Thousands gather for Uhuru, Ruto inauguration

Hundreds of thousands of people have poured into Kasarani Sports Stadium to watch President Uhuru Kenyatta being sworn in for his second and final five-year term. President Kenyatta, accompanied by his deputy William Ruto, will be expected at the 60,000-seater stadium after 10am and will both take the oath of allegiance, and the oath of…
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80pc Nigeria crashes blamed on human error

LAGOS. – Nigeria’s road commission yesterday said 80 percent of road accidents across the country were as a result of human factor. People contributed to lots of crashes on the roads through their nonchalant attitudes to the traffic rules and regulations, Hyginus Omeje, Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said…
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African Governments urged to invest in land

  Ruth Butaumocho in Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA AFRICAN governments should seize the opportunity to invest in its land, through strategies and interventions that focuses on women and youth. Speaking at the official opening of the land policy in Africa conference here on Tuesday, the United Nations Economic for Commission for Africa, (Uneca), deputy executive secretary Mr Abdalla Hamdok said African nations should use land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security, while ensuring environmental protection. “Equitable access and land utilisation and its resources is vital for sustainable economic growth, increased agricultural productivity and the development of a robust agribusiness on the continent. “Land forms the basis for agriculture, forestry, mining, industry, tourism and urban development. But to maximise on the benefits of land and its resources, inclusion of land users in decision making, on how land is governed and managed is crucial, ” he said adding that access to land by the women and youth would transform into economic empowerment. A youth and women representative from Kenya, Ms Rachel Mwakali said women and youth on the continent needed to secure lands rights in their respective countries to ensure that they contribute to economic growth. She however noted with concern that women and youth were failing to access land because of inheritance and customary practices, which regarded them as minors with no direct access to claim land. The majority of women in Africa were the most affected, and often failed to acquire land in the event of the death of their spouses, she said. “Why would you put extra effort to develop land that is not and that you won’t be able to pass on to your children? More than 70 percent of African population is made up of the youth, but sadly only a negligible percent own land,”she said. Running under the theme ”The Africa we want;Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth”, the conference comes at a time when the African Union declared 2017 as African’s year of youth as agents of socio-economic transformation. Africa is the most youthful continent with 65 percent of the population said to be between the ages of 15 to 35 years. During the conference, which ends tomorrow (Friday) a delegation from Zimbabwe are expected to present a paper on Guarded urban boundaries:Implications for peri urban land policy in Zimbabwe.
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LATEST & DEVELOPING: No Military Takeover in Zim

Farirai Machivenyika, Senior Reporter 10:26 – Action taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) today does not represent a military takeover of the Government but is meant to address the political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict, the ZDF said in a statement. LISTEN TO STATEMENT HERE 10:41 – The situation…
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Gambia’s first female VP sworn in

BANJUL. – President of The Gambia Adama Barrow officially appointed Mrs Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang as his vice-president. The president announced it via his Twitter handle on Thursday. President Barrow had named her his vice in January this year after beating long-serving Yahya Jammeh in elections last December. The appointment was, however, mired in controversy as the nominee…
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Mbalula at it again, blames Zimbabweans for SA crimes

Mashudu Netsianda Senior Reporter SOUTH African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has claimed that undocumented Zimbabwean farm workers are behind a spate of robberies, among other crimes committed in the neighbouring country, drawing rebuke and sharp criticism from the Zimbabwean community. Mr Mbalula, who was responding to questions from an opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party official during the…
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Kenya’s Chief Justice votes

NAIROBI. – Chief Justice David Maraga travelled to his rural home in Nyamira County where he cast his vote in the repeat presidential election. Mr Maraga, accompanied by his wife arrived at Bosose polling centre in West Mugirango constituency where he cast his vote at 1.55pm. The CJ chatted briefly with Nyamira County Woman Rep Jerusha…
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I can only be fired at president’s pleasure, says Ramaphosa

Cape Town. — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he cannot do anything to stop President Jacob Zuma from removing him from his position in government if wished to do so. This comes after media reports that Ramphosa would be next to be axed by Zuma, following Tuesday’s Cabinet reshuffle. Ramaphosa faced a grilling in the National Assembly…
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