All posts by: Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.

14 October 15

S. Sudan Cabinet Approves 28 State Plan

South Sudan’s cabinet has approved controversial plans to turn the country into 28 states, from the existing 10.

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13 October 15

Rise of Facebook Sex Attacks in Uganda

A growing number of young women in Uganda are falling victim to sex attacks through social media, according to reports.

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13 October 15

Top Al-Shabaab Commander Captured in Somalia

A senior Al-Shabaab commander has been captured in Somalia, according to intelligence sources on Monday.

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13 October 15

Uganda: Top Female Opposition Member Arrested, Stripped Naked by Museveni’s Police

A top female opposition member was stripped naked by police on Saturday, during a violent arrest in Western Uganda.

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13 October 15

Could Kenya’s election fiasco inspire change in DR Congo?

Last month, Kenya’s Supreme Court did something never seen before in Africa. It annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August election victory after opposition candidate Raila Odinga accused the country’s electoral commission of foul play. Not only was it a landmark verdict
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12 October 15

Tanzania Arrests Leader of Africa’s Largest Ivory Smuggling Ring

A Chinese woman accused of leading Africa’s largest ivory smuggling rings has been arrested in Tanzania. Yang Feng Glan, who is dubbed by authorities as the “ivory queen,” was arrested by a specialised task force earlier this week. The task
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12 October 15

Rwanda Supreme Court Dismisses Case Against Kagame’s Third Term

Rwanda’s Supreme Court has dismissed a case against Paul Kagame’s third term as President, deeming the challenge as groundless. The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda took its case to the Supreme Court in an attempt to prevent the acting president
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12 October 15

Ethiopian Airlines to Buy $7.4 Billion Worth of Boeing’s Latest 777X Jetliners

Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand its fleet with 15-20 of Boeing’s latest 777X jetliners before the end of the year. The award winning airline shows no signs of slowing its incredible growth story as it looks to replace ten older
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08 October 15

Burundi Expels Rwandan Diplomat as Tensions Rise Between Nations

Burundi has expelled a Rwandan diplomat, as tensions between the two countries continues to escalate. No official reason has been given for the diplomat’s expulsion, who had been serving as a top adviser at the Rwandan embassy for many years. His
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08 October 15

Tensions Rise Ahead of Tanzania Elections

With less than three weeks left until elections in Tanzania, tensions are rising in what is being called the closest electoral race in the nation’s history. So far the build-up has been largely peaceful, with only a “few isolated cases”
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