Kenya’s history of election violence is threatening to repeat itself

2017-04-24 17:03

As party primaries have kicked off in Kenya in the run-up to the county's general election in August, the ghost of violence past has reared its ugly head causing deep divisions along tribal lines,writes Sekou Toure Otondi.

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

2017-04-24 12:35

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization has said, with 360 000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

Renowned author, conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

2017-04-23 12:55

The Italian born author and conservationist, Kuki Gallmann has reportedly been shot by herders who invaded her privately owned ranch in Kenya.

Uganda charges 13 over killing of top policeman

2017-04-22 19:02

Thirteen people have been indicted over the murder of Uganda's second most prominent policeman, killed outside his house last month, police say.

Kenyan army: 52 al-Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia

2017-04-22 13:02

Kenya's military has said it killed 52 fighters with the extremist group al-Shabaab during an early morning attack on a camp in neighbouring Somalia.

South Sudan fighting forces 100 000 to flee, says UN report

2017-04-21 20:24

A South Sudanese government offensive in the Jonglei region has displaced roughly 100 000 civilians, the United Nations has said, causing aid workers to relocate from an area that has dire humanitarian problems.

Rwandan court hands ex-Hutu militia leader life sentence

2017-04-21 12:20

Former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Kigali for his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Spat over Kenyan electronic vote tender goes to court

2017-04-20 13:30

Six Kenyans have urged a court to suspend a controversial decision by election officials to scrap a tender process and directly procure an electronic voting system for the August polls.

Uganda declares end to mission to pursue warlord Kony

2017-04-19 18:20

Uganda's military is ending its pursuit of internationally known warlord Joseph Kony, saying its mission "has now been successfully achieved" even though the rebel leader remains at large.

How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom

2017-04-19 10:08

African governments have transitioned from outright control of freedom of expression to a subtler manipulation of the press that includes withholding state advertising from commercial media outlets, writes George Ogola.


Suspects held after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

2017-04-24 16:16

Kenyan authorities say some suspects have been arrested in the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann after tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country's drought.

No one detained over South Sudan civilian killings, UN says

2017-04-23 18:00

The United Nations' top human rights official in South Sudan says no one has been detained in connection with recent killings of civilians in the western town of Wau.

WFP says food shipment for Burundi is blocked

2017-04-22 21:40

The UN's World Food Programme says a food shipment meant to feed about 112 000 people has been stopped at the Burundi border.

South Sudan's hunger crisis drives students from classes

2017-04-22 13:02

In South Sudan, where hundreds of thousands are on the brink of starvation and famine has been declared in two counties, children are struggling to learn because of lack of food.

Kenyan army attacks al-Shabaab base

2017-04-22 07:12

The Kenyan army says it killed a number of al-Shabaab fighters in a dawn raid in neighbouring Somalia.

US to continue training regional troops against Uganda’s LRA

2017-04-21 17:06

The United States has said that it will still train east and central African troops to prevent Uganda’s notorious Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony’s fighters from regrouping.

South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy

2017-04-21 06:00

Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town.

Hundreds protest in Uganda capital against Chinese traders

2017-04-20 07:06

Hundreds of traders in Uganda's capital are protesting what they call unfair competition from Chinese investors operating retail businesses.

UN says 16 staff members freed by South Sudan refugees

2017-04-19 11:36

The United Nations says 16 staff members held hostage at a UN camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed

Ethiopia says 669 killed in months of violent protests

2017-04-19 09:12

Ethiopia says 669 people have been killed in months of violent protests and the government is blaming the opposition for the unrest.

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