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School Girls’ Genital Cutting And Pregnancy Test Are Demeaning – Kenyan Teachers

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School Girls' Genital Cutting And Pregnancy Test Are Demeaning - Kenyan Teachers

Kenyan teachers in Narok County have said they would disregard a directive to perform tests on school girls for female genital cutting and pregnancy.  The directive was given by commissioner George Natembeya for all upper primary and secondary school girls.

County Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Charles Ng’eno, says the tests are demeaning and are a violation of the girls’ rights.   He also says the directive does not fall under their mandate, and so, teachers should ignore it.

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Ng’eno says the directives is in bad faith and it infringes on the rights of learners.

The commissioner has insisted that pregnancy and FGM tests would be conducted on all girls as schools reopened on Thursday, but Kuppet Secretary General, Charles Ng’eno says it is impossible to undo a cut that has been done.  He suggests stopping the cuts before they happen.

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More than two hundred school girls, between ten and nineteen years of age, from eight primary and secondary institutions, dropped out of school last year as a result of pregnancies.  More than sixty girls failed to sit for their national examinations for the same reason.

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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

African leaders have agreed, at a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, and a quick restoration of the constitutional system through a political process, amid pressure for a handover of power to civilians.

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The decision extends a 15-day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power or be suspended from the A.U. TMC took over after president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted earlier this month.

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The TMC has been under pressure from demonstrators to hand power to civilians immediately.

Egypt`s Abdul Fatah Al Sisi, who holds the rotating African Union presidency, said at the end of the summit in Cairo, they have agreed on the need to give more time to Sudanese authorities and Sudanese parties to implement required measures.

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

Mozambican authorities have warned of a tropical storm that could hit the country this week, just one month after cyclone Idai ravaged the nation. The next organized tropical cyclone, to be named Kenneth could also affect Tanzania.

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The National Institute for Disaster Management’s spokesman, Paulo Tomás says, they will keep abreast of the evolution of the weather system.

Last month, cyclone Idai killed at least 960 people in parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving some 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President’s Rule

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President's Rule

Egypt’s election commission has announced, 88% of voters had approved changes to the constitution that could allow president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The amendments would also give the president new powers over the judiciary.

The commission says, voter turnout during the three-day referendum was nearly 44 and a half percent and almost 90 percent approved the amendments while 11.17 percent voted no.

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The amendments will extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024 and to appoint one or more vice presidents.

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His critics questioned the credibility of the turnout figure announced and are asking how can a constitution be changed to fit one person.

Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy.

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After the announcement was made, Al-Sisi sent the message quote “I am your god.”

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