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Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Zambia
Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, has been admitted to hospital, his office announced Monday, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases. Kaunda asked for ``all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he recovers,'' according to the statement issued by Kaunda's administrative assistant Rodrick Ngolo. The short statement did not specify the cause of Kaunda's illness, but Zambia is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and the country's founding president was admitted to Maina Soko Medical Center, a treatment center for the disease in the capital, Lusaka. Zambia's 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen dramatically over the past two weeks from 1.44 new...
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, CRISIS, DRC, EMERGENCY, PRESIDENT
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi -- accompanied by wife and first lady Denise Nyakéru, paid a visit on Monday to Goma city where the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo devastated the area. The Head of State took time to assess the damage inflicted in and around the city by the volcano's fiery spurts and promised the locals that all houses destroyed by the lava would be rebuilt. "Hello everyone, we cannot help but sympathise with you. I myself and my wife your mother are always by your side and we will never leave you." Victims of the natural disaster said they had the opportunity to share their concerns and grievances with their Congolese leader. Abigael Byenda, a local resident affected by the natural disaster, feels heard but still...
Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Ivory Coast, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAVEL, West Africa
A welcome fit for a king for the former president of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo. After ten years in exile, Gbagbo will finally return to his home country. Upon his flight's arrival, he will go through the airport's VIP facilities to then be received at the presidential pavilion -- as announced on Monday by the politician's party at a press conference. Assoua Adou, the general secretary of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front political party. "Today I solemnly confirm that President Laurent Gbagbo will arrive in Abidjan on Thursday, June 17 2021 by scheduled flight from Brussels at 3.45 pm at Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport. " Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court -- charges he faced after 3000 people lost their in electoral ...
DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, BELGIUM, CRIME, CRISIS, DRC, PAN AFRICA
As the Health crisis worsens in the country, Democratic Republic of Congo's president Felix Tshisekedi has warned the DRC could face a deadly third wave of Covid-19 contaminations. Drastic measures are set to be announced in the days to come. "The situation of the Covid pandemic is serious. We have seen an upsurge in cases of infection and, unfortunately, in cases of death as well. Our hospitals are saturated," DRC president Felix Tshisekedi said. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 3 deaths and 254 new contaminations on Friday, with 210 in capital city Kinshasa alone. "Drastic measures are required to face this increase in infection, which has the potential to be more virulent than the first two waves," Felix Thisekedi added. As a result of the recent surge o...
Nubian Li, Eddy Mutwe and 16 Political Prisoners Finally Released on Bail

Nubian Li, Eddy Mutwe and 16 Political Prisoners Finally Released on Bail

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KAMPALA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA, UPDF
The general court martial has released political prisoners Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and 15 other members of the National Unity Platform (NUP) who were arrested in Kalangala last year during Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s campaign trail. The 18 members have been set free on Monday as confirmed from NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi who said in a Facebook post that; “Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and the rest of the reamining team members who were arrested in Kalangala last year have all been released on bail. While this is a sigh of relief, we still have to press on in demanding for the release of all political prisoners held in different prisons across the country. Welcome back comrades.” Last month, the General Court Martial granted bail to 17 supporters of N...
Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

ADVOCACY, CHILDREN, DIPLOMACY, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden have said better care and education for young children is key to rebuilding the UK after lockdown. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts. In a joint opinion piece written for CNN the women said a 'fundamental shift' was needed in the UK and US' approach to educating children.While Mrs Biden has been a teacher for more than 30 years, Kate has shown a passion for early years since becoming a mother to her children George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady (pictured together) yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception clas...
Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, CRISIS, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA, Zambia
Media statement: In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending passenger flights from Zambia and Uganda to Dubai, effective 11 June 2021, until further notice. Emirates flights from Dubai to Lusaka, continuing on to Harare and flights from Dubai to Entebbe will continue to operate as normal. Furthermore, passengers who have connected through Zambia and Uganda in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. UAE Nationals and their first degree relatives, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions accredited by the UAE and the two countries who comply with updated COVID‑19 protocols, as well as delegations and businesspeople who have received prior approvals, will be exempt for travel.‎ Emirates regre...
Bobi Wine: World has chosen business over suffering Ugandans

Bobi Wine: World has chosen business over suffering Ugandans

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
Uganda’s opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has told Africanews that the human rights situation in Uganda has worsened since the January 14 election. Veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of the controversial vote and was sworn in for another term in May. The election campaigns were dominated by episodes of deadly violence against Museveni’s opponents and their supporters. Hundreds of opposition activists and supporters have gone missing in a post-election crackdown by security forces. Africanews sat down with Wine at his home in Magere, near Kampala to talk about Uganda’s ‘unfinished election’ and his party’s new role as the official opposition. Africanews: President Museveni was recently sworn in for his sixth term and your party ...
Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests

Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests

ADVOCACY, Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WORLD
Siblings Muna and Mohammed al-Kurd are activists behind a social media campaign against forced expulsions of Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Activists Muna al-Kurd and Mohammed al-Kurd, who have been at the forefront of a campaign to stop the expulsions of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, have been released from custody several hours after they were arrested by Israeli police. “No matter what they do to terrorise and frighten us, no number of arrests will scare us off,” Muna told reporters after her release on Sunday. “We will remain in our homes and we will continue to defend our land that we were born and raised on,” she said. Mohammed told reporters: “We are not afraid, we are not intimi...
Africa Health Supplies donates Firefly Phototherapy, Colibri equipment to Paediatric Society of Ghana

Africa Health Supplies donates Firefly Phototherapy, Colibri equipment to Paediatric Society of Ghana

ADVOCACY, DIPLOMACY, Ghana, HEALTH, West Africa
Africa Health Supplies (AHS) Limited has donated two Firefly Phototherapy Equipment, one Colibri Phototherapy Equipment, and a cash amount of ¢5,000 to the Paediatric Society of Ghana (PSG) in Accra. The donation was to support the society’s activities to commemorate and celebrate the annual Newborn Jaundice Awareness Month (The Yellow Month), which falls in May. This is aimed at promoting awareness creation on newborn jaundice (Neonatal Jaundice). AHS also made donations of the Firefly Phototherapy Equipment to hospitals across the length and breadth of the country. Neonatal jaundice, which is a serious medical condition of the liver that causes the yellowing of the eyes and skin of a newborn baby, is increasing in Ghana. It is common in preterm babies due to an immatu...
Magawa the rat retires after years of mine-sniffing in Cambodia

Magawa the rat retires after years of mine-sniffing in Cambodia

ADVOCACY, ANIMALS, Asia, DIPLOMACY, Entertainment
The award-winning rodent is ending his five-year career, during which he sniffed out 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded artillery. A giant African pouched rat who spent years detecting land mines in Cambodia's countryside has come to the end of his working days. Magawa, originally from Tanzania, has been the most successful rodent to be trained and overseen by a Belgian nonprofit, APOPO, to sniff out landmines and alert de-miners so they can safely remove explosives. Announcing the rodent's retirement on Saturday, APOPO said Magawa had helped clear mines from 225,000 square meters (2,421,879 square feet) of land. Magawa 'reached retirement age' After Magawa's five-year career detecting 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, "he is getting a bi...
Organon South Africa Launches as New Women’s Health Company

Organon South Africa Launches as New Women’s Health Company

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, UN Women, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Dr Abofele Khoele named as Managing Director to drive women’s healthcare organisation Organon (www.Organon.com), in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; Organon South Africa, launching with a commitment to listen to women to understand her health needs and help identify solutions that are urgently needed. Organon (NYSE: OGN), today celebrates its launch as the only global company of its size focused on women’s health. Worldwide women’s life expectancy is on average 75.6 years while in South Africa life expectancy for women is on average 68.42 years.1 Organon South Africa aims to address the healthcare issues facing South African women and those in the Sub-Saharan region, and in turn to significantly improve their health. With an international footpr...
Beyond Zero receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei

Beyond Zero receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei

ADVOCACY, China, DEVELOPMENT, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Huawei Kenya, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, International Hospital Kampala, International Medical Group, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, Nairobi, Parliament
Beyond Zero’s Coordinator Ms. Angella Langat receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Fiona Pan at Beyond Zero’s Headquarters in Nairobi. The tablets will be used by Beyond Zero’s Secretariat and its service partners during Beyond Zero Mobile Clinics’ outreach programme.
What pilgrims will miss from their favourite place

What pilgrims will miss from their favourite place

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, ANGLICAN, CATHOLIC, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, ISLAM, PAN AFRICA, Religion
KAMPALA, Uganda Mr Edward Sebalimba has for the better part of his life been walking from Kabale District in Western Uganda to Namugongo in Wakiso District, a distance of about 520kms to celebrate Martyrs Day. “I used to take about 11 days walking from Kabale to Namugongo and I was much prepared to walk for this year’s celebrations,” he says. Mr Sebalimba is sad that he has not been to Namugongo for the second year running. “Besides spiritual healing, the annual walk has always been a spiritual and healthy walk,” he says. Mr Mike Ssajjabbi, a catechist at Kitovu Catholic Parish in Masaka Diocese, has also for the last 16 years been trekking to Namugongo for the celebrations. “In 2016, when I moved to Namugongo, I asked the martyrs to intercede on my behalf for God ...
Mali suspended from African Union, threatened with sanctions

Mali suspended from African Union, threatened with sanctions

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, UN Human RiGHTS, West Africa
AU calls on military to ‘urgently and unconditionally return to barracks’ and to refrain from further interference in Mali’s political process. Colonel Goita, the Malian military leader, was at the ECOWAS crisis summit in Ghana on Sunday to argue the military's case but has now returned to Mali [File: Francis Kokoroko/Reuters] Mali’s membership with the African Union has been suspended with immediate effect and the impoverished country threatened with sanctions following a second military coup in nine months. The AU “decides … to immediately suspend the Republic of Mali from participation in all activities of the African Union, its organs and institutions, until normal constitutional order has been restored in the country”, the body’s Peace and Security Council said in a statemen...
Progressive committed an error, not bad faith – 11th Circuit

Progressive committed an error, not bad faith – 11th Circuit

ADVOCACY, CARS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INSURANCE, INTERNATIONAL, Transport, TRAVEL
Progressive American Insurance Co is not liable for a $10 million verdict a bereaved mother in Florida obtained after Progressive failed to follow her attorney’s instructions for drafting a $20,000 settlement agreement, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Progressive’s win in a third-party bad faith lawsuit by Heather Eres, whose 8-year-old son was killed in a 2007 train collision caused by Progressive’s insured. Progressive admittedly botched the settlement with its wording of the releases; however, under a totality of the circumstances approach, its handling of Eres’ claim was “diligent,” “expeditious,” and “quite the opposite” of bad faith, Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom wrote for the court. He was joined by Circuit Judges Jill Pr...
What would bring stability after the death of Chad’s president?

What would bring stability after the death of Chad’s president?

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, CHAD, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security, UN, UN Human RiGHTS
Neighboring countries have successfully managed political change without the military stepping in In April, Gen. Azem Bermendao Agouna announced that Chadian President Idriss Déby had died on the battlefield fighting rebels. During the same broadcast, Agouna declared the establishment of a transitional military council, and dissolved the executive and legislature, replacing the constitution with a transitional charter. In effect, analysts including myself argue, he announced a military coup. Idriss Déby’s son, Gen. Mahamat Idriss Déby, sits at the head of the transitional council, which is a military junta composed of 14 other generals. Under the transitional charter, the junta functions as the executive with Mahamat Déby as head of state. He has appointed an interim government ...
President Kenyatta challenges civilian institutions to emulate KDF’s efficiency

President Kenyatta challenges civilian institutions to emulate KDF’s efficiency

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, PAN AFRICA
Kisumu, 31st May 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged civilians institutions to emulate the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) efficiency in public service delivery. The President noted that KDF had demonstrated good work ethic in their service to the nation, especially in the revival of key infrastructural and economic projects, saying their efficiency has saved the country large sums of money. “I only wish our civilian operators, our civilian administrators if they could only do a quarter of what is being done by Kenya Defence Forces then Kenya will be transformed,” President Kenyatta said. The Head of State told off those criticizing the involvement of KDF in the delivery of public projects, saying the military has the capacity to double up as the country's pro...
A murder the world witnessed: How sport joined the fight for change

A murder the world witnessed: How sport joined the fight for change

ADVOCACY, Boxing, FIFA, Football, Formula 1, GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Moto GP, Motorsport, Sports, TENNIS
Produced and written by Miriam Walker-Khan | BBC SPORTS n 25 May 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a man whose job was to protect the public.  The whole world witnessed as video footage of white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck went viral. Millions around the globe saw a 46-year-old black man brutally restrained for more than nine minutes.  They heard him say more than 20 times that he could not breathe.  They heard him plead for his mother.  They watched as Chauvin kept a knee pressed down on his neck. George Floyd was motionless by the time the ambulance arrived, and an hour later he was pronounced dead.  It wasn’t the first example of police brutality caught on film, but what made this di...
China announces three-child policy, in major policy shift

China announces three-child policy, in major policy shift

ADVOCACY, Asia, China, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, World Health Organization
BEIJING, China China announced on Monday that each couple would be permitted to have up to three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two children after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world's most populous country. The change was approved during a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, the official news agency Xinhua reported. In 2016, China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy - initially imposed to halt a population explosion - with a two-child limit, which failed to result in a sustained surge in births as the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families. Early this month, China's once-in-a-decade census showed that the population grew at its slowest rate during...