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Akufo-Addo wins Ghana’s Election 2020 In “Electoral College” Fashion

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President of Ghana Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo Addo has won re-election to form a new government for a final four-year term. This follows a final declaration by the independent electoral commission of the results of the December 7 2020 general elections held in the West African nation. Ghana's Electoral commissioner Jean Mensah made the declaration...

Angola State Oil Firm Posts $3 Billion Loss in ‘Abnormal’ 2020

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The state energy company of Angola, Africa’s second-biggest oil producer, posted a $3 billion loss last year after demand cratered following coronavirus-induced lockdowns across the world. The loss, the biggest in at least 10 years, compares with a net income of $125 million in 2019. The company had a “drastic reduction in revenue from...

Rwandan capital Kigali launches bike-sharing scheme to promote green mobility

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KIGALI -- The Rwandan capital city Kigali on Thursday launched a bicycle sharing transport scheme as part of Rwanda's efforts to promote green mobility, especially in urban areas. Kigali has partnered with GURARIDE, a local smart and green mode transport company to promote non-motorized transport in the city. Under the partnership,...

Tanzania to install 25 oxygen generating plants for COVID-19 patients

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzanian health authorities said on Sunday they have started to install 25 oxygen generating plants across the country in efforts to help COVID-19 patients with respiratory complications. Leonard Subi, the director of preventive services in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, said each of the oxygen...

Mali Ex-PM Maiga Arrested In Corruption Probe

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Former Malian prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga was arrested on Thursday as part of a corruption investigation, his lawyer Kassoum Tapo said. Maiga, 67, was a close ally of former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was overthrown in a coup by strongman Colonel Assimi Goita in August last year. A member...

Algeria Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Morocco as Tensions Build

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Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco, citing what it claimed were hostile acts, plunging decades of difficult relations between the North African neighbors to their lowest point since the 1970s. Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra, announcing the move Tuesday in a televised press conference, laid out a litany of grievances going back decades,...

Zambia inaugurates new president at colorful ceremony

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LUSAKA -- Hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of ordinary citizens on Tuesday thronged the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to witness the inauguration of the country's new President Hakainde Hichilema. People, many clad in red T-shirts and caps, the color of the United Party for National Development, started gathering at the...

Mozambique ‘tuna bond’ scandal: Ex-President Guebuza’s son on trial

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The son of Mozambique's ex-president and 18 others have gone on trial over the $2bn (£1.5bn) "tuna bonds" affair. Ndambi Guebuza, son of former President Armando Guebuza, and the others face charges of blackmail, embezzlement and money laundering. They have not yet commented on the charges. Mozambique's biggest...

WHO Africa Head Blasts Covid-19 Booster Shots as ‘Mockery’ of Equality

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Rich countries’ decisions to roll out COVID-19 booster shots while so many people across Africa remain unvaccinated “threaten the promise of a brighter tomorrow" for the continent, the Africa director for the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that “as some richer countries hoard vaccines, they make a mockery of vaccine equity.” Matshidiso Moeti...

Parched Egypt Seeks Partners for $2.5 Billion Desalination Plan

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Egypt is seeking partners to invest in a $2.5 billion initiative to build more than a dozen renewable energy-powered desalination plants by 2025, as the country tries to tackle water shortages. According to the fund’s chief executive, Ayman Soliman, officials plan 17 new plants that will each be built, owned and operated by the...

Hakainde Hichilema is Zambia’s Seventh President after getting a Landslide Victory in the Polls

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United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has become Zambia’s seventh republican President-elect after amassing over 2.81 million votes from the August 12, 2021 general election. The massive win meant Mr. Hichilema does not have to contest any second-round run-offs after meeting the constitutional 50.1% threshold for an outright winner. Mr. Hichilema...

Zambia Eurobonds Surge After Landslide Win for Lungu’s Rival

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Zambia’s Eurobonds gained the most in 14 months and the kwacha surged after opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s shock landslide victory in the nation’s presidential election. Hichilema beat incumbent President Edgar Lungu by almost 1 million votes and nearly 60% support, the biggest margin of victory in a quarter century and an even better performance...

Electoral Commission of Zambia Calls for Calm as Country Awaits Results

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Lusaka - The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has expressed sadness at the isolated incidents of political violence that were recorded in some parts of the country yesterday, resulting in two deaths. ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, Kryticous Shindano has since called on Zambians across the country to remain calm and peaceful as the country...

Voting gets underway in most parts of Zambia

Millions of Zambians are voting today in general and presidential elections as voting gets underway in most parts of the country. Long queues have been forming up in Lusaka as early as 4:00 am, with voters eager to cast their votes. President Edgar Lungu is seeking a second term and faces...

Get vaccines or face punishment, Kenya orders state workers

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Kenya will require all government workers to receive at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine before August 23 or face disciplinary action, according to Joseph Kinyua, the head of the nation’s public service. Some staff members have opted not to get inoculated so they can continue working from home, which is hurting service delivery,...

Moove raises $23M to create flexible options for drivers to own cars in Africa

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Africa is home to more than a billion people where a majority have limited or no access to vehicle financing. In fact, the continent has the lowest per capita vehicle ownership in the world. In 2019, Africa had fewer than 900,000 new vehicle sales. The U.S. sold more than 17 million new cars that same year.

South Africa’s Zuma admitted to hospital from prison

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South Africa’s jailed former president Jacob Zuma was admitted to hospital for medical observation on Friday, the government’s Correctional Services department said. Zuma has been incarcerated at Estcourt prison in Kwa-Zulu Natal since handing himself over on July 7 to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. His jailing led to South Africa’s...

Hundreds converge at Obra Spot for #FixTheCountry demo

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As Ghana marks Founders' Day today, the disgruntled youth are taking to the street to express their dissatisfaction over socio-economic challenges in the country and demand better governance from the political leadership. The demonstrators are clad in red and black, with many holding placards some of, which read, "Pay People to work", "Change the...

West Africa Bloc Plans to Start Cross-Border Debt Market in 2023

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A plan by 15 West African nations to link up their debt markets is on track to become a reality by the end of 2023, part of a wider push toward great integration for their economies and finances, a market regulator said. The aim is to open up the debt auctions of individual countries...

Kenya eyes increased cassava production as staple crops hit by climate change

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Nairobi - As the effects of climate change such as scarce rains and drought unfold in Kenya, the east African nation is warming up to alternative crops that were initially neglected to boost food security, with traditional staple crops facing increased threats. Maize and rice are among Kenyan staple crops that are increasingly facing...

A Nigerian Motor Company launches Electric Vehicles to drive an Eco-friendly Africa

Jet Motor Company (JET) a tech-focused automobile assembly and design company has officially launched its electric vehicles in Nigeria. Jet Motors is an indigenous Nigerian automobile company specializing in the distribution and assembly of premium vehicles that are tailormade and designed to withstand the rough terrain across Africa. Founded in 2018...