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At Least 15 Dead As Rebels Attack Southern Burundi

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At Least 15 Dead As Rebels Attack Southern Burundi

An attack by gunmen in southern Burundi has left at least 15 persons killed.

This happened during fighting in Bugarama district in Rumonge province that began on Sunday and continued into Monday.

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Residents were forced to flee their homes to hide in the bushes.

A senior government official said the violence was potentially linked to the imminent repatriation of refugees who fled to Rwanda after fleeing from violence in Burundi in 2017.

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In a social media post, a rebel group based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, says it had carried out the attack.

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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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