Top Africa stories: Kenya nurses on infants' deaths, eSwatini

2018-09-21 07:19

'We're overwhelmed by work,' nurses say after dead infants found stuffed in boxes

Nurses at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, have reportedly denied any wrongdoing after bodies of at least 12 infants were found stuffed in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

According to the Star newspaper, the nurses defended themselves saying that they were overwhelmed by work, resulting in the high mortality rate of new-born babies.

The nurses also blamed consultant workers for "failing in their work".

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WATCH: eSwatini police attack unarmed protesters with batons, stun grenades

Police in eSwatini have come under fire after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

According to reports demonstrators and police clashed in Swaziland during a protest action to demand higher wages and reforms to the way the state pension fund was managed.

According to Reuters, several workers were wounded in the clashes, as police used batons, stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

The organisers of the demonstrations, however, vowed to continue with the protest until Thursday as the protests were also taking place in other parts of the country, including the capital Mbabane, Siteki and Nhlangano.

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'We'll come up with a credible report,' says Motlanthe after taking oath for violence probe in Zim

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly assured Zimbabweans that the commission of inquiry into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that took place on August 1 will "come up with a credible report after the hearing".  

"So far allow us to do that assignment. The members in the commission are honourable people so it gives the commission a bit of credibility," New Zimbabwe quoted Motlanthe as saying.

Motlanthe, who is leading the commission, said this after seven members of the commission took their oath before President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Kgalema Motlanthe

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Seeking votes in eSwatini, where the king's rule is absolute

On a patch of grass beside a mountain track, eSwatini parliamentary candidate Alec Lushaba makes one final push for votes - addressing an audience of five women and four children.

Electioneering is a low-key affair in the country formerly known as Swaziland, which goes to the polls on Friday in a ballot that has thrown light on a unique, and much criticised, version of democracy.

Lushaba is dressed in a traditional robe which leaves his shoulders and legs bare, and which is emblazoned with birthday wishes to King Mswati III, the absolute monarch who rules over the tiny African kingdom.

Swaziland

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PICS: SA unions 'must support struggling comrades in eSwatini', says SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has criticised eSwatini police's heavy handedness in dealing with striking workers this week after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

Demonstrators and police clashed during a protest action to demand higher wages and reforms to the way the state pension fund was managed.

According to Reuters, several workers were wounded in the clashes, as police used batons, stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

The organisers of the demonstrations, however, vowed to continue with the protest until Thursday, as the protests were also taking place in other parts of the country, including the capital Mbabane, Siteki and Nhlangano.

Swaziland

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Zim govt won't buy cars for new cabinet ministers... at least for now – report

Zimbabwe's government has reportedly diverted funds intended to purchase new vehicles for the new cabinet ministers and lawmakers, and "channelled the money towards fighting the cholera epidemic".

According to NewsDay, the country's finance minister Mthuli Ncube confirmed the austerity measures, saying that at least $15m which was to be used to buy the new vehicles was now going towards alleviating the cholera outbreak, which has killed more than 30 people and infected at least 7 000.

Ncube recently launched an online crowdfunding initiative to help the southern African country to raise $64m needed to fight the outbreak.

Mthuli Ncube

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