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Uneasy calm in Ethiopia after protests, official death toll doubles

More than 166 people were killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia last week, the government said on Sunday, as the capital and other hotspots remained closely guarded by security forces and a blanket Internet shutdown entered its sixth day. Large protests broke out in Addis Ababa and spread to the surrounding Oromia region on Monday […]

Cameroon holds first peace talks with main separatist insurgents

Representatives of Cameroon’s government held talks this week with the main leaders of an Anglophone separatist insurgency for the first time since the conflict began in 2017, a separatist leader and two security sources said on Friday. Julius Ayuk Tabe, the most prominent separatist leader who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for […]

Botswana top vet defends investigations into unexplained elephant deaths

Botswana’s top wildlife vet on Friday dismissed accusations from some conservationists that the government had not moved quickly enough to investigate the unexplained deaths of least 275 elephants. Widely-published pictures of the bodies triggered an international outcry, and some campaign groups raised questions about why tests results had not come through. “A government investigating team […]

Tunisia’s Ennahdha party to review stance on government

The moderate Islamist party Ennahda will review its stance on Tunisia’s coalition government over an alleged conflict of interests involving Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh, the party said on Sunday. Ennahda gave no details of what action it would consider taking, but sources close to the party said the withdrawal of its seven ministers from the […]

Ivory Coast PM returns ahead of presidential race

Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the ruling party’s candidate in the October presidential election, returned home Thursday after a two-month absence for medical treatment in France. Coulibaly was announced as the candidate for President Alassane Ouattara’s party in early March after Ouattara ended months of speculation and said he would not seek a controversial […]

South African rand opens stronger after positive data

South Africa’s rand opened stronger on Friday and was on course for gains of roughly 2% against the dollar this week, after the first current account surplus in 17 years and an upbeat U.S. jobs report. At 0650 GMT, the rand traded at 16.9350 versus the dollar, around 0.3% firmer than its previous close. Government […]

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday. “This follows the admission by the deputy minister of his breach of the COVID-19 protocols, when, as a person certified to be positive of […]

Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants

Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday. “Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants,” the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and […]

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday. “This follows the admission by the deputy minister of his breach of the COVID-19 protocols, when, as a person certified to be positive of […]

South African refinery explosion kills two, injures seven

Two people were killed on Thursday in an explosion at Astron Energy’s 100,000 barrel per day refinery in Cape Town, the company said as it promised a full investigation. The Western Cape’s emergency medical services said one man and one woman died at the scene, while seven people sustained minor injuries and were taken to […]

Ivory Coast PM returns ahead of presidential race

Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the ruling party’s candidate in the October presidential election, returned home Thursday after a two-month absence for medical treatment in France. Coulibaly was announced as the candidate for President Alassane Ouattara’s party in early March after Ouattara ended months of speculation and said he would not seek a controversial […]

Gabon divided over vote to decriminalise homosexuality

Gabon’s gay community has welcomed the decriminalisation of homosexuality adopted this week, a year after an initial ban on same-sex relations sparked weeks of debate and sharply divided the central African country. The criminalisation of homosexuality went almost unnoticed in this country of less than two million inhabitants when it was adopted last year. But […]

Africa does not have manifold undetected coronavirus infections – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday. “We think that there is a certain underestimation of cases,” Matshidiso Moeti told a news conference, adding that the WHO was working with countries to improve […]

COVID-19: African exporters to lose $2.4 billion

African exporters may lose more than $2.4 billion as a result of factory shutdowns in China, the European Union (EU) and United States, the International Trade Centre’s (ITC’s) SME Competitiveness Outlook has predicted. The bulk of this loss, more than 70 per cent, the report said, is caused by the temporary disruption of the supply-chain […]

Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. “We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the […]

Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson will lead a panel to investigate the leader of the African Development Bank (AfDB), accused by whistleblowers of corruption, the bank said. Akinwumi Adesina, 60, a charismatic speaker known for his elegant suits and bow ties, became the first Nigerian to helm the AfDB in 2015 — but a 15-page […]

Lesotho’s former first lady granted bail in murder case

Lesotho’s former first lady, charged with the murder of her love rival, was granted bail on Monday, despite objections from the police that she might use it to escape. Maesaiah Thabane, wife of former prime minister Thomas Thabane, was arrested at the start of this month, after an appeal court revoked her bail on suspicion […]

Malawi names former insurance executive as finance minister

Former insurance executive Felix Mlusu was named Malawi’s new finance minister on Monday, a week after a re-run presidential election that unseated the incumbent. Mlusu, 69, was managing director of Nico Holdings Plc – a listed financial firm with interests in insurance, banking and property management across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Mozambique – from […]

Swarms of locusts devastate parts of northern Kenya

The branches on trees around Kenya’s northern town of Lodwar have been stripped bare of leaves, bending downwards under the weight of voracious young locusts. The new generation has hatched in Turkana, Kenya’s poorest region. The young locusts are eating everything in sight, and when their wings mature the swarms will be able to travel […]

Congo president vows not to accept judicial reforms that cause ‘harm’

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he would not accept any reforms that undermined the independence of the judiciary, the latest salvo in a standoff within the ruling coalition over proposed judicial changes. The disagreement over a proposal to give the justice ministry more control over criminal prosecutions has highlighted strains in the coalition […]

NGO petitions UK House Of Lords, others over abuse of Africans in China

Dr. Martins Abhulimhen, President Love Africans Organisation recently met with Former International Criminal Court (ICC) ,President Professor Sang-Hyun Song to discuss Africans Abuse in China and submit petition to UK House of Lords, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and all African Countries’ Ambassadors in the UK, a statement issued by the organisation said. The group alleged […]

African oil producers’ headquarters moves to Congo from Nigeria

The Ministerial Council of African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO) decided at its 38th session on the 15th June 2020 to move the temporary headquarters of the organisation from Abuja, Nigeria to the permanent headquarters in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Apart from ratifying the movement to its headquarters to Congo, APPO also approved the new Host […]

Malawi’s Chakwera sworn in as president after re-run election

Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in for a five-year term on Sunday, hours after unseating former leader Peter Mutharika in a re-run election. Chakwera, 65, won 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, a dramatic reversal of the result of the original election in May 2019, which was later overturned by the courts. […]

Senegal president in quarantine despite negative virus test

Senegal’s President Macky Sall began a preventative two-week quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus case, although the leader has tested negative for the disease, his office said. The West African country has reported more than 6,100 COVID-19 infections and 93 deaths, and a state of emergency in place since March is being slowly […]

Malawi calls for calm as it tallies presidential re-run votes

Malawi’s electoral commission appealed for “peace and calm” on Wednesday as it tallied ballots following a historic poll to re-elect a president after Peter Mutharika’s victory was overturned. Voters in Malawi went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in just over a year after the Constitutional Court dramatically ruled that last year’s […]

Tunisia protesters, police clash anew in deprived south

Tunisian youths clashed with police overnight in a town in Tunisia’s deprived south, where a protest movement is demanding jobs and services, the interior ministry said Wednesday. “Several hundred people” gathered Tuesday night in front of a local security forces facility in Douz, 475 kilometres (295 miles) south of the capital Tunis, to protest disrupted […]

Egypt to ease coronavirus restrictions from end of week

Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to try to limit crowding, the prime minister said on Tuesday. Restaurants and cafes will operate at 25% capacity and shut at 10 pm from Saturday, while mosques will be open for daily […]

Gabon lawmakers vote to decriminalise homosexuality

Lawmakers in Gabon’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted to decriminalise homosexuality, becoming one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to reverse a law that punishes sexual relations between people of the same sex. Forty-eight members of parliament backed the proposed initiative by the government to revise an article of the 2019 law […]

Malawi holds election re-run as president decries alleged unrest

Malawians voted on Tuesday in a re-run of a discredited presidential election seen as a test of Africa’s ability to tackle ballot fraud, but the country’s president said reports of violence called the integrity of the contest into question. Malawi’s judiciary infuriated President Peter Mutharika, in power since 2014, when it overturned his narrow victory […]

Sudan pins hopes on Berlin donor meeting as economy nears collapse

With Sudan’s economy at risk of freefall, hammered by inflation exceeding 100% and plagued by shortages of bread, fuel and medicine, the government is pinning its hopes on a conference of potential donors in Berlin this week. The crisis has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, which has diverted the resources of many donors, and […]

Kenya charges police officer over teenager’s murder

court in Kenya on Tuesday charged a police officer with the murder of a 13-year-old boy in a Nairobi slum as authorities enforced a coronavirus curfew. Yassin Hussein Moyo was shot dead on the balcony of his home in March as police officers used force to clear the streets in the poor neighbourhood of Huruma. […]

Uganda to hold elections in early 2021, campaign rallies banned

Uganda will hold a presidential election between Jan. 10 and Feb. 8, 2021, authorities said on Tuesday, introducing restrictions it said were aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the election commission chairman, said the commission had banned campaign rallies and urged candidates to use media instead to get their […]

African nations seek UN inquiry into US racism, ‘police brutality’

African countries are lobbying to set up a U.N. inquiry into “systemic racism” and “police brutality” in the United States and elsewhere, aiming to defend the rights of people of African descent, a draft resolution seen by Reuters shows. The text, circulating among diplomats in Geneva, voices alarm at “recent incidents of police brutality against […]

Burundi’s new president Ndayishimiye to be sworn in Thursday

Burundi’s newly-elected president Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in on Thursday, the foreign ministry announced, after the sudden death of the incumbent forced authorities to expedite the ceremony. President Pierre Nkurunziza died last week aged 55, of what authorities said was a heart attack. His death came less than two weeks after his wife had […]

Up to 17 infected, 11 dead in new Ebola outbreak in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded up to 17 Ebola cases in a new outbreak of the deadly virus in the western province of Equateur, and 11 of those infected have died, medical authorities said on Monday. The authorities had reported 12 infections last week in the central African country, whose dilapidated health system […]

Ghana’s president says health minister tested positive for COVID-19

Ghana’s health minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu is in a stable condition after contracting the new coronavirus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. “Let us wish our hardworking minister for health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty,” Akufo-Addo said in an broadcast, giving an update […]

South African mining output plunges on COVID-19 lockdown

South Africa’s mining production fell sharply during March and April, when output was largely halted during a strict lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, official data showed on Thursday. Mines in South Africa, the world’s biggest producer of platinum and chrome and a leading producer of gold and diamonds, were forced […]

Zimbabwe dismisses rumours of coup, says country stable

Zimbabwe’s National Security Council (NSC) in a maiden news conference on Wednesday accused allies of the late former leader Robert Mugabe and some opposition officials of peddling rumours of an impending military coup and said the country was stable. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives for the presentation of the 2020 National Budget at Parliament Building […]

Tanzania raises 2020 growth forecast to 5.5% from 4% -finance minister

Tanzania now expects its economy to grow by 5.5% in 2020 compared with a previous estimate of 4%, finance minister Philip Mpango said on Thursday, after the government took steps to mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus. Mpango said measures taken by President John Magufuli’s administration, especially its insistence that people should get back to […]

Nigeria, other SSAs recycle less than 0.1% e-waste

Nigeria, and other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries recycle less than 0.1 per cent of electronic waste (e-waste). According to data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Africa’s e-waste challenges have long been documented, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), previously stating that instead of being recycled in the Western countries, the waste is being […]

Burundi begins official mourning for President Nkurunziza

Burundi began an official period of mourning for President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday, a day after the announcement of his death from a heart attack aged 55 shocked the impoverished East African nation he had ruled with an iron grip. Wearing face masks and gloves to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, senior government […]

Ex-U.S. director at AfDB backs Adesina

A FORMER United States Director to the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mima Nedelcovych, has said the United States has no reason not to back Dr. the bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, for second term in office. In an interview with the Pan African Visions, an online medium, Nedelcovych said: “I am fully convinced with the responses […]

Up to 12 infected in Congo’s new Ebola outbreak – WHO

Up to 12 people have been found infected with Ebola in a new outbreak of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. A week ago, authorities reported six infections in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, saying they appeared to be separate from another outbreak of […]

Schools re-open in South Africa after initial delay

Children in South Africa began returning to classrooms on Monday as part of a gradual loosening of restrictions imposed under a months-long COVID-19 lockdown in the continent’s most industrialized nation. The re-opening of schools had been delayed after teachers’ unions urged school staff to defy the government order last week, saying schools lacked sufficient health […]

Burundi court affirms ruling party candidate’s presidential victory

Burundi’s constitutional court has said last month’s elections were flawless and upheld the victory of the ruling party’s presidential candidate, dismissing a complaint brought by the vote’s runner-up. The vote was the first competitive presidential election in Burundi since a civil war erupted in 1993. The ruling CNDD-FDD party’s candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, was […]

Libya’s Tripoli government seizes last LNA stronghold near capital

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government captured the last major stronghold of eastern commander Khalifa Haftar near Tripoli on Friday, capping the sudden collapse of his 14-month offensive on the capital. Military sources in Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) said their forces had withdrawn from the town of Tarhouna. They headed towards Sirte, far […]

More drinkers cut than increase alcohol in lockdown, survey says

People missing out on drinking in restaurants and bars during coronavirus lockdowns are not entirely making up for it by pouring more at home, a survey of nine countries conducted on behalf of beer, wine and spirits companies showed. The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), made up of 12 major alcoholic beverage companies, said […]

African Development Bank board stands by embattled chief

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) board on Thursday said it stood by an internal investigation that had cleared its president of improper conduct, but it would carry out an independent review of the report in the interest of due process. AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina has been accused of abuse of office by a whistleblower at […]

Burundi court affirms ruling party candidate’s presidential victory

Burundi’s constitutional court has said last month’s elections were flawless and upheld the victory of the ruling party’s presidential candidate, dismissing a complaint brought by the vote’s runner-up. The vote was the first competitive presidential election in Burundi since a civil war erupted in 1993. The ruling CNDD-FDD party’s candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, was […]

Senegal to ease virus curfew after angry protests

Senegal said Thursday it would ease an anti-coronavirus curfew and lift restrictions on inter-city travel following two nights of protests that were marked by violence. Interior Minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye said the start of the 9:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew would be pushed back by two hours, to 11:00 pm. “From today, transport restrictions […]

U.N. says Libya sides agree to truce talks

Libya’s warring parties have agreed to restart ceasefire talks, the United Nations mission to the country said late on Monday after weeks of intense fighting near the capital Tripoli fuelled by foreign arms. In a statement posted online, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it welcomed their plan to resume talks based […]

Mozambique forces in major fighting with insurgents, says president

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said government forces had engaged in extensive fighting against insurgents after they attacked the town of Macomia in the gas-rich northern region on Thursday. Nyusi’s comments on Saturday were the first time the government has acknowledged the attack on the town, which comes amid an Islamist insurgency in the province of […]

South Africa partly lifts lockdown to try to fix battered economy

South Africa partly lifted a two month-old coronavirus lockdown on Monday, letting people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and allowing mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa was widely praised when he ordered one of the world’s strictest lockdowns at the end of […]

Global leaders chart path to Africa’s economic recovery post-COVID-19

• Urge government, private sector collaboration • Seek speedy implementation of AFCFTA, micro-health insurance • Afreximbank releases $200m for fertilisers, grains supply across Africa With over 60 per cent of the African population living below the poverty line, and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic posing an existential threat to Africa’s economic growth, global leaders have convened […]

Exchange expects more government, corporate capital in domestic market

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), anticipates improved activities in the primary market, saying the Exchange would record increased inclinations from governments and corporates to raise capital in the domestic market. The primary segment of the capital market is the market for fresh issue of securities by companies that need funds for business expansion or governments […]

Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga denounces charges as “lies”

Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested this month after more than two decades on the run, told a French court on Wednesday that the international charges against him were lies. Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide. He is accused of bankrolling and arming ethnic Hutu militias that […]

South Africa to allow places of worship to operate from June

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that churches and other recognised places of worship will operate from June when the country eases lockdown restrictions further, but will be limited to 50 people or less. “The faith community is an integral part of the South African life and has made a great contribution in […]

South Africa’s rand climbs to 8 week high against dollar

South Africa’s rand raced to its highest in more than eight weeks against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, as optimism about a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic boosted riskier assets, with investors looking past Sino-U.S. trade tensions. At 0605 GMT, the rand traded at 17.4700 per dollar, 0.91% firmer than its previous close. The […]

Libya’s Haftar seeks to rouse forces against Turkey

Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar called on his forces on Saturday to rally against Turkey, which has helped his Tripoli-based rivals turn the tide of a military conflict around the capital. Recent advances by forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), including the seizure of a key air base, have thrown a […]

Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last month, has been freed, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said on Monday. The captain of the container ship Tommi Ritscher, which was attacked at the port of Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea […]

Gym closures force Kenyan sports champions to train by roadside

Kenya taekwondo champion Vincent Ochieng usually trains in school sports halls in Kisumu, but now he is working out with hundreds of other people on the gritty surface of the western city’s biggest highway flyover. The government closed sports facilities in March as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, leaving […]

Ivory Coast army joins Burkina Faso in anti-jihadist operation

Soldiers from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso conducted their first joint operation against jihadists active near their shared border, killing eight suspected militants and arresting 14 others, Ivory Coast’s army said on Sunday. Burkina Faso and its neighbours Mali and Niger in West Africa’s semi-arid Sahel zone are battling Islamist insurgencies with links to al […]

South African public-sector wage dispute moves to arbitration

Early attempts to resolve a wage dispute between the South African government and public-sector trade unions have failed and the dispute will now move to arbitration, according to the bargaining chamber where such wage disputes are heard. The dispute has important economic implications. Public- sector salaries make up around a third of state expenditure and […]

South African president says lockdown to ease from June 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday a further easing of South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown from June 1, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity. Africa’s most industrialised economy has been largely shut down since late March, when the government enforced severe restrictions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus […]

Burundi expected to announce Ndayishimiye next president

Burundi’s election commission is expected Monday to declare Evariste Ndayishimiye the country’s next president, with all signs showing the ruling party’s candidate on track for victory following last week’s poll. The National Independent Electoral Commission will unveil the outcome of the presidential and legislative races at 1200 GMT. Local government results are also expected Monday. […]

Indonesia probes breach of data on more than 2 million voters

Indonesia’s election commission is investigating the release of 2.3 million voters’ private information on a hacker website along with a threat to release of the data of about 200 million people, the agency said on Friday. The electoral data from the world’s fourth most-populous nation was posted anonymously on the hacking forum raidforums on Wednesday […]

Hundreds killed in South Sudan tribal clashes – ICRC

Hundreds of civilians, including three aid workers, were killed in a series of tribal clashes in villages in South Sudan’s vast Jonglei state, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday. The territory of South Sudan has been plagued for decades by ethnic clashes over cattle and land, as well as blood […]

South Africa miners want to ramp up capacity as profits prove elusive

South Africa’s underground miners say operating at half capacity during the coronavirus lockdown is unsustainable, with costs higher than returns, and are lobbying the government to allow them to ramp up output or risk mine closures. South Africa — the world’s biggest producer of platinum and chrome ore and a leading producer of gold and […]

Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

Burundians began voting Wednesday in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza, that is proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus which has been largely ignored in the east African nation. Electors are being called out after five years of turmoil sparked by Nkurunziza’s bid for a disputed third term, which unleashed unrest that […]

Lesotho’s new PM sworn in after ex-leader accused of murder

Lesotho’s former finance minister Moeketsi Majoro was sworn in as Prime Minister on Wednesday following the resignation of Thomas Thabane who is accused of conspiring in the murder of his wife. Majoro, 58, took the oath of office at a ceremony at the royal palace of King Letsie III in the small southern African kingdom, […]

Egypt to provide $6 bln in loan guarantees to aid business

Egypt’s central bank will provide up to 100 billion Egyptian pounds ($6.36 billion) in loan guarantees to banks to encourage lending to businesses during the coronavirus crisis, the state news agency quoted the bank’s governor as saying on Tuesday. Central bank governor, Tarek Amer, told the agency: The decision comes during “increased business risks in […]

Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane resigns, soothing political crisis

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane resigned on Tuesday, removing the main hurdle to resolving a political crisis that engulfed the small southern African mountain kingdom late last year. Thabane’s departure marks the end of one of Lesotho’s longest political careers, one marked by exile, feuding, intrigue, tensions with the military and a political crisis that […]

South Sudan vice president, wife test positive for coronavirus

South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as defence minister, have tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Monday. It said that “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” had also tested positive for COVID-19. Machar said on state television that he would be in self-isolation […]

Kenya central bank to hold rate-setting meeting on May 27

The Kenyan central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee will hold its next rate-setting meeting on May 27, it said on Friday. At its April meeting, the bank cut its benchmark lending rate to 7.0% from 7.25%, saying action to cushion the impact of the coronavirus was having an effect, but the bank needed to do more, […]

Venezuela captures 39 army ‘deserters’ over Maduro plot: minister

Venezuela announced Thursday that its troops had captured 39 army deserters on the Colombian border, saying they were part of a recently derailed plot to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. “We have captured 39 deserters trying to enter by the Colombian border,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino told state television. Padrino said those arrested were “part of […]

UN won’t vote electronically in Security Council election

The UN General Assembly will cast ballots in-person for five new non-permanent Security Council seats, its president said Thursday, effectively ruling out electronic voting despite the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to UN members obtained by AFP, President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that voting members would be “invited to visit the venue at the designated time […]

Burundi expels national WHO head during election campaign

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during a presidential election campaign where politicians have pressed ahead with large rallies despite the risk from the coronavirus pandemic. The government confirmed on Thursday that a May 12 letter from the foreign ministry was sent to WHO country head Walter Kazadi Mulombo […]

Lesotho PM Thabane will resign by May 22nd – spokesman

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will resign by May 22nd, his spokesman said, adding he knew nothing of a report that the prime minister would hand in his resignation to the king on Wednesday. Thabane’s departure would resolve a political crisis that erupted late last year, and end a career marked by exile, political feuding, […]

Tunisia relaxes curfew with virus outbreak slowing

Tunisia shortened its nightly curfew on Wednesday after three consecutive days without recording any new coronavirus cases and as the government relaxes a general lockdown. The North African democracy imposed the curfew in March, aiming to slow the spread of the virus by keeping people at home, combined with a lockdown that shuttered all but […]

South Africa to ease coronavirus restrictions cautiously -Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he aimed to further ease restrictions imposed to curb the new coronavirus, but places with the most infections likely would remain into June on “alert level 4” of a five-level system. Ramaphosa imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in late March, with restrictions only easing slightly […]
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