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Rwanda: police arrest 23 Congolese refugees to break up protest

Rwandan police arrested 23 Congolese refugees after two days of clashes in which one refugee died. Rwandan National Police had reported that one refugee had died and 20 others were injured after its officers were attacked by the refugees in western Rwanda’s Kiziba camp. The camp is home to 17,000 Congolese refugees. It was not […]

Campaigning kicks off in Burundi for May 17 referendum

In Burundi, twenty-six parties, most of them aligned with the ruling CNDD-FDD party, on Tuesday, launched the official campaign for a referendum on constitutional change. The May 17 plebiscite could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power for another 16 years in the East African nation. More than five million people have signed up […]

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AU launches world’s largest free-trade area, biggest economies out

Forty-four African countries on Wednesday launched a $3 trillion continental free-trade zone encompassing 1.2 billion people. But Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s biggest economies did not sign up, diminishing its impact. The African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is one of the bloc’s flagship projects. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari last week, called for more […]

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Burundi sets May 17 for a vote on extending presidential terms

Burundi has set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule for at least a decade. A statement issued by the office of the president on Monday, said that the draft constitution submitted to the referendum will be adopted if the absolute majority of votes or fifty percent […]

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Africa: Oxfam calls for improvement of women’s access to land

African women have little or no access to land and the means of production, a report released by Oxfam on inequality said on Monday. A survey, conducted in 35 countries, titled “Sharing wealth with those who create it”, reveals that in Senegal, only 5% of women have exclusive ownership of their land compared to 22% […]

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Week-long national prayers kick-off in Burundi

Thousands of Burundians have gathered at the stadium of the province of Kayanza for a week-long prayer organized by President Pierre Nkurunziza and his family. The objective of the move, according to the First Family, is to thank God for his actions in Burundi throughout the year, but also to entrust him with the year […]

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US government halts aid to Somalia’s military over graft

The United States on Thursday, said it is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns. The US government suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel aid. During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides […]

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Burundi seeks $45 million from citizens to fund 2020 election

Burundi’s government has started a fundraising to raise money for an election in 2020. The move is presented by the government as an alternative plan to replace dwindling external funding. Interior Minister Pascal Barandagiye said the government will seek contributions from every household, which will pay up to 2000 francs ($1.14) a year. Students of […]

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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

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Tanzania, Uganda condemn ICC Burundi investigation

Tanzania and Uganda have opposed a plan by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Burundi, a statement from the office of Tanzanian President John Magufuli said. According to the two leaders, who are both members of the East African Community (EAC), the Hague-based court’s decision “compromises efforts” of an […]

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