Africa

Rwanda opposition leader barred from standing against president

A prominent opponent of the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, has been barred from standing in next month’s election to challenge his three-decade rule.Diane Rwigara, the leader of the People Salvation Movement, who was also barred in 2017, launched her election bid in May and submitted her candidacy last week. Her name was missing from the provisional list of candidates announced by the electoral commission on Thursday.“After Read More.

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Bomb attack in northern Kenya kills 5 people near the border with Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya — Five people have been killed in a bomb attack in northern Kenya, the interior ministry said Monday. The bomb, which exploded in El Wak town in Mandera County, near the border with Somalia, wounded five other people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Somalia-based al-Shabab militants affiliated with al-Qaida have carried out other attacks in the area. The bomb had been placed Read More.

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Ecobank Rwanda commemorates Genocide against Tutsi, pledges to support national development

Ecobank Rwanda paid homage to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi while reaffirming its dedication to fostering inclusive growth and providing financial services that benefit all Rwandans. The bank’s executives made this commitment clear on Wednesday, April 17 during a commemorative event held at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The event began with Senior Executives from the bank and staff touring the memorial, delving Read More.

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East Africa, thousands displaced as floods ravage parts

Heavy rains and flooding have wrought havoc across East Africa, claiming lives and displacing thousands of people in Kenya and Tanzania. Kakola Ombaka, Kenya, residents like Juliana Atieno Ochieng and Duncan Onyango recount the tragic toll of the floods on their lives. Ochieng, who lost her leg due to an injury sustained during the 2019 floods, remains immobilized by the waters that continue to inundate her Read More.

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Kenya, Many displaced as floods wreak havoc

Heavy rains and flooding in Kenya caused more destruction in several parts of the country on Thursday. Local media reports have put the death toll from flooding in recent days at 11, with over two thousand people displaced. “We have people who have been internally displaced, who don’t have a place to call home, no roof on top of their heads, their farmlands have been submerged,” Read More.

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UN Genocide prevention chief, to genocidaires: We are watching you!

Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, was among the many foreign dignitaries and leaders who travelled to Kigali to stand with Rwandans on the occasion of the 30th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, on April 7. The next day, The New Times’ Moise Bahati got to interview her. In the interview, Nderitu talked about, among other Read More.

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Davido to sue Kenyan TV over misleading April Fool’s Day story

Nigerian music star Davido is seeking legal action against Kenyan TV, K24, following a story on his alleged arrest at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) that the media outlet circulated on Monday, April 1. In a statement issued on Tuesday, April 2, the musician said that he did not appreciate the misleading story that claimed he was detained after cocaine was found on his private Read More.

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Ghana Awards Ruto Highest Honour Citing Him As A Role Model For Emerging Leaders

Ghana has awarded President William Ruto the country’s highest honour, The Companion of the Order of the Star of the Volta. Conferring the honour at a State banquet on Wednesday evening, President Nana Akufo-Addo said President Ruto was an “example of a new generation of African leaders” who have decided to insist on the application of principles of accountability and due process to all citizens no Read More.

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Tens of thousands of Israelis take part in anti-gov’t protests

Protesters say Jerusalem rally is the biggest anti-government protest since Israel launched its war on Gaza in October. Tens of thousands of people have gathered outside the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem in the largest anti-government protest since Israel launched its assault on Gaza. The protesters on Sunday demanded the government secure a ceasefire deal that would also free Israeli captives held by Hamas in Gaza and called Read More.

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East African airline announces new routes

Air Tanzania plans to launch direct flights to the UAE four times a week Air Tanzania has confirmed plans to commence direct flights to Dubai from its hub in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, a local news agency reported on Wednesday.  The airline will operate four flights a week on the route – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  Mr Ladislaus Matindi, the managing director of Read More.