Cameroonian government has warned it will deal with anyone planning to disrupt next month`s elections. Separatists have threatened to stop the poll in two English-speaking provinces.
The government has deployed heavy security in the Anglophone regions. Additional 800 military police officers were sent to secure two towns in the northwest and southwest of the capital, Yaoundé.
Separatist fighters have announced they will restrict access in Anglophone regions for one week beginning from early February to stop voting from taking place.
Minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji has warned that security agencies will deal firmly with those who sabotage the elections.
Uganda Police To ‘Investigate Protesters’ Deaths’
Uganda’s police have begun probe into the alleged killing of protesters. The security outfit opened investigations into law enforcement`s violent crackdown on protesters last week that led to killings of dozens demonstrators.
The police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the inquiry will “identify mistakes” that led to the collateral damage.
Last week, plain-clothed operatives were seen on video recorded by members of the public holding guns in the streets during protest over the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine was charged with flouting covid-19 restrictions and granted bail. He has returned to campaigning.
There have been calls by European Union envoys for a full and independent investigation into police actions against protesters to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable”.
Africa ‘Needs To Get Ready For COVID-19 Vaccine’ – WHO
The World Health Organization is urging countries in Africa to prepare for the arrival of a vaccine as soon as possible. W.H.O warned that African countries are far from ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, whenever one becomes available.
It says only a third of countries on the continent have a health infrastructure capable of conducting mass vaccination campaigns.
WHO also says only half of the countries on the continent have set aside funding and identified priority cases who will receive the vaccine first.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has said vaccinating people will be a big challenge. Africa CDC hopes to vaccinate at least 60% of people on the continent, arguing that this should help achieve herd immunity.
There are now more than 2.1 million cases on the continent – less than 4% of the global total.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr John Nkegasong, has said the process might not start until the second quarter of next year.
Until then, people have been urged to rely on the public health measures that have been put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules
Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.
In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.
But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.