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Sudan protest group nominates Prime Minister


Sudan’s protest leaders agreed Thursday to nominate former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok as the first prime minister of the country’s three-year transition government, two protest leaders told whisper eye media team.


The veteran economist, who stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa, is due to be formally selected on August 20.


“The leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change have fully agreed to nominate Abdalla Hamdok,” one of the protest umbrella’s leaders said, asking not to be named.

IGAD: Machar must reclaim his post as South Sudan’s first vice president

South Sudan’s ex- vice president Riek Machar returns to Khartoum

It seems regional bloc IGAD still believes Riek Machar should return to Juba to reclaim his post as first vice president. That’s despite comments from the U.S. that the replacement issue is an internal matter for South Sudan.

Uhuru, Raila forge new alliance for vote


A national referendum to change the Constitution is now a matter of when, not if, as key political parties and leaders in the country have started working on a rare unity pact that analysts say will form the basis of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics.


President Kenyatta’s wing in Jubilee Party, Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement, Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress, Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, and Gideon Moi’s Kanu are already reading from the same script and are pledging support for the Building Bridges Initiative, which many see as the vehicle to the referendum.

Human gassing disrupts proceedings at assembly meeting in Kenya


The meeting was at the Homa Bay County Assembly ( Homa Bay County Assembly )
A break of wind caused a break in proceedings when someone farted during a debate in a Kenyan regional assembly meeting.


A member was accused of having “polluted the air” during the gathering, according to local reports.
The alleged culprit denied doing so and said he could “not do such a thing” in front of colleagues.

Female suicide bomber shot dead in Somalia


Somali soldiers have shot and killed a female would-be suicide bomber in Bardhere, whisper eye media team reported


The woman is reported to have got off a vehicle used for transporting milk from rural areas to Bardhere town. Upon alighting the vehicle, she threw a hand grenade at soldiers at the station.

Speaker orders baby to leave parliament


Female MPs have walked out of Kenya’s parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby.
Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and that parliament didn’t have a crèche.


According to the house rules, “strangers” are not allowed into the chamber, children included.
Some of her male colleagues described her actions as shameful.

Kenyan minister got drunk and failed to read speech


It is said that the minister’s drinking problem was such that government documents would be found under the tables at Karai Bar.


According to Ndegwa, ‘a break was allowed for the minister to top up, maybe at Karai Bar’ in River Road and that is the state which the minister read his speech

Stella Nyanzi begs to be found guilty of annoying Museveni; shows off breasts in protest at jail sentence


A Ugandan academic who once called President Yoweri Museveni a “pair of buttocks” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.


Activists condemned the jailing of Stella Nyanzi for cyber harassment, saying it undermined Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression.
She attended Friday’s sentencing via video link, against her will, and exposed her breasts in protest.

‘Modern-day’ Jesus visits Kenya and South Africa


Over the past weekend to much of this week, the news about a “modern-day Jesus” having visited some African countries have been topping Twitter trends in different countries.


The story has also been covered extensively by local and continental media portals. For some reason social media “forced” a situation that meant the said Jesus was in two countries at the same time.

Pistol wielding security men abduct lawyer from chambers in Mukono


A prominent young lawyer James Mulira of George Kintu and Company advocates in Mukono has been kidnapped from his chambers in broad daylight.


The incident took place about midday yesterday at the chambers on the 1 st floor, Biira House above National and Water and sewerage corporation offices in Mukono town.

US air strike kills IS coordinator in Somalia


A U.S. air strike killed a facilitator for an Islamic State-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military’s Africa Command said on Sunday.


There were no further details given about Saturday’s hit in the northern Golis mountain region.
Somalia’s main Islamic insurgency, al Shabaab, has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda and has frequently fought with a splinter militia in the north that has pledged allegiance to IS.


The United States carries out regular air strikes in Somalia in support of a weak, United Nations-backed government in Mogadishu, which has fought al Shabaab for years.

General Cirillo Swaka troops kill eight soldiers


A South Sudanese rebel group said it killed eight soldiers in the south of the nation on Tuesday, underlining the fragility of the oil-rich east African country after a partially implemented peace deal was signed last year.


Government forces attacked fighters from the National Salvation Front, led by renegade former General Thomas Cirillo, early in the morning at Lo’bonok in the Karpeto region of Central Equatoria State, said a statement signed by the group’s spokesman, Suba Manase.


The statement said the attackers included fighters from a larger former rebel group led by Riek Machar, which signed a peace deal with the government in September.

General Machar sets tough unrealistic conditions for his return


Conditions set by opposition leader Riek Machar for his return to Juba are totally unrealistic, the president’s office has said.
Mr Machar was invited by the government to meet with President Salva Kiir to discuss the peace process. A new government was supposed to be formed in May but was delayed until November, and security arrangements are facing multiple delays.


“We don’t see the need for conditions. Riek Machar is part of the peace deal and his team is already here in Juba,” Ateny Wek Ateny, President Kiir’s spokesperson told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday.
Ateny further said the conditions confirm that the opposition leader has not yet demonstrated goodwill for the planned meeting in Juba.

Magufuli orders Tanzanian prisons to reduce overcrowding

Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered prison authorities Thursday to reduce crowding in the country’s jails, saying there were too many people awaiting trial indefinitely who should not be incarcerated.

Magufuli, who came to power in 2015 as a corruption-fighting “man of the people” but has been criticised for his authoritarian leadership style, gave the order after touring an overcrowded prison this week.

Riek Machar and Salva Kiir to meet face to face

South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar has agreed to a face-to-face meeting with President Salva Kiir, a step that could energize the lagging talks on a government for the civil war-wracked country.
In a letter dated July 8 and sent to President Kiir’s security adviser, Tut Gatluak, Machar said he is ready to talk with the president as long as he can freely move about in South Sudan.


The Kiir administration invited Machar to meet with Kiir after the government and opposition groups missed a May deadline to form a transitional government of national unity. The period was extended for another six months.

26 slaughtered by Al Shabab in Kismayo hotel attack

Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia’s Kismayo
Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012.


A car bomb exploded at the hotel in the southern port city while local elders and lawmakers were meeting on Friday night, before three gunmen stormed in, police said. Security forces took 11 hours to end the siege, they said.