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Côte d’Ivoire : 125 morts enregistrés par les pompiers en mai 2020

Le mois de mai 2020 s’est achevé en Côte d’Ivoire avec 3310 interventions du Groupement des sapeurs pompiers militaire (GSPM) qui a pris en charge 2877 victimes et enregistré 125 morts contre 105 en mars dernier, a appris APA mardi de source sécuritaire.« Le mois de mai s’achève avec 3310 interventions au total, soit une moyenne de 107 interventions par jour. 2877 victimes ont été prises en charge et 125 décès ont été enregistrés. Les principales causes des interventions restent les accidents de la circulation qui constituent à eux seuls 39,18% des sorties, suivis des transports de malades avec 17,16%, des femmes en travail avec 12,6% et des feux avec 6,5%», rapporte le GSPM dans une note d’information. 

Selon les pompiers, 64,89% des victimes prises en charge pendant ce mois de mai sont dues à des accidents de la circulation. Dans la capitale économique ivoirienne, précise la note, les communes de Yopougon, Cocody, Abobo et Adjamé enregistrent les plus grands nombres d’interventions. 

En mars dernier, rappelle-t-on, les ”soldats du feu” avaient enregistré  2468 interventions dans le pays avec 2824 victimes prises en charge et 105 décès. En 2019, les accidents de la circulation ont fait 24. 907 victimes dont 537 morts en Côte d’Ivoire.

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La quinzaine nationale de l’environnement prévue 03 au 17 juin prochain en Côte d’Ivoire

L’édition 2020 de la quinzaine nationale de l’environnement et du développement durable, des rencontres dont l’objectif est de sensibiliser les populations sur la protection de l’environnement, se tiendront sur l’ensemble du territoire ivoirien du 03 au 17 juin 2020 autour du thème, : «la nature nous parle».L’information a été mardi à Abidjan par PrJoseph Séka Séka, le ministre ivoirien de l’environnement et du développement durable. «La célébration de cette quinzaine en Côte d’Ivoire a pour objectif de mettre l’accent sur une meilleure protection de l’environnement et contribuer à l’amélioration du cadre de vie des populations », a expliqué Pr Séka Séka, soulignant que ces assises s’articulent autour de la célébration de trois journées mondiales. 

Il s’agit notamment de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement (JME), de la Journée mondiale des océans (JMO) et la Journée mondiale de la lutte contre la désertification et de la sécheresse (JMLDS) prévues respectivement les 05, 08 et 17 juin prochains. 

Par ailleurs, a ajouté M. Séka, une table ronde sera organisée à la télévision autour thème, « nos solutions sont dans la nature ». Compte-tenu de la situation sanitaire actuelle, a poursuivi le ministre, les technologies de l’information et la communication seront utilisées pour atteindre les populations. 

« Cela aurait même l’avantage de nous permettre de joindre une cible plus importante qu’auparavant », a-t-il justifié. M. Séka Séka a conclu en précisant qu’une campagne de sensibilisation sera également organisée en ligne sur la période allant du 29 mai au 30 juin 2020 avec la publication de messages sur différents canaux. 

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BAD: Buhari à la rescousse de Akinwunmi Adesina

Le président nigérian Muhammadu Buhari a apporté son soutien à son compatriote Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, président de la BAD dont la gestion est critiquée.Le président nigérian Muhammadu Buhari a rencontré mardi Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, président de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), a appris APA.

La réunion, selon la rencontre de la chaîne de télévision nigériane Channels Television, a également été suivie par le ministre des Finances, du Budget et de la Planification nationale du Nigeria, Zainab Ahmed ; le ministre des Affaires étrangères Geoffrey Onyeama et le chef de cabinet du président Ibrahim Gambari.

Lors de cette rencontre, le gouvernement nigérian a réitéré son soutien au Dr Adesina. Le ministre des Finances, du Budget et de la Planification nationale, Zainab Ahmed, dans une lettre, a demandé au conseil d’administration de la BAD d’ignorer les appels à une enquête indépendante sur le Dr Adesina.

M. Adesina, 60 ans, est sous le feu des critiques suite à une plainte d’un groupe de dénonciateurs l’accusant d’avoir enfreint le code de conduite de la BAD, dont l’entrave à l’efficacité, le traitement préférentiel et l’implication dans des activités politiques.

Dans une lettre du secrétaire américain au Trésor Steven Mnuchin parvenue à l’AFP lundi, les Etats-Unis avaient demandé à la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) de lancer une enquête indépendante sur les accusations de « prévarication » contre son président Akinwumi Adesina

Des accusations réfutées par Dr Adesina qui clame son innocence. « Je maintiens mon innocence en ce qui concerne les allégations falsifiées qui cherchent injustement à porter atteinte à mon honneur et à mon intégrité, ainsi qu’à la réputation de la Banque africaine de développement », a déclaré Adesina dans un communiqué publié la semaine dernière 

 A côté du gouvernement nigérian, Adesina peut aussi compter sur le soutien de l’ancien président, Olusegun Obasanjo, qui, dans une déclaration, a également demandé au conseil d’administration de la BAD d’ignorer les appels à une enquête indépendante sur le Dr Adesina lancés par le secrétaire au Trésor américain.

Ces remous interviennent dans un contexte de renouvellement au sein de la BAD où l’élection du prochain chef de l’institution est prévue pour le mois d’août. M. Adesina est pour l’heure l’unique candidat.

Fondée en 1964, la BAD compte 80 pays membres, dont 26 en dehors d’Afrique comme les États-Unis. Selon les statuts de l’institution, le chef de la BAD doit être d’origine africaine.

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Meet Peru lady Lima Marcela Medina de Jurado; Became youngest mother in history at five, now she is 86

TRICAPO-(MaraviPost)-Biological science tells us that a female can only become pregnant when she has gotten to puberty stage and is able to ovulate. That we were told does not happen at age 5.

But in the case of the world youngest mother in human history it was not that way. She defiled sciences to become a mother at the age of five.

Lima Marcela Medina de Jurado was born on 23 September, 1933 and became the youngest mother in human history after giving birth to her child at the age of Five year, Seven months, and 21 days.

She was born in Tricapo Castrovirreyna Province of Peru to her parents Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Loses and she had 8 other siblings.

She was brought to a hospital in Pisco at age five due to increasing abdominal size.

Doctors who had earlier thought she had tumor, after series of examination discovered she was already seven months pregnant.

Medina gave birth to a boy through Caesarean Section after a month and half the diagnosis was carried out, making her the youngest person to give birth in human history. The CS, doctors said was necessitated by her small pelvis.

Her son was named Gerardo after her doctor and he weighed 2.7kg. Gerardo while being raise was made to believe that Medina was his sister, but he found out the truth at age 10.

Though Medina, whom some maintained may not have known herself given her age has never revealed the father of the child nor circumstances of her impregnation, her father was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse but was later released due to lack of evidence.

Her son however, later died 1979 at the age of 40 year from a bone disease.

As a young adult she worked as a secretary in the Lima clinic of Lozada, which gave her formal education and help put her son through high school.

She later got married to Raul Jurado, who fathered her second son in 1972. As of 2002, it was gathered they live in a poor neighborhood of Lima known as “Little Chicago”.

Nevertheless, except for the effects of precocious puberty, there was no record of how a girl of her age could become pregnant.

She is currently 86 years old and still lives in Peru.

Source: Amazgist

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UDF over the moon:Avers Atupele Muluzi as Malawi’s next President

Atupele Muluzi with UDF senior members

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Reports have emerged that United Democratic Front (UDF) is going round mosques courting sheikhs to tell their faithful to vote for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)/UDF partnership saying the alliance runningmate Atupele Muluzi will be running affairs of the country claiming President Peter Mutharika is old and sick.

Several  sources disclosed that several sheikhs have received instructions from UDF leaders to urge all moslems in the country to vote for DPP/UDF alliance because a fellow muslim, Atupele, will be President when the alliance wins.

“We are being urged to vote for DPP/UDF alliance. Our Sheikhs say they have been informed that our fellow Muslim Atupele will be running the country because President Mutharika is old and sick,” said one source who is a Muslim.

Another source said the sheikhs have been instructed to itensify the campaign in all mosques.

This comes barely a few days  after former President Bakili Muluzi’s slip of the tongue telling his kinsmen and chiefs at kapoloma in Machinga that Atupele will be President went viral on social media.

“I called this meeting to thank Professor Mutharika for appointing one of our sons, Atupele, as runningmate who will be President. Ooh sorry Vice President,” said Muluzi senior.

Tonse Allinace leaders have censored politicians against diving the country on religious lines during campaign.

UTM Leader Salous Chilima and MCP presidential Candidate Lazarous Chakwera have on several ocasions during campaign meetings denounced dividing Malawians using religion or tribe.

Atupele recently came under fire after he claimed during a political rally in Chiradzulu that Police Officer Imedi was killed  in Nsundwe in Lilongwe because he was a Muslim.

Malawi will this month, June, hold fresh presidential elections following February 3, 2020 Constitutional Court (ConCourt) nullification of May 21, 2019 polls.

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Covid-19 : Harare corse les mesures de restrictions

Les forces de sécurité du Zimbabwe ont renforcé les contrôles aux points de contrôle autour de la capitale Harare, mardi, dans un contexte de recrudescence des cas de coronavirus.La police et les soldats ont refoulé les véhicules et les personnes qui se rendaient dans le quartier central des affaires et ont ordonné la fermeture des magasins dans le centre-ville de Harare.

 Selon un porte-parole de la police de la République du Zimbabwe, le renforcement de la sécurité épargnait seulement les personnes autorisées à reprendre leurs activités commerciales dans le cadre du niveau 2 du confinement dans le quartier central des affaires.

 Il a appelé les citoyens à « constater que le pays est toujours sous le niveau deux du confinement national afin de gérer la pandémie de Covid-19 », qui a ainsi vu le nombre de cas passer d’environ 34 il y a deux semaines à 203 ce mardi.

  « Seuls les services essentiels, les entreprises des secteurs commerciaux et industriels officiels ont été exemptés d’opérer pendant cette période », a déclaré le porte-parole.

 Cependant, selon des observateurs politiques, cette décision était plus politique qu’une simple réponse à la hausse des cas de coronavirus.

 L’action de la police intervient dans un contexte de tension politique naissante suite à l’arrestation de l’avocat du chef de l’opposition Nelson Chamisa.

 L’avocat, Thabani Mpofu, devait se présenter au tribunal mardi pour répondre aux accusations de tentative d’obstruction de la justice après avoir menti sous serment lors d’un procès il y a plusieurs années.

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Talking Blues: Malawi’s lost quintuple is President Peter Mutharika’s legacy

Talking Blues
Talking Blues- Weekly seriuos Analysis of Malawi Events

Late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda was sworn in as President of the Republic of Malawi on 6 July 1966. He served as such for 27 years, 324 days until 24 May 1994.

Mr Eleson Bakili Muluzi, Dr Banda’s immediate successor, served from 24 May 1994 to 24 May 2004.

He was succeeded by Dr Bingu wa Mutharika on 24 May 2004. Bingu presided for 7 years, 317 days. He died in office on 5 April 2012.

Mrs Joyce Banda, the Vice President finished off that term, taking over from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. She served for 2 years, 54 days before losing the election to the incumbent Prof Peter Mutharika who assumed office on 31 May 2014.

Due to the nullification of the May 2019 Presidential Election on top of the constitutional 5 years, he has had 363 days “extra time”.

“Never waste your time with stupid people. They will never change and yet they will do everything they can to change you. . . stupidity loves company.”  Dr Banda told his biographer, Dr Brody.

Kamuzu Banda
Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (centre) at Lancaster House with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Copyright GETTY IMAGES

True to this belief, Kamuzu never suffered fools gladly. Sadly, he did not tolerate dissent either and this led to the suffering of those who attracted his ire.

“For the first time since I left Kasungu so many years ago, tears came to my eyes, but these were tears of happiness at the prospects of someday soon being a physician. I knew that I still faced years of much, much hard work to achieve that goal. But Kamuzu was always good at hard work.” Dr Banda, reminiscing the day he got accepted to study medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Hard work. Hard work in the fields (farming), hard work in offices, hard work on sports fields is how he set about laying the foundation of the Malawi he handed over to Bakili Muluzi.

A functional railway line running from Mchinji to Nsanje, the University of Malawi under the various constituent colleges, the College of Medicine project, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Chikangawa Forest Reserve, road networks and practically the entire Lilongwe City which did not exist before 1970.

Several teachers’ training colleges, district secondary schools and hospitals and rural health centres where one – during Kamuzu’s time – was able to get even crystapen.

Crystapen or Benzylpenicillin, also known as penicillin G, is an antibiotic used to treat several bacterial infections. Today, when doctors at Malawi’s referral hospitals prescribe crystapen, you must dig onto your pockets to buy from pharmacies. Under Kamuzu, a dictator, that drug – among others – was available at the most rural of health centres.

What happened? Bakili Muluzi happened.

For discerning readers who want to learn what exactly transpired during Bakili’s lost decade, the book “Malawi’s Lost Decade: 1994-2004” co-authored by Professor Adamson Muula and Mrs Emmie Chanika is a must-read.

I will not waste precious space retelling the visionless opportunism that Bakili engendered whose fruits are the corruption, laziness, and a penchant for a quick buck plus dubious elections we are reaping today.

“You don’t necessarily need atomic bombs to destroy a nation. Politicians who value their pockets than the life of citizens always do that every day,” said Israelmore Ayivor.

Nothing could be more apt.

By the end of Bakili’s tenure, no one wanted anything to do with him.

No one.

Who would want a person who has wrecked a whole nation’s foundations without launching a single grenade?

The one person who knew that Malawians wanted Bakili no more was late Dr Bingu wa Mutharika. Upon assuming office, he quickly disentangled himself from Bakili and his United Democratic Front (UDF).

He went further. He refused to be bribed by the tobacco cartel. After setting minimum tobacco prices, some buyers resisted. Bingu deported them.

“For a long time, I’ve been warning these exploitative colonialists to pay fair prices to farmers, I will not except for my people to be exploited,” said Bingu, then also serving as the Minister of Agriculture.

To resolve a protracted standoff over the National Budget, as a compromise to Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s insistence on universal subsidy for fertilizer, Bingu conceded to implement a partial subsidy via FISP.

It was a resounding success and it made Bingu a household name among Nsima-addicted Malawians.

This plus the fact that his “boys” viz. Ishmael Wadi, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Gustav Kaliwo, the then Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), were not ‘distributing candy’ to the big fish but rather arresting them as befits any lowlife; Bingu progressed from a household name to a darling.

Mr Yusuf Mwawa made history as the first serving minister to be arrested and convicted on corruption charges.

“Hon Mwawa was arrested this morning in Lilongwe following the conclusion of our investigations into his alleged fraud and corruption,” Egrita Mdala, ACB public relations officer, told the BBC in May 2005.

Mwawa, who denied the charges, allegedly used a cheque meant to be spent on a cancelled official meeting to pay for the $1,700 (£925) wedding reception at a hotel in Blantyre. His wife, journalist Diana Nkhulembe, was the then estranged Vice-President Cassim Chilumpha’s press officer.

Bingu’s zero tolerance on corruption is chronicled in song by Malawi’s legendary Mlaka Maliro. His non-selective anti-corruption crusade in fact made Bakili to apologise to Malawians for what he said had been “a wrong choice”.

No one agreed with Bakili. He, Bakili, was the wrong choice in 1994, they said.

Come election 2009, Bingu won and managing succession plus the corrupting nature of absolute power heralded his downfall.

A people ‘darling in his first term, thousands are reported to have sighed with relief when he died.

What happened? Peter Mutharika had happened.

He returned home and succession wars led to the expulsion of Mrs Joyce Banda from DPP. Mrs Banda’s being a caretaker, we will skip her time and jump to Peter Mutharika’s quintuple i.e. five years.

To name a few of Peter Mutharika’s contributions to the mess we are in:

• Empty promise of 5 New Universities: Not even one has been built. What Mutharika has achieved is to split UNIMA, which Malawians have Kamuzu to thank.

• Pledge to complete Bingu’s work on Shire-Zambezi Waterway. You want to see what progress has been achieved? Go and see the eyesore in Nsanje.

• Making Wanderers and Bullets stadia a priority instead of improving Energy, Education and Health services.

• Leading by example in corruption and kickbacks. Remember he was paid MK145 million by Zameer Karim directly from a corrupt deal?

• Revival of rail transportation. As we speak, not a centimetre of our neglected rail lines has been rehabilitated.

Blues’ Orators, all these and more are why people wondering:

• Between Bakili’s lost decade and Mutharika’s quintuple, which is worse?

• Given the duo’s disastrous leadership, should anyone believe that out of the blue they are now wise men from the east who have come bearing a precious gift for Malawians in the name of the DPP/UDF Alliance?

Now, I have a question for you reading this article: is there any wisdom in sticking a leech to a bleeding man’s vein? Mind you, stupidity does love company!

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Redbrick Limited donates Covid-19 PPEs to Malawi’s Chichiri Prison

Redbrick Limited’s Sales Manager Jamie de Silva (from right) handing over Covid-19 PPEs to Mr Chagwa, Chichiri Prison station Manager

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-In a quest to meet its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) amid Covid-19 spike, Redbrick Limited on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 donated Covid-19’s Preventive, Protective Equipments (PPEs) to Malawi’s Chichiri Prison in Blantyre.

The PPEs worthy MK1.5million including thermometers, pails, sanitizers aimed to contain the virus spread.

The donation comes barely months after the company’s directors including Maaz Batatawala and Sabina Batatawala made similar support of MK1.5 million to Queens Central Hospital in Blantyre.

Redbrick Limited’s Sales Manager Jamie de Silva said the donation aimed at helping the prison to prevent the virus into the facility for inmates safety.

de Silva assured the nation to do more on prevention materials against Coronavirus.

Redbrick Limited’s donted Covid-19 PPEs

In his remarks after receiving the donation a Mr Chagwa, Chichiri Prison station manager lauded Redbrick Limited’s gesture saying is timely.

Chagwa assured the company’s donation that will be used for its intended purpose to contain the virus.

He therefore urged other firms to emulate Redbrick Limited’s gesture to do more on inmates as the need is huge.

As of June 1, 2020, Malawi had 336 Covid-19 cases with four deaths.

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Sénégal: hausse des exportations vers les pays de l’UEMOA

Les exportations de biens du Sénégal vers les pays de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest africaine (UEMOA) ont connu une hausse de 2,6 milliards de FCFA (environ 4,160 millions de dollars) au terme du mois de mars 2020 comparées à la même période de l’année 2019, selon les données de la Direction de la prévision et des études économiques (DPEE).Ces exportations se sont ainsi établies à 37,6 milliards de FCFA contre 35 milliards de FCFA en février 2020, soit une hausse de 7,4% en valeur relative.

Selon la DPEE, la part de l’UEMOA dans les exportations totales du Sénégal s’est située à 24,5% en mars 2020 contre 23,4% en février 2020, soit un accroissement de 1,1 point de pourcentage.

Le poids des exportations du Sénégal vers Mali dans les exportations totales vers l’UEMOA est passé de 51,0% à 42,6% sur la période. Le ciment reste le principal produit exporté  vers ce pays partenaire avec une part de 27,1% contre 42,0% en février 2020.

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African & Nigeria reggae king Majek Fashek dies at 57

Majek Fashek has been confirmed dead at the age of 57 years

EDO STATE-(MaraviPost)-Nigerian legendary reggae star Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek has been confirmed dead at the age of 57 years.

His death was confirmed today in a video released via the official Instagramaccount of the late singer by his manager Omenka Uzoma.

“Today been having pressure calls, well it is true that the African No 1 Legendary ICON has gone to be with the LORD his Maker,” wrote Uzoma.

“Let celebrate him, his achievements, and his family, whatever decisions made by his immediate family will be notified.”

Majek Fashek, hails from Benin-City, Edo state and began his music career in the 80s.

Fashek made a name for himself as one of Africa’s finest singer-songwriter and guitarist during his lifetime.

Amazgist understands that the late Fashek has worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

He will always be remembered in Nigeria for his 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”.

Source: Amazgist

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