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United Nations moves to help combat sexual abuse in its ranks

The United Nations on Tuesday took steps to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse within its ranks, naming an array of experts to a panel aimed at ending incidents of harassment that have plagued the global agency for years.

The panel will advise the U.N. secretary-general on ways to address gender-based harassment and abuse by U.N. staff and U.N.-related forces, according to a statement issued by the Office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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.

Liberia police keep popular station off air

A radio station known for being critical of the Liberian government has been kept off air for the second day after armed police blocked staff’s access to the tower that hosts the station’s transmitter.

Roots FM, a popular Monrovia radio station which broadcasts on 102.7FM, is owned by the opposition political commentator Henry Costa.

Just last week, station equipment worth around $10,000 (£7,760) was stolen and damaged by unidentified gunmen. Among the stolen items was Roots FM’s transmitter, which fans crowdfunded to replace with a new one that police are now cordoning off.

The government condemned last week’s attack, promising a police investigation.

Three weeks ago, a similar attack on the station forced it off air for several days.

Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the police presence at Roots FM was part of an ongoing investigation into the station’s previous complaint that it had been vandalised, and had its transmitter stolen away by armed men.

But that statement was rubbished by outspoken opposition politician Yekeh Kolubah, who said the government simply wants to silence critical views.

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.

How ‘cheating husbands’ are linked to Sudan’s protests

In our series of letters from African journalists, Zeinab Mohammed Salih explores how women in Sudan are using a Facebook group about love to expose alleged abuse amid anti-government protests.

Unprecedented numbers of women are taking to the streets to join daily nationwide protests that erupted in mid-December.

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.

Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship

Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship.

Whitehall sources said it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country.

DP members in Besigye’s comedy are ‘political watermelons’ – Mao

The Democratic Party President former Gulu chairman Norbert Mao has warned DP members who were given posts in Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s Peoples government saying that they are confusing Uganda’s opposition.

Mao who was furious said that the Democratic Party has no problem with all opposition political parties and willing to work with all forces of change to defeat president Museveni. However Mao registered his disappointments where DP leaders join FDC activities individually. The former two terms Gulu Municipality legislator Mao, said that he has summoned DP NEC on 28th/02/2019 to resolve this urgent issue.

Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or ‘lose everything’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela’s military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything.”

DP splashes 500M in Busoga UYD/DP reunion

The Uganda’s oldest political party DP, has embarked on a hopeful campaign to force President Museveni’s exit much early than expected. The Democratic Party has allocated 498M UGX in Busoga UYD/DP reunion as a boost in the struggle to defeat president Museveni.

DP President General the former Gulu Chairman Norbert Mao seem to have a well planned strategy and his external team to oust Museveni from power. Mao has mobilised Democrats in Germany, Ghana, UK and Kenya particularly to plan Museveni’s downfall. Whisper Eye understands 498 M UGX has been mobilised to invest in the Busoga region which is more than ready to embrace change in the country today according to Bigirwa Moses .

Minister Kiwanda’s long drum is empty – Tamale Mirundi

Former President Museveni Press Secretary the outspoken Tamale Mirundi had no kind words for Minister Godffrey Ssuubi Kiwanda for promoting and organising Miss Curvy pageant awards in Uganda.

Mirundi who was very bitter said Kiwanda has failed to promote Tourism in the country and instead politicise everything to receive money from president Museveni.

Minister Nakiwala – husband clash over President Museveni money

Uganda’s state minister for youth and children Nakiwala Kiyingi and her husband who doubles as Bukomansimbi South MP hon. Deogratias Kiyingi are in an open battle over president Museveni’s money. In 2016 president Museveni visited the Kiyingi’s family home at Kagogo village, Kibinge Sub-County in Bukomansimbi and was pleased by the family projects.

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.

The five candidates running in Senegal’s presidential election

Senegal, the most stable democracy in West Africa, is preparing for an election on Sunday with President Macky Sall facing off against four other candidates.

Sall is widely expected to win a second term, after the country’s two best-known opposition figures were barred from running because of corruption allegations, in moves critics said represented a worrying crackdown on dissent.

Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed

Cameroonian students and school staff who were kidnapped on Saturday have been freed, the Bishop of Kumbo has told the BBC.

A total of 176 people, mostly students, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at Saint Augustin’s College in Kumbo, in the North West region of Cameroon.

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with vote-riggers, following the last-minute postponement of the general election.

Critics said his comments condoned “jungle justice”.