- Plans to reopen schools in Uganda still on hold
While some schools have opened and resumed lectures in countries like Nigeria amidst others, secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Uganda still remain shut as the country witnesses a rush of active coronavirus cases.
Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports, said that only candidate classes and final year students are allowed to resume their studying.
2. At least 9 killed in the Somalia-Kenya border as tension rises
Serious fighting has erupted at a Somali town near the Kenyan border which has claimed the lives of at least nine people – according to Somali sources, tensions between the East African neighbours is on the rise.
The fighting started late on Sunday, 24 January 2021 and continued into the early hours of Monday. Somalia’s information ministry also accused Kenya of supporting “rebels” to attack federal forces.
3. Central African Republic: Rebels killed for attempting to take over authorities
A total of forty-four rebels who were found trying to barricade Bangui capital and overthrow the current authorities have all been killed the army. These rebels were killed for trying to protest and prevent the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadera which was meant to happen on December 27th.
With the news of the President’s victory on January 4th, the rebels claimed that they would take over the capital just as they’d taken over some towns in the country.
4. Mali struggles with adequate COVID-19 guidelines as schools reopen
As Mali’s government orders the reopening of its schools on Monday, the schools have come to know great distress as they try to keep their students Covid-19 free.
The government, upon reopening of schools, has taken safety precautions by providing a lot of face masks, handwashing soaps and disinfectant products. All of which are being used effectively by the teachers. However, many questions if they will be able to uphold the social distancing rule in crowded spaces.
5. Ghana honours its ex-president John Jerry Rawlings as he’s laid to rest
The former president of Ghana, John Jerry Rawlings has been buried at Accra International conference centre. There were quite the large numbers of dignitaries who were invited to pay their last respects to the president as he was being buried. The Covid-19 guidelines were adhered to and those who were around all wore nose masks along with social distancing from each other.
At the age of 73 and with the cause of his death being withheld, John Jerry Rawlings who died in a health facility on November 12, 2020, has now been laid to rest.