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Nasty C has a new Mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid titled ‘ZULU’

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Nasty C teams up with Legendary mixtape DJ, DJ Whoo kid for this new mixtape titled Zulu. The Mixtape features T.I, Mishlawi, Crowned Yung...

Kenya: Near-Record Police Killings Mark a Bloody Year in Law Enforcement

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[Nation] Deaths climaxed under curfew as the first five months recorded the second-highest toll in six years

Why are East African truck drivers accused of being Covid-19 super spreaders.

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East African truckers are accused of being Covid-19 super spreaders in the region during lockdown.

Malawi rerun: two districts awaited to complete national tally - MEC

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June 25: Electoral Commission chairperson Khumbo Kachale confirmed today that the MEC has received results from 26 of the 28 districts across the country. Dowa and Mzimba, remain the two districts yet to submit their results to the National Tally Centre. He was addressing the media at the centre in Blantyre, where he announced results from three districts — Likoma, Mwanza and Chiradzulu — whose voter population represents 18 percent of the total votes. Kachale also confirmed that MEC has reviewed the complaint from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and found that there was an element of violence and has since referred the matter to the Malawi Police Service. Some reports are projecting a win for the Tonse alliance candidate and opposition chief, Lazarus Chakwera who came second in the annulled poll of May 2019. The 28 districts are divided among three regions: The Northern Region (capital Mzuzu), the Central Region (Lilongwe), and the Southern Region (Blantyre) Opposition wins in Malawi! Chakwera defeated President Mutharika with around 59% of the vote – we were 1% off in our prediction. MEC will announce at lunchtime: question now is what the ruling party will do. Still no concession … #malawi2020 #MalawiDecides #MalawiElections2020 pic.twitter.com/jTGHNsu6Mz— Prof Nic Cheeseman (@Fromagehomme) June 25, 2020 On the subject of absent election observers, the poll chief he cited travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the main possible factors leading to the absence of international observers in the fresh election. He confirmed that all necessary observers were invited and that they responded positively. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } June 24: Elections chief warns of ‘fake results’ Electoral Commission chair Chifundo Kachale says results are being transferred manually for further collation hence warned against allegations of rigging. He also tasked the media to always state that results they are transmitting were unofficial, local media have reported. He also reminded stakeholders at a media briefing that every tally that doesn’t come from the MEC was “fake news” accusing some unprincipled individuals of being behind the “cooked up” results. “We appeal to Malawians to maintain peace and calm as the vote-counting continues,” Kachale told a news conference in Blantyre. The electoral commission has until July 3 to unveil the results, although the announcement is widely thought likely to come this week. Meanwhile, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, MHRC, which was behind mass protests against the Mutharika government since the May 2019 polls has also said it was impressed with the conduct of the rerun. The third candidate in the rerun, MMD’s Peter Kuwani has also appealed to the elections body to disqualify incumbent Mutharika and opposition coalition chief Chakwera. He cites the changing of their running mates as an infraction that merits disqualification. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has accused Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party supporters of assaulting its monitors during the election. The MEC says it will respond to all petitions in due course. It confirmed petitions from the major parties involved especially on the issue of violence during the voting process. President Mutharika after voting condemned acts of violence and intimidation. Read more – Malawi election commission appeals for calm as it tallies votes Earlier today, MEC chairperson Chifundo Kachale acknowledged that some parties had filed complaints on electoral violence. He said the commission will have an official position on the complaints by close of business today. #MalawiDecides2020 #FreshElection2020 #NationOnline pic.twitter.com/fnfHx64MQg— NationOnline (@NationOnlineMw) June 24, 2020 June 23: Voting ends, ballot counting begins Polls have closed in most parts of Malawi privately-run newspaper The Nation reports. In other centers rechargeable lamps were used to help last minute voters to cast their ballots in the crucial poll rerun ordered by the courts earlier this year. The next process is the ballot counting stage which is likely to continue deep into the evening as representatives of both the two frontrunners look ,to ensure that every vote counts. Earlier in the day, an election observation consortium declared that they were impressed with the way the process had been rolled out. Praising the timely deployment of materials and also the virus control protocols in places that they had visited. The consortium comprises of the National Institute for Civic Education, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and the Public Affairs Committee. The new Malawi Electoral Commission, MEC, chief Chifundo Kachale also urged the public to observe necessary legal processes in dealing with electoral grievances. He said it was the only way to maintain peace and orderliness. After casting his ballot incumbent Peter Mutharika said he was upbeat about securing his final term whiles condemning what he said was violence and intimidation. His main Challenger Lazarus Chakwera also expressed same hopes adding that he wanted to serve Malawi with integrity. Malawi poll rerun ?️??? - Voting wrapping up - Counting underway in some places - Observer group says process largely peaceful - President calls for calm after casting ballot - Elections boss assures of open, fair process pic.twitter.com/h1tGqu7ay1— africanews ? (@africanews) June 23, 2020 June 23: Malawians vote in crucial presidential poll rerun despite virus Voters in Malawi have already started casting their ballots today in crucial presidential election rerun pitting incumbent Peter Mutharika and opposition coalition leader Lazarus Chakwera. Today’s vote was necessitated after courts nullified the results of the May 2019 election. Some 6.8 million Malawians are eligible to cast ballots at more than 5,000 polling stations across the country. A cancelled vote and rerun order The Constitutional Court on Feb. 3, 2020 ordered that the election be held again, ruling that the first results were not valid because of widespread evidence of irregularities and vote tampering. The court struck down the victory of incumbent President Peter Mutharika citing evidence of voting fraud, including thousands of ballots that appeared to have been altered using typing correction fluid. The ruling was upheld by the Malawi Supreme Court. Main contenders: Incumbent vs. Opposition coalition chief In the 2019 polls, seven presidential candidates contested but now the number has come down to two. The 79-year-old Mutharika, looking for a second and final five-year term in office is up against the leader of the opposition Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, 65. Incumbent Vice President Saulos Chilima was also expected to run, but he decided instead stand as Chakwera’s vice-president, in a bid to maximize chances of unseating Mutharika. The contest appears to be very close. The Chakwera/Chilima ticket may win 51% of the vote, according to a poll in early June by Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion and Research. A local newspaper The Nation referred to the vote as a “Defining Moment” for the southern African country. COVID-19 concerns Malawi is one of few African countries that has still recorded below 1,000 coronavirus cases as of today. The official case load stood at 749 cases. Photos and videos of people at voting centers showed a disregard for health protocols as people were cramped together in long winding lines without the physical distancing rules, very few people were seen wearing masks including top politicians. The Malawi Electoral Commission officers were however seen in gloves and masks as they administered voting procedures and materials to members of the public. Local media have reported that voting is also ongoing in a number of prison facilities across the country. The process has been smooth except for a few places where opening of voting has been delayed for a number of reasons. Malawi joins a number of African countries that went ahead with elections despite the virus . Burundi, in May 2020; held general elections with the presidential race returning the ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye as winner. Mali held legislative elections in March as did Guinea where partial legislative elections and a constitutional referendum were held in March this year. The United Nations in all cases cautioned authorities to take all necessary measures to avoid spread of the virus. Confirmed cases = 749 Active cases = 480 Recoveries = 258 Number of deaths = 11 John Hopkins Uni stats valid as of June 22, 2020 U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on “all political actors and stakeholders to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, while observing all preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19,” the U.N. spokesman said. “The secretary-general underlines the importance of refraining from violence and hate speech, and of upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } A number of local and international organizations will observe the new elections, in an effort to make sure that they are free and fair, the newly-elected chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission Chifundo Kachale said. The European Union, African Union, Southern African Development Community, diplomatic missions and the Commonwealth will be observing the elections, the electoral commission’s spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa told AP. Britain will also be observing the elections, the U.K.’s Acting High Commissioner to Malawi David Beer confirmed. He said that the U.K., the U.S. and the European Union are also funding domestic observation to be carried out by Malawian non-governmental organizations.

Pfizer And Wellcome Launch Surveillance Program To Combat Growing Threat Of Antimicrobial Resistance In Sub-Saharan Africa

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Antimicrobial resistance is a leading global health challenge that requires urgent action to ensure a safer world for everyone, everywhere

Coronavirus in Africa: 335,791 cases; 8,856 deaths; 160,829 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

African Economic Research Consortium to Host a Virtual Plenary Session on “Business Environment, Competitiveness and Economic Growth in Africa”

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African Economic Research Consortium to Host a Virtual Plenary Session on “Business Environment, Competitiveness and...

Ghana's capital experiences moderate earth tremor

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A moderate earth tremor was felt in most parts of Ghana’s capital Accra late on Wednesday evening. According to the United States Geological Survey the seismic movement reached magnitude 4.0 which makes it one of the strongest earthquake in Ghana in years. The epicenter was located in the western part of the city. The phenomenon which took place at about 10:40 pm local time on June 24, 2020, occurred three times in the space of 10 minutes. Already, the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) has warned that the series of tremor occurrences in parts of the Greater Accra Region over the years is signal of a looming earthquake of greater magnitude in the future. On March 24, 2018, a similar earth tremor that measured 4.0 on the Richter scale was recorded in Accra. On December 9, 2018, another one was experienced in Accra. Ghana is said to have a major earthquake fault line stretching from the McCarthy Hill area in Accra westwards towards the Central Region and eastwards towards the Akuapim Ridge all the way to the Volta Region in the east. The epicentre of the fault line is thought to be located around the McCarthy-Weija Dam catchment area in Accra. Since 1615 and 1939 when Ghana experienced its severest earthquake with a magnitude of over 6.0 on the Richter scale, there have been reported yearly occurrences of fleeting earth tremors. According to the GGSA, signs picked up after earth tremors hit parts of Accra on March 24, 2018, showed that the fault lines were active, which meant that an earthquake could occur at any time. On January 12, 2006, a tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit parts of the capital, according to the Geological Survey Department. There was a similar tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale in May 2003. Agencies

Madagascar: Artemisia Shows 'Promise' Against COVID-19 in Lab Tests, Say Researchers

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[RFI] Scientists in Germany released data on Wednesday from laboratory tests showing that extracts of the artemisia plant are active against the virus causing Covid-19. The research is separate from claims by Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina about the Covid-Organics herbal tea, but perhaps provides more of a scientific basis for clinical trials and research.

Lesotho: 'Maesaiah Cannot Hurt a Fly - Lawyer

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[Lesotho Times] High Court Judge Thamsanqa Nomngcongo has reserved judgement to Monday in murder-accused former First Lady 'Maesaiah Thabane's bail application.

AMG Kevin Fianko out with ‘Bank’ freestyle

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Kevin Fianko is out with Bank Freestyle. The CEO of New Chapter Records shows appreciation to the likes of Criss Waddle, Flow Delly, Medikal...

Analysis on how KiDi’s EP is faring on radio airplay

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Kidi's EP according to Ghud Music, is enjoying a lot of airplay across various radio station in Ghana. The EP titled Blue...

Ethiopia poll body 'rejects' Tigray region's request to hold elections

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June 24: Tigray ‘warned’ against holding polls The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has said it lacks the capacity to oversee regional elections in the northern Tigray regional state. The body said the state’s council had officially notified them of plans to delayed elections. In an official statement, the board reiterated that it will not conduct election in any part of the country until a re-assessment of COVID-19 pandemic. Keenly awaited national and regional polls slated for May were postponed over the virus as federal government imposed a fine-month state of emergency. Tigray requested for necessary support to conduct its elections: but NEBE responded that: “it has no legal ground to deploy manpower and provide logistics and other materials support for the election”. The body led by Birtukan Mideksa also approved a recommendation by lawmakers weeks ago that the general elections be held within 9 months to a year after the pandemic is no longer a threat to public health. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } June 12: Tigray ‘rejects’ HoF mandate extension, vows to hold polls Tigray regional state has all but rejected the regional parliament’s mandate extension granted by the House of Federation earlier this week. The regional council has subsequently announced today that it planned to go ahead with regional elections, Getachew Reda, Executive Member of the governing Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, confirmed to privately-owned Addis Standard portal. The council’s decision this morning followed earlier decision both by TPLF’s Executive Committee (EC), and its Central Committee (CC) to hold the election, the portal further reported. The exact role of the elections body in the process has yet to be known. The council also extended regional COVID-19 State of Emergency by two-and-half months. This is despite there being a similar federal virus containment measure with a five-month duration starting April 10. The details of the regional election indicate that it will be held before September 11 or latest before the end of the Ethiopian year. Mandates from 2015 polls expire in October but polls were delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. TPLF leadership have repeatedly insisted that irrespective of federal directives, it was going ahead with polls in what analysts say could signal a confrontation with the federal government led by PM Abiy Ahmed. A number of opposition parties in Oromia and Somali regions have denounced the manner and scope of the mandate extension. A key pro-democracy activist turned politician Jawar Mohammed said the government was exploiting the virus outbreak to extend its stay in power indefinitely. June 10: MPs back extending Abiy’s term amid election delay Ethiopia’s upper parliamentary chamber, House of Federation (HoF), has approved an extension to the mandate of the current parliament as well as regional parliaments and councils. “The House of Federation has approved a decision to extend the term of all assemblies until international health institutions have deemed the threat from coronavirus to be over,” the Ethiopian News Agency reported. The HOF during a session approved the Council of Constitutional Inquiry’s (CCI) recommendations submitted to the Constitutional Interpretation and Identity sub-committee in late May this year. The approval has 114 members voting in favour, four voted against with one abstention. The move lays to rest the question of what happens to the mandate of the current parliament which expires in October this year. Elections meant to reconstitute a new parliament have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The general elections were originally to take place on August 29. The CCI’s recommendations included that terms of office of the House of Peoples Representatives, HoPR, the HoF, state councils and the executive at federal and state levels be extended for as long as COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to public health, and a current State of Emergency (SOE) remained in place. It also argued for elections to be held within a year after the relevant authorities declare that COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat to public health. Reacting to the resignation of its speaker Keria Ibrahim as the house met to decide on the recommendations, deputy speaker, Mohammed Rashid, said the resignation had no effect on the working procedures of the HoF. Mohammed further chided Keria for the manner in which she announced her resignation. He bemoaned her decision to publicize the resignation instead of submitting it through the appropriate channel. Opposition voices and risk of escalation Some opposition leaders have called for a caretaker or transitional government to guide the country to elections, a suggestion Abiy dismissed as unworkable during a question-and-answer session on Monday with lawmakers. Dawud Ibsa, chairman of the opposition Oromo Liberation Front, told AFP Wednesday that the House of Federation vote “does not have any constitutional basis”. He said his party would meet soon to figure out how to respond. If major opposition parties reject the recommendations from the Council of Constitutional Inquiry, “protests or election boycotts could become a reality, reducing the chances of successful competitive polls in 2021,” said William Davison of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a conflict-prevention organisation. “That would mean more political instability and undermine the planned democratic transition,” he said. June 8: Abiy rejects talk of transitional govt amid delayed polls Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday rejected the idea of forming a transitional government when his term of office expires in October, brushing aside fears of a constitutional crisis. The August election was viewed by many observers as test for Abiy Ahmed since coming to office in April 2018. But the election commission announced at the end of March that the coronavirus outbreak has made it impossible to organise the poll as planned. Answering questions in parliament, the prime minister noted the formation of a interim government would be unconstitutional. He also reiterated the willingness of his Prosperity Party to contest the election adding he is not afraid of elections. Abiy Ahmed recently accused the opposition of seeking to exploit the uncertainty created by the pandemic in order to claim more power. But opposition parties have accused the prime minister of taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to stay in power. On Monday the Speaker of the upper house of parliament, Keria Ibrahim resigned in protest, saying she is not going to work with a group that “violates the constitution and practices dictatorship.”

Lesotho: Majoro Fires AD-Linked Principal Secretaries

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[Lesotho Times] Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro has fired five principal secretaries who are said to be members of former Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki's Alliance of Democrats (AD). Seven other principal secretaries have been reshuffled with effect from 15 June 2020.

Zimbabwe: Masiyiwa Ventilators Flown in, Ready for Distribution

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[New Zimbabwe] Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa has honoured his pledge of donating Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator suites, with the equipment now in Zimbabwe and ready to be deployed to the country's public hospitals.

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt to Announce End of Ebola Outbreak in Eastern Region - WHO

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[Premium Times] The Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to announce the end of the Ebola outbreak in its eastern region on Thursday, the World Health Organisation has said.

King Zumm releases new single dubbed Dada Ewu

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Dada Ewu is a song from Ghanaian afro-beats and dancehall sensation KIng Zumm. The song jumps on the global 'Dada Ewu' trend...

AFDB ranks 4th on global index of transparency

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Publish What You Fund has ranked the African Development Bank (AFDB) fourth out of 47 global development institutions on its aid Transparency Index. The Index is the only independent measure of aid transparency among the world’s major development agencies. The index places the Bank in the highest category of transparency along with other world class institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and UNDP. “We congratulate the African Development Bank Sovereign Portfolio on achieving 4th place in the 2020 aid Transparency Index. As large quantities of aid are being reallocated to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, the transparency of international aid is more important than ever,” said Gary Forster, CEO of Publish What You Fund, which has produced the index each year since 2011. Publish What You Fund ranked the Bank ‘very good’ the highest of the five categories used to assess organisations’ transparency. The ranking is based on several criteria, including finance and budgets, basic information data, organisational planning and performance. In the new Index, which covers the 2019 year, the African Development Bank scored 95.5 out of 100 on transparency, a significant improvement on its score for 2018. “It is promising to see an increase in the quantity, quality and timeliness of aid data now being shared by a broad cross section of the world’s major aid agencies. As we work together to fill the gaps in the aid data landscape, we look forward to exploring how we can best meet the demand for data and data engagement,” said Gary Forster, CEO of Publish What You Fund. The institution’s commitment to total transparency is illustrated by MapAfrica, a web-based platform that maps all of the Bank’s investments across the African continent.

Congo police clash with parliament protesters with tear gas, water cannon

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Democratic Republic of Congo police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to repel hundreds of protesters whose rally against a proposed new law threatened to spill into the parliament compound in the capital Kinshasa. Opponents say the reform, which would place prosecutors under the government’s authority rather than the courts, undermines the independence of the judiciary. On the second day of protests, crowds of mostly young men chanted and squared up to security forces on the streets around parliament, before being pushed back by armed officers in jeeps. The proposal was put forward by a member of ex-president Joseph Kabila’s PPRD party, but has faced opposition from the UDPS party of President Felix Tshisekedi. “We will fight to the end to protect the independence of the judicial system,” said protester and UDPS supporter Jean Kabamba, whose head was wrapped in a Congolese flag. The tension and frustration felt by Tshisekedi’s party long predates the current events, said Fred Bauma from the Congo Research Group at New York University. The proposed law “is just a trigger,” he told Reuters. Tshisekedi took power last year, but his presidency has been hampered by an awkward power-sharing deal with Kabila, whose allies control a majority of ministries and seats in parliament. The recent trial of Tshisekedi’s former chief of staff on embezzlement charges pointed to other cracks in the ruling elite. Vital Kamerhe backed Tshisekedi in his successful election campaign in return for his support in the 2023 race. On Saturday, he was sentenced to 20 years hard labour. Agencies

Zimbabwe: Khupe's MDC-T Pleads for Govt Mercy On Jailed Mamombe, Alliance Activists

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[New Zimbabwe] MDC-T spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni has pleaded with the state to free MDC Alliance MP, Joanna Mamombe and two female party activists who are languishing in remand prison for 'falsely' claiming abductions and torture in the hands of state security agents.

Somalia: Army Remains 'Incapable' of Dislodging Al-Shabaab, U.S. Says

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[East African] Somalia's army remains "incapable" of ousting Al-Shabaab from its strongholds, enabling the insurgents to exercise continued control over large parts of the country, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

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