Lesotho: Ex-PM Linked to Murder for Hire Plot in Ex-Wife's Killing


[VOA] A just filed police affidavit revealed a murder for hire scheme, where Lesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah, made a down payment of $24,000 to kill his estranged wife Lipolelo three years ago.

Coronavirus in Africa: 209,380 cases; 5,689 deaths; 95,084 recoveries


There are now more than over 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. As of May 13, every African country had recorded an infection, the last being Lesotho. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data. SUGGESTED READING: Africa’s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark Major African stats: June 11 at 7:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 209,380 Number of deaths = 5,689 Recoveries = 95,084 Active cases = 108,5607 Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 10,484 Angola – 113 Benin – 305 Botswana – 48 Burkina Faso – 891 Burundi – 83 Cameroon – 8,681 Cape Verde – 615 Central African Republic – 1,888 Chad – 846 Comoros – 162 Congo-Brazzaville – 728 DR Congo – 4,390 Djibouti – 4,373 Egypt – 38,284 Equatorial Guinea – 1,306 Eritrea – 41 Eswatini – 398 Ethiopia – 2,506 Gabon – 3,375 (The) Gambia – 28 Ghana – 10,201 Guinea – 4,258 Guinea-Bissau – 1,389 Ivory Coast – 4,181 Kenya – 3,094 Lesotho – 4 Liberia – 397 Libya – 378 Madagascar – 1,162 Malawi – 455 Mali – 1,667 Mauritania – 1,283 Mauritius – 337 Morocco – 8,508 Mozambique – 472 Namibia – 31 Niger – 974 Nigeria- 13,873 Rwanda – 476 Sao Tome and Principe – 611 Senegal – 4,640 Seychelles – 11 Sierra Leone – 1,062 Somalia – 2,452 South Africa – 55,421 South Sudan – 1,604 Sudan – 6,582 Tanzania – 509 Togo – 522 Tunisia – 1,087 Uganda – 665 Zambia – 1,200 Zimbabwe – 320 SUGGESTED READING: rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Africa II

Africa: COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 5,600 as Total Cases Exceed 209,000


[allAfrica] As of June 11, the confirmed COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 209,380. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 5,689 and recoveries 95,084.

Nigeria: Lawmakers Decry Exclusion of Some Airports from Reopening Schedule


[Premium Times] Some Nigerian lawmakers from the North-east have frowned at the exclusion of the region in listing of airports marked for reopening following the coronavirus lockdown.

Nigeria: 9th National Assembly Has Brought Honour to Nigeria - Buhari


[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari says the legislature has brought dignity and honour to the country as the 9th National Assembly commemorates its first anniversary.

Special Olympics Senegal To Deliver Face Masks To Athletes In Partnership With Speak Up Africa And Tongoro


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Nigeria: Bulk Power Company Head Runs Private Business in UK


[Premium Times] The Managing Director of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, Marilyn Amobi, has continued to run and direct her private company in the United Kingdom, in what is clearly a contravention of Nigeria's code of conduct for public officers, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Kenya: Govt Rolls Out Home Care Plan for COVID-19 Patients


[Nation] The government Wednesday launched protocols for home-based isolation and care, anticipating to discharge asymptomatic Covid-19 positive cases.

Kenya: Big Chunk of Budget Earmarked for Servicing Rising Debt


[Nation] The National Assembly has adopted a report of the Budget committee that will see the government spend Sh1.887 trillion in the 2020/21 financial year.

Nigeria: 409 New Novel Coronavirus Cases Recorded


[Premium Times] Nigeria's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 13,873 on Wednesday as 409 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Nigeria: As Rape Cases Increase, Govt Vows Decisive Action


[Premium Times] The federal government has pledged to take decisive action against rapists, especially given the upsurge in reported rape cases.

Looming Threat Amid Covid-19 & Locust Invasion: Why Africa’s Recovery Rests On Prioritizing Public Funding In Agriculture


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Nigeria: Buhari 'Deeply Shocked' By Gubio Mass Killing, Orders Troops to Rescue Kidnapped Residents


[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over Tuesday's mass killing by Boko Haram in a Borno village which resulted in the death of 81 residents.

Namibia: Geingob Says Germany Ready to Apologize for Genocide - But When?


[DW] Namibia's state media is feting President Geingob's announcement that Germany is ready to apologize for the colonial-era genocide against the Herero and Nama peoples. But that news is less spectacular than it sounds.

Tanzania: Opposition Cries Foul Over Attacks On Leaders As Election Looms


[DW] Tanzania's main opposition party Chadema says its leaders are subject to politically motivated attacks. The party's deputy chairman Tundu Lissu, who narrowly escaped death in 2017, told DW his party will not be deterred.

Nigeria: Dozens Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attack


[DW] The death toll stands at 81 after suspected members of the extremist group Boko Haram carried out an attack in Borno state. Thousands have been killed in the region by Islamist insurgents over the last decade.

Africa: Kenya Vs. Djibouti - Who Will Represent Continent On UN Security Council?


[DW] Africa usually speaks with one voice when it comes to electing representatives on the world stage. So, why is a diplomatic tussle looming at next week's UN Security Council election in New York?

Burundi: Death of President May Not Bring Change - Analysts


[The New Humanitarian] Nairobi -'A lot of people want Burundi to turn a corner.'

West Africa: The Sahel - 'In Every Sense of the Word a Crisis'


[IPS] United Nations -The combination of rife insecurity, food insecurity and more than 7.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance has left the Sahel a region in crisis, with the global coronavirus pandemic expected to exacerbate the situation.

West Africa: Amnesty Accuses Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso Forces of Human Rights Abuses


[DW] Security forces in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have been accused of unlawfully killing or causing the disappearance of around 200 people. Amnesty said this could constitute war crimes.

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