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November 2, 2017 7:46 AM Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country's renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. It says the "entire population of Burundi recognizes it as a fundamental part of its heritage and identity". Today, the drums are played for entertainment: but for centuries 302

November 1, 2017 3:23 PM It Is Official! StarTimes Subscribers Can Now Pay As They Watch

On October 19th, StarTimes announced that it would start pay per day beginning today November 1. This simply mean that all StarTimes subscribers can now watch their favourite channels with just N60 per day and N300 a week on the Nova bouquet. Basic bouquet subscribers are not lft out as they will also enjoy subscription rates as low as N90 per day and N450 per week while 74

October 31, 2017 6:01 AM Bright Start for Local Pros in Rwanda Tennis Open

Rwandan men and women professional tennis players cruised to a bright start in the elite category of Rwanda Tennis Open which started on Monday at Amahoro National Stadium tennis court. Professional players from Uganda, Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya and hosts Rwanda are participating in a week-long tournament set to climax on Sunday. On Monday, Rwanda’s Olivier 26

October 30, 2017 5:55 PM WANJAU: Credible poll drives economic growth

The country is deeply split along two major political formations, the Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance (Nasa), which continue to do battle on the national electoral front, with serious ramifications for the citizens. Indeed, Jubilee under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa, which is led by Mr Raila Odinga, each garnered nearly half of all the votes 38

October 28, 2017 3:23 PM Burundians cheer court withdrawal with 'bye bye ICC'

Thousands of Burundians on Saturday answered the government's call to celebrate the country's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, cheering the "historic" day using slogans such as "bye bye ICC". Burundi on Friday became the first ever nation to leave the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal, set up some 15 years ago to prosecute those 40

October 28, 2017 7:32 AM Burundi leaves ICC amid row

Burundi has become the first country to withdraw its membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC). It accused the ICC of deliberately targeting Africans for prosecution. The government of Burundi is accused of committing crimes against humanity, including execution and torture. The UN Commission of Inquiry is urging the ICC to open a prosecution 42

October 27, 2017 7:19 AM Low voter turnout taints Uhuru victory in repeat presidential election

Results of Kenya’s presidential election re-run started to trickle in on Friday, with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate. With nearly all followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga heeding the veteran’s call for a boycott, Kenyatta’s victory is not in question 25

October 26, 2017 11:04 AM Shooting, tear gas, bonfires mar repeat presidential polls in some opposition bastions

The Opposition supporters clashed with police and threw up burning barricades on Thursday to challenge the legitimacy of an election rerun likely to return Uhuru Kenyatta as president of East Africa’s chief economic and political powerhouse. In the western city of Kisumu, stone-throwing youths heeding opposition leader Raila Odinga’s call for a voter 21

October 25, 2017 10:23 AM Congo-Kinshasa: Congolese Refugees Population Doubles

Kinshasa — THE number people displaced internally by the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo has doubled to 3,9 million in the past two years. Some 428 000 of these having been displaced in the past three months alone while over the past year, some 100 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees. With widespread militia activities 33

October 20, 2017 10:21 PM President N’Guesso is Great Lakes mediator for volatile Kenya

President Denis Sassou N’Guesso has been named as the lead Great Lakes Region’s mediator for volatile Kenya.The seventh extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the Congolese capital Brazzaville saw the adoption on Thursday of several recommendations including President 26