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Zimbabwe Pledges Support In Mozambique Insurgency

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Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa says his country is ready to assist neighbouring Mozambique amid an escalating Islamist insurgency in the northern Cabo Delgado province.

The president tweeted that the “security of their region is paramount in the protection of the people.”

The conflict, which broke out in Mozambique three years ago, threatens to destabilize the region as the insurgents have been making inroads into Tanzania’s Mtwara region, which borders Mozambique to the north.

Mozambican leader Filipe Nyusi had met Mnangagwa in May to seek military support from the Southern African Development Community’s security body.

A Mozambican daily reported in October that the us had asked Zimbabwe to assist Mozambique with counter-insurgency operations. Zimbabwe agreed on condition that the us lift sanctions.

In one of the latest attacks in Cabo Delgado, militants beheaded at least 50 persons over a period of three days in a football stadium in Muatide village.

A privately-owned news website reported on Tuesday the militants also attempted to raid three of the largest prisons in the northern province. It is unclear when the attacks took place.

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Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election

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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.

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S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.

One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.

Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.

The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

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Burundi’s Buyoya Says He Quit AU Mali Role To Clear Name

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Burundi former president Pierre Buyoya says he is stepping down from his role at the African Union to clear his name in an ongoing murder case.

Buyoya, who is au special envoy to Mali and the Sahel, said on Wednesday.

The au special envoy was convicted in absentia in Burundi last month for the 1993 assassination of then president Melchior Ndadaye who was assassinated in 1993, four months after winning an election against Buyoya.

Pierre Buyoya says he quit his position so the situation would not cause an embarrassment to the continental organization.

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