GENEVA – The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Burundi is doubting that promises of reform made by Burundi’s newly-elected president will result in hoped-for improvements in the country’s human rights situation. The commission has submitted its report on prevailing conditions in the country to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The three-member panel welcomes promises of political reconciliation, judicial reform and protection of the population made by President Ndayishimiye, in his inaugural address. But, the chair…"UN Investigators Skeptical of Reform Promises by New Burundi President"
NAIROBI – At least 41 employees at the country’s largest maternity hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus, Kenya’s Ministry of Health said Tuesday. Director General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth announced that 19 health care workers and 22 support staff have tested positive at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi. The ministry of health had conducted mass testing at the facility, where more than 100 babies are born each month. After visiting the facility…"41 Health Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus in Kenyan Maternity Hospital"
BLANTYRE – Police in Malawi have arrested a bodyguard of former President Peter Mutharika for allegedly helping him avoid nearly $7 million in import duties. Mutharika has denied knowledge of the scheme, which saw cement for construction of his private property imported duty free. Norman Chisale is one several people whom police arrested Tuesday for alleged involvement in the cement importation deal. Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest but refused further comment to avoid…"Malawi Police Arrest Former President’s Aide for Alleged Corruption"
Kenyan doctors are continuing to treat scores of coronavirus patients, a day after paying final respects to the country’s first doctor to succumb to the virus. Health officials in protective clothing brought Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki for burial Monday, in a service attended by a few relatives. Chibanzi Mwachonda, deputy Secretary-General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union said 38-year-old Dr. Lugaliki’s death was so painful doctors labeled the day “Black Monday.” Lenny…"Kenya Buries First Doctor to Succumb to COVID-19 "
Vienna (Austria), 13 July 2020 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched four projects to strengthen business integrity across 11 countries in Latin America, South East Asia, the Middle-East, North and East Africa. A key sector addressed by these projects is the healthcare industry, which, not least due to the current public health emergency, plays an important role in the project countries. In Kenya, Mexico and Pakistan, the Global Integrity…"UNODC strengthens business integrity in the healthcare industry across 11 countries"
NAIROBI, 14th July 2020 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended parties to the South Sudan peace process for the progress achieved in recent months despite the health and economic difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The President underscored the setting up of the executive arm of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the agreement on responsibility sharing at state level as well as the appointments of state Governors as key success indicators…"President Kenyatta Commends Progress In South Sudan Peace Process Despite Covid-19 Disruption"