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Malawi labour minister fired over Covid funds misuse

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has fired senior officials including Labour Minister Ken Kandodo over alleged embezzlement of Covid funds.The president said the action followed an audit he had commissioned into the spending of 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha ($7.8m; £5.6m)...

Patients evacuated from Johannesburg hospital as fire blazes

Nearly 700 patients evacuated early Saturday from Johannesburg Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed overnight through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city.No injuries or casualties have been reported. The fire has been contained but the...

12 bodies beheaded by militant Islamists found in Mozambique

The bodies of 12 people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded in the Mozambican town of Palma that was attacked by militant Islamists last month, a local police commander has told state TV, Reuters news agency reports.Pedro da Silva showed...

Zimbabwe VP, Mohadi resigns amid sex scandal recordings

Zimbabwe's second Vice-President Mr. Kembo Mohadi has resigned a week after he denied accusations of sexual impropriety.Mr Mohadi, 71, repeated his defence that he was the victim of hacking and "voice cloning" after an online newspaper published lurid phone...

Mozambique opposition leader Daviz Simango dies

The leader of Mozambique second-largest opposition party, Daviz Simango, has died in neighbouring South Africa, following coronavirus complications.Mr Simango had been evacuated to South Africa on 13 February.A few days earlier, his wife tested positive for coronavirus, but when...

Boyfriend charged in death of pregnant South African woman

The boyfriend of a South African woman, whose murder galvanised protests against violence against women, has been charged with her murder at a court in Johannesburg.Ntuthuko Ntokozo Shoba is accused of planning Tshegofatso Pule's murder and paying the killer.The...

Ex-pres. Zuma fails to show at S/Africa corruption inquiry

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma did not show up on Monday at an inquiry into corruption during his time in office, despite the country’s top court ordering him to appear.Zuma’s lawyers confirmed in a letter to the inquiry...

Zimbabwe arrests female activists for insulting police

Zimbabwe opposition activists and a member of parliament have been arrested for using abusive and obscene language against police officers.Police said the trio was arrested on Monday after holding a demonstration outside a government building in the capital, Harare.It...

South Africa bans liquor sales as Covid-19 spikes

South Africa on Monday tightened COVID-19 restrictions, banning alcohol sales and extending a nationwide curfew, as infections shot through the one million mark owing to a faster-spreading variant of the disease discovered in the country.South Africa has recorded the...

Police arrest two in Zimbabwe for selling fake COVID-19 results

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested two men at the country’s northern Chirundu border post, the gateway to neighbouring Zambia, for selling fake COVID-19 test results, after a tip from the public.Zimbabwe has begun opening its borders and travelers are...
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Chad says army killed 300 rebels fighters

Chad military says it has killed some 300 rebels advancing on the capital, N’Djamena, as the government on Monday...
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