Zambia health minister denies corruption charges in court

16 July 2020, 4:21 PM
Zambia’s Health Minister on Thursday appeared before a Lusaka magistrate and denied four counts of corruption involving alleged purchase of business shares and property with suspected proceeds of crime.
COVID-19, Africa’s conservation and trophy hunting dilemma 29 June 2020, 3:01 PM

Wildlife conservation hasn’t escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely due to the fact that tourism funding, which supports the conservation of wide swaths of Africa and some 23 million livelihoods, has all but dried up.

Burundi’s new cabinet includes officials under Western sanctions over rights abuses 29 June 2020, 2:35 PM

New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under US or European sanctions over theiralleged role in violently crushing street protests.

Malawi’s Chakwera sworn in as president after re-run election 29 June 2020, 1:47 AM

Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in for a five-year term on Sunday, hours after unseating former leader Peter Mutharika in a re-run election.

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Ramaphosa congratulates newly-elected Malawi President 28 June 2020, 6:32 PM

Chairperson of the Africa Union His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa has offered his congratulations to Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on his election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

Congo PM threatens government resignation over minister’s arrest 28 June 2020, 5:06 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister protested on Sunday over the brief arrest of the justice minister, saying the coalition government could resign over the issue and calling on the president to guarantee cabinet members’ legal protections.

Malawi’s opposition leader declared winner of presidential re-run 28 June 2020, 6:41 AM

Malawi’s Electoral Commission declared opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera winner of a re-run presidential election on Saturday, a dramatic reversal of the incumbent’s discredited win in a process that has been seen as a triumph for African democracy.

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Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo chosen by ruling party for poll rematch against Mahama 27 June 2020, 11:17 PM

Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate in this year’s election, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former president John Dramani Mahama.

Zimbabwe suspends stock exchange, mobile payments over ‘economic sabotage’ 27 June 2020, 5:44 PM

Zimbabwe on Friday suspended trade on the stock exchange and mobile phone-based payments to address what President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government called “criminality and economic sabotage.”

Sudan, Egypt say Ethiopia will not fill Nile dam without reaching deal 27 June 2020, 7:14 AM

Leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt agreed that Ethiopia will not start filling its Nile dam without reaching an agreement within two weeks, Sudan and Egypt said on Friday.

World agencies step in as pandemic poverty hits artisanal miners 26 June 2020, 4:52 PM

From a $15 million World Bank fund to an experimental gold-buying project in Burkina Faso, development agencies are delivering financial aid to subsistence miners the COVID-19 pandemic has impoverished.

Namibia’s COVID-19 cases increase 26 June 2020, 10:01 AM

Namibia COVID-19 cases increased from 32 to 90 in a week after a quiet period of about 45 days without a case.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 outbreak could impoverish 5 million people: World Bank 25 June 2020, 4:33 PM

Nigeria’s coronavirus outbreak may push 5 million people into poverty as it triggers the worst recession in the African powerhouse since the 1980s, the World Bank said on Thursday.

Malawi opposition claims victory in presidential election re-run 25 June 2020, 3:27 PM

Malawi’s opposition alliance claimed victory for its candidate Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday in a re-run of the 2019 presidential election, annulled by courts because of fraud.

Congo announces end of Ebola outbreak in east, second deadliest on record 25 June 2020, 3:26 PM

The second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is over after nearly two years and more than 2,200 deaths, Democratic Republic of Congo said on Thursday, even as a separate flare-up of the virus continued on the other side of the country.

Senegal president self-quarantines after contact with COVID-19 case 25 June 2020, 12:21 PM

Senegalese President Macky Sall is quarantining for two weeks after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, state television said on Thursday.

Judgment to be handed down in bail application of Lesotho’s former First Lady 25 June 2020, 8:19 AM

The High Court in Lesotho will today hand down judgment in the bail application in the murder case of Lesotho's former First Lady Maesaea Thabane.

Women, babies at risk as COVID-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns 24 June 2020, 9:31 PM

Millions of women and children in poor countries are at risk because the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting health services they rely on, from neonatal and maternity care to immunisations and contraception, a World Bank global health expert has warned.

Sudan pins hopes on Berlin donor meeting as economy nears collapse 24 June 2020, 3:36 PM

With Sudan’s economy at risk of freefall, hammered by inflation exceeding 100% and plagued by shortages of bread, fuel and medicine, the government is pinning its hopes on a conference of potential donors in Berlin this week.

All African countries now have coronavirus lab testing capacity: WHO chief 24 June 2020, 3:31 PM

All African countries have now developed laboratory capacity to test for the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa laments rising cases of coronavirus in Africa 24 June 2020, 3:10 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union, says the continent is already seeing rising cases of the coronavirus despite it being in the early stages of the pandemic.

Namibia further relaxes coronavirus restrictions despite rising cases 24 June 2020, 12:14 PM

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Monday announced a further easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown to boost economic activity, despite a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Zimbabwe fuel prices more than double 24 June 2020, 11:09 AM

Zimbabwe’s fuel prices will go up by as much as 152% on Wednesday, the energy regulator said, after the government removed a fixed exchange rate in place since March.

Botswana enlists AfriForum’s services in fraud case involving Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe 23 June 2020, 8:15 PM

AfriForum's private prosecution unit will assist the government of Botswana in a high-profile money-laundering and fraud case involving a well-known South African businesswoman.

Zambia approves $438 million COVID-19 economic stimulus package 23 June 2020, 5:06 PM

Zambia’s cabinet approved a 8 billion kwacha ($439 million) economic stimulus package financed through a COVID-19 bond in an effort to alleviate the pandemic’s impact, the presidency said on Tuesday.

ICC prosecutors cite grave errors in Gbagbo acquittal at start of appeal 23 June 2020, 4:13 PM

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said “grave errors” were made in acquittal last year of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, as they began their bid to overturn the decision at an appeals hearing on Monday.

Malawi re-runs election in test case for African democracy 23 June 2020, 3:19 PM

Malawians queued up to vote on Tuesday in a re-run of a discredited poll that has become a test case for the ability of African courts to tackle vote fraud and restrain presidential power.

Egypt to ease coronavirus restrictions from end of week 23 June 2020, 1:55 PM

Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to try to limit crowding, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Liberia extends COVID-19 state of emergency as cases rise ‘exponentially’ 22 June 2020, 9:23 PM

Liberian President George Weah extended a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic by 30 days on Monday, citing an exponential increase in the number of cases despite compulsory mask-wearing and stay-at-home orders.

Ivory Coast says arrested head of commando unit of June 10 attack 22 June 2020, 2:59 PM

Ivory Coast has arrested the head of the commando unit that carried out a June 10 attack that killed at least 10 soldiers in the north of the country, plus several people involved, defence minister Hamed Bakayoko said on Monday.

Morocco used NSO’s spyware to spy on journalist, Amnesty says 22 June 2020, 2:19 PM

Technology developed by Israel's NSO Group was used by the Moroccan government to spy on journalist Omar Radi, a critic of Morocco's human rights record, Amnesty International said on Monday.