Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
Malawi: Gov’t to address sex workers’ grievances
The Government of Malawi has moved to address grievances faced by female sex workers in relation to the strict COVID-19 preventive measures implemented by the government to curb the spread of the virus – All Africa reports
According to the report, these preventive measures had reportedly forced sex workers to reduce their charges by 30 per cent as the largest constituency of their clientele had stopped frequenting entertainment joints and bars.
This informed the sex workers, under their national banner, Female Sex Workers Association (FSWA), to take to the streets of Lilongwe where they protested the measures.
Buhari urges Nigerians to get vaccinated
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, 7th March, urged all “eligible Nigerians” to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible – Africa News reports
At a media briefing in the Federal Capital, Abuja, Buhari himself was vaccinated using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative.
“Yesterday, our frontline medical personnel, top on the priority list, were vaccinated. Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do the same so that we can be protected from the virus,” Buhari said.
Libya: MPs arrive at Sirte to debate unity government
Members of Parliament in Lybia from both sides of the divided North African country arrived in the frontline city of Sirte on Sunday, 7th March for a session this week to debate a proposed unity government – Reuters Africa reports
The parliament, as most state institutions, have been split since after it was elected in 2014, where Libya broke between warring factions in the east and west.
Senegal: Protests heightens after four days
A top Senegalese official has said the country is on a dangerous path after four days of protests that have left at least five young people dead – BBC Africa reports
Alioune Badara Cissé, known as the mediator of the republic, has urged the authorities to stop threats and intimidation against protesters. The mediator also called for those on the streets to act peacefully and stop looting.
The Senegalese unrest was triggered by the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.
Heavy blasts in Equatorial Guinea’s Bata kill many, wound hundreds
More than a dozen lives have been lost and hundreds wounded in a series of powerful explosions at a military base in Equatorial Guinea’s largest city of Bata – Aljazeera Africa reports
President Teodoro Obiang, in a statement on national television, said the blasts on Sunday were caused by negligence related to the use of dynamite at the military base. No other details were immediately available.