Prophet Bushiri fires seven ‘rogue’ pastors, suspends five

By Aubrey Mothombeni, sundayworld.co.za Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has expelled seven of his foreign pastors and suspended five others pending an investigation, after accusing them of rebelling against him and his leadership. Bushiri ‘s decision is contained in a leaked audio recording which was shared by the church’s branch leaders and pastors across the country, in which Bushiri states that the pastors created a private WhatsApp group, where they were plotting a serious rebellion…

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Four ways to combat malaria in Africa in times of COVID-19

Analysis by Ifeanyi Nsofor, allAfrica.com Globally there are more than 5.1 million cases of COVID-19 with most cases currently in high income countries. The U.S. and Europe are responsible for 72% of COVID-19 cases, 63% of recoveries and 82% of deaths.  As of Friday, May 22, confirmed cases from 55 African countries has reached 99,976 with reported deaths reaching 3,094 and recoveries 39,335. South Africa has the most reported cases — 19,137, with deaths numbering 369. Other most-affected countries…

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Burundi clamps down social media as it went polls

By Daniel Finnan Follow, Radio France Internationale Burundians went to the polls on Wednesday for elections to choose a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. However, voting was marked by a social media shutdown in the country and complaints about irregularities by the opposition. Ruling party flagbearer Evariste Ndayishimiye has told journalists that the elections were taking place in a secure environment.  “Anyone wanting to disturb them will pay dearly,” he had added, speaking as he cast his ballot…

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How African countries are dealing with elections during COVID-19

Analysis by Erik Asplund & Olufunto Akinduro, allAfrica.com Five countries have gone ahead with elections. Nine have postponed. A dozen more are up in the air. Despite the risks posed by the Coronavirus, Burundi went to the polls yesterday for general elections and in the run up to this vote, the country took drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Since late-April, there have been large-scale campaign events throughout the country with little social distancing.  After the…

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To stop falling behind, Africa needs proactive approach to beat pandemics

By Esther Rose, allAfrica.com The novel Coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 300,000 lives worldwide, and like in the rest of the world, Africa is seeing COVID-19 tighten its grip, with over 91,000 confirmed cases, 2,906 deaths and 35,843 recoveries by May 20, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While speculation grows on the origin of the virus and words become more heated between the US, China and the WHO, Africa as a developing continent, needs to find solutions…

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UNICEF, Airtel Africa partner to support children and families affected by COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira As millions of children are affected by school closures due to COVID-19, UNICEF announced a new partnership with Airtel Africa aimed at providing children with access to remote learning and enable access to cash assistance for their families via mobile cash transfers.  Under this partnership, UNICEF and Airtel Africa will use mobile technology to benefit an estimated 133 million school-age children currently affected by school closures in 13 countries across sub- Saharan Africa during the COVID-19…

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Two-time AFCON winning coach Hervé Renard eyes Ghana return

Ghanasoccernet.com Two-time Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) winning coach Hervé Renard hints that given the chance he can return to Ghana to guide the Black Stars win the African title. Speaking to Ghana TV3’s Juliet Bawuah, Renard — who was deputy to Claude Le Roy when the Black Stars won bronze at the 2008 AFCON — revealed his intentions of leading Ghana to win the prestigious football competition again. Ghana have gone drought since winning the title for the…

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CAF initiates advance financial payments to clubs

By Anye Nde Nsoh, Kick442.com Contrary to the normal routine of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) paying financial entitlements to clubs participating in the CAF Champions league and Confederation Cup at the end of the season, the football body has decided to make an advanced payment to clubs. This is due to the persistence of the Coronavirus pandemic which has led to the halting of leagues across the continent.  Some countries have eventually cancelled their leagues with champions…

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Cybercrime and COVID-19: A concern for financial stability during the pandemic

Analysis by Palesa Shipalana & Tawanda Matema, allAfrica.com The largest continent in the world today is no longer a physical geographical location but a virtual one. Cyberspace has redefined how people, businesses and the global economy operate.  However, the emergence of the digital economy has also resulted in the proliferation of cybercrime — a scourge affecting the financial industry globally. Cybercrime has long posed a significant risk for financial stability in African countries given limited capacity and attention to…

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How will African citizens be safe from COVID-19 during elections?

By Sethi Ncube, allAfrica.com At least 22 countries in Africa will be organizing polls this year, 13 of which will be for the positions of president or prime minister. Burundi is holding large election rallies and will hold general elections on May 20, while Malawi votes in July, which presumes that both preparations and campaigns will take place during the COVID-19 crisis.  So why are these countries not being advised to postpone elections? Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has…

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