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Nile tensions: Leaders of Ethiopia,Egypt and Sudan say ‘all is well’

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The leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have met on the sidelines of the ongoing African Union Summit, as they continue to work towards resolving the impasse over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam project (GERD).

Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson tweeted updates from the deliberations of the three countries leaders, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Sudan’s Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Ethiopian prime minister Hailermaria Desalegn, saying they were conducting discussions ‘on trilateral issues of mutual interest’.

Influential media portal, Addis Standard later tweeted a video of the Egyptian president reassuring journalists that relations between among the three countries were healthy.

‘‘Rest assured. Everything is going well. We are speaking as one nation, not three,’‘ the Egyptian president is quoted to have said after the meeting.

Relations have recently been strained by a failure to agree on the impact that Ethiopia’s GERD project might have on the water flowing in Egypt and Sudan.

Egypt has insisted that technical studies must be done to assess the impact and even asked that the World Bank be appointed as arbitrator, while Ethiopia insists that the project will not affect the water flow to its neighbours.

At the peak of the dispute, Sudan withdrew its ambassador in Cairo, following media reports that Egypt attempted to sideline Sudan from the talks.

Reporting on events from today’s meeting Egyptian media reported that Sis said the return of the Sudanese ambassador is ‘a foregone conclusion’ before urging media houses and journalists to safeguard the good relations in the Nile basin countries.

‘‘It is now your role to maintain good relations between countries, and not send messages that would confuse the public or offend others,’‘ Sisi reportedly said.

Sisi also assured the journalists that there is a high level committee with representatives of different sectors concerned with following up on the dam issue.

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Kenyan Bishop Bags 75 Years Jail Term For Defiling Three Girls

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A bishop accused of defiling three girls he was living with at an orphanage, infecting one of them with HIV has now sentenced to 75 years in prison.



Kisumu Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika found him guilty of three counts of defilement and deliberate transmission of HIV.

Joseph Agutu had promised to sponsor the minors before he started defiling them.

Agutu who hid his face from the cameras as police escorted him out of the solitary cell to Kodiaga Maximum Prison, had maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

He was charged with committing the crime against the girls between April and July 2016. One of the girls is aged 14 while two are 15 years old.

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The court heard that the accused intentionally committed the crime and deliberately infected one of the minors with HIV.

The accused also reportedly touched the girls inappropriately on various dates between April and July 12, 2016. In addition, Agutu also faced an alternative charge of touching the private parts of the minors.

Four prosecution witnesses pointed an accusing finger to the Bishop with the minors recounting the sexual encounters that the man subjected them to.

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One of the minors who is an orphan painfully narrated to the court how the bishop lured her and her grandmother to the trap.

“My grandmother brought me to him and he promised to sponsor my education. My grandmother went back home and left me with him at the church,” said the minor.

After a while, she told the court, the bishop defiled her and called the other girl and defiled them too as she slept on the floor. She said they were crying throughout the ordeal.

The court heard that the following morning the bishop refused to allow them to go to school but instead ordered them to go to church.

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Sex in car in Nigeria public places not a crime – NPF

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The Nigeria Police has stated that having sex in a car in public places is not a crime.




The force through ACP Abayomi Shogunle who is in charge of Nigeria Police Public Complaint Response Unit (PPCRU) stated this on his official Twitter page.

According to Abayomi Shogunle, having sex in a car in a public place is not a crime.

He, however, stated conditions where the parties can be arrested for having sex in public place.

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He wrote: “NO. Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria provided; 1. Location is not a place of worship.

2. Parties are 18 yrs+

3. The act is consensual (agreed to by parties)

4. Parties are of the opposite sex if threatened with an arrest over above, please contact the police.”

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