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October 31, 2017 6:53 AM President warns on trips abroad

President Yoweri Museveni has warned government officials against using government money to make useless trips abroad. The President said this money could be used to establish development projects, so as to solve the current unemployment problem. Museveni was presiding over the graduation ceremony of the first batch of over 600 girls under the Presidential 29

October 27, 2017 3:52 PM Read about the lesbian rugby team formed to spread awareness and fight discrimination

A group of lesbian women in Cape Town, South Africa have formed an all-lesbian rugby team to spread awareness about gay rights and fight discrimination. One of the team's founders is Xoliswa Jubeju, who also doubles up as the captain. They named their team Khayelitsha Cats because they are based in Khayelitsha township. In an interview with the BBC, she said many gay and lesbian 20

October 24, 2017 4:24 AM Vero was on a job hunting mission when chopper crashed in lake – family

The female occupant in the ill-fated chopper that crashed in Lake Nakuru on Saturday was a fresh graduate from Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology. Veronica Muthoni, 22, had finished a certificate course in Catering in 2016 and was on a job hunting mission in Nakuru town before she met her death, according to her family. The details emerged 21

October 24, 2017 12:25 AM Ugandan girls forced into child marriage because they can't afford sanitary pads

LONDON, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Ugandan schoolgirl Auma got her first period she asked her mother for sanitary pads. Her mother suggested she find herself a husband to pay for them. Auma was just 12. Auma's story is not uncommon. Many girls in Uganda drop out of education when they begin menstruating because their schools lack proper 28

October 22, 2017 7:11 AM Maternal deaths prompt calls for action in Zambia

By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Lusaka, Zambia, Oct 22 – The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth — a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia. Their mother, Karen Kalengele, 33, was admitted to the Medcross hospital in Lusaka, one of the country’s most prestigious 34

October 20, 2017 3:04 PM Amref presses for sanitary towel factory

Stakeholders are considering establishing a factory to manufacture sanitary pads in a bid to help girls from poor families in Busia County. The proposal, which dominated the Busia Menstrual Hygiene workshop, followed media reports that girls are engaging in prostitution for as low as Sh100 to but the sanitary towels. Addressing players drawn from the health 15

October 19, 2017 6:06 PM Anger over Mogadishu bomb attack boils over into streets

A red bandana has become the new symbol of protest in Mogadishu as anger over the city's most destructive bomb attack is boiling over on to the streets. Men and women in the city, security officers, even government officials - all are wearing a piece of red cloth around their foreheads to show unity and solidarity for the hundreds of people killed and injured 34

October 17, 2017 6:47 PM Baby survives gunshot wound in Nasa demos

Two-year-old Shantelle was playing with her mates in Nyamasaria, Kisumu. Then she fell down suddenly, crying. Her mother, Lydia Kageha, who rushed there, thought one of her playmates had hit her with a stone. On Monday night, doctors at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital took just two minutes to remove the bullet lodged in her shoulder 16

October 17, 2017 6:37 PM Why Kenya’s Odinga pulled out of election

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week’s presidential election to avoid defeat, the deputy president said. NAIROBI - Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week’s presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday. Odinga was due to face President 12

October 17, 2017 10:39 AM Bullet removed from girl's neck

Doctors on Monday night successfully removed a bullet lodged in a two-year-old's neck, after she was shot in Kisumu County. The medics at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital operated on the girl, identified as Shantel Mary Kageha, and removed the bullet at 10pm. The Hospital’s Medical Superintendent Juliana Otieno told the Nation 12