Africa Covid19 

MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19 fight

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission. Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread…

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Africa Covid19 

Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths,’a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

But limited testing and social stigmatization is likely obscuring the true magnitude of the pandemic, said Mr. Shearer, who heads the UN Mission in the world’s youngest nation (UNMISS). The Mission’s greatest fear is that the additional pressure of responding to COVID-19 on South Sudan’s weak healthcare system will disrupt vaccinations, maternal health services and treatment for curable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. The result could be a “devastating” increase in deaths that would likely greater than the loss of life from COVID-19 itself. “COVID is going to hit hard, but…

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Africa Financial Services 

MONEY, PEOPLE & POWER: The 10 bank CEOs who control 80% of Uganda’s banking sector – CEO East Africa

1. Anne Juuko Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank 2019 Asset Value: UGX6.6 trillion Market Share: 20.2 per cent Industry Rank: 1 Stanbic Bank has maintained the top spot in the banking sector ever since the acquisition of a majority stake (80per cent) in Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) back in 2001. Getting to the top spot was the easy bit – despite the politics around the acquisition. Remaining at the top, ahead of the chasing pack is where all credit is due to the bank shareholders and management that have given the…

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Africa Utilities 

Sudan warns against escalation in Nile dam dispute

Sudan has warned against escalation and urged further negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile river by Addis Ababa. Tensions are running high between the three countries after recent talks failed to produce a deal on the filling and operation of the $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. “We do not want escalation. Negotiations are the only solution,” Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters on Sunday. “Signing an agreement is a prerequisite for us before filling the dam. Sudan has…

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Covid19 South America 

The U’wa Community’s Nonviolent Resistance to COVID-19 and Attacks in Colombia

The U’wa Indigenous Guard, active in the cloud forest of Colombia near the border with Venezuela, were formed to nonviolently defend U’wa territory from a multitude of external threats from extractive companies and unwanted “eco-tourists”. In the era of COVID-19 – known to U’wa spiritual elders as “The Demon” – the Guard’s mission has expanded to include the protection of their territory from the spread of the deadly pandemic. Over recent weeks, the Guard has controlled vehicular entry into the U’wa Reserve. According to Jesús Cobaria Bocota, coordinator of the…

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