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Tension As Rwanda Shoots At Congolese Plane.



The Rwandan government says “defensive measures were taken” on the Democratic Republic of Congo fighter jet that “violated” its airspace on Tuesday evening.

This statement comes after amateur images showing a military plane being shot at made rounds across different social media platforms. The Soviet Union-made Sukhoi-25 was reportedly shot at while flying at a low altitude between the towns of Goma in DR Congo and Gisenyi in Rwanda.

Images of a Congolese fighter jet after it was shot down by Rwandan forces(Courtesy photo)
Images of a Congolese fighter jet after it was shot down by Rwandan forces(Courtesy photo)

Voices in Kigali expressed impatience with DR, Congo saying this was the third incident involving a Congolese fighter jet in their airspace.

On the other hand, the Kinshasa leadership maintains the innocence of the accusation saying their plane didn’t violate airspace boundaries and promised to defend themselves as they’ll not turn a blind eye to the incident.

The government considers this umpteenth attack by Rwanda as a deliberate action of aggression that is equivalent to an act of war. Information ministry, drc.

Tensions between the two neighbouring countries have risen over the past years as DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels an accusation Rwanda has denied.


At the end of 2022, a joint East African Community force was sent to the wartorn eastern DRC to neutralise the numerous rebel outfits including the M23 which are causing instability in the mineral-rich nation.


Will Ruto fight Uhuru on referendum?




By Our Reporter

A national referendum to change the Constitution is now a matter of when, not if, as key political parties and leaders in the country have started working on a rare unity pact that analysts say will form the basis of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics.

President Kenyatta’s wing in Jubilee Party, Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement, Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress, Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, and Gideon Moi’s Kanu are already reading from the same script and are pledging support for the Building Bridges Initiative, which many see as the vehicle to the referendum.

A united front bringing together these key political parties could start a wave that eventually installs a leader at State House in 2022.
The clearest indication yet of how the referendum question could read was revealed last week when women leaders under the Embrace movement, a pillar in the Kieleweke formation of the President Kenyatta-aligned Jubilee camp, said the Executive needs to be expanded to include the position of a prime minister and two deputies.

Leaders with insider information on the plans to change the Constitution told the Nation that six parties, among them Jubilee and ODM, are plotting to use the huge following they enjoy in the country to marshal support for the referendum, expected early next year.


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South Sudan will succeed against all odds – President Salva Kiir



South Sudan President Salva Kiir has expressed disappointment with the global community for isolating his administration, claiming the young nation has been written off.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir


“I know that many in the world community have written us off and there are many out there who believe that the situation in South Sudan will never get any better. We have a simple message for them, South Sudan shall rise once again and it shall be triumphant against all the odds”, he said in a Christmas message to the nation.

The South Sudan leader said he was optimistic the war-torn nation would come out of the situation to which it has been thrown into after the 2013 political differences within the leadership of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) over pushes for internal reforms and democratic processes-turned violent.

“Let the skeptics be reminded that the proclamation of South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was perceived as a mission impossible and yet you the people of South Sudan succeeded to make it possible,” said the South Sudanese leader.

He further added, “Therefore if you could accomplish such a feat, why would anyone question your ability to recover from the present predicament? This country shall emerge stronger, united and prosperous and we shall be the envy of the world”.

According to Kiir, the national dialogue he and his administration initiated as the only way to resolve differences would go down in the history books as the turning point when South Sudan regains peace.

“Peace and prosperity are within our reach and I challenge all of you to unite and work together to return the good days of South Sudan,” he stressed.

The clashes come barely a month after Kiir announced a national dialogue involving a bottom-top approach to address local grievances and political issues affecting the country. He formed a committee to lead the dialogue, a move critics say could derail the process.

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Namibia moves to ban foreigners from Owning land




Foreign nationals will not be allowed to own land in Namibia anymore if a proposed bill is passed by the parliament in the country, reports the Namibian.

The Land Bill of 2016 forbids foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal land.

Proposed by Namibia’s lands Minister Utoni Nujoma, the bill combines Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002 which prohibits acquisition of agricultural land by foreign nationals.

According to the Minister foreign nationals own 281 farms in the country

Although the bill gives room for foreigners to own land in towns; since a bill seeking to ban foreigners from owning urban land was rejected last year by the National Council according to the Namibian.

Additionally farm owners will be obliged by law to first offer to sell the land to the government before selling it elsewhere.

For proper implementation of land tax and the skyrocketing land prices, the bill proposes a review of the land valuation and taxation regulations of 2007.

The new bill provides for any person aggrieved by the decision of a chief or traditional authority or any other land board to submit their appeal to the lands tribunal. The lands tribunal is currently limited to the determination and adjudication of land issues on commercial farms. However land administration committees will be established in areas with unrecognized traditional authorities in order to solve land allocation issues, said the report by the Namibian.

“The committees will decide on the allocations of communal land to fast-track land registration as part of the programme to provide secure tenure in communal areas,” said the Minister

With the complex issue of fencing communal land in the country, the acceleration of registration process will make life simpler for most.

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