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RWANDA: The country ranked 1st African country and 6th worldwide in the management of Covid-19



Rwanda was ranked, in a report published by the Lowy Institute, first country in the management of the coronavirus pandemic and 6th in the world. The study covers 98 countries and is based on public data, population, level of development among others.

The Lowy Sydney Institute (ILS), an Australian think tank based in Syndey, has released its latest report on handling the coronavirus pandemic. And it is Rwanda that takes the lead in this ranking in Africa and places 6th in the world with a score of 80.8 / 100.

In order to establish its ranking, the think tank took into account a number of key indicators, including confirmed cases, deaths per million people as well as the proportion of tests. At the continental level, Rwanda is followed by Togo (72.8) and Tunisia (66.7). Mozambique is in 4th place (60.2) ahead of Malawi (60.2). At the international level, the prize goes to New Zealand (94.4), which takes first place in pandemic management. It is followed by Vietnam (90.8), Taiwan (86.4), Thailand (84.2) and Cyprus (83.3). Brazil was voted the worst student in this ranking with an average of 4.3.

However, the institute said no political system comes out on top in terms of dealing with the pandemic. “Some countries handled it better than others, but most countries stood out only for their poor performance,” the study reports. The report also showed that smaller populations, cohesive societies and capable institutions were important factors in the success of the pandemic fight.

Rwanda has increased its screening capacity, with more than 4,000 daily tests. Since the start of the pandemic, 14,529 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Rwanda, including 183 deaths, or 1.3% of those infected.

Ranking of African countries in terms of management of the covid-19 pandemic according to the Lowy Institute

Rank (Africa) Country World rank) Score out of 100
1 Rwanda 6th 80.8

2 Togo 15th 72.8

3 Tunisia 21st 66.7

4 Mozambique 26th 60.2

5 Malawi 27th 60.2

6 Zambia 29th 59.8

7 Uganda 30th 59.7

8 Ivory Coast 34th 57.9

9 Senegal 36th 55.9

10 Zimbabwe 38th 54.9

11 DRC 39th 54.9

12 Madagascar 40th 54.2

13 Ghana 41st 53.8

14 Ethiopia 46th 49.1

15 Kenya 48th 48.2

16 Nigeria 49th 47.4

17 Namibia 57th 42

18 Morocco 68th 37.1

19 Libya 77th 31.7

20 South Africa 82nd 25.4

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DR CONGO – Elections: Candidate Moïse Katumbi’s Party Leader Dies on Eastern Trip



An official of the party of the opponent Moïse Katumbi was killed and several others wounded Tuesday, November 28, 2023 in Kindu, in eastern DRC, where the opponent arrived as part of his campaign for the presidential election of December 20. This is the first major incident since the beginning of this election campaign, which is taking place in a tense political climate.

The climate was already tense long before the landing of Moïse Katumbi’s plane, the authorities having forbidden the opponent to hold his meeting at the Central Tribune of the main artery of the city of Kindu.

Upon arrival, Moïse Katumbi and his allies, including former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo and Seth Kikuni were cheered and followed by the crowd in the streets before the rally relocated elsewhere. It was at the approach of the governor’s residence that the opponent and his supporters were attacked with stone throws by young supposed to belong to the presidential party.
“Stoned”, according to his party
In the exchanges and the crowd, at the head of the procession, Dido Kakisingi, youth leader of the Ensemble for the Republic party of Moïse Katumbi in Kindu, was hit by a projectile. On the ground, he was beaten violently to the point of dying, according to his party, claiming that he was simply “stoned”.

But for the mayor of Kindu, the latter fell from a vehicle of the procession before being stamped. The police intervened, firing live ammunition. In the process, several others were injured.

These incidents did not stop the campaign procession of Moïse Katumbi who held his rally to ask the people to vote.

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GABON – Raymond Ndong Sima, opponent of Ali Bongo, appointed Transitional Prime Minister



The President of the transition in Gabon, General Brice Oligui Nguema, appointed Thursday, September 07, 2023 the Transitional Prime Minister Raymond Ndong Sima, an economist and opponent of the president, Ali Bongo, overthrown by the military a week ago, according to a decree read on state television.

Raymond Ndong Sima, 68, had been Prime Minister of Ali Bongo from 2012 to 2014, but he had moved away from power. He regularly accused the power of Ali Bongo of bad governance, until he stood against the head of state at the presidential elections of 2016 and 2023. This year, he joined the Alternance 2023 platform after running and had therefore withdrawn his candidacy to give way to a consensual candidate, Albert Ondo Ossa.

Finally on Wednesday, September 7, Raymond Ndong Sima slammed the door of the coalition, declaring that the situation was «confused for several days» within the group. So he was free from any party because he is an independent candidate. It is not surprising that the junta chose him.

Raymond Ndong Sima is an economist from the north of the country. He completed part of his studies in France before joining the Gabonese Ministry of Economy. Member of the presidential party, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), he finally won a portfolio in 2009, becoming Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Break with the CEO in 2015
Two years later, he also won a seat as an MP. Raymond Ndong Sima is known for his lively temperament. He did not hesitate to criticize the CEO, which led to a break in 2015, when he moved to the opposition. Since then, he has been a virulent critic of Ali Bongo’s regime.

In Gabon, General Brice Oligui Nguema, who led the coup of August 30 against a barely proclaimed re-elected Ali Bongo, was sworn in Monday, September 4 as President of a transition period, the duration of which he did not set, and at the end of which he promised “free elections”. On Monday, he also announced the formation of a transitional government including personalities from all political stripes.

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GABON – A general takes the reins of Libreville City Hall



Following the coup of 30 August 2023, the military junta led by General Brice Clotaire Oligui announced the dissolution of the country’s government institutions. As part of this transition, a new provisional government will soon be appointed based on information received on September 7, 2023.

It is in this perspective that Brigadier General Judes Ibrahim Rapontchombo was appointed as the new head of the Gabonese capital, replacing the former mayor Christine Mba Ndutume, appointed by presidential decree in July 2021.

General Rapontchombo, previously military governor in 2020, has the mission to restore order within an institution shaken in recent years by many financial scandals.

It should be noted that Brigadier General Judes Ibrahim Rapontchombo will be supported in this mission by the former chief of the military prytanee, Commissioner-Colonel Gaude Stive Okoumba, who will assume the role of financial director. This team of soldiers has already begun a new chapter in the management of the Libreville City Hall, by carrying out a first control within the financial management of the City Hall.

As a reminder, 64 years old and in power for 14 years, Ali Bongo Odimba was deposed during a putsch conducted without bloodshed, less than an hour after his camp had proclaimed his re-election to the presidency in a vote described as fraudulent by the putschists. The coup was led by General Oligui, who gathered behind him all the army and police corps, and rallied almost all the parties of the former opposition and part of the formerThe majority as well as a massive surge of a population thanking him for having “liberated” 55 years of “Bongo dynasty” in power.

The military authorities promised to “hand over power to civilians” at the end of a transition whose duration has not been fixed, after having adopted “by referendum”, a new Constitution that will have to be drawn up with the participation of “all the living forces of the Nation” and which will lead to “free and transparent elections”.

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