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UN chief askes Ugandan president to intervene in Burundi crisis-State House

(By Estera Popowska)

A statement from Uganda’s State House issued on Tuesday said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Ugandan President Museveni to intervene and help avert a degeneration of the political crisis in Burundi sparked off by its leader Pierre Nkurunziza’s move to extend his stay in power.

Daily Monitor says the UN's  request came hours before the Burundian Constitutional Court cleared President Nkurunziza to contest for a third term as president.

Kenya: Raiders kill 46 people in Northwestern Region

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 46 people were killed and several others wounded by raiders, Kenyan authorities said Tuesday adding that security has been beefed up along the restive Turkana- Pokot border in northwest region following the incident.

The incident took place on Monday after a raid by bandits believed to be from Turkana on a village in Nadome area on the Turkana-East Pokot border, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa said while confirming the deaths according to Xinhua.

Burundi: Top Judge flees country amidst mass protests

(By Estera Popowska)

In a bizarre incident, Burundi’s vice-president of the constitutional court  fled the country Monday, Daily Nation reported. According to reports, the judge was about to decide on the legality of a hugely contested third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.

A Burundian Judge Sylvere Nimpagaritse reportedly told AFP that the court's judges had come under "enormous pressure and even death threats" from senior figures, which he refused to name, to rubber-stamp the disputed candidature of the president.

Burundi: Police opens fire at protesters killing 3 people

(By Estera Popowska)

In a renewed protests against the Burundian president's attempt to extend his rule to a third term, police reportedly opened fire on demonstrators killing three people on Monday in the capital Bujumbura, VOA reported.

The Burundian Red Cross confirmed the three deaths to VOA's Central African Service. Dozens more people were reported to be wounded when police opened fire on protesters marching in suburbs of Bujumbura.  

Kenya: “There is no room for homosexuality in our society”- Deputy President

(By Estera Popowska)

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto has said homosexuality is not allowed [in Kenya] as it goes against Christianity and human nature, Daily nation reported.

The Deputy head of state reportedly assured the religious community of the government’s support in opposing the introduction of same-sex relations in Kenya.

“We would stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and our beliefs. We would not allow homosexuality in our nation, as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs,” said the Deputy President.  

Burundi: 3 killed, 600 arrested as mass protests continue

(By Estera Popowska)

At least three people were killed on Friday in Burundi as protests continue between citizens and the police sparked by the president's bid for a third term.

According to reports, some 600 people have so far been arrested in a protest that begun last Saturday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated President Pierre Nkurunziza its candidate in the June 26 presidential election.

Burundi: Authorities block Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp amidst mass protests

(By Estera Popowska)

Access to social media networks via mobile and messaging applications were on Wednesday blocked by Burundian authorities following mass demonstrations againist president’s bid to seek a third term,  a telecoms official reportedly said.

Daily Monitor says Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp  which have been used to coordinate protests, were no longer accessible via mobile telephone in the capital Bujumbura, although an official explanation for the service cut has not been given.

Burundi: Over 20,000 flee to Rwanda following mass protests

(By Estera Popowska)

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR has confirmed that  some 21,000 people have fled from Burundi into Rwanda following political protests, UN Radio said Tuesday.

As demonstrations entered a second day on Monday against a bid by the Burundian president to cling to power for a third term, at least 320 people had been arrested in Burundi , a senior police official said. The UN has warned that an attempt to seek a third term in the June presidential election is unconstitutional.