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Zimbabwe: 10,000 people arrested for not wearing face masks

– Advertisement – Over 10,000 people have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police for failing to wear face masks in public. Some 16,000 others have also been arrested for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Reports say most of the offenders have been ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine. The country imposed a lockdown after Covid -19 cases doubled last month. This has been attributed to festive season gatherings and traffic from neighbouring South Africa, which is experiencing a severe second wave of the virus. – Advertisement – Zimbabwe…

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Donald Trump impeached again after Capitol riot

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the U.S. Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol, egged on by the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against…

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Ethiopia: Army kills former foreign minister in Tigray battle

– Advertisement – The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country’s Tigray region. He served as foreign minister from 1991 to 2010. Seyoum was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, former Ethiopian parliament chief whip and Abay Tsehaye, Ethiopia’s former minister of federal affairs, during a battle earlier on Wednesday, said Tesfaye Ayalew, head of the defense force’s Deployment Department. Seyoum, Asmelash and Abay had served as central committee members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front…

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Over 20 people feared dead after a barge sank on Congo River

– Advertisement – Up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said six bodies have been recovered. Overloading and the poor state of the vessel are believed to be the cause of the accident. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s…

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Zambians angry over supply of faulty condoms and gloves

– Advertisement – Zambians have expressed outrage over the supply of defective condoms and sterile gloves. A parliamentary committee has heard how a local company Honey Bee supplied the sub-standard products after it secured a $17m contract. The audit flagged the award of the contract on an official working day to a company without a physical address. There are fears that the supply of the defective condoms and sterile gloves has spread sexually transmitted diseases and coronavirus. A Zambian MP has compared the nationwide distribution of condoms and sterile gloves despite…

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Ghana: Opposition member elected speaker of parliament amid chaos

– Advertisement – Ghanaian lawmakers have elected a member of the opposition party as speaker of the country’s parliament. Former Member of Parliament, Alban Bagbin was elected after chaos broke out in the lawmaking chamber on Thursday morning. Soldiers earlier stormed the Parliament during the process towards electing the new speaker. The military officers had gone into the chamber to try and restore calm following chaos that characterized the voting process. Elected MPs from the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic…

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Ghana: Schools to reopen from mid-January

– Advertisement – Schools in Ghana are reopening from January 15 after ten months of closure. In March last year, the government of Ghana ordered the closure of schools from the basic to the tertiary levels after the country recorded its first cases of Covid-19. But President Akufo-Addo has announced that it is now safe to reopen schools from mid-January starting with students at the basic level. “We are satisfied that in the current circumstances the reopening of our schools is safe. So, from 15th January our children in Kindergarten, Primary and…

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Ghana bans opposition protests amid post-election agitations

– Advertisement – Ghana’s police service has announced that it has secured a court order banning opposition supporters from protesting amid post-election agitations. Opposition supporters have been demonstrating on the streets alleging of electoral fraud over the December 7 presidential and parliamentary election results. The electoral commission declared the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo as winner of the presidential election. But the result was rejected by the opposition leader and former president, John Mahama. His party is also challenging some parliamentary election results with declared parliamentary results resulting in a hung…

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Ghana: Police clash with opposition MPs amid post-election protest

– Advertisement – Minority MPs in Ghana’s parliament are livid after clashing with police during a protest march to the Electoral Commission on Tuesday. The minority MPs were marching to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC) to challenge the results of the Presidential elections declared in favour of the incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo. They were also demanding a recollection of some of the parliamentary results declared for the candidates of the ruling NPP. But they were blocked by armed police who have mounted barricades to stop them from entering the premises…

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Ghana: Police clash with opposition supporters challenging election results

– Advertisement – Supporters of the opposition party, NDC in Ghana have clashed with the police as they continue their protests against the conduct of the December 7 elections. They have been staging nationwide protests, challenging the declaration of the incumbent Nana Akufo Addo as President-elect. The largest opposition party has also accused the Electoral Commission of vote padding and rigging to keep the governing party in power. Hundreds of NDC supporters on Thursday morning marched to the EC headquarters, in the capital, Accra chanting slogans such as “No Mahama…

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