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Lula Da Silva's acquittal

Brazil's former president Lula Da Silva's acquittal has been described as a game changer that could reshape Brazil's political future. Last week, a Brazilian Supreme Court judge quashed all corruption convictions against Lula da Silva, restoring his political rights and opening the door to a possible 2022 presidential run. 75 year old leftist leader from the Workers' Party, has not yet confirmed whether he intends to run next year, but he and his defence team view the judge's ruling as a testament to his innocence. The acquittal comes as current president Jair Bolsonaro is facing heavy criticism for his handling of the corona virus pandemic and the struggling economy.
According to Susana Caputi, Senior Associate at the South Africa based Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean Studies, da Silva's acquittal did not come as a surprise...

APRM Anniversary

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the African Peer review Mechanism-APRM, which is Africa's most innovative and ambitious initiative on governance, launched by Member States of the African Union who accede voluntarily, for self- and peer-assessment of national governance policies and practices. To mark this important milestone, virtual events will be held today and tomorrow, to raise public awareness around APRM, as the premier African instrument for the promotion of good governance and highlight the involvement of Youth in Governance.
For more on this Channel Africa’ Samora Mangesi spoke to Dr. McBride Nkhalamba, Head of Research, Methodology & Development division at APRM.

Senegal protests

Schools in Senegal have been shut down, after days of violent protests that paralysed parts of the capital Dakar and are expected to continue this week. At least five people have died in demonstrations sparked by the arrest of Ousmane Sonko, Senegal's most prominent opposition leader. It has been described as the worst political unrest in years in a country widely seen as one of West Africa's most stable. Sonko, who enjoys strong support among young people, was arrested after an employee of a beauty salon accused him of raping her.
Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Adolphus Mawolo, Journalist based in Senegal about what to expect this week..

Opposition leader in Niger and former prime minister Hama Amadou has been jailed

Opposition leader in Niger and former prime minister Hama Amadou has been jailed after being held for questioning for three days over his alleged role in post-election violence. Amadou faces many charges including complicity in demonstrations and property damage, after widespread protests over the results of a presidential election that handed victory to ruling-party candidate Mohamed Bazoum over the opposition's Mahamane Ousmane. Amadou, who finished runner-up in the 2016 election, was barred from contesting the election this time because of a criminal conviction.

EU tax heavens

Morocco and Namibia have been removed from the controversial European Union's list of tax havens after implementing reforms to bring their tax systems up to the EU's required standards. The EU however says the island nation of Seychelles and Botswana are still on the list. The bloc says countries on the revised list have refused to engage in dialogue with the EU or to address the shortcomings in good tax governance. Since its establishment 2017, the EU tax haven blacklist has drawn criticism from politicians, academics and civil society organizations for being overly political and failing to serve its purpose.
For more on this Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Chiara Putaturo, EU Policy Advisor on Tax and Inequalities at anti- poverty Organisation -OXFAM.

South Sudan Report

The threat of a full-blown civil war in South Sudan remains unless the country's leaders can broaden power sharing. This is according to a new report by the International Crisis Group -ICG- released almost a year since the country's formation of a government of national unity. The report titled "Toward a Viable Future for South Sudan" urges South Sudanese elite, religious leaders and civil society to rethink the country's system of governance and create a political system that will work for all ethnic groups.

ICG's Senior researcher for South Sudan Alan Boswell has more on the report.

Talhah Pateliah wins gold at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair.

South Africa's 16 Year- Old scientist Talhah Pateliah says he is filled with joy after his multi-purpose motorised robot won him a gold medal at the recent Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair. The robot can be used in a wide variety of fields including search and rescue, agriculture, as well as cave exploration. The 2020 Eskom Event which was held virtually due to Covid-19, is South Africa's most prestigious science fair for learners and it also reaches many parts of Africa and beyond.

Talhah -who is a Grade 11 learner, says although his project won him a gold medal, there were many challenges that he faced whilst putting it all together.

Cyril Ramaphosa foundation

The Cyril Ramaphosa foundation has been supporting communities across South Africa by supporting education and small business. Over 1 million people have benefitted from their efforts. CEO of the Foudation, Mmabatho Maboya spoke to Zikhona Miso about how they've been helping their beneficiaries......
That was Mmabatho Maboya, CEO of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foudation speaking to Zikhona Miso.

Vaccine Nationalism

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has pleaded with rich countries to release their hoards of covid -19 vaccine so that other countries can also benefit. Ramaphosa who is also the chairperson of the African Union, made the plea while delivering an address at the World Economic Forum digital summit on tuesday. Discussing the impact of Covid- 19 on the continent ,Ramaphosa said through its participation in global initiatives, South Africa continues to promote the need for universal, fair and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. To find out more about vaccine nationalism and its impact on the poor countries, Channel Africa spoke to Candice Sehoma, Access Campaign Advocacy Officer at humanitarian Organization- Doctors Without Borders.

European Union partners with Mozambique in curbing a surge in armed violence in Cabo Delgado

The European Union has agreed to partner with Mozambique in curbing a surge in armed violence attributed to extremist Islamic groups in Cabo Delgado province. The partnership is seen as a key element in bolstering security levels in the country's coastal province. Last year the jihadist group known locally as Al-Shabaab -- which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State but has no known links to the group of the same name operating in Somalia -- attacked four towns including the port of Mocimboa da Praia, which has been occupied since August.

For more on the partnership Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Antonio sánchez-benedito Gaspar, The European Union Ambassador in Mozambique.

Sahel Green Wall

Africa's Great Green Wall for the Sahel and Sahara Initiative has received at least $10-billion in new funding. The funding is set to be used to fast-track efforts to restore degrading land, save biological diversity and create green jobs and build the resilience of the Sahelian people. French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement at the recent One Planet Summit for Biodiversity co-organised by France, the United Nations and World Bank .
For more on the new funding and its significance, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Chris Magero, Programme Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Mario Masuku legacy

Former President of The Kingdom of eSwatini's People's United Democratic Movement -pudemo, Mario Masuku, has been described as a pillar in the struggle for democracy, as tributes continue to pour in following his passing. Masuku passed away on Monday due to what was reported as Covid -19 complications. Before retiring from active politics in 2017 he spent several stints in jail as he challenged King Mswati's government.

To get a sense of what kind of legacy he has left behind, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Mlungisi Makhanya, Pudemo’s President.

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