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KDF soldier captured in El Adde pleads with Uhuru in al Shabaab video

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Al Shabaab militants have released a video of a man allegedly captured in the El Adde attack asking the President to withdraw troops from Somalia and negotiate release. The eight-minute video released on Thursday features a 40-year old Leonard Maingi, who identifies himself as a KDF soldier and is in the full Kenyan military […]

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Burundi: Panel Set to Submit Findings to Parliament

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  Africa, East Africa, News  /  No Comments

Listen A Burundian panel tasked with finding ways to resolve the nation’s political and security crisis says it will soon present its findings to parliament, which will include a proposal to remove term limits for the head of state from the constitution. Analysts say debate on the removal of term limits is likely to begin […]

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UNDP chief vows support to development in Somalia

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Africa, East Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will support Somalia’s development, peace-building and state-building, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said during her visit to the country on Wednesday. Among the topics of her discussions with Somali leaders were Somalia’s 2016 electoral process and the upcoming launch of the country’s first national development plan in more than three […]

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24,000 Dadaab refugees have returned home

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  East Africa, Horn of Africa, News, Refugees, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen More than 24,000 Somali refugees at the Dadaab camp have returned home, the UN refugee agency has said. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kenya and Somalia signed a tripartite agreement in 2014. The UNHCR country deputy representative Wella Kouyou said this year alone, more than 18,000 refugees have returned home. He spoke […]

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Suspected Shabaab militants destroy communication mast in Lafey, Mandera

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have attacked and destroyed a communication mast at Fino Town, Lafey Sub-County in Mandera. Lafey police boss (OCPD) Bosita Omukolongolo said the incident happened at 2am Thursday. “There was heavy fire exchange between the attackers and our officers guarding the area but no casualty has been reported, ” he said. On […]

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Kenya station attacker was rogue officer, not Islamist militant: police

By   /  July 16, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen A rogue officer who “went berserk” was responsible for an attack on a police station in western Kenya on Thursday in which seven people died, a police spokesman said. Police had previously blamed the attack on a suspected recruiter for Somali militant group al Shabaab, who they said grabbed a gun from a guard […]

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Turkish President to take landmark trip to East Africa

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will leave for a two-stop historic visit to Africa on Tuesday. Erdoğan will visit Uganda and Kenya during his trip between May 31 and June 3. This is the first visit to the two East African countries by a Turkish head of state in three years. The president’s office said […]

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US diplomats walk out of Uganda president’s inauguration

By   /  May 13, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen The U.S. delegation to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration walked out of Thursday’s ceremony in protest against his disparaging comments about an international war crimes tribunal and the presence of Sudan’s leader, whom the court has indicted, the State Department said. Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac and a […]

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Markets closed as inflation soars in Puntland

By   /  May 8, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Hundreds of small scale traders have closed their businesses in Puntland’in protest of the crippling economic effects by the recent importation of a new currency which saw the Somali shilling stumbled against the US dollar. The striking traders in Garowe, the provincial capital of the north-eastern Somalia region have complained of the galloping inflation […]

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Death toll from building collapse in Kenya rises to 16

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen The death toll from a building which collapsed in Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday night, due to heavy rains rose to 16 on Sunday. According to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), some 135 people have been rescued from the six-story residential building while 73 others are still missing. “KRCS activated response teams to […]

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