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Burundi president: Rwanda is our enemy

Burundi’s president has called neighboring Rwanda an enemy in a letter to the Ugandan president.

Pierre Nkurunziza wrote to Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, who is chair of the six-nation East African Community (EAC), saying he regards Rwanda not as a partner but as an enemy.

President Nkurunziza wants a special summit of the EAC – which comprises Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan – to discuss the conflict.

Rwigara’s acquittal welcomed by democrats

The acquittal of Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline could be seen as a significant step in Rwanda’s democracy.

But it is also hard to ignore the fact that there was international pressure, including from the US Congress, to drop charges against her – not that Rwandan authorities are in the habit of listening to external voices.

‘At least 17 killed’ in DR Congo near Uganda border


Kenyan farmers give animals antibiotics to save money

A Kenyan trend in farmers giving their animals antibiotics has seen some farmers drugging their sick flock instead of going to the vet.

Many farmers avoid veterinary services because they see it as an extra cost.

Burundi government orders UN human rights office out of its country

The Burundi government has ordered the United Nations Human Rights Council to shut its office in the country within two months, foreign ministry and UN sources told AFP.

The government on Wednesday sent a verbal note to resident UN coordinator Garry Conille to transmit the message to the rights council’s High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva.

Senior Militia General Killed in Recent Fighting in Guit County, Unity State

A fierce battle between government militias, loyal to president Kiir’s allied militias, and the SPLA clashed this morning in Guit County, Unity State, leaving one government commander dead and several wounded.

Brig. William Gatjiath blamed the government for the clashes toward trying to advance their troops in a bit to gain more territories before the assembly of forces in their cantonment areas before next year.

South Sudan opposition groups backtrack on Peter Gatdet’s election: statement

The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA has finally suspended the election of Peter Gatdet Yaka as a new leader and decided to work collectively to resolve the concerns and reservations that tainted the operationalization of the leadership council.

On 30 November, the SSOA Leadership Council elected Yaka for six months but failed to elect the remaining other seven office bearers because the outgoing chairman rejected the outcome of the vote and contested the procedures used in the vote.

Interpol, regional police chiefs to track returning ISIS fighters

Police chiefs from Interpol and Eastern Africa countries are meeting in Kampala to build a database to identify, profile and disrupt terrorists entering the region after fighting in foreign countries such as Iraq and Syria.
The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth-Ochola, said in his speech read by Assistant Inspector General of Police Fred Yiga, that police should ensure that foreign fighters are apprehended before they join local extremist groups.

US call for Rwanda to drop Kagame rival charges

A group of US Congress members have called on the Rwandan government to drop charges against Diane Rwigara, a government critic who is facing up to 22 years in prison on charges of incitement and fraud.

She is due to be sentenced in Rwanda this week

Uganda MPs query legality of East African passport

The move to have an East African Community (EAC) international passport has hit a snag in Uganda after MPs blocked it over its legality and the cost to users.

In 2016, EAC leaders agreed to upgrade the EAC passport from a regional to an international document, with Kenya and Tanzania launching it last year.

US reopens diplomatic mission in Somalia after 28-year closure

The US has established its first diplomatic presence in Somalia for nearly 30 years.

The state department said the “historic event” reflected the progress the east African nation had made.

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is heading the embassy in Mogadishu. Previously it had been based in Nairobi, Kenya.

UN tells Juba to prosecute rapists

The United Nations has urged South Sudanese authorities to prosecute the men who raped women and girls in a village in the oil-rich Bentiu State last week.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said in a statement shared with the media on Tuesday that South Sudan leaders, from both the government and the opposition, should end the persistent impunity against women and girls in the war-ravaged state.

Two Bank officials remanded to prison

Two Bank of Uganda security personnel have been charged with negligence leading to the disappearance of closed banks documents.
Ms Beatrice Kyambadde and Charles Mollo appeared before City Hall Court in Kampala on Tuesday and charged with negligence before they were remanded to Luzira Prison until December 6.

Burundi: Inside the secret killing house

Burundi’s security services are running secret torture and detention sites to silence dissent, former government intelligence agents have told BBC Africa Eye.

Using cutting edge reconstruction techniques BBC Africa Eye examines one house in particular, which was filmed in a video posted on social media in 2016.

Nairobi Matatu back on street

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has suspended orders barring matatus from city centre, saying that this will allow for further consultations between transport stakeholders.

Monday 3rd December 2018, that Nairobi City County Government with full support from the National Government, effected Gazette Notice 4479 of 12th May 2017, effectively banning Public Transport Vehicles from the Nairobi Central Business District.

Army clashes with rebels kill 16 in eastern DR Congo

Sixteen people have been killed in eastern Democratic Republic Congo in clashes between troops and rebels.

While most killed rebels, some were government forces.