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Kenya Ministry Of Health Ordered To Publish COVID-19 Deals Amid Graft Scandal

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At Least 1.7 Million Jobs Lost In Kenya Due To Coronavirus Fallout

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the health ministry to publish all paper work relating to government’s purchases for response to COVID-19 following allegations of corruption.

Health officials were alleged to have stolen millions of dollars meant for medical supplies. Those accused have denied any wrongdoing.

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President Kenyatta announced during a virtual COVID-19 conference with county governors on Monday that tenders undertaken by state-run Kenya Medical Supplies Agency, (KEMSA), will be tendered. The agency is at the centre of the scandal and is currently being investigated.

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The president said the health ministry must come up with a transparent, open method and mechanism through which all tenders and procurement done by KEMSA would be available online within the next 30 days.

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Soaring Inflation Hampers South Sudan Government / ANN News

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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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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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