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Court Case Filed Against Tanzania To Overturn Ban On Pregnant Girls Attending School

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Women’s rights group, equality now, has filed a case against the Tanzanian government at the Africa court on human and people’s rights over its ban on pregnant girls from attending school.

A law passed in 2002 allows for the expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls in Tanzania. Women’s rights groups have been urging the government to change the law which says the girls can be expelled and excluded from school for “offences against morality” and “wedlock”.

The women`s right organization said in a statement, going to court was the last resort after years of lobbying the government to overturn the ban. Equality now said the ban was discriminatory and had trapped many girls in a cycle of poverty.

The Tanzanian government has not officially responded to the suit.

A human rights watch report says, at least 8,000 Tanzanian girls drop out of school every year due to pregnancy.

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Kenya Warns Of A Second Wave Of Desert Locust

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Kenya is facing a second wave of desert locust invasion. The latest data from the country’s ministry of agriculture show studies had indicated the destructive pests would invade the country from central Somalia in December.  Kenya’s agriculture cabinet secretary, Peter Munya, says his country has measures in place to contain the spread of the pest mainly in counties bordering Somalia.

Kenya and development partners, including Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has earmarked 320 million dollars to deal with the crisis and cautions farmers to be on the lookout.  Currently, some swarms of the desert locust have been spotted in Taita Taveta county, 350 kilometers south west of the capital Nairobi. Authorities say they have begun spraying with insecticides.

FAO country representative in Kenya, Carla Mucavi, says her organization is committed to supporting this fight so that Kenya can be food secure.

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Trump Imposes New Rule For Some African Travellers

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The Trump administration has announced a new rule of entry into the U.S. for 15 African countries whose citizens will now have to post bonds of up to $15,000 when visiting the country.

The new temporary travel rule takes effect on Christmas eve and targets visitor and business visas.   Affected African countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Djibouti.  Others are Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and the Sudan.

The us state department says this move will deter those who overstay their visas.

President Donald Trump had made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term. The visa bond rule targets countries whose nationals had an “overstay rate” of 10% or higher last year and will now be required to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse many of Trump`s immigration policies, but untangling hundreds of changes could take months or years.

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Opposition Calls For Sanctions Against Tanzania Officials

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Tanzania’s opposition leader, Tundu Lissu has urged the international community to impose sanctions on state officials linked to human rights abuses in last month’s disputed general elections.

President John Magufuli won a second term in the election that was reported marred with violence and claims of fraud.

The UK and the united states said there had been systematic interference, but Tanzania’s electoral commission says there was no fraud.

Opposition leader Lissu has called on the international community in a tweet to “impose targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes, travel bans and such measures necessary to end the impunity. The opposition leader fled to Belgium soon after the election citing threats to his life. The government said there was no evidence of threats to opposition leaders.

He said the international community must hold president Magufuli’s regime and other enablers accountable for human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.

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