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Why Kenyans should reject latest round of proposed constitutional changes

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative, which seeks sweeping amendments to the 2010 Constitution, is driven by a pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and a seasoned opposition stalwart turned government ally, Raila Odinga. The proposed amendments target at least 13 of the 18 chapters in the Constitution.

COVID-19 lockdown measures push GBV, child sexual exploitation in Kenya

The COVID-19 lockdown measures such as curfews, stay-at-home restrictions and continued school’s closures are also affecting children, with online criminals and sexual predators taking the advantage of kids confined at home.

Overshadowed by COVID-19, HIV/AIDS remains a thorn in the flesh for Africa

In Lesotho, the Director of Mental Health Services, Moelo Ramahlele said the fight against Covid-19 in Lesotho came at a cost to other health care concerns like HIV/AIDS.

Married to the grave: Tanzanian women undergo ghost vows

Chelu Matuzya Dar es Salaam-Not even death can undo marriage vows in Tanzania. In rarer...
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Conflict between Tigray and Eritrea — the long standing faultline in Ethiopian politics

Richard Reid, University of Oxford The missile attack by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on Eritrea in mid-November transformed...

Why Kenyans should reject latest round of proposed constitutional changes

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative, which seeks sweeping amendments to the 2010 Constitution, is driven by a pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and a seasoned opposition stalwart turned government ally, Raila Odinga. The proposed amendments target at least 13 of the 18 chapters in the Constitution.

Kenya in bind as country’s COVID-19 infections surge

Collins Odhiambo NAIROBI, KENYA-When Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday, July 6, 2020, eased restrictions to contain the further spread...

No honey for Zambian bee-keepers as apiculture struggles to survive

Alan Chanda abandoned his white collar job at a top international organisation in 2016 to pursue apiculture and formed his company, Dytech,...

COVID-19, Locusts muzzle Africa’s informal sector, rendering Millions food insecure

Rue Jemka WINDHOEK —Three major evils-the evil of climate change, the evil of locusts outbreaks and the evil of...

Vicious start to Uganda’s elections in just two weeks of campaigns

LILIAN NAMAGEMBE KAMPALA: A young man lay lifeless in Mulago-Kubiri in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. A few meters...

South Africa taxi owners default bank loans due to a plunge in business

Failure to carry maximum loads of passengers to allow for social distancing, the taxi operators said, saw some parking their cars due to losses and may fail to get back on the roads after months of a hiatus from the traffic jungles.

Malawi’s high profile corruption arrests bring hope of renewed commitment to fight the scourge

The nullification of the May 2019 election and the arrest of the top business magnet on bribery suspicions were, perhaps, pace setters in the country’s renewed commitment to fighting corruption.

Private sector hold keys to Botswana’s unemployment headache

Andrew Maramwidze Gaborone–Amid the rising inflation, exacerbated by the highly infectious COVID 19 pandemic, the private sector in...

Changing male attitudes ensure Sotho women get access to land

The move by 35 year-old Teboho Khati, has defied traditional stereotypes and is seen as a game changer after he transferred title deeds of one of his farms to ‘Maliteboho Khati' after witnessing her hardships following the death of her husband.
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COVID-19 lockdown measures push GBV, child sexual exploitation in Kenya

The COVID-19 lockdown measures such as curfews, stay-at-home restrictions and continued school’s closures are also affecting children, with online criminals and sexual predators taking the advantage of kids confined at home.