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  1. Somali president accused of 'failing' election talks

    BBC Monitoring

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    Somalia's semi-autonomous states of Puntland and Jubbaland have issued a joint statement accusing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of failing to ensure the success of crucial consultative talks held in Mogadishu to find a solution to the election impasse.

    Puntland Information Minister Abdullahi Hirsi Tima'ade said "we are not aware of a failed conference. Farmajo wants to leave the conference just as he did at the Dhusamareb conference" in February, Radio Risala website stated.

    Earlier, Somali Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe accused the leaders of the two regional states of causing the talks to collapse.

    "Unfortunately, Jubbaland and Puntland leadership dishonoured the forum," the minister said.

    On 6 April, the international community called on Somali leaders to compromise and allow elections to take place in the country as the holy month of Ramadan approaches.

  2. Kenya denies reports of death from Covid vaccination

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC Africa Health, Nairobi

    A nurse at Kenyatta National Hospital shows a vial of the Covid-19 Covishield vaccine
    Image caption: Over 300,000 people have received their first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in Kenya

    Kenya's drugs authority has denied that a Kenyan has died from taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    The Pharmacy and Poisons Board's deputy director Dr Peter Ikamati said the death of a Kenyan health worker, who had taken the vaccine, may have been caused by a miscarriage.

    “The board wishes to clarify that there was a misreporting of an adverse event following immunisation as fatal,” the board’s chief executive, Fred Siyoi, said in a statement.

    “All reported cases that have adverse event after immunisation are under investigation and none of them has resulted into fatal outcomes,” he said.

    The deceased was a nurse working in one of the hospitals in Uasin Gishu in western Kenya.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that expectant women should receive the vaccine only if the benefit of vaccination outweighs the potential risks, such as if they are health workers at high risk of exposure or have conditions that place them in a high-risk group for severe Covid-19.

    The ministry has also not recorded any rare cases of blood clots as is being reported in some European countries.

    Data from the board shows that 279 people have had adverse effects after taking the vaccine. Seven are experiencing severe symptoms.

    More than 300,000 people have received their first doses of the vaccine in the country.

  3. Tanzania says only ban on online TV has been lifted

    President Samia Suluhu Hassan said government must not be seen to curtail media freedoms,
    Image caption: President Samia has said government must not be seen to curtail media freedom

    Tanzania has clarified that the lifting of a media ban announced by the country's new president only applies to online television.

    President Samia Suluhu Hassan had on Tuesday directed authorities to lift a ban on media outlets, imposed under the previous president John Magufuli's regime. She also asked the information ministry to ensure that the concerned media follow the law.

    President Samia said government must not be seen to curtail media freedoms, while speaking during the swearing in of new government officials. The decision was welcomed by some activists and advocates of press freedom.

    But on Wednesday, the newly appointed government spokesman, Gerson Msigwa, said in a tweet that the president had given instructions “to lift the ban on online television only and not other media, including newspapers that were banned according to the laws”.

    Information Minister Innocent Bashungwa has said the government will first consult the laws involved in banning newspapers, the Reuters news agency reports, while also clarifying that the president's decision only applies to online television.

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