Three persons have been reported killed when an abandoned bomb exploded in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Sunday. Five others were injured. The incident happened in the Lideta area near the centre of the capital.
Senior police officer commander Alemayehu Ayalke says the persons who died from the blast were homeless and living on the streets.
The explosion occurred amid a six-week conflict in northern Tigray region between federal forces and a rebellious force there, but there was no indication it was linked to that conflict.
The state news agency reported an investigation regarding the explosion is now going on and the public will be informed once the investigation is completed.
There have been several small bomb explosions in Addis Ababa since the government of prime minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), on November fourth.
Federal police have blamed some of the explosions on TPLF, but have not provided evidence to back up their claims.
Uganda’s Long-Time Leader Yoweri Museveni Declared Election Winner
Uganda’s electoral commission has declared incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as winner of Saturday’s presidential election. The commission says Museveni won with fifty-eight point six-four percent of tallied votes.
The commission claims seventy-six-year-old Museveni beat his main rival, thirty-eight-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a popular musician-turned politician. Kyagulanyi is said to have garnered thirty-four point eight–three percent of the total votes tallied.
Kyagulanyi has since rejected the declared results. He says the election was rigged. The Ugandan army and police have stepped up security in the capital city of kampala to prevent possible violence.
This will be Museveni’s sixth term in office. He has ruled the country for thirty-five years now.
Africa Surpasses 3.2 Million COVID-19 Cases
COVID-19 cases on the African continent now exceed three point two million as of Saturday, and the death toll has hit nearly seventy-eight thousand.
Africa centers for disease control and prevention, Africa CDC, says South Africa remains the hardest-hit country by the pandemic on the continent. The country has one point three million COVID-19 confirmed, cases and a death toll of nearly thirty-five thousand.
Zambia and Senegal both reported highest daily spike on Saturday with seventeen hundred ninety-six and three hundred forty-two new cases respectively.
Emirates Airlines Temporarily Suspends Flights To South Africa
Emirates Airlines says it will suspend all flights to and from south Africa from this weekend till January the 28th for operational reasons.
The Dubai-based airline says customers holding tickets with final destinations in South Africa during that period will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. It did not elaborate further.
Emirates is popular to and from the country. South Africa has seen a surge in cases since a new variant was identified in the country in November.
Emirates is popular with travellers to and from South Africa, but there has been a sharp drop in travel because of the coronavirus outbreak.