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U.S grants Kenya over U.S $ 90 million in aid to fight against Al-Shabaab

The Kenyan Defence Force will receive approximately Us $ 91.5 million or Sh9.5 billion in aid this financial year to enhance the fight against Al-Shabaab, Daily Monitor said Wednesday adding that money will be used to buy equipment, train soldiers and support the Kenya military in Somalia and the fight against Al-Shabaab.

Out of the total sum, about approximately U.S $ 57 million or Sh5.9 billion will go to Amisom, of which Kenya is a part. The money is for enhancing “manoeuvre and border force, counter-improvised explosive devices, intelligence and logistics”.

Uganda government, public universities sign a US $105 million scholarship agreement

The government of Uganda and public universities have signed an agreement to operationalize a new scholarship scheme, New Vision’s Innocent Anguyo reported on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, the Ugandan government will offer about 350 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships under the “higher education science and technology (HEST)” project that is financed with a $105m (approximately 340b) loan from the African Development Bank (ADB).

Uganda: Police arrests 30-year old for exhuming human remains

A 30-year- old traditional healer in Uganda is in police custody for allegedly exhuming human remains in Uganda’s eastern district of Namutumba, The New Vision reported on Thursday. 

Yunus Mwanja, a resident of Busembatya town council in Iganga district was reportedly arrested last Saturday after he was found exhuming human remains in Buwalira village in Ivukula Sub County in Namutumba district.

Kenya Airways announces US $ 247 million loss

Kenya Airways has reported a record Sh25.7 billion  or approximately US $ 247.7 loss after tax attributable to competition from Middle East carriers and high operating costs, Daily Nation reported on Thursday.

According to reports, Kenya Airways blamed travel advisories that led to a slump in the tourism industry, as well as runway closures for renovation, for eating into the company's 2014/2015 full-year earnings.

U.S President Barack Obama arrives in Kenya under tight security

U.S President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on the first visit to his father’s home as serving US president. BBC reported that Obama's Air Force One touched down at Nairobi's international airport shortly before 20:10 local time ( 17:10 GMT).

According to reports, Mr. Obama was received at the airport by Kenyan  President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace. BBC says Mr Obama also hugged his half-sister Auma, who then travelled in the presidential limousine to the hotel where the US leader is staying.

Al Shabaab claims bombing Kenyan Police vehicle killing 3 people

Somali based rebel group al Shabaab militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on Kenyan police vehicle which killed at least two officers and a civilian on Monday, Reuters reported.

Kenyan police reportedly said a bomb blew up their vehicle in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. At least four others were wounded in the midday blast that a senior police officer said was caused by an improvised explosive device planted in the middle of the road.

18 Kenyan students threaten to commit suicide over U.S president Barack Obama’s visit

If US president Barack Obama fails to visit their university when he visits Kenya this month, 18 students of University of Nairobi (UON) said they will commit suicide, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Monday.

According to reports,  the Chairman of Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU), Mr Babu Owino,  said at least 18 students have threatened to kill themselves if president Obama does not visit their university.

Some 3,000 Ethiopian troops enter Somalia to fight al-Shabab militants

At least 3,000 Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia reportedly for an attack on al-Shabab militants, witnesses said according to VOA.

According to VOA, residents of the southwestern Gedo region said troops with tanks and armored vehicles began crossing the border Monday and have been seen in the town of Luq.Earlier, authorities in the region reportedly told VOA that forces are being mobilized for an offensive in areas still controlled by al-Shabab, including the group's last major stronghold, the town of Bardere.