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Mozambican Miners Return To South Africa As Covid-19 Blockade Lifts

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WHO: South Africa No Longer COVID-19 Worst Hit

The International Organization for Migration says thousands of Mozambican miners have been allowed to cross the border to return to work in South Africa, after the country lifted its covid-19 blockade which has left borders between the two countries closed since March.

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I.O.M. Spokesperson, Paul Dillon says South Africa and Mozambique have reached an agreement that would allow migrants who have been screened for the coronavirus to return to work in the country.

South Africa is the continent’s hardest-hit by covid-19. The World Health Organization has reported nearly three hundred forty thousand persons are infected with the coronavirus, and more than forty-eight hundred have died.  Mozambique, on the other hand, has reported only fourteen hundred cases, including nine deaths.

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Dillon says at least forty-five thousand migrants are employed in South Africa’s gold and platinum mines. He says the skills of these migrants are essential to the resumption of economic activity at those mines.

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Togo Appoints Its First Woman Prime Minister

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Togo Appoints Its First Woman Prime Minister

Togo has made an historic appointment of a female prime minister.  President Faure Gnassingbé has chosen the country’s first ever female to occupy the position.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, an economics and marketing graduate, has held a senior post in Gnassingbé’s office before the new role.

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Prior to that, she spent a decade as minister of grass roots development and youth employment, and she had earlier worked for the United Nations Development Programme.

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Earlier on Friday, former Togolese prime minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government resigned, in an expected political reshuffle delayed by the coronavirus pandemic after Gnassingbe was re-elected in February for a fourth term in office after a constitutional change allowed him to run again.

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Nigeria Says Mali Transition Government Yet To Satisfy Regional Demands

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Nigeria Says Mali Transition Government Yet To Satisfy Regional Demands

Mali will have to hold off a bit before sanctions imposed on it would be lifted.  The country’s military are hoping ECOWAS will lift the sanctions earlier imposed after the inauguration of an interim president and appointment of prime minister.  But Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, says some grey areas need to be resolved in Mali’s military handover of power to a civilian government before the ECOWAS sanctions can be lifted.

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The appointment of a civilian president and prime minister were conditions for the sanctions to be lifted following a coup last month.  Mali`s military junta has met those key conditions, but the role of coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita as vice-president, remains a sticking point.

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President Buhari’s office said after he met Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who is an ECOWAS envoy on the Mali issue, that west African leaders may meet again to discuss Mali’s political situation because “the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as vice-president, and what his roles would be in government.”

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Health Workers At Kenya’s Biggest Hospital Strike Over Pay

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Kenyan health workers have downed tools as they embark on a strike action in protest against delayed payment of improved salaries and allowances.

The workers are demanding the implementation of resolutions that were passed eight years ago by an advisory committee.

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One patient was reported to have died in a car at a hospital park on Monday while waiting for treatment at Kenya’s largest referral hospital.

The management of Kenyatta national hospital said the deceased, a motorbike taxi rider, arrived at the hospital in a critical state and nothing could be done to save him.

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A hospital board member, Stanley Kamau said the staff were not to blame for the incident as they had issued a strike action notice.

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