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What was Discussed by Heads of State at Regional Virtual Summit?

What was Discussed by Heads of State at Regional Virtual Summit?

FEATURED, NEWS, Politics
Heads of State from Rwanda, DR Congo, Uganda and Angola on Wednesday October 7, held a regional virtual summit to discuss peace, security, diplomatic and political relations, among others. The summit which was hosted by President Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo was attended by President Paul Kagame, João Lourenço of Angola and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. According to a post-summit communique, the summit offered the Heads of State the opportunity to discuss subjects of common interest seeking to strengthen relations and create stability in the Great Lakes sub-region. Among the key subjects that were discussed at the summit include: 1.   The security situation in the Great Lakes sub-region The Heads of State of the four countries reviewed t...
Top 24 Richest and Poorest Countries of Africa – 2020 Edition

Top 24 Richest and Poorest Countries of Africa – 2020 Edition

FEATURED, Latest News, Politics, Tourism
The Democratic Republic of Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo has a mixture of economic sectors such as mining, fishing, forestry, agriculture, and copper and cobalt. While the country’s total GDP of $48.46 billion may seem high in comparison to other African countries, but that is mostly due to its large population. With 89.56 million people living in the country, it brings the GDP per capita figure to an astounding low of $495.08. This places the country in the top ten poorest countries in Africa by that metric. Nonetheless, this country is a perfect example of a mixed economy that is trying to build towards the future. According to the African Development Bank Group, growth dropped from 5.8% in 2018 to 4.3% in 2019, due to a slowdown in extractive...
World Bank Appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

World Bank Appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

FEATURED, NEWS, Politics
By Keefa Nuwahereza Appointment comes at a time when governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting both immediate and longer-term health and economic impacts of COVID-19 crisis The World Bank has appointed Mr. Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13 billion. Under Mr. Hansen’s leadership, the World Bank will work closely with the four countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with...
Fears for Congolese Nobel laureate Mukwege Amid Tensions with Rwanda

Fears for Congolese Nobel laureate Mukwege Amid Tensions with Rwanda

FEATURED, NEWS, Politics, Rwanda
Nobel peace laureate Denis Mukwege has become embroiled in tensions between his native DR Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, leading to growing calls for his protection following a series of death threats. Mukwege, a gynaecologist who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work against sexual violence in war, said in late July that he and his relatives had been threatened following a tweet condemning the massacre of 18 people in the DRC's South Kivu province. Mukwege's tweet linked the violence back to the start of more than 20 years of war in eastern Congo which began with the 1996 invasion of the country by rebels backed by neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Without mentioning who the attackers were, he tweeted: "These are the same ones who are still killing...
Child Marriages After First Menstrual Cycle to be Allowed.

Child Marriages After First Menstrual Cycle to be Allowed.

FEATURED, Health, NEWS
Globally, around 21 percent of young women were married before their eighteenth birthday. Approximately twelve million girls are married before they turn this age every year, and currently, there are about 650 million girls and women alive today who were married as children Child marriage is a human rights violation, and although the harmful practice has declined over the last ten years, there is no area in the world that is on track to meet its target of eliminating it by 2030 .Somalia’s child marriages are now in the spotlight as the country considers new legislation. Somalia is one region that has a particularly high rate of child marriage, with more than 45 percent of young women having been married or “in union” before the age of eighteen between 2014 and 2015. There has been a...
Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed.

Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed.

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The men are the last of the crew of Iranian fishing vessel FV Siraj, captured by the pirates on March 22, 2015. Three Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates since 2015 have been freed, a senior maritime crime adviser told the Reuters news agency on Thursday. The men are the last of the crew of the Iranian fishing vessel FV Siraj, which was captured by pirates on March 22, 2015. The fourth member of the crew was freed last year as he needed urgent medical care. "This marks the end of an era of Somali piracy and the pain and suffering of Somalia's forgotten hostages," said John Steed, coordinator of privately supported, Nairobi-based Hostage Support Programme, on Thursday. Steed, a former British army officer who has spent years negotiating the release of piracy hostages in ...

25- Year Old is Behind Mali’s Coup!

FEATURED, Rwanda
The masterminds of Mali's coup that ousted President Ibrahim Keïta on Tuesday include the deputy head of a military camp and a French-trained general. BBC Monitoring has profiled three high-ranking military leaders thought to have played key roles in the coup. 1. Col Malick Diaw Col. Malick Diaw, the number one behind the Mali Coup. He is the deputy head of the Kati camp where the mutiny started. There is very little information about him apart from reports that he recently returned from training in Russia. He stood next to Air Force deputy chief of staff Col-Major Ismael Wagué who read a statement on Wednesday on behalf of the junta to announce the military takeover. "Colonel Diaw is believed to be the leader of the mutiny at Kati camp, 15km [nine miles] from Bamakoi...
Remains of over 100 Rwanda genocide victims found in Nyarugenge District.

Remains of over 100 Rwanda genocide victims found in Nyarugenge District.

FEATURED, NEWS, Politics, Rwanda
Remains of over 100 victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi have been exhumed in the Rwandan capital Kigali, a survivors' organisation said on Monday. The remains were discovered from a pit at the backyard of a house in Nyarugenge district, which belongs to a former notorious Interahamwe militia member, Masengo Rutayisire. Head of Ibuka, the umbrella organisation of genocide survivors of Rwanda, told reporters of the discovery at a news briefing at the site.  They were discovered after a local resident heard occupants of the house talking about the mass grave. The resident later informed the authorities. The search for the remains, which started last week, is still ongoing, with two more pits expected to be dug out, he said. Occupants of the home were ...
Kenya Introduces New Tax On Uganda’s Milk Imports

Kenya Introduces New Tax On Uganda’s Milk Imports

FEATURED, NEWS
By Elite New Reporter Dairy farmers in Uganda are crying foul after learning that the government of Kenya  has resolved to impose 16 percent value added tax (VAT) on milk imports from Uganda, as part of measures to protect local dairy farmers and calm the simmering trade tensions between the two neighbouring nations. The agreement was reached during a bilateral meeting between trade officials from the two countries on Friday. "The meeting deliberated on possible measures to remedy the concerns of Kenya and more less agreed that VAT be imposed on milk imports into Kenya since the same is imposed by Uganda and noted that this may not raise unnecessary issues of discrimination or retaliation," Kenya's Principal Secretary in the department of trade Chris Kiptoo told &n...
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