Yearly Archives: 2020

Eritrea lockdown: cases hit 22, govt hails diaspora for financial contributions

Via: Africanews

The government of Eritrea imposed a 21-day national lockdown as cases continued to rise steadily. The full lockdown and measures accompanying it was published on April 1 by the Ministry of Information. As of today, the tally stood at 22, the Ministry of Health confirmed. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information reports about how the Eritrean diaspora are undertaking different measures to support the COVID-19 combat back home. One area that has been highlighted is the financial contributions which according to a pro-government outlet, Tesfanews had risen to over a million dollars. Key planks of the stay at home order issued by the High Level Task Force on COVID-19 included amongst others that:

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Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

Via: Aljazeera

Malians go to the polls on Sunday for the long-delayed parliamentary election despite a security crisis, the recent kidnapping of a leading opposition politician and the coronavirus pandemic. Experts see the vote as a key step towards leading the West African state out of its spiral of violence and closer to a political solution to stop the bloodshed. The parliamentary election has been delayed several times since 2018, mostly over security concerns. But Mali’s government says it will go ahead on Sunday, even as the novel coronavirus has added to the country’s chronic security problems.

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Alleged Assassination Attempt on Cameroon Opposition Leader

Via: AllAfrica

Cameroon’s main opposition party says the government is plotting to assassinate its leader, Maurice Kamto. The Cameroon Resistance Movement reiterated its claim Monday, three days after the party says an armed man tried to shoot and kill Kamto during a visit to the city of Garoua. The government says there was no assassination attempt. In a statement Monday, the CRM party said it wants the world to know there are plans to eliminate their leader, Maurice Kamto. In the release, Kamto calls on Cameroonians to take note and insists that he was elected president of Cameroon in the October 2018 polls but that long-serving President Paul Biya stole his victory. 

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