John Kerry to meet African ministers over South Sudan violence, Somalia

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from eight African nations meet in Nairobi on Monday to discuss ways to prevent South Sudan from sliding back into civil war and advance a political transition in Somalia. Kerry arrived in the Kenyan capital late on Sunday – after a two-week summer break – for his second trip as secretary of state to Nairobi since May 2015. “We will … talk about how we move forward in trying to implement peace in this country,” a senior State Department official said of South Sudan. “The people of South Sudan have suffered for far too long, and the continued instability there has led almost a million refugees and a humanitarian crisis that is far beyond the abilities of even the international community to respond to,” the official told a conference call. The international community has poured billions of aid into supporting the world’s youngest nation, which gained independence in 2011. Oil production, by…

U.S. and Kenya to Discuss Somalia Elections

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the country today (Sunday) ahead of security talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta and Kerry will tomorrow hold talks at State House, Nairobi focusing on regional security, counter-terrorism cooperation as well as next year's elections. Kerry is also scheduled to meet with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss various issues, with main focus on resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support for Somalia's political transition. Al Shabaab insurgence in East Africa will be discussed.  According to a press release by the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Kerry travels to Kenya and Nigeria from August 21 to 28. "He will have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programmes, which are US programmes targeting young leaders in sub-Saharan Africa," she noted. Though not confirmed yet, the debate of closure of the…

DailyNation: Life was much better in Ugandan camp, say former refugees in row.

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Jane Wangui is a bitter woman. She is among people who have been camping outside Sheria House along Harambee Avenue in Nairobi since Thursday last week demanding the Sh400,000 resettlement package the government promised her when she returned after living as a refugee in Uganda. Ms Wangui, a mother of one, is among about 6,500 Kenyans who fled the 2007-2008 post-election violence following the bungled presidential elections and settled at Kiryandogo Refugee Settlement in Masindi District. She was in a cohort of 700 other families who returned home last year, lured back by what she terms promises of sizeable resettlement packages and land to restart their lives. A year later, Ms Wangui feels neglected and betrayed by the same government that promised her a decent life back home. “They made the promises to get us come back home but now that we are here, we have been reduced to paupers. We rely on well-wishers for accommodation and food, we cannot…