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This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Kenya where a US NGO has been trialling a campaign that offers villagers a cash income to help alleviate poverty, and we meet 78-year-old Hatifari Munongi, the oldest Zimbabwean to earn a university degree, who has built a replica traditional homestead at her home in Harare.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLYFOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Corruption case resumes against Kenya’s Deputy chief justice

In Nairobi, the corruption case resumes against Kenya’s Deputy chief justice, Philomena Mwilu. The prosecution have appointed the Queen’s Counsel, Khawar Qureshi, to lead their team.

DR Congo: Tshisekedi and Kamerhe form join ticket

DR Congo opposition politician Vital Kamerhe announces that he will support Felix Tshisekedi and act as his running mate for elections on December 23rd. The announcement of the joint ticket comes at a press conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITE

Gunmen kidnap Italian woman in Kenya

An armed gang has abducted an Italian woman from a village in southeast Kenya, shooting and wounding five residents in the raid, police say.

Guesthouse where gunmen abducted Italian woman on Kenya coast

Images of the guesthouse in a village in southeastern Kenya where an armed gang abducted an Italian woman on Tuesday evening. The gang shot and wounded five residents in the raid, police say. IMAGES

Never without their smartphones: a global revolution

At the sharp end of conflict in Syria, in a schoolchild’s bag in Kenya, whether fighting deadly diseases or studying forestry, the smartphone has become ubiquitous in just over a decade. This year, the number of users is expected to pass three billion, and AFP photographers have sampled how the phones have become a mainstay of lives around the world for people who cannot live without them.

Somalis ‘pleased’ as Ilham Omar elected to US Congress

Somalis praise the election of onetime Somali refugee Ilhan Omar to the US Congress. Omar fled Somalia’s civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya. She and Rashida Tlaib have become the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.

Hospitals in Kenya detain patients until they pay

(25 Oct 2018) At an astonishing number of hospitals around the world, if you don’t pay up, you don’t go home. Hospitals often detain patients long after they should be medically discharged, using armed guards and other tactics till they settle their accounts. (Oct. 25)

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Migingo Island: a rocky marriage between Uganda and Kenya

The densely populated island of Migingo, on Lake Victoria, is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There’s little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Nevertheless for over a decade Migingo has been a source of tension between Uganda and Kenya, who have been unable to decide to whom it really belongs.

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(10 Oct 2018) Here’s the latest for Wednesday October 10th: Hurricane Michael approaching Florida Gulf Coast; Hundreds of thousands urged or told to evacuate; Bus crash in Kenya kills dozens; Trump looks for new Ambassador to UN.

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