Here is your latest #AfricanNews:
#AfricaBiden Administration Launches Initiative to Build US-Africa Trade.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has kicked off the Prosper Africa Build Together initiative by requesting $80 million from Congress to build trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa.Dana Banks, U.S. senior director for Africa at the National Security Council, said Wednesday in an online news briefing that the U.S. was ready to do business with the continent. However, some critics say the trade and investment plan could undermine the African Continental Free Trade Area, which was established in 2019. The agreement promotes the free movement of goods and people across the continent.
#Somalia’s Jubaland State to elect senators on Thursday.
Somalia’s Jubbaland state will finally vote for senators on Thursday, a process which will kick-start the twice-delayed electoral season in the country.The decision came after Jubbaland leader Ahmed Madobe finally issued a list of candidates. Jubbaland is the first of Somalia’s five states to vote in a month-long Senate election.Elections in Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle and South West, as well as the special delegates vote for senators representing Somaliland, will be conducted during this time.
#SouthAfrica ‘Appalled’ By AU’s Decision to Give Israel Observer Status.
The South African government says it is “appalled” at the unjust and unwarranted decision of the African Union Commission (AUC) to grant Israel observer status in the African Union (AU). According to a statement by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Wednesday they said that the African Union Commission has taken the decision unilaterally without consultations with its members. The decision to grant Israel observer status is even more shocking in a year in which the oppressed people of Palestine were hounded by destructive bombardments and continued illegal settlements of the land,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) statement read on Wednesday.The department believes that the unjust actions committed by Israel towards the Palestinians offend the letter and spirit of the Charter of the AU.
#Kenya Local Residents Want British Army Trainings Stopped After Fire.
The Lolldaiga community in Laikipia County wants the British military stopped from conducting trainings at Lolldaiga Hills, terming continued exercises as contemptuous to the community living next to the 49,000-acre ranch.Through their lawyer Kelvin Kubai, the residents told the Environment and Lands Court in Nyeri on Wednesday that despite the UK military allegedly causing a fire four months ago, trainings are still ongoing.During a virtual court session held yesterday, Justice Yuvinalis Angima heard that the military’s actions were contemptuous to the community. This was after Justice Angima issued orders on June 4 asking six residents enjoined in the suit to invite the rest of the community.In the new petition, the community alleges that the respondents have admitted their culpability in causing the fire and as a result toxic and poisonous fumes produced by the fire have been absorbed into the atmosphere and will be emitted to the environment through rains.
#Zimbabwe Government Halts Chinese Mining Activities in Game Reserve.
Government departments implicated in granting Chinese firm, Afrochine, a controversial special mining grant inside Mavuradona Game Park were on Monday summoned for a crisis meeting in which they traded blame, leading to government suspending the company’s operations. According to sources who attended the crisis meeting that sought to address public outcries arising from Afrochine’s irresponsible mining activities inside the wildlife reserve, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was unanimously agreed the Chinese company should immediately fold operations.
#Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan kicks off Tanzania’s Covid vaccination with first jab.
Tanzania’s new president launched a coronavirus vaccination drive Wednesday in one of the last countries in the world to start inoculating its people.The mass vaccine rollout started with Hassan, 61, getting her jab after a ceremony broadcast live on television in the financial capital Dar es Salaam.Tanzania will give priority to special groups of frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying diseases.It received just over one million single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines from Covax, the global initiative that seeks to provide equitable access to doses for lower-income countries.US ambassador Donald Wright, whose country donated the J&J vaccines via Covax, said on Twitter that the development was “a historic moment that hopefully marks the turning of the tide against the Covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania”. Plans are also under way to procure doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Chinese vaccine makers Sinovac and Sinopharm, the government said.
In Today’s Africa In The Olympics:
10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible for Olympics.
News just in a group of 10 Nigerian athletes have been declared ineligible for the Olympics by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) because they were not tested rigorously enough in the run-up to Tokyo 2020.A total of 20 athletes from the seven nations deemed most at-risk when it comes to doping have been ruled out of the Games.The figure of 10 Nigerians represents more than 40 per cent of the track and field team the country had entered for the Olympics
Ivory Coast and Egypt reach last eight in football.
Egypt and Ivory Coast both reached the quarter-finals of men’s football tournament on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Two more African boxers moved one fight away from at least a bronze medal with wins in their last 16 bouts.
Lastly there was a victory in the Egyptian in the men’s handball team as they boost their chances of reaching the last eight.
Schoenmaker sets second Olympic Record.
Tatjana Schoenmaker has set a second Olympic Games record in Tokyo. The 24-year-old who bettered the Olympic record in the 100 metres breaststroke heats on Sunday before winning the silver medal in the event on Tuesday, was at it again in the 200 metres breaststroke.
Ghanaian swimmer Abeiku Jackson expects a good start in the Olympics.
Ghanaian swimmer Abeiku Jackson stated Wednesday that he expects a good start in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The 21-year-old, who would compete in the 100m butterfly event, said, he was well prepared and wants to start on a bright note and advance to the next stage.Abeiku, who also specializes in the 50m freestyle, said having a good beginning would boost his confidence as he is also looking forward to his first Olympic medal.He also became the first Ghanaian swimmer to compete at the Olympics when he represented the country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
That’s a total of 7 medals for Africa so far. Keep up the great work team Africa.
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