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Amisom ready to withdraw – The East African


By FRED OLUOCH
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The African Union Mission in Somalia is going ahead with plans to withdraw its troops in February next year even though some troops-contributing countries are not keen on leaving.

In a recent workshop in Nairobi, Amisom top brass, representative of Somalia government and African Union developed a document that will provide an effective framework for the gradual transition of security responsibilities to Somali institutions.

Known as the Concept of Operations (CONOPs), the document will guide Amisom’s activities and operations for the 2018-2021 period, marking the final phase of the transition and eventual exit from Somalia.

Francisco Madeira, special representative of the AU and civilian head of Amisom, said that CONOPs is an important undertaking because it…

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OECS ready to share disaster mitigation knowledge following Trinidad and Tobago floods


KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — In the wake of the devastating flooding that has inundated parts of Trinidad and Tobago and left thousands stranded, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has expressed its readiness to share its disaster mitigation knowledge with the people and government of the twin island state.

Speaking from the OECS heads of government meeting in St Vincent and the Grenadines, OECS director general, Dr Didacus Jules, said the OECS expressed its sorrow and stood in strong solidarity with the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago at this difficult time.

“These extraordinary torrential rains are yet another reminder of the impacts of climate change and the need for global leadership to keep moving beyond posturing to action,”…

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Black Coffee says his streaming service for African music is ready


It’s been in the works for four years but the South African producer says his music streaming service should finally be here by the end of the month

Black Coffee is South Africa.

He lives and breathes his heritage and promotes it proudly on a day to day basis when the music he takes around the world with him is enjoyed by people of all different backgrounds.

Happy with the fact African music has blown up internationally but unhappy with the way the artists behind the music have been compensated, Black Coffee for the past four years has been working on something to even out the playing field.

Wanting to promote up-and-coming African artists and feed the music they make to the world through his much-anticipated GongBox streaming app, the DJ/producer whose song “Superman” was flipped by Drake…

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Ready for a United States of East Africa?


By MOSES HAVYARIMANA
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The East African Community has kicked off the process of forming a political federation by appointing a 12-member Committee of Experts to draft a regional constitution.

This is in line with a directive by the region’s heads of state to the Council of Ministers, asking it to begin drafting laws that will pave the way for the achievement of the last pillar of East African integration.

Julius Maganda, Uganda’s EAC Minister and chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers, said each partner state has appointed two members to the CoE to conduct research, consultations and eventually draft the East African Community Constitution by 2021.

The CoE is chaired by Uganda’s Benjamin Odoki and has three years to complete the drafting of the laws.

The draft will be…

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Maduro ‘brings the truth’ about Venezuela to UN Assembly; says he is ready to meet Trump


President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

NEW YORK, USA — The people of Venezuela are being harassed and attacked in the economic, political, diplomatic spheres, and facing “permanent aggression by the media” at the hands of the United States, President Nicolás Maduro told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

“The oligarchies of the continent – and those who rule them from Washington – want political control of Venezuela,” he said to world leaders gathered for the Assembly’s annual general debate, where he pledged to “bring the truth” that “Venezuela is on its feet…and will never come to its knees.”

He decried shameful actions against his country, which he…

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Ebola is back. Is Africa ready?



Ebola is back — and a threat to people in Congo. In late August, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the …
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