Togo made history this week by appointing its first female prime minister.
Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, 60, was named on Monday and immediately set to work to form a new government.
She is well known in political circles and has held various ministerial positions. She has been a development minister and chief of staff of the president’s office.
Her appointment promises to be a major step forward for the West African nation.
Marthe FARE-Activist for women’s rights
“The message is clear more and more women if they are competent and deserve their place, they are promoted,” activist Marthe Fare told Africanews.
“This is what we want to say to the generations… that anything is possible and that women are no longer being left behind for certain positions. “
The change in Togo’s government had been expected since President Gnassingbe won re-election in March, extending his 15-year rule.
Nevertheless, the newspapers had a field day with the historic appointment.
“This unprecedented appointment also did not fail to get a reaction from the Togolese press. Look at this newspaper, Union pour la Patrie, which reports on the nomination of Victoire Tomegah Dogbé,” said Africanews Togo correspondent Serge Koffi.
“Another daily speaks about this historic appointment Togo-Presse recounts the challenges that await the new prime minister.”
Uganda, on Thursday, resumed scheduled commercial passenger flights after seven months of government suspensions over COVID-19 pandemic.
Vianney Luggya, Communications Officer of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, told Xinhua by telephone that the phased flight operations at Entebbe International Airport, about 40 kilometres south of the capital Kampala, resumed after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions on aviation.
He said the first passenger flight to arrive at Entebbe airport was Turkish Airlines, which landed at 3.55 a.m. and departed at 4.50 a.m. local time.
“The flights have resumed and we expect about 12 flights today (Thursday).
“In this first phase, October to December, we are going to have an average of one flight per airline per day to reduce congestion,’’ said Luggya.
The resumption of commercial flights came after President Yoweri Museveni, last week, directed the reopening of the international airport and land borders, which were closed when the pandemic broke out in the country in March.
“In these three months, our operations will be scaled down.
“Then for the next six months, we will increase on the operations but still not full.’’
“We shall continuously review the situation as it is on the ground.
“The flights will be increased, depending on the reviews,’’ he said.
Uganda’s cabinet, on Monday, approved strict COVID-19 measures for airlines and passengers ahead of the reopening, directing airlines to ensure that all travellers provide a negative test result for COVID-19, 72 hours before arrival in Uganda.
The outbound passengers are required to arrive at the airport at least four hours before the flight, with an authentic COVID-19 test certificate issued within 120 hours before travel and comply with COVID-19 measures, including hand sanitising, wearing face masks and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres in the terminals.