Cameroon: Outrage at New Boko Haram Attack, Children Among Victims

All Africa Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in Cameroon as well as Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel region and its attacks are going mostly unnoticed by a world focused on the novel coronavirus pandemic. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned an unprovoked and brutal attack on a site hosting 800 internally

Rwanda President Paul Kagame

Rwanda Launches Covid-19 Recovery Programme For Tourism Sector Kigali, Rwanda: Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and Equity Bank Rwanda PLC, announced the creation of a COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience program, to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Tourism and Hospitality sector. The Komeza program, with Equity Bank Rwanda PLC as the financing partner, will provide

DR Congo lifts Covid-19 state of emergency

BBC Groups of people poured onto the streets of Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday night after President Félix Tshisekedi announced the end of a four-month state of emergency. In a televised address, President Tshisekedi announced a timetable for the gradual resumption of economic activities, including reopening of banks, shops, restaurants and pubs

Hijackers make off with Covid-19 tests in South Africa

TimesLive A courier truck ferrying test samples for the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) was hijacked in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has confirmed. Mabuyane used his weekly media briefing on Tuesday to condemn criminal activity he said happened on Monday afternoon. “Yesterday we received reports that a courier vehicle transporting Covid-19 specimens

Africa: Covid-19 Cases Reach 736,587, With 15,424 Deaths As of July 21, confirmed the Covid-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 736,587. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 15,424 and recoveries 389,314. South Africa has the most reported cases – 373,628, with deaths numbering 5,173. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (88,402 cases), Nigeria (37,225), Algeria (23,691), and Ghana (28,430). The

South Africa's Covi-19 cases increased by 30% last week, according to the WHO

WHO concerned over Covid-19 spread in Africa

BBC The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of rising coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa. The WHO said there was “a continued acceleration of [Covid-19] transmission”. The organisation’s emergency chief Michael Ryan said what was happening in South Africa “may, unfortunately, be a precursor” and “a warning for what will happen in the rest of

Zindzi Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

BBC Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported. She died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59. The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports. She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her

Ethiopia protest death toll hits 239; internet still blocked

Africa News At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. In the Oromia region, the toll includes 215 civilians along with nine police officers and five militia members, regional police commissioner

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera

Covid-19: Malawi cancels independence day celebrations

BBC MALAWI’S new president, Lazarus Chakwera, has called off independence celebrations and further scaled back plans for Monday’s formal inauguration. Both events were due to be marked by a huge jamboree in Lilongwe’s football stadium. On Saturday, the president announced the stadium’s capacity would be halved to 20,000 to limit the spread of coronavirus. Now

Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

166 Die During Protests After Shooting Of Ethiopian Singer

The Guardian AT least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that roiled Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, police said Saturday. The singer, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, Ethiopia’s largest, was shot dead by unknown attackers in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the

Lazarus Chakwera

Malawi Names Former Insurance Executive As Finance Minister

Reuters 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 –

Declared winner...opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera

Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins historic poll rerun

BBC Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the country’s rerun presidential vote, officials say. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday. In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering. The country was bitterly

Africa’s cases surge to more than 336,000

AP Africa’s coronavirus cases have surged to more than 336,000, an increase of nearly 10,000 infections from Wednesday evening. That’s according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The jump is largely due to South Africa announcing its largest daily number of new cases: 5,688. The Africa CDC chief says the pandemic on

The electoral commission has until 3 July to announce the results

Malawi electoral body warns on unofficial results

BBC The Malawi Electoral Commission has warned against the release of unofficial results. Malawians have been watching their TV screens, listening to radios, and checking social media with anticipation as vote counting and tallying continues following Tuesday’s re-run presidential election. The commission has about a week to announce the results. It said it had only

Vital Kamerhe

DRC President’s Chief Of Staff Found Guilty Of Corruption

BBC A COURT in the Democratic Republic of Congo has found President Felix Tshisekedi’s chief of staff guilty of corruption. Vital Kamerhe was sentenced to 20 years’ hard labour on Saturday, after facing charges of embezzling almost $50m (£39m) of public funds. Kamerhe’s supporters say the trial is a political move designed to prevent him

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya President Kenyatta Refuses To Rule Out Comeback As PM

BBC News KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta has refused to rule out the possibility that the position of prime minister may be created in an upcoming referendum as a way to see him retain power past the constitutional limit of two terms for a president. Mr. Kenyatta is due to leave office in 2022. In a

Kenya defeats Djibouti for Africa’s Security Council seat

BBC Kenya was elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday after defeating Djibouti in a run-off vote. The east African nation will replace South Africa in the non-permanent seat. It received 129 votes against Djibouti’s 62. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said the win was a “demonstration of the country’s growing profile and influence in