Connect with us

African News

West African Envoys Meet Ousted Malian President, Military Junta

Published

on

ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

The ECOWAS delegation to Mali, led by Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, says it was hopeful, after meeting with the country’s military Junta and ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Former president Jonathan said ousted president Keita, whom the delegation met in detention is doing relatively well. Jonathan said negotiations were going well with the junta that seized power last Tuesday.

READ:  Zimbabwe Police Ban Public Gatherings In Capital To Contain Cholera Outbreak

Regional leaders and foreign experts say Mali’s military coup has dealt another deep blow to the country where a brutal Islamist insurgency is rife.

The regional bloc has called for Keita’s reinstatement.  And visiting leaders say the reason for their visit was to work for the immediate return of constitutional order.

READ:  Mozambique President Nyusi Pardons Terminally Ill Inmates To Prevent Covid-19 Deaths

ECOWAS commission chief, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, says he expects everything to be finalized today, Monday.

African News

Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

Published

on

By

Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.

The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.

READ:  Sudanese Police Disperse Women's Prison Protesters With Tear Gas

The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.

A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent.  As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.

READ:  World's Best Teacher Tabichi Meets Trump In White House

The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.

READ:  Mozambique President Nyusi Pardons Terminally Ill Inmates To Prevent Covid-19 Deaths

Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.

Continue Reading

African News

Ivory Coast President Says New West African Currency Launch May Take Five Years

Published

on

By

Ivory Coast President Says New West African Currency Launch May Take Five Years

The plan to launch a new currency to replace the CFA franc-being used by several French speaking west African countries has been postponed. Ivory coast president Alessane Ouattara, said the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the project to introduce the eco currency this year.

Last December, the eight countries of west Africa’s monetary union decided to sever the financial colonial link with France by switching to a new currency called the Eco, which the union says would be pegged to the European Union’s euro. Other countries that do not use the CFA franc, like Nigeria and Ghana, are also interested in adopting the new regional currency.

READ:  Sierra Leone Lifts Ban On Pregnant Girls Going To School

The plan has been affected by the economic fallout of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Eco launch may not happen for at least five years. The international monetary fund predicts sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will contract by more than 3% this year.

READ:  President Buhari Elected Chairperson Of ECOWAS

Nations in the bloc, former French colonies, like Benin, Mali, Niger and Senegal have agreed to work towards reducing their budget deficits to below 3% of GDP, a measure of the value of their economies.

READ:  Sudanese Police Disperse Women's Prison Protesters With Tear Gas

Continue Reading

African News

Anti-Nigerian Hashtag Trends In South Africa

Published

on

By

Anti-Nigerian Hashtag Trends In South Africa

South Africa`s internet is buzzing with top trending hashtag on twitter #NigeriansMustGo in a latest sign of growing xenophobia in the country.  Last week, a protest was held outside the Nigerian high commission where locals were asking that South Africans be put first.

READ:  World's Best Teacher Tabichi Meets Trump In White House

Demonstrators held a small protest at the Nigerian diplomatic building in Pretoria, under the hashtag #PutSouthAfricansFirst.

During last week’s protest, Nigeria’s high commissioner Bala Kabiru said “we don’t accept the profiling of Nigerians in South Africa.”

Some South Africans accuse immigrants of taking the jobs of locals, and of being involved in crime. Others say most immigrants are law-abiding, and should not be blamed for South Africa’s economic and social problems.

READ:  Sudanese Police Disperse Women's Prison Protesters With Tear Gas

Digital forensic research lab – which is made up of forensic researchers who track conflicts – said last week, it had identified a dismissed lance corporal in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) running a fake Twitter account used to fuel xenophobia.

READ:  France Says Its Military Operation Barkhane Will Continue In Mali   

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.

%d bloggers like this: