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U.S. Suspends Kenya Education Cash

The US has suspended millions of shillings earmarked for the Kenya education sector. US ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Tuesday said the money-Sh525 million - set to be disbursed to the Education Ministry this year will stay suspended "until there is a credible, independent audit and full accountability." "Those culpable for the fraud should not...

40,000 Displaced by Jos Riots in Nigeria

The human catastrophe arising from the eruption of sectarian crisis in Jos, Plateau State, two weeks ago has left at least 40,000 displaced. Also, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Lar, have condemned in strong terms the destruction of lives and property...

Plan to Integrate Ex-Militias Into Security Forces in Somalia

Mogadishu residents have welcomed plans by the interim government to step up the integration of an earlier, ousted, regime's security forces into its own army. "People are fed up and are tired of the daily attacks and miserable living conditions in the camps [for the internally displaced]; the insurgents enjoy very little, if any, support," a...

These Women Chose the Sea in Mauritius

She cannot swim, but Marie-Claite Hector is not afraid of the ocean. The 53-year-old pushes her small boat with all her strength towards the blue lagoon, starts the engine, and sets out to sea. Fishing in Mauritius is a male pursuit, but Hector is one of eight women in the coastal village of Bambous Virieux who have been cage-fishing in the waters...

Nigerian Court Challenges Govt on Yar'Adua Illness

Nigerian Court Challenges Govt on Yar'Adua Illness The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday ordered the Federation Executive Council (FEC) 14 days to prove medically that President Umaru Yar'Adua was fit to perform his duties. The two highest policy bodies existing at the centre are the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National Council of States (NCS). The Chief Judge of the Court, Justice...

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Threaten Strike Over Pay

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Threaten Strike Over Pay Civil servants have given the coalition government 14 days to address their wage demands or face a crippling public sector strike. Three unions representing the bulk of the civil servants held a joint press conference in Harare and made it clear they would strike if their demand for a minimum wage of US$630 per month was not met. They also...

South Africa's Presidency Educates Jounalists on Zuma's Wives

The rise to power of South Africa's first polygamous head of state in the modern era* is causing confusion in the media, and the office of President Jacob Zuma is now trying to set them straight. Responding to a rash of reports arising from Zuma's wedding last week to his newest wife, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, the presidency issued a statement on...

Police Block Protest March in Uganda

Police Block Protest March in Uganda THE Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) yesterday called off a march through the city, citing lack of security assurances from the Police. The coalition of four opposition parties had on Sunday announced protest activities throughout the country, starting with a peaceful demonstration in Kampala yesterday, over the Government's re-appointment of what...

Somalia's Al-Shabaab Capture Strategic Central Town

Somalia's Al-Shabaab insurgent group has reportedly seized the control of central town of Dhusamareb, the capital of Galgadud region 500km north of capital Mogadishu. Reports say heavily armed Al-Shabaab militia attacked the town on Saturday morning and overpowered militia loyal to Ahul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, who controlled the strategic town. Local...

100 Nigerian Lawyers Give President Umaru Yar’Adua January 31 Ultimatum to Resign

One hundred legal practitioners under the auspices of Lawyers of Consciences have given President Umaru Yar'Adua till January 31, 2010 to resign or be removed by the National Assembly, failing which the group will be left with no alternative than to mobilize their learned colleagues and the Nigerian electorate to "take their destiny into their...

More Ethiopian Troops Reach Central Somalia

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have reportedly reached at Kalaber intersection about 25 km north of Beledweyne town in central Somalia, witnesses said on Saturday. Residents say the Ethiopian troops armed with armed vehicles and other military trucks made a base in Kalaber, a strategic junction that connects central and southern regions of Somalia....

Kenya Closes Its Border With Somalia

MOMBASA (Sh. M. Network) - The government has ordered the closure of the 600km Kenya-Somalia border to stop refugees crossing over to Kenya. The Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti directed administrators at the Coast Province to ensure that the border remains closed so that Islamist fighters do not...

Somali Pirates Conduct Low-Key Maritime War Off Coast

Somali pirates and commercial shipping are engaged in a low-key maritime war off the East African coast. Since the end of the region's monsoon season more than two months ago, the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) has been reporting new encounters between pirates and merchant ships nearly every week. The force was formed in response to United...

Donor Caution Alarms Aid Workers in Somalia

Aid agencies operating in Somalia say they need more money but that some donors are holding back, concerned at where resources might end up in areas too dangerous for international staff. "Some of the largest donors in 2008 have given much less or almost no support so far this year," said Kiki Gbeho, head of UN Office for the Coordination of...

Rising Numbers of Illegal Immigrants Enter Somaliland

Immigration officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have expressed concern over the increase in the number of illegal Ethiopian migrants entering the region, with claims that up to 90 people are arriving daily, against 50 in 2008. An immigration official, who requested anonymity, said most of those arriving in Somaliland were asylum-...