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Kenya:President Kenyatta Says Gay Rights 'Of No Importance' in Kenya

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta has said gay rights is not a burning issue for Kenya at the moment. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Woman Claiming to Be Uhuru's Unknown 'Daughter' Arrested

[Nairobi News] A woman who caused a stir on the streets of Nairobi on Friday by displaying a placard claiming that she is the unknown daughter of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been arrested. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Sudan President Sacks Foreign Minister Ghandou

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir fired his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour following his criticism on the financial situation of the country's diplomatic corps on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Govt for Testing Ugandans With HIV Positive Relatives

[Observer] The government has revived its HIV testing guidelines of 2016 and started encouraging all family members with HIV positive patients to be screened. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:World Bank Lauds Uganda On Social Media Tax

[Observer] World Bank senior economist for Uganda Richard Ancrum Walker says he is impressed with the public debate around proposed new taxes, including that on social media usage. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:110 Years of Electricity in Uganda

[Monitor] This April marks 110 year of electricity in Uganda. In April 1908, electricity powered by diesel generator was introduced in Uganda. Hesketh Bell who replaced British Commissioner Lt Colonel Hayes Sadler in 1907 and became Uganda's first Governor the following year was the first person to bring to Uganda a generator to produce electricity. In April 1908, Bell brought to Uganda a generator to light his home at Entebbe which was then the administrative capital of Uganda. The following year, another diesel ge (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Actress Agnes Masogange Passes Away After Short Illness

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Popular video queen Agnes Gerald, alias Masogange, is no more. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:Efforts to Claim Teff Patent Right

[Ethiopian Herald] Ethiopia has been undertaking various efforts to claim the patent right, whether through negotiation, public campaign and the legal system. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan:Army Boss General James Ajongo Dies

[Nation] South Sudan's army chief General James Ajongo has died in a Cairo hospital where he was undergoing treatment. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Odinga Talks With Former President Kibaki

[Nation] ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday met and held talks with retired president and his former coalition partner Mwai Kibaki. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Will New Legislation Turn Kenya Into a Tax Haven?

[ISS] A recently passed law could make it easier for companies to dodge tax in Kenya. This could increase the rate of illicit financial flows and, contrary to government's goals, undermine economic growth and development. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Somaliland Arrests King Bur Madow for Attending Elder's Crowning in Puntland

[Shabelle] The security forces of the northern breakaway region of Somaliland have detained a leading Somali traditional elder in the state's capital, Hargeisa city on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:As Fruit Trees Fall, a Hunger Threat Looms in Kenya

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kajuki -When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Govt Refutes Over U.S.$440 Million Loss From 2016/2017 Budget

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government has categorically stated that there is no loss of Sh1.5 trillion from the budgeted funds for the 2016/17 financial year as it is being claimed through the media. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan:Armed Groups Release Over 500 Children

[East African] More than 500 children have been released from the armed groups in South Sudan, Unicef has said. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Oparanya, Khalwale Clash Over Koffi Olomide Visit

[Nairobi News] Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and former senator Bonny Khalwale have clashed over Lingala maestro Koffi Olomide's planned tour of the county. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Gay Rights of No Importance - Not Acceptable in Kenya, Uhuru Tells Amanpour

[Nairobi News] President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that homosexuality is not an issue of any importance to the people of the republic of Kenya. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Advocate Convicted Over Insulting President

[Daily News] THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday convicted a member of the bar, Advocate Leonard Kyaruzi, of insulting President John Magufuli on the social media, sentencing him to three years in jail or payment of a 5m/- fine. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:President's Message to Judges - Observe Ethics, Speed Up Cases

[Daily News] THE question of justice dispensation, speedy handling of cases and adherence by judges to their codes of conduct, were at the centre of messages to new judges who were sworn-in by President John Magufuli yesterday. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:EgyptAir Set to Launch Direct Flights to Zanzibar

[Daily News] EGYPTIAN Airline, Egyptair, is set to start direct flights from Cairo to Zanzibar, a move which is expected to boost the Isles tourism sector and enhance business between the two countries. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:President Kenyatta Wraps Up CHOGM Summit in London

[Capital FM] London --President Uhuru Kenyatta wrapped up his second Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with an attendance at an exclusive retreat at the Windsor Castle where leaders spoke frankly about issues that are a priority for their nations and for the commonwealth as a group. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Magufuli Spits Fire Over Lies

[Daily News] PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday talked tough on false allegations circulating in social domain that 1.5 trillion/- was missing from public coffers, an amount of money that was supposed to be included in the budget for 2016/17 financial year. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Tanzania to Eliminate Malaria By 99 Per Cent By 2020, VP Explains

[Daily News] VICE-President Samia Suluhu Hassan has revealed that, the number of deaths resulting from malaria has been reduced to just nine fatalities among 1000 people in Tanzania. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Why Besigye Can't Govern Like Museveni

[Monitor] Love him or hate him, Andrew Mwenda is one of the more significant public intellectuals in the East African region. That, coupled with the fact that he appears to have the ear of one or two presidents in the region, makes him a man whose thinking cannot be ignored. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:How Binaisa Escaped Being Shot By Bodyguard

[Monitor] The President is the most admired person in the country. He has an army at his disposal, access to the state coffers, immense powers, including authority to appoint people to top government positions and fire them. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:Release of the 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia

[U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa] The 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia reflects serious challenges to the Ethiopian people's ability to exercise their basic rights last year. We believe there is reason for optimism that the 2018 Human Rights Report will tell a different story, one of progress. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Sonko Suspends 30 Procurement Officials Accused of Graft

[Capital FM] Nairobi -30 Nairobi county procurement staff have been sent on forced leave by Governor Mike Sonko for allegedly inflating prices and issuing Local Purchase Orders without necessary approval. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Top Cop in Trouble Over Woman's Slapping Incident At His Station

[Nairobi News] Mathira West police commander Kiptoo Birgen has been interdicted after a man was filmed slapping a woman in full glare of police officers at a police station. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Illegal Structures Demolished As Govt Steps Up Efforts to Clean Nairobi River

[Nairobi News] A taskforce formed to spearhead the clean-up of Nairobi River on Friday oversaw the flattening of illegal structures put up on the river bed. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Unhappy DJ Pierra Explains Why She Left Ebru TV

[Nairobi News] Deejay Pierra Makena has explained the unhappiness that led to her leaving Ebru TV where she has been co-hosting a talk show. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Al-Shabaab Claims to Have Killed Over 50 Troops at AU Base

[Shabelle] Al Shabaab militants battled for hours on Sunday with African Union troops after exploding a car bomb outside their base, Somali police, military and the militants said. (AllAfrica)