Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn-in for a second term. The incumbent Ghana’s president was declared winner of the December 7th general election.
The president defeated his main rival, former president john mahama, in the tightly fought vote after obtaining 51.6%.
Akufo Addo was sworn in hours after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament. President Akufo Addo now faces the twin challenges of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and trying to boost the economy.
Earlier this week, president Akufo-Addo had urged parliamentarians to unite and accommodate each others’ views.
The two parties have exactly the same number of MPs in the newly elected legislature, so there is the possibility of political gridlock.
Things came to a head in parliament while MPs were voting on a new speaker. The situation escalated after one MP snatched a ballot paper and tried to run out of the building with it.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP, Alban Bagbin, was later sworn in as speaker. It is the first time Ghana has a president and speaker from different parties.
Soldiers were briefly deployed after the chaotic scenes at the Ghana chambers late Wednesday.
Ghana has had more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and has experienced major economic disruption since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
Rwanda Closes Schools In Kigali Over COVID-19 Fears
Rwandan authorities have announced closure of nursery, primary and secondary schools in the capital, Kigali, over coronavirus fears as numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
Education minister, Valentine Uwamariya, said the closure takes effect on Monday adding that schools in other provinces will also close if more cases are confirmed there.
Schools were reopened in November after eight months closure.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the country with more than 1,000 new cases and 22 fatalities reported in the last seven days. The government has ordered public hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients with their widely used community-based health insurance.
Rwanda has so far confirmed more than 11,000 cases and 142 deaths.
Ghana President Warns Of Health System Collapse
Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo says the nation`s health system is at the brink of collapse. Ghana has announced the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus at its main airport.
The president said on Sunday, Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are now skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not seen before in the country. He said this is filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system.
In a televised address, the president said the new variant was found on arriving passengers who have since been isolated. No details were given on the passengers or from where they came.
The increase in cases is attributed to the disregard for public health protocols during the recent festive season. The police have been instructed to now strictly enforce the protocols.
The government is also scaling up its strategy of tracing, testing, and treating confirmed cases.
Ghana has so far recorded more than 57,000 cases and in excess of 300 deaths since it reported its first case in march last year.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says a second coronavirus wave is infecting twice as many people per day across Africa than at the height of last year’s first wave, and has yet to peak.
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.