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Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF to Take Charge of Food Aid Distribution As Zimbabwe Grapples With El Nino-Induced Drought

Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Christopher Mutsvangwa has said the ruling party will superintend the distribution of food aid in Zimbabwe. Mutsvangwa was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters, on Monday. The drought was recently declared a national disaster by President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Zimbabwe becoming the third Southern African […]

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Uganda: TB and HIV Co-Infections Still a Burden in Teso – Report

Soroto — On April 12, journalists in Teso Sub-region received training on the critical issue of Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV co-infections. Organised by the Health Journalists Network Uganda, the session aimed to illuminate the challenges faced by the region in addressing this pressing public health concern. Globally, Uganda stands among the 30 countries burdened with […]

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Sudan: Canada Sanctions Individuals and Entities Affiliated With Sudan Warring Parties

Ottawa — Yesterday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced sanctions against two individuals and four entities affiliated with the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for undermining peace, security, and stability in Sudan. The individuals subject to Canadian sanctions are RSF Deputy Commander Abdelrahim Dagalo and head of the Islamic Movement in Sudan […]

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South Africa: Elections 2024 – What the Major Political Parties Say About a Sugar Tax

We sent questions to the ANC, DA, EFF, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, PA, MK Party and RISE Mzansi Today’s question to the major political parties deals with the sugar tax. We asked the ANC, DA, EFF, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, PA, MK Party, and RISE Mzansi on 13 March and sent follow-up queries to those […]

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Nigeria Govt. Begins Allocation of 8,925 Houses Under National Housing Programme

The authorities say the first batch of the allocation process was concluded after a review of the conditions and procedures for sales of houses under the national housing scheme. The Nigerian government has announced the allocation of 8,925 houses to deserving applicants nationwide under the National Housing Programme (NHP). This is contained in a statement […]

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South Africa: Tshwane Shack Dwellers Say Extortion Gangs Make Them Pay for Water

Municipality says it’s unaware of this Residents of Phomolong informal settlement in Mamelodi, Pretoria, say a local gang is making them pay for water from municipal trucks. But the City of Tshwane says it is not aware of this. The settlement has not had reliable water supply since June last year. The municipality says this […]

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Ghana: Assessment of Economic Impact of Akosombo, Kpong Dams Spillage – Affected C’nities Lose Gh¢1.6bn in Agric Livelihoods – FAO’s Assessment

An estimated GH¢1.6bn agricultural livelihoods were lost due to the Akosombo/ Kpong dams spillage that affected eight districts in the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions in September and October last year. This represents an estimated 1.2 per cent in Gross Domestic Product of Ghana, a Consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of […]

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Uganda: MPs Want Alcohol, Cigarettes to Meet Donor Funding Deficit

The Health Committee of Parliament has called for a 20-percent increase in taxes on harmful products such as alcohol and tobacco to offset the reduction in funding from donors to the health sector. MPs argue that this increase could potentially boost Uganda’s revenue from $95.3 million (Shs362.412 billion) in FY2022/23 to $726.49 million (Shs2.762 trillion) […]

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East Africa: President Ruto Drops Caroline Mueke for EAC Top Post, Nominates PS Veronica Nduva

Nairobi — President William Ruto has dropped Caroline Mueke as Kenya’s nominee for the East African Community (EAC) Secretary-General post in a surprise move. In her place, he has proposed Veronica Mueni Nduva, the current Principal Secretary for the State Department for Performance and Delivery Management within the Ministry of Public Service, to fill the […]

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Kenya: Tea Worth Ksh2b Unsold As KTDA Reinstates Minimum Price On Older Stocks

Kenyan tea worth Ksh2.3 billion was withdrawn from the market in the latest sale as the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) instructed brokers to sell the beverage at the reserved price, resulting in traders rejecting millions of kilos of the commodity offered for sale. Buyers turned down at least 9.8 million kilogrammes of tea offered […]

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Central African Republic: CAR Child Refugees Dream of a Better Future

More than a million people, including children, have fled their homes in the volatile Central Africa Republic to Cameroon. Not all have given up hope. A bus throws up dust as it rumbles away from the sprawling expanse of the refugee camp at Gado-Badzere in eastern Cameroon. It’s heading to the war-ravaged Central African Republic […]

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Kenya: National Rights Commission Weighs in On Koome’s Outburst

Nairobi — The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has called for an immediate end to threats and intimidation against lawful protests urging the government to engage in dialogue. KNCHR made the call in response to a directive by Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome who ordered firm enforcement measures on Sunday to reign […]

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Zimbabwe Recalls Batches of Benylin Paediatric Syrup After Finding High Levels of Toxic Substance

THE Medicines Control Company of Zimbabwe -MCAZ has recalled two batches of Benylin Paediatric 100ml Syrup from shelves after a toxic substance, Diethylene glycol was recently found in the medicine. In a statement, MCAZ director-general Richard Rukwata Monday said communication received from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) of Nigeria indicated that […]

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Uganda: Besigye to Join City Traders in Tax Protest

Fresh from his western region consultations and then from sending off their fallen activists in Teso, the opposition stalwart Kizza Besigye has dived into the running city traders’ strike protesting what he refers to as a bad taxation regime. “A Ugandan trader is like a cow that is being milked but no fed, they pay […]

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Uganda: Traders in Kampala CBD Lock Shops

Traders in the central business district of Kampala and other parts of city have decided to keep their shops shuttered until they have the opportunity to meet with the President in significant numbers. The decision, spearheaded by the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA), speaks to the growing frustration with what they perceive as the government’s […]

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Liberia: Boakai Urges Corrective Measures Against Fire Outbreaks

Liberia’s National Fire Service appears to be largely incapacitated in responding to fire outbreaks, and the incident at Speaker Koffa’s residence and other recent cases could point to the realities. President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has called for corrective measures to tackle the rising fire disasters nationwide, barely a day after House Speaker Cllr. J. Fonati […]

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South Africa: Severe Storm Hits Margate, Leaves Trail of Destruction – South African News Briefs – April 16, 2024

  Severe Storms in Margate Claim Five Lives, Cause Extensive Damage At least five people have died and two were injured after heavy rains and strong winds hit Margate along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, reports IOL. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) confirmed that the fatalities included three people who drowned when […]

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An Overview of Ethiopia’s First Digital Education Strategy

Every month, stakeholders such as policymakers, EdTech entrepreneurs, teachers, and parents come together to discuss the intersection of education and technology at the EdTech Mondays Radio Show. The show, produced by  Mastercard Foundation  and  Shega Media & Technology , has been running since October 2023 and is aired on Fana FM 98.1 and ten affiliated […]