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  • Nigeria: Fight Lassa Fever Now
    [Guardian] WITH the reported case of one Lassa fever victim in the federal capital territory, Abuja, following the breakout in more than 10 other states of the federation, the Federal Government should declare a state of emergency on the disease. Indeed, the position of the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, that the disease has not reached such magnitude as to declare a national emergency is a tard insensitive. The Ebola epidemic, in 2014, claimed just about three casualties in Lagos when a national emergency was de
  • Uganda: Court Halts Parliament Move on Journalists Without Degrees
    [Monitor] Kampala -The High Court has put on hold Parliament’s plan to bar reporters without degrees from covering proceedings of the legislature and its committees.
  • South Africa: Sexual Harassment Allegations Just 'Nonsense' – Fransman
    [News24Wire] African National Congress Western Cape leader Marius Fransman is adamant that the allegations of sexual harassment against him are nonsense.
  • Uganda: Mr President, Clean Up Rot in Foreign Service
    [Monitor] Uganda’s overseas diplomatic missions are in disarray. From alleged voodoo practice to unprecedented raw power and money fights between ambassadors and their accounting officers, the diplomats have pressed a self-destruct button for both themselves and Uganda.
  • South Africa: Fransman Will Continue to Lead Western Cape ANC Despite Allegations
    [News24Wire] African National Congress Western Cape leader Marius Fransman will continue to head the party in the province while an investigation into alleged sexual harassment charges against him continues.
  • Zambia: Voice Out Against Tribalism
    [Times of Zambia] We are humbled by President Edgar Lungu’s call for Zambians to refrain from tribal talk and hate speech which has characterised the political landscape.
  • Africa: Security Council is Poorer Without African Representation
    [Namibian] President Hage Geingob on Friday said the United Nations Security Council does not reflect the broader principle of equitable geographical representation.
  • Angola: Nation's Human Rights Crisis – the Abuse of Preventative Detention
    [Maka] Last October, I wrote an article for the Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso on the ineffectiveness of the presidential pardon system, in which I argued that inhumane treatment is an integral element of Angola’s overloaded Justice system.
  • South Africa: How Forensic Evidence Threw Oscar Pistorius in Cell – Part II
    [Monitor] There was no doubt in the mind of the presiding judge during the trial of Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius in South Africa last year that there were contradictions in the evidence. Some of the witnesses thought they heard various sounds in the early hours of February 14, 2013, when Pistorius shot dead his girl friend, Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp, at the Silverwoods Country Estate. The cardinal issue was the interpretation of the sounds heard and what these sounds, thought to have been heard, actually were.

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