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President Mugabe sacks Vice President over succession plans

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President Robert Mugabe sacks Vice President over plot to topple his government.

Zimbabwean Informaton Minister, Simon Moyo says President Robert Mugabe has fired Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president.

Naija News gathered that Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old former intelligence chief, has been condemned by supporters of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who has also been proclaimed as a potential successor to her husband.

Moyo said Mnangagwa, who was appointed vice-president in 2014, had exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness.

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It was learnt that Mnangagwa took over from Joice Muguru, who was sacked after Grace launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.

Mugabe’s wife had accused Mnangagwa of plotting in the past to overthrow the president in 1980.

Grace said, “In 1980 this person called Mnangagwa wanted to stage a coup. He wanted to wrestle power from the president.

“He was conspiring with whites. That man is a ravisher.”

Mugabe who has refused to name his successor, has been endorsed as his party’s candidate for next year’s election inspite of his age and concerns over his health.

 

Source: Naija News

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Ghana Receives World’s First Doses Of Free COVAX Vaccines

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Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive vaccines from COVAX, a global scheme to procure and distribute Covid inoculations for free for poorer countries.

The 600,000 doses delivered to Ghana are the Oxford/AstraZeneca formula, made under license by the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India.

They are part of an initial tranche of deliveries headed to several low and middle-income countries.

An Emirates flight carrying the vaccines touched down at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport shortly after 0740 GMT, where a government delegation led by the Minister for Health Designate Kwaku Agyeman Manu received them, in images broadcast on television.

Ghana’s food and drug authority has already authorised the use of the Indian-made vaccines as well as Russia’s Sputnik V, according to local media.

The West African nation has recorded 80,759 Covid-19 cases and 582 deaths since the start of the pandemic, although the true figure is believed to be higher because of lack of testing.

Vaccinations are scheduled to start on Tuesday in Accra, Kumasi, and Obuasi.

They will begin with health workers and other frontline staff, adults over 60, and people with underlying health conditions, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.

The first who will get the vaccines also include “frontline executive, legislature, judiciary, and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers, teachers, and other personalities,” he said.

The government said it was making “frantic efforts” to acquire enough vaccines to inoculate all of Ghana’s 30 million people and urged people to take part in the drive.

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West Africa Is In The Throes Of An Ebola Outbreak In Guinea

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Authorities in Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Bissau are warning of an Ebola outbreak after three people died as a result of the disease in neighboring Guinea.

Liberian President George Weah has ordered his country’s authorities to step up security.

A statement from his office said: “The government is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has instructed his country’s health ministry to “take strict measures to prevent the disease from entering the country and to take measures to protect the lives of Sierra Leoneans”.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2013 and 2016 – which first broke out in Guinea and killed at least 11,000 people.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently experiencing the 12th outbreak of the disease. Four cases have been reported in the east of the country so far.

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168 Lawmakers, Officials Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Ghana

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No fewer than one hundred and sixty-eight Ghanaian lawmakers have reportedly tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

Reports reaching Naija News confirmed that the country’s parliament was shut down on Tuesday, February 9 and will remain closed for at least three weeks as a result of the discovery.

Confirming the report, the speaker of the house, Alban Bagbin, said members of the assembly and parliamentary staff were affected with the novel virus, hence the legislature will be in recess until March 2 to make way for “disinfection and sanitisation of the premises.”

The lawmaker revealed that at least 17 members of parliament and 151 supporting staff were infected with the killer virus.

“I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the House be adjourned for three weeks,” the speaker announced.

Naija News understands that Ghana has so far recorded a total of 73,003 cases of the COVID-19 pandemic with 482 deaths and 65,000 recoveries.

Meanwhile, South African Mobile Telecommunication Company, MTN Group has reportedly supported the African Union (AU) with a donation of $25 million towards the purchase of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Naija News learnt that the telecommunication company had doled out the huge sum since January 2021.

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