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  • Eritrea suffers new U.S. sanctions over human trafficking

    ERITREA, 2017/10/05 Eritrea has been hit by new United States (U.S.) sanctions according to a White Home statement. Under the new sanctions regime the U.S. said it was constraining Eritreans from engaging in educational or cultural exchange programs with the U.S. Eritrea has long been on a U.S. sanctions inventory for failing to combat human trafficking. The new measure is a further squeeze on Asmara’s relations with Washington. North Korea, Russia and Syria have all been put into the same bracket.
  • Burundi: Govt Rejects UN Accusations of Crimes Against Humanity

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/11 he UN is accusing Burundi's government of severe human rights violations. Burundi says it is the target of an international conspiracy. Is this case headed for the International Criminal Court in The Hague? Two plainclothes men threatened to break down her door, a young woman from Burundi told Deutsche Welle. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, remembers being so afraid she told her young daughters and nieces to hide under their beds.
  • Rwanda police rearrests female critic of Kagame, her mom and sister

    RWANDA, 2017/09/09 Diane Rwigara, a fierce critic of Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, has been rearrested by the police days next she was released. A relative confirmed to the BBC that the 35-year-old, her mother, Adeline and sister, Anne were picked up on Friday morning at their home in the capital, Kigali.
  • Burundi to receive 15,000 repatriated refugees from Tanzania:

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/05 Burundi is to receive over 15,000 refugees from Tanzania this week as part of the ongoing repatriation of Burundian refugees who had fled the country's 2015 crisis, a senior government official said Monday. A tripartite conference held on Aug. 31 in Tanzania, which brought together representatives from Burundi, Tanzania and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) decided that the initial batch of Burundian refugees from Tanzania should arrive in Burundi on Thursday this week, said Terence Ntahiraja, the assistant to the Burundian home affairs and civic education minister.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Tanzania: TWA Launches Portal for Girls' Economic Growth

    TANZANIA, 2017/08/13 THE Tanzania Women of Succcess (TWA) yesterday launched an online portal and mobile app, 'twaa,' designed to provide mentorship and learning on the go for girls and women in Africa. Speaking at the launch, TWA President and Founder Ms Irene Kiwia said that the one-onone mentorship and knowledge sharing would facilitate the (economic) increase of girls by enhancing their skills, empowering them to perform to their highest capabilities to realise their full potential.
  • South Sudanese refugees in Uganda near million mark

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2017/08/03 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, prayed on Wednesday with South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, home to a nearly million fugitives from a four-year civil war in the world's youngest country. Around 1.8 million people have fled South Sudan since fighting broke out in December 2013, sparking what has become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and major cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
  • Protesters demand rapid inquiry into murder of Kenya election official

    KENYA, 2017/08/02 Protesters marched on the offices of Kenya's election commission on Tuesday, demanding a speedy investigation of the murder of a senior official that has raised fears over the legitimacy of next week's national elections. Chris Msando, the election board's chief of data, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday. He had been tortured before he was killed, authorities said. Msando oversaw the live transmission of election results, a contentious area that the opposition has said could be used to rig next Tuesday's presidential and parliamentary polls.
  • Malawi Govt Announces Arrest Warrant for ex-Pres Joyce Banda

    MALAWI, 2017/08/02 Former president Joyce Banda would surrender to police once a warrant of arrest is served on her, her spokesperson has said following disclosure by Malawi police of an arrest warrant over alleged abuse of office and money laundering offences over a two-year period at the same time as she was in office. Andekuche Chamthuya, Banda's spokesperson, said his office is from presently on to get the warrant of arrest which the police say has been issued. "I have been to the police to get the warrant of arrest but I have been tossed from one office to an extra," Chamthunya, a trained lawyer, said.
  • Kenya: Election Official 'Tortured and Murdered' Before Vote

    KENYA, 2017/08/01 An official charged with overseeing Kenya's electronic voting system has been found dead just days before the August 8 presidential election, according to the commission's chairman. The body of Chris Msando, a top data technology manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has been identified at the city morgue, Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chairperson, said on Monday. "There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered. The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections," Chebukati told reporters.