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Ethiopia: two jailed-Eritrean journalists freed after 11 years

Two Eritrean journalists jailed for over a decade in Ethiopia have been released, according to family members. Tesfaldet Kidane and Saleh Gama, who were arrested in 2006 at the Kenya-Somalia border during Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, were released last weekend. Family members of Kidane speaking to the Washington-based Voice of America radio, said Saleh – […]

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Kenya: Police fires teargas at protesters loyal to Kenyatta

Police in Kenya on Tuesday fired teargas at supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta outside the East African nation’s Supreme Court in the Capital city, Nairobi. The supporters of the incumbent president were protesting outside the court against the invalidation of the Aug. 8 election. The Supreme Court nullified the presidential election on Sept. 1 and […]

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Kenya: Protesters demand sacking of judges who invalidated election

Supporters of Kenya’s ruling party who started protests Monday have gathered Tuesday outside the Supreme Court to demand the removal of the judges who nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August. Ruling Jubilee Party supporters also burned tires and blocked one of the major highways into the capital, Nairobi. The protests came a day after […]

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Kenya: Fresh polls to be held on Oct. 17

Kenyans will return to the polling stations on Oct. 17 for fresh elections, the election commission announced Monday, days after the East African nation’s Supreme Court invalidated the August 8 presidential election result that proclaimed incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta winner with 54% of the vote. The Supreme Court ruled that the poll was not conducted […]

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Kenya: Ban on plastic bags takes effect

A ban on plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging has come into force in Kenya on Monday (August 28) as the government of the East African nation announced measures to punish anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying theses bags. From Monday, 28, August 2017, anyone found with these bags could face fines of […]

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Kenya: incumbent Kenyatta takes lead in tightly contested polls

Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a significant lead as votes are counted after Tuesday’s polls in the East African nation. With results from 80 per cent of the 41,000 polling stations declared, the electoral commission said President Kenyatta was leading Mr Odinga by 54.9 per cent to 44.3 per cent. The figures are […]

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Kenyans vote in tight, hotly elections to elect President, MPs

More than 19 million Kenyan voters are heading this Tuesday to 40,883 polling stations across the East African nation to elect a president and a new parliament. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, is seeking a second and final five-year term in office but faces solid competition from opposition coalition veteran leader Raila Odinga, 72. Kenyatta, […]

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Rwanda: Diaspora casts votes in presidential poll

Rwandan expatriates have started casting ballots in presidential elections as polling stations in Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and South Africa, opened on Thursday. More than 44,000 registered Diaspora are set to cast their vote. According to local media portal, the New Times, Rwandans back home will cast their votes in presidential polls on Friday, August 4. […]

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Kenyans demand rapid inquiry into murder of expert

Protesters in Kenyan on Tuesday marched on the offices of Kenya’s election commission, demanding a speedy investigation after an IT chief overseeing the country’s general election has been found dead. Chris Musando was Deputy Director of ICT for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – Kenya’s equivalent of the Electoral Commission. Police found Musando’s grey […]

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The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line to start commercial operations in October

Chinese-built electric rail line built in Ethiopia will start commercial operations in October this year, it was officially announced. The 756-km stretch linking Addis Ababa and the Red Sea state of Djibouti aims at creating new manufacturing industries, improving transport and opening up landlocked Ethiopia further. “We hope the rail project will facilitate expansion of […]

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