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Sudan: Al-Bashir Increases Civil Servants’ Salaries Despite Protest To Step Down

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Sudan: Al-Bashir Increases Civil Servants' Salaries Despite Protest To Step Down

Sudan’s government has announced an increase in civil servants’ salaries as protests- sparked by sharp price increases continue to rock the nation. In a speech on the country’s independence anniversary on Thursday, President Omar Al-Bashir highlights his government’s achievements. He blamed the economic crisis on the loss of oil revenue since the 2011 secession of South Sudan, and worsened impact of US economic sanctions that ended in 2017.

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But there are more troubles for the Sudan president. More anti-government protests are expected as demonstrators continue their call for an end to Al-Bashir`s rule.

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In a joint statement on Thursday, Sudan’s largest opposition groups called for a fresh wave of protests against him. The four groups called for nationwide demonstrations on Friday and a march on the president’s Nile-side palace on Sunday. They also called for a march on parliament in Khartoum’s twin city to present a petition demanding that the 74-year-old president step down.

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Officials have acknowledged 19 deaths in the previous demonstrations. Amnesty international said last week it had credible reports that 37 protesters had been shot dead.

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

Authorities in Uganda’s Eastern Sebei region have reported an increase in cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), that is illegal in the country. Police say they have stepped up their deployments to stop any more cases.

Local leaders and activists say some FGM ceremonies are now happening in public in spite of the practice being illegal in Uganda. Most of the victims are believed to be married women in their 20s and 30s who face stigma for not having undergone the procedure.

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A non-governmental agency says there have been at least 12 women who have undergone public circumcision, although there have been many more suspected cases.

FGM was banned in Uganda in 2010 with those committing the act facing up to 10 years in prison. Campaigning by the government and activists has led to a reduction in the practice.

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But now some women, who did not undergo the procedure before marriage, are said to be facing social isolation and pressure to get circumcised.

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

Four more suspects named by Kenyan authorities as wanted following last week’s attack at the Dusitd2 complex in the capital, Nairobi, have surrendered. They reportedly handed themselves in at a police station in Isiolo, north-east of the capital.

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Kenyan police also said on Monday, they have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants Al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, days after the Islamist group killed 21 people in Nairobi.

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The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site in Garissa county, not far from the Kenyan-Somali border, owned by a Chinese road construction company that is building the Garissa-Modogashe highway.

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County Police Commander David Kerina says, the attackers were repulsed since the security officers were very alert.

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South Sudan Govt Sets To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

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South Sudan Govt Set To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

South Sudan says it has begun repairing and pumping oil from wells damaged during the civil war that broke out in 2013. Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth says the move will boost production by 70, 000 barrels per day by the end of the year.

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The country gained independence from Sudan eight years ago, and currently produces 160,000 barrels per day.

Gatkuoth says wells are being repaired with the help of Sudan after production plunged to less than half of pre-war levels. South Sudan’s President Salva Kirr and rebel leader Riek Machar signed what they called the “final final” peace deal agreement to end the civil war in august last year. But it has not been fully implemented.

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