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Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the top stories you may have missed out on:

Okonjo-Iweala confirmed DG of WTO

Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The finance expert emerged winner after all members of the General Council; WTO’s decision-making body, on Monday, 15th February, agreed on her appointment in a virtual meeting.
Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and finance expert, will be the first woman and African to assume the position.

Ugandan court denies Bobi Wine’s supporters bail

A military court in Uganda has for the second time denied bail to some members of the opposition party, the National Unity Party.

36 members of the opposition party were arrested in December 2020, during an official campaign rally of the musician-turned-politician, Bobi Wine in central Kampala.

Ebola claims the lives of three in Guinea

The Health authorities in Guinea have declared an outbreak of Ebola in the country. The announcement was made after authorities confirmed cases for seven people infected with the disease over the weekend.

Reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, also state that three out of the seven infected have died.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement on Monday, 15th February, said this is the first time the disease has been reported in the country since the deadly 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, which claimed over 11,000 lives.

Again, Zuma snubs corruption inquiry

Former South African president, Jacob Zuma, on Monday, 15th February, snubbed the invitation to attend an inquiry probing allegations of high-level corruption during his nine years in office.

According to reports, the Constitutional Court of South Africa had ordered Zuma, who walked out of the Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo-led inquiry in November, to appear at the hearing, but he failed to show up.

Jacob Zuma was ejected from office in February 2018, by his party; the African National Congress (ANC) in a move orchestrated by allies of his successor Cyril Ramaphosa.

17 African countries listed on UK’s ‘Red List’

The United Kingdom (UK) has issued a new travel measure to visitors from 17 African nations intending to visit.

According to the directives, travellers will quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels and will have to pay for themselves during their stay. Travellers will also foot a bill not less than $100 per night.

The 17 countries include:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, and Mauritius. Others are Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

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