By JONATHAN KAMOGA
A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.
The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.
The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.
- UNHCR has toned down calls pushing for more refugees to be repatriated.
- Since last year the agency assisted more than 44,000 refugees to voluntarily repatriate to Burundi, with the vast majority coming from Tanzania.
- However, about 1,000 refugees continue to arrive in neighbouring countries each month, citing insecurity, harassment, and fear.
By MOSES HAVYARIMANA
- Away from South Sudan, they are determined to start a new life by learning new skills.
By JONATHAN KAMOGA
Nicholas Ngota’s dream of becoming a journalist seemed to to be coming true when he got a job as a young reporter and anchor at a local radio station in South Sudan’s Kajukeji village in Yei River State.
The opportunity to get a platform to practise what he had always wanted to do since his early secondary school days, had finally presented itself.
By MOHAMMED MOMOH
Muslim and Christian leaders in Nigeria have signed an agreement to hold the peace ahead of the February 2019 General Election.
The religious leaders penned the agreement in Abuja on Tuesday in the presence of the UN and US officials.
They affirmed their commitment to peace and harmony in the populous nation so afflicted by religious and ethnic divisions.
By IVAN R. MUGISHA
Two former Rwandan refugees, Innocent Habumugisha and Egide Rwasibo, who were deported from Zambia in December 2015 on the grounds that they were working as spies for the Rwandan government and causing insecurity in Zambia, won a case in the Zambian High Court last week, with the judge ruling that their deportation was “unconscionable and unreasonable."
- Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (Midimar) said it has dispensed some 2,760 cards to mainly Burundian and some Congolese refugees.
- The ID issuance began on Thursday after the conclusion of a joint refugee verification exercise to capture biometric data by the government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Ivan R. Mugisha
Rwanda has issued more than 2,500 identity cards to refugees in the country to enable them move freely and access social services and jobs.
By KEMO CHAM
Researchers in Sierra Leone have found a new strain of the Ebola virus, the government said on Thursday.
The virus was discovered in bats in northern Bombali region by scientists in a joint US-West African study funded by USAid.
The finding comes two years after end of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
But researchers say the new Bombali virus is distinct from other Ebola virus strains and it is not yet known whether it could develop into the deadly disease.
- Massive flooding triggered a landslide that killed four and injured many others in Limbe
- The residents of the affected areas would be temporarily relocated
- Last month, about 20 people were killed by flooding in Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan
By NDI EUGENE NDI
At least five people have been killed, dozens more injured and scores of others rendered homeless following a devastating flood in the Cameroonian cities of Limbe and Douala.
Trump administration to allow some 500 Somali immigrants to remain in the US for at least another 18 months.
Washington said it arrived at the decision considering the "ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions" in Somalia.
Somalis in the US were first deemed eligible for the special status in 1991 when their country erupted into civil war.
By KEVIN J KELLEY
- President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met in Khartoum to continue their face-to- face talks
- Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Monday promised to end the war in South Sudan
- The Sudanese leader is a suspect wanted by the International Criminal Court
By Joseph Oduha
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have finally inked an agreement to end the war.
- The majority of the refugees fled Zimbabwe at the height of the violent presidential election in 2008
- The Namibia refugees have vowed to stay put, refusing to return home
- Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries
By ARNALDO VIEIRA
Some of the nearly 700 Zimbabweans residing at the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana have started going back home ahead of the December 31 deadline, the media reported.
By MANASE OTSIALO
According to Mr Sheikh, the blood samples sent to Kemri last week were taken from patients who complaint of joint pains, had fever and showed signs of bleeding.
Results from the research agency based in Nairobi are expected back on Friday.
Mandera County government has sent five human blood samples to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for testing of a range of diseases.
By ARNALDO VIEIRA
Cape Verde is facing its worst drought since 1977, local media reported.
The state-owned Rádio de Cabo Verde quoted Agriculture minister Gilbeto Silva saying the Poilão, the country's largest dam, had dried up.
The Poilão dam on the Santiago Island, was only two years ago overflowing.
“This is one of the worst droughts in the last 40 years,” Mr Silva said, adding the situation was only comparable to those experienced in 1977 and 1947.
By Arnaldo Vieira
Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.
Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.
According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.
By ANDUALEM SISAY
Ethiopia’s cabinet has approved draft bill to lift state of emergency imposed in February following widespread anti-government protests.
The decision to lift the state of emergency, originally scheduled for August, was arrived at after the Council of Ministers meeting on Saturday morning.
The draft bill has been sent to parliament for approval.
By JOSEPH ODUHA
By FRED OLUOCH
South Sudan's opposition rejected a power-sharing proposal by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) at a meeting in Ethiopia on Tuesday.
Its position, spearheaded by the Riek Machar-led armed group Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), puts the peace talks in jeopardy as the nation sinks deeper into crisis.
SPLM-IO envoy to Tanzania Peter Kleto said in a statement on Wednesday that the proposal gives more power to the Juba government.
- The Moyale district in Ethiopia continues to experience armed skirmishes that are causing refugees to fear for their safety. Kenya must not push refugees back by making life difficult for them in Kenya. The risk of serious human rights violations in Ethiopia is still very real.
By VICTOR NYAMORI
Ayantu, a 53-year-old mother of seven, had just finished preparing lunch for her children when military personnel surrounded her village.
- The ministry sets up special health facility zones in communities near Lake Tanganyika.
- A team of experts has been dispatched to the six regions bordering DR Congo to help in surveillance and control.
- The deadly virus outbreak has so far killed 27 people in DRC.
By BEATRICE MATERU
Tanzania has intensified its surveillance at all points of entry following the Ebola outbreak that has so far killed 27 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
By MICHAEL CHAWE
Seven Congolese refugees in Zambia died following a boat accident as they sought to escape from a transit centre north of the country, police said.
Zambia police issued a statement saying: "Seven Democratic Republic of Congo nationals have drowned on Lake Mweru in Chiengi District of Luapula Province after their boat capsized due to heavy winds."