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Somali President, Kenyan counterpart meet in Nairobi to discuss Al Shabab crisis

(By Bonny Apunyu)

His Excellence Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya has met his Somali counterpart, Hassan Sheikh in Kenyan Capital Nairobi to discuss the war against Al Shabab militants, Mareeg Media reported Monday.

According to news reports, the East African heads of state discussed security matters, acts of terrorism and fighting against Al Shabab militants who are threat for Kenya and Somalia stabilities. In April Al Shabab militants claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan University which left of 147 people dead.

Kenya: Repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab camp resumes

(By Bonny Apunyu)

The Commissioner for Refugee Affairs, Haron Komen has said the repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya's giant Dadaab camp will resume this week, Africa Review reported Monday. According to reports, the relocation of the Somali refugees was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads.

Uganda: A third prominent Muslim leader shot dead in Eastern Uganda

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what brings to three, the total number of Muslim leaders to be killed in just less than six months, Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula, the Imam of Bilal Mosque in Mbale Town has been gunned down, Daily Monitor reported Friday.

According to reports, Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula was shot on Thursday night at around 9pm as he traveled back home. According to family sources the Sheikh was shot five times in the chest. He was reportedly being rushed to hospital but he died along the way.

Ugandan military denies aircraft gunship shot down by rebels in South Sudan

(By Bonny Apunyu)

As the United States condemned resumed violence in South Sudan, the Ugandan military has reportedly denied claims that a second one of its aircraft gunships had been shot down in South Sudan by rebel groups.

According to The East African news, the spokesman for the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Col Paddy Akunda, told the Nation on Thursday that the claim was “a white lie” adding that Ugandan soldiers are not in the Upper Nile region where the gunships were supposedly shot down.

Kenyan Security forces prevent possible Al Shabaab attack in Garissa County

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Following early intelligence that Al-Shabaab militants were targeting Yumbis village in Ijara, Garissa County, Kenyan Kenyan security forces on Thursday evening thwarted a  possible terrorist attack by Islamic militants, Kenya’s Interior Ministry said adding  that villagers alerted security forces that they had spotted armed militants in the area at around 6pm.

Burundi: President sacks 3 cabinet ministers after foiled coup

(By Estera Popowska)

After last week's failed coup to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza, the Burundian leader has reacted by sacking three cabinet ministers, as protests resumed on Monday. According to Africa Review, Mr. Nkurunziza’s spokesman denied that the dismissal of the defence, external relations and trade ministers was linked to the coup attempt.

Burundi: Protests against President Nkurunziza continues

(By Estera Popowska)

Despite President Pierre Nkurunziza's order for an immediate stop to the demonstrations against his third term bid, protests continued in Burundi on Monday, Africa Review reported. The Burundian head of state who reportedly survived a coup attempt last week, has claimed that the demonstrators were collaborators of the coup plotters.

Egypt: 92% of Egyptian women have undergone genital mutilation- UN Radio

(By Estera Popowska)

According to a radio report by the UN, atleast 92 per cent of girls and women in Egypt have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), despite the fact that the procedure was criminalized in the country in 2008.

FGM, as it is often referred to, is frequently rooted in cultural and religious beliefs, but has no medical benefit. According to the UN Radio, the United the Nations Development Programme(UNDP) has been working with the Egyptian authorities to reduce the practice.