News & Analysis: Political impact

Uhuru reopens Nairobi, Mombasa, extends curfew by 30 days

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the cessation of movement in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties from Tuesday, June 7, 2020. However, the President has extended the nationwide curfew currently in place between 9 pm and 4 am by another 30 days. ‘By re-opening Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, we are more at risk than we were when the restrictions were in place,’ he said during an address on Monday.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Eswatini: Cabinet in isolation in COVID-19 scare

“Cabinet ministers in the southern African nation of Eswatini (Swaziland) are going into isolation after one was found to have COVID-19. Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the public works and transport minister, had gone into isolation under doctor’s supervision.”

via Anadolu Agency

Burundi changes tack as president declares COVID-19 ‘biggest enemy’

“Burundi’s new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has declared the coronavirus the country’s ‘biggest enemy,’ in a major about-turn for a nation which has largely ignored the dangers of the virus. Former president Pierre Nkurunziza, who died suddenly last month, and even Ndayishimiye himself, had until now downplayed the gravity of the pandemic, saying God had spared Burundi from its ravages.”

via Daily Monitor

Doctors under siege in Sudan

“Hundreds of doctors have temporarily left their positions either because of [COVID-19 related] attacks or in protest over a lack of adequate personal protective equipment to handle COVID-19 cases, according to the committee’s secretary general, Omer Ahmed Salih.”

via Mail & Guardian

Former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has died from COVID-19 complications (Nigeria)

“The 70-year-old, who had been on a life support machine since last Friday at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, died on Thursday.”

via Sahara Reporters

Senegal’s president self-quarantines as precaution

“Senegalese President Macky Sall has quarantined himself as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a presidential statement late Wednesday. Although Sall tested negative for the virus, he will be undergoing a quarantine process of 15 days based on medical recommendations.”

via Anadolu Agency

13 Nigerian lawmakers test positive for coronavirus

“At least 13 Nigerian lawmakers have tested positive for coronavirus, local media reported Wednesday. Out of 27 members of the Imo State Assembly, 26 were tested, including the speaker, an official spokesman told This Day website.”

via Anadolu Agency

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 drugs scandal lays bare the rot in the system

“Over the last few months, Moyo awarded a US$60 million COVID-19 supply contract to a shelf company called Drax without going to public tender.”

via The Africa Report

Zimbabwe health minister charged over COVID-19 kit scandal

“Zimbabwe’s Health minister was on Saturday released on bail, a day after he was arrested over allegations of corruption after the government bought $60 million worth of medical equipment from an unregistered company.”

via The East African

Burundi: Why history will judge Pierre Nkurunziza harshly

“History will judge Nkurunziza as someone who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule, but who in death bequeathed it a golden opportunity for renewal.”

via The Africa Report