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General Cirillo Swaka: Juba deal ignored root causes of conflict, rewarded political elite

 The leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS), a group fighting government forces in Central and Western Equatoria in South Sudan, Gen Thomas Cirillo Swaka spoke to whisper eye media team about his faction’s refusal to honour the peace deal.

Why did you refuse to sign the Revitalised Peace Agreement despite having participated in the negotiations?

We went to the negotiations in good faith to find lasting solutions to the problems in our country. Unfortunately, the negotiations took an unprecedented turn, where the issues we brought up were either ignored or dismissed.

Ruto slams Rwanda over border closure

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday criticised the imposition of non-tariff barriers by some East African Community member states, singling out the closure of international borders as “retrogressive”.
Speaking in Kampala a day after Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta made whirlwind trips to Kigali and Kampala, in the wake of diplomatic stand-off between Uganda and Rwanda, Mr Ruto wondered why leaders in the region said the right things, but acted the other way.

“We are seeing cattle of people being auctioned when they cross some borders…others are banning chicken while some EAC member countries are closing their international borders,” the Kenyan Deputy President said.
He added: “The discussion we should be having should be over the East African federation; that is the discussion we should be having. We should not be discussing closing borders. That in my opinion is a retrogressive discussion.”

Ethiopia crash pilot had in-plane issues, victims mourned

The Ethiopian Airlines pilot whose jet crashed killing 157 people had reported internal control problems, the firm said on Wednesday, as it prepared to send the black boxes to Europe from a disaster that has rocked the global aviation industry.

The still unexplained crash, which happened just after take-off from Addis Ababa, followed another involving a Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people.

More than 500 Banunu killed in attacks by rival ethnic group in DR Congo: U.N. investigation

More than 500 men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Banunu community were killed in attacks by Batende villagers in December, some beheaded and many slain as they tried to flee across a river, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

The victims included a two-year-old baby thrown into a septic tank. Others were burnt alive, the investigators said.

Porn site tops Uganda web rankings ahead of news and government sites despite ban

Despite the prevailing porn ban in Uganda, it can safely be said that pornographic materials and information has never been more consumed than now.
It’s nearly two years since the government inaugurated the pornographic control committee to prevent the use or spread of pornographic materials and information.

South Sudan’s Kiir projected as the least educated head of state in Africa

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, has been projected by a continental news agency as the least educated African head of state for the year 2019 following the departure of South African’s former President, Jacob Zuma, last year.

According to the projection, President “Salva Kiir joined the military at a very tender age and is not known to have received any form of formal education making him number one on the list of least educated African Presidents after South Africa’s Jacob Zuma’s retirement.”

Kenya’s Uhuru holds private talks with Kagame, Museveni amid border row

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday visited Rwanda and Uganda and held private talks with Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni.

Mr Kenyatta began with Rwanda and then briefly stopped at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, on his way back to Nairobi.

Macron warns of Chinese risk to African sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday of risks to the sovereignty of African countries from China’s increasing economic presence as he began a visit to the east of the continent.

Macron arrived in Djibouti looking to reassert French influence in a former colony on the Horn of Africa where China has built a military base and invested billions of dollars in infrastructure.

Huge fire razes popular Nairobi market

A huge fire has swept through a busy and popular market in Nairobi, destroying property worth thousands of dollars.

Toi market, known for second-hand clothing and electronics, is frequented by both local and regional buyers.

DR Congo Bemba to sue ICC for $75m

Lawyers for the former rebel leader and Vice-President of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, are seeking nearly $75m (£57m) in damages.

They want compensation for what they say was his unlawful detention, legal fees and losses due to the alleged mismanagement of his assets seized by the court.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: FAA says Boeing 737 Max 8 is airworthy

The US Federal Aviation Administration has told airlines it believes Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, after two fatal crashes inside six months.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Another General Malong meets IGAD envoy in Nairobi over South Sudan peace implementation

South Sudan’s former army chief turned rebel leader Gen. Paul Malong Awan Anei and the IGAD special envoy for South Sudan Amb. Ismail Wais are meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi over South Sudan peace implementation according to a senior Malong aide.

“The meeting has just started and we are looking forward to the IGAD to address our grievances that we have on behalf of the people of South Sudan,” the official told whisper eye media team.

The victims of the Ethiopia plane crash

A renowned undersea archaeologist, an MP’s entire family and a top Ugandan peacekeeper were among the victims of Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia, along with many people working with the United Nations on development, aid and the environment.
Here are some of their stories:

‘Cursed March 10’
Italian archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa, 66, spent years exploring the seabed off the Egadi islands near Sicily, finding Roman amphora in wrecks and according to Italian media reports, a bottle of wine dating back 1,000 years or more — believed to be the oldest in the world.
His great passion was the decisive Battle of Egadi between the Mediterranean powers of the Roman Republic and Carthage on March 10, 241 BC.

Political Sergeant Bobi Wine storms Mityana ,calls for unity among Opposition groups

Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who recently declared his intention to contest for the 2021 presidential elections, on Sunday asked Dr Kizza Besigye, the former leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and other forces of change, to stop bickering but join efforts to take on President Yoweri Museveni.

”We need a joint effort with other all opposition parties and groups to stand as one team to take over government instead of creating conflicts among ourselves,” he said.

Spokesman of leading Rwandan opposition politician found dead

The spokesman for leading Rwandan opposition politician Victoire Ingabire has been found dead, a government official said on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear how 30-year-old Anselme Mutuyimana had died.

Twenty-five years after a genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery.

No agreement reached between IGAD and General Cirilo, talks to continue on Thursday

Talks between the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the holdout opposition alliance, SSNDA led by Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, has failed after Gen. Cirilo reiterated his demand for the renegotiation of the agreement, sources said.

Cirilo is not a signatory to the revitalized peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa last September by President Salva Kiir’s government and opposition groups including the SPLM-IO led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny.