Nigeria: ‘Islamic State’ Group Attacks Three Borno Towns

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on Thursday, carried out deadly attacks on military formations and civilians in three towns in Borno State - Gubio, Gajiganna and Gajiram, killing six soldiers and a civilian militia leader, security sources and residents told AFP. This is coming just three days after ISWAP ambushed Nigerian soldiers in Gudumbali town, in the same Borno State, killing nine soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole, whi..

Nigeria: Army Launches 20 ‘Super Camps’ to Fight Boko Haram

TARKAA DAVID, in this report, dissects Army's super camp concept and quest to root out insurgents through tactical, trained and motivated troops. The Nigerian Army, recently announced a new strategy in its over one-decade war against insurgency in the Northeastern part of the nation. The strategy entails the concentration of fighting forces in strongholds called Super Camps with capacity to respond swiftly to the adversary. Prior to this ..

Africa: Kenya Joins Ghana and Malawi to Roll Out Landmark Malaria Vaccine

Homa Bay — The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world's first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa. The vaccine, known as RTS.S, will be available to..

Rwanda: ‘Genocide’ Actor Rwasa Dead At 43

Rwanda's nascent film industry is mourning the death of Dennis Nsanzamahoro aka Rwasa, 43, a director and actor who appeared in a number of major films based on the Genocide against the Tutsis. Rwasa succumbed to diabetes on September 5, at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali. He was popularly known as Rwasa, a name of a character in one of the lead film roles he played and which won the hearts of many of his countrymen. His last f..

Central African Republic: UN Eases Arms Embargo

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, where the government signed a peace deal with 14 armed groups. The French-drafted resolution said there is an “urgent need for the CAR authorities to train and equip their defense and security forces to be able to respond proportionately to threats to the security of all citizens.” Conditions for easing the embargo include limits on th..

Congo-Kinshasa: Time to Test Félix Tshisekedi’s Vision for the Country

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) new government was finally sworn in last week. This was after eight months of drawn-out deliberations between former president Joseph Kabila's Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) platform and new President Félix Tshisekedi's Coalition pour le changement (CACH). In line with the FCC's overwhelming majority in parliament, it got 42 ministries against CACH's 23. Neither the time it ..

Kenya: Mudavadi Rules Out 2022 Poll Pact With Ruto

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has told off Deputy President William Ruto over his overtures for a presidential political pact ahead of 2022. Mr Mudavadi turned down Dr Ruto's proposal for a joint stab at the presidency, describing it as cheeky and ridiculous. He said that an alliance with Dr Ruto cannot sell. He was responding to remarks made by the DP in his Sabatia backyard on Saturday. For the first time ever, D..

Uganda: How Old and New Laws Block Activists On Social Media

Activists who use digital media are protected by international law and protocols that guarantee freedom of expression. Under international law, freedom of expression is also protected on the internet and mobile devices. It stands to reason then that the same rights enjoyed offline should be enjoyed online. There are also protections in Africa. For example, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides that every individual has the ri..

Sudan: First Cabinet Since Al-Bashir Ouster Sworn In

Sudan's military dashed initial hopes of democracy when it seized power following the ouster of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. But a new Cabinet means representative rule remains within reach. Sudan has sworn in its first government since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir from power in April, part of a power-sharing agreement between the military and pro-democracy demonstrators. Military and pro-democracy advocates si..

Cameroon: Treason Trial of Cameroon President’s Arch-Rival Opens

President Paul Biya's rival in a 2018 presidential race, Maurice Kamto, and his 90 co-accused appeared briefly before a military tribunal on charges of insurrection and rebellion after rejecting the vote. The 65-year-old Kamto has spent months protesting the outcome of a presidential election in October 2018 that gave Biya a seventh term in office. The charges he and his co-accused are facing carry the death penalty. Security forces deploy..

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