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Anti Bobi Wine Bill in the offing to prevent him from presidency


Uganda’s Ghetto president cum Member of Parliament representing Kyadondo East H.E. Bobi Wine’s hopes of standing for the highest office in Uganda may not come true.

According to our reliable sources the ruling national resistance movement (NRM) has mobilized to draft a law that shall detrude Bobi wine to stand for president in 2021.

SSPDF, SPLA-IO threatens to launch attack on Gen. Thomas Cirilo


South Sudan army, SSPDF,  and the SPLA-IO led by the country’s former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon said on Tuesday that they will attack Cirilo if he don’t join ongoing peace effort.

South Sudan’s army Chief Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak and SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staff for Administration and Logistics Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley issued the threat during a meeting of the Joint Defense Board (JDB) in Juba on Tuesday.

African Union urges DR Congo to delay final election results


The African Union (AU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to postpone the release of its presidential election results.

The pan-African organisation, which aims to promote unity and democracy, says it has “serious doubts” about provisional results released last week.

Last 19 missing after Al Shabab deadly hotel attack now accounted for

Nineteen people still missing two days after a Somali militant attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex that killed 21 people are now accounted for, the Kenyan Red Cross said on Thursday.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday evening that a 20-hour siege had ended with security forces killing all the Somali militants who had stormed the hotel complex, forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes.

Kenya hotel siege over, militants and at least 21 victims dead

Kenyan security forces have killed all the Somali militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 21 lives and forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday.

Fifty people believed to have been in the complex remained unaccounted for on Wednesday afternoon, the Kenya Red Cross said, raising the possibility of a much higher final death toll.

Nearly 900 killed in ethnic violence in Congo in mid-December: U.N.


At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

The toll doubles an estimate provided on Monday by a local priest and a civil society activist who said that at least 400 people had been killed in bloodshed which led the government to cancel voting there in last month’s presidential election.

South Sudan pursues fragile peace, but people remain wary

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South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flipped through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers.

“Soldiers are not supposed to kill someone who’s not an enemy,” he said. “And if a civilian is walking with a goat it doesn’t mean you can steal it just because you have a gun.”

Political Sergeant music barred from drinking places

Police in Kyotera district has banned bars and other public places within the district from playing the Kyandondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s two hit songs Kyarenga and Tuliyambala Engule.

Following the ‘Kyagulanyi and People Power’ effect that is still puzzling state organs, bars within Kyotera district have been ordered to stop playing the two songs which police claim are making people become violent.

Al Shabab claims killing 47 including American and British in Kenya hotel


An American citizen was one of at least 15 people killed Tuesday when militants from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab attacked an upscale hotel in Kenya’s capital city, a State Department official told The Associated Press.

The official said the department was offering condolences to the American’s family and friends, but declined to identify the individual publicly.

SPLM-IO diplomat resigns, accuse Machar’s wife of “absolute” control of the movement


A diplomat of the main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, led by the country’s former First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon on Monday resigned accusing Machar’s wife, Angelina Teny, of controlling the affairs of the movement.

Amb. Yohanis Musa Puok, SPLM-IO Representative to the state of Qatar, said he has resigned from representing the SPLM-IO in Qatar and from the entire movement citing reasons he said he had mentioned early.

Gunshots heard in hotel and office complex in Nairobi


A fire and sustained gunfire sent workers fleeing for their lives at an upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday afternoon, Reuters witnesses said.

One man came out covered in blood as students were evacuated from a nearby university building. Four ambulances and a fire truck arrived at the scene as fleeing office workers told Reuters colleagues were still huddled under their desks.

Congo under mounting foreign pressure for vote recount

Democratic Republic of Congo faced growing pressure from African neighbors and beyond on Monday for a recount of its contested presidential election in a dispute that threatens more violence in the volatile nation.

The Dec. 30 vote was supposed to herald Congo’s first democratic transfer of power in six decades of independence and a new era after President Joseph Kabila’s chaotic 18-year rule.

Tanzania court rejects plea to halt draft law curbing opposition

Tanzania’s High Court on Monday rejected a petition from some opposition leaders to halt parliamentary debate on draft legislation they say would criminalize many legitimate political activities and cement “one-party” rule.

Accusing opposition groups of trying to foment violence to derail economic reforms, President John Magufuli’s government wants to amend the law governing political parties.

Congo ruling coalition wins legislative majority

Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila’s ruling coalition won a majority in legislative elections, a coalition official said on Saturday, despite opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi’s win in the presidential vote the same day.

The result will undercut Tshisekedi’s ability to deliver on campaign promises to make a break with the 18-year Kabila era and fuel suspicion that his victory, announced on Thursday, came through a backroom deal that will preserve Kabila’s influence over important ministries and the security forces.

Congo should recount presidential election vote: Southern African bloc

An influential African bloc urged Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to recount the votes of its chaotic presidential election, raising pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the legitimacy of the next government and avert widespread violent unrest.

The Dec. 30 vote was supposed to mark Congo’s first uncontested democratic transfer of power in 59 years of restive independence, and the beginning of a new era after 18 years of chaotic rule by President Joseph Kabila.

Breakthrough Made in Treating Ebola Virus

In northeastern Congo, more than 600 people have fallen ill with the Ebola virus, and at least 368 people have died from the disease. It’s been difficult to contain the virus because of conflict in the region, despite medical advances, including a vaccine.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is where Ebola was first discovered in 1976 when the country was called Zaire. The disease was named after the Ebola River where the virus was spreading. Between then and 2013, there was no treatment or a vaccine. The outbreak ran its course in quarantined communities.