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Interview: South Sudan?Where to from Here?

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An exclusive interview with Mabior Garang de Mabior, Spokesperson for the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO)

INSET: South Sudan is hurtling toward a November 12 deadline to form a transitional government to end 6 years of fighting that has killed over 400,000 and created 2.3 million refugees. The country descended into war on December 15, 2013, two years after becoming the world’s newest state. The conflict started as a dispute between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar over the party nomination of its presidential flag-bearer. A heated December 13 meeting of the party leadership failed to resolve the issue. Within a few days fighting broke out in the military between Kiir and Machar loyalists, effectively cutting it in half.

In 2015, the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), was brokered to end the fighting but it fell apart in 2016 after fighting recurred between forces loyal to the two principals. In September 2018, a Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was concluded to give peace a chance yet again. However, many of the issues that triggered the collapse of the ARCSS remain unresolved, chief among them the security arrangements. Fearing the likelihood of a repeat scenario, the opposition SPLM-IO called for a delay in installing the new government. President Salva Kiir however threatened to move ahead with the agreement with or without the opposition.

Tanzania’s High Court Upholds Minimum Marriage Age of 18

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Tanzania’s highest court has upheld a landmark 2016 ruling that raised the minimum age of marriage to 18.

The Supreme Court of Appeals’ decision, announced Wednesday, was greeted by child welfare and women’s advocates as a win.

“This was a victory not only for girl children but also for Tanzanians in general,” said Ann Sangai of the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), which advocates for girls and women’s rights.

Nordics- East Africa countries seek better business ties

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The Nordic and East African countries have held the first ever business expo and conference aimed at opening up investment opportunities in the two world economic regions.

Organized by Ferrum Capital, Debridge, Uganda Embassy to the Nordic Countries and Uganda Urban Expo, the three day event was held at Marina Congress Center in Helsinki, Finland under the theme: “Unveiling the potential of Africa’s fastest-growing region: East Africa – the Nordic New Frontier”.

Present were business executives and high-level representatives from the East African countries who discussed concrete business opportunities with Finnish and Nordic business executives.

Uganda set to host 55 African Customs experts at Munyonyo next week

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Uganda will next week host Directors General and Commissioners of Customs from 55 African Union (AU) member countries.

The tax leaders will include technocrats from international bodies such as World Customs Organization, UNCTAD, IGAD and various diplomats.

This conference will hold discussions on matters of customs and action points from last year’s 10th meeting held in Moroni Comoros that ended with a Moroni Declaration on Combating Corruption in Customs and the adoption of the AU Draft Trade Facilitation Strategy.

In Munyonyo, the main discussion will be on implementation of the AfCFTA and the theme of the conference is “The Entry into Force of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – Implications to African Customs Administrations.”

Sudan protest group nominates Prime Minister

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Sudan’s protest leaders agreed Thursday to nominate former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok as the first prime minister of the country’s three-year transition government, two protest leaders told whisper eye media team.

The veteran economist, who stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa, is due to be formally selected on August 20.

“The leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change have fully agreed to nominate Abdalla Hamdok,” one of the protest umbrella’s leaders said, asking not to be named.

IGAD: Machar must reclaim his post as South Sudan’s first vice president

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South Sudan’s ex- vice president Riek Machar returns to Khartoum

It seems regional bloc IGAD still believes Riek Machar should return to Juba to reclaim his post as first vice president. That’s despite comments from the U.S. that the replacement issue is an internal matter for South Sudan.

Uhuru, Raila forge new alliance for vote

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A national referendum to change the Constitution is now a matter of when, not if, as key political parties and leaders in the country have started working on a rare unity pact that analysts say will form the basis of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics.

President Kenyatta’s wing in Jubilee Party, Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement, Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress, Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, and Gideon Moi’s Kanu are already reading from the same script and are pledging support for the Building Bridges Initiative, which many see as the vehicle to the referendum.

Human gassing disrupts proceedings at assembly meeting in Kenya

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The meeting was at the Homa Bay County Assembly ( Homa Bay County Assembly )
A break of wind caused a break in proceedings when someone farted during a debate in a Kenyan regional assembly meeting.

A member was accused of having “polluted the air” during the gathering, according to local reports.
The alleged culprit denied doing so and said he could “not do such a thing” in front of colleagues.

Female suicide bomber shot dead in Somalia

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Somali soldiers have shot and killed a female would-be suicide bomber in Bardhere, whisper eye media team reported

The woman is reported to have got off a vehicle used for transporting milk from rural areas to Bardhere town. Upon alighting the vehicle, she threw a hand grenade at soldiers at the station.

Speaker orders baby to leave parliament

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Female MPs have walked out of Kenya’s parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby.
Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and that parliament didn’t have a crèche.

According to the house rules, “strangers” are not allowed into the chamber, children included.
Some of her male colleagues described her actions as shameful.

Kenyan minister got drunk and failed to read speech

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It is said that the minister’s drinking problem was such that government documents would be found under the tables at Karai Bar.

According to Ndegwa, ‘a break was allowed for the minister to top up, maybe at Karai Bar’ in River Road and that is the state which the minister read his speech

Stella Nyanzi begs to be found guilty of annoying Museveni; shows off breasts in protest at jail sentence

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A Ugandan academic who once called President Yoweri Museveni a “pair of buttocks” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Activists condemned the jailing of Stella Nyanzi for cyber harassment, saying it undermined Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression.
She attended Friday’s sentencing via video link, against her will, and exposed her breasts in protest.

‘Modern-day’ Jesus visits Kenya and South Africa

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Over the past weekend to much of this week, the news about a “modern-day Jesus” having visited some African countries have been topping Twitter trends in different countries.

The story has also been covered extensively by local and continental media portals. For some reason social media “forced” a situation that meant the said Jesus was in two countries at the same time.

Pistol wielding security men abduct lawyer from chambers in Mukono

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A prominent young lawyer James Mulira of George Kintu and Company advocates in Mukono has been kidnapped from his chambers in broad daylight.

The incident took place about midday yesterday at the chambers on the 1 st floor, Biira House above National and Water and sewerage corporation offices in Mukono town.

US air strike kills IS coordinator in Somalia

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A U.S. air strike killed a facilitator for an Islamic State-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military’s Africa Command said on Sunday.

There were no further details given about Saturday’s hit in the northern Golis mountain region.
Somalia’s main Islamic insurgency, al Shabaab, has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda and has frequently fought with a splinter militia in the north that has pledged allegiance to IS.

The United States carries out regular air strikes in Somalia in support of a weak, United Nations-backed government in Mogadishu, which has fought al Shabaab for years.

General Cirillo Swaka troops kill eight soldiers

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A South Sudanese rebel group said it killed eight soldiers in the south of the nation on Tuesday, underlining the fragility of the oil-rich east African country after a partially implemented peace deal was signed last year.

Government forces attacked fighters from the National Salvation Front, led by renegade former General Thomas Cirillo, early in the morning at Lo’bonok in the Karpeto region of Central Equatoria State, said a statement signed by the group’s spokesman, Suba Manase.

The statement said the attackers included fighters from a larger former rebel group led by Riek Machar, which signed a peace deal with the government in September.