News Updates across Africa This Week

Tanzania swears in Samia Suluhu as new president after death of Magufuli

Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as president of Tanzania on Friday (March 19, 2021) following the death of John Magufuli. Hassan took her oath in front of dignitaries at a ceremony held in Dar es Salaam. In her first speech as president of Tanzania, Hassan announced 21 days of mourning for Magufuli and public holidays on March 22 and on March 25, the day the late president will be buried. In her inaugural speech, she said that it is time to unite as citizens to build the new Tanzania President Magufuli aspired to. Read the speech here

How cryptocurrencies are being adapted for Africa [Business Africa]

Ex-Togolese football professional and now entrepreneur, Donaldson Sackey has developed the Timeless Capital Coin to address issues that are unique to entrepreneurs in developing countries. “I think right now we are in space where everything is going on to the digitalization and during the pandemic in 2020, there are also a lot of people which were jobless, a lot of people which are not working regularly,” Sackey told Afrcanews. “So we created a cryptocurrency, our cryptocurrency Timeless capital coin to challenge this situation and also that people which are unbanked had the possibility to use them more by doing some payment with our currency,” he said. Read more

South Africa: Colourful procession ahead of Zulu king’s burial

Cloaked with animal skins, several hundred men in traditional warrior clothes are paying their last farewells to the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini who died on Friday at the Nongoma morgue in South Africa. The remains of the leader, who died at the age of 72 after serving for 50 years, will be buried (“planted” as referred to in Zulu tradition) on Wednesday night at a private ceremony in the presence of men only, according to the Zulu rite. A national tribute will be paid to him on Thursday.

Niger top court confirms Bazoum as new president

Niger’s constitutional court has confirmed Mohamed Bazoum of the ruling PNDS party as winner of a presidential run-off held last month.

Mr Bazoum won with 55.66% of the votes while his challenger Mahamane Ousmane of the RDR-Tchanji party received 45.34% of the votes, according to the final results published on Sunday. This is Niger’s first transition from one democratically elected leader to another, with President Mahamadou Issoufou stepping down after two five-year terms.

Congo’s presidential candidate dies in France

A Congolese opposition presidential candidate died of COVID-19 in France early Monday, local media reported.

Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died on board a medical plane just after landing at the Orly Airport in Paris, local broadcaster Ziana Medias said.

Kolelas, 60, one of the main candidates, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and was shifted to France on Sunday, his campaign manager Cyr Mayanda confirmed. “My dear compatriots, I am fighting against death, but nevertheless, I ask you to stand up. Go and vote for change. I would not have fought for nothing,” Kolelas said in a video message on Saturday while on a ventilator in a Congolese hospital.

He was one of the seven candidates vying for president in Sunday’s presidential election in Congo.