The Kenyan national assembly will debate a motion seeking approval to deploy Kenya Defence Forces in South Sudan, in line with the UN’s request.
[Kigali, Rwanda, By James Karuhanga, TNT], The decision to admit South Sudan as the sixth member of the East African Community is one of the most “historic” by the EAC Heads of State Summit, Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, the minister for EAC affairs has said.
A moderate Muslim cleric has been shot dead in Mombasa, the latest killing of a preacher in the Kenyan city.
Sheikh Mohammed Idris, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, was killed close to a mosque near his home by a group of gunmen.
Reports say he had previously been threatened by radical Muslim youths and had said he feared for his life.
He is the fourth prominent Muslim cleric to be shot dead in the city since 2012.
The others were accused of links to the al-Qaeda linked Somali Islamist group al-Shabab and their supporters accused the government of being behind their killings - charges the authorities denied. Read more on BBC
South Sudanese citizens have been urged to remain united and fulfill God’s vision for their country. This was said recently during a thanksgiving and prayer service for the nation.
.- In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works.
“The Pope's visit and presence during the celebrations requires us to prepare in a special way. The nature of this visit is primarily pastoral and spiritual,” Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu said in his Oct. 7 pastoral letter on behalf of his fellow bishops. Read more here on CNA