Zambia, Botswana inaugurate $260M joint bridge

Kazungula Bridge to facilitate trade in entire southern African regionZambia and Botswana Monday inaugurated a newly-built bridge linking the two countries to boost bilateral and regional trade.The $260 million Kazungula Bridge jointly commissioned by Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his Botswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi also comes with a one stop

Mahama appointed AU High Rep for Somalia

Former President John Dramani Mahama has been appointed as the High Representative to Somalia by the African Union (AU).A statement by the AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said, “As the High Representative for Somalia’s political track. President Mahama will work with the Somali stakeholders, to reach a mutually acceptable compromise towards

Risk of new wave of Covid infections in Africa remains high – WHO

With Africa-bound COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India delayed for the foreseeable future, slow vaccine rollouts and new variants making inroads, the risk of a new wave of infections in Africa remains high.Delays and shortages of vaccine supplies are driving African countries to slip further behind the

Tanzania’s president visits Kenya to repair strained ties

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kenya on Tuesday for a two-day trip to thaw relations between the neighbours, after years of disputes over trade and border issues.Hassan is hoping to renew the all-important alliance with Nairobi, which came under strain during the tenure of her predecessor John Magufuli,

EU cancels election observation mission to Ethiopia

EU High Representative Josep Borrell says Ethiopian authorities would not agree to key parameters regarding the bloc's observation mission. Ethiopian parliamentary elections are slated for June.The EU on Monday canceled its upcoming election observation mission to Ethiopia, High Representative Josep Borrell said in a statement. Borrell said Ethiopian authorities would not agree to

Zulu queen dies a month after taking throne

The Zulu royal family in South Africa has announced the death of its monarch Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu just a month after she became regent.Queen Mantfombi, 65, became interim leader of the country’s largest ethnic group last month after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini.The queen’s prime

Kenya’s COVID-19 infections hit 156,787 as deaths reach 2,622

Kenya’s confirmed COVID-19 infections rose to 156,787 after the health ministry announced 469 new positive results from a sample size of 4,194 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.The ministry also reported 19 new virus-related deaths, bringing the country’s total number of fatalities to 2,622.Both the caseload and the death