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Double standards: ‘Why Aren’t We All with Somalia?’

More than 300 people were killed when a powerful bomb blast ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, on Saturday. The attack marked the deadliest assault the country has ever witnessed. Somalia's three-day national mourning period for the victims is coming to an end, with around 300 more people also injured in the blast. Dozens are missing, hospitals are

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Kenya Election: IEBC Commissioner Akombe Full Resignation Statement

For many months now, I have questioned my role as a commissioner at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. But I have soldiered on hoping that we could collectively find a way of addressing the crisis our country faces today. I have agonised over the decision to leave my committed IEBC

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Kenya Election: Commissioner Akombe Resigns, Says IEBC is Incapable of Conducting Credible Poll

IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned from the poll agency. Dr Akombe sent the statement from New York, where she was based, working for the UN, before she took the job at the electoral commission. In the statement, Dr Akombe said the repeat election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of

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Riek Machar Refuses to Meet South Sudan Dialogue Committee

Former South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar has for the second time rejected a request by the National Dialogue Steering Committee to meet him in South Africa. South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had accepted the task trying to talk to Machar to meet the steering committee. But the committee has

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Of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Missing Nobel Literature Prize, Again

On the day the Nobel Committee was to announce the winner of the Literature prize in 2010, I sat at our home in Limuru with two journalists from Spain, watching the live streaming of the announcement. My father, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, was considered by many bookies to be the favourite

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Diane Rwigara Case: Court Denies Request to Split Case, Hearing Adjourned

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Friday denied the request by prosecution to separate the hearing of three Rwigara family members who face charges related to inciting insurrection. For the fourth time, the court had to adjourn the pre-trial hearing of Anne Rwigara, and Diane Rwigara and their mother Adeline Rwigara to

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Diane Rwigara Denies Insurrection Charges

Former Rwanda presidential candidate Diane Rwigara has denied charges of insurrection and forgery that she says are linked to her criticism of the government's human rights record. Rwigara appeared in court Wednesday in the capital Kigali. She and some family members were detained late last month. Her mother, Adeline, and sister

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Uhuru Receives Election Laws Bill

President Uhuru Kenyatta received Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on Friday and has 14 days to sign it into law. Parliament has done its duty and passed the legislation, the President told a meeting of people living with disabilities at State House in Nairobi. "I can confirm that I have received it. It

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