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Uganda: Kasha Nabagesera the champion for LGBTI rights
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Politics and Society Uganda: Kasha Nabagesera the champion for LGBTI rights

This year on International Women’s Day we profile Kasha Nabagesera who has walked the rough path many would have surrendered, fighting for justice for the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. Nabagesera has been bold for change as the theme for #IWD 2017 calls on everyone, to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive world #BeBoldForChange.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for rename of East London to SEK Mqhayi
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African identities Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for rename of East London to SEK Mqhayi

World renowned Kenyan writer and literature scholar Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o has suggested the rename of the South African city of East London to be renamed after the late great African scholar Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi. A honour befitting Mqhayi, will be renaming the city East London after him to commemorate his remarkable literary work, and it will be an honour to many African leaders whose contributions have never been recognized in the post colonial era.

Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home

Zimbabwe’s High Court has banned corporal punishment at school and home. The ruling comes after disgruntled parents complained following the thorough beating of their children, some as young as six years old by teachers. While the ruling has been widely hailed, some conservative voices have been vocal against the abolition of corporal punishment and continue to buy into the belief, spoil the rod and spoil the child.

South Africa high court rules ICC withdrawal plan as unconstitutional and invalid
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Politics and Society South Africa high court rules ICC withdrawal plan as unconstitutional and invalid

South Africa’s High Court has ruled that the country’s planned decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is unconstitutional and invalid. Last October, the government made an application to the United Nations (UN) indicating its intention to leave the ICC as a result of the court’s alleged bias against African nations. The High Court ruling is a setback for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is likely going to appeal the ruling.

Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife
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Africans rising Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife

Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.

Tanzanian government suspends HIV programs for gay community
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Politics and Society Tanzanian government suspends HIV programs for gay community

The Tanzanian government has suspended U.S. funded AIDS programs for the gay community in what is seen as a crackdown on homosexuals in Tanzania. The suspension was followed by the closure of all 40 health centres which provided AIDS-related services to homosexuals. In most African countries there have been sharp divisions over homosexuality and authorities have consistently escalated their campaigns against homosexuality.