Coronavirus: Number of Cases Increasing in Kenya

According to Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe, four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kenya, bringing the total to 42. The first case was reported on March 13. The cases include one Kenyan, one Cameroonian, one American, and one Burkinese. Commenting on the coronavirus epidemic. Mr. Kagwe has urged all Kenyans to work together to prevent coronavirus infections, rather than leaving the burden to the government alone. ​

Coronavirus: Kenya and Uganda Close Borders, Ban Flights

The Kenyan government has issued a directive disallowing all passenger flights. This is in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to a statement, issued by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, the rule will come into effect on Wednesday. Cargo aircraft will, however, be allowed, and all crew-members are expected to adhere to strict precautionary guidelines.

Coronavirus: Africa Must “Wake Up,” and “Prepare for the Worst”

Today saw the number of infections by the new coronavirus in Africa exceed by 1,000 in 40 countries across the continent, with records of 30 deaths, according to the latest statistics on the covid-19 pandemic. In total, 1,107 cases of infection have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. The very first case on the continent was reported on February 14, in Egypt.

Coronavirus: South Africa Bans Covid-19 Fake News, Pandemic Spreading Rapidly Through Africa

The South African government on Thursday put into place a new law that provides for up to six months’ imprisonment for any citizen found guilty of spreading false information regarding the new Coronavirus pandemic. South Africa has 202 cases of people infected with Coronavirus and it is the most affected country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Morocco Signs New Arms Deal with U.S.

Morocco has соnсludеd a new аrmѕ deal with thе United Stаtеѕ to рrоvіdе іt with military hаrdwаrе for lоgіѕtісаl ѕuрроrt wоrth $239.35 mіllіоn, ассоrdіng to thе US government’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Thе US Dераrtmеnt of Defense аррrоvеd the аrmѕ dеаl with Morocco, at the request of the Moroccan government, and notified the U.S. Congress of this step.

EU to Redefine its Africa Strategy

Afrіса has gained geopolitical іmроrtаnсе оn thе first оffісіаl trip of Urѕulа vоn dеr Lеуеn. Thе nеw EU Commission President dіd nоt go to Washington but to Addis Ababa, headquarters of the African Union. Thе іntеrnаtіоnаl оrgаnіzаtіоn of 55 African countries, located in the Ethiopian capital, іѕ tо bесоmе a kеу раrtnеr оf thе EU in thе futurе.

New Attack in Cameroon Recalls Tensions Persisting in the Region

Twеntу-twо сіvіlіаnѕ were killed Friday іn a vіllаgе іn nоrthwеѕt Cаmеrооn, аn area populated bу thе English-speaking mіnоrіtу. “The еvіdеnсе іndісаtеѕ that the majority оf victims аrе wоmеn аnd сhіldrеn,” Jаmеѕ Nunаn, the head оf the UN’s Offісе fоr thе Coordination of Humаnіtаrіаn Affаіrѕ (OCHA) fоr thе rеgіоnѕ said.

Dozens Killed in Burkina Faso Church Attack

At least 24 people have been killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso, Al Jazeera reported and officials have confirmed. A local pastor was among the dead. This is the latest assault against places of worship in the West African nation as religious attacks continue. The attack took place on Sunday during a weekly service at a Protestant church in the village of Pansi, in Yagha, a volatile province near the border with Niger.

Egypt Confirms First Coronavirus Case in Africa

The coronavirus, called Covid-19 by the World Health Organization, is now present on all continents. The number of victims of the epidemic of the new coronavirus on Saturday exceeded 1,500 in China, and the first case of infection in Africa was recorded in Egypt. It was the Egyptian Ministry of Health that announced on Friday that it had registered the first case of the disease on the African continent.

Sisi Speaks at AU Summit as Egypt Hands Over Presidency

The leaders of the African Union countries, at the beginning of their 3-day summit in Addis Ababa, sought to enhance their participation in mediations in a number of armed conflicts that are tearing the continent apart. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his country’s readiness to host an African summit devoted to discussing the formation of a joint African force to combat terrorism.

African Union Summit Seeks Greater Role in Libyan Crisis

The 33rd African Union Summit will be launched Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the slogan “Silencing the guns to create conditions for Africa’s development.” The presidency of the summit will move from Egypt to South Africa, and to President Cyril Ramaphosa from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Today, Ramaphosa presides over a closed session to present the challenges that stand in the way of Africa’s progress.

Putin’s Post Soviet Russia – A New Level of Propaganda – Fictional Movie Portrays Putin as Czar – What’s Next?

Recently, a fictional movie about Putin has been completed. The budget for the film was 800 million Rubles ($13.1 million)  The movie has a historic theme and Vladimir Putin is portrayed as Czar Nikolas I and the whole plot is about how the emperor is always right. The epoch is early 1800s.  It is not a surprise, with the movie budget alone, to believe the film is social engineering propaganda in the post Russian space. Of course, along the golden Russian tradition, the film has already been leaked on purpose. That way it will reach a wider audience everywhere versus people having to go to a Russian movie theater to see it. It is a prelude.

Al-Shabaab Attacks U.S. Military Base in Kenya, Three Killed

Security was heightened in Kenya after an attack by al-Shabaab at a military base in Lamu that is usually used by US and Kenyan military personnel. A US military service member and two US contractors were killed in the attack. Two other Department of Defense personnel were injured is Sunday’s attack on Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu County. “The wounded Americans are in stable condition and being evacuated,” African Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.

Five Soldiers Killed in Bomb Attack in Mali

Five Malian soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a roadside bomb attack, a government spokesperson has said. The troops were travelling in the region of Alatona, near the border with Mauritania, when their convoy hit a bomb on Monday morning. Four vehicles were destroyed in the blast. “Reinforcements are already in place for the operation to neutralize the enemies,” government spokesman, Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.

Macron Vows to Defend Sahel States Against Jihad

A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.

Liberia Closes Schools Ahead of Teachers’ Strike

The Ministry of Education in Liberia has ordered the closure of all public schools a week before scheduled time due to a teachers’ strike. In a press statement over the weekend, the ministry said the decision was arrived at because of the strike that was set to begin on Monday, as announced by the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association.

World Summit on Industry and Manufacturing Highlights Africa’s Untapped Potential

The World Summit for Industry and Manufacturing organized a joint initiative between the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with a new promotional tour in the city of Pretoria. The aim of the initiative is to examine the untapped industrial potential of countries in Southern Africa and its potential impacts on global value chains, and its role in shaping the future of the industrial sector.

Bashir, Ex-Sudanese President, Sentenced for Corruption

A court in Sudan has sentenced the country’s former President, Omar al-Bashir, 75, to two years in prison for money laundering and corruption. This is the first conviction amid a series of lawsuits against the former Sudanese president. Due to his advanced age, he will serve his sentence in a rehabilitation center for seniors convicted of crimes not punishable by death. “Under the law, those who reached the age of 70 shall not serve jail terms,” the judge said.

What is the Geopolitical Future of France?

French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.

Landslides Kill at Least 29 People in Kenya

Mudslides that were caused by heavy rains have killed at least 29 people in western Kenya, the nation’s interior minister said Saturday. A previous record of local officials reported at least twelve dead. “We are saddened to confirm that 12 people from Tapach and Parua in Pokot South, and 17 from Tamkal in Pokot Central lost their lives,” Kenyan Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said in a statement.

Are There Any Geopolitical Winners in Libya Since Gaddafi’s Death 8 Years Ago?

Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was murdered 8 years ago. Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the war in Libya was over. In reality, the war mutated into a new trajectory. Even the worst pessimists could not have predicted the ramifications. Former US President Barack Obama scarcely admitted it was a mistake.

The Golden Coffin of the Priest “Nedjemankh” Returns to Egypt from New York

In the framework of Egypt’s efforts to retrieval the smuggled Egyptian antiquities abroad, the Egyptian State and its institutions attach great importance to preserving their heritage and civilizational history, the role played by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Antiquities in the field of restoring smuggled Egyptian antiquities, and in the framework of bilateral cooperation with the United States and the Memorandum of Understanding The foreign ministers of the two countries in November 2016 on the protection of Egyptian antiquities from smuggling, Egypt succeeded in retrieval the Egyptian artifact “Golden Coffin of the Egyptian priest Nedjemankh”, which was on display at the “Metropolitan Museum” in New York, where he participated Cary, the secretary of state at the ceremony to receive the coffin at the US Attorney’s Office in New York State, and signed the protocol on the restoration of the coffin with the US attorney in New York.

Zimbabwe’s Former President Robert Mugabe Dies, Aged 95

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95 years old. The country’s current President, Emerson Mnangagwa, has confirmed the news of his death via the social media network, Twitter. “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” he tweeted.

African Migrant Explosive Vomiting Blood – Quarantine at Manchester Airport

Passengers “quarantined” on a plane after a suspected Ebola virus outbreak occurred on board. Dozens of emergency services personnel are at the scene and passengers were not allowed to leave the tarmac. Photos taken from inside the aircraft by passengers showed dozens of emergency services vehicles lined up on the tarmac surrounding the plane.

Zimbabwe: Police, Opposition Demonstrators Clash in Capital

Zimbabwean Police armed with tear gas and clubs today clashed with the opposition party’s protesters in the country’s capital city Harare after the protesters went ahead with their planned demonstrations despite the previous ban on their protests by the government. Supporters of Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sang songs condemning the police brutality while the police dispersed them with tear gas. At one instance, police surrounded a group of protesters and beat them mercilessly with clubs. A woman was later on seen being evacuated in a Red Cross ambulance.

Tunisia: Nearly 100 Presidential Candidates to Square Off in the Polls

Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).