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South Sudan: Riek Machar rebels say they Captured town bordering Uganda, and killed 14 SPLA Soldiers
South Sudanese rebels said they had taken control of a town on the Ugandan border and killed 14 soldiers...
Rwanda’s Kagame Is First African Leader to Address AIPAC, America’s Jewish lobby
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame hailed Rwanda-Israel friendship Sunday in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)...
Tanzanian John Pombe Magufuli sacks information minister, Warns Journalists
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli sacked the country’s information minister on Thursday, the first cabinet change since taking office in...
South Sudan President Salva Kiir seeks to repair relation with UN ahead of Security council visit
The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, Mageratte Leoj met on Thursday ahead of a visit to the capital, Juba of the Security Council delegation next week. The closed door meeting, officials said, focused on the peace implementation.... Read more
Congo opposition supporters clash before election talks
Violence broke out on Thursday between supporters of rival Congolese opposition parties, exposing deep divisions among President Joseph Kabila’s adversaries over whether to engage in talks about a delayed presidential election. The talks between the government, opposition and civic leaders were set to open later on Thursday after authorities... Read more
Gabon President Ali Bongo accuses Ping’s camp of “coordinated attacks”
The office of Gabon’s President Ali Bongo on Thursday accused the camp of his rival in a disputed election, Jean Ping, of planning “coordinated attacks on symbols of the state”, after the capital Libreville erupted into rioting. “These were not protests but coordinated acts intended to incite fear amongst... Read more
South Sudan army deploys forces along Uganda route after 2 soldiers are killed
South Sudanese government has deployed a huge force along Juba-Nimule road after security officers were killed on the road by unknown gunmen believed to be allied to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, has been ordered... Read more
US government threatens to impose sanctions on South Sudan over child soldiers
The United States has threatened to sanction individuals involved in the recruitment of child soldiers after a UNICEF report implicated government officials in the practice. US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said that the US is “profoundly alarmed” at the UNICEF report, which says that government and opposition forces... Read more
Tanzanian government orders universities to payback ‘ghost’ loans
Fifteen universities in Tanzania have started paying back billions of shillings that were issued as loans to ghost students by the government of Tanzania reports The Citizen. At least 31 higher learning institutions in the East African nation were ordered by the government earlier this month to return a... Read more
Nigerian army commander: only weeks left for Boko Haram
Nigeria’s army expects to seize Boko Haram’s last few strongholds in the northeast over the next few weeks, the commander in charge of crushing the jihadist group’s seven-year insurgency said on Wednesday. The army missed a December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to wipe out the group, which... Read more
Magufuli’s True Colours: Tanzania’s opposition suspends pro-democracy demonstrations
Tanzania’s main opposition party has suspended protests scheduled for Thursday, to give time for negotiations with the government that has called its planned demonstrations illegal. President John Magufuli said in July he would crack down on troublemakers “without mercy” after the opposition CHADEMA party called for nationwide demonstrations on... Read more
Gabon condemns Ping, warns French officials against ‘interference’
The Gabon government on Tuesday accused President Ali Bongo’s challenger, Jean Ping, of trying to destabilise the country, and warned French ruling party officials against “interference” in its affairs. With both sides trading accusations after a bitter election campaign, there was concern the results, when they came, would trigger... Read more
U.N. Security Council diplomats expected in South Sudan this week
U.N. Security Council diplomats are expected to visit South Sudan this week, a foreign affairs ministry spokesman said on Wednesday without giving any details on the purpose of the trip. This month, the Security Council approved a 4,000-strong protection force for South Sudan’s capital of Juba as part of... Read more