Two transgender Cameroonians jailed for ‘homosexuality’, SA Prison Sex Scandal: Correctional Services still investigating | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Two transgender Cameroonians jailed for ‘homosexuality’

Two transgender Cameroonians were sentenced on Tuesday, 12th May, to five years in prison for “attempting homosexuality” – Africa News reports

Loïc Djeukam, and Roland Mouthe, popularly known Shakiro, and Patricia, respectively, were jailed in February after being accosted in a local restaurant.

They were found guilty of “attempting homosexuality, outraging public decency and possessing faulty national IDs”, lawyer Richard Tamfu told journalists, adding that he would appeal the verdict.

SA Prison Sex Scandal: Correctional Services still investigating

The Department of Correctional Services is still investigating a sex scandal that has rocked South Africa on Wednesday, 12th May – eNCA reports

Singabakho Nxumalo, The Correctional services spokesperson, disclosed that action will be taken against the warder and the prisoner, recorded having sex.

“This particular inmate is doing a life sentence, but he had been classified as a medium. One of the things that will happen, the inmate will get reclassified, meaning going back into a maximum category,” says Nxumalo.

Kinshasa: Uganda army to join Congo in offensive against Islamist rebels

The Ugandan and Congo armies are setting up operation centres in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a joint offensive against Islamist rebels – Reuters Africa reports

On Sunday a delegation from the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) including the commander of Uganda’s ground forces arrived in Beni in Congo’s North Kivu province to establish a coordination centre for the two armies, Kinshasa’s communications ministry said on Wednesday.

Uganda’s President Museveni Sworn In for 6th Term

Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s President has taken the oath to officially begin a sixth democratic term in office – News Central Africa report

Several heads of states from countries including Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia arrived for the ceremony on Tuesday, 11th May.

COVID-19 Update

As of May 12, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  4,647,510 while over 14,218,854 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports

Reported deaths in Africa reached  125,059 and  4,203,209   people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –   1,599,272 – and  54,896   people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (  514,164 ), Tunisia ( 322,998 ), Ethiopia (  263,672 ), Egypt (  239,740 ), Libya ( 180,692 ) and Nigeria ( 165,515 ).


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