Zimbabwe Police Arrest Opposition Leaders in Internal Dispute

Police in Zimbabwe arrested several leaders of the main opposition party, MDC, on Friday who wanted to evict a rival faction that currently occupies the movement’s headquarters in the country’s capital, Harare. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has been divided since the death of its founder, the country’s then-opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, two years ago.

Putin and Erdogan Plays “Syria Game” in Libya

The recent crackdown on rebel leader General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in Libya has made it increasingly clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to take over covert control of the country’s future. Turkey provides military assistance to support of the government in Tripoli, while Gen. Haftar’s army has several thousand Russian “mercenaries.”

Russia Expanding Military Bases in Syria – Is Africa Next?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an order to the Russian Defense and Foreign ministries to discuss with Syria the transfer of additional real estate and water areas to the Russian military. The Russian government approved the draft Protocol No. 1 to the agreement on the deployment of the Russian aviation group in Syria on August 26, 2015. After reaching an agreement with the Syrian side, the agencies must sign it on behalf of Russia. Changes are allowed to the document that do not have a fundamental character.

Guterres — Coronavirus May Spare Africa, Impoverish Africans

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sounded a warning that millions of people in the African continent could be pushed into extreme poverty because of the new coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic threatens African progress. It will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease,” Guterres said.

China Rapidly Expanding Its Djibouti Base

China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017.  Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.

Kenya — Mass Testing Begins in Kiambu After Two Cases Found

Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro said Kiambu residents will be tested for Covid-19 following two people being diagnosed with the disease in Makonge, Thika. He made this clear on Saturday, following a Friday announcement from the Ministry of Health. Assistant Minister of Health Dr. Rashid Aman announced Friday that Thika, in Kiambu County, has been a “host” of Covid-19.

Félicien Kabuga, Chief Architect of Rwandan Genocide, Arrested

Rwandan Businessman Félicien Kabuga, a fugitive who has been on the radar of international justice for many years, was finally arrested this Saturday in Paris. Mr. Kabuga is now set to face trial for having financed the 1994 Rwandan genocide. French security forces nabbed Kabuga, 84, in a dawn raid in Asnières-sur-Seine, where he had been living under a false identity.

Facebook To Install Underwater Cable Around Africa – Is it Possible Security Threat to the West?

Facebook is planning to start a project dubbed “2 Africa.” Interestingly, Facebook is going to work with China mobile, MTN from South Africa, French Orange and Vodafone. It also plans to engage local African providers.  Alcatel Submarine Networks will provide the underwater cable system. Alcatel Submarine Networks is a part of the Nokia group.

Burundi Expels WHO Officials Amid Epidemic, Elections

Burundi has expelled the World Health Organization’s top official in the country at a time when the country is battling the coronavirus pandemic as well as preparing to go to the polls. In a letter to the WHO’s headquarters in Africa, Burundi’s Foreign Ministry said that Walter Kazadi Mulombo and three of his colleagues were declared persona non grata, and had to leave by today.

The Low Cost Freelance Gig Marketplace is Here

When selecting or working with a gig platform or marketplace, whether buying or selling gigs, you need to understand: what is the total cost?  You should always try to compare the total cost of a gig platform so you know what you’re dealing with. Often the higher percentage the gig provider takes or charges, the more confusing or complicated they make it in presenting those costs; so if it’s hard to understand the total cost on a platform, that means they are often very high and don’t want to openly disclose the costs.

Coronavirus — World Leaders Demand Vaccine be “Free of Charge for All”

Over 140 past and present world leaders and professionals, drawn from various fields of expertise, have today signed an open letter imploring all governments across the globe to unite in finding a free vaccine against COVID-19The move comes few days before the ministers of health of the 194 member states of the World Health Organization convene in a World Health Assembly conference, scheduled for May 18.