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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed on a two day visit to Uganda, Egypt

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Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has started a two day state visit to Uganda, from where he will head to Egypt for talks that will include the Nile Basin dynamics, regional security and trade.

Abiy, who was received by president Yoweri Museveni, will preside over Uganda’s National Heroes’ Day celebrations on Saturday.



The government of Uganda earlier this week announced that he will be honored with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa – The Grand Master medal, the highest honor for a head of state.

Authorities in Uganda said bilateral trade between the two countries stands at $1 million, and the two leaders will be seeking ways to enhance bilateral cooperation frameworks.

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Abiy will then head to Cairo where he is expected to meet president Abdel Fatah el Sisi, and the two leaders will discuss the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that has caused concern in Egypt.

Abiy’s two legged visit out of Ethiopia comes in the wake of a week of drastic reforms including the lifting of the state of emergency, announcements that Ethiopia will partially liberalise the economy and acceptance of the 2000 Algiers Agreement that potentially ends conflict with Eritrea.

On Thursday, the 41 year old former intelligence office also made some key personnel changes in the country’s security sector, appointing a new army chief of staff and replacing the director of national intelligence and security services.

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Protest leader arrested, charged with inciting violence in Zimbabwe.

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Armed police in Zimbabwe have arrested a political activist at his home on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

It comes as protests against fuel price hikes enters day 3 Wednesday. Evan Mawarire, a Harare pastor, rose to prominence as a critic of former leader, Robert Mugabe.

Beatrice Mtetwa is lawyer for Evan Mawarire.



Businesses and schools remain closed while mobile telecom networks enforce a government internet shut down in this Southern African nation.

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“I cannot say the stay away has been successful but at the end of the day we await to hear what the government will do because the people have spoken, they were not happy and up to now they are still in fear”, said Harare resident, Ronald Gwasira.

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“The way it looks people want to go to work but unfortunately it seems the transport operators are not willing to take them”, said Terrence Gumbi, another resident.

Wednesday is the third and final day of stay-at-home protests called by unions in response to the steep hike in fuel prices.

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Kenya: Uhuru Kenyata promises avenge terror attack in Nirobi.

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Kenyan security forces have neutralised all four terrorists involved in the attack on a hotel complex in the capital Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday.

Kenyatta said about 700 people had been safely evacuated, vowed to avenge the 14 “innocent” lives lost.



“We are a nation that never forgets those who hurt our children. We will pursue relentlessly those involved in the planning and execution of this attack,” the president said.

‘‘I take note of Kenyans who took to social media to spread hope and criticise false information. You have shown the world bravery, patriotism and love.’‘

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he attack in numbers

  • 14 civilians confirmed dead

  • 700 people safely evacuated

  • 4 attackers neutralised

Victims

An earlier estimate put the death toll at 15.

Timeline of the attack

  • Tuesday 3pm (local time): Attack on dusitD2 hotel begins with two explosions

  • Tuesday 5:55pm: Al Shabaab claims responsibility

  • Tuesday night: AU, EU, UN, United States, Somalia condemn the attack

  • Tuesday night : Police announces it has secured 7 out of eight floors

  • Wednesday 6am: Gunshots ring out as police say at least two groups of people still trapped inside complex

  • Wednesday 8am: President Kenyatta declares terror attack and security operation ‘over’.

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