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Malawi: Mutharika's Press Officer Congratulates Chakwera for Winning Malawi Presidential Poll

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[Nyasa Times] State House Press Officer Justice Mponda has come out quickly to congratulate Makawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera for defeating incumbent President Peter Mutharika according to provisional results in the just ended fresh presidential election.

Africa virus stats: 347,836 cases; 9,070 deaths; 166,074 recoveries

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There are now more than over 330,000 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 25 at 7:30 GMT: Confirmed cases = 335,791 Active cases = 166,106 Recoveries = 160,829 Number of deaths = 8,856 Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 12,248 Angola – 197 Benin – 902 Botswana – 92 Burkina Faso – 919 Burundi – 144 Cameroon – 12,592 Cape Verde – 999 Central African Republic – 3,099 Chad – 860 Comoros – 265 Congo-Brazzaville – 1,087 DR Congo – 6,213 Djibouti – 4,630 Egypt – 59,561 Equatorial Guinea – 1,664 Eritrea – 144 Eswatini – 690 Ethiopia – 5,034 Gabon – 4,956 (The) Gambia – 42 Ghana – 15,013 Guinea – 5,174 Guinea-Bissau – 1,556 Ivory Coast – 8,164 Kenya – 5,206 Lesotho – 17 Liberia – 662 Libya – 670 Madagascar – 1,787 Malawi – 941 Mali – 2,005 Mauritania – 3,519 Mauritius – 341 Morocco – 10,907 Mozambique – 762 Namibia – 76 Niger – 1,051 Nigeria- 22,020 Rwanda – 830 Sao Tome and Principe – 710 Senegal – 6,129 Seychelles – 11 Sierra Leone – 1,354 Somalia – 2,835 South Africa – 111,796 South Sudan – 1,942 Sudan – 8,889 Tanzania – 509 Togo – 583 Tunisia – 1,160 Uganda – 805 Zambia – 1,489 Zimbabwe – 530 SUGGESTED READING: rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Africa II

Somali security forces kill Al-Shabaab commander in operation

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Somali security forces have killed a commander of the al Shabaab militant group in a military operation, state radio reported on Thursday. Ahsraf Azmi Abu Hamdan, who was from Nepal, was a senior trainer in the Islamist group. He was killed in an operation in the Middle Juba region in southern Somalia, state radio said. Three other fighers were also killed. Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple Somalia’s central government since 2008 to establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law. Agencies

Cameroon: The Poor Benefit, While Food Traders Suffer from Pandemic Closures

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[VOA] Cameroon says the temporary closure of most restaurants and border trade during the COVID-19 pandemic has dropped food prices by up to 70 percent.  While food sellers are suffering the lost income, cheaper prices have helped some of Cameroon's poorest to cope during the economic disruption.

Malawi: Mbakuwaku Pulling a Surprise in Karonga, Gets More Votes Than Mutharika

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[Nyasa Times] Less fancied candidate in the ongoing Malawi court-ordered Fresh Presidential Elections (FPE) Peter Dominic Sinosi Kuwani of the Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) is getting surprising results in Northern Region part of Malawi.

Sudan: Govt Seeks Financial Aid at International Donor Teleconference

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[VOA] The antidote to Sudan's fiscal misery could depend on an international donor teleconference taking place in Berlin on Thursday.

Senegal: President Self-Quarantining After Being Exposed to COVID-19

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[VOA] Senegalese President Macky Sall is self-quarantining as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Africa: COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 9,000 as Total Cases Exceed 347,800

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[allAfrica] As of June 26, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 347,836.

Nigeria: Sacked National Working Committee Members May Take Ruling Party to Court

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[Premium Times] Having refused to be part of the virtual National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of their party, majority members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected its outcome.

Africa Data Centres Acquires World-Class Data Centre In Johannesburg

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Africa Data Centres’ investment reflects significant confidence in South Africa and further consolidates Africa Data...

COVID-19: Guinea-Bissau extends state of emergency

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The President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, announced a one-month extension of the state of emergency decreed at the end of March to combat the coronavirus, double the usual duration, adding that there would no longer be a curfew. “The state of emergency has been extended but there will be no curfew,” President Embalo told reporters. According to a presidential decree issued in the wake, the head of state believes that a period of 15 days, the duration so far of the six successive state of emergency measures taken, “is insufficient for an adequate and effective response” to the health situation. According to the decree, the state of emergency, which expired on Thursday, is therefore extended “by 30 days” until 25 July. The curfew, which Mr. Embalo announced its abolition, was in force from 20H00 to 06H00 in the morning. In front of journalists, the president once again called for “barrier gestures” to stop the spread of the pandemic, while the country officially announced 1,556 cases of Covid-19, including 191 cured and 19 deaths. Guinea-Bissau, a West African nation with a population of 1.8 million, lacks the health infrastructure to cope with a large-scale pandemic. AFP

Kenya: Police on the Spot as Chaos in Lessos Leave 3 Dead

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -An attempt by police officers in Nandi County to arrest a boda boda rider flouting COVID-19 regulations, by ferrying two passengers turned chaotic, leading to the killing of one person.

Nigeria: Buhari Mourns Former State Governor Who Died Battling Coronavirus

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[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Oyo State over the passing of a former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

Nigeria: Obituary: Abiola Ajimobi: Oyo's 'Constituted Authority' and Record Maker

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[Premium Times] Before he was eventually declared dead on Thursday,  Abiola Ajimobi , ex-Oyo governor's death rumour was on social media last week.

US slams Tanzania for opposition members arrest

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The U.S. criticized Tanzania’s arrest of eight opposition leaders during their party meeting on Wednesday, saying the action stifles democratic norms. ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe and other members were taken by authorities, citing alleged illegal assembly.“The police detained us for more than 30 hours,” Zitto told reporters, adding it was politically motivated. Political tensions are rising in Tanzania ahead of the October general elections in which President John Magufuli plans to seek re-election. The government also closed the Tanzania Daima newspaper following coverage critical of Magufuli’s administration. “These actions follow a disconcerting pattern of intimidation toward opposition members, civil society and media outlets,” the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania said in a statement on its Twitter account. Kilwa District Commissioner Christopher Ngubiagai couldn’t immediately comment on the allegations of politically-motivated arrests when contacted on Thursday. Magufuli has denied in the past he is cracking down on dissent. Agencies

Gunmen kidnap 10 aid workers in Niger

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Unidentified gunmen have abducted 10 humanitarian aid workers as they were distributing food in a village in southwestern Niger, their NGO said in a statement. Kadidiatou Harouna, of the Action and Impact Progress (APIS), said on Thursday the assailants drove into the village in the Tillaberi region on Wednesday afternoon on a motorbike and told the victims to follow them. She told the AFP news agency APIS, a partner of the UN World Food Programme, had worked in the volatile region near the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali “without problems” in the past year. A German aid worker and an Italian priest were abducted in the region in 2018. Gunmen in the area have previously stolen several vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) in the region. One of the MSF vehicles was used in May 2019 in a failed attack on a high-security prison near the Niger capital, Niamey, where fighters were being held, according to the authorities. Fighters with links to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group have increasingly mounted attacks across the Sahel in recent years despite the presence of thousands of regional and foreign troops in the region. The violence has hit Mali and Burkina Faso the hardest, rendering large swaths of those countries ungovernable, but it has also spilled into Niger, which shares long and porous borders with its two neighbours. Agencies

Gambia's justice minister resigns

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Gambia’s renowned justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou, who established a probe to investigate abuses under the country’s ex-dictator and spearheaded the international defence of Myanmar’s Rohingya, has resigned, the government said Thursday. The West African state said that Tambadou will step down as minister and attorney general effective from June 30, for an unspecified job at the United Nations. Appointed justice minister in 2017, Tambadou was instrumental in setting up The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, designed to investigate abuses committed under the country’s former dictator, Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh ruled the former British colony with an iron fist for 22 years, but fled the country in January 2017 after losing a presidential election to relative unknown Adama Barrow. In January of this year, amid calls from Jammeh’s supporters for his return, Tambadou said that the ex-dictator would be arrested and held to account if he returned from exile. The lawyer-turned-politician also won international renown in 2019 for filing a case at the International Court of Justice accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya minority. The Gambia is a poor Muslim-majority country of some two million people — and the smallest on mainland Africa, narrowly straddling the river that gives it its name. On Thursday, President Barrow’s office released a statement praising Tambadou’s “patriotic and selfless service” as justice minister, and for helping restore The Gambia’s international image. Reed Brody, a human rights lawyer for Amnesty International, similarly praised the 47-year-old’s record. “We didn’t always agree with Tambadou, but he always listened to human rights advocates and especially to Yahya Jammeh’s victims,” Brody said. Dawda Jallow, a barrister, will replace Tambadou as justice minister and attorney general from July, the government said. AFP

Tanzania: Two Huge Gemstones Make Miner a Millionaire

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[DW] The government of Tanzania paid Saniniu Laizer nearly 2.9 million euros for the precious tanzanite gemstones, which will be kept in the country's national museum.

Nigeria: Digital Healthcare Startup Helps Triage COVID-19 Cases

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[Africa Renewal] Dr. Wale Adeosun is co-founder of Wellvis, a Lagos-based online health information and services platform, one of the few on the continent. In this interview with Africa Renewal's Pavithra Rao, Dr. Adeosun explains how his start-up works and how it has shifted its approach since COVID-19 broke out, by providing an online tool for users to self-assess their risk of infection and receive information on what to do next:

Sudan: Western Governments Pledge Billions in Aid

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[DW] At a donor conference for Sudan, Berlin promised to make investments in in areas such as water, food security and education. Germany urged the Sudanese government to invest in human rights.

Congo-Kinshasa: As Eastern Outbreak Declared Over, Ebola Stirs Concern in Northwest

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[The New Humanitarian] Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo -'The risk is still very high. We remain on watch.'

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