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East African Nations Worried About Burundi’s Absence At Summit

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East African Nations Worried About Burundi's Absence At Summit

East African nations were concerned that Burundi may boycott the East African Community (EAC) Leaders’ Summit that kicks off today in Arusha, Tanzania.

Burundi senior government officials were conspicuously absent from a series of pre-summit consultations which began on Sunday involving all the six partner states.

Diplomatic sources express doubt that the country may not be represented at the 20th ordinary summit of the regional bloc.

EAC officials confirmed on Thursday that none of the Burundi delegates had joined those from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan when the meetings started.

One senior official said Burundi may still be part of the summit even if its officials have skipped the advance meetings. But another official hinted Burundi may not feature in the summit at all.  He said Bujumbura authorities have communicated with the secretariat they may fail to be in Arusha because of an important national event in the capital on Friday that would require the presence of high level politicians.

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government is committed to improving the country’s civil aviation infrastructure.  He credited the industry with enhancing the country’s economy and national development.

He said at the eleventh forum of the international civil aviation organization air services negotiation meeting in Nairobi that the aviation industry contributes four tenths of a percent to the country’s gdp.  He also said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi provides seventeen thousand direct and more than half a million indirect jobs.

Kenyatta said about eight in ten tourists visiting Kenya use air transport.

He said these are some of the reasons his government is committed to investing in aviation infrastructure to help the industry play its critical role in the economy.

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

At least two persons were reported killed in Togo over the weekend after security forces moved against protesters. Opposition has accused the government of using what it called “regime soldiers” it says opened fire on the demonstrators.

At least two persons were killed in clashes between Togo’s security forces and protesters.

Authorities reported finding a dead protester in Lome with an open wound in his left eye that indicated a bullet entry. Another dead body was also reported, this time with no bullet wounds.

The protests intensified after the government called for parliamentary elections to be held in late December.  Opposition is against the polls.  It has demanded reforms of the national electoral commission, and a two-term limit for presidents.

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

Two Cameroonian Law graduates, who are now musicians, have been traveling through the country’s English-speaking regions singing messages of peace they believe will touch the rebels and help end the separatist conflict there.

The singers started their group in October when they both lost family members and friend in the secessionist struggle in the English-speaking regions.

The duo sing in both English and French reminding people about the grave repercussions of war, and urging all sides to embrace peace.

The conflict has claimed hundreds of civilian lives. Thousands have been internally displaced, and thousands more have fled, many to neighboring Nigeria.

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