The U.S government has sanctioned Zineb Jammeh, wife of Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh for her role in what America called the economic plunder of the west African nation during her husband’s 22-year rule.
The Gambian justice ministry says the former president stole at least 50 million dollars of state funds during his tenure that ended in 2017, when he was forced into exile after losing an election.
The U.S. treasury said in a statement on Tuesday, much of his remaining assets are controlled by his wife.
The statement added that Zineb Jammeh has been instrumental in aiding and abetting her husband’s economic crimes against the country, and has turned a blind eye to his human rights abuses.
The U.S. treasury says the former first lady is in charge of most of Jammeh’s assets around the world, including a three-and-a-half-million-dollar mansion in the eastern U.S. State of Maryland, acquired through a trust set up by Zineb. She also ran a charity that news agency, Reuters, revealed was used to send millions of dollars to Jammeh instead of to charitable projects.
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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
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