Kenya extends COVID curfew for two months but reduces hours

28 September 2020, 7:21 PM
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta extended for two months on Monday a nationwide curfew intended to curb the coronavirus, but relaxed the starting time by two hours until 11 p.m.
Nigeria’s main unions to strike over petrol, power price hikes 23 September 2020, 1:05 AM

Nigeria's main labour unions will begin an indefinite strike from Monday to protest an increase in power and petrol prices, the leader of the body said, after a meeting with the government two weeks ago ended in a deadlock.

Can COVID-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities? 22 September 2020, 5:02 PM

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (COVID-19).

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Kenya’s Chief Justice writes to President Kenyatta recommending dissolving of parliament 21 September 2020, 7:00 PM

Kenya's Chief Justice, David Maraga, has written to the country's President Uhuru Kenyatta, recommending that he dissolves parliament for its failure to enact a law on gender balance.

Ivory Coast opposition calls for protests to stop Ouattara’s third term bid 21 September 2020, 3:26 AM

Ivory Coast’s main presidential election challenger and a group of opposition parties called on Sunday for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term on October 31.

Burundian President Ndayishimiye says country now safe 20 September 2020, 5:45 PM

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye says his country is now safe and that its citizens have agreed on setting aside tribal differences.

Expert panel endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials 20 September 2020, 12:06 PM

The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase 3 clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the establishment of a data and safety monitoring board for herbal medicine clinical trials.

Church, anti-abortion groups seen threatening women’s health bill in Kenya 20 September 2020, 12:43 AM

Anti-abortion and church groups in Kenya are spreading false information about a bill to tackle teenage pregnancy and maternal death, women's rights campaigners said on Friday, warning that lawmakers could be influenced and vote against it.

Ethiopia files terrorism charges against leading opposition activist 19 September 2020, 5:38 PM

Ethiopia has filed terrorism charges against a prominent media mogul and opposition politician from the Oromo ethnic group, Jawar Mohammed, the attorney general’s office said on Saturday.

With tourists slow to return, Egypt’s resorts and ancient sites face tough winter 19 September 2020, 9:20 AM

At the Pyramids of Giza, just a handful of tourists walks among the ancient wonders. Twelve people showed up to admire Luxor’s towering colonnades the day it reopened this month. At Egypt’s Red Sea resorts, visitor numbers are well below previous years.

The continent needs to a strong health system: WHO Regional Office for Africa 19 September 2020, 9:06 AM

Programme Manager for Emergency Preparedness at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Dr Ambrose Talisuna says COVID-19 has shown us that there needs to be a strong health system on the continent.

Libya’s Haftar says he will lift oil blockade 18 September 2020, 4:00 PM

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said on Friday his forces would let oil production resume after an eight-month blockade and a senior politician in Tripoli said a committee would be formed to ensure fair distribution of revenues.

Three women in final five for WTO leadership race 18 September 2020, 1:25 PM

Three women, two of them from Africa, advanced to the second round of selection to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation as the field was cut from eight to five, the Geneva-based body said on Friday.

Zimbabweans around Beitbridge welcome easing of lockdown regulations 18 September 2020, 10:01 AM

Some Zimbabwean nationals around the Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement to ease the lockdown regulations. 

Should South Africa be more publicly critical of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe? Minister Pandor elaborates 18 September 2020, 2:54 AM

International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says South Africa's intervention in Zimbabwe can only happen at the request of the Government of Zimbabwe.

New law in Botswana allows wives to own land 17 September 2020, 8:30 PM

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue.

‘Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers’ 17 September 2020, 5:15 PM

Somali money transfer companies moved more than R60 million ($3.7 million) in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under United States (US) sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

Non-communicable diseases increase risk of dying from COVID-19 in Africa: WHO 16 September 2020, 12:26 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO)says there is increasing evidence that Africans living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes are more likely to suffer severe cases of COVID-19 and die.

Mali must appoint civilian government immediately, says regional bloc 15 September 2020, 5:53 PM

Mali’s military coup leaders must hand over power to a civilian transitional government immediately, the chairman of the West African regional bloc said on Tuesday, as a deadline expired for the ruling junta to appoint interim leaders.

Nigerian health workers strike over coronavirus allowance 15 September 2020, 3:10 PM

Nigerian health workers demanding the payment of a hazard allowance for treating coronavirus patients have gone on strike only a week after doctors in Africa’s most populous country staged a walkout.

Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid 15 September 2020, 2:03 PM

Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country’s democracy.

CDC, FIND partner to build capacity for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests in Africa 15 September 2020, 10:30 AM

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have announced a new partnership to build capacity in readiness for the introduction of new, high-quality antigen rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for COVID-19 that are anticipated to become available soon.

Moroccan medics protest over conditions, staff shortages as pandemic surges 14 September 2020, 8:07 PM

Working conditions are so bad for some medics in Morocco handling a surging coronavirus outbreak that they have staged protests against inadequate staffing and poorly equipped facilities.

Libyan medics already faced war, now the pandemic is surging there too 14 September 2020, 2:55 PM

As the pandemic started to rage through Libya last month, medics working in the war-ravaged country’s few functioning hospitals faced their nightmare scenario - a surge in cases and dwindling resources.

Survivor recalls horror after Congo mine collapse 14 September 2020, 2:16 AM

Kinyenye Furaha passed out from shock when he realised a mine collapse in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo had buried more than 50 fellow miners including his brother, he said on Sunday, as the hunt continued for bodies two days after the disaster.

Nzimande calls for a frank discussion on Zimbabwe 13 September 2020, 7:33 PM

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande has called for a frank discussion on the Zimbabwean crisis, saying developments in that country directly impact on South Africa.

Africa CDC, WHO step up efforts to find COVID-19 treatment tailored to Africans 13 September 2020, 4:13 PM

he World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are stepping up efforts to assist in the fight against the virus.

Mali negotiators back charter that could see soldier as interim President 13 September 2020, 4:15 AM

Mali’s ruling junta pushed through a political charter on Saturday that could lead to the appointment of a soldier as interim president despite objections from the coalition that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup.

Congo gold miners scour rubble for bodies after cave-in 12 September 2020, 3:49 PM

Informal gold miners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo scoured rubble on Saturday for more than 50 colleagues presumed dead after an artisanal gold mine collapsed near Kamituga in the east of the country under the weight of heavy rain.

Ivory Coast government seeks end to violence ahead of October election 12 September 2020, 12:50 PM

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government has reached out to his main opponents and religious leaders to intervene and ease tensions following his decision to bid for a third term in next month’s election.

At least 50 killed in collapsed gold mine in east DRC 12 September 2020, 4:15 AM

At least 50 people are thought to have died when an artisanal gold mine collapsed near Kamituga in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday afternoon, a local mining NGO said.