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Kenya’s Raila Odinga quits election re-run

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October’s election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities …

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Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of the country’s recent presidential election. Citing irregularities, the Supreme Court said a new poll should be held within 60 days. The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of last month’s election. But opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed that …

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Zimbabwe turns Mugabe’s birthday into a public holiday

Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe’s birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reported on Saturday, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy. The declaration of the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day came after lobbying by …

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Improved public schools in Rwanda see private academies close down

Private schools in Rwanda face an uncertain future amid dwindling admissions as learners increasingly enroll in public schools. Desperate proprietors who face closure of their institutions are now asking the government to sponsor students in private schools at public rates. However, the government has rejected the idea. More than 30 …

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Kenya opens first railway for a century

Kenya has opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, 18 months early. President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country. He warned that he would authorise the execution of vandals …

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40 migrants die of thirst in Sahara desert

More than 40 West African migrants died in the Sahara desert this week after their truck broke down in arid northern Niger, the Red Cross told Reuters on Wednesday. Six survivors walked to a remote village where they said that 44 people, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria and including three …

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Ugandan student summoned by university for ‘exposing nakedness’

Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University has threatened disciplinary action against a female student for wearing a skirt which was “cut into many strips” and which exposed “part of her nakedness” at a student dinner, local media reports. In a letter addressed to Rebbeca Nadumba, the university management said: “It is alleged …

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