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Death toll from northwest Nigeria attack doubles to 130


The death toll from an attack last week by gunmen in northwestern Nigeria has doubled to more than 130, the Kaduna state governor said on Tuesday, adding it appeared to have been a deliberate plan to “wipe out certain communities.”

Governor Nasir el-Rufai did not elaborate on what he meant. Those killed in last week’s attack were mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, who are usually Muslim and have been involved in clashes in recent years with people from the Adara ethnic group, who are predominantly Christian.

United Nations moves to help combat sexual abuse in its ranks


The United Nations on Tuesday took steps to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse within its ranks, naming an array of experts to a panel aimed at ending incidents of harassment that have plagued the global agency for years.

The panel will advise the U.N. secretary-general on ways to address gender-based harassment and abuse by U.N. staff and U.N.-related forces, according to a statement issued by the Office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Somalia and Kenya in khat row


Several Somali traders have stopped importing khat from Kenya following a diplomatic row between the two countries, in a show of solidarity with their government.

They say they will instead focus on trading with Ethiopia.

Liberia police keep popular station off air


A radio station known for being critical of the Liberian government has been kept off air for the second day after armed police blocked staff’s access to the tower that hosts the station’s transmitter.

Roots FM, a popular Monrovia radio station which broadcasts on 102.7FM, is owned by the opposition political commentator Henry Costa.

Just last week, station equipment worth around $10,000 (£7,760) was stolen and damaged by unidentified gunmen. Among the stolen items was Roots FM’s transmitter, which fans crowdfunded to replace with a new one that police are now cordoning off.

The government condemned last week’s attack, promising a police investigation.

Three weeks ago, a similar attack on the station forced it off air for several days.

Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the police presence at Roots FM was part of an ongoing investigation into the station’s previous complaint that it had been vandalised, and had its transmitter stolen away by armed men.

But that statement was rubbished by outspoken opposition politician Yekeh Kolubah, who said the government simply wants to silence critical views.

Likely successor promoted to Lieutenant General


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son to the rank of lieutenant general – the second highest position in the army.

Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi is considered a likely successor to 74-year-old President Museveni, but denies any immediate plans to enter politics.

How ‘cheating husbands’ are linked to Sudan’s protests


In our series of letters from African journalists, Zeinab Mohammed Salih explores how women in Sudan are using a Facebook group about love to expose alleged abuse amid anti-government protests.

Unprecedented numbers of women are taking to the streets to join daily nationwide protests that erupted in mid-December.

Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania


Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman nicknamed the “Ivory Queen”, to 15 years in jail for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks.

Yang was accused of operating one of Africa’s biggest ivory-smuggling rings, responsible for smuggling $2.5m (£1.9m) worth of tusks from some 400 elephants.

Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship


Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship.

Whitehall sources said it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country.

Bagungu unveils steps taken to secede from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom


The struggle started in early 2013 as Bagungu blamed the Bunyoro King His Majesty Gafabusa Solomon for neglecting them after 15 years without a visit in Bugungu

DP members in Besigye’s comedy are ‘political watermelons’ – Mao

The Democratic Party President former Gulu chairman Norbert Mao has warned DP members who were given posts in Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s Peoples government saying that they are confusing Uganda’s opposition.

Mao who was furious said that the Democratic Party has no problem with all opposition political parties and willing to work with all forces of change to defeat president Museveni. However Mao registered his disappointments where DP leaders join FDC activities individually. The former two terms Gulu Municipality legislator Mao, said that he has summoned DP NEC on 28th/02/2019 to resolve this urgent issue.

UPDF Decorates Newly Promoted Military Officers

The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has lauded the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for appreciating the impact played by UPDF Officers in stabilizing the country. Hon Mwesige who was represented by the minister of State for Defence incharge of Veteran Affairs Dr Bright Rwamirama said it is because of Gen Museveni’s contribution towards building a professional UPDF that we have peace and stability as vehicles for socio-economic transformation.

Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or ‘lose everything’


U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela’s military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything.”

DP splashes 500M in Busoga UYD/DP reunion

The Uganda’s oldest political party DP, has embarked on a hopeful campaign to force President Museveni’s exit much early than expected. The Democratic Party has allocated 498M UGX in Busoga UYD/DP reunion as a boost in the struggle to defeat president Museveni.

DP President General the former Gulu Chairman Norbert Mao seem to have a well planned strategy and his external team to oust Museveni from power. Mao has mobilised Democrats in Germany, Ghana, UK and Kenya particularly to plan Museveni’s downfall. Whisper Eye understands 498 M UGX has been mobilised to invest in the Busoga region which is more than ready to embrace change in the country today according to Bigirwa Moses .

Museveni in trouble: Kusasira meets Bobi Wine secretly


Uganda’s controversial female artist Catherine Kusasira sited in a secret meeting with Kyadondo East MP, Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine. The two meant on Saturday evening at a local hotel in Bweyogerere ,Kira municipality Wakiso district. The meeting was chaired by a lady who had shades covering her eyes and avail in an attempt not to be known.

Minister Kiwanda’s long drum is empty – Tamale Mirundi

Former President Museveni Press Secretary the outspoken Tamale Mirundi had no kind words for Minister Godffrey Ssuubi Kiwanda for promoting and organising Miss Curvy pageant awards in Uganda.


Mirundi who was very bitter said Kiwanda has failed to promote Tourism in the country and instead politicise everything to receive money from president Museveni.

Minister Nakiwala – husband clash over President Museveni money

Uganda’s state minister for youth and children Nakiwala Kiyingi and her husband who doubles as Bukomansimbi South MP hon. Deogratias Kiyingi are in an open battle over president Museveni’s money. In 2016 president Museveni visited the Kiyingi’s family home at Kagogo village, Kibinge Sub-County in Bukomansimbi and was pleased by the family projects.