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Schools in Uganda have reopened for final year students, seven months after all education institutions in the country were closed as a coronavirus preventive measure.

Final year students in higher education institutions are also resuming face-to-face learning.

The schools are required to put in place hand-washing and temperature checking facilities, and also ensure that the students maintain physical distance while in class and around the schools.

But many schools across the country have not met these standards and will remain closed.

Uganda has so far confirmed 10,096 cases but the rate of infection has been steadily rising, averaging about 1,000 new cases a week.

But if this phase of reopening schools goes smoothly then the education sector is expected to fully reopen in early 2021.

President Yoweri Museveni gave the green light to the reopening of educational institutions for final-year students last month, having closed campuses in March to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have decided to reopen schools for finalists in tertiary colleges and universities because the cost of waiting any further is quite high,” said Museveni.

“If the batch of 2020 do not move on, what will happen to the batch of 2021? Can we afford to have two batches in 2021? The answer is a clear ‘No’. [Two batches] would create a jam in terms of the usual transition from primary schools to secondary schools and then tertiary colleges or universities.”

But some are sceptical about allowing students to return when the country is still grappling with cases of infection.

“E-learning would be the ideal medium of instruction during this crisis,” said Michael Niyitegeka, programme director at Clarke International University.

“We are welcoming resumption of contact learning despite the fact that the coronavirus is still a threat because we don’t have an alternative.”

Museveni, however, said learners should be safe if they and their institutions adhere to Ministry of Health’s guidelines and standard operating procedures for the prevention of COVID-19.

“The total number of finalists [in the education institutions] is less than 10% of the total enrolment. Therefore, each group of finalists will have bigger space for social distancing,” he said.


#ENDSARS Protest: President Buhari Maintains Silence, Hoodlums Go on Rampage




Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons across the country with immediate effect.

This comes after the destruction of government and private owned property across states in the country.

Places destroyed includes the BRT bus terminals , TVC Communications and the nation newspaper headquarters, banks and government-owned facilities and at least 10 police stations were attacked in Lagos state.

Curfews have been imposed in Lagos, Plateau, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Rivers, and Edo States, where two prisons were broken in controversial circumstances amid the protests.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to fleeing inmates from the Medium Security Correctional Centres on Sapele Road and at Oko, Airport Road, to return to the prisons.

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has called for dialogue between the Nigerian government and #EndSARS protesters.

Global rights group, Amnesty International for their part opined that the killing of #EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated.

President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to stay mute amid the chaos in several parts of Nigeria and widespread criticisms.

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Guinea Opposition Supporters Clash with Police



Guinea post election clash with police

Young supporters of opponent Cellou Diallo, who has declared himself the winner of the presidential election, have clashed with police in the Wanindara district of the country’s capital Conakry.

Although African election monitors say the election was conducted properly, the political opposition to incumbent Alpha Conde, who has already claimed victory, dismissed it as fraudulent.

Preliminary results for four of the country’s 38 voting districts released by electoral commission chief Kabinet Cisse shows a strong lead for Conde over his main challenger Cellou Diallo.

In three of the four districts, Conde secured more than the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff .

The opposition campaign has been setting the stage for an election dispute, with Fofana accusing the government of “large-scale fraud” in counting ballots from the hotly contested October 18 poll.

Conde, 82, is seeking a controversial third presidential term, a move that has triggered months of deadly unrest in the West African country.

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Burundi Ex-President Rejects Conviction for Murder



Buoy Rejects Murder conviction

Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, who is the current High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel, has rejected his conviction in absentia in Burundi to life imprisonment.

He was convicted of the murder of his predecessor Melchior Ndadaye in 1993.

Melchior Ndadaye, Burundi’s first democratically elected president and the first Hutu to come to power, was assassinated in October 1993 in a military coup that led the country into a civil war between the army.

This resulted in 300,000 deaths until 2006.

Buyoya was convicted of an attack against the head of state, an attack against the authority of the state and an attack tending to bring about massacre and devastation.

Eighteen senior military and civilian officials close to the former head of state were given same sentence. Three others were sent to 20 years in prison for “complicity” in the same crimes and only one, the former transitional Prime Minister, Antoine Nduwayo, was acquitted.

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