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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% […]

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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Crisis-torn Burundi becomes the first country to quits ICC

Burundi has become the first country in history to officially withdraw from the Rome Statute on Friday, a year after the East African nation requested to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Burundi has elapsed the one-year withdrawal process from the Statute on Friday, October 27, 2017. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who critics accuse of […]

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Burundi: UN independent panel calls for ICC probe into possible crimes against humanity

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, which concluded that serious human rights violations, including executions and sexual violence, are continuing in Burundi with impunity, said it is asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity. The commission is also asking the African Union to retake the initiative […]

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Senegal to launch its first internet exchange point, SenIX

Senegalese government plans to launch its first Internet Exchange Point on August 29 in the capital city Dakar, Cheikh Bakhoum, the Director General of the Senegalese State Information Agency (ADIE) and Chairman of Senegal Internet Exchange Point (SenIX) said in an interview with CIO Mag. The infrastructure will allow a direct exchange of Internet traffic […]

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South Sudan seeks assistance to adopt Swahili as official language

The South Sudanese government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Swahili language in school curriculum ahead of its adoption as an official language. In a statement quoted by the News portal, The Citizen, South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai has called on Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to the World’s youngest nation. The war […]

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