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Kenya Dismisses Challenge To Its Ban On Female Genital Mutilation

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Kenya Dismisses Challenge To Its Ban On Female Genital Mutilation

Kenya’s highest court has dismissed a case challenging its ban on female genital mutilation. The court was ruling on a petition by a female doctor, Tatu Kamau, seeking to legalize FGM on the grounds that the ban is unconstitutional and that adult women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies.

The petition was brought in 2017 saying, women were being harassed and arrested for undergoing FGM.

In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, the high court upheld a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya where FGM was criminalized in 2011 with a punishment of three years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

Reports say, the practice has continued because some communities regard it as necessary for social acceptance and increasing their daughters’ marriage prospects. Campaigners seeking to eradicate the internationally condemned procedure have welcomed the ruling on Wednesday.

An estimated 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to FGM, which usually involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. At least 27 African countries and parts of Asia and the middle east practise this ritual.

Dr. Kamau said she accepted the verdict but was disappointed.

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Thousands Facing Hunger Over Mozambique Crisis – UN

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The United Nations says thousands of people are facing hunger as a result of the crisis in Mozambique. Several days of attacks in Palma last month were targeted at foreign workers and expatriates. Reports say the attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee.  Jihadists killed dozens of people in the five-day assault. At least 50,000 have been displaced – some to remote areas.

UN World Food Programme says the crisis in northern Mozambique is adding to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. The agency says close to a million persons affected by the conflict in northern Mozambique are facing severe hunger, many lacking proper shelter.  The agency says malnutrition among children is also on the rise.

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Nigeria Heightens Security On Border With Chad

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Nigeria’s minister of defence Bashir Magashi says the country has heightened security on its border with chad following president Idris Deby’s killing by rebels.

The minister says this is because of external threats that would come from the influx of refugees. Magashi says only Nigerians living in Chad will be allowed back into the country.

Nigeria borders Chad in the north-east where Boko Haram militants have been active recently. Chadian soldiers have been part of the troops battling insecurity in west Africa.

Chad is seen as an important country to the international efforts to combat insecurity in the west African region.

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Ghana: NCA To Shut Down 49 TV Stations For Operating Without License

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Ghana has shut down what it called 49 illegal television stations. The National Communications Authority says broadcasting by too many stations would affect signals. Authorities say the TV stations were being shut down because they were unlicensed. They say the action will ensure efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.

At least 146 TV channels are currently authorized to operate.

The process of shutting down unlicensed stations is being done in collaboration with the police and intelligence agents.

The NCA says it continuously monitors satellite free-to-air television platforms.

More than 50 radio stations were shut down in a similar exercise in 2017.

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