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Ghana: Commercial drivers begin strike over high fuel prices

– Advertisement – There are chaotic scenes in parts of Ghana as commercial drivers begin an indefinite strike. The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners declared the nationwide strike as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps. According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike. More than ten unions have joined the strike including…

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Gambia: Incumbent Adama Barrow wins presidential election

– Advertisement – The incumbent president of The Gambia Adama Barrow has been declared winner of the country’s presidential election. He thus retains power with results from all the districts now in across the country. The independent electoral commission on Sunday evening declared President Barrow winner, defeating his main challenger Ousainou Darboe. Mr. Barrow had won over 54% of votes but three opposition candidates have rejected the partial results, citing an unusual delay in tallying the votes. Veteran politician Ousainou Darboe, and two other candidates, Mama Kandeh and Essa Mbye…

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Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said Africans should not be collectively punished for sharing health information with the world. The AU chairperson Chairperson Mahamat Faki said wealthier nations should help the continent increase its vaccination rates…

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Spotify Wrapped reveals Ghana’s top albums, artists, and more

– – As the countdown to 2022 starts, nothing can round off this incredible year better than Spotify Wrapped, which sums up what made 365 million Spotify users around the globe vibe throughout the year. In 2021, the world slowly came out of its quarantine lifestyle to embrace the New Normal. While at it, Spotify entered Ghana’s space, in line with the rise of audio streaming in Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, for the fifth year running, Spotify is unveiling the top artists, albums, songs and playlists through Wrapped. Spoiler alert: the…

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Ghana: Ruling party MPs overturn decision to reject 2022 budget

– – Lawmakers from Ghana’s ruling party have overturned a decision by the minority to reject the country’s 2022 budget and economic policy statement. Last Friday, a one-sided minority with a total of 137 members voted to reject the budget after the majority MPs staged a walkout. The majority MPs were protesting the failure of the speaker Alban Bagbin to  compel the General Secretary of the opposition NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia to vacate the public gallery after instructing the marshals to drive out ministers of state who were in the…

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Guinea: Ex-leader Alpha Conde released, moved to wife’s home

– – Guinea’s deposed president, Alpha Conde has been released by the ruling military junta after weeks of calls by the international community for that to be done. Mr. Conde is now reported by the soldiers to have been moved to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry. The ruling junta, the National Rally Committee for Development (CNRD), said in a statement broadcast on state television that the former president is now with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé. The military rulers said they would “continue to provide the former…

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Calls to lift ex-Zambian president’s immunity spark debates

– – Zambia’s investigative wings have started arresting political leaders in the former ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, who are believed to have committed crimes, such as misappropriation of funds, attempted murder and others. Among those arrested in November are former Defence Minister, Davis Chama, for attempted murder of a member of the now ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), during a bye-election in 2015. Other include former ministers, Ronald Chitotela and Nickson Chilangwa, who are connected with the violence-related incident recorded on voting day on August 12 this…

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Child Online Africa’s launches safety guide for families

– – The Ghana based group, Child Online Africa has launched what it calls an Online Safety guide for the Family. This document is to offer a range of information from a number of different sources, including the information for children and parents since they are the gate keepers of children most often. At a news conference the executive director of the organization, Awo Aidam Amenyah said “most young people are often eager to be seen and get ‘likes’, sharing too much information about themselves. They respond to personal queries…

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Ghana’s ruling party MPs protest the rejection of 2022 budget

– – Ghana’s ruling party lawmakers have expressed displeasure at what they call a one-sided rejection of the country’s 2022 Budget and Economic Policy. The Parliament voted against the 2022 Budget on Friday after the majority MPs staged a walkout. They had walked out of the chamber to protest the refusal of the opposition party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia to leave the public gallery of the parliament house. The speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin had earlier ordered Marshals to drive walk-out ministers of state who were in the House…

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South Africa protests travel restrictions amid new covid-19 variant

– – The South African government has complained that it is being punished instead of being  applauded for discovering new covid-19 variant Omicron. The  country’s foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restrict travel from southern African countries as the variant spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the  new variant was being considered as “of concern” due to higher re-infection risk. The new variant  first reported to the WHO from South Africa has  been detected in Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. Several cases have also been…

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