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A Ugandan man found dead under the bed of his South African girlfriend in Pretoria

A Ugandan man found dead under the bed of his South African girlfriend in Pretoria

AFRICA
A 22- year- old Pretoria woman has been arrested by police on suspicion that she killed and chopped off her boyfriend’s private parts and shoved his body under the bed. The  deceased, a Ugandan national, was found dead and hidden under the bed by his brother in his apartment which he shared with the suspect on Friday. Police Spokesperson Kay Makhubele confirmed the details and that the body was found by the boyfriend’s brother. Disturbing footage of a South African woman who was found with the dead body of a Ugandan man “After not being able to reach the deceased on his phone, a relative on the night of 18 June 2020 went to check up on him at his place of residence. It is reported that the relative found his brother’s girlfriend, the suspect, at the residence while his re...
Coronavirus – Africa: Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, say church leaders

Coronavirus – Africa: Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, say church leaders

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2020/ -- African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although some regions have registered bumper harvests following improved rains, concerns for loss of food in the processes of harvesting, transport, and storage have also emerged.In the past, such losses seen to occur from the farms to dining tables have been a major cause of hunger among rural communities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, according to church officials and agricultural experts.“A look at what is harvested and how it’s handled, it is visible that post-harvest food losses in Africa are high,” said Ven. J.W Kofi deGrant Johnson, a Ghanaian Anglican ...
East African Business Week News (EABW News) partners with APO Group

East African Business Week News (EABW News) partners with APO Group

Entertainment
KAMPALA, Uganda, July 11, 2020/ -- East Africa’s Leading online business news website East African Business Week News (EABW NEWS) (www.Busiweek.com) has today entered a media partnership agreement with the APO Group to publish its business-related news as it happens. The APO Group provides Africa-related news content to Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC Africa, Africanews.com, Africa.com and many more leading international news agencies. The partnership shall enable EABW NEWS to increase its content base to cover more countries, institutions and businesses in African and internationally, that are currently served by the APO group. This shall potentially strength EABW NEWS position as one of the leading and authoritative online business publications in the continent of Africa. APO Group is a lea...
Coronavirus – Libya: Lack of COVID-19 tests when boats return risks surge in cases, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Coronavirus – Libya: Lack of COVID-19 tests when boats return risks surge in cases, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 11, 2020/ -- Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers intercepted at sea and returned to Libya must be provided with COVID-19 testing to prevent them falling through the cracks and being unable to access the care they need, the International Rescue Committee warns. Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Libya on March 25, over 3,100 people have been brought back to Libya’s shores - and not a single one has been tested for the disease.Given that 28 migrants who left Libya for Italy in June tested positive upon arrival in Sicily, the IRC is extremely concerned about this gap in the country’s COVID-19 response and is calling for testing to be rapidly scaled-up - both at Libya’s disembarkation points and across the country - to ensure all those...
Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6: unrivalled performance, endless creativity

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6: unrivalled performance, endless creativity

TECHNOLOGY
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020/ -- Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) today announces EOS R5 and EOS R6, two advanced full frame mirrorless camera additions to the revolutionary EOS R System built on the future-proof RF Mount. The pro-level EOS R5 delivers 45 megapixel stills at up to 20fps1 and is the first full frame mirrorless ever to record 8K RAW up to 29.97fps internally and 4K to 120p. EOS R6 is perfect for enthusiasts and professionals moving to mirrorless and looking for greater capabilities, capturing 20.1 megapixel stills at 20fps1, stunning 4K video up to 60p and Full HD at up to 120p. Nothing comes close to the speed and resolution of EOS R5 and EOS R6.Redefining professional mirrorlessAmine Djouahra, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa, comments...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Minister of Foreign Affairs receives new Country Representative, says, ‘Nigeria is behind WHO’

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Minister of Foreign Affairs receives new Country Representative, says, ‘Nigeria is behind WHO’

HEALTH
ABUJA, Nigeria, July 11, 2020/ -- Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama says “In this critical moment of a global fight against the COVID-19, Nigeria is behind the World Health Organization and urges you to remain focused in addressing not just the pandemic but other health challenges.” The Honorable Minister made the declaration today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while receiving the new World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative (WR), Dr Walter Mulombo Kazadi who presented his Letters of credence to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, signaling formal resumption of duties. The presentation which took place in Abuja, was witnessed by dignitaries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WHO country office.During the brief ceremony, Mr Onyeama ac...
Coronavirus – Africa: Red Cross Red Crescent alarmed at increase in migrant drownings in Mediterranean

Coronavirus – Africa: Red Cross Red Crescent alarmed at increase in migrant drownings in Mediterranean

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2020/ -- Red Crescent societies in Tunisia and Libya are seeing an increase in drownings on the shores of North Africa. Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe.Many are not surviving the perilous journey, with 20 percent more people estimated to have died in June this year as opposed to last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).IFRC President Francesco Rocca said:“While Red Cross volunteers in Italy support those who have managed to survive the crossing, unfortunately on the other side of the Mediterranean, both Libyan and Tunisian Red Crescent volunteers are left to collect the bodies of those w...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Amidst coronavirus pandemic, WHO and partners vaccinated 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County of South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Amidst coronavirus pandemic, WHO and partners vaccinated 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County of South Sudan

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2020/ -- Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other partners have vaccinated over 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State to interrupt the transmission. Following the reported cases of measles in some of the counties in January 2020, the twelve-day campaign from 22 June to 3 July 2020 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF using facility-based services to reach all eligible children no matter where they live.The campaign that ended on 3 July 2020 was implemented within the national and WHO guidelines for implementing mass vaccination campaigns in the context of COVID-19.“Strengthening ...
oronavirus – South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Madoda Sambatha updates on North West Coronavirus COVID-19 cases

oronavirus – South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Madoda Sambatha updates on North West Coronavirus COVID-19 cases

CORONAVIRUS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 11, 2020,/ -- At the beginning of COVID-19 experience in the country, experts warned that the country is to expect a sudden surge or sharp increase, particularly during the winter season.  It is the middle of the winter season and the North West Province has indeed experienced an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases.  South Africa is now standing at 224 665 positive cases. Out of 9 Provinces, the North West Province is at number 5 of the highest number of cases with 7147 confirmed positive cases and contribute 3.2% of the total number of cases in the country.The Province’s COVID-19 positive cases are largely located within the mining communities with Bojanala standing at 4797, Dr Kenneth Kaunda 1788, Ngaka Modiri Molema 428 and Dr Ruth Segomo...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNESCO and UNHCR on improving refugee youth education in the post-Covid context, a roundtable debate

Coronavirus – Africa: UNESCO and UNHCR on improving refugee youth education in the post-Covid context, a roundtable debate

CORONAVIRUS
PARIS, France, July 11, 2020/ -- UNESCO and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are convening an online round table on Monday 13 July from 4 to 5.30 pm (2.00—3.30 pm, UTC) to examine ways to optimize schooling and learning for young refugees in the future post-epidemic context. The discussion will be moderated by UN Special Envoy and actor Angelina Jolie, a refugee advocate of longstanding. The meeting is co-sponsored by Canada, the United Kingdom and the global fund Education Cannot Wait, which has earmarked its second Covid emergency allocation for refugees. Exchanges will take place in English with simultaneous translation into French.The meeting will be opened by UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Denmark contributes US$1 million to cash relief for refugees in Kampala

Coronavirus – Uganda: Denmark contributes US$1 million to cash relief for refugees in Kampala

AFRICA
KAMPALA, Uganda, July 11, 2020/ -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received US$1 million from the Government of Denmark today to assist refugees in Kampala struggling because of the socio-economic impact of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. WFP began delivering cash assistance to an initial group of Kampala-based refugees on 5 June. Thanks to this contribution, WFP can continue rolling out assistance in coming weeks. Each refugee receives the equivalent of three months’ worth of cash—with this funding supporting almost two months of that.“The people of Denmark are aware of how desperate the situation for refugees living in Kampala could become without assistance,” said Henrick Jespersen, the Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda. “We hope that...
Canon launches four new RF lenses – expanding the line-up’s capabilities to super-telephoto photography – plus two RF extenders

Canon launches four new RF lenses – expanding the line-up’s capabilities to super-telephoto photography – plus two RF extenders

TECHNOLOGY
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020/ -- Alongside today’s launch of EOS R5 and EOS R6 – two cameras reimaginging mirrorless joining Canon’s revolutionary EOS R System – Canon Europe (www.Canon-Europe.com) reveals four new RF lenses and two RF extenders. The new lenses bring telephoto capabilities to the innovative RF line-up as well as additional portrait and macro photography creative possibilities for professionals and enthusiasts.Highlighting Canon’s ongoing commitment to the EOS R System and the RF Mount, today’s additions, alike the rest of the RF line-up, take advantage of the System – enabling photographers to experience new levels of quality, performance and creativity. “Canon’s innovative solutions are future facing and designed to give users of the equipment greater flexi...
oronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS conducts door-to-door COVID-19 awareness campaign in Warrap State

oronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS conducts door-to-door COVID-19 awareness campaign in Warrap State

CORONAVIRUS
JUBA, South Sudan, July 11, 2020/ -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has embarked on a 14-day-long door-to-door awareness campaign on COVID-19 to reach individual households in Warrap State with messages on how to keep themselves and others safe. When visiting houses, they are distributing posters, postcards, face masks and banners on preventive measures against the pandemic virus.“We are happy that UNMISS is making this awareness-raising effort to the grassroots level,” says Isaac Deng, a citizen of Marjok Noon in Twic County, while suggesting that visits to the cattle camps in the area would also be a good idea.Mr. Deng believes that going from door to door will make the entire local population aware of the seriousness of the virus and thus take the necessary preca...
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Broadcast Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Easing of Restrictions on Houses of Worship and Other Measures

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Broadcast Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Easing of Restrictions on Houses of Worship and Other Measures

AFRICA
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 11, 2020/ --By His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio In our fight to protect against and curtail COVID-19, we have taken well-considered measures to protect lives and also sustain livelihoods through an inclusive and rigorous consultative process with stakeholders and experts. Throughout, we have also urged strict compliance with all public health directives. Citizens must take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Persons who are refusing to comply with health directives are exposing themselves, their loved ones, and their communities to the grave risk of infection and possible death. I have strongly urged the leadership of the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (NACOVERC) to take all necessary act...
Tribute: Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly (By Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président, African Development Bank)

Tribute: Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly (By Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président, African Development Bank)

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 11, 2020/ -- By Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président, African Development Bank July 8 was all like every normal day, focused on work. I had no inkling there would be a storm, even though we have weathered many storms and floods in Abidjan in recent times. Like a jolting bolt of thunder, everything changed when my wife, Grace, called my attention to a news item that the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly had died. I told her this couldn’t be true as he just came back and as far as I knew he was fine.I quickly went to look at the news. I had not seen any official confirmation. I made frantic calls. Alas! Amadou Gon had died indeed. What a tragedy! This was a storm with massive lightening like no other. I couldn’t control my sadness. This man who had served his natio...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Gauteng Premier David Makhura tests positive for Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Africa: Gauteng Premier David Makhura tests positive for Coronavirus COVID-19

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 11, 2020/ -- On Wednesday 08 July 2020, I experienced some mild symptoms. On Thursday 09 July 2020, I decided to self-quarantine and test for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.  Today, Friday 10 July 2020, I received my test results confirming that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am now in self-isolation, in line with the WHO protocols and will work from home over the next 14 days whilst monitoring my health. Given the fact that I only have mild symptoms, I will continue to ensure that the Provincial Executive Council and Provincial Coronavirus Command Council respond adequately to weather the storm of the pandemic in order to save more lives.   The MEC’s will later today give a weekly update on COVID-19. The primary focus of our response is to li...
SA PARLIAMENT: COMMITTEE ON AG SEES A NEED TO ZOOM INTO MUNICIPAL FINANCES

SA PARLIAMENT: COMMITTEE ON AG SEES A NEED TO ZOOM INTO MUNICIPAL FINANCES

AFRICA
Parliament, Friday, 10 July 2020 – The Standing Committee on the Auditor-General believes that there is a need to scrutinise the serious problems plaguing the municipalities by zooming into their finances. The committee said it is important for the responsible oversight bodies to scrutinise these municipalities closely. The Auditor-General (AG), Mr Kimi Makwetu, briefed the committee today on the 2018/19 local government audit outcomes.  The briefing painted a grim picture of the municipal finances and called for a different approach to be taken when dealing with the municipalities. It became clear that it is not enough for the oversight bodies to just raise concerns, as the expression of concerns has been clearly meaningless and made no impact on the conduct of the municipalities. Acc...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Appropriations Committees – Ministers of Finance, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to address critical challenges in Local Government

Coronavirus – South Africa: Appropriations Committees – Ministers of Finance, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to address critical challenges in Local Government

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 11, 2020/ -- As part of the processing the 2020 Division of Revenue Amendment and Adjustment Appropriations Bills, joint meetings of the Standing and Select Committees on Appropriations over the past two days have received briefings from the National Treasury (NT), the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga). The committees are concerned about the state of local government in light of the Auditor-General’s (AG) report, tabled on 1 July 2020. The report revealed that, among other things, municipalities have spent more than R1 billion on consultants, more than R32 billion in irregular expenditure, there is a deficit of R6.2 billion and some municipalities are insolvent. The committees recognise the imp...
UGANDA: 4 Charged, 8 suspected killers of Tegu released

UGANDA: 4 Charged, 8 suspected killers of Tegu released

AFRICA, UGANDA
Four people including a local councillor and student have been charged with the murder of Emmanuel Tegu, a third year veterinary student of Makerere University.They are Charles Oigu, 34, a local councillor, Balam Nyeko, 33, a security guard, Johnson Kakuru, 24, and Moses Sekitoleko, 21, both residents of Makerere, Kampala.All the four were charged with murder at Law Development Centre Magistrate’s Court and remanded to Ssentema Prison in Wakiso District. “Their actions were supported by the post-mortem report which revealed the cause of death as blunt force trauma, due to open wounds along the back, multiple cane marks on the back of the right elbow and abrasions along the abdomen and the entire back of the victim,” police spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement yesterday.The arre...
UGANDA: Military intelligence seals off city safe houses under ISO

UGANDA: Military intelligence seals off city safe houses under ISO

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – A combined force of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and other forces have on Friday morning reportedly sealed off city safe houses run by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). Reports emerging on Friday July, 10 morning indicate that the military operation against the installations under ISO was being spearheaded by sister agency, the military intelligence. UPDF Spokesman Brig-Gen Richard Karemire was not readily available for comment. However, two months ago, officers from military intelligence arrested a senior operative at Internal Security Organization (ISO) on allegations of attempting to interfere with a UPDF-led operation. The operative, Simon Peter Odong, also accused of releasing information smearing members of the First Family to a city onlin...
Coronavirus – Tunisia: UNHCR Tunisia Flash Update #1 COVID-19

Coronavirus – Tunisia: UNHCR Tunisia Flash Update #1 COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, TUNISIA
GENEVA, Switzerland, April 7, 2020/ -- In line with the announcement by the Tunisian National Security Council of the extension of the general lockdown until 18 April, UNHCR Tunisia will continue to rely on alternative working arrangements, to adapt and sustain existing activities, and to step up support to refugees and asylum seekers to meet current and emerging challenges.UNHCR declared a global internal Level 2 emergency on 25 March, in order to facilitate the response by activating emergency procurement, partner selection and other procedures.Essential support continues to be provided, such as emergency medical care, protection monitoring, psycho-social support, shelter, cash and food assistance, as well as legal assistance for urgent cases (i.e. arrest) and in detention. In-person ac...