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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017


VIDEO: When Trump wanted US to get out of Afghanistan

FOR YEARS AS a reality TV star, Donald Trump demanded that the United States leave Afghanistan. Among other things, he said that the U.S. had “wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure” and “wasted lives” there, that the war was “nonsense,” and that instead we should “rebuild the USA.” On Monday night, as president, Trump is expected to announce that he’s sending several thousand more American troops to fight in the 16-year war. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. soldiers stationed there, as well as approximately 6,000 from other members of NATO. The number ofRead More

Central African Republic government urged to hold rebel commanders accountable for war crimes

  The government of the Central Africa Republic plans to hold further peace talks with rebel factions. But rights group, Human Rights Watch, wants rebel leaders to be held accountable for war crimes. Fresh deadly clashes hit several areas of the Central African Republic this week as international alarm grows over the spread of violence in the deeply troubled country. The clashes involved the majority Muslim rebel group Seleka and a predominantly Christian group Anti-balaka. Read More:UN warns of genocide in Central African Republic Read More:Christian militias launch deadly assault inRead More

DRCongo landslide death toll passes 200

Authorities in northeastern Congo say a landslide earlier this week in Ituri province likely has killed at least 200 people. Gov. Abdallah Pene Mbaka said Saturday the estimate is based on missing people and homes affected. He says 50 houses were destroyed and only 44 bodies have been found. Wednesday’s landslide in Tora village followed heavy rains in the fishing community located along Lake Albert. The governor is calling on the international community for emergency assistance with rescue and recovery efforts. Many people die each year in Congo as the result ofRead More

Tanzania govt repossession of dormant factories faces opposition

Tanzania’s private sector is urging the government to exercise caution as it embarks on a drive to repossess 197 non-performing companies. The targeted companies were privatised over 20 years ago when the government introduced economic liberalisation, but have remained dormant. Recently, the government ordered repossession of the firms, a decision that has sparked public fears of a reversion to nationalisation. But the private sector is opposed to the government running the confiscated businesses. “It was expected that the Ministry of Trade’s post-privatisation division would consistently monitor the progress of theRead More

Tanzania sunflower growers look to a bright future

Tanzania is on an ambitious mission of becoming an industrial economy by 2025 and edible oil production is among the key areas that need a fresh impetus. A commendable stride has so far been made as the government strives to revive the sunflower sub-sector. The government plans to maximise the production of sunflower oil through adoption of modern techniques to meet both national and international demands. With this in mind, the government and the European Union (EU) recently signed a Trade Facility contract, which is worth Sh36.5 billion. The multibillionRead More

Kenyan woman killed by her Facebook date

Police are holding a suspect linked to the murder of a 26-year-old woman he met on Facebook. The suspect, Mr Richard Nyakina, was arrested in Kisii by police officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit on Friday. MOBILE Police claim Mr Nyakina revealed the scene where he allegedly “murdered” Ms Lydia Nyaboke at Mutuini in Dagoretti. The two, according to Ms Nyakoke’s brother Japhet Mogeni, met on Facebook some time back and decided to meet face-to-face on July 23 in Nairobi. Mr Nyakina had contacted Ms Nyaboke on her mobileRead More

Poverty forcing Kenya girls into sex work

WASHINGTON — Women and girls as young as 12 from Kenya’s countryside are being forced into sex work to support families affected by prolonged drought. They have little or no education and travel at least 50 kilometers (30 miles) to reach urban areas, working in unsafe conditions far from their homes. “Since I was raped, I entered into prostitution, because I saw that is something that my family depends on,” a 24-year-old mother told the International Rescue Committee (IRC). “It is not something good, but the need to care for these children isRead More

Uganda security forces kidnap another refugee for deportation

William Gatjiath Deng (ST/File photo) The spokesperson of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) allied to South Sudan’s former first vice president Riek Machar has condemned a foiled attempt to kidnap one of their officials from the Ugandan capital, Kampala last week. Unknown armed men briefly abducted South Sudan rebel spokesman, Paul Lam Gabriel in Uganda, but was released after the police intervened, the official told Sudan Tribune on Saturday. The abductors, Lam said, warned him to desist from talking to media. Rebel spokesperson, William Gatjiath lauded Ugandan authorities for swiftly responding Lam’sRead More

Erdogan expands into Africa – Turkey students to volunteer in Ethiopia

Ten university students from Turkey arrived in Ethiopia on Monday for a weeklong voluntary work as part of a visit to several African countries under an exchange program. Hours after arrival, the group started giving face-lift to the Daleti Elementary School at a village 35 km southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa. Deputy Director Mitiku Bekele told Anadolu Agency – as the students went about painting classroom walls – that the voluntary service being rendered by the Turkish students would prepare his school for a better teaching and learning experienceRead More

Ethiopia re-affirms continued support for South Sudan

Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Presidential Envoy and Minister of Petroleum and General Akol Koor Kuc of Internal Security Bureau of the Republic of South Sudan met today August 21, 2017 His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat the Chairperson of African Union Commission in African Union HeadQuarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and briefed His Excellency about the Implementation of the peace Agreement in the Republic of South Sudan (courtesy photo) The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia would continue with its commitment of bringing peace and stability to South Sudan.Read More