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Zimbabwe Arrests 100,000 For Flouting Lockdown Rules

Zimbabwe has on Monday began a 21-day lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.  Although the government move was embraced by citizens and the business community, some concerns have been tabled for the government to address.

Some say even with the low infection numbers, it is still possible for the virus to spread wider among the communities.  They also said an ideal condition for more infections would be created during the upcoming winter.  President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on television on Monday there is need to take decisive measures now against the pandemic.

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Zimbabwe’s police force including riot police were out in full force on Tuesday patrolling the streets and stopping vehicles and people to ensure compliance

Zimbabwe has only nine confirmed cases of the virus, and only one death.  The government says asking people to stay in their homes for the next three weeks is a move aimed at keeping down the numbers.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe are refusing to work because they say they don’t have the personal protective equipment needed to protect themselves against catching coronavirus.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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