Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
Policeman beaten to death in Congo Eid clashes
A police officer in Congo’s capital Kinshasa was beaten to death and 46 others have been reported wounded in a rival Muslim group clash – Reuters Africa reports
The clash was said to have happened during Eid celebrations on Thursday, 13th May, according to a report by the police.
Congo Brazzaville gets new Prime Minister
Denis Sassou Nguesso The Congolese Head of State, has appointed, on Wednesday, 12th May, a new Prime Minister, Anatole Collinet Makosso – Africa News reports
The report was disclosed by the Minister of Education in the outgoing government.
“Anatole Collinet Makosso is appointed Prime Minister and will replace Clement Mouamba, who has served in office since 2016,” according to a decree read Wednesday evening on public television by President Sassou Nguesso’s chief of staff, General Florent Ntsiba.
Residents in Soweto protest over jobs
Tension has continued to rise in Lufhereng, Soweto on Thursday, 13th May, as protesters blocked roads, demanding they be given jobs in community development projects – eNCA reports
According to reports, the police had earlier fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Community leaders, however, say they have sent a communication to the Johannesburg mayor’s office and expect to meet with a delegate on Friday.
Sierra Leone moves to ban death penalty
Sierra Leone is considering a move to abolish the death penalty in the West African state – News Central Africa reports
Umaru Napoleon Koroma, Deputy Justice Minister, announced the move on Wednesday, 12th May, during a review of Sierra Leone’s human rights record at the United Nations.
No execution has taken place in the country since 1998 and death penalties are often commuted.
Nearly 15.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered across continent
As of May 13, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,656,385 while over 15,420,119 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports
Reported deaths in Africa reached 125,364 and 4,210,924 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,602,031 – and 54,968 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 514,432 ), Tunisia ( 324,103 ), Ethiopia ( 264,367 ), Egypt ( 240,927 ), Libya ( 180,945 ) and Nigeria ( 165,559 ).