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In Africa Today: 5th February, 2018

Issues on South Africa’s Jacob Zuma still made headlines throughout the weekend. Monday starts with from Kenya. The media reports that “Africa’s highest paid Members of Parliament”. According to the news portal, Kenyan MPs are the highest paid parliamentarians in the entire East Africa region and some of the best paid on the continent. They also enjoy the hashtag #MPsPay that trended on social media in Kenya, Face2face Africa looked at Africancountries with the highest paid members of Parliament.

In South Africa, the media disclosed “South Africa’s ANC party mulls Zuma’s fate as pressure grows”. The media stressed that However, there was no announcement Monday about the results of the meeting, days ahead of a state of the nation address that Zuma is scheduled to deliver in parliament. South Africa’s political opposition has said Zuma is a discredited figure who should not deliver the speech on Thursday. This follows reports from the International news portal Reuter who disclosed that “South Africa’s Zuma to deliver parliamentary speech as scheduled: parliament”.  South Africa’s parliament said on Wednesday that President Jacob Zuma will deliver the state-of-the-nation address as planned on February 8 despite calls from within the ruling party and the opposition for the scandal-plagued leader to step down

In Ghana, the media also revealed that “NCTE blames parliament for delay in approving new fees for 2017/2018” According to the citifmonline, a local news portal based in Ghana, the National Council for Tertiary Education, NCTE, has blamed Parliament for the delay in the approval of fees for the 2017/2018 academic year for public universities. Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Prof. Salifu Mahama, told Citi News that the delay has negative implications for the running of public tertiary institutions. Still on Parliamentary news, the Ghana based news portal has further announced “ICU to petition Parliament to stop NHIS levy increase”. The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union [ICU], of the Trades Union Congress [TUC], has served notice it will petition Parliament to stop the National Health Insurance Authority [NHIA], from increasing the NHIS levy. The Health Insurance Authority has announced plans to increase the health insurance scheme levy by 1 percent, moving it from 2.5 to 3.5 percent.

 News @ a Glance:

Africa’s highest paid Members of Parliament.



South Africa’s ANC party mulls Zuma’s fate as pressure grows



South Africa’s Zuma to deliver parliamentary speech as scheduled: parliament



NCTE blames parliament for delay in approving new fees for 2017/2018


ICU to petition Parliament to stop NHIS levy increase.


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