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Moi’s son dies in Nakuru, Kenya

Jonathan Toroitich Moi, the son of former President Daniel Moi, died Friday evening in Nakuru.

Ex-President Moi’s Press Secretary Lee Njiru confirmed Saturday.

It was not immediately clear what caused Mr Toroitich’s death.

Islamic State hits Congo and declares it the Central Africa Province of Caliphate


Islamic State claimed its first attack in Congo on Thursday, and declared it the “Central Africa Province” of the “Caliphate,” after two Congolese soldiers and a civilian were killed in a shootout.

The three died in clashes on Tuesday in Bovata, near the town of Beni, a source at the U.N. peacekeeping mission and a civil society leader told Reuters. The town and the surrounding area have been simultaneously beset by militia violence and an Ebola epidemic.

Kiir, Machar disagree over formation of transitional government


South Sudanese main rival leaders President Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) Dr. Riek Machar have disagreed over peace-related rules guiding the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), a senior SPLM-IO official who asked his name not to be published because of the nature of his work told whisper eye media Wednesday in Juba.

The official who spoke exclusively to the SSNA in Juba disclosed that Kiir contacted Machar a few days ago and asked him to come to Juba by May 12 to form a provisional government as stipulated in the September 2018 peace agreement. The armed opposition says Machar refuses to accept Kiir’s move, citing several provisions that were designed as front before a transitional government is formed.

Rwandan Albino Woman gains fame from her music video – Must watch!

A Rwandan albino woman has appeared in a music video, attracting widespread attention and helping alleviate the stigma of albinos in Africa. Claudine Mukarusine has described the video as a spark of light in a life filled with discrimination and fear.

Mukarusine is a 28-year-old graduate from the University of Rwanda with Albinism, a genetic condition that makes her hair, skin and eyes pale.

Sudan’s interim military council fires three top public prosecutors


The head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) has fired the country’s three highest-ranking public prosecutors, the council said on Tuesday, after protesters demanded an overhaul of the judiciary as a step toward civilian government.

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), a group spearheading the popular revolt, has issued a long list of demands for wholesale change to end repression and ease an economic crisis after the military deposed veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week.

Which East Africa state imported modern equipment for armies

Military vehicles spotted at the port of Mombasa on April 11, 2019. The EastAfrican could not immediately establish for which country they were destined. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG

The EastAfrican

East African countries have, in the past three years, been on a military hardware-shopping spree, upgrading their aircraft, vehicles, arms and other equipment. 

A new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) for 2018 shows that in the region, Kenya topped the purchases, with six aircraft orders. Nairobi expects the planes this year. 

BREAKING: South Sudan’s General Peter Gatdet Yaka dies in Khartoum

South Sudanese rebel commander and opposition leader, Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka, has died this evening in the Sudanese capital Khartoum,  relatives and close aides have told the whisper eye media

His former spokesman Brig. Gen. Gatkuoth Mut Turoah, confirmed to Whisper Eye that Gen. Gatdet died of heart attack this evening in the Sudanese capital.

Buganda mourns Queen Nagginda’s father


Buganda Kingdom is mourning the death of the queen’s father, John Lutwaama Ssebugwaawo, who passed on at 81.
Ssebugwawo succumbed to heart failure and kidney complications on Friday, according to Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga, who made the official announcement on Saturday.

He had been admitted for a month at Uganda Heart Institute Mulago, where he was transferred from Nakasero Hospital.
“He has been hospitalised for more than a month in the Uganda Heart Institute and Nakasero Hospital suffering from kidney and heart complications,” Mr Mayiga said.

Air strike kills Islamic State deputy in Somali region


An air strike killed the deputy leader of the Islamic State group in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, alongside another militant, a local security official said on Sunday.

A witness said a 4×4 vehicle was hit by several missiles 3 km (2 miles) outside the village of Xiriiro in the Qandala hills at 1 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Sunday.

DR Congo army says several dozen Burundi rebels killed in east


DR Congo’s army said Thursday that it had killed 36 Burundian rebels in a three-day operation in the eastern province of South Kivu, abutting Burundi.


Three soldiers were killed and four were injured in the operation which targeted “positions of Burundian rebels of the National Forces of Liberation (FNL) and Republican Forces of Burundi (FOREBU),” said provincial army spokesman Captain Dieudonne Kasereka.

Ex-South Sudan rebel leader believes unity government won’t be ready by May 12

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The two sides of war-ravaged South Sudan will not be able to meet a May 12 deadline to form a unity government because key requirements of a peace deal have not been met, former rebel leader Riek Machar told Reuters on Friday.

Machar – who should regain his post as vice president under the deal – said the government and the rebels needed another six months before forming a unity government.

Rwanda’s Kagame makes a case for investment in Africa

President Paul Kagame has called for increased investment in Africa, saying that countries on the continent understand the importance of foreign direct investments on their economies and have been working to create a friendly environment.

Kagame was speaking on Thursday evening in New York, United States at an NBA Board of Governors meeting that attracted NBA club owners and executives.

Two engineers drown at Isimba dam:dam spirits to blame


Two engineers have drowned at Isimba dam in Kayunga District.

The deceased were employees of the DIVETEPH Uganda Limited that was contracted to clean and maintain the turbines.

Rebel leader Machar finally leaves for the Vatican

South Sudan’s First Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has left the Sudanese capital Khartoum and headed to the Vatican City where he’s expected to attend a spiritual retreat with President Salva Kiir Mayardiit, an aide for Machar has confirmed. In a statement issued this morning, Machar’s SPLM-IO Director of Information and Public Relations, Puok Both Baluang, announced that his boss has left theSudanese capital after a lengthy speculation that the regional community do not want to see Machar in the Vatican despite an official invitation from the Vatican.

Machar still under house arrest : blocked from Vatican meeting

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is still waiting for permission to travel to a peace retreat at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a Tuesday letter seen by whisper eye media.

The letter written by Machar to the East African regional bloc, which must give him permission to leave house arrest in neighboring Sudan, said his status had “not yet been determined” and he requested approval to go.

The retreat, also to be attended by South Sudan’s president, is meant to foster peace after a five-year civil war. It comes a month after President Salva Kiir met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.Brazille Musumba, spokesman for the regional bloc, would not comment directly on Machar’s letter. “I can only state that we support every effort to bring lasting peace to South Sudan,” Musumba told whisper eye media

Machar has been waiting to return to South Sudan next month to become a vice president under a power-sharing agreement.

Trump fires salvo at Museveni; Uganda must find American tourist kidnappers


US president Donald Trump has demanded a speedy investigation and justice for American tourist and her guide who were released on Sunday after they were held for six days by unknown kidnappers.
Mr Trump on Monday tweeted saying Uganda must find the kidnappers of Ms Kimberly Endicott an aesthetician from South California and her guide Jean-Paul Mirenge.