At least 23 people were killed in a weekend of violence targeting minorities in the ethnic Oromo heartland near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a police source said.
The unrest followed a mass rally last week marking the return to Ethiopia of the leadership of the exiled Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) group, which had fought an insurgency for self-determination for Oromos, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.
The incidents are the latest in a spate of attacks carried out along ethnic lines since reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali came to power in April, the first Oromo leader in the ethnically diverse country’s modern history.
Zimbabwe Doctors Group: More Than 15,000 Returnees Dodge Covid-19 Testing
A report by a Zimbabwean doctors’ group says fewer than 200 of the more than sixteen thousand returnees to the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have been tested.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for human rights recommended in a statement on Monday the government should seriously consider risks posed at the ports of entry, health facilities and to vulnerable groups.
The doctors’ group says this revelation puts in doubt the country’s real covid-19 status. It says some mysterious deaths in the country could be linked to coronavirus cases that were undetected.
Authorities say the country so far has eight confirmed covid-19 cases and one death.
World Bank Approves $500m Educational Loan To Tanzania
Tanzania has received a World Bank approval for half a billion dollars education loan. The application was opposed by civil society organizations who had raised issues over school girls’ rights.
The World Bank said the loan would benefit at least six and a half million secondary school students and would strengthen government-run schools. The bank says the loan would also establish stronger educational pathways for students.
Opposition member of parliament, Zitto Kabwe, along with activists in the country, had appealed to the world bank to disapprove the loan. He said human rights were deteriorating in the country, and that pregnant girls were blocked from staying in school.
The World Bank ‘s board of directors had delayed the loan so more discussions could be held on it before it was approved. The bank said the government had committed to giving all stakeholders a chance for consultations while the project is being implemented.
Kenya Minibus (Matatu) Workers Face Coronavirus Risk To Feed Families
Kenyan authorities are projecting up to ten thousand coronavirus cases by the end of April, if more stringent measures to restrict movements were not put in place, to curb the spread of the disease. But there is a dilemma: measures currently in place, including social distancing and night time curfew, are causing hardships for some, including workers in the transportation sector.
Drivers of commercial minibuses, called matatus in Kenya, are risking their lives against the coronavirus in order to feed their families.
Some of the drivers say the risks for catching the covid-19 are many. They say some riders refuse to use hand sanitizers, and the guidelines for social distancing do not work inside the matatu.
Kenya’s ministry of health has directed bus owners to disinfect themselves after every trip. They are also to provide hand sanitizers to minimize the dangers of spreading the virus.
Chairman of the Matatu Owners Association, Simon Kimutal, says there is need for sensitization of both the matatu drivers and the riders. He said riders should carry their own sanitizers and, if they know they are coughing, they should stay at home.
Kenya has 59 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and has had one reported death.
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