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25
MAR

Italian officials cautiously optimistic that the worst of the outbreak may be coming to an end

As Italy has seen a slowdown in both new confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths, Italian officials are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the outbreak may be coming to an end. The country has reported more than 600 deaths from coronavirus yesterday, a high figure that is nonetheless lower than the record death toll registered a few days earlier. The country now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world.
For more on this Channel Africa’s Zikhona Miso spoke to Paolo Pezzati, Oxfam Italia policy advisor for humanitarian emergencies.
12
MAR

Kenya's President has called on Africa to avoid complacency to defeat malaria

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the African continent to avoid complacency and secure additional resources to defeat malaria. He made the call after being appointed Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance. Kenyatta says there is a need to establish at least 15 new -End Malaria Councils, and funds which will boost high level, multi sectoral engagement and advocacy at country level while increasing domestic resource mobilization. He takes over the leadership of the continental Malaria association from King Mswati of Swaziland.

For more on what to expect from Kenyatta's Leadership, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Joy Phumaphi, Execiutive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.
10
MAR

ICC authorises an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan

Senior judges at the international criminal court-ICC, have authorised an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, overturning an earlier rejection of the inquiry. The probe will be led by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and will look at actions by United States, Afghan and Taliban troops. Bensouda made the request for a probe to the ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber in 2017. At the time, her Office cited grave crimes and the absence of relevant national proceedings against those who appear to be most responsible for the most serious crimes.

For more on this Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Clemence Bectarte, Litigation Coordinator for the International Federation for Human Rights- FIDH.
28
FEB

IMF says Zimbabwe has humanitarian crisis.

The International Monetary Fund -IMF, says Zimbabwe may plunge into a humanitarian crisis due to missed economic targets and this can only be averted if the international community provides the much-needed donor support. In a statement following the conclusion of its latest consultation with the Southern African country, the IMF said the macroeconomic stability remains a big challenge. The country re-introduced the Zimbabwe dollar in June last year after abandoning the multiple currency regime that had been in place since 2009. However, since then, the Zimbabwe dollar has considerably lost value.

For more on this Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Michelina Chindiya, Zimbabwean Economist. She says it is crucial that Zimbabwe re-engages with the international community in efforts to get out of the current crisis.
27
FEB

Malawi's ruling party and the opposition have formed an alliance ahead of elections in May

Malawi's ruling Democratic Progressive Party -DPP, and the opposition United Democratic Front -UDF, have formed an alliance ahead of elections in May, which the winner is set to achieve a threshold of 50-plus-one majority of votes. This comes after the Southern African country's parliament set May 19 as the date for fresh presidential elections, and after a constitutional court nullified last May's ballot results, which incumbent President Peter Mutharika narrowly won. The leaders of the two parties-DPP's Peter Mutharika and UDF's Atupele Muluzi, say they are driven by common values to improve the quality of lives of Malawians.

For more on this, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Jimmy Kainja, Malawian Political Commentator and Human rights activist.
26
FEB

Mauritania to take over the presidency of the G5 Sahel

Mauritania will take over the rotating presidency of the G5 Sahel, which coordinates the anti-jihadism fight of five countries in the West African region. The handover will happen at the 6th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State of the G5 Sahel, taking place this week in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. The G5 Sahel countries - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - face a number of challenges, including the growing threat of terrorism and organized crime, as well as climate change. A lot is expected from Mauritania's presidency, as it is the country that has been able to protect itself from terrorist attacks for the past eleven years.
For more on this, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Dr Akinola Olojo, senior researcher of Transnational threats and International Crime at the Institute for Security Studies, ISS.
26
FEB

Institute for Security studies-ISS releases its report on Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government needs to strike a balance between the need for stability, a sustainable economic growth model suited to the country's development goals, and the demand for political reform, -in order for the country to realize its full potential. These are some of the recommendations contained in a new report by the Institute for Security studies-ISS. The report explores the potential long-term impact of the reforms that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has introduced, on the future of the country, and presents the country's likely growth trajectory.

For more on this, Channel Africa ‘s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Stellah Kwasi, researcher at The ISS and co-author of the report.
21
FEB

Lesotho Prime Minister has reportedly skipped the country

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who was expected to be charged with the murder of his former wife Lipolelo Thabane, has reportedly skipped the country. The news came as he announced he would step down on July 31 following pressure from his party to quit over the scandal. Lipolelo was shot dead in June 2017 near her home in the capital, Maseru, two days before Tom Thabane took office.

For more on this , Channel Africa’s Zikhona Miso spoke to Shackman Mugari, Editor of the Lesotho newspaper -The Post.
17
FEB

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kicks off his African tour

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump's administration is working to determine what level of American military forces is needed in West Africa to counter the rise of extremist violence in the region. He was speaking at the end of his visit to Senegal where he kicked off his three nation tour of Africa. Pompeo's trip marks the first by a Trump cabinet official after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited Ethiopia, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Ghana in July 2018. Pompeo’s tour will also take him to Angola and Ethiopia.

For more on the visit and its significance , Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Dr Ahmadou Aly Mbaye, economics professor at the Cheikh Anta Diop university in Senegal.
13
FEB

The United States moves to contain extremist groups in the West African Sahel region

The United States military has switched from trying to degrade Islamic extremist groups in West Africa Sahel region to merely trying to contain them as their deadly threat increases. This is according to a new report by the US government. The quarterly report by the inspectors general for the Pentagon, is the first to be unclassified as the interest in the U.S. military activities in Africa surges. The report comes as security allies in West African region are worried as the U.S. considers cutting troops on the continent to counter China and Russia elsewhere in the world.

For more on this, Channel Africa’s Samora Mangesi spoke to Dr. Akinola Olojo, senior researcher of Transnational threats and International Crime at the Institute for Security Studies, ISS.
11
FEB

ONE, has called on African leaders to prioritize youth employment

Non-profit organisation, ONE, has called on African leaders attending the 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to reflect on the root-cause-targeted approaches to the so called 'silencing the guns' by prioritizing youth employment. According to One, current efforts correctly place emphasis on prevention of illicit flow of small and light arms into and circulation within the continent, disarmament, peace building initiatives, mediation and military responses. While these approaches are significant to 'fight the fires' of conflict, it has become imperative to prioritize a strong economic push in a renewed approach to "silencing the guns" that targets the foot soldiers of conflicts - the youth. Interim director at One, Edwin Ikhuoria spoke to Samora Mangesi on the line from Abuja in Nigeria..
04
FEB

Unidentified gunmen kill at least 20 civilians in Burkina Faso

At least 20 civilians have been killed by unidentified gunmen in northern Burkina Faso, in the latest violence to rock a region plagued by a deteriorating security situation. The attack comes a week after 39 people were killed when militants attacked a market in Silgadji town. Burkina Faso borders Mali to the northwest and Niger to the east, with all three Sahelian countries struggling to contain increasingly frequent attacks on civilians and army positions.

For more on this, Channel Africa’s Zikhona Miso spoke to Dr Akinola Olojo, senior researcher of Transnational threats and International Crime at the Institute for Security Studies, ISS..

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