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Extended Single Term Rule Not Likely in Ghana – Political Analyst

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As the ‘third term syndrome’ further takes its roots in Africa, with Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara and Guinea’s Alpha Conde the latest proponents, a foremost African political analyst has said Ghana will not join the fray.

Ghana is classified as the most politically stable country in Africa, with its 28 years of democracy not seeing many violence and electoral shenanigans.

Commenting on Monday’s Presidential election in Ghana, Dr. Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, said the possibility of an extended long term rule looks unlikely in Ghana.

Speaking on Village Square Africa on News Central TV, Abayomi said although several other African countries have trailed that path, Ghana does not look like one that will tow that lane.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had proposed a single term of 6 years for the President, but his proposal was instantly rejected by the national assembly and the Nigerian people. In Liberia, President George Opong Weah is also seeking an extended single term.

Read: Issues To Watch As Ghana Decides 2020

Ghana, which held its elections peacefully on Monday has been a democratic frontier in West Africa and in Africa.

Also speaking on the show, Antony Goldman, a Political Risk and Government Affairs Specialist and former African Editor of the Finacial Times, said the winner of the Ghana Presidential election will be down to who citizens trust more.

Both candidates, incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama, have both enjoyed 4 years as President. Mahama led the country between 2012-2016 while Akufo-Addo has been leading since 2016 till present. The 2020 election is their third contest.

The election has been a tight one to call by analysts and neutrals as both candidates have marched on with different manifestoes to earn the faith of Ghanaians.

Mr Goldman said credibility will be important in how Ghanaians make their choice as both candidates stand a fair chance of attaining victory.

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Kano State Literacy, Math Accelerator Programme Receives £1.5 million Grant

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The British Council claims it has spent £1.5 million on the implementation of the Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator programme (KaLMA) in Wudil and Dawakin Tofa Local Government Areas of the State.

The Representative of KaLMA in Kano, Habeeb Saleh, disclosed this at the launch of the distribution of KaLMA teaching and learning materials in Kano.

He said the programme, which began in Oct. 2019, aims to address the lack of foundational skills in basic literacy and numeracy, among primary school pupils.

“KaLMA was also providing training and capacity building for teachers, Head Teachers, students and also school support officers in foundational skills methodology.

“The methodology comprised teaching at the right level methodology, for Mathematics and Hausa literacy, and using the British Council’s dual language approach for English.

“In 2020, KaLMA produced and distributed teaching and learning materials to all primary four to primary six teachers and pupils, in the two programme implementing Local Government Areas of the state.

“The materials are designed to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, as well as improve pupils’ learning outcomes.

“This year, KaLMA has revised, updated and reproduced its teaching and learning materials, for use both in classrooms and at home, in response to the challenges posed by impromptu school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Saleh noted that no fewer than 255 head teachers, 1,196 class teachers and 28,544 pupils in 181 schools in the two LGAs are expected to receive the materials.

The state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru, commended the British Council for the initiative and pledged continuous support to all development partners in their effort to raise the standard of education in the state.

Sanusi-Kiru was represented at the occasion by Hajiya Binta Diso, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Danlami Hayyo, said the programme would be expanded to 10 more LGAs before the end of this year, while a committee has been set up to look at the modalities of expanding the programme to cover the entire 44 LGAs in the state by 2022.

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Zimbabwe’s Tugwi-Mukosi Dam Makes Historic Spill

The spilling in a good rainy season means that the combined flows of the upper Tugwi and Mukosi rivers can now flow down Tugwi River unobstructed from the spillway into Runde River, already running at flood levels.

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Zimbabwe’s Tugwi-Makosi dam with a capacity of 1.8 billion cubic metres in Southern Masvingo, spilled for the first time on Saturday following continuous rains around the structure.

The historic event has spawned fears of flooding in Tugwi and Runde rivers downstream of the water amid concerns of increased water volumes.

The Tugwi-Makosi dam located at the confluence of Tugwi and Mukosi rivers along the border between Chivi and Masvingo districts has never hit 100 percent since its commissioning in May 2017. It remained at 72.4 percent in its first season of operation. 

The spilling of Zimbabwe’s largest interior water body signifies that the dam has amassed sufficient water for irrigation.  This aligns with plans by Zimbabwean government to create a perennial greenbelt in the Lowveld.

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) tweeted: “For the first time since its commissioning in 2017, Tugwi-Mukosi is 100 percent full and spilling.”

Government and its development partners have been preparing for the worst after spilling of the dam amid reports that hundreds of families in southern Chivi, Chiredzi, Mwenezi and boundaries of Tugwi river might be severely impacted by the overflow.

ZINWA spokesperson Marjorie Munyonga affirms the impact of the ongoing spilling as it offers an opportunity to test the dam’s resilience.

“The spilling is also historic in that it has tested and confirmed the design capacity of the spillway and the dam structure,” Munyonga said.

“We are now able to test and confirm that the dam design is able to withstand its full capacity.”

She dismissed reports that at full capacity, Tugwi-Mukosi Dam was threatening to destroy the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway.

Camps at Chingwizi and Chilonga Secondary School have been set up to provide temporary shelter for flood-stricken families. 

Tugwi-Mukosi was initially billed to irrigate 25,000ha but advances in irrigation technology saw the figure ramped up to more than 40,000ha.

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Somalia Intercepts Smuggled Weapons and Ammunition Days Before Elections

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Somalia’s Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunication says investigators have begun investigations into origin of the sophisticated weapons and ammunition which it intercepted while being smuggled into the country.

The Ministry said the Somali and foreign entities had attempted to illegally import high calibre weapons and ammunition into the country without the knowledge and permission of the government.

“The federal government of Somali has a robust system in the supply chain of weapons and ammunition from point of procurement to post distribution.

“It is these existing frameworks in place that has enabled the government to respond timely and block the deliveries,’’ the ministry said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

However, the ministry did not identify the entities and the quantity of weapons that were intercepted or provide proof to back up the report either.

The ministry said the government takes violations of territorial sovereignty and integrity as well as any actions that can have potential destabilising effects very seriously.

“The government is investigating the origin and motives of the weapons and ammunition it has blocked intended for Somalia,’’ it said.

The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on Somalia shortly after the nation plunged into civil war 25 years ago.

The statement came hours after fighting erupted in the southern town of Beled Hawo between Jubaland security forces and government forces as both sides sought to wrestle control of the strategic town which is a key entry of the Gedo region.

However, the government said its forces managed to repulse the group of militia and managed to recover illegally imported deadly weapons after also flushing out Jubaland security forces.

There are casualties on both sides even though the local authorities have not established the number involved.

The Somali government and Jubaland forces previously fought over the control of the town in March 2020.

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