archives : April 2009


Botswana - Malawi - Swaziland - Zimbabwe
The potential international health disaster posed by the emergence of the swine flu has got Africa intellectualising its capacity to handle an eventual pandemic. In a backdrop of standing orders from developed countries for vital drugs, developing countries like those in southern Africa may be out of luck when placing emergency orders for medicines in high demand with pharmaceutical companies. Here is how some southern African countries have responded so far... - Thursday 30 April 2009

South africa
South Africa, the country with the most resources in Africa, has two suspected cases of swine flu, but does not have adequate supplies of the antiviral drugs known to be effective in treating the rapidly spreading disease that has so far claimed more than 150 lives in Mexico, according to an expert. - Thursday 30 April 2009

The Nigerian government has emphasized its willingness to safeguard the country from both the swine influenza pandemic and environmental hazards. Regarding the pandemic threat, the government has placed a ban on imported pigs, and has demanded airports and seaports to scrutinize passengers and luggage to ensure that they are void of the virus. Regarding the environment, it has threatened to seize the operational licenses of multinational corporations disregarding the environment. - Thursday 30 April 2009

Overwhelmed by the Zimbabwean financial and health crises, SADC had undertaken to raise the $2bn, with SA and Botswana pledging credit lines and budget support of $800m and $70m respectively. Southern African countries have to date only secured only $400m for Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. - Thursday 30 April 2009

Manandafy Rakotonirina, the Prime Minister designated by Marc Ravalomanana, exiled President of Madagascar, was arrested Wednesday in Antananarivo. Mr. Rakotonirina had published, Tuesday, a partial list of his “legalist” government. These appointments were made a day after the arrest of three security officers at the High Constitutional Court of the country by the military. They are suspected of being loyal to the deposed president and also to have fired on protesters with the intention to undermine the high transition authority (HAT) led by Andry Rajoelina. - Thursday 30 April 2009

Father Mattaos Wahba is the priest of Archangel Michael Church at Kerdasa, Geza, Egypt. He is a pious man of God who encourages his congregation with Jesus’ message of loving one’s enemy, blessing those who curse you, doing good to those who hate you, and praying for those who despitefully use and persecute you. (Mathew 5:44) Fr. Mattaos is a model Egyptian citizen that has not ever committed a crime or seen the inside of a prison other than in the context of ministering to inmates. - Thursday 30 April 2009

South africa - International
South Africa says it suspects two cases of swine flu, however, health authorities have said they are confident that SA will be able to handle any cases of swine. This comes after the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases said yesterday that there were no reports of swine flu in the country, despite the growing unease around the world. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

Kenneth Marende, Kenya’s speaker of parliament, averted a potential crisis on Tuesday with a ruling that stalled an explosive power struggle within the country’s coalition government. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped unity government is facing a fresh crisis as teachers have vowed to strike for a “significant improvement” of their allowances when the new school term opens next Tuesday. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

27 former Nigerian United Nations Peacekeepers soldiers who sought compensation for the delay in the payment of their benefits have been convicted of mutiny offenses and sentenced to life imprisonment. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

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