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Kenya tops Uganda and Tanzania in cancer deaths (Business Daily)

Kenya has the highest number of cancer-related deaths across East Africa, new data by the World Health Organisation(WHO) showed. Cancer kills 32,987 Kenyans a year, an estimated 40 per cent of the 83,426 deaths reported in the three EA countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, according to the WHO’s Globocan report that analyses new cases among men and women. Tanzania comes second with 28,610 cases while Uganda had the least deaths with 21,829 or slightly above 25 percent of all the cases reported by the three countries.


Sudan’s FM meets Ugandan, Rwandan leaders over South Sudan peace process (Sudan Tribune)
Sudanese foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Ahmed paid a short visit to Kampala and Kigali to brief Ugandan and Rwandan leaders on the latest development in the South Sudan peace process. In his report to the UN Security Council, the outgoing UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Hansom stressed on the need for a close regional follow-up of the peace implementation process pointing that many details are lacking in the unification of forces operation which should begin one month after the signing of the agreement

Eritrea must begin respecting press freedom (Africa News)
Rights organizations have restarted calls for Eritrea to respect the work of journalists and to guarantee press freedom. Amnesty International’s East Africa wing made the call on September 18, a day that coincides with the 17th anniversary since Eritrea reportedly banned all private media as part of a crackdown on dissent.

Eritrea Must Free Ex-Minister Critical of President, Group Says (Bloomberg)
Eritrea’s government must release a former finance minister who was arrested this week after publishing a book criticizing President Isaias Afwerki and then challenging him to a debate, Amnesty International said. Berhane Abrehe should be given an immediate and unconditional release, the London-based rights group said Wednesday in an emailed statement, describing his Sept. 17 detention as “disappointing.” Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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Rights body and UN say Eritrea detains ex-minister who wrote critical books (Reuters)

Hunted for their ethnicity, displaced Ethiopians ask: why us? (AFP)
Over the past days, suburbs of the Ethiopian capital like Ashewa Meda and Burayu were scenes of deadly violence that left 23 people dead and worsened ethnic relations in Africa’s second-most-populous country. On Monday, protesters angered by the killings blocked roads in Addis Ababa in demonstrations that left a further five people dead. Later that day, mobile internet service was shut down. “This type of incident won’t continue,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday while visiting a school housing people displaced by the clashes, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate said.

Ethiopia’s stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest (Associated Press)
Ethiopia’s stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms. While exiled groups once banned as terror organizations are welcomed home to join the political dialogue, deadly violence erupts on the fringes of celebrations.

Ethiopia PM asks Oromo parties to unite, safeguard ongoing reforms (Africa News)
Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has called on political parties in the Oromia region to refrain from trading in the name of the Oromo people and the region’s struggle, state-affiliated Fana BC reported on Wednesday. Abiy, who is an ethnic Oromo, was speaking at the delegates conference of the Oromo People Development Organisation party (OPDO), which he heads and represents in the ruling coalition. Recent events in the capital and the Burayu town in the Oromia region that left at least 58 people dead according to Amnesty International, had ethnic undertones.

Kenya to launch UN Security Council membership bid next June (Capital News)
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma told a news conference Wednesday that Kenya was already lobbying for an endorsement from its peers in the African Union (AU) and the region ahead of the campaign.  “We’re hoping that we can get an endorsement at the AU level. If that endorsement comes through, the campaign will be very easy,” she said. Juma said the scope of the campaign will be determined by the number of countries contesting in the election set to be held during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2019.

Kenyan farmers struggle to comply with EU standards (DW)
Kenya’s agriculture sector exports products to the European Union worth one billion euros annually. But it’s hard for Kenyan farmers to comply with the EU standards.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s new tax measures set to inflict more pain (Daily Nation)
For 41-year-old Jane Wangeci, a resident of Kibra, Nairobi, the high price of charcoal and kerosene has in the recent past meant changing cooking habits for her young family of four. “We stopped preparing three meals a day because the cost of charcoal and kerosene has risen beyond our reach,” Ms. Wangeci said on Wednesday when the Nation visited her. “It is becoming unbearable.” The squeeze on low-income families like that of Ms. Wangeci’s is likely to worsen after President Uhuru Kenyatta introduced new and higher levies on a wider array of goods and services.