The European Union says the extent of vote-rigging in Mozambique elections of last October was “astonishing.” In its final report published on Wednesday, the E.U. also said its observers found fraud at almost every stage of the process.
The election – meant to help cement a peace deal in the southern African nation – was won by the governing Frelimo party.
The EU was especially critical of irregularities in opposition strongholds, which it said benefitted Frelimo and its candidates.
The Mozambican electoral commission’s competence and credibility were both questioned and ridiculed by the E.U.
But as damning as this final report may be, it seems unlikely to make any immediate difference to the political landscape in Mozambique.
African observer missions, and heads of state, have already given the election results and winners their blessing.
A successful legal challenge – as seen recently in neighbouring Malawi – is considered unlikely.
Cameroon Rebels Declare Ceasefire Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
A separatist militia in Cameroon has halted civilian attacks and taken down its weapons amid covid-19 pandemic so people can be tested for the virus.
The Southern Cameroon Defence Forces (SOCADEF) said its ceasefire would come into effect from Sunday as a gesture of goodwill. For the past three years, SOCADEF has been fighting against alleged marginalization in the majority French-speaking nation.
It is so far the only armed group among many operating in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions to have heeded the UN’s call for a global ceasefire.
Chief mediator Alexandre Liebeskind, from the conflict resolution group, centre for humanitarian dialogue, says one of the biggest rebel groups – Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF), had refused to join the negotiations.
Negotiators are hoping more militia groups will follow suit to allow people to get medical treatment amid the pandemic.
At least 3,000 Cameroonians have been killed in the fighting in the north-west and south-west regions, more than 700,000 have been forced from their homes. Thousands more have been fleeing across the border into Nigeria.
Cameroon’s health ministry has so far confirmed 75 coronavirus cases and recorded its first death earlier this week.
Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda Record More Cases Of Coronavirus
Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and other African nations are recording rising cases of coronavirus. A hundred thirty-two confirmed covid-19 cases and three deaths have been reported in Ghana.
Rwanda has announced nine new cases, bringing the total to 50 in fewer than two weeks since the first case was reported. Of the latest cases, five came from Dubai, one from the Netherlands and one from the us. All were quarantined on arrival.
Rwanda’s health ministry said in a statement, two others were infected within the country. Three health centres have been set up to deal with the coronavirus pandemic – two in Kigali and one in the south of the country.
Uganda has reported four more persons have tested positive for coronavirus, for a total of 18 cases.
President Yoweri Museveni said the new cases came after nearly two hundred persons, mostly returnees from Dubai, were tested on Thursday. Most of those who have coronavirus in Uganda have a history of travelling to Dubai.
Meanwhile, business in the capital Kampala and town centres across the country has grounded to a halt after the introduction of a two-week public transport ban that started on Wednesday.
There are concerns that, as the economy slows down, vulnerable persons who do not have the ability to earn an income have not been given any support by the government.
South Africa reported more than a thousand covid-19 cases on Friday.
Tanzania President Says Virus ‘Won’t Stop Elections’
Tanzanian president John Magufuli has said the general elections planned for October will go on despite the coronavirus outbreak. He is seeking re-election in that poll.
Magufuli is quoted as saying there is also no reason for citizens to stop working.
The citizen newspaper quotes him as saying work has to go on and that’s why even parliament is moving on with its schedule.
President Magufuli recently said gatherings in churches and mosques have not been banned yet despite Covid-19 pandemic because that’s where there is true healing.
The nation has closed all schools, colleges and universities and suspended all sporting events for at least 30 days after the country confirmed its first case mid-march. That number has now ballooned to 13 confirmed cases.
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