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UN Condemns Congo’s ‘Unlawful’ Crackdown on Protests

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United Nations on Monday condemned Congolese security forces for killing at least 47 people, including women and children, in “unlawful and unjustified” crackdowns on protests during 2017 and early this year. Democratic Republic of Congo is facing growing public unrest since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after his mandate […]

Lightning Kills 16, Injures Many At Rwanda Church

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – About 16 people were killed and while many injured by lightning Saturday at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda. Officials said the victims died instantly when the lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local Mayor Habitegeko. Mayor Habitegeko confirmed that the lightning also killed a student in the […]

Uganda Ruling Party Wants to Extend President’s Rule to 2035

Uganda’s ruling party is pushing for a referendum that could extend the longtime president’s rule to 2035. Rogers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the National Resistance Movement party, says the referendum to extend the president’s term from five years to seven most certainly will happen in 2018. In December, lawmakers passed a contentious bill that removed […]

Another 1,500 Prisoners Released in Ethiopia

Authorities in Ethiopia’s Somali region have released about 1,500 people from prison, the latest step in a campaign to ease long-running political tensions. Mohammed Bilal Hassan, media adviser to the regional president, told VOA’s Horn of Africa service that the prisoners were released Thursday, hours after regional officials announced such action would be taken. He […]

UN Blasts Nigeria Over Cameroon’s Extradition

Photo:  Sisiku Ayuk Tabe  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday criticised Nigeria for breaching international agreements after the leader of a Cameroonian anglophone separatist movement and his supporters were extradited at Yaounde’s request. The UNHCR said it learned “with great concern” about the case of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, who was sent back […]

Despite Warning, Kenya’s Opposition Leader, Odinga Sworn-in as ‘People’s President’

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Kenya’s first opposition leader, Mr. Raila Odinga, has been sworn-in as the “People’s President.” The controversial swearing-in ceremony which held at a park in the capital Nairobi was attended by thousands of Mr. Odinga’s supporters in spite of a government warning that the action amounted to treason. While holding […]

Cameroon’s Opposition Eyes Single Candidate to Defeat Biya

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Cameroon’s elections aren’t expected until at least September but the political scene is already heating up. Supporters of longtime President Paul Biya are urging him to seek another term, while parts of the country’s notoriously fractured opposition are trying to unite behind a single candidate. Recently, hundreds of youth sang in the […]

Somalia Parliament Passes Law Criminalizing Rape, Violent Against Women

The parliament in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has approved a bill criminalizing rape for the first time, and requiring prison terms for individuals convicted of the crime. The bill, passed Saturday, is the first of its kind in Somaliland criminalizing not only rape but all gender-based violations against women. It lays out a process […]

Thousands Flee Villages in English-Speaking Parts of Cameroon for Fear of Military Attack

CAMEROON — Thousands of people are fleeing villages in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon less than a week after President Paul Biya declared war against anglophone separatist groups. Fleeing villagers complain troops are engaging in rape, killings, and harassment, but the military says they are out to defend the population. The number of people traveling […]

Despite Protests, Uhuru Kenyatta Sworn-in as New Kenya’s President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Amidst protests by the opposition, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn-in for a second term as the President of Kenya. The ceremony which held Tuesday morning took place in the capital, Nairobi but was boycotted by the opposition, led by Ralia Odinga. Odinga, who also boycotted the Presidential election re-run, last month, […]

Train Crash Kills 33 in Democratic Republic of Congo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 33 people, UN radio station Okapi reports. It happened in Buyofwe in the province Lualaba, in the south of the country. Radio Okapi said that the train caught fire after crashing into a ravine. According to reports, it was carrying flammable […]

UN Raises Alarm over Humanitarian Crisis in Congo’s Kasai

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An official from the United Nations’ World Food Program has issued a warning about the situation in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict has left 3.2 million people severely hungry. In the past year, about 1.4 million residents of Congo’s Kasai region have been displaced by violence that […]

Kenya Presidential Re-run Underway Amid Tight Security as Opposition Kicks

Photo: President Uhuru Kenyatta BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Amid tight security, voting is under way in Kenya in a re-run of the recent Presidential election. However, the exercise is being boycotted by the main opposition in line with its leader, Ralia Odinga. Contrary to Odinga who had vowed to disrupt the vote, by calling for […]

Death Toll in Somalia Deadly Bomb Attack Hits 270

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 270 reportedly killed Saturday in massive bomb attack in a busy area of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital. Police confirmed that many were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. The attack was considered the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since […]

Congolese Security Forces Kill 36 Burundian Refugees, Injure Several Others

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Congolese security troops killed at least 36 Burundian refugees and injured more than 100 others during confrontations Friday over plans to return some of the refugees to their home country, officials and local activists said. Soldiers and police opened fire as the refugees tried to free some of their compatriots in Kamanyola, […]

Child Marriage Increasing in Civil War-Torn South Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN — “If I’d have refused, my father and brothers would have killed me,” Eliza says. Shifting uncomfortably in her plastic chair, the 17-year-old recoils when remembering her wedding day. In 2012, at the age of 13, Eliza was forced by her father to marry a 35-year-old man from their village in the South […]

Kenya Opposition Vows to Overturn Stolen Votes

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Kenya’s opposition has accused the government of “state terror” and vowed to overturn a “sham” result. Senior opposition official James Orengo said they would not go to court to achieve this. He urged people to stay calm and out of harm’s way. Mr Orengo alleged that about 100 people had been killed […]

Kenya Opposition claims Victory in Presidential Election as Electoral Commission Kicks

Kenya’s electoral commission has warned the opposition that its claims of victory for its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, could be deemed illegal. The opposition has published its own figures, putting Mr Odinga ahead of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. This contrasts with provisional electronic results giving Mr Kenyatta a clear lead in Tuesday’s poll. Electoral commission […]

Kenyan Election IT Head Found Dead Ahead of Presidential Polls

Photo caption: Chris Msando (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been found dead just days before the 8 August elections. Chris Msando, an electoral commission IT manager, had gone missing on Friday. “There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the commission’s chairperson, Wafula Chebukati. Tension is […]

African News: Rebel Leader Excluded From South Sudan Peace Process

Photo caption: Rebel leader Riek Machar (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Civil society activists say a move to exclude South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar from a regional peace process will ensure that South Sudan remains engulfed in war. Ministers of the East African bloc IGAD said Monday that Machar will not be invited to the next […]

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