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African press review 6 May 2015

More trouble in Burundi as the president gets the legal green light to stand again. The South African Post Office would not be broke if people obeyed the law. Children from poor urban families in Kenya are five times more likely than their rich counterparts to die young.

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Burundi’s constitutional court yesterday approved President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. That ruling has been dismissed as biased by opponents who say they will continue protests until the president backs down.

The opposition says Nkurunziza’s plan to stand in the June election violates the constitution and the Arusha peace deal that ended Burundi's civil war in 2005.

Civil society groups say a dozen people have been killed in recent violence, while more than 30,000 have fled to neighbouring states fearing renewed clashes between Hutus and Tutsis.

Rwanda’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said yesterday she was concerned about the neighbouring country’s clampdown on more than a week of protests against the incumbent president’s decision to seek a third term in office.

According to The Daily Monitor, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to intervene and help avert a degeneration of the political crisis in Burundi.

The request, according to a State House statement issued yesterday, came hours before the Burundian Constitutional Court cleared Nkurunziza to run for a third term as president.

On Monday a senior judge, Sylvere Nimpagaritse, fled Burundi, saying judges were under “enormous pressure and death threats” from senior government figures to rubberstamp the controversial presidential candidature.

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The main story in South African financial paper, BusinessDay, reports that the South African Post Office is losing nearly one-and-a-half billion rand every year because of breaches of government regulations.

Recovering this amount would allow the Post Office to break even since its projected loss for the current financial year is estimated at around one-and-a-half billion rand.

Under South African law, post and parcels weighing less than 1kg are reserved for the postal service in order for it to generate sufficient revenue to enable it to operate in underserviced areas.

The South African Post Office was placed under administration in November last year because of financial and other problems.

According to the front page of the Nairobi-based Standard, children from poor urban families in Kenya are four times more likely to die before their fifth birthday compared to their counterparts from rich families.

The report released by the organisation Save the Children examines the gap between the urban rich and the urban poor and says the gap between the two groups has widened since 1990.

Although Kenya has made remarkable strides in reducing maternal and child mortality rates, the report says child survival gaps have doubled ranking Kenya among the worst 10 countries, out of the 179 featured, having the widest gap between rich and poor.

Kenya has yet to meet its millennium development goals on reducing maternal and child mortality rates.

In Uganda The Daily Monitor reports that the police have admitted mishandling alleged cases of sexual abuse among athletes.

A police officer has admitted that former sub-regional commanders are partly to blame for the bungled investigations into allegations of sexual harassment of female athletes.

Region police commander James Ruhweza said his colleagues who handled the case from the start never carried out serious investigations.

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Ruhweza, who was transferred to the region in February, last month ordered the arrest of national athletics coach Peter Wemali, who has since been arraigned in court and charged with aggravated defilement.

The scandal came to light nearly a year ago after double Commonwealth gold medalist Moses Kipsiro alleged that female athletes had complained of harassment by Wemali during a training camp.

The Uganda Athletics Federation cleared the coach of any wrongdoing.

The Nigerian Guardian reports that hopes are fading that peace may soon return to parts of the eastern Taraba State.

No fewer than 34 persons are said to have been killed in the crisis that erupted between the Tiv and the Kutep communities, bringing the death toll in the latest upsurge to over 70.

Last Sunday evening over 25 people were killed following a reprisal attack allegedly carried out by soldiers who had earlier lost nine of their men to unknown gunmen in a local village.

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