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Kenya: Odinga Champions Affirmative Action for Teacher Trainees

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for a quick solution to the ongoing education crisis in Northern Eastern Kenya, where teachers have withdrawn over insecurity incidents.

How lake gases are powering homes in Rwanda

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Methane is being extracted from Lake Kivu in Rwanda to generate electricity.

Vote counts underway in Togo

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In Togo, counting of votes began Saturday just after the first round of the presidential election. More than 3.6 million people registered for a population of nearly 8 million to decide between the six candidates. The failed opposition has found a single candidate, hoping that a leader will emerge to unite the opposition in the second round. But in the camp of President Faure Gnassingbe, it is hoped that he will win a fourth term. President Faure Gnassingbé became president in 2005 after the death of his father, who took power in 1967. Under the country’s current law, Gnassingbé could remain in office until 2030, if re-elected. This week, the Togolese government expelled a U.S.-based organization that promotes democratic principles and observes elections. The U.S. government has criticized the expulsion of the National Democratic Institute. AFP

South Sudan forms coalition gov't

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It’s a new dawn in South Sudan as leaders form a coalition government. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, a day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government. “You have just witnessed the swearing in of the First Vice President, and the vice presidents. An event, which many of you had thought, was impossible. This action signifies the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. Machar said they will all work together to end their long suffering. “First I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the Republic of South Sudan for attaining peace. I want to assure you, we will work collectively to end your long suffering”, the South Sudanese First Vice President said. Kiir asked for forgiveness and said he had forgiven his brother Machar, while calling on the people of South Sudan to forgive each other. This arrangement has fallen apart twice, leading to a conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people. The world’s youngest nation slid into civil war in 2013. Two years after winning long-fought independence from Sudan, as supporters of Kiir and Machar clashed. Several attempts at peace failed, including a deal that saw Machar return as vice president in 2016. He fled the country on foot months later amid fresh gunfire. AP

Togolese opposition denounces vote irregularities

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Togolese main opposition candidate Agbéyomé Kodjo has denounced electoral irregularities on the evening of the first round of presidential elections. The former Prime Minister under Ngnassigbé Eyadema, whose house, according to AFP, was briefly surrounded by security forces, made the claim at a press conference. “I think that if the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) rectifies the irregularities we denounce, there is no reason why we should not pass the first round”, Kodjo said. Along with the Opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre of the National Alliance for Change, Kodjo said he was optimistic. “Somehow, the current president himself and his government are aware that they have been defeated. I am convinced that in the coming weeks I will be running this country”, he added. Nevertheless, the vote was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, but internet access was sporadically interrupted in the capital. In Sokodé, the second largest city and in the north, the internet was cut off at around 6 p.m. according to AFP. AFP

Amani Festival: The DR Congo music festival celebrating life

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Organisers of the Amani Festival want to show a different side of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Togo: CPJ joins letter calling on Togo government not to shut down internet

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[CPJ] The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 27 other press freedom and human rights organizations in a letter dated February 19 calling for authorities in Togo to maintain the stability and openness of the internet and social media platforms.

Giannelli Imbula: Stoke cancel contract of £18.3m record signing

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Stoke City cancel the contract of record signing Giannelli Imbula with 18 months remaining on his deal.

Cyriel Dessers: Dutch league's leading scorer hopes for Nigeria call-up

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Heracles striker Cyriel Dessers, the Dutch league's leading scorer, says he is playing the best football of his career and hopes to earn a first Nigeria cap.

South Sudan: To Spoilers of Peace in South Sudan - Your Day to Face Justice, Like Al Bashir's, Is Coming

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[East African] I remember vividly the day the United Nations Security Council decided to refer the situation in Sudan's Darfur to the International Criminal Court in March 2005. From my position as among the first judges to be elected to serve on the world's young criminal court, it felt like history was in the making.

Uganda: Kigali, Kampala Sign Deal to Ease Border Tensions

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[East African] President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni have signed an extradition treaty as the two countries move to end tensions that have paralysed movement of people and goods across their common borders.

Africa: UK Fronts Kenya's Amina in Commonwealth Top Job

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[East African] The United Kingdom wants Kenya's veteran diplomat Amina Mohamed to take over the Commonwealth top job in what could be London's clawless coup in a Club it patronises.

South Sudan: South Sudan's Machar Sworn in As Vice President

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[East African] Dr Riek Machar and three other vice presidents of South Sudan took their oaths of office Saturday, on the deadline to form the new unity government.

South Africa: St Albans Prisoner Dies After Stabbing Warden Six Times

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[News24Wire] A prisoner died and an official was injured in an incident at St Albans Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Africa: Kenya to Host Hockey Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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[Nation] Kenya will host the men and women's North East region qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations set for May 11-17 at the Sikh Union Hockey Stadium in Nairobi.

South Africa: Limpopo Nurse Arrested After Allegedly Posing As Lawyer, Defrauding Patient

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[News24Wire] A Limpopo nurse has appeared in court on charges of fraud, after allegedly posing as a lawyer and offering to assist a patient injured in a car accident.

Namibia: New Charges for Fishrot Accused

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[New Era] Suspended Fishcor CEO Mike Nghipunya was yesterday joined by five other co-accused in the unfolding international fishing bribery scandal when he appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court for the first time.

Kenya: 'Introduce Alcoblow to Gauge Sobriety of MCAs'

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[Nation] There was an uproar in Embu County Assembly when one of the members suggested that Alcoblow be introduced to gauge the sobriety of her colleagues before any sitting.

Kenya: Transporters Want Standard Gauge Railway Deal Made Public

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[Nation] Transporters want Cabinet Secretary James Macharia compelled to file in court a copy of an agreement between Kenya and the Chinese government for the construction of the standard gauge railway.

Kenya: Meet Cherono Guard By Day and Student in the Evening

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[Nation] As you enter Egerton University Nakuru Town Campus on Government Road, the institution is a beehive of activities.

Africa: Continent Feeling Coronavirus Socioeconomic Effects Due to Strong China Ties - AU

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -The African Union (AU) says despite the continent having only one confirmed case of coronavirus, the effects of the outbreak that have hit China the hardest will be felt in the continent owing to its strong trade ties with the Asian economic giant.

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