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Kenya divided on Inauguration Day

Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing in

Security has been stepped up in and around the sports stadium for the event.
About 43 delegations will be represented at today’s ceremony with 14 heads of state expected to attend, the government said. 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.

Bishops ask President Kabila to swear he will not go in for a second term

Influential bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday urged President Joseph Kabila to pledge he will not seek a third term in office in order to ease fears of unrest. Roman Catholic bishops last year helped broker a deal under which elections for a new president would be held in 2017.

UN on sale of Africans

The UN Security Council discusses measures to halt slave auctions of African migrants in Libya, and South Sudan.

President dissolves Cabinet

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has dissolved Cabinet and appointed, in acting capacity, Cdes Patrick Chinamasa to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi to the Foreign Affairs Ministry to allow for uninterrupted services to critical units of Government.

Gambia court charges soldiers with coup plot

A Gambian military court on Monday charged 10 soldiers with treason and mutiny for plotting to overthrow the country’s newly elected government in July, and two more with helping a sergeant evade arrest.
Elements of The Gambia’s armed forces are known to have maintained support for former president Yahya Jammeh following his ouster from power after 22 years in January, but detailed evidence of a rumoured coup plot is only just emerging.

3 French soldiers wounded in Burkina Faso before French President’s arrival

A grenade thrown at French soldiers wounded three civilians in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou shortly before the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron, Radio France International reported on Tuesday. The grenade was thrown late on Monday, just hours before Macron was due to speak before a university audience at Ouagadougou.

Zimbabwe’s Finance minister to be held in custody until trial.

Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, charged with three counts of corruption for offences that allegedly took place two decades ago, was denied bail on Monday and will be detained in custody until his case is heard on December 8.

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