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Afcon Highlights.

Burkina Faso drew with  Ethiopia 1-1  while host Cameroon also drew with Cape Verde 1-1.Both Bukina faso and Cameroon made it to the playoff

The Next matches include:

Malawi Vs Senegal

Zimbabwe vs Guinea

Gabon vs Cameroon.

We wish all the teams the best of luck!

Ethiopia

PM Abiy Lauds Africans For Deciding To Hold AU Meeting In Addis Ababa.

The Heads of State and Government of AU member states will meet in Ethiopia’s capital for two days, beginning from Feb 5 2022.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appreciated leaders of the African Union (AU) member countries for deciding to hold the AU meeting in Addis Ababa.The African Union summit will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after two weeks.Abiy has recalled Ethiopia’s contribution to African issues and reassured continued commitment to the African affairs and Pan-Africanism.The government has been undertaking diplomatic efforts with African countries and the AU Commission to hold the summit in the capital city, according to Ethiopia.Last Thursday, its Foreign Ministry officials commended the unwavering solidarity of Africans shown to Ethiopia on various occasions.

Chad

Chad leader thanks Qatar for hosting reconciliation talks.

Chadian interim President Mahamat Idriss Déby has thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for agreeing to host peace talks between N’djamena and rebel groups.President Déby, who heads Chad’s Transitional Military Council, said that a delegation from Chad was currently in Doha to meet Qatari officials to prepare for the reconciliation talks.The Chadian leader said he hoped the talks would lead to an agreement on disarming rebel groups, some of which are based in neighboring Libya.

Uganda

Fuel crisis in Uganda over build-up at border.

Uganda is undergoing a fuel crisis following a build-up of fuel transporters at the major border points of Malaba and Busia in the east of the country.Queues of waiting trucks, as long as 70km (43 miles), have been reported.Truck drivers in the region have been protesting against a requirement by the Ugandan government that they test for Covid-19 at the border points, regardless of whether they presented a negative PCR test or not.

The directive to test at the border was issued at the start of the month. Uganda later suspended it but there was already a build-up of trucks at the border points.

The country imports all its fuel and other petroleum products and consumes about 6.5m liters (1.7m gallons) a day.Fuel prices have been steadily rising since last year, but a major spike has been seen in the past week.

Rwanda: 

Paul Rusesabagina of “Hotel Rwanda” fame absent at opening of appeal trial.

Rwandan hotelkeeper had failed to appear before the court for his appeal trial in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.Paul Rusesabagina was found guilty in September of involvement with armed group National Liberation Front. The group is accused of carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.The former hotelkeeper was initiallly accused of terrorism and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Rwandan prosecutor’s office has appealed against the sentences handed to all 21 defendants.The Rwandan judicial authorities want the sentences to be extended.In a statement published last week the defendant’s family announced that he would not be appearing in court on Monday.

Tanzania

Zanzibar Sets Sights On Developing Island’s Blue Economy.

Zanzibar, under the leadership of President Hussein Mwinyi, is continuing to improve policies and strategies to ensure sustainable utilization of marine resources in order to realize the blue economy agenda. The blue economy includes the fishing sector, fish farming, establishing fish processing factories, seaweed farming, oil and gas drilling and the utilization of various marine resources, as well as seashore tourism.

Since taking office in November 2020, Mwinyi has been putting clear strategies in place that are aimed at exploiting all the opportunities in the marine sector for it to benefit the economy of the island.The blue economy’s success, rests on the building of modern ports and the government is now constructing a a multipurpose port at Mangapwani in Unguja, Zanzibar.