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Kenya’s supreme law at a crossroads amid clamour for review

Four years after promulgation, Kenya’s Constitution is at a crossroads with calls for a referendum pitting the opposition and a section of Governors against the government in a political context. According to the implementation schedule, the country has ... [Published East African - 4 hours ago]
First reported 8 hours ago - Updated 8 hours ago - 1 reports

Rwanda locked out of Big Brother show at last minute

Rwandans’ dreams of being part of this year's edition of Big Brother Africa, which starts this Sunday, September 7, were dashed after the producers of the hit reality TV show announced that Rwanda and Sierra Leone have been locked out. "M-Net’s AfricaMagic ... [Published East African - 8 hours ago]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 2 reports

Tanzania embarks on wildlife census

Tanzania has embarked on a countrywide wildlife census in a bid to establish the animal population, amid rising poaching. Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Lazaro Nyalandu said that the exercise, bankrolled by Paul G Allen Foundation through the ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 2 reports

No solution in sight as Machar declines to sign peace deal

Aspects of the protocol signed last week by regional presidents are unattainable and reflect bias on the part of mediation and regional leaders, stakeholders in the South Sudan mediation and security analysts have said. Its tone, quality and details, ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Term limits a thorn as push for constitution change sweeps across EA

To change or not to change the Constitution? That is the question in all the five East African Community member states. Besides Tanzania, which is reviewing its Constitution, and Kenya, where the opposition Cord and a section of Governors are separately ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Senior Rwanda military officers face charges

A Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) colonel and a retired general and his driver arrested by the military last week were arraigned in the Military Tribunal in Nyarugenge, Kigali, on Friday. Col Tom Byabagamba, Brig-Gen (Rtd) Dr Frank Rusagara and Sgt (Rtd) ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

‘Young women less likely to use birth control’

Young women in Nairobi slums are less likely to use contraceptives than older and married women. According to the Africa Population and Health Research Centre Nairobi Slums Survey, younger women aged 15-19 years, women with no formal education, and sexually ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Nairobi, Dar to float tender for power line

Kenya and Tanzania are to float a tender in September for the construction of a transmission line capable of transferring 2,400MW of electricity. The 400 kilovolt high voltage overhead transmission line is expected to cover about 510 kilometres from Isinya ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
Entities: Tanzania, Kenya, Nairobi
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

$8.5m gene project for food security

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa. Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

East Africa and Horn in dire need of food aid

East Africa and the Horn of Africa are among regions with the highest number of people in dire need of food aid due to poor rains and multiple conflicts being experienced in some countries. Top on the list, according to the United Nations Office for the ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Africa’s top intelligence chiefs upbeat on war on terror

Africa’s top intelligence chiefs’ ended their week-long meeting in Nairobi with an upbeat assessment of the war on terror, citing major gains against Al Shabaab in East Africa, the LRA in Central Africa and the successful campaign to push Al Qaeda in ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Mining firms resist law on mandatory listing

The Tanzania Chamber of Mines has vowed to defy the law making it mandatory for mining companies to list on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. The chamber said its members had already informed the Commissioner for Minerals that mining companies would only ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
Entities: Mining, Tanzania, Minerals

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...She said checks along the DRC-Burundi border would also be tightened. "We do receive now more tourists in the country so we have decided to put doctors on airports in order to check the passengers. We have already created quarantine wards in our two major hospitals for those who are suspected of the virus" she added...
...government under high value contracts with bidders without following the requisite procedures for due diligence under the PPDA Act and Regulations. "As a result, a number of contracts have been signed with non-performing bidders and funds have been disbursed on the basis of forged documents including securities from financial institutions... The purpose of this circular therefore, is to advise all accounting officers to ensure that due diligence is undertaken through verification of documents submitted by bidders,” Mr. Muhakanizi wrote on August 7. Infrastructure projects — roads, railway, ICT and hydropower dams — take the lion’s share of Uganda’s development budget. In this financial year, the budget for construction of roads is Ush2.6 trillion ($1.01 billion). In the latest scandal that has put Works and Transport Minister Abraham Byandala and the Uganda National Roads Authority under the spotlight, the government paid Ush24.8 billion ($9.4 million) to Eutaw Construction Company Inc, which issued forged insurance bonds to secure advance payment for the road works after the firm had won the tender to build the 74km Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga road, whose construction works were commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni last month. The full contract for the project was Ush165 billion ($62.6 million), but once Eutaw, which claimed to be an American company got the tender, it subcontracted 100 per cent of the road project to Chinese firm Chongqing International, contrary to the PublicPublic Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) law. Critics argue that with middlemen taking part of the money, the quality and lifespan of the road projects delivered is compromised. Upon inspecting the ongoing road works on August 21, Ephraim Biraaro, who chairs the Parliamentary Physical Infrastructure Committee, said since it was public knowledge that at least $9.4 million was pocketed by middlemen who later sold the project to the Chinese company, parliament would have to watch out for future requests made by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to increase the cost of this particular road. The Inspector General of Government and police investigations revealed that out of the Ush33 billion ($12.5 million) that the Ministry of Works and Transport says it has initially released for the project, Ush24.8 billion ($9.4 million) went to the Eutaw middleman. Report By Julius Barigaba and Dicta Asiimwe"

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EASF all ready but for the funding [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
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$7.6m for Burundi after IMF review [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
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Mining firms resist law on mandatory listing [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
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Africa’s top intelligence chiefs upbeat on war ... [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
East Africa and Horn in dire need of food aid [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
$8.5m gene project for food security [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
Nairobi, Dar to float tender for power line [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
‘Young women less likely to use birth control’ [Published East African - Aug 31 2014]
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