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COVID-19: 80 Stranded Rwandans in India Evacuated

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nearly 80 Rwandans who had been stuck in India for three months due to restriction of movement and suspension of international travel have been finally repatriated, according to Rwanda’s embassy in New Delhi. A special flight operated by RwandAir flew a group of 79 Rwandan nationals and a few Indians who operate […]

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After Historic Win, Opposition Leader Chakwera Sworn In As New Malawi President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as president of Malawi after winning an election rerun. “Time has come for us to wake up and to make our dreams come true,” Mr Chakwera said in his victory speech. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll. In February, Malawi’s […]

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Malawi Heads to Polls In Historic Presidential Election Re-Run

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)- Malawians on Tuesday headed to the polls in a historic re-run of 2019 presidential elections that were declared null and void by the country’s Constitutional Court. In February, the court found that the elections, which saw incumbent President Peter Mutharika narrowly re-elected for a five-year term, had been riddled with irregularities and ordered […]

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Kenya Records Surge in Teenage Pregnancies Amid Schools Shutdown

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Authorities in Kenya have stated that there has been a significant rise in teenage pregnancies since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic. Available data indicated that the health ministry reveals that about 4,000 teenage girls have become pregnant since the start of the year. It could be recalled that schools were closed nationwide […]

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South African Province to Only Test Elderly For Coronavirus

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s Western Cape province has stated that it will only focus on testing the aged that are 55 years and above, thus amending its testing policy as regards the coronavirus pandemic. The province, known for the port city of Cape Town, has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country […]

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COVID-19: South Africa to Reopen Places Of Worship in June

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s churches and other places of worship can reopen their doors from June, The African Examiner reports. According to reports, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, stated this stressing that chuch attendance will only be limited to 50 people.  “This pandemic has … taken a toll on us emotionally and spiritually. It […]

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World Bank Approves $48m To Help Uganda Contain Locust Plague

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The World Bank said its board of executive directors has approved $48 million to help Uganda fight a desert locust invasion threatening livelihoods. The funds, under the Emergency Locust Response Programme, will help Uganda monitor and manage locust swarms to limit the growth of existing and new desert locust populations, the bank […]

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Zimbabwe Conducts Mass COVID-19 Testing In Village Outside Harare After 3 Cases Confirmed

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe health officials are conducting mass COVID-19 testing at a village about 100 km southwest of the capital, Harare. The tests are being conducted following the death of an elderly woman from the coronavirus and infection of two others in the area in recent days. The woman died at a Harare private […]

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About 24 Killed In Congo Floods As Thousands Displaced

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Heavy flooding killed 24 people and displaced tens of thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said on Saturday. A further 45 people were injured, said Theo Kasi, governor of the South Kivu province. About 3,500 houses were destroyed, and 77,790 people displaced, he said after an assessment of the damage. […]

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South African President Punishes Minister for Violating Lockdown Regulations

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on a two-month special leave after she violated lockdown regulations, the Presidency said on Wednesday. Of Ndabeni-Abrahams’ two months special leave, one month will be unpaid, the Presidency said in a statement. “As to allegations that the minister violated […]

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South Africa Reports 2 Covid-19 Deaths, More Than 1,000 Cases Now Confirmed

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa on Friday reported its first two deaths from Covid-19 and more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease, as the country began a three-week lockdown to curb the pandemic. According to the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, both deaths occurred in the nation’s Western Cape region, in which tourist metropolis […]

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South Africa Coronavirus Cases Rise To 85

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has increased by 23 to a total of 85. A state-run South African Government News Agency reported on Wednesday, citing Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize. The minister noted that there had been eight cases of local transmission. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared […]

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U.S. Africa Command Cancels Phoenix Express Military Exercise

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the U.S. military called off a second military exercise with African partner countries in two days due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. AFRICOM announced this in a statement on Tuesday. “Exercise Phoenix Express 2020 has been cancelled for force protection considerations. “The decision not to proceed […]

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Yuletide: Zambian President Pardons 961 Prisoners

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Officials on Tuesday said Zambian President Edgar Lungu, has pardoned 961 prisoners as part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Home Affairs, said out of the pardoned prisoners, 857 were males while 104 were females. The Zambian minister told reporters during a press briefing that out of […]

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Miss South Africa Wins 2019 Miss Universe

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice. “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and […]

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Corruption: Former South African President Jacob Zuma Loses Appeal

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has edged closer to coming to trial for corruption after a High Court dismissed an appeal on Friday. Zuma, who is facing numerous corruption charges, was meant to stand trial on Oct. 15, but his lawyers appealed the decision. The High Court in Pietermaritzburg, in Zuma’s eastern […]

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South African Ex-Security Minister Arrested On Corruption Charges

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A former State Security Minister, Bongani Bongo, now a parliamentarian from the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has been arrested on corruption charges, the Office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament confirmed on Thursday. “We are aware that the MP (Member of Parliament) was arrested by the Hawks (a special anti-crime […]

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South Africa Urges End to US, EU Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The South African foreign minister on Monday reiterated a call for an end to U.S. and EU sanctions against Zimbabwe. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, was speaking in Pretoria at a seminar to discuss “the best path to a prosperous Zimbabwe”. The sanctions have to be removed for Zimbabwe […]

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Malawi Government, Opposition, Human Rights Defenders Coalition Set for Dialogue

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malawi government, opposition and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have said they’re ready for dialogue to end acts of violence in the country following the May 21 presidential poll results. Malawi Government’s spokesperson, Mark Botomani, said this on Monday in Lilongwe. The commitment comes a week after the UN and six embassies […]

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South Africa Grants Air Peace Rights To Operate Daily Flights

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the South African government had granted Air Peace’s request to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa Mr Ferdinard Nwoye, spokesperson for the ministry made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the […]

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