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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...

South Africa ramps up power cuts

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South Africa's scheduled power cuts are being increased to up to six hours a day to avoid catastrophic grid collapse. The main power company Eskom blames its striking workers demanding a 10% pay rise for these new enforced blackouts - or load shedding, as it's called in the country. Eskom says...

African fund promises $3bn for vaccine self-sufficiency

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The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a new groundbreaking institution that will significantly enhance Africa’s access to the technologies that underpin the manufacture of medicines, vaccines, and other pharmaceutical products. African Development Bank Group President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “This is a great...

African Union calls for probe after dozens die at Morocco-Spain land border

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African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called late Sunday for an "immediate investigation" after the deaths of dozens migrants trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish exclave of Melilla. "I express my deep shock and concern at the violent and degrading treatment of African migrants attempting to cross an international border...

South Africa: At least 22 young people die in party to celebrate end of high-school exam

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At least 22 teenagers, the youngest possibly just 13, died at the weekend after a night out at a township tavern in South Africa, in a tragedy whose cause remains unclear. Many are thought to have been students celebrating the end of their high-school exams on Saturday night, provincial officials said.

Rwanda: the construction of the first mRNA vaccine factory in Africa kicks off

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Rwandan president Paul Kagame and BioNtech's CEO Ugur Sahin launched on Thursday, the construction of a messenger RNA vaccine factory in Kigali. It is Africa's first of three planned projects on the continent and aims to produce treatments against Covid-19 and other diseases by early 2024. "BioNTech is researching and developing vaccines and medicines to...

Final report into corruption under South Africa’s Zuma released

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday (June 22)  received the last of a series of damning reports from a four-year investigation into state corruption during his predecessor Jacob Zuma's presidency. "This report is an opportunity to break decisively with the era of state capture," Ramaphosa said at the official handover in Pretoria. 

Kenya: William Ruto promises to “deport Chinese” if elected

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Kenya's deputy president and presidential candidate William Ruto has said he will deport Chinese nationals from jobs that could be done by Kenyans if he is elected in August. The August 9 presidential, parliamentary and local elections come as East Africa's largest economy faces economic hardship, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war...

Tanzania slashes controversial mobile money levy

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Tanzania has reduced a controversial levy on mobile money transactions introduced a year ago by 43%, bringing relief to users who were shouldering a heavy burden when sending or receiving money using mobile phones. Tanzania is among many African nations that have imposed a tax on mobile phone-based transactions, which local analysts say has...

Presidential Hopefuls in Nigeria Can’t Shake Graft Allegations

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The fight against corruption has been a top campaign issue in Nigeria’s last two presidential elections, but the history of graft allegations surrounding the two main candidates means neither is likely to raise it in the run-up to February’s vote. Front-runner Bola Tinubu, who secured the ruling party’s nomination earlier this month, was being...

Glencore UK subsidiary pleads guilty to bribery in Africa after SFO corruption probe

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A Glencore subsidiary on Tuesday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of bribery after admitting to bribing officials in countries Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Sudan, marking a rare corporate conviction for corruption. At a Southwark Crown Court hearing in London, Glencore Energy admitted to paying more than $28 million in bribes to...

ECOWAS stabilisation force deployed in troubled Guinea Bissau

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A bloc of West African nations began deploying a stabilisation force to Guinea-Bissau Monday after the country was thrown into turmoil when its president escaped a coup attempt in February. The Guinea-Bissau Stabilisation Support Mission comprises some 600 troops from Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, according to the Economic Community of West African...

Buhari Defends Record as Nigerians Endure Hardship, Insecurity

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Nigeria’s outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari said his successor will inherit a far more resilient economy thanks to investments in infrastructure and policies that have bolstered local production. Under his watch, the government has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen state funds, built new transport links and beaten back militant group Boko Haram,...

Developing countries win WTO vaccine waiver

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Developing countries won a five-year waiver of patents on vaccines against Covid-19. The decision follows intense negotiations at the World Trade Organisation, WTO.  On Friday, the 164 member body announced the decision. https://twitter.com/NOIweala/status/1537734703452672001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1537734703452672001%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.africanews.com%2F2022%2F06%2F20%2Fdeveloping-countries-win-wto-vaccine-waiver%2F The agreement is intended to allow local factories to produce vaccines...

Remains of father of Congolese independence to return to the DRC

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More than 60 years after his death, the remains of assassinated Congolese prime minister, Patrice Emery Lumumba, are being handed over to his family this Monday. Lumumba, along with two fellow fighters, were murdered on the 17th of January 1961 in Katanga. Only one tooth was found in Belgium years later. It is...

Former Ivorian cleaning lady gains a seat in Parliament

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Former Ivorian cleaning lady Rachel Kéké was elected to the French parliament on Sunday. The new member of Parliament was part of the new left-wing alliance, NUPES. The 48 year-old promised a voice to the voiceless. "I am the voice of the voiceless. I am a maid, I am a cleaner,...

Africa’s Governments Face Stark Choices as Fuel Prices Scale New Highs

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African governments face stark choices over fuel prices as sanctions on Russian oil disrupt global markets for energy, according to one of the continent’s key suppliers.  “There is no doubt that this has a disproportionate impact on the economies of Africa,” Fadi Mitri, head of Africa for Puma Energy, the fuel distributing subsidiary of...

Tunisia grinds to a halt as unions challenge president

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Flights were canceled, public transport ground to a halt and government offices were closed in a nationwide strike by Tunisia's main trade union confederation Thursday, which piled pressure on a president already facing a string of crises. The powerful UGTT confederation had called on up to three million public sector workers to strike, halting...

WHO Advises Against Mass Africa Monkeypox Vaccination Drive

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Monkeypox, which has been affecting developing countries for years, is currently spreading in non-endemic countries in Africa, raising concerns, according to the World Health Organization. Eight countries in Africa have reported cases of monkeypox including Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, WHO Africa director...

Furor Over a Theft Bedevils Africa’s Oldest Political Movement

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The party that has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994 is being buffeted by a scandal implicating its leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, setting back its efforts to reclaim support lost during nine years of misrule by his predecessor Jacob Zuma. The opposition wants Ramaphosa to explain the theft of foreign...

Europe’s Rubber Addiction Is Killing Africa’s Tropical Forests

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A first-of-its-kind investigation reveals that industrial rubber plantations in West and Central Africa have been linked to an area of tropical deforestation 16 times the size of Brussels since 2000, establishing it as the leading European driver of deforestation in the region – despite being left out of proposed rules to tackle the EU’s role in global deforestation. The...