly communicable disease was officially announced in the middle of last month. According to the Minister of Health, Riek Gai Kuk, the Read more ›

Dozens of al Shabab militants killed in clashes near Ethiopia-Somalia border

Ethiopian and Somali forces have reportedly killed about 74 al Shabab militants during a raid on the group’s bases in the region connecting both countries on Sunday. Local reports indicate that this was one of the heaviest clashes involving the Read more ›

Uganda & South Sudan reject calls for review of Entebbe Nile agreement

Officials from Uganda and South Sudan have expressed opposition to the suggestions of Tanzania’s foreign minister for a re-negotiation of the 2010 Comprehensive Framework Agreement on the Nile river. Bernard Kamillius Membe told Tanzanian legislators last week that he plans Read more ›

Kenya’s largest bakery to invest Sh1 billion in milling facility

Kenblest Group, Kenya’s largest baker, is set to invest about Sh1 billion into the expansion of its milling establishment. Business Daily Africa has quoted the Chief Executive Officer of Kenblest, Neel Shah, explaining that the company is already in talks Read more ›

Ethiopian authorities thwart terrorist attack in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian security officials have reportedly prevented a terrorist attack in the country’s capital Addis Ababa, after a suspected al Shabab suicide bomber was arrested on Tuesday. According to local reports, the terrorists had intended to detonate explosives at several locations Read more ›

World Bank approves funding for geothermal project in Ethiopia

The Executive Directors of the World Bank have approved a grant of over $200 million to support the Ethiopian government’s Geothermal Sector Development Project. Reports indicate that $178.5 million came from the bank’s International Development Association, while $24.5 million came Read more ›

Sudan: Journalists protest against repression

Numerous journalists gathered in front of the premises of the National Council for Press and Publications (NCPP) in Khartoum on Sunday to express their dissent against several limitations the state has imposed on the press. According to local sources, the Read more ›

Kenya: Police gun down suspected al Shabab militants in Mandera

Police officers have shot and killed two suspected members of al Shabab in Mandera after reportedly intercepting them en route to complete an attack on Sunday, according to local reports. Capital FM quotes police spokesman, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, explaining that Read more ›

Rwandan authorities deny claims of complicity in alleged disappearance of citizens

Rwanda Police have dismissed allegations by a human rights advocacy group that the state is guilty of involvement in several cases of enforced disappearances in the country since March. A report by the VOA last month quotes the Assistant Commissioner Read more ›