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COVID-19 lockdown measures push GBV, child sexual exploitation in Kenya

The COVID-19 lockdown measures such as curfews, stay-at-home restrictions and continued school’s closures are also affecting children, with online criminals and sexual predators taking the advantage of kids confined at home.
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Tanzanian opposition warns of ‘dark days ahead’ as president Magufuli is sworn in after disputed polls

Mr Magufuli won a second term in an election that was marred by violence, media crack down and intimidation of opposition political leaders, prompting international observers and diplomatic figures in Tanzania mainly the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway and Canada to declare that his re-election were marred by irregularities and lacked credibility.

Kenya at sixes and sevens over Chief Justice order to dissolve parliament

In his advisory to the president, Maraga said it is ‘incontestable’ that Parliament has not complied with the High Court order. “As such, for over 9-years now, Parliament has not enacted the legislation required to implement the two-thirds gender rule which, as the court of Appeal observed in its said judgement, is clear testimony of Parliament’s lackadaisical attitude and conduct in this matter. Consequently, it is my constitutional duty to advise Your Excellency to dissolve Parliament under Article 261 (7) of the Constitution,” Maraga said.

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Tanzania Opposition disputes Magafuli early lead, calls for protests

Tundu Lissu said the demand for democracy ‘is not a mistake’, and pleaded with regional and international bodies like the African...

Amid COVID 19 disruption, AfCFTA could be the answer to South Africa and the rest of the continent

The AfCFTA Agreement has so far been ratified by 30 nations. On 31 October 2019 and 28 April 2020, Cameroon and Angola formally accepted ratification of the AfCFTA Deal, respectively. The deposit of those ratification instruments is pending.

Tanzanian polls marred by police shootings, internet shutdown and allegations of electoral fraud

President John Magufuli of the Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) -who is seeking re-election-faces stiff challenge from opposition Tundu Lissu of the Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party, among 13 other presidential contenders.

Botswana companies leverage COVID-19 to scale technology adoption

A boom in the adoption rate of high-tech innovations in the country’s economy materialised, propping up the country’s endeavours of digitalising, thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown measures.

Zim yet to get results of mass elephant die-off

The elephants were found dead in and around the country’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park and one of the world wonders, Victoria Falls, since late August.

Zimbabwe’s opposition cries foul after government suspends by-elections

The by-elections penciled for December 5, 2020 were cancelled as the government seeks to restrict gathering in a bid to curb the spread COVID-19.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ strike paralyzes education sector, leads to pupils delinquency

Such is the current state of the southern African country’s education sector following the crippling strike by teachers when schools opened after a six-month hiatus caused by the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic.
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COVID-19 lockdown measures push GBV, child sexual exploitation in Kenya

The COVID-19 lockdown measures such as curfews, stay-at-home restrictions and continued school’s closures are also affecting children, with online criminals and sexual predators taking the advantage of kids confined at home.