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Central African Republic: Govt Surrenders War Crimes Suspect to International Criminal Court

According to analysts, by handing over a militia leader to the International Criminal Court, CAR’s president, Faustin-Archange Touadera, has sent a clear signal to the rebels that they cannot expect impunity. Central African Republic on Sunday handed over an suspected militia commander to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face accusations of war crimes and…

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      Uganda: Illegal Wildlife Traders Undeterred By Covid-19 Restrictions

      Measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda - such as restrictions on movement - apparently have not deterred the illegal international wildlife trade. The demand for both traditional wildlife products (such as pangolin scales) and newer ones (such as elephant penises) has continued, with numerous arrests made last year. There was an…

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          Africa: Study shows vaccine nationalism could cost rich countries US$4.5 trillion

          Paris — New comprehensive economic modelling shows advanced economies stand to lose trillions of dollars through vaccine nationalism – more than previously thoughtEconomic benefits of funding multilateral efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines dwarf the costsAdvanced economies with international linkages have the most to gain from global collaboration on vaccine access and distribution A…

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            Africa: Hoarding Vaccines Will Only Prolong Covid-19, Says WHO Africa Chief

            Johannesburg — Africa is a few months away from receiving the much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, according to officials working towards getting doses for the continent. "Africa is facing a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 3.3 million cases and 81,000 lives... sadly lost," according to Dr Matshidiso Moeti,…

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              Zimbabwe: Poor Grain Production Hurting Economy

              Zimbabwe has been a net importer of food for the past 2 decades and the country's import bill has increasingly featured grain imports with maize imports averaging 1.1 million Metric Tonnes (MT) per year in the last 10 years, while wheat and soya beans account for 300 000MT and 150 000MT in import quantities respectively.…

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                Zimbabwe: Govt Angry Over ‘Paralysis’ Report

                The Government has reacted angrily to recent media reports that suggested the country's leadership had been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and mainstream media platforms was last week awash with reports that government operations had been paralyzed due to ill health of the two vice Presidents with Constantino Chiwenga reported to have gone…

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                  Zimbabwe: Mliswa Questions Matiza’s Heroes Status

                  Outspoken Independent legislator for Norton constituency Temba Mliswa has questioned the conferment of national hero status to the late Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Joel Biggie Matiza. Matiza (60) was declared a national hero together with the late former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General, Paradzai Zimondi (74). Both succumbed to COVID-19. In a…

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                    Zimbabwe: Information Secretary Mangwana Apologizes Over ‘Medical Assassins’ Remarks

                    Information Secretary Ndabaningi Mangwana has withdrawn reckless remarks he made on Twitter yesterday where he insinuated that 'medical assassins' hiding behind medical qualifications were working to eliminate Zanu PF aligned politicians. Posting on Twitter, Mangwana said "This is what's leading to the unfortunate conspiracy theory that there are certain political players being eliminated in hospitals…

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                      Namibia: One Namibian, One Farm ‘Unlawful’

                      A PROPOSAL to introduce a policy to prevent Namibians from owning more than one farm is unlawful and will not be implemented. This is according to an update report on the implementation of the second national land conference issued by the office of prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the end of last year. The land…

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                        Namibia: Fishrot – Namandje Confirms Swapo Payments

                        LAWYER Sisa Namandje has confirmed to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that his law firm handled millions of dollars that now form part of the Fishrot investigation. In a sworn statement submitted to the ACC in October last year, Namandje revealed that between 2012 and 2017, his law firm - Sisa Namandje & Co Inc. -…

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                        South Africa: President Ramaphosa Mourns Passing of Jazz Icon, Jonas Gwangwa

                        President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of award winning jazz musician, Jonas Gwangwa, on Saturday. Aged 83, the esteemed Member of the Order of Ikhamanga was a globally recognised and awarded composer, arranger, producer and jazz trombonist. In a statement, President Ramaphosa said his thoughts and prayers are with Gwangwa's…

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                        Zimbabwe: Govt Acts On Locust Outbreak

                        Zimbabwe is mobilising resources to take adequate preventive measures following sightings of locusts that swept through parts of Namibia, hitting grasslands, trees and 50 000 hectares of crops recently. Mr Shingirai Nyamutukwa, head of the Plant Quarantine and Plant Protection Research Services Institute, said recently that his department was mobilising resources to carry out effective…

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                        South Africa: Plans in Place for Tropical Cyclone Eloise Impact

                        The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says plans are in place for the imminent impact of Tropical Cyclone Eloise. "Tropical Cyclone Eloise has been in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region for a while and has mainly been over the island States, with the possibility of hitting Mozambique, with initial indications being that…

                        Africa: Biden, Democracy, and Africa

                        Editor’s Note: Below is a Viewpoint from Chapter 6 of the Foresight Africa 2021 report, which explores top priorities for the region in the coming year. This year’s issue focuses on strategies for Africa to confront the twin health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge stronger than ever. Read the full…

                        Egypt, Seychelles get first jabs

                        Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan has become Africa’s first head of state to receive the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine.  Ramkalawan rolled up his sleeve for the injection in front of the local press last week, kicking off a national immunisation campaign that was initially aimed at healthcare workers. The move comes after the United Arab Emirates donated…

                        Africa: Why We Need Those Weather Forecasters

                        A new report from global think-tank ODI sheds light on the need to strengthen sustainable climate services across Africa if ambitions for effective climate adaptation are to be realised. African countries are expected to be hit hard by climate change, and unpredictable and extreme weather is already having a significant impact on people’s lives across…

                        South Africa: Social Pacts More Vital Than Ever As State Lacks Capacity

                        Social partners involved in SA’s social dialogue have not been diverse enough, and so decisions often do not have broad societal buy-in. Social pacts between all levels of government, business and civil society could be a means for SA to quickly overcome the financial, social and political crises causes by Covid-19. But they will have…

                        Mali: French Military Operations Face Growing Resistance

                        The French anti-terror mission Barkhane is losing support in Mali, as reflected in recent protests in the capital, Bamako. Attitudes to the former colonial power are ambivalent amid deteriorating security. Moussa Dicko is angry. Wearing a green T-shirt and sunglasses, he is standing a short distance from Independence Square, a roundabout in the center of…

                        Kenya: Slum Dwellers Battle Covid-19 Downturn With Virtual Currency

                        The blockchain-based technology helps struggling families afford the essentials and avoid becoming victims of loan sharks NAIROBI –  Sitting on a low bench at her shop in a Nairobi slum, Grace Wangari sifted through a handful of grains that a waiting customer had just ordered. As she poured them into a shopping bag, the customer…

                        Africa: Several Dead As Storm Sweeps East Coast

                        Tropical Cyclone Eloise has hit Mozambique, bringing rain and powerful winds of around 130 kilometers per hour. Forecasters believe it will now move toward Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. At least nine people died on Saturday after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique in Africa’s southeast, bringing rain and powerful winds of around 130 kilometers (80…

                        Chad: New Challenges for Chad’s Army

                        The Chadian army, while essential to counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel, is also a source of potential instability for the country. Chadian authorities, supported by their international partners, should build a more representative and professional army, and establish safeguards to discourage violence in the event of a succession crisis. What’s new? The Chadian army is…

                        Sudan: Sudan’s Transitional National Security

                        Two years after removing Bashir from power, Sudan’s revolution is going through a tough transition. Economy, peace, and foreign policy are among the top challenges of the transitional government. However, all three files were a major topic of contestation contributing to an intensification of hostilities between the civilian and military components of Sudan’s transitional government.…

                        Burkina Faso: Theater Squeezed By Terrorism and Coronavirus

                        Burkina Faso has a thriving theater tradition. But terrorism and the coronavirus are curtailing the activities of its only permanent theater. Soldiers start shooting in the middle of Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. People scream. They take cover, waiting in fear to see what will happen next. Will the soldiers keep firing their weapons? Are innocent…

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