The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely condemned. However, Kenya's Maasai want to retain it. They say it is an important part of their culture and women who do not undergo it lack authority later.
Tanzania plans to axe live parliamentary TV broadcasts, angering opposition legislators. Media practitioners and rights activists are still smarting over the closure by the government of a Swahili-language weekly.
Burundi's government opposes the deployment of an African Union mission, despite the continuing conflict. For Burundian journalist Bob Rigurika, the chance for dialogue has long passed.