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South Africa: Govt Promises Arrests Over Tavern Deaths, but Still No Word On What Killed 21 Teens

[Daily Maverick] Police Minister Bheki Cele promised on Wednesday that arrests would follow after 21 teenagers died at an East London tavern on 26 June. On Sunday, bereaved families gathered outside the Enyobeni tavern to mourn the loss of their loved ones.

West Africa: ECOWAS Poised to Produce Eco, Lift Mali Sanctions

[The Point] The 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that was held on 3 July 2022 in Accra, Republic of Ghana, commends its Ministerial Committee in charge of the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme for its efforts for consensual solutions for the pending issues in the context of the creation of the ECO.

Liberia: Another Company Illegally Cuts 550 Logs in River Cess

[FrontPageAfrica] Nyorwein -- On a sunny day in December 2020 while patrolling the Gbarsaw and Dorbor Community Forest in River Cess County, Yei Neagor overheard the sound of a chainsaw. She was shocked because, as the contract administrator of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in the south-central county, she must have been aware if there were any legal logging operations there.

Senegal: Military Raid in Casamance - Minor Mentally Traumatised By Gunshots, Explosives

[Foroyaa] The recent Senegalese military raid in the southern Senegal of Casamance has mentally traumatised a 10-year-old boy residing in a Gambian community in Foni bordering Casamance.

Central African Republic: UN - Combating Impunity Necessary for Reconciliation

[VOA] Geneva -- A U.N. investigator warns violence will increase and national reconciliation in the Central African Republic will remain elusive as long as the country has persistent corruption and impunity.

Africa: Africa Democracy Summit Calls On Leaders to Respect Term Limits

[VOA] Gaborone -- Botswana is hosting an international meeting aimed at strengthening democracy and adherence to constitutions in Africa. Participants are calling on African militaries and leaders to respect term limits after several recent coups and efforts to extend time in power.

Africa: Africans Make Up a Tiny Portion of Genomics Data - Why There's an Urgent Need for Change

[The Conversation Africa] A group of Nigerian scientists, in conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, established the Noncommunicable Diseases Genetic Heritage Study consortium in February 2020. The aim is to produce a comprehensive catalogue of human genetic variation in Nigeria and assess the burden of noncommunicable diseases in 100,000 adults in the country. The Conversation Africa asked genetic epidemiologist Segun Fatumo, one of the leaders of the consortium, to explain what they are doing and why.

Nigeria: UK Court Blocks Nigeria From Appealing Ruling On OPL 245 Deal - Report

[Vanguard] The UK high court of justice has blocked the Federal Government from appealing last month's ruling dismissing a $1.7 billion (£1.4 billion) claim against JP Morgan Chase Bank over the transfer of proceeds from the sale of OPL 245 in 2011.

Uganda: Museveni Appoints New Uganda Airlines CEO

[Nile Post] President Museveni has appointed Jenifer Bamuturaki as the substantive Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Airlines.

Kenya: Ruto Tells Off Odinga Over Concerns on Award of Ballot Papers Tender

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Deputy President William Ruto has told off Azimio - One Kenya presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga for raising issues with the awarding of the ballot paper tender to Greek firm Inform Lykos.

Kenya: Passenger Vehicles Barred From Nairobi Expressway to Curb Accidents

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- No passenger vehicle with a capacity of over seven passengers will be allowed on the Nairobi Expressway in measures aimed at curbing road accidents.

Kenya: Odinga Says No Manual Register, No Elections

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Azimio La Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga has issued a new ultimatum to the electoral commission, saying there will be no elections unless the manual register is used.

Sudan: Military Leader Fires Five Civilian Sovereign Council Members

[SNA] Khartoum -- President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council(TSC), Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, has issued a republican decree relieving the following civilian members of the TSC:-

South Africa: President Speaks At Funeral of 21 Teens

[VOA] Cape Town, South Africa -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy Wednesday at a funeral for 21 teenagers who died at a bar last month under mysterious circumstances.

East Africa: Congo, Rwanda Agree to 'De-Escalate' Tensions

[DW] The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have agreed to a "de-escalation process" to curb the fighting and violence along their shared eastern border, the Congolese presidency said Wednesday.

Africa: Global Hunger Numbers Rose to As Many As 828 Million in 2021 - Report

[Africa Renewal] The latest State of Food Security and Nutrition report shows the world is moving backwards in efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

Africa: Over 255,000 Covid-19 Deaths Confirmed Across Continent

[allAfrica] As of July 07, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 11,941,086 while 334,190,876 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

West Africa: Thousands of West Africans Fail to Reach Mecca in Time for the Hajj

[DW] Every able-bodied Muslim is expected to complete the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime.