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Tanzania ranked second in continental radiation safety control

Tanzania has been ranked the second country in Sub- Saharan Africa for putting in place a modern laboratory complex that increases safety and control of radiation sources locally. Speaking at a short ceremony to lay the foundation stone at Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) Headquarters at Njiro, in the outskirts of Arusha City, the body’s …

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Coronavirus: Uganda shuts borders after the first case, as Tunisia hits 75

In a decision that is likely to affect Kenyan business people, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last weekend ordered the closure of all Ugandan border points effective Sunday. Museveni made this announcement hours before the East African country announced that she had recorded her first coronavirus case. Health Minister Ruth Aseng confirmed the patient as a …

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South Africa now has 202 Cases of Covid-19

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 202 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. This is quite huge and intimidating looking at the continents lean record just 2 weeks ago.  The province with the largest number of new cases in Gauteng, at 33. The Western Cape had the second-highest number …

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Bill Gates exits Microsoft to focus on charity

Microsoft last Friday announced that co-founder Bill Gates has left its board of directors to devote more time to philanthropy. Interestingly the bulk of his humanitarian activities has always been placed in Africa and to some extent Asia/ The 64-year-old stopped being involved in day-to-day operations at the firm more than a decade ago, turning …

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African Union Denies Allegations of Cronyism, Corruption

A spokesperson for African Union chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat has rejected allegations that the organization is run like a “mafia-style” cartel, a term used in a leaked internal memo from AU staff accusing their boss of corruption and cronyism. The international media has since obtained a copy of the March 6 document, which was signed …

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Ghana Ranks Sixth Best Place in Doing Business in Africa – Report

Ghana has been ranked sixth best place in Africa for investors in the 2020 RMB Investment Attractiveness rankings. The country edged closer to a coveted top five position this year, rising three places in the rankings. According to the report, the country’s growth outlook is strong and concentrated around the oil and gas sector. “Non-oil …

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Africa now on the verge of Wild Polio Eradication Verdict

The African region is poised to complete a critical step towards wild polio eradication as the independent commission to decide on the African Region’s wild poliovirus-free status has concluded its final field visit to Nigeria this week, after conducting critical analysis to verify the documentation presented by the Nigerian Government. The Africa Regional Certification Commission …

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Snake tamer loses life during a show in Angola

A snake tamer died last Sunday, in the Angolan municipality of Andulo, province of Bié, after being bitten by a snake, during a show promoted by him. The fact was advanced today, Monday, to Angop, by the doctor Carlos Vicente having mentioned that the 36-year old victim was still taken to the Municipal Hospital of …

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Rwanda’s new open-door visa regime takes off in March

The Directorate General of Rwanda Immigration and Emigration has published a new visa regime. Following the visa upon arrival policy, the regime waives visa fees for hundreds of countries. The update was unveiled on March 10. It takes immediate effect. In the first place, after President Paul Kagame’s announcement in January, the new regime scraps …

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Tanzania set to make law that will compel husbands to pay their wives ‘salaries’

A senior government official in Tanzania says he is planning to petition Parliament to introduce a bill that seeks to have husbands literally pay their wives every end of the month. Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda made the remarks during his speech to celebrate International Women’s Day last Sunday. “I will petition the …

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