As the world marked World AIDS day on Tuesday, South Africa’s vice president, David Mabuza, sounded a warning about the continued increase in HIV infections in the country. Some 7.6 million people live with the virus, and in particular, HIV cases are on the rise among girls aged 10 to 14 years old.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reaffirmed on Friday that his duty as the Ethiopian head of government is to “maintain order” in the country after meeting with African Union (AU) envoys on the conflict in Tigray. Abiy ordered the army to attack the rebel-held region in northern Ethiopia.
Burkina Faso’s incumbent President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, was re-elected to another five year term on Thursday, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission. The Commission announced he had been re-elected in the first round. He promised in a speech to commit to a “permanent dialogue” to build a better country.
The Russian Ministry of Economic Development announced new draft law pertaining the simplified procedure for the foreign nationals to obtain Russian residential permit. It should be noted, Ukrainian nationals can obtain Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure already without the need of the investment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the latest Ebola outbreak Wednesday in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The outbreak, declared on June 1, infected 130 people and caused 55 deaths in the province of Équateur. It was the eleventh outbreak to hit the country.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday warned that the three-day deadline given for Tigray’s rebel forces to surrender had expired. Prime Minister Ahmed’s statement paves the way for a military onslaught by the Ethiopian government in Mekelle, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Tigray.
This year has been challenging shaping the trajectory around the world. The winner of the US presidential election will have vested interest in the US influence around the globe, including on the African continent. Currently, there is an attempt of the global geopolitical redistribution.
Ghana’s former President, Jerry Rawlings, has died, his party said in a statement Thursday. Rawlings, a long-serving Ghanaian President, who led the West African state for two decades, died at the age of 73 in a hospital in the nation’s capital, Accra. He had been battling an undisclosed illness.
Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu left the German embassy in Dar es Salaam for Brussels with the help of Western diplomats. He told the media that he is being threatened following his move to challenge President John Pombe Magufuli in the country’s recently concluded presidential elections.
Ace Magashule, the secretary-general of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), was slammed with an arrest warrant on Tuesday for alleged involvement in corruption. The announcement was made by South African prosecutors, who were investigating high corruption in the country.
Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara has declared that he is ready to have a dialogue with opposition leaders in an effort to forge the country ahead. President Ouattara invited the head of opposition Henry Konan Bedie for a meeting. He was speaking during the final announcement of the election results by the constitutional council.
More than 3,000 Ivorians who fled the October 31 election-related violence in Côte d’Ivoire sought refuge in neighboring Liberia, a source from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today. About 40 people have so far been killed since August in Côte d’Ivoire in acts of violence related to the presidential elections.
One of Rwanda’s top genocide suspects will have his pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in The Hague, Netherlands. The ruling was made by a United Nations tribunal. Felicien Kabuga faces charges on crimes against humanity in the 1994 genocide. The charges include genocide, complicity in genocide, and incitement to commit genocide.
On Monday, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began in Tunisia, with the participation of 75 personalities from various Libyan parties, and in the presence of the Tunisian President, Qais Said. The Tunisian President emphasized that this step was “for the sake of peace.”
Eleven teachers who had been kidnapped in the troubled North West Region of Cameroon have been released. The local religious leaders confirmed their release, saying that the separatists yielded to pressure after locals stormed their camps demanding the release of the teachers.
Guinea’s top opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has appealed against President Alpha Conde’s victory in the October 18 elections. His lawyer, Alseny Aissata Diallo, said that the appeal was filed because they have enough evidence showing that the elections were marred by irregularities.
At least 54 people have been killed by gunmen in Gawa Qanqa village, in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Officials revealed that homes were set on fire during the terrible attack. The assailants are said to have dragged the victims from their home to a school where they were killed.
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has broken his silence and called for dialogue to avoid a “disaster” in the country as it heads to polls on Saturday. An issue worrying observers is the fact that the country has already recorded 30 deaths in pre-election clashes. There is a tense atmosphere in the country prior to the vote.
In helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the international humanitarian organization, UNICEF, has embarked on distributing disinfectants and installing hand-washing facilities in many schools across Kenya. The organization is also partnering with the nation’s Ministry of Education in a ‘Back to School’ campaign.
Mali has begun trial for suspects accused of an attack on a luxury nightclub in Bamako. The two are said to be members of the Islamic State, an active militant group in the country. In March, a French citizen, a Belgian, and three Malians were killed in an attack at La Terrasse, a restaurant and a night club.
The Cameroonian government blamed separatists for an attack on a school in the town of Kumba, in the southwestern part of the country, that left seven students dead. The government called for a stop for the killings of the innocent. Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy.
The security forces in Guinea have been blamed for excessive use of force during protests against the October 18 elections. Amnesty International said that the police fired live rounds of ammunition at protesters during the unrest that claimed ten lives. The United Nations also condemned the post-election violence.
The Russian state media has been dumping information over the weekend pertaining the US authorities plan to use a blood-sucking weapon-an army of mosquitoes for biological warfare. Russia is using social media and a number of websites to spread disinformation to cause fear and trouble in the US.
At least three people died Wednesday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, following clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. In recent days, following the presidential election, Guinea has witnessed several clashes between supporters of the nation’s opposition leader, Cellou Dalien Diallo, and the police.
Cellou Dalein Diallo, Guinea’s opposition leader, declared himself the winner of the country’s presidential election on Sunday. Diallo insisted that he has defeated President Alpha Condé, although the official results have not yet been published. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) replied that Diallo’s claim is “premature” and “null.”
A crowd broke into a prison and released detainees in Benin City, in southern Nigeria Monday. The action is part of protests against police brutality in the country. As reported by the Associated Press, some of the inmates jumped from an institution fence while others were seen running down the street to unknown destinations.
As the date for Tanzania’s sixth general election nears, human rights organization Amnesty International has raised a red flag that the government has resorted to “a raft of laws” designed “to silence journalists, NGOs, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition, among others.”
Nigeria witnessed another day of demonstrations against police brutality as thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets in several cities of the West African state, including in its economic capital, Lagos. There, several roads were blocked due to the protests. The Nigerian protests against police brutality have been ongoing for a while now.
At least four people who had been held captive in Mali have been released by jihadists. Among those released is an old French aid worker, Sophie Petronin, who had been held hostage for four years. The 75 year old, who was running a charity for children with malnutrition was kidnapped by an Islamic militants in December 2016.
At least 180 prisoners have been released from a prison in Bamako by Malian authorities. It is alleged that 70 prisoners were released on Saturday with another 110 on Sunday. They were flown from the northern part of the country. Analysts have argued that the release could be in exchange for an opposition leader who has been held for more than six months.
Mali’s newly appointed transitional President, Bah Ndaw on Thursday held a meeting with the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Permanent Representative to Mali, Boly Hamidou. The transitional government is hopeful that sanctions placed on Mali by ECOWAS are likely to be lifted soon.
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Mali’s new interim president, Bah Ndaw, signed a decree appointing the former foreign minister, Moctar Ouane, as the nation’s new prime minister. The appointment was announced on Sunday, two days after the president’s swearing-in ceremony, and following a meeting on Saturday with the military junta.
Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali’s civilian president on Friday, filling a seat which had stayed vacant for around five weeks. This comes after the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was ousted after the August 18 coup. The head of the military junta, Assimi Goita, was also sworn in as the Vice President.
The former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Henri Konan Bédié, on Sunday led the nation’s opposition in appealing for “civil disobedience” in the face of “loss,” in the context of President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial candidacy for a third presidential term in the country’s presidential elections. They are scheduled for 31 October this year.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced xenophobic attacks against Africans and Asians in South Africa and has condemned the South African government’s inaction to stop them. The condemnation comes a year after the adoption of a government action plan to combat attacks against foreigners.
Alassane Ouattara is officially a candidate for third presidential term in Côte d’Ivoire. The Ivorian Constitutional Council gave President Ouattara a green light on Monday to run for a third term in the October presidential elections, sparking a wave of violent protests across the West African state.
The state of democracy in Zimbabwe is simply on its death bed, so to speak. Various human rights organizations have come out to openly denounce the ongoing harassment therein, especially directed towards government critics who are subsequently subjected to court cases, abductions, illegal jailing, and torture.
Mali’s opposition has rejected the call to have military personnel as their transitional head of state. The June 5 Movement, leading the opposition, who attended three days of talks, are accusing the military junta of planning to take power using force through a cover up of the transition talks.
Mali’s military junta has resumed summit talks in an effort to find a way forward for the transition to civilian power. The head of the military junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, has called on all parties to forget their differences and forge a way forward. The decision to hold the meeting comes after pressure from within the region and internationally.
Sudan has declared a state of economic emergency after a sharp fall in its currency. It is alleged that the pound has declined in value due manipulation by those opposed to the transitional government. On Wednesday, it was reported that the Sudanese pound was trading at 240 per US dollar on the parallel market.
The court of Judgment on Corruption Cases Tuesday was saddened by the behavior of some leaders in involving their families in corruption and looting of public property. Chief Justice Douglas Ogoti said in recent days officials have been arrested and charged along with family members for engaging in corruption cases.
The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has issued a warning about this year’s autumn rains, stating that it may be below average to moderate in all parts of the country, so caution is needed. TMA Director-General, Dr. Agnes Kijazi spoke to reporters while giving the direction of the autumn rains.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who is seeking the consent of Tanzanians to lead them again for a second term, has so far held campaign rallies in seven regions since the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) launched its campaign on August 29. He is said to have received a great reception from various groups of people.