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Madagascar sacks minister over $2 mln sweets order for students

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The Education Minister of Madagascar Rijasoa Andriamanana has been fired over plans to buy $ 2 million worth of sweets for students.

Last week Rijasoa Andriamanana announced that she was ordering the sweets for children to take to mask the “bitter” aftertaste of the Covid-Organics concoction.

The AFP news agency reported that each student was supposed to be given three sweets.

But the plan was aborted based on objections from President Andry Rajoelina.

In a statement the Madagascan government said the Minister for Higher Education Elia Béatrice Assoumacou, would take over in an acting capacity.

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Meanwhile nearly 1,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country, with seven virus-related deaths.

Citizens this week protested over lockdown measures resulting in clashes between them and soldiers deployed to the eastern town of Toamasina.

The violent protest was triggered after a street vendor was allegedly beaten by security forces.

Madagascar is also promoting Covid-Organics, a plant-based tonic as a cure for Covid-19.

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The WHO however said it has recommended “self-medication with any medicines as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.

 

Madagascar denies claims WHO offered $20 mln bribe to poison Covid-19 herbal remedy

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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