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  1. South Sudan 'to shut schools that flout Covid rules'

    Nichola Mandil

    Juba

    Schoolchildren praying
    Image caption: Schools have been disrupted by the pandemic (file photo)

    South Sudan's education ministry has threatened to close schools that violate Covid-19 safety measures.

    It said a fact-finding mission revealed that only four schools in the Juba municipality had demonstrated good hygiene practice.

    "The report we have here is just terrible. In some schools children come to the class without wearing face masks. So what is our interest, just taking money from the school fees? Is that our priority?" asked Deputy Minister of General Education and Instruction Martin Tako Moi.

    "It appears we have taken money to be the first thing in our life then the lives of our children doesn’t matter much as long as we have the money," he added.

    Schools were reopened last October after being closed for more than six months in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

    Classes were reopened only for primary pupils and secondary school students who are due to sit final examinations in March this year.

    All schools are expected to reopen in April.

  2. Jubilation in Kinshasa as Kabila-accused are freed

    Elodie Toto

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    Scenes of joy broke out this morning at the central prison of Makala, Kinshasa, where Col Eddy Kapend and 23 other prisoners were released.

    "We are filled with joy because after 20 years [...] he comes out with dignity," said his son, Franck Irung Kapend.

    Imprisoned since 2001, they were accused of being involved in the murder of then-President Laurent-Desirée Kabila, who was succeeded in the role by his son Joseph Kabila.

    For Grace Tshunza, coordinator of the human rights NGO Dynamique Impunité Zéro, it is "a satisfaction that the head of state listened to us and that our plea was successful".

    The realease takes place in a political context marked by a conflict between current President Félix Tshisekedi and predecessor Joseph Kabila, but the deputy minister of justice said the release of these political prisoners was for "humanitarian reasons".

    Makala prison was built to accommodate 1,500 inmates and currently houses nearly 9,000.

  3. Burundi closes borders as coronavirus lull ends

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    A map showing Burundi's borders

    No travel into or out of Burundi will be allowed from Monday after the country reported new cases of coronavirus for the first time in two months, officials announced on Friday.

    "All land and maritime borders will be closed for circulation of people, except transport of goods," a statement by the committee to fight the virus reads.

    Air passengers will now be subjected to a seven-day quarantine, two Covid-19 tests - one at arrival and another on the sixth day of quarantine in a hotel, where only police are allowed to convey passengers to.

    On Wednesday, Burundi reported 40 new cases of Covid-19 after two months without any new cases in the country, health officials have said.

    Measures to fight the virus are generally not observed in Burundi, where just over 90,000 tests have been done. Some 884 cases and two fatalities have been reported since the virus was first recorded in April.

  4. Zambia footballer-turned-coach banned after rape

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    The Zambian FA has banned a local coach from its activities after he was convicted of raping and infecting a juvenile with syphilis and HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

    Former Zambia player Dudley Fichite is currently serving a life sentence for the offence but has lately been sitting on the bench for the Prison Leopards team, which is sponsored by the Zambia Correctional Services.

    Following a public outcry, the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has written to Leopard asking them to withdraw Fichite from their technical bench.

    Faz general secretary Adrian Kashala fears Fichite’s presence may bring the name of the game into disrepute.

  5. Chinese official thanked for not wearing mask in Tanzania

    Tanzania's president has thanked a visiting Chinese minister for not wearing a mask, claiming it proves there's no coronavirus in the country.

    "I want to thank minister Wang Yi, he knows in Tanzania we don't have Corona that's why he's not wearing a mask. Thank you very much Mr Wang Yi... and to demonstrate I will shake his hand as we head to share a meal together," President John Magufuli said.

    Yet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi seemed to be the odd one out in his delegation, with the rest wearing masks as seen in this video:

    President Magufuli has been widely criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, dismissing World Health Organization guidelines that urge social distancing among other measures.

    Tanzania has not for a long time released data on coronavirus infections in the country.

    Mr Yi is on a five-nation tour to Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.

    "It is a good tradition of Chinese diplomacy that the foreign minister always begins a year's overseas visits in Africa," China's diplomatic service quotes Mr Yi as saying.

    It also says China will "despatch medical experts" and wants to "fast track" existing building projects that have been put on hold by the pandemic.

    The purpose of Mr Yi's visit to Africa is said to be the forging of "a closer community with a shared future".

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    Video caption: 'President Donald Trump is likely to pardon himself'

    Mr Trump could still face charges, even with a pardon, a professor at Yale law school says.

  7. Ex-president won't help corruption probe 'tarnish' him

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz
    Image caption: Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz was silent during questioning

    The former president of Mauritania has refused to answer questions from corruption investigators, saying an article in the constitution "grants him immunity".

    Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz refused on Friday to sign the minutes of the interrogation and remained silent throughout the whole process which began on 6 January, local media said.

    Mr Ould Abdelaziz has been named in a parliamentary investigation along with former prime ministers and cabinet ministers who served during his presidency from 2008 to 2019.

    He is accused of involvement in "corruption and misappropriation of public funds". He denied all the accusations, which he called an attempt to "tarnish his reputation".

    Mr Ould Abdelaziz came to power in a military coup when he toppled Mauritania's only democratically elected president, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who died last year.

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