News & Analysis: Political impact

South African government minister Jackson Mthembu dies of COVID-19

“South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of COVID-19. Mthembu was one of the government’s key leaders in its response to the pandemic and the public face during many COVID-19 press briefings.”

via CNN

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19: Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo’s death ‘a wake-up call’ for Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country battles to contain a spike in cases. Moyo, known for announcing the military intervention in 2017 that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, dies in a Harare clinic after contracting the virus that has killed hundreds of people in Zimbabwe.”

via Daily Maverick

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19

“Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.”

via Al Jazeera

Belekanyama becomes first Malawi minister to die from COVID-19

“Minister Local Government, Lingson Belekanyama, has been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, becoming the first minister and lawmaker in the country to succumb to the disease.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi: Principal Secretary for Information Ministry dies of COVID-19

“Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Information Ernest Kantchentche died on Monday morning of COVID-19. Minister of Information Gospel Kazako announced the death in a brief statement. He said Kantchetche was an asset for the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Algerian president returns to Germany to be treated for COVID-19 complications

“Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday for treatment in hospital for complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection, the presidency said. Tebboune, 75, had returned home two weeks ago from Germany after two months of treatment for COVID-19.”

via Reuters

Uganda: Ex-deputy premier dies due to COVID-19

“Uganda’s former Deputy Prime Minister Paul Orono Etiang has died due to coronavirus, local media reported on Friday. Etiang, 83, was under intensive care at a hospital in the capital Kampala where he succumbed to the novel virus on Thursday.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19 shuts Niger Assembly as Speaker Wuse, Clerk test positive

“The Speaker of the Niger House of Assembly, Bawa Wuse and the Clerk, Mohammed Kagara, have gone into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, confirmed the development to newsmen Sunday night in Minna.”

via PM News