Ghana denies Akufo Addo has left country for COVID treatment

Ghana denies Akufo Addo has left country for COVID treatment

Ghanaian authorities on Sunday were denying rumors that President Nana Akufo Addo has left the country for medical treatment, following news that he had been exposed to COVID-19 through a close contact. “Kindly disregard the false story published by the Herald newspaper,” said Eugene Arhin, the president’s communications director, in…

Amnesty calls for inquiry into Ethiopian musician’s death

Amnesty calls for inquiry into Ethiopian musician’s death

Human rights activists are pressing Ethiopian authorities to properly investigate the shooting of a popular Oromo singer whose death has sparked protests in parts of the country. Hachalu Hundesa, who spoke out publicly last week on the tense political situation in Ethiopia, was shot around 9:30 p.m. Monday in Addis…

Chakwera sworn in as Malawi’s president

New President Lazarus Chakwera was sworn into office in Malawi on Sunday in a ceremony in Lilongwe. Chakwera, head of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and a coalition of political parties united under the Tonse Alliance, won last week’s election alongside vice president Saulos Chilima, a United Transformation Movement (UTM)…

Vote count continues in Malawi’s presidential election do-over

Election officials in Malawi began counting the votes on Wednesday following a presidential election do-over mandated by the country’s top court, but they’re still gathering data from around the country and no official results have been released. That said, local media reports suggest opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi…

AU chief issues call for restraint in volatile Mali

The head of the African Union Commission has called on Malian activists to remain peaceful, as the country enters another week of protests calling for an end to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s administration. The appeal from AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat follows demonstrations on Friday, when thousands of people in…

WHO warns COVID-19 spread is accelerating for Africa

More than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the African continent, and the sweep of the pandemic is accelerating, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Officials said Thursday the coronavirus count reached the benchmark of 100,000 cases in 98 days, but it then took only 19 days to…

President Nkurunziza dies suddenly in Burundi

President Pierre Nkurunziza has died in Burundi, according to the government on Tuesday. Nkurunziza, 55, died of a heart attack in hospital. The statement, issued by secretary general and Burundi government spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye, said Nkurunziza fell ill late Saturday in the northern Ngozi community following a sporting match. He…

China welcomes court decision on Burundi presidency

Beijing on Friday was quick to welcome the news from Burundi, where the constitutional court has confirmed May 20 presidential election results that will put Evariste Ndayishimiye into office, replacing outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza but maintaining power for the CNDD-FDD party. “We believe that under the leadership of President Ndayishimiye,…

After COVID, China braces for global BRI backlash

By Arman Sidhu After suffering its first economic contraction in nearly 45 years, China finds itself facing a deluge of economic threats, many of which stem from criticism of Beijing’s handling and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From alternative supply chains, to new policy measures designed to screen Chinese foreign…

Zimbabwe charges 3 opposition activists amid human rights outcry

In Zimbabwe, three women activists with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance party who were detained following protests two weeks ago are back in custody pending a final bail ruling on Thursday. The women, including MDC-Alliance MP Joanah Mamombe, above, were charged earlier this week in connection with…

Amid Covid-19, Uganda needs to tackle the economy

In a remarkable display of resilience, Uganda has thus far managed to avoid the carnage which the Covid-19 pandemic has caused in other parts of the world. As of 19 May, Kampala has officially registered 274 infections, along with 63 recoveries and, astonishingly, no deaths. Despite this good news, the…