Uganda is looking forward to next year’s elections and is preparing for scientifically-conducted campaigns should the threat of Coronavirus persist in the country.
The ministry of health, along with the Uganda Electoral Commission, has recommended that public political rallies be avoided if Coronavirus threats continue. It says the candidates will have no other choice but to reach out to their electorates through other media platforms.
But experts express fear that media access in the country is not widespread.
Survey shows that sixty-seven percent of Ugandans personally own radio sets and twelve percent share in the household. Only seventy-eight percent of the population own mobile phones. The survey also shows only twenty-one percent of the population own television sets.
While eight percent share in their households. Seventy-one percent of the population do not possess television sets.
Access to computers is even more limited as ninety-two percent do not own computers.
With these disparities, experts say there would be reservations over likely election outcomes of a campaign in which political hopefuls are unable to sell their manifestos to most of the electorate.
Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott
Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.
Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.
Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.
Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.
The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.
Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.
Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants
The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.
The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.
The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.
The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.
Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections
Cameroon authorities have deployed military personnel on the streets ahead of protests scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday.
The army said, all military personnel have been put on alert in Cameroon for four days starting Monday, over fears the Tuesday protests could cause severe public disorder.
Opposition leader of the Cameroon renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto has been calling for peaceful protests, demanding that president Paul Biya step down, and that regional elections in the Anglophone regions be reformed, so to include the marginalized communities.
Members of the government have been quick to criticize the call for protests made by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, labelling his movement as an insurrection. They also are forbidding all demonstrations, threatening any protestors with “life imprisonment” should they answer Kamto’s call on Tuesday.
Since 2017, security forces have been violently repressing activists demanding the independence of the Anglophone regions. The instability, has forced half a million people from their homes.
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