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Burundi: 320 protestors arrested, main radio station shut down

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 320 people have been arrested in Burundi as demonstrations entered a second day  on Monday against a bid by the president to cling to power for a third term, a senior police official said.

According to sources, a leading dissident was arrested while authorities shut down the main independent radio station on Monday as they battled a second day of demonstrations.

Kenya: Parliamentary officer arrested on suspicion of working with Al shabaab

(By Estera Popowska)

Kenyan Police have arrested a Parliamentary officer, Ali Abdulmajid for allegedly planning to facilitate attacks on the National Assembly, the Standard Digital reported Monday.

According to reports, the Senate staff, is the vice-chairperson of the management committee of the Pumwani Riyadh mosque that has in the past been accused of financing terror activities. He has held that job since 2009.

Uganda: Belgium freezes $ 11.9 million in aid for government failure to export doctors

(By Estera Popowska)

Some €uro 11 million or $ 11.9 million (about sh34 billion) aid to Uganda from Belgium remains frozen as a sign of discontent over Ugandan government adamancy to export at least 263 medical specialists, 90 per cent from public hospitals, to the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, Belgium deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has said.

Kenya: Presidential jet en route Dubai makes U-turn due to increased fighting in Yemen

(By Estera Popowska)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aircraft en route to Dubai made a U-turn home following increased fighting in Yemen, Africa Review repored Friday.

Kenya’s State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement that the President was flying to Dubai to connect a flight to Los Angeles, US.

“Following reports of increased military activity in Yemen, there was a challenge on the routing leading to a decision to turn back. “The President touched the ground at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11.42 pm,” Mr Esipisu reportedly said.

Kenya will not pull out troops from Somalia-President Uhuru

(By Estera Popowska)
The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said over the weekend that Kenya Kenya will not pull its troops from Somalia until the country is peaceful and stable.

The leader of the East African nation was speaking during the Tana High-Level Forum on Security held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, which brought together Eastern Africa Heads of State.

According to press reports, the Kenyan head of state said Kenya will continue to work with other countries under the African Mission in Somalia.

Kenya: Alleged financier of Al Shabab University attack arrested in Nairobi

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Monday arrested Muslim cleric alleged to have been involved in financing the militant attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on Kenyan Garissa University College that claimed some 148 lives.

AFP says Omar was detained in Kenyan capital Nairobi to help police with investigations . The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit reportedly on Monday got a 30-day extended detention order by a court against Sheikh Hassan Mahat Omar, who was arrested on Friday.

Tanzania: 52 Ethiopians arrested for illegally entering Tanzania

(By Estera Popowska)
Some 52 Ethiopians are being held by Police in Kilimanjaro Region for allegedly entering Tanzania illegally, Moshi District Commissioner Novatus Makunga said in a statement.
The Citizen reported Saturday that 44 of the illegal immigrants were caught aboard a lorry belonging to a resident of Mianzini suburb in Arusha, according to Mr Makunga, who doubles as the chairman of the Defence and Security Committee of the district.

Uganda: EU approves $ 2 million relief aid for South Sudanese refuegess in Uganda

(By Estera Popowska)
A total of €2 million ($2.12 million) has been approved by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to support South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, The East African reported Saturday.

Isabelle D’Haudt, ECHO’s humanitarian advisor, for the Horn of Africa, Kenya and Uganda reportedly said the funds will be used to facilitate immunisation, nutrition, water and sanitation projects.