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Two Ugandans arrested in Kenya in connection with terrorism

Two Ugandan nationals, Malcom Lukwiya and Emmanuel were arrested July 1 in Kenya in connection with a syndicate which is recruiting youth to join Syria’s ISIS terrorists, Kenyan police said according to Sunday Monitor.

Sunday Monitor says the pair were arrested at a hideout in Kabete, in Kenyan capital Nairobi, after allegedly sneaking into the country following the killing of a top Muslim cleric Sheikh Hassan Kirya in their home country.

6 killed in Burundi as nation awaits election results

A police officer is among six people who were killed in gun battles Wednesday in a part of Burundi's capital Bujumbura that has led protests against the president's third-term bid, Africa Review quoted the police as saying.

The violence comes as Burundi awaits results from elections on Monday that were boycotted by the opposition and widely condemned internationally.According to reports, five of those killed were members of an armed group who were "neutralized", police said, adding they had seized weapons, including a rifle and a rocket-propelled grenade.

Kenya will not be intimidated by Al Shabab-says President Uhuru Kenyatta

(By Bonny Apunyu)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya will not relent in its war against  terrorism even as al Shabaab continues launching attacks on soft targets in the East African country, Standard Digital reported Thursday.

President Kenyatta reportedly said the fact that Al-Shabaab has resorted to attacking soft targets means they are losing the war. "They are seeking to intimidate us as a nation, but we will not let them. We will fight them fiercely," the President said.

Kenya to re-open money transfer firms closed over terrorism links

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Following a directive from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued on Thursday, some 13 money remittance firms or  hawalas that were suspended by the Kenyan government two months ago over allegations of financing terrorism will soon be back to business.

According to Standard Digital,  the Kenyan  President, through a written statement from State House directed the Central Bank of Kenya to immediately issue comprehensive regulations that guide the operations of the firms, upon which their suspension would be lifted.

250,000 children face starvation in war-torn South Sudan- expelled UN chief

(By Bonny Apunyu)

The expelled UN aid chief  Toby Lanzer, who was barred from South Sudan earlier this month after warning of economic meltdown said Tuesday that some 250,000 children face starvation in war-torn South Sudan, with an end to the 18-month conflict as distant as eve, according to Daily Monitor.

"Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and that peace was on the horizon. We were wrong," said Toby Lanzer adding that "Political intransigence left peace ever more distant; war raged on and is leading to economic collapse."

Ugandan President calls Ex-Premier’s Presidential bid ‘bad conduct and premature’

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Less than 48 hours after former Prime Minister Mr. Amama Mbabazi declared he was running for president in 2016, Ugandan President Museveni has reacted to Mr. Mbabazi’s bid calling it ‘bad conduct and premature,’Daily Monitor reported Tuesday.

The Ugandan head of state, in a recorded statement circulated to the media Monday night, hit back at Mr Mbabazi, saying he served the system whose weaknesses he seeks to solve, according to reports.