East African tea producers lobbied their governments to scrap value-added tax on domestic sales to help stimulate prices through increased consumption after higher output pushed auction rates to the lowest in 13 years.
South Sudanese rebels plan to capture key oil installations to force President Salva Kiir to step down and end more than three months of conflict in the world’s newest nation, former Vice President Riek Machar said.
East African leaders approved a regional force to protect 36 ceasefire monitors and oil fields in South Sudan that they want to be on the ground by the middle of next month, chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin said.
East African mediators want armed units from the region to protect cease-fire monitors and oil fields in South Sudan, said Seyoum Mesfin, chief envoy from the seven-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
South Africa issued a “stern warning” that it won’t tolerate violence after expelling several diplomats from Rwanda for alleged illegal acts following the murder and attempted murder of opponents of the East African nation’s government.
Burundian opposition leaders accused President Pierre Nkurunziza of undermining a peace accord that ended a 12-year civil war and warned that political unity between the country’s main ethnic groups is fracturing.