Connect with us

African News

Sudan To Continue To Subsidize Bread But With ‘Justice’ – Trade Minister

Published

on

Sudan To Continue To Subsidize Bread But With 'Justice': Trade Minister

Sudan trade and industry minister, Madani Abbas Madani said on Wednesday, the country will continue to subsidize bread prices during the current transitional government.

The trade minister said the country had sufficient wheat reserves to last until May.  There were large protests in the capital Khartoum and other towns against shortages of bread and fuel.

READ:  Flooding In Nigeria: Lagos State Government Assures Residents Of Safety

One person was reportedly killed by security forces in the town of Kosti.

Demonstrations in 2018 against rising cost of bread and other essentials escalated into the mass political protests that led to the ouster of president Omar Al-Bashir.

READ:  US to End Cameroon's Preferential Trade Status

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

African News

South Africa Says Ports Remain Open Despite Lockdown

Published

on

By

South Africa Says Ports Remain Open Despite Lockdown

South Africa says its ports remain open to all types of cargo. The department of transport said in a notice shared by the South African maritime safety authority on its website that essential goods are being prioritized where possible.

The notice contradicts communications from port authorities last week that said South Africa’s bulk terminals, would shut for the duration of a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

READ:  UN: Clashes In Sudan's West Darfur Force 11,000 Into Chad

The government has now decided that all cargo will be accepted for loading and off-loading to ensure a functional supply chain across all ports.

South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa, and the government is worried that infection rates could get out of hand if the virus starts spreading rapidly in the country’s poor and overcrowded townships. Health minister Zweli Mkhize says “hundreds of thousands” of coronavirus tests will be conducted to understand the true number of infections and halt their spread.

READ:  Violent Protests In Sudan On Christmas Day

Continue Reading

African News

Covid-19 Causes Low Voter Turn Out In Mali

Published

on

By

Covid-19 Causes Low Voter Turn Out In Mali

Mali officials are reporting a voter turnout of just 36 percent for the country‘s legislative elections.

Minister of territorial administration, Boubacar Alpha Bah, said on Thursday many chose to stay away from the ballot boxes because of threats of violence and covid-19 pandemic.

READ:  A Year After U.S. Sanctions Ended, Sudan's Economy Unravels

Mali went to the polls on Sunday, to elect new lawmakers in an election that has been long delayed over security concerns.

Polling day was marked by several violent incidents in the volatile north and centre, including kidnappings of officials.

READ:  UN Urges Action On Marking Disputed Sudan-South Sudan Border

Provisional results released on Thursday indicate a leading opposition figure, Soumaila Cissé, was elected in the first round, but also show a second round of voting will be needed in some districts where no candidate won a majority.  The results also show many candidates who support president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta will likely face a second round of voting by the middle of this month.

READ:  MDC's Chamisa Claims UN Chief Congratulated Him For 'Winning' Zimbabwe Elections

Continue Reading

African News

Tanzania Extends Visas For Stranded Tourists

Published

on

By

Tanzania Extends Visas For Stranded Tourists

Tanzania’s immigration department says it is approving three-month visa extensions for foreign nationals who can’t leave the country because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign visitors, who applied online, were granted the three-month visa extensions. Residents and holders of other passes, such as exemption certificates and dependent pass holders, have been given a one month extension at no cost.

READ:  Sudan Reacts To Bashir's First Sentencing

The immigration department also says, if the pandemic situation persists after the expiry of the extension period, holders would have to report to the main immigration office in Dar Es Salaam. Those who have already surrendered their residence permits or passes have also been urged to report to the main office.

READ:  South African President Backs Life Sentence For Rapists

Tanzania has so far reported 20 cases of coronavirus, including one death and two recovered patients. The ministry of health has said it was tracing and monitoring more than 500 individuals who are believed to have had contact with those who have tested positive.

READ:  Sudan: Gunshots, Tear Gas Fired At Protesters In Khartoum

The nation has not suspended international flights and its border crossings are still open, but airlines have suspended flights to the country. Tanzania’s neighbors have also restricted cross-border travel as a precaution to stopping the spread of the virus.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.

%d bloggers like this: