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November 2, 2017 12:11 PM Uganda MPs reject 'bribe' linked to age-limit bill

Some Ugandan MPs have rejected the cash released by Parliament to facilitate consultations on a bill seeking to scrap presidential age limit. So far, 10 lawmakers have rejected the millions of shillings, with the latest one being Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza. Ms Kiiza, the Kasese Woman MP, on Thursday returned USh29 million to Parliament 60

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 45

November 2, 2017 7:31 AM Tanzania police burn 6,400 chicks to death

Veterinarians in Tanzania have condemned the country's s decision to burn 6,400 chicks which were illegally imported from Kenya. The chicks worth Sh577, 000 (Tsh12.5 million) were impounded on Monday at Namanga Border Post in Longido district, Arusha region, before they were burnt on Tuesday. Expressing his concern, executive director of a non-governmental 40

November 2, 2017 5:43 AM Akombe heads back to work at UN

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe returned to work at United Nations Headquarters in New York City two weeks after she resigned from the electoral agency. Dr Akombe, who shocked many by resigning from the electoral commission less than a week to the repeat presidential election confirmed to the Nation that she had indeed resumed her job at the UN but with a caveat 39

November 2, 2017 4:38 AM Nasa supporters see Raila as a 'messiah'

In some parts of Nyanza, where thousands hit the streets to block polling in last week's divisive vote, the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta means nothing. "He's our messiah," nods Gordon Ochieng' sitting in the back row of a church in Nyalenda slum in Kisumu. The city was the epicentre of violent opposition protests against last week's deeply divisive 36

November 2, 2017 4:09 AM SA no longer on Atlas Merchant Capital’s investment radar

Contrary to local analysts, CEO Bob Diamond says the local banking sector is established and valuations are high Atlas Merchant Capital, which earlier sought to bid for Barclays Africa, is not seeking more investment opportunities in SA. Founding partner Bob Diamond says the local banking sector is established and valuations are high. Atlas Merchant 30

November 2, 2017 3:29 AM A Year of Donald Trump: Key moments

Delivered on the steps of the Capitol, Trump's grim-toned inauguration speech depicted America as an economic basket case overrun by crime, street gangs and other blight, and attacked the politicians standing by him on the podium as pampered opportunists who prospered in government while everyday people missed out. Trump pledged to stop "this American 33

November 1, 2017 9:05 PM European Union observers say poll was more transparent

Any election dispute should be presented in court, election observers from the European Union have said. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) also said an initial analysis of result forms for the October 26 repeat presidential poll had shown improvement in transparency and accuracy compared to the annulled August 8 vote. "Grievances 26

November 1, 2017 8:30 PM New exam scanners to mark KCPE in record time

This year’s Standard Eight candidates should expect to get their results earlier than usual — thanks to 20 new scanning machines which the examiner has bought at a cost of Sh90 million and which will be used to process the test quickly. The new optical mark reader machines have replaced 20 old scanners bought more than 17 years ago. “All details of the 1,003,556 candidates 14

November 1, 2017 8:20 PM Liberia's Supreme Court halts election preparation over fraud accusations

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia’s Supreme Court has halted preparations for next week’s presidential run-off vote between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who alleged fraud. The decision casts further doubt on the Oct. 10 poll that losing parties say was marred 6