Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
Uganda to make HIV pills from goat milk
The National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Databank (NAGRC&DB) has concluded its plans to introduce efficient and productive dairy goats for the purpose of milking nutrients rich enough for boosting the human immune system – All Africa reports
This development was revealed in a new report about the state of goat farming in the country. Dr Peter Beine, acting executive director at the NAGRC&DB, confirmed the development but did not provide the specific timeframe for the start.
“On the recommendation of our scientists and researchers, we are bringing the Toggenburg breed, a dairy goat that has been found to withstand conditions here,” he noted.
Sonko’s rape accuser demands justice
The lady, Adji Sarr who filed a rape charge against Senegal’s opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko has repeated the accusation and has called that justice be served amidst the unrest her accusation has created in the country – Africa News reports
In an interview, Adji said opposition leader Sonko had forced her to sleep with him on several occasions and had threatened reprisals if she refused.
“If Ousmane Sonko has never slept with me, let him swear on the Koran,” said the young woman, in the interview.
South Africa, Nigeria, on list of top victims of Internet crime
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has listed South Africa and Nigeria among nations with the highest number of internet crime victims in the world – News Central Africa reports
According to the 2020 Internet Crime Report, the FBI listed South Africa 6th and Nigeria 16th on the list of nations that had the most victims.
The FBI reports also show that $4.2bn was lost to internet crime in the year under review with 791,790 victims recorded.
Uganda: Museveni sues paper over ‘malicious’ vaccine claim
Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president, has sued one of the leading independent newspaper, the Daily Monitor, for defamation after accusing it of publishing a “malicious” allegation against him as it concerns COVID-19 vaccines – BBC Africa reports
The paper had quoted a report in the US-based Wall Street Journal that alleged that Mr Museveni and his inner circle had secretly been inoculated before the rest of the population.
Denying the report, published on 23 February, and in two separate national addresses over the last couple of weeks, Museveni has demanded a front-page apology from the Daily Monitor.
Ethiopia: Biden sends US senator over humanitarian crisis
United States President Joe Biden has sent Senator Chris Coons to Ethiopia in a meet with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region – Aljazeera Africa reports
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, 18th March, that Coons – a longtime Biden ally – would also consult with the African Union during his visit.