Congo justice minister resigns after judicial reform dispute

11 July 2020, 4:41 PM
The Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice Minister Celestin Tunda tendered his resignation on Saturday in the wake of a dispute with the president over proposed laws that would give politicians more control over criminal prosecutions.
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Amadou Gon was an exemplary leader: Akinwumi Adesina 11 July 2020, 4:17 PM

Amadou Gon was an exemplary leader, He was my friend. I remember calling him while in Paris, writes Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank.

Ethiopian police arrest 2 suspects in connection with the killing of a popular political singer 11 July 2020, 7:34 AM

Ethiopian authorities said on Friday they had arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which 166 people were killed.

Kenyan museum, Mau Mau fighter shed light on British colonial abuses 10 July 2020, 6:06 PM

Nearing 100, Gitu Wa Kahengeri clearly remembers the day when, as a prisoner of Kenya’s colonial occupier Britain, he wanted to die.

Uganda cracks down on media ahead of elections in 2021, watchdog say 10 July 2020, 2:22 PM

Uganda's security forces are cracking down on authors and journalists who challenge the 34-year-old rule of President Yoweri Museveni ahead of elections next year, a watchdog told Reuters.

Africa CDC launches a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial 10 July 2020, 7:45 AM

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial (CONCVACT).

African countries urged to undertake vaccine trials 9 July 2020, 8:00 PM

The importance of undertaking clinical trials for a vaccine in Africa has dominated discussions at a webinar about COVID-19 and vaccine development on the continent.

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases pass 30 000 – NCDC 9 July 2020, 3:34 AM

Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus cases passed 30 000 on Wednesday, the country's disease control centre said, as the virus spreads in Africa's most populous country amid an easing of restrictions put in place to curb the disease.

Nigeria restarts domestic flights amid easing coronavirus restrictions 8 July 2020, 9:14 PM

Nigeria resumed domestic flights on Wednesday after a hiatus of around three months as Africa’s most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Congo virus funds embezzled by ‘mafia network’, says deputy minister 8 July 2020, 8:33 PM

Congo’s deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya conflict at ‘unprecedented levels’ 8 July 2020, 8:25 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Wednesday that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels.”

Ivory Coast’s prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61 8 July 2020, 8:19 PM

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's prime minister and its ruling party's candidate for the October presidential election, has died, President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday, adding that the country was mourning.

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects extrajudicial killings 8 July 2020, 7:30 PM

At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a report released on Wednesday, saying that the killings were likely carried out by government forces.

Kenya decision to postpone reopening of schools met with mixed reactions 8 July 2020, 5:21 PM

Kenya's Education Ministry's decision to postpone the reopening of basic education to January 2021, or when the COVID-19 infection curve in the country has flattened, has been met with mixed reactions.

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic” 8 July 2020, 3:19 PM

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.

COVID-19 forces Kenya basic education to resume in January 7 July 2020, 10:15 PM

Basic education in Kenya will resume in January next year when the COVID-19 curve is expected to flatten, the country's education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha announced on Thursday a day after the country's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country.

Sierra Leone doctors threaten to expand strike amid COVID-19 crisis 7 July 2020, 8:05 PM

Doctors in Sierra Leone, who are refusing to treat COVID-19 patients to press demands for bonus payments and more protective equipment, threatened on Tuesday to suspend care for other patients too if the dispute is not resolved by Sunday.

Congo dispatches former warlords to try to resolve ethnic conflict 7 July 2020, 7:44 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has dispatched former warlords, including two who were tried for war crimes in The Hague, to try to convince militiamen in their home region to surrender, the governor of Ituri province said.

Zimbabwe’s health minister, accused of corruption, sacked: Statement 7 July 2020, 7:33 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked health minister Obadiah Moyo with immediate effect for inappropriate conduct, a statement from the presidency shared by information minister Nick Mangwana on Twitter on Tuesday said.

Ghana presidential candidate selects first female running mate for major party 7 July 2020, 5:54 PM

Former Ghana President John Mahama said on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year’s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party’s presidential ticket.

Cameroon activist campaigns against colonial monuments 7 July 2020, 5:18 PM

Activist Andre Blaise Essama has been battling to purge Cameroon of monuments celebrating its French colonial past and replace them with local heroes long before protests swept the world after the death of George Floyd.

Kenyan police fire teargas, arrest marchers protesting at brutality 7 July 2020, 4:04 PM

Kenyan police on Tuesday fired teargas and arrested activists gathering for a march against perceived government injustice that has been given extra impetus this year by allegations by rights groups of police brutality during the COVID-19 lockdown.

There’s no right time to ease lockdown: Amref Health Africa 7 July 2020, 9:05 AM

Amref Health Africa GCEO, Dr Dithinji Gitahi, says there is no right time for a country to ease lockdown restrictions.

Kenyan protesters set fire to police station after the killing of a man 7 July 2020, 6:59 AM

Kenyan protesters set a police station on fire after an officer allegedly shot and killed a man for hawking fake hand sanitiser, according to a police report seen by Reuters on Monday.

Egypt reports first drop below 1 000 new COVID-19 cases since May 27 7 July 2020, 1:11 AM

Egypt reported 969 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the Health Ministry said, the first drop below 1 000 registered daily since May 27.

Uganda offers safe heaven to people fleeing escalating violence in DRC 6 July 2020, 8:14 PM

Uganda has offered a safe haven to thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UN says attacks by Islamist militia in Congo may be war crimes 6 July 2020, 7:22 PM

Systematic and brutal attacks by militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last 18 months may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said on Monday.

Nurses in Zimbabwe arrested as they protest over pay 6 July 2020, 5:52 PM

Police in Zimbabwe arrested 12 nurses protesting outside state hospitals on Monday demanding to be paid in U.S. dollars as inflation running at nearly 800% was eroding their salaries, the country’s nurses union said.

Kenya announces phased lifting of restrictions amid coronavirus lockdown 6 July 2020, 2:42 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a phased lifting of restrictions put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Egypt leading African countries with COVID-19 related deaths 6 July 2020, 1:08 PM

According to statistics from Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Egypt remains the second highest country in the African continent with 74 035 COVID-19 positive cases followed by Nigeria with 28 167 confirmed cases.

Mourners carry the coffin of Ethiopian musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa during his funeral in Ambo, Ethiopia.
More than 166 people killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia 6 July 2020, 12:12 PM

More than 166 people were killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia last week, the government said on Sunday, as the capital and other hotspots remained closely guarded by security forces and a blanket Internet shutdown entered its sixth day.