The Mo Ibrahim foundation says in a report, governance progress slowed across Africa for the first time in a decade, even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. In a major report released on Monday, the foundation also said, commitment to democracy and civil rights are faltering on the continent.
The Mo Ibrahim index of African governance, published every two years, gives each country’s government a score according to criteria including anti-corruption measures, protection of civil liberties and caring for the environment.
In this year’s report, the Mo Ibrahim foundation said progress has slowed in the last five years and this year, for the first time in the last 10 years, the combined score for all the countries fell year-on-year.
It added that, there is “an increasingly precarious environment for human rights and civic participation” as well as a “deteriorating security situation.
Since the pandemic began, the report said, some elections have been postponed while “the continent had been going through a deterioration of civil society space, participation and rights long before covid-19.
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.
Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election
Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.
Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.
His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.