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Tanzanian Politician Who Survived Assassination Attempt To Compete In General Elections

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Tanzanian politician who survived being shot 16 times in an assassination attempt has been named as the country’s main opposition candidate in October’s general elections. Tundu Lissu, of the Chadema party, is to compete against incumbent President John Magufuli on Oct. 28, his party announced on Wednesday. “We have already written […]

Uganda Flies Flags At Half-mast To Mourn Former Tanzanian President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered flags to fly at half-mast for three days starting on Saturday to mourn former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa. “When he became President of Tanzania, we worked together to consolidate the East African Community (EAC). “It is a great loss for Africa,’’ Museveni tweeted. The EAC is […]

Tanzania’s Ex-President Dies

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa has died, the presidency announced on Friday. “Mkapa, 81, died in hospital in the city of Dar es Salaam, where he was being treated for an illness,’’ incumbent President John Magufuli said in a statement without giving details. African Union Commission chair Moussa Mahamat tweeted his […]

Google Launches ‘Think With Google’ In Sub-Saharan Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Google on Tuesday said it had launched its Sub-Saharan African website- `thinkwithgoogle.com/ssa’- to help marketers on the continent get the locally-relevant insights they need. Asha Patel, Head, Google SMB Marketing, Sub-Saharan Africa made this known in a statement. According to her, Think with Google Sub-Saharan Africa walks alongside marketers and business leaders […]

Rwanda Unveils 57 Suspected Rebels Arrested In DRC

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) has paraded, through the streets, 57 suspected rebels recently arrested in the jungles of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The suspects, captured by the DRC military, were accused of terrorism and formation of armed groups to destabilise Rwanda, acting spokesperson of RIB, Dominique Bahorera, […]

New Cholera Outbreak Kills 12 in Cameroon

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A cholera outbreak has killed 12 people in the fishing village of Londji in south Cameroon, local health authorities said Wednesday. Officials also announced 62 confirmed cases out of 83 suspected ones in the village located about 15 km from the country’s seaside resort town of Kribi. South regional governor Felix Nguele […]

Sudan Fires Police Chief, Deputy After Protests

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) Sudan’s police chief and his deputy were fired on Sunday, the transitional government said, days after large protests demanding more measures against officials linked to ousted President Omar al-Bashir. Adel Mohamed Bashaer, Director-General of Sudan’s Police Force was “relieved of his duties” and replaced with Ezz Eldin Sheikh Ali, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok […]

Statue Of Former Ethiopian Leader Smashed In London Park

A statue of former Ethiopian, leader Haile Selassie, has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening. The damage to the bust was carried out by a group of around 100 people, according to an eyewitness. It appears to be […]

New Malawi President Names Former Insurance Executive As Finance Minister

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Former insurance executive Felix Mlusu was named Malawi’s new Finance Minister on Monday, a week after a re-run presidential election that unseated the incumbent. Mlusu, 69, was Managing Director of Nico Holdings Plc, a listed financial firm with interests in insurance, banking and property management across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Mozambique, […]

AfDB Approves $1.1 Million to Improve Meat Production In Rwanda

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The African Development Bank approved a donation of 1.1 million US dollars to the Rwandan government for the implementation of the Project of commercial competitiveness of the value chain of the meat. The donation, coming from the resources of the African Trade Fund (AfTRA), should contribute to the improvement of meat production, […]

DRC President Wants Papa Wemba’s Home Turned Into Museum

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to buy legendary musician Papa Wemba’s home and turn it into a museum, President Félix Tshisekedi has said. In a virtual address to the Council of Ministers on Friday, Tshisekedi directed the Ministry of Culture “to examine as soon as possible the possibility of buying up […]

169 Ugandans Stranded In India Have Registered to Return Home

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Indian High Commission and the Ugandan government are negotiating the option of chartering a flight to bring back stranded Ugandans in India. Although the registration of Ugandans stuck in India is still ongoing, so far 169 Ugandans including 50 of Indian descent have been registered to return. According to sources at […]

Kenya’s COVID-19 Tally Rises To 1,286

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286. Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Mwangangi said that 70 of […]

DR Congo Commences 42-Day Countdown to End Ebola

  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), says Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has started 42 days countdown to end Ebola in the country. Ghebreyesus who stated this in a statement posted on WHO website, said there was continued hope to end the virus. “The last person who was […]

Kenya Closes Borders with Somalia, Tanzania to Curb COVID-19 Spread

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenyan, on Saturday, closed the country’s borders with Somalia and Tanzania effective midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. Kenyatta banned the movement of persons in and out of Kenya through the Tanzania and Somalia borders for 21 days, following the rise […]

6 Killed as Plane Carrying Medical Supplies Crashes in Somalia

  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Six people, including two pilots, were killed when a plane carrying medical supplies crashed in south-western Somalia on Monday, authorities said. “The cause of the accident is not yet known,” government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar told dpa. The plane, which was carrying medical supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus, took […]

Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister, Senior Officials Test Positive For COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Prime Minister Nuno Nabian of Guinea-Bissau and several other senior officials have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Lusa news agency reported on Wednesday. Nabian and at least three other members of his government are infected, Lusa quoted Health Minister Antonio Deuna as saying in […]

WHO Confirms 3 Fresh Cases Of Ebola Confirmed In DRC

  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) says three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) WHO had on Friday confirmed a new case of Ebola virus in the city of Beni in DRC, after 52 days of not recording a case in the country. Dr Tedros […]

French Doctors who Suggested Africa as Testing Ground for Covid-19 Under Fire

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa. Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus contended: “Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine’’. The doctors’ remarks during a […]

Tanzania, Somalia Confirm First Case of COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tanzanian and Somalia health authorities have confirmed the first cases of COVID-19, saying the patient was a female who arrived in the country from Belgium by RwandAir on Sunday. The 46-year-old-woman arrived from Belgium after visiting Sweden and Denmark, health minister Ummy Mwalimu told a news conference in the commercial capital, Dar […]

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