Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo 1

16th August 2019 Africa Associated Press Congo’s year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the potentially deadly disease to a new province highlights the difficulties that health workers in Congo face in controlling the outbreak. Two new patients tested positive in the Mwenga area of South Kivu, adding to North Kivu and Ituri provinces where there are confirmed cases of the disease, according to the health ministry. The new…

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Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule

Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule 2

AFP Sudan’s military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule. The ceremony will make official a constitutional declaration inked on August 4 between the country’s Transitional Military Council and the opposition coalition of the Alliance for Freedom and Change. The deal brought an end to nearly eight months of upheaval that saw masses mobilise against president Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in April after 30 years in power. The…

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Kenya officials exhume man’s body to retrieve uniform

Kenya officials exhume man’s body to retrieve uniform 4

14th August 2019 Africa BBC Officials in western Kenya have exhumed the body of a local man to strip him of the uniform he was buried in, according to reports. Martin Shikuku Alukoye was buried in his full Kakamega County Youth Service uniform after drowning this month. Local officials then exhumed the body to retrieve the uniform, despite opposition from his family. Alukoye’s uncle said they had violated “the laws of the land and the laws of our forefathers”. “We had fully involved the county government in the burial arrangements…

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Nigeria’s president moves to block food imports

Nigeria’s president moves to block food imports 5

BBC President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to block food importers’ requests for foreign currency in a bid to boost local agriculture. He said the country’s foreign reserve should be conserved and used strictly for diversifying the economy not “encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.” “Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,” his spokesman tweeted him as saying. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy but relies on food imports to feed its nearly 200 million inhabitants. Buhari, who won an…

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Tanzania fuel tanker blast: At least 57 killed

Tanzania fuel tanker blast: At least 57 killed 7

10th August 2019 Africa By BBC AT least 57 people have been killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania, police say. Pictures posted online show flaming wreckage scattered over a wide area and charred bodies lying on the ground. Unconfirmed reports say people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned, when the blast happened. The incident occurred in Morogoro region, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port city of Dar es Salaam. The city of Morogoro is on a major route for transporting…

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president

Uganda’s Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president 9

7th August 2019 Africa AFP A Ugandan court on Tuesday charged pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine with “annoying” President Yoweri Museveni, his lawyer told AFP. The singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, appeared in court on a prior treason charge after he and other opposition politicians allegedly stoned Museveni’s convoy during a campaign rally in August last year. “He was charged with annoying the president” in relation to the same case, his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa told AFP. Wine, who entered parliament in 2017, has emerged as…

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UN launches new Zimbabwe appeal as millions face food crisis

UN launches new Zimbabwe appeal as millions face food crisis 11

7th August 2019 Africa AFP The UN food agency on Tuesday launched a $331-million appeal for aid donations to feed millions of people in crisis-hit Zimbabwe, which is reeling from a drought and the high cost of food. Around five million people, or a third of the 16 million Zimbabweans, are in need of aid and at least half of them are on the cusp of “starvation”, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Speaking at the launch of the appeal, WFP executive director David Beasley said 2.5 million Zimbabweans…

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1 800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi – UN

1 800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi – UN 12

6th August 2019 Africa AFP Malaria has killed more than 1 800 people in Burundi this year, the UN’s humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population. Of those cases, a total of 1 801 died from the mosquito-born disease in Burundi…

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Buyanga’s ex fails in ‘incompetent’ High Court bid to get child back

Buyanga’s ex fails in ‘incompetent’ High Court bid to get child back 13

HARARE – The High Court has thrown out an urgent chamber application filed by the ex-girlfriend of property tycoon Frank Buyanga, seeking to regain custody of their five-year-old child. Chantelle Tatenda Muteswa was seeking an interim relief for the return of the young boy within six hours of the order being granted or alternatively that an arrest warrant be issued for Buyanga should he fail to do so. Muteswa, through her lawyer Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, also sought a final order setting aside the July 19 decision of a Harare magistrate…

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Libya conflict: Drone strike kills dozens

Libya conflict: Drone strike kills dozens 15

BBC At least 42 people have died in a drone strike in south-western Libya carried out by the forces of rebel Gen Khalifa Haftar, local officials say. The strike hit a town hall meeting in the town of Murzuq, reports say. Gen Haftar’s forces – which are based in eastern Libya – say they targeted the town late on Sunday, but deny targeting civilians. The country has been torn by conflict since the fall of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The air strike left “42 dead and more than…

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