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Kenya rejects Somalia’s border case at Court of Justice (ICJ)

Daily Nation reported Wednesday that Kenya has formally rejected Somalia’s boundary dispute case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), terming it “invalid.”

Somalia reportede to International Court of Justice (ICJ) to demand that its boundary be adjusted to give Mogadishu a huge chunk of it with significant oil deposits.

Daily Nation says the area in contest is about 100,000 square kilometres, forming a triangle east of the Kenya coast. According to reports, Kenya and Somalia reached an MoU in 2009, which was then deposited to the UN in 2011.

Rwanda: U.S against president Kagame’s third term presidential bid

Although the US State Department said on Friday that  “ [US] respect the ability of any parliament to pass legislation that reflects the will of the people it is elected to represent,” it stressed that “we continue to firmly support the principle of democratic transition of power in all countries through free, fair and credible elections, held in accordance with constitutions, including provisions regarding term limits.”

Uganda-South Sudan border dispute displaces 400 people

The Ugandan army has said more than 400 people in Uganda’s Lamwo district have fled their homes due to rising tension resulting from border dispute between Uganda and South Sudan. Daily Monitor reported Wednesday that about 200 armed South Sudanese soldiers reportedly entered nine kilometres into Uganda and put a boundary demarcation at River Limu in Lokung Sub-County last Friday. 

Kenya Airways (KQ) needs close to US $1Billion to stay afloat says Investment Bank

Kenya’s Standard Investment Bank has said Kenya Airways (KQ) requires up to about  US $ 960 million or Ksh100 billion to stay afloat, Daily Monitor reported Wednesday that the money is required in the form of fresh capital injection to reduce the carrier’s debt burden.

Uganda: Six Somali women arrested for alleged illegal entry into Uganda

Six Somali nationals have been arrested by  police in Uganda’s Busia District on allegation of entering the country illegally, Daily Monitor reported Wednesday saying Ugandan police intercepted the Somali nationals, all women, on Monday trying to get into Uganda on motorcycles through ungazzated entry points without clearance from the immigration department.

Burundi: Top military general killed Sunday

Burundian officials and witnesses have said a top Burundian general and close aide to president Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a rocket attack on his car in the capital Bujumbura, according to AFP.

The National news website reported that Adolphe Nshimirimana was widely considered to be the central African nation’s de facto internal security chief and the regime’s No 2.

Uganda: Ex- Premier Amam Mbabazi to run for President as Independent Candidate

Former Prime President of Uganda, Mr. Amam Mbabazi has abandoned his earlier ambition to challenge President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni for the National Resistence Movement (NRM) at primaries as the party candidate for the 2016 general elections.

In a press conference, Mr. Mbabazi  reportedly said he will not contest for presidency on the NRM ticket on grounds that the party primaries are illegal, according to Daily Monitor’s report on Friday.

Ebola vaccine 100 % effective protection-trial results show

In what is seen as mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak, an Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, Daily Nation reported Friday citing an AFP source.

Hailing the results from the first efficacy test of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine among people living in a high-danger zone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reportedly  said, The world is "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine,".

"This is an extremely promising development," added WHO chief Margaret Chan.

Uganda: 3 primary school teachers among 238 arrested for early morning alcoholism

Three primary school teachers, a government military officer attached to Bombo Military headquarters at a rank of a lieutenant and secondary school students were among  some 238 people apprehended Wednesday by security operatives in an operation code-named ‘Curtailing early morning alcoholism in  Uganda’s Manafwa District,’ Daily Monitor reported Friday morning.