The United Nation’s Humanitarian Agency have confirmed that malaria is back and raging, thus far killing over one thousand eight hundred people in Burundi in 2019.
The current death toll is currently competing with the deadly Ebola outbreak in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report that 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population and a total of 1,801 of those cases died from mosquito-born disease between January 1 and July, 21.
Although this has clearly became a crisis, even with OCHA sending warnings that the disease is crossing “epidemic proportions” in May, Burundi has yet to declare a national emergency and activate the national malaria outbreak response plan.
This comes as a surprise as in 2017 Burundi declared a national emergency after just 700 deaths.
Stakeholders, including the national authorities and partners, have been called upon to provide the required resources to mount a robust response to this event before it wipes out the entire country of 11 million people in the African Great Lakes Region.
OCHA said the crisis was driven by the government’s lack of preventive measures like mosquito nets, climate changes and increased movements of people from mountain areas with low immunity to malaria.
A woman of the Parliament, Zuleika Hassan was ordered to leave after walking into the chamber with her 5-month-old baby on Wednesday, August 7th 2019.
Hassan said she had no other choice to come to work with her baby because of a domestic emergency and unavailability of a childcare in the parliament.
She was stopped by a security guard from taking her baby into the chamber but she insisted on being with her baby, an action some of her male colleagues described as being shameful.
Deputy Speaker Christopher Omulele repeatedly ordered her out of the chamber but she held onto her baby while some other MP’s started shoving each other, security guards also gathered to escort her out of the chamber following the order.
” Honorable Zuleikha kindly withdraw with decorum, Honorable Zuleikha you are out of order”. Said Omulele in the video below.
According to the house rules, “strangers are not allowed into the chamber including children”.
” I was just tired. I mean young women all over the country are facing worse situations. They can’t afford a nanny and they have decided whether they should breastfeed their child or go to work”. Hassan said.
She called on the Parliament to create a more family-friendly atmosphere if it wants more women to be MP’s, adding that Parliament does not have a daycare center, though it has promised to provide one in 2013.
” We are trying to encourage more women to come into politics, to come into the workplaces, to get out and help out the economy in other ways, so we have to support them”. said, Hassan.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 7 signed three new bills passed by the National Assembly into law.
The new bills include National Biosafety Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2019, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act 2019 and Defence Intelligence Agency Civilian Pension Board (Establishment) Act 2019.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on the National assembly (Senate) Sen Ita Enang said the bill amended the National Biosafety Management Agency No. 20, 2015 to enlarge the scope of application of the Act by including the emerging aspects of modern biotechnology and biosecurity in the country and also empower the agency to put in place measure to ensure Bio-security across the country.
He also said the Asset Management Act 2019 further amended the 2010 Act by increasing the powers of the commission in the enforcement of recovery of debts from persons owing to legacy banks or seizure of property subject of the loan obligation.
The Defence Intelligence Agency Civilian Pensions Board (Establishment) act, 2019, establishes an Agency charged with the responsibility for administering pension and scheme for civilian personnel of the Agency.
The Zimbabwean Government on Tuesday, August 6th said the country has secured additional electricity to potentially make rolling power shortages easier after it agreed to make payments to clear its debt to a regional power utility.
Zimbabwe has endured 18 hour daily power shortages since May due to a prolonged drought that has reduced output at its largest hydro plant and ageing coal fire generators that keep breaking down.
Due to Zimbabwe not paying bills, foreign power companies have been forced to cease supplying them since 2017.
The country is currently negotiating for more power imports from a yet to be named company. Even though the supplier hasn’t been named, it is widely known that the country usually does business with Eskom and Hydro Cahora Bassa.
Maldives police have confirmed that India has refused entry for former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on Thursday, August 1 and he was taken to a Maldives detention center after being returned to the country.
Adeeb was arrested after fleeing to India to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds and was brought to Male, the Maldives Capital, late on Sunday night in a navy ship and immediately taken to the Dhoonidhoo detention center.
Adeeb who was recently freed from a 33-year jail sentence over corruption and terrorism, has had his passport confiscated by court order because of pending court cases.
The Kaduna State Court on Monday, August 5th granted the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (Shiite) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and wife Zeenah bail on health grounds. They are to visit the Mandeta Hospital in New Delhi, India for treatment.
It was gathered that the prosecution could not prove that El-Zakzaky would be a flight risk, while the defense team was able to establish that the couple’s health had worsened in custody.
El-Zakzaky was detained in 2015 after soldiers raided the IMN headquarters in Zaria and killed at least three hundred and forty-seven Shiites members.
The group was accused of not recognising the Nigerian constitution and authority and also blamed the group for the death of a soldier in December 2015.
Shiite have protested countless times for the release of their leader which has resulted in violence with journalist and police officers.
It has not been confirmed if the government will obey the latest bail on health ground and release El-Zakzaky and wife.
Michael Kalinda, popularly known as Ziggy Wine has passed away after he was reportedly abducted and subjected to torture by suspected state agents.
Ziggy Wine is a Musician and blogger who was signed into Firebase Entertainment, the record label of Bobi Wine, Afro-pop artiste and lawmaker.
Reports state he was dumped at the Mulago hospital gate after a week of been abducted found unconscious, with one eye having been pulled out, two fingers cut off, and burns all over his body like he was been burnt with a flat iron.
His passing away was announced by Bobi Wine early Monday morning. ” Our friend Ziggy Wine could not make it. He passed on last night succumbing to injuries sustained after a horrendous encounter with kidnap and torture.
” Very painful he joins other countless Ugandans. As we mourn him, we resolve to work even harder to end the. Rest well brother”, Said Wine.
Two South African pilots, Des Werner and Werner Froneman who were involved in a project that saw teenage students fly a homemade aircraft across Africa died in a light plane crash in Western Tanzania on Sunday, August 4.
They were in a support plane accompanying a team who had just flown a four-seater Sling 4 plane from Cape Town to Cairo and were expected to land back in South Africa on Monday.
According to Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, the plane went down on Saturday after take-off from Tabora Airport, a distress signal was sent about engine failure before it eventually disappeared from the radar.
The plane which was owned by U Dream Global, an organisation founded by 17-year-old Megan Werner, Des Wermer’s daughter.
The plane was said to have been completely destroyed with only a few parts recovered.
“Cape to Cairo Challenge is devastated to report that there has been an accident of the flight support aircraft and that the project directors, Des Werner and Werner Froneman have lost their lives,” said U Dream Global in a statement on Facebook.
The Cape to Cairo project involves 20 teenagers from different backgrounds who were taught how to build a Sling 4 aircraft in three weeks, the crew completed the plane in early July.
Libyan authorities have confirmed the closure of three migrant detention centers in Misrata, Khoms and Tajoura, areas which were hit by airstrikes that killed dozens.
At least fifty-three people died last month during an attack on the Tajoura detention center which was believed to be carried out by the air force of eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.
There is concern over where the displaced migrants will go and fears that they will be moved to other detention centers which might worsen their situation since most detention centers are already overcrowded.
Libya has an estimated 600,000 migrants, many of which are from sub-Sahara African countries and they are reportedly held in squalid conditions in warehouses, camps, detention centers and private houses.
The majority travel to Libya in the hope of crossing the Mediterranean and reaching Italy but most of them encounter difficulties on the road and ended up being detained.
The bombardment of the migrant center in Tajoura prompted the UN to call for the closure of all detention centers in Libya as the Amnesty International warned of the inhuman condition within them.
An airstrike by Khalifa Haftar’s warplanes targeted a wedding in the south region town of Murzuq on Sunday, August 4 killing over forty and leaving dozens injured.
According to the Municipal member Mohammed Omar, Haftar’s warplanes targeted a wedding at Tubu Murzuq in Southern Libya, the forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Hafta launched the attack which majority of the victims were the people attending the wedding.
This is not the first time Haftar’s forces have or have attempted to attack the Tubu tribes-people in Murzuq, they attacked a couple of times last month killing and injuring many people, burnt houses and stole properties and precious belongings.
Close to 1,100 people have died since Haftar, based in Eastern Libya launched an attack against the capital Tripoli on April 4.
Nineteen people so far were killed and thirty others severely injured after a car crash set off a deadly explosion outside the National Cancer Institute in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
According to the Interior Minister, a car which was reportedly speeding and driving against traffic on Cairo’s Nile Cornich Road collided with three others causing the explosion on Monday, August 5.
The collision triggered a blaze which forced the partial evacuation of a nearby National Cancer Institute.
Our source said Egypt’s Public Prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident as there was no official statement indicating whether the explosion was a terrorist attack or just a random unfortunate incident.
Egypt’s Health Minister said some of the bodies of the victims must have ended up in the river since the accident happened on the street by the Nile.
The injured victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Road accidents are common in Egypt as official statistics have shown that there were 8,000 clashes in 2018, with 3,000 death and 12,000 injured during the collisions.
A Forty-three-year-old Nigerian Benjamin Simeon, living in South Africa has been murdered on Saturday, August, 3 by unknown gunmen in Johannesburg.
A spokesperson for the Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA) Sunny-Wenike Douglas confirmed his death in a statement released saying he was killed at the early hours of Saturday.
“ The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa received with sadness and regrettably announce the tragic death of Mr Banjamin Simeon, 43 years old. He was a native of Okposo in Ebonyi State. He was allegedly shot by yet to be identified gunmen in the wee hours of today the 3/08/2019 at Verona and High Street in the South of Johannesburg”.
” Late Mr Benjamin Simeon, until his death, was a Taxify driver. He is survived by a pregnant wife, who also is from the same community with him and has two children from the same wife”.
” We pray for God to grant the entire family, friends, kinsmen comfort at this difficult time and the strength to bear the loss while calling on all to remain vigilantin their dealings with one another“.
He is survived by his pregnant wife and two children.
Zimbabwe has shown their disagreement in a protest over US sanctions against its current ambassador of Tanzania for his alleged involvement in last year’s disputed presidential election.
Former Head of the Presidential Guard Anselem Sanyatwe was accused of commanding the soldiers who opened fire on demonstrators protesting on August 1, 2018, against a delay in publishing the results of the past presidential election.
“The United States has banned him from entering its territory for his involvement in serious human rights violations” which makes him the first person to be sanctioned over the deadly crackdown and the first of Zimbabwean officials to be put on the US sanction list since the military ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in 2017.
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the United States Ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols in a statement expressing its dissatisfaction with the sanctions imposed on Sanyatwe.
Forty migrants rescued at sea off the Libyan Coast have been successfully transferred to Malta and will be taken care of by EU following a deal negotiated by Berlin, said German humanitarian group.
The forty migrants were rescued on Wednesday, July 31 from a small boat off the Libyan Coast by the ship Alan Kurdi owned by the NGO Sea-Eye.
The Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made an announcement on Saturday, August 3 that a deal had been reached with the European Commission after a request by Germany.
” Malta will allow forty migrants on board, the German vessel Alan Kurdi to transfer to a Malta armed forces asset and enter port”. No migrant will remain in Malta. Muscat Tweeted.
Sea-Eye posted photos on Twitter on Sunday showing the migrants being handed over to the Maltese Military and in the video uploaded early, migrants were seen shouting for joy when they were informed they would be taken first to Malta, then to other European Union Countries.
The ship named Alan Kurdi had headed towards Malta after Italy refused to open its ports again for a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
Police Command in Ogun State on Saturday, August 4 says that all the five people of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) abducted by armed men have been rescued.
Note that the only woman in the group Mrs Ibelegbo Chidinma was rescued at the early hours of Saturday.
Police Public Relation Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement confirmed that the remaining four had equally been rescued unhurt.” The remaining four victims have been rescued unhurt by men of Ogun State Police Command. Details shortly”. Said Oyeyemi.
The remaining four kidnapped people rescued are Chidozie Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe and Ndubuisi Owuabueze.
According to Oyeyemi the five victims were travelling from Abia State to Lagos for a Ministers Conference at the RCCF Camp in Lagos when about ten armed men intercepted the commercial bus marked KW 230 XA they were travelling with which belong to Abia Line Transport Company at J3 area of Ogbere in Ijebu Waterside Local Government Area of the State.
The Inspector-General of Police ordered a massive manhunt on the kidnappers on Friday for the search and rescue of the victims, however, the police are yet to apprehend the kidnappers.
A Ninety Six-Year-old Ghanaian, James Andorful on Saturday, August 3 tied the knot with his long-time lover Margaret Manuel who is Ninety Three after Fifty year relationship.
The strange wedding ceremony took place at Dansoman Central Assembly of the Church of Pentecostal in Accra, Ghana after fifty years of cohabitation which had produced nine children.
The Dansoman District Pastor Rev James Oko Barno speaking at the ceremony said it is not easy to advise a couple who had successfully lived together for that long years adding that he was excited with the step they had taken.
Barno Preached on a sermon which he titled ” Unless they understand each other, quoting Amos 3:3. ” If two couples can live under one roof for fifty years in a relationship, it means they understood each other”. he said.
In comparing the marriages in the olden days to now, he said most marriages die because of lack of understanding and comparison.
He, therefore, urged members to be contented with their spouse in order for their marriages to last.
The Publisher of SaharaReporters and Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has been arrested by some security agents believed to be Personnel of the State Security Sevice (SSS).
Sowore posted a distress tweet exactly 1:25 am to announce that the DSS has invaded his house which proves he was taken into custody in the early hours of Saturday.
A statement was sent to the online news platform on Saturday, August 3 by an association of the publisher which reads: Operatives of the Department of State Services has arrested pro-democracy activist and the convener of #RevolutionNow Protest Omoyele Sowore.
It was gathered that his phone must have been seized while trying to raise alarm and all efforts to reach him are futile.
The arrest and detention were assumed to be connected to #RevolutionNow, upcoming protest against bad governance in Nigeria scheduled for August 5.
The Police Public Relation Officer of the Ogun State Police Command Abimbola Oyeyemi has confirmed the release of the only woman among the five RCCF Pastors abducted on Thursday by armed men along Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State on their way to the Redeemed Christian Redemption Camp for ministers conference.
Oyeyemi said she regained her freedom in the early hours of Saturday, August 3rd unhurt by the security operatives in the State.
Mrs. Ibelegbo Chidimma – the woman rescued, has been taken to the Commands Headquarters in Abeokuta where arrangements were being made to take her to the Convention ground.
The Police Operatives are making efforts to rescue the remaining victims as the kidnappers are frequently changing their locations from time to time in the forest to avoid being caught.
Oyeyemi assures Nigerians that the remaining four Pastors abducted would be rescued soon.
The Libyan Coast Guards has rescued no fewer than seventy-five illegal immigrants during a patrol on Friday, August 2 at the north of Zuwara Coast, in about 120km west of the capital of Tripoli.
The Navy Spokesperson Ayob Qassem confirmed the rescue, saying the Illegal immigrants consist of different Africans and Arab nationalities in which there are three women and that the boat is a rubber boat.
This report comes only days after 60 bodies of illegal immigrants were recovered who drowned off the eastern coast of Tripoli.
Libyan has become a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe for greener pasture but the majority of them ended up passing away on their journey.
A well known Ugandan activist Stella Nyanza flashed the court and screamed obscenities in protest on Friday, August, 2 after she was sentenced to eighteen months prison on cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni.
Nyanzi was detained for calling the Museveni ” a pair of buttocks” which she was found guilty of on Thursday and sentenced to jail for cyber harassment of the head of state, a verdict condemned by International Rights Groups and the Ugandan opposition.
The University researcher and right activist will spend another nine months in jail as she has already spent nine months behind bars since being detained in November 2018 over a poem she posted on Facebook which prosecutors described as ” brutish attack on the person of the President and his late mother”.
Nyanzi was who was not allowed to appear in court physically but on video- link raised her middle fingers and yelled profanities in defiance as she was sentenced, before flashing her breast as her supporters whooped and cheered.
Nyanzi’s lawyer Isaac Semakadde said on Friday ” There has been lack of transparency in this trial”.
Amnesty’s International Director for East Africa Joan Nyanyuki said in a statement on Friday that ” The mere fact that form of expression was considered insulting to a public figure is not sufficient ground to penalise anyone”.