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Explosion In Tanzanian Sugar Factory Claims 11 Lives

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Eleven people died and two others were injured in an explosion in a sugar factory in Morogoro, eastern Tanzania, Shabani Marugujo, head of the local emergency services, reported on Thursday. The accident, which has been attributed to a burst heating pipe, took place on Wednesday evening. The sugar factory had just restarted […]

Kenya Rolls Out Road Safety Action Plan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Kenyan President William Ruto, on Wednesday inaugurated a five-year road safety action plan as the country sought to curb the rising number of fatalities and injuries on its roads. The strategy aims to reduce the annual road accidents in the east African nation by over 50 per cent, Ruto said as he […]

Striking Kenyan Doctors Protest Poor Salaries, Working Conditions

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Hundreds of hospital doctors joined a demonstration in the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday as a nationwide strike by medics neared its fourth week. About a dozen riot police in pickup trucks were out to monitor the protest, which was not authorised by the authorities. Members of the 7,000-strong […]

Uganda Faces Malaria Crisis As Major Donors Cut Funding

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Uganda’s Ministry of Health said Friday that international donors have significantly cut funding for malaria projects in the country over global crises, including conflicts and climate change. Jimmy Opigo, Head of the National Malaria Control Division at the ministry, said this at a news conference in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He […]

Kenya To Host Africa Climate Week In September

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Kenyan Government of Kenya will host this year’s edition of African Climate Week scheduled to take place from 4th to 8th of the Africa Climate Week (ACW). The event, which is jointly organized by the African Bank, Development Bank (AfDB), UN Climate Change, African Union (AU) and other development partners, will […]

Uganda Declares End To Deadly Ebola Outbreak

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Uganda on Wednesday declared an end to an Ebola virus outbreak that emerged almost four months ago and claimed the lives of 55 people. The move was confirmed in a statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the East African country’s “robust and comprehensive response” […]

Prominent Kenyan LGBTQ Activist Found Dead

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Local media on Friday reported that Kenyan police have discovered the body of a prominent LGBTQ rights campaigner stuffed inside a metal box in the west of the country. Police sources said that motorbike taxi riders alerted the police after they saw the box dumped by the roadside from a vehicle with […]

ECW Announces $5m First Emergency Response Grant To Tackle Drought In Somalia

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations (UN) global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, has announced a $5 million First Emergency Response grant to tackle drought in Somalia. The grant which brings ECW’s total investments in Somalia to $33 million to date, is aimed at addressing the devastating ongoing […]

Somalia: Human Rights Chief Decries Steep Rise In Civilian Casualties

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN human rights chief Volker Türk says a steep rise in civilian casualties across Somalia, largely at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants, has exacerbated an already grim human rights and humanitarian situation there. According to latest UN figures, at least 613 civilians have been killed and 948 injured so far this […]

Tanzania’s Population Stands At 61.74m – President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday announced the east African nation’s latest population as 61,741,120 people. Hassan made public the country’s latest population in the capital Dodoma, following the National Population and Housing Census held from Aug. 23 to Sept. 4, this year. A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communications […]

DR Congo: UN Chief Expresses Worry Over Fighting Between Govt. Troops, M23

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed deep concern over the increase in the fight between government troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the 23 March Movement (M23) rebels in the east. The fight, in 10 days, has seen multiple civilians killed, “massive displacement” and four peacekeepers from […]

ECW, UNICEF, Partners Seek Increased Funding To Support Children In DRC

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations (UN) global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners have canvassed for substantial increase in funding for crisis-affected children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There are currently about 5 million internally displaced persons […]

Uganda Confirms 9 More Ebola Cases, Urges Vigilance

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ugandan health minister on Monday said nine more ebola cases had been confirmed in the capital Kampala, bringing the total number of known infections to 14 in the last two days. The outbreak began in September in a rural part of central Uganda and spread to Kampala, a city of more than […]

Exiled Pakistani Journalist Shot Dead In Kenya

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A top Pakistani news anchor, Arshad Sharif, was shot dead in Kenya, his wife said on Monday, just months after he fled his home country to avoid arrest over sedition charges. Sharif was a frequent critic of the powerful military establishment and supporter of former prime minister Imran Khan, who was ousted […]

Congolese NGOs Decry Mining In Main Refuge Of ‘Africa’s Unicorn’

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Illegal gold-mining is destroying tracts of pristine rainforest in Congo’s Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site meant to be a haven for the endangered mammal nicknamed Africa’s unicorn, environmental organisations have warned. Industrial activities are supposed to be banned in the 13,000 square kilometers of the reserve in northeast Democratic […]

Uganda Says Coffee Exports Down 14% Due To Drought

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Uganda’s state-run sector regulator on Wednesday said Uganda coffee exports declined in September due to the impact of drought affecting many growing areas across the country. Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), in a report said the country shipped a total of 503,695 60-kg bags of coffee beans in September, down 14 per […]

Tanzania, Kenya Agree To Step Up Fight Against Cross-Border Crime

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tanzanian and Kenyan leaders have agreed to step up the fight against cross-border crime, including human trafficking and poaching. Addressing a news conference at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Kenyan counterpart, William Ruto, said the two leaders have also agreed to […]

Hosting African Economic Conference Is An Honour For Mauritius – Minister

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mauritius Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr. Renganaden Padayachy has expressed his excitement over the opportunity given to his country to host this year’s edition of the African Economic Conference (AEC). The AEC is Africa’s leading forum for discussing the continent’s emerging challenges and opportunities and is jointly hosted by […]

Ugandan Army Helicopters Crash In East Congo, Kills 22

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Army spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the death of 22 people after two Ugandan military helicopters crashed in East DRC. Uganda had sent troops to its central African neighbour in December to help fight a violent rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). “The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) have not […]

Half Of Sudan’s Most Vulnerable Children Could Die Without Aid-UN

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The situation for Sudan’s most vulnerable children is so desperate that half of the most severely malnourished youngsters are expected to die without urgent humanitarian intervention, UN agencies have said. “As we speak today, 650,000 kids are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. If not treated, half of them will die,” UN Children’s […]

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