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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.

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.

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.

We are not going to stop fighting – Gen Thomas Cirilo

Prominent South Sudan rebel and National Salvation Front (NAS) leader, Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka said he will not  stop fighting against the government of President Salva Kiir which he said believes in the power of bullets.

Cirilo was speaking to the US-based Vice News on Friday.

Police officer accused of raping woman detained over infidelity

A woman, who was taken to police by her spouse on suspicion of infidelity and later detained, has claimed a police officer raped her at night.
The woman, aged 19, reported the case at Kira Division Police after Kirinya Police Station in Kira Municipality in Wakiso District, where she was allegedly raped by the probation police constable, had refused to register her complaint.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman, Mr Patrick Onyango, confirmed the complaint and said the accused police officer has been arrested and medical examinations on both the suspect and victim were also done.
“The suspect is still in custody as his file is being processed to appear in court on charges of rape,” he said.
The woman claims the incident happened at night in Kirinya Police Station on February 9.

Kagame apologises to Uganda – Museveni still silent

Rwanda’s President Paul Rutagamba Kagame has apologised to Uganda over allegations to the worsened relationship between the two East African community member states.

Kagame and Museveni former guerrilla war military friends turned into foe as political aggression took new dimensions. There are reports that Kagame is fighting President Museveni’s government though his strong spy network.

Change a man IF wearing diapers : Zari

Buzz Diamond Platnumz’s ex-lover Zari Hassan has proved it is difficult to teach an old dog new trick.

Betty Kyalo wishes ex-hubby Dennis Okari happiness weeks after his engagement to longtime girlfriend

Senior al-Shabaab commander Aliyow Iman Ibrahim killed in action

Somali National Army (SNA) killed a senior al-Shabaab commander in an operation in Bakol region in southwestern Somalia, officials said on Sunday.

Warsame Mahamed Diriye, commander of SNA section 60’s unit nine, told journalists that they had killed a senior al-Shabaab leader in an operation conducted on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Shidle in the country’s southern region of Bakol.

Why Kenya and Somalia are fighting over ocean boundary

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre’s defiance not to postpone or stop the London meeting where contentious oil blocks were “auctioned” escalated diplomatic friction with Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Khayre met at State House, Nairobi on January 29, where sources said the PM was asked to put the auction on hold.

Kiir, Machar do not fit to govern South Sudan – opposition leader

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, and prominent opposition and SPLM-IO leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, do not fit to government South Sudan according to a holdout opposition leader.

In September, Mr Kiir and Mr Machar signed a revitalized peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to end the ongoing five-year old brutal civil war.

 Gen. Malong still in control of his officers

A group of rebel officers who defected last year from the South Sudan United Front and Army (SSUF/A) to the government have rejoined the Malong-led rebel movement,

Last year, a group of military officers led by Ajang Ajang who claimed that he had ousted Malong joined the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit accusing Malong of rejecting to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict with the South Sudan government.

Speaking to whisper eye media team from the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, Deng Chapath Makuach, a senior member of the SSUF/A said four rebel officers who defected to Malong last year rejoined the movement and that they met Malong in Nairobi to confirm their loyalty.

“Those are officers who defected with Ajang last time. All of them came back to General Malong. They [include] Col. Peter Lual Dut Lual, Lt. Col. Wol Mayen Makak Mayen, Lt. Col. Deng Dut Agiu Deng, Lt. Col. Thiep Thiep and Lt. Col. Aleu Anyuon Deng,”

“The army who went to Juba with Ajang [Ajang] came back to SSUF with the exception of Chan Garang and Ajang Ajang himself only.

They came two weeks from now,” he added.

Kenya summons its ambassador to Somalia as territorial row escalates

Kenya has summoned its ambassador to Somalia back home after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the center of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean, the foreign ministry said.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is considering a claim on the two countries’ maritime boundaries brought by Somalia in 2014 after negotiations over the 100,000 square km stretch of sea floor broke down.

Museveni sole NRM candidate ; 2021 lining behind during primaries

Supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will chose candidates for various elective positions by lining behind them, the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) has resolved.

Previously, during party primary elections, candidates were chosen through ballots. However, the system was prone to abuse with some candidates accusing their opponents of cheating leading to some of them to contest as independents for various political offices.

Bamwoze’s send off: No wreath on my casket

The late Bishop Cyprian Bamwoze had ‘a lot of confidence’ in Ugandan hospitals that he turned down all efforts to be flown abroad for specialized treatment, his family has said.

Bishop Bamwoze, the first Anglican Bishop of Busoga Diocese, on Monday succumbed to leukaemia at the Cancer Institute in Mulago at 85 years.

“He was taken to Nairobi hospital about four years ago but preferred local hospitals, arguing that this would bring confidence in them,” a family member, who declined to be named because the family had enlisted a spokesperson, said yesterday.

UN weapons moved to Kampala

United Nations weapons and other cargo stuck at the Uganda border with DR Congo has been moved to Kampala in an effort to end a deadlock that has lasted nearly two months now.
The move follows a visit by a team of officials at Vurra on the Uganda-DR Congo border. The cargo brought to Kampala has been placed at a warehouse pending negotiations to pay the drivers.

The arrival of the UN officials saw the consignment that includes weapons and other accessories, containers of medical equipment, wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and Land Rovers bearing UN labels first moved from the no-man’s land to the Uganda side before five of the now nine trucks were escorted to Kampala by the military.

A new truck, we understand, arrived at the Vurra border loaded with cargo from the MONSUCO base in Dungu, DRC making them nine from the original eight.

How corruption and impunity are aiding terrorism in Kenya

As the country struggles with jihadists, two concerns may complicate the counter-terror war and thus force authorities to revisit their strategy: One, the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) is pulling out of Somalia in 2021, and two; the new terrorist is no longer the foreigner but Kenyan.

The planned military drawdown has left experts confused on what next for Somalia and the anti-terrorism war worldwide. For over 10 years, Amisom was a bulwark against terror, but the mission is now exiting without clear plans on how to secure Somalia thereafter. This development is likely to have a huge bearing on regional security. Seemingly, Kenya is yet to remodel its strategy in light of the expected military withdrawal.