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Zambia’s President Hichilema set to make ‘big decision’ to abolish death penalty

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Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema revealed that plans are on to abolish the death penalty in the country.

President Hichilema termed the decision a “big decision” by the government.

The president, in his remark on the eve of Wednesday’s Africa Freedom Day the executive, intends to work with the legislature to establish a change in the justice system.

 “We will work with parliament to run this process as we transition away from the death penalty and focus on the preservation, and rehabilitation of life while still delivering justice for all. The president said.

“This is important. We believe in it. Africa Freedom Day is a symbol of our collective commitment to secure a better future for all.”

As of 2020, the death penalty was still implemented in 33 African countries. However, no executions had been carried out for at least 10 years in 23 of these states or territories. In 10 countries, instead, the death penalty was regularly implemented.

The countries are Nigeria, Botswana, Somalia, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, and Libya. In 22 African countries, capital punishment is abolished – although exceptional circumstances could still allow the death sentence in Burkina Faso.

According to Zambia’s acting Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Ambrose Lifuna government has started addressing the problem of congestion in correctional facilities.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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