- The parties to the Igad-led negotiations agreed on the composition of a transitional government and security arrangements.
- About 14 factions are in attendance in the talks officially known as the High Level Revitalisation Programme to review the stalled implementation of the 2015 South Sudan peace agreement.
- But observers are concerned whether all remaining issues of the 2015 peace agreement yet to be discussed will be concluded by Friday when negotiations close.
Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours.
This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall armyworm manifest in the country’s staple.
Kenyan traders have taken advantage of the low prices in Uganda’s Tororo, Gulu, Masindi and Lira regions to ship in the produce, buying a tonne for as low as $180 per tonne.
By ALLAN OLINGO
The move comes as the country seeks to tap into aquifers to meet demand for water.
Limited data on the country’s ground water resources has been cited as one of the barriers hindering irrigation schemes to maximise agricultural production.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
The Rwandan government is hiring a consulting firm to help in gathering data on ground water reserves in the drought-prone Eastern Province. This comes as the country seeks to tap into aquifers to meet demand for water.
By LEONCE MUVUNYI
Rwanda is making arrangements to deliver food assistance to support more than 3,000 families in the Eastern Province who need urgent assistance to combat the worst effects of a prolonged drought.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources’ (Minagri), despite other parts of the country recording good harvests in season A this year, which is currently ending, numerous households in Eastern Province have been left stranded with little or no harvests, putting them at a risk of hunger.
The Directorate of Immigration says the changes align the document with new standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which require travellers to carry machine readable identity documents.
Refugees remain sceptical and claim it has not been easy for them to access the old document.
A refugee who eventually relocated to Kenya said the tedious process and scrutiny, leads many to simply give up.
By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA