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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.

South Africa taxi owners default bank loans due to a plunge in business

Failure to carry maximum loads of passengers to allow for social distancing, the taxi operators said, saw some parking their cars due to losses and may fail to get back on the roads after months of a hiatus from the traffic jungles.

Private sector hold keys to Botswana’s unemployment headache

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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.
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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.
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How DRC’s colonial legacy forged a nexus between ethnicity, territory and conflict

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Is Buhari committed to end Nigeria’s grave security challenges?

Buhari’s background as a former military officer was touted by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the sterling qualities of a leader Nigeria desperately needed to salvage her from the myriad of security threats. Beyond this, his reputation as a disciplinarian was expected to also play a significant role in nipping the tide of insecurity in the bud. Hopes were, therefore, high that he will not disappoint.

Despite having ten other contestants, Ghana’s presidential poll was a two-men horse race

Not even the wife of the late former President Jerry Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyeman, of the National Democratic Party (NDP), stood out or managed to capitalise on the sympathy of her hubby’s recent death, as she garnered only 6 549 votes (0,05 percent). Rawlings died last month aged 73.

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.