Zimbabwe has released 320 prisoners from its biggest prison as part of a plan to ease overcrowding and combat the spread of Covid-19 in the southern African nation’s jails. Under the presidential amnesty, an estimated 3,000 prisoners across Zimbabwe could be released. While the country’s 46 prisons have a holding capacity of 17,000 people, as many as 20,000 inmates are currently being held in them, according to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services. To date, Zimbabwe has reported 37,534 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,551 deaths, according to Ministry of Health data.
The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, today April 17th, will commission officer cadets of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF). The event will be at the Chamwino Statehouse in Dodoma.
President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has castigated the US government’s decision to impose a visa ban on Ugandan officials accused of undermining democracy. On April 16, President Joe Biden administration’s Antony Blinken announced travel restrictions against Ugandans. But secretary Blinken didn’t mention names of those against who the restrictions would work. Reacting to the visa ban, Opondo described the visa ban as “cheap blackmail.” The government spokesperson has urged Washington to list the affected officials and detail the crimes they committed. “Without mentioning the specific officials by name, title, incidents and offences this so-called visa ban is neither here nor there,” said Opondo.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken on April 16 announced visa restrictions against Ugandans accused of ‘undermining democracy’ and engaging in pre and post-election human rights violations. But Blinken didn’t mention names of those affected by the travel ban and attendant restrictions. These were: OFFICIALS LIKELY TO FACE US SANCTIONS Gen Peter Elwelu, the Commander of Land ForcesMaj Gen James Birungi, former Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC)Maj Gen Don William Nabaasa, former Commander of the Special Forces CommandMaj Gen Abel Kandiho, the commandant of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI)Maj Gen Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi, former Deputy Inspector of General of PoliceFrank Mwesigwa, Commissioner of PoliceCol Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira, the Director of Crime ...