Burundi’s Minister of Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS, Thaddee Ndikumana, has announced the start of a second nationwide mass screening campaign of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The move comes amidst surging cases of coronavirus infections.
The 30-day campaign will kick-off in the commercial capital Bujumbura and several provinces where cases have been reported lately.
Ndikumana advised that more people should the pay attention to the campaign to know about their status at a launching event.
Since last week, 100 out of 5,300 people who had been in contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patients tested positive, Ndikumana said.
The people of Burundi and foreigners living in the country have been urged to respect hygiene measures of washing hands with soap, avoiding handshakes and hugs, and social distancing, he said
The campaign is part of the new measures announced by the government earlier on Friday to fight against the pandemic.
Other measures include closing all land and water borders, extending the quarantine period for travellers entering Burundi by air from three days to seven days and conducting two COVID-19 tests for them.
The first nationwide mass screening campaign started in July 2020 and lasted three months, which led to positive results according to the government of Burundi.
From March 2020 to date, the central African nation has recorded nearly 1,000 COVID-19 cases with two deaths.
Kenyans Applaud Priest for Lambasting President Kenyatta, Others
A Kenyan priest, Rev Sammy Wainaina, has warmed his way into the hearts of most Kenyans after he lambasted the top politicians over their handling of the country’s affairs.
A video of the Wainaina, who is the provost of the All Saints Cathedral in the capital Nairobi, slamming President Uhuru Kenyatta and others has been widely shared on social media.
Commenters praised the reverend for speaking truth to power.
In his Sunday sermon, Wainaina criticised an ongoing campaign to change Kenya’s constitution that will see the post of a prime minister and deputies reintroduced in the executive arm of government.
He said the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would not solve the country’s urgent problems like unemployment and poverty.
“We have money for BBI which will only benefit a few people at the top, the kingpins… but we have no money to build schools, then our children [are forced ] to learn under trees,” he said.
“Let me remind Kenyans that when your tribal man becomes the president or takes the five top seats, you will remain poor,” he added.
But he saved his most stinging criticism for President Kenyatta, who recently said that Kenya was losing more than two billion shillings ($18m) a day to corruption.
“What are you telling Kenyans when you confess that? That you are defeated? Who will then save this country if the president cannot save us?” he asked.
“Mr president, you have the ethics and anti-corruption commission, you have the director of public prosecutions, you have the national intelligence service, you have every government machinery at your disposal.
“Either the government knows who is stealing the Kenyans’ money, or the government is part of the stealing?” he said, adding that he would no longer host politicians in his church.
Uganda Election: Bobi Wine Files Arbitrary Detention Complaint
The Presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in the Uganda election, Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine, has filed an arbitrary detention complaint to the United Nations (UN).
The Ugandan military has since Friday surrounded Bobi Wine’s house, a day after Uganda conducted presidential elections, barring him from going out or receiving visitors.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Bobi Wine, said: “Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this complaint on my behalf to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest.
“We are challenging my continued illegal confinement by the Ugandan police and the military.”
Long-time president Museveni, 76, was re-elected with almost 59 per cent of the vote, followed by 38-year-old Wine, with roughly 35 per cent.
Wine says he will legally contest the result of the presidential election, alleging “widespread fraud” during the Jan. 14 poll, which was seen as Uganda’s first election in which there was a real threat to Museveni’s rule.
Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has retained power for 35 years.
He had changed Uganda’s constitution to enable himself to run for yet another five-year term.
The election had been overshadowed by violence since campaigning began, with almost daily violence being reported.
The internet was shut down across the country shortly before the start of voting.
It has since returned, although social media remains unavailable.
Ugandans Go to the Polls; This Time to Vote for Mayors
The Ugandan electorate on Wednesday returned to polling stations to elect city mayors and district chairpersons.
According to Electoral Commission (EC) road map, Wednesday’s elections of District Local Government Councils shall include elections for District/City Chairpersons, Lord Mayor, Mayors, and Councillors at local government level.
The poll is holding about a week after presidential and parliamentary polls were held. However, local media say voter turnout are low in the local government council elections compared to last week’s elections.
Analysts say the low turnout was expected as some voters were unhappy with how the general elections were conducted.
Popular musician Jose Chameleon, real name Joseph Mayanja, is contesting to be mayor of the capital, Kampala. His rivals include Nabilah Naggayi, Dan Kazibwe, Godfrey Nyakana and incumbent Erias Lukwago.
Under the Local Government Act, District chairpersons are among others, mandated to preside over meetings of the executive committees of the districts, monitor the general administration of the districts and implementation of council decisions.
Meanwhile, the results of the presidential election continued to generate tensions locally and internationally. A Nigerian senior advocate and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), on Tuesday dragged President Yoweri Museveni to the United Nations over the illegal house arrest of his main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine.
Bobi Wine, 38, has not been seen outside of his home since the Presidential election held last Thursday.
On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, who went to Wine’s resident to check on his health and safety, because he has “effectively been unable to leave his home, with security forces surrounding his residence,” was turned back by the army, a Facebook post said.
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