Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
Chad military claims victory over rebels in the north
Chad’s military has claimed victory on Sunday, 9th May, in a weeks-long battle with northern rebels which led to the death of President Idriss Deby – Reuters Africa reports
However, the rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) had disclosed that it was not aware of an end to the fighting. The group said that it “will comment when it has reliable and credible information,” via its spokesman Kingabe Ogouzeimi de Tapol.
South Africa royal scandal: New Zulu king’s claim disputed
A new Zulu king in South Africa has been named amid scenes of chaos Friday night where other members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu’s claim to the title – Africa News reports
According to a report, bodyguards had whisked Prince Misuzulu from Kwakhangelamankengane Royal Palace where his mother’s will was readout.
Tunisia begins week of strict COVID lockdown
Tunisia on Sunday, 10th May, started a week of coronavirus restrictions that will cover the Eid holiday, as hospitals battle to stay afloat with soaring COVID-19 cases – Aljazeera Africa reports
Hichem Mechichi, Prime Minister of Tunisia, said on Friday, 7th May, that the country was going through “the worst health crisis in its history” and that health facilities were at risk of collapse.
Church leader accuses Ethiopia of ‘Tigray genocide’
The head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Mathias, has challenged the government of committing genocide against the Tigrayan people – BBC Africa reports
The leader, in his first public comments since the war, stated that the government was working day and night to destroy the region.
“God will judge everything, I don’t know why they want to wipe the people of Tigray off the face of the earth,” he said.
Uganda: UN condemns Ugandan bill to criminalize same-sex relations
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, is calling on Uganda to amend a bill banning same-sex relations – All Africa reports
The bill was passed the past week, but is not yet declared final as it has been under development since 2015.
Under the bill, they note consensual same-sex relations would be harshly punished, as would sex workers and those infected with HIV.