Africa World 

Here are four of Africa’s longest serving Presidents

– Advertisement – Africa over the years has been known for its leaders who refuse to leave power even when it is glaring that they were no longer needed. Some of them hold on to power attributing it to the desire of citizens who still want them to continue to serve. Many of these leaders oversee elections considered by analysts as not free and fair, lacking transparency. Opponents of many of these long serving leaders are either brutalized and subjected to inhumane treatments to get them to give up contesting.…

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Africa World 

300m Covid-19 vaccine doses secured by the African Union

– Advertisement – The African Union has reportedly secured close to 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for the continent. But that number of doses still falls short of the anticipated doses required for protection for the over 1.2 billion people in Africa. Over 3,085,009 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Africa and more than 73,504 deaths, according to Africa CDC. #COVID19 update in Africa as of 13/01/2021 at 9 AM EAT. Cases — 3,107,979., Deaths – 74,444 and Recoveries –2,538,888.More at https://t.co/7xkrFH4etK#AfricaResponds #TestTraceTreat #FactsNotFear pic.twitter.com/Oc2nS2asMx — Africa CDC…

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Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in February

– Advertisement – South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of Covid-19 cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses for the disease next month, the country’s health minister announced Sunday. In recent weeks, the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against Covid-19. “We are targeting February,” Dr Zweli Mkhize told a news conference, while cautioning that before that can happen negotiations must be concluded with vaccine makers including Pfizer, Moderna…

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Africa World 

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to roll out next week

– Advertisement – Britain on Wednesday said it had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin the process of vaccinating its population as it tries to the COVID-19 outbreak. Prime Minister…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Ex-graft prosecutor says president is ‘mother serpent of corruption’

– Advertisement – The former Special Prosecutor for corruption in Ghana, Martin Amidu has described the president, Nana Akufo Addo as “mother serpent of corruption.” Amidu resigned on November 16, 2020 saying in his letter to Ghana’s President that “The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

How Covid-19 funds were misappropriated in Zambia

– Advertisement – A damning report about the misappropriation of COVID 19 funds by Zambian government officials has been released by the Auditor- General’s office. Unexplained transactions About $71 million is reported to have been mismanaged on a number of unexplained transactions between 1 February and 31 July, 2020, which include dubious transfers from the Zambian government’s accounts, in cash withdrawals. The interim report highlighted an over-commitment of over 31 million U S dollars as being the highest financial irregularity in the utilisation of COVID-19 resources, according to a statement…

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Africa East Africa World 

WHO chief denies supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia

– Advertisement – The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has denied claims by Ethiopia that he is supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The Ethiopian government said Dr. Ghebreyesus was helping Tigray forces fighting the government. In a televised address, Ethiopia’s army chief said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is trying to procure arms and mobilize diplomatic support for Tigray state’s dominant political party, which is fighting the federal troops. “This man is a member of that group and he has been doing…

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Africa Gambia Ghana West Africa World 

Families of migrants killed under Jammeh sue Gambia, Ghana

– Advertisement – The families of some West African migrants who were killed in Gambia under former leader Yahya Jammeh have sued the governments of Gambia and Ghana. Assisted by ANEKED, they filed complaints on Wednesday against the two governments before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice for infringing several international human rights, including the right to judicial remedies. In July 2005, 44 Ghanaian migrants as well as some 12 other West Africans (from Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire) including two women (one reportedly pregnant) forcibly disappeared in The Gambia while on their way to Europe by sea.…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia fights breast and cervical cancers as mortality rate surges

– Advertisement – Thandiwe Banda, the youngest first lady Zambia has ever had, was only in her 30s when her husband, Rupiah Bwezani Banda became the country’s fourth president in 2008 and ruled until 2011. Despite having had a relatively short stint in office, the couple and family might have still enjoyed the perks of being at the helm of the country’s leadership, even beyond their tenure, as can be expected, but a few years after leaving office, things turned sour, as the former First Lady was diagnosed with breast…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambian activists seek clarity on prison vote ahead of 2021 elections

– Advertisement – The month of October in Zambia, has been characterized by a host of electoral issues, pertaining to the 2021 General elections. The first ever prison vote is one that has been a source of serious concern, with some opposition parties and members of the Civil Society  having expressed frustration at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’s lack of clarity regarding conducting  campaigns in prison, ahead of the said elections. The worry has been that the ruling party would have undue advantage because opposition parties may not be…

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