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Kenyan pilots held in Akobo released

Two Kenyan pilots who were held by an armed group in Akobo, were released on Monday after a ransom of almost $110,000 was paid to the captors. The captives were identified by the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Ministry as Captain Frank Njoroge and the Co-pilot, Kennedy Shamalla. The men were reportedly held by an armed group after their plane crashed and killed one person and some heads of cattle in Akobo. The captors were demanding for $200,000 in order to…

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TradeMark East Africa to set up a Shs 28bn logistics hub in Gulu

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has launched the process of setting up a logistics centre in Gulu town to facilitate trade between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking to journalists at their offices in Kampala this morning, TMEA country director Moses Sabiiti said the organization has already secured $8m (Shs 28.8bn) from United Kingdom’s Department for Foreign Aid (DFID) and European Union for the world-class facility. “The hub will be able to handle 500,000 containers at one…

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Government wants foreign minister Deng Alor to resign

South Sudan’s government said it wants the country’s minister of foreign affairs Deng Alor Kuol to resign for allegedly lobbying secretly for targeted Western sanctions against government officials. Deng Alor is now representing the SPLM-FDs group in the incumbent government led by President Salva Kiir according to the 2015 peace deal. SPLM-FDs is a faction made up of senior ruling party officials who were detained when the conflict began in December 2013. In an interview with Al-Maugif Arabic newspaper,…

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