Uganda army to join Congo in offensive against rebels: Kinshasa government

12 May 2021, 8:39 PM
The Ugandan and Congo armies are setting up an operations centre in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a joint offensive against rebels who have killed hundreds of people in the last year, Congo's government said.
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Kenya detects COVID-19 variant first diagnosed in India 5 May 2021, 3:29 PM

Kenya has detected a variant of COVID-19 first diagnosed in India, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The variant was detected in five Indians who arrived in the East African nation on Thursday last week, just before Kenya banned flights to and from India.

Kenya, Tanzania agree to harmonise COVID-19 enforcement protocols 5 May 2021, 8:49 AM

Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to harmonise their COVID-19 enforcement protocols to contain the cross-border spread of the disease.

Almost 5 000 children separated in Tigray conflict: Aid group 4 May 2021, 7:40 PM

Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has separated nearly 5,000 children from their parents, Save the Children said on Tuesday.

Vaccine hesitancy slowing Africa’s COVID-19 inoculation drive: Health experts 4 May 2021, 3:05 PM

When Edith Serem received her COVID-19 vaccination last month at a hospital in Nairobi where she works as a doctor, nurses jokingly warned she might start speaking in a foreign language.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s food security has turned out better than feared but risks remain 4 May 2021, 2:47 PM

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, concern immediately arose that sub-Saharan Africa faced a potential worsening in food insecurity. The concerns were due to the anticipated slowdown in economic activity, job losses accompanied by loss of income, and a ban on grain exports by major exporting countries, including India, Russia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Sub-Saharan Africa is a net importer of food.

There are vital lessons to learn from Africa’s vaccination rollout: WHO-AFRO 4 May 2021, 7:41 AM

World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) says there are vital lessons to learn from Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, such as planning and preparation.

Congo to impose military rule in troubled eastern provinces 4 May 2021, 12:38 AM

Congo will replace civilian authorities with military administrations in two conflict-hit provinces for a month, the government said on Monday, announcing the details of a state of siege to address worsening bloodshed in the east.

DRC declares end of Ebola outbreak that killed six 3 May 2021, 6:36 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people in the eastern province of North Kivu and killed six of them.

Coordinated global cooperation crucial in tackling COVID-19: African leadership summit 3 May 2021, 12:30 PM

African leaders have lamented the lack of a coordinated global response and cooperation to the coronavirus outbreak.

Chad’s military names new government but opposition still unimpressed 3 May 2021, 8:25 AM

Chad's military rulers named a new government on Sunday after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby.

Somalia’s parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension 2 May 2021, 11:48 PM

Somali lawmakers voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a two-year presidential term extension they had approved last month, after clashes in the capital Mogadishu between factions of the security forces, which are divided over the issue.

Attackers kill 16 soldiers in southwest Niger 2 May 2021, 10:33 PM

Unidentified gunmen have killed 16 soldiers and wounded six others in an ambush in southwest Niger, two security sources said on Sunday.

Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil, Turkey over COVID-19 fears 2 May 2021, 2:22 PM

Nigeria will ban travellers coming from India, Brazil and Turkey because of concerns about the rampant spread of coronavirus in those countries, a presidential committee said on Sunday.

DR Congo declares state of siege over eastern bloodshed 2 May 2021, 9:09 AM

A surge in attacks by armed militias and inter-communal violence in the east have killed more than 300 people since the start of the year as government troops and UN peacekeepers struggle to stabilise the situation.

Kenyan President lifts COVID-19 lockdown imposed in April 2 May 2021, 12:37 AM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday lifted the COVID-19 lockdown he imposed last month, allowing for a reopening of bars and restaurants, religious services and schools as the rate of infections eases.

Chadian security forces fire upon protesters in southern town 1 May 2021, 7:33 PM

At least four people were shot and wounded in Chad's southern Mandoul region on Saturday when security forces fired upon a crowd demonstrating against last month's military takeover, witnesses and hospital sources said.

Tanzania’s new president plans income tax cut, other economic changes 1 May 2021, 4:41 PM

Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Saturday the government would reduce the income tax rate by 1 percentage point to 8%, in the 2021/22 financial year beginning in July, and also planned to remove "unfriendly taxes and charges to Tanzanians".

Somalia’s lower house of parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension 1 May 2021, 2:54 PM

Somalia's lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a controversial two-year presidential term extension it approved last month

US lifts Ebola-related DRC travel restrictions 1 May 2021, 1:15 PM

The Biden administration on Friday said it had lifted travel restrictions for US visitors who have recently been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but left them in place for Guinea travelers.

Chadian army says it repelled rebels in battle near northern town 1 May 2021, 10:10 AM

Chad's ruling military council said on Friday that six of its soldiers had been killed in a battle near the northern town of Nokou that resulted in several hundred killed on the rebel side and 60 captured.

Congo declares state of siege over eastern bloodshed 1 May 2021, 5:01 AM

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Friday declared a state of siege over the worsening violence in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu that has killed hundreds this year and displaced more than 1.5 million.

Tanzania installs oxygen production plants to serve COVID-19 patients 30 April 2021, 8:09 PM

Tanzania has installed medical oxygen production plants in its biggest national hospitals to serve intensive care wards treating coronavirus patients, its health ministry said on Friday.

AU sends mission to support investigation into Chad President Deby’s killing 30 April 2021, 4:51 PM

The African Union (AU) has sent a mission to Chad to support an investigation into the killing of late President Idris Deby.

Uganda introduces 12% internet data levy, critics say move will stifle online access 30 April 2021, 2:10 PM

Uganda says it has introduced a 12% tax on internet data, potentially hiking prices for online access in the East African country where consumers are already paying some of the world's highest internet costs.

Congo starts re-deployment of expiring COVID-19 vaccines to other African countries 30 April 2021, 7:00 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun re-deploying hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to other African nations which it says it won't be able to administer before they expire at the end of June, its health minister said on Thursday.

India’s COVID-19 emergency is a wake-up call to Africa: AU 29 April 2021, 7:45 PM

The raging state of the COVID-19 pandemic is India is a wake-up call for Africa that its governments and citizens must not let their guards down, the African Union's disease control agency warned on Thursday.

Giulio Regeni
Italian prosecutors ask judge to try Egyptian officers over Regeni murder 29 April 2021, 2:30 PM

Italian prosecutors asked a judge on Thursday to have four senior members of Egypt's security services sent for trial over their suspected role in the disappearance and murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016.

SADC Troika summit will not make a difference to the volatile situation in Mozambique: Analyst 29 April 2021, 12:31 PM

Security Analyst, Dr Guy Lamb, says he does not believe that the current input of the special SADC Troika summit will make a difference to the volatile situation in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

Irish wildlife conservationist killed in Burkina Faso attack 29 April 2021, 3:49 AM

Ireland's government confirmed on Wednesday that an Irish citizen, wildlife NGO founder Rory Young, was killed by unidentified gunmen along with two Spanish journalists in an ambush in Burkina Faso this week.

Cyril Ramaphosa
SADC postpones meeting on Mozambique insurgency 28 April 2021, 7:18 PM

A Southern African leaders meeting that was scheduled for Thursday to address the Islamic State-linked insurgency in Mozambique has been postponed, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi's office said on Wednesday.