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Biden Snubs Buhari In First Calls To Africa
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Biden Snubs Buhari In First Calls To Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first call to an African leader last week, apparently choosing not to speak to Nigeria’s President Buhari, an omission experts say reflects not only America’s diplomatic priorities but Nigeria’s estimation at a time the continent’s largest democracy faces staggering domestic problems. Mr Biden reached out to Africa Thursday after more than a month in office and a flurry of phone calls to American allies around the world. He spoke to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday. Mr Biden had earlier spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2020, days after his election. The obvious sidestepping of Nigeria, long se...
Akon enters Congo mining sector
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Akon enters Congo mining sector

A company led by American-Senegalese R&B singer Akon has signed a deal to finance a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a joint venture with a state miner, according to a contract published by the mines ministry. The Grammy-nominated singer, known for hit songs like “Don’t Matter” and “Smack That,” has launched a number of business and philanthropic ventures across Africa in recent years, including a $6 billion futuristic city in Senegal and a cryptocurrency called Akoin. Akon’s foray into Congo’s mining sector comes through a U.S.- registered firm called White Waterfall LLC, of which he is the president and CEO, according to contracts published on the mines ministry website. One of the contracts, dated Dec. 14 and signed by Akon, whose legal name...
Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 
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Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 

Rwanda has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, becoming the19th African nation to register a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8 tested positive for the virus after he presented himself to a health facility on March 13. He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the ministry said. “The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.” Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, has been forced to suspend all flights to India until April 30 and would refund customers. With 127,000 people already infected and 4,700 deaths from coronavirus worldwide, African nations still have the least...
Catholic Church Rallies Against Joseph Kabila
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Catholic Church Rallies Against Joseph Kabila

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is mobilising the to force President Joseph Kabila to organise elections and relinquish power. The Church is also upping the ante against Kabila for continuing to stay put despite the expiry in December 2016 of his second term. The huge rally is also to remember those killed in last month’s protest. In a statement, the church said the Catholic church in Kinshasa is spearheading what it hopes would be a huge rally on March 16 at ‘Notre Dame du Congo’ Cathedral as a focal point for the struggle against Kabila’s prolonged presidency. According to the new constitution adopted in 2006, Kabila’s presidency was supposed to expire on December 20, 2016, ten years after he was elected for his first five-year term in office. The e...
UN: Two Million Children In Congo At Risk Of Starvation
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UN: Two Million Children In Congo At Risk Of Starvation

The UN on Friday warned that two million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition if they do not get the aid they need. UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock will meet donors next week in the country where conditions in many areas are worsening, UN spokesman Jens Laerke told a Geneva briefing. Laerke said: “We have a great responsibility in the DRC now is the time to stay the course.” The two million children at risk of starvation include some 300,000 children in the Kasai region, Bettina Luescher of the UN’s World Food Programme said. NAN reports that conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. DRC has been hit by year...
“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist
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“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist

Many Nigerian and African women see all westerners as very wealthy people who can change their lives, hence a man has revealed his escapades with hundreds of women. While speaking to an online news site, Africa24, a 40-year-old French tourist, Jean Michel, admitted that he impregnated more than 600 women in six African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea, within two years. His confession has been translated from French to English by Simon Ateba in Washington, District of Columbia and it reads: “Good morning Africa 24, I have a confession to make about the havoc I have wreaked in six African countries, including Cameroon, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea. I am not proud of what I have done. These were unfortunate experiences. ...
12 Patients Stabbed In Their Hospital Beds
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12 Patients Stabbed In Their Hospital Beds

Unidentified assailants stabbed 12 patients in their hospital beds in the restive Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma, with fears it was the work of Ugandan Islamist rebels, officials said on Tuesday. Three of the victims were seriously hurt in the knife rampage overnight Sunday-Monday in two health centres in the Goma district of Mbosho, provincial health minister Martial Kambumbu told AFP. “It is the first time we have seen patients being stabbed in health facilities in Goma,” said Etienne Kambale, civil society rapporteur in North Kivu province, of which Goma is the capital. “It is surprising. We are wondering if it was the ADF who have turned up in Goma, because this is the way they killed people in Beni.” Government forces last month launched an offensive in Beni aga...
Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets
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Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets

Mall for Africa, an e-commerce and m-commerce platform present in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, has expanded to 11 new countries in Africa in response to rising demand for its patented service. The app will now be available in Angola, Chad, Guinea, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The app offers billions of items from more than 250 top US and UK retailers – stores that would otherwise be inaccessible to many African customers – and manages every aspect of the order and return cycle. "This is an exciting time for Mall for Africa as our rapid growth will afford millions of new customers the opportunity to shop from the most desired retailers," said Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa. "Current customers in Niger...
UN Imposes Sanctions On DR Congo General For Massacres
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UN Imposes Sanctions On DR Congo General For Massacres

The UN imposed sanctions on a Congolese general on Friday for supporting the massacre of civilians by a suspected militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. General Muhindo Akili Mundos, an ally of President Joseph Kabila, is one of four names to be added on to the UN sanctions committee list, said Monusco, the organisation’s peacekeeping mission in the country. General Mundos was officially commander of the Congolese army’s military operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist group, in the country’s Beni region from August 2014 to June 2015. At least 400 civilians were massacred in attacks attributed to the ADF in that period, and the UN says Mundos was involved. “Under the command of Mundos, the FARDC (Congolese army) did not intervene to p...
UNICEF Launches $3.6bn Emergency Appeal Fund For Nigeria, Others
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UNICEF Launches $3.6bn Emergency Appeal Fund For Nigeria, Others

UNICEF has launched a 3.6 billion dollars emergency appeal for 48 million children in Nigeria and 50 other countries. In Nigeria’s Northeast, UNICEF and partners planned 149 million dollars for 215,300 children aged six to 59 months affected by severe acute malnutrition admitted for treatment. The humanitarian plan would also provide 1.05 million people with access to and sustained supply of safe water as per agreed standards. It would have 6,212,000 consultations provided for internally displaced persons and affected host communities of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. According to UNICEF’s plan, a total 7.7 million people are in need in the affected areas with a total of 4.3 million children under 18 years in need in the three states. However, the total people to be reached in 201...
UN To Investigate DR Congo Attack On Peacekeepers
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UN To Investigate DR Congo Attack On Peacekeepers

The United Nations on Friday set up a special investigation of the attack that killed 15 UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2017 and wounded 43 others. The December 7, 2017 attack in the Beni territory of North Kivu province was one of the worst to target UN peacekeepers in recent history in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Dmitry Titov, a Russian national who has worked in UN peacekeeping to lead the special investigation that will also look into other attacks against peacekeepers in that area, a UN statement said. “This special investigation will include a focus on the 7 December attack in Semuliki, in which 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, 43 wounded and one remains missing,” it said. ADF REB...
US Deeply Concerned Over DR Congo’s Deadly Political Crisis
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US Deeply Concerned Over DR Congo’s Deadly Political Crisis

The United States has reacted to political ongoings in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expressing concern at what it said was disproportionate use of force by security agencies. The Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and the Embassy in Kinshasa also expressed worry about the disruption of communication networks. “Deeply concerned about disproportionate use of force in DRC, with deaths & injuries to civilians, restrictions on peaceful assemblies & disruption of communication networks. “(These) Actions (are) inconsistent with democratic norms, spirit of St Sylvestre Accord & credible electoral process,” a Tweet read. The St Sylvestre agreement, is a political accord signed on 31 December 2016 under the auspices of the Catholic Church, the Commission Episco...
Internet Restored In DRC After Deadly Protests
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Internet Restored In DRC After Deadly Protests

Internet was restored in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday after the government cut services for three days on the eve of protests against the president, AFP reporters said. The Congolese minister for telecommunications Emery Okundji ordered mobile operators to cut internet and SMS services “for reasons of state security” on Saturday. Catholic and opposition groups on Sunday pushed ahead with banned demonstrations, which were met with a deadly crackdown by authorities, who fired tear gas into churches and bullets in the air to break up gatherings at Catholic masses. At least eight people were killed and dozens arrested, including 12 altar boys leading a march in Kinshasa. Internet cuts are common during anti-government demonstrations in the vast, mineral-rich central ...
20,210 Babies Born In Nigeria On New Year’s Day– UNICEF
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20,210 Babies Born In Nigeria On New Year’s Day– UNICEF

Nigeria would have approximately 20,210 babies born into the country on the New Year’s day. This represents the third largest population of newborns in the world on January 1, 2018, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. UNICEF also said nearly 386,000 babies would be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, representing some 90 per cent in less developed regions. The agency reported that Kiribati’s Christmas Island in the Pacific would most likely welcome 2018’s first baby while the U.S., its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries, according to UNICEF. These are: India, 69,070; China, 44,760; Nigeria, 20,210; Pakistan, 14,910; Indonesia, 13,370; United States, 11,280; Democratic Republic of Congo, 9,400; Ethiopia, 9,020; and Banglade...
UN Peacekeeping Chief Meets DRC President After Attack
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UN Peacekeeping Chief Meets DRC President After Attack

The UN’s chief peacekeeper held talks Sunday with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, stressing the need for greater security and new elections after 14 peacekeepers were killed in the violence-wracked east of the country. Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Friday visited the city of Goma to see around 30 peacekeepers wounded in the attack on their base in North Kivu province on December 7. A source with the UN’s Monusco force in the country told AFP that Kabila and Lacroix discussed the attack – the worst in the force’s history – as well as the security situation in the restive, landlocked nation. Lacroix said the violence in eastern DRC was “a collective problem that needs to be tackled collectively”. “Co-operation with neighbouring countries is also very important,” La...
Nestle To Close Its DR Congo Factory
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Nestle To Close Its DR Congo Factory

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a potential market of 80 million people but one beset by poverty and political instability. “We will close our factory and offices by the end of January and continue developing our economic distribution model through third parties,” a spokeswoman for the group told AFP. The decision affects 120 people and Nestle will offer laid-off employees “a series of compensatory measures more favourable than required by local labour laws,” she said. Nestle has been in the country since 2009 and opened a factory producing Maggi stock cubes, but has posted losses ever since. The food giant’s investment of 15 million Swiss francs ($15 million) was a boost to DR Co...
Expect More War, Hunger And Extremism In 2018 – Report
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Expect More War, Hunger And Extremism In 2018 – Report

Humanitarian crises around the world will worsen next year, with no let-up in civil wars in Africa, near-famines in war-torn regions and the threat of extremist Islamist violence, a Geneva-based think-tank predicted in a report published on Thursday. The report by ACAPS, a non-profit venture that supports humanitarian aid workers with daily monitoring and analysis of 150 countries, examined the anticipated needs of 18 countries in 2018 and found little to cheer. “If 2017 did not look good, predictions for 2018 are no better: violence and insecurity are likely to deteriorate in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Ethiopia, Mali, Somalia, and Syria next year,” ACAPS director Lars Peter Nissen wrote in the report. Next year Ethiopia will join northeast Nigeria, Somalia,...
Catholic Bishops Urge DR Congo’s Joseph Kabila To Vow To Stand Down
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Catholic Bishops Urge DR Congo’s Joseph Kabila To Vow To Stand Down

Influential bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday urged President Joseph Kabila to pledge he will not seek a third term in office in order to ease fears of unrest. Roman Catholic bishops last year helped broker a deal under which elections for a new president would be held in 2017. However, the ballot has been delayed, with the country’s electoral commission blaming logistical problems. Under international pressure, the mineral-rich but chronically poor and politically unstable country has now scheduled the vote for December 23 2018. The bishops, after holding an extraordinary meeting on DRC’s crisis, called on Kabila “to reassure public opinion” that he will not be a candidate “to his own succession,” they said in statement. His prolonged rule has already le...
36 Suspected Militia On Trial In DR Congo
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36 Suspected Militia On Trial In DR Congo

A mega-trial of 36 suspected members of the Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group Kamwina Nsapu, accused of widespread violence, opened on Friday. The 36 are being prosecuted by a military court for clashes that shook the capital Kinshasa in May and June, including an attack on a prison that led to the escape of 4 000 inmates, the Congolese authorities said. The defendants, accused of belonging to the Kinshasa branch of the Kamuina Nsapu militia movement, are also believed to be behind further assaults on police stations, the central market and two prosecutors’ offices. Violence in the region has left more than 3 000 people dead since last September, according to a tally by the Catholic Church. UN personnel have uncovered more than 80 common graves and said the total number ...
UN Warns DRC On Eve Of Protest Rallies
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UN Warns DRC On Eve Of Protest Rallies

The United Nations on Tuesday called on Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to allow peaceful demonstrations on the eve of expected protests against President Joseph Kabila. In a statement, the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO urged the authorities “to respect the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Congolese Constitution, including freedom of assembly and of demonstration.” The authorities, it said, should “instruct defence and security forces to respect the principles of necessity, proportionality and legality, consistent with international standards.” Mineral-rich but chronically poor, politically unstable and saddled with a reputation for entrenched corruption, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces a feared flare-up of violence over Kabila’s decision to stay in office....
Up To 33 Killed As DR Congo Train Carrying Fuel Derails
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Up To 33 Killed As DR Congo Train Carrying Fuel Derails

Up to 33 people were feared dead on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a freight train carrying fuel plunged into a ravine. The UN’s radio Okapi spoke of 33 fatalities with others injured or burned in the accident that occurred in the sprawling mineral-rich province of Katanga, which is the size of Spain. DEATH TOLL “Up until now the toll is eight dead and several injured. The toll could be significantly higher,” Jean-Marie Tshizainga, the minister of mines of Lualaba province told AFP. The train, in which the victims were travelling illegally, was running between the country’s second city Lubumbashi to Luena in Katanga. The train was transporting 13 oil tankers and derailed while climbing a slope near the station of Lubudi. It fell into a ravine and the tanker...
Election Pressure Due To Foreign Greed For Cobalt – DR Congo
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Election Pressure Due To Foreign Greed For Cobalt – DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday said foreign “greed” for its cobalt lay behind the “malicious” pressures weighing on the country’s electoral process. The DRC is in the grip of a crisis over plans to hold presidential elections, which were delayed by President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down on the expiry of his second and final term last December. Under a compromise deal, the vote was scheduled to take place this year. But on October 12, the country’s electoral commission said logistical problems in violence-troubled regions made it impossible to hold the elections before early 2019. After the United States demanded the vote be held next year, the commission last week said the election will take place on December 23, 2018. In a press conference on Wednesda...
United States Tells DR Congo To Stick To Election Timetable
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United States Tells DR Congo To Stick To Election Timetable

The United States on Monday backed plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold elections in December 2018 and warned President Joseph Kabila must stick to the timeline. The election commission in Kinshasa announced on Sunday that the long-awaited presidential, legislative, regional and local elections would take place on December 23, 2018. “The release of an electoral calendar – while long overdue – sets a clear timeline for a transition of power,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement. “We will work closely with the DRC, the UN, and our partners to ensure President Kabila and his government stick to this timeline, encourage full peaceful participation and freedom of speech, and do not permit any further delay,” she added. Haley met with the head of the electoral ...
DR Congo Police Arrest Nine In More Anti-Kabila Protests
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DR Congo Police Arrest Nine In More Anti-Kabila Protests

Police in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni said they had arrested nine demonstrators during a march Tuesday against President Joseph Kabila, a day after clashes in the region that left five dead. The nine were “from Lucha,” said Lisangi Nkumu, Beni’s deputy police chief, referring to a pro-democracy group, Struggle for Change, which is campaigning for Kabila to leave office. “They were demonstrating on the public highway without authorisation,” he said. “They are being interviewed and will be handed over to the appropriate authorities.” CLASHES Lucha campaigner Regina Masinda said that the police intervened shortly after the start of the march and “brutally” manhandled demonstrators who had their hands in the air and had sat down on the ground. “Nine of ...
Ethiopia First Stop As Donald Trump Sends America’s UN Envoy Nikki Haley On Africa Mission
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Ethiopia First Stop As Donald Trump Sends America’s UN Envoy Nikki Haley On Africa Mission

President of the United States, Donald Trump, has dispatched America’s United Nations envoy on an Africa mission. Nikki Haley’s visit which starts today will kick off in Ethiopia, she will be in South Sudan before flying to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Ethiopia, Haley is expected to hold meetings with government and officials of the African Union (A.U.) Ethiopia is a key ally of the U.S. in the area of anti-terrorism. She is also expected to meet “representatives of UN agencies and programs, Ambassador Haley will meet with men, women, and children on the ground for whom UN operations are there to protect and support,” a statement from the embassy in Addis Ababa stated. In an article for the CNN describing why Trump sent her to Africa, she wrote: “The United States has m...
DR Congo Wins Seat On UN Rights Council Despite US Opposition
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DR Congo Wins Seat On UN Rights Council Despite US Opposition

The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group. DRC was among the 15 countries who won seats on the council during a vote at the UN General Assembly. They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020. Kinshasa now finds itself in the rare position of sitting on the Geneva-based council while the body investigates allegations of killings, torture, rape and the use of child soldiers in the Kasai region of the DRC. The United Nations is also taking part in a separate investigation into the murder of two UN experts who were killed in March while probing mass graves in the region. Human Rights Watch called the election of the DRC “a slap in the...
Unlawful Military Detention, Torture Rife In Rwanda – HRW
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Unlawful Military Detention, Torture Rife In Rwanda – HRW

Rwanda’s military has routinely unlawfully detained and tortured detainees with beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions, and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday. The organisation found that judges and prosecutors ignored complaints from current and former detainees about the unlawful detention and ill-treatment, creating an environment of total impunity. It called on Rwandan authorities and UN to investigate immediately. “Research over a number of years demonstrates that military officials in Rwanda can use torture whenever they please,” said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at HRW. “Impunity for unlawful detention and the systematic use of torture has led many victims to give up all hope for justice.” The Rwandan government did no...
UN Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DRC Military Base – Monusco
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UN Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DRC Military Base – Monusco

Rebels from a Ugandan-dominated group on Monday attacked a UN military base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing one peacekeeper and injuring 12 others, the UN mission said. The attack took place in Beni, where UN soldiers have been battling the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is dominated by hard line Ugandan Muslims, a spokesperson for the UN mission in the DRC said. Congolese troops had clashed with the rebels in the area on Sunday. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis in the locality. “The Mamundioma base was attacked at 05:30 (03:30 GMT),” the UN mission known by its French acronym Monusco said, adding that UN ground and air forces had been deployed in the area. The UN did not specify the nationality of the dead soldier or the injure...
Uganda To Export Power To Neighbouring South Sudan
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Uganda To Export Power To Neighbouring South Sudan

Uganda has pledged to supply power to two South Sudanese border towns as part of the East Africa Community agreement to help member states. Uganda’s energy minister Simon D’janga said 400 kilo-volts of power will be supplied to the towns of Kaya and Nimule to boost socio-economic activities in the border areas, reported Sudanese news portal Sudan Tribune. “We will supply 400KV of electricity. We already have electricity in Nimule and Kaya but on Uganda side and now we want to extend it inside South Sudan,” he said, adding that the country will soon supply power to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. “Uganda is already implementing cross-border electrification with Rwanda and Tanzania which is supplying power to Rakai, and we are going to connect power to eastern DR. Congo. All t...
Gunmen Kill Three In Attack On UN Military Base
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Gunmen Kill Three In Attack On UN Military Base

Three suspected tribal militiamen were killed and two UN soldiers slightly wounded Friday when the armed men attacked a UN military base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN source said. “At around 4:00 am (0200 GMT), a group of armed men, probably Mai-Mai, attacked the MONUSCO (UN mission in the DRC) position” near central Lubero, General Bernard Commins, deputy chief of the UN troops in the restive country, announced. When UN soldiers fought back, “three (assaillants) were killed in exchanges of fire and one was wounded, then taken in hand by MONUSCO for treatment,” Commins said, adding that “two Blue Helmets were slightly injured”. Contacted by AFP, Lubero’s territorial administrator Joe Bokele, who was at the scene of the incident, confirmed the attack and the casualt...
A Deadly Viral Epidemic Known As Monkey-Pox Hits Bayelsa, Medical Doctor, 10 Others Quarantined
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A Deadly Viral Epidemic Known As Monkey-Pox Hits Bayelsa, Medical Doctor, 10 Others Quarantined

A new deadly viral epidemic known as “monkeypox”, has broken out in Bayelsa State. A medical doctor and 10 other persons who came down with the monkey pox have been quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Okolobiri. The isolation centre was reportedly created by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health to stop the spread of the disease. It was learnt that the NCDC and the epidemiological team were tracking 49 other victims, who had come in contact with the infected persons. The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, who confirmed the development, said samples of the virus, had been sent to the World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory in Daka...
Three African Countries On Brink Of Qualification For World Cup
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Three African Countries On Brink Of Qualification For World Cup

Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia could all book their spots at next year’s World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend, but the other two slots will only be decided next month. A home victory over Zambia – a side they beat away at the start of the group phase – will be enough to see Nigeria return to the finals after reaching the second round in Brazil in 2014. Last month’s convincing 4-0 win over Cameroon, inspired by the return of Victor Moses to the team, saw them eliminate the reigning African champions and establish a three point advantage, with two games to play, at the head of Group B. “We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position,” captain John Obi Mikel said in the buil...
Three From Africa On Brink Of World Cup Qualification
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Three From Africa On Brink Of World Cup Qualification

A home victory over Zambia - a side they beat away at the start of the group phase - will be enough to see Nigeria return to the finals after reaching the second round in Brazil in 2014. Last month's convincing 4-0 win over Cameroon, inspired by the return of Victor Moses to the team, saw them eliminate the reigning African champions and establish a three point advantage, with two games to play, at the head of Group B. "We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position," captain John Obi Mikel said in the build-up to the match in Uyo. Zambia's young side upset Algeria away in their last game to stay in the race and give themselves hopes of an unlikely turnaround after picking up a solitary point from their open...
Militia Clashes Kill 16 In Eastern DR Congo – Official
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Militia Clashes Kill 16 In Eastern DR Congo – Official

At least 16 members of a militia group have been killed in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military source said on Monday. The militia group had been engaged in intense fighting against the Congolese army since Friday, when at least four militiamen died. Army spokesman Jules Tshikudi told AFP that Congolese soldiers killed seven others on Sunday and the bodies of five Mai-Mai, a self-described “self-defence” group, were recovered on Monday. “The situation is currently under control,” Tshikudi said. The violence took place in the village of Kipese in Lubero, in the eastern Great Lakes region near the border with Uganda. The county is about 270km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, where fighting between militia groups and...
Up To 30 Feared Dead As DR Congo Army Plane Crashes
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Up To 30 Feared Dead As DR Congo Army Plane Crashes

A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing “several dozen” people, military and airport sources told AFP. The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had “several dozen people” on board, an airport source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The plane went down in Nsele, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the east of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source said. A local official in the area of the crash told AFP there were “no survivors”. The plane, which had a Russian crew, was carrying “two vehicles and weapons” and military personnel, a source at the army’s headquarters told AFP, also speaking on condition of anonymity. He said there were “between 20 and 30 people” on boar...
UN Security Council Adopts Peacekeeping Reforms
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UN Security Council Adopts Peacekeeping Reforms

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on the importance of reforming UN peace keeping operations to ensure they become responsible, efficient and transparent with several other sub regions in the continent. Instability remains a major cause of concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan where most of the troops have been deployed. “We must recognize the primacy of politics so that peace operations are deployed in support of active diplomatic efforts not as a substitute. If we can do better on prevention, mediation and peace building we can reduce the unrealistic and dangerous demands on our colleagues in uniform,” UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said The African Union wants to become more proactive and insists on its imp...
Doctors In DRC Suspend Strike After Deal With Government
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Doctors In DRC Suspend Strike After Deal With Government

Congolese doctors suspended a two week strike over better pay in public hospitals on Wednesday (September 06), the main medical union has said. SYNAMED, Congo’s main doctors union said the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government had agreed to their demands for a salary increase. Currently, Congo’s doctors working in public hospitals earn about 350 USD a month, and want their pay increased to 1,000 USD a month, to help them adjust to the high rate of inflation. “The representatives of the medical union SYNAMED signed with government representatives and it’s stipulated in the agreement that the Congolese government will reinstate the doctor’s rights and act on their grievances,” said SYNAMED Secretary General, Juvenal Muanda. The strike has caused havoc in public hospitals, whe...
Uganda Courts Accused Of Targeting Muslims In Rulings
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Uganda Courts Accused Of Targeting Muslims In Rulings

A Ugandan court this week jailed four members of a Muslim sect for life on terrorism charges, a judgment denounced by some as the latest in a series of anti-Muslim rulings. On Tuesday Kampala’s High Court sentenced Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and three members of his Tabliq sect to life in prison, while two others were given 30 years each. But a day earlier the same court had acquitted Kamoga and 13 others of the murder and attempted murder of leaders of two rival Muslim factions — on the same evidence. The apparently contradictory verdicts have left some observers suspicious. UNUSUAL DECISION “I find the decision very unusual because the main case was about the murders and the terrorism was arising from the murders, so if they were not guilty of the murders then they should be not ...
Nigeria Going The Way Of Rwanda, DRC – Ezekwesili
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Nigeria Going The Way Of Rwanda, DRC – Ezekwesili

Former Education minister and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls movement, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has warned that Nigeria would go the way of Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, if urgent measures is not put in place to douse the lingering political and economic tension in the country. She stated that the country needs policies to address the economic inequalities in the country insisting that the problem with the country was not technical but the failure of governance. Speaking on Tuesday at the Big Ideas Podium organised by the African Heritage Institution, Enugu with the theme: ‘Nigeria: The Economics of Failure’, Ezekwesili said the fundamental problem facing the country is not as a result of its political structure but the failure of the ruling elite to deliver good gove...
More Than 250 Killed In DR Congo’s Kasai, Says UN
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More Than 250 Killed In DR Congo’s Kasai, Says UN

More than 250 people, including 62 children, were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo from mid-March to mid-June, UN human rights investigators said in a new report The High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based the report, released on Friday, on interviews in June of 96 refugees who fled Congo's Kasai provinces into neighbouring Angola. At least 17 cases were of mutilations and other injuries, nine victims of abductions, four victims of rape and one victim of arbitrary arrest. The OHCHR also received reports of incidents of widespread looting and destruction or burning of property and parts of villages. Based on the accounts from people who fled between March and June, the report counted 251 killings, attributing 150 of them to the Bana Mura and another 79 to the ...
DRC Police Arrest Over 100 In Anti-Kabila Protests
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DRC Police Arrest Over 100 In Anti-Kabila Protests

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrested more than 100 people as they cracked down on protesters demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power by the end of the year, according to two rights groups. A series of marches across the country called on Monday by pro-democracy group Lucha, and backed by several leading opposition politicians, were mostly snuffed out by heavy police deployments. Congolese authorities have banned opposition demonstrations since last September because of security fears. Kabila's refusal to step down when his mandate expired last December has fuelled rising violence and insecurity in the DRC but organised opposition has faltered since the death of his main opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, in February. Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at...
Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN
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Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN

The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity has surrendered, the UN mission in Congo has said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the founder of Nduma defense of Congo, has been wanted since 2011 under a national warrant for crimes against humanity, including for mass rapes. He surrendered to UN forces in the country's North Kivu region on Wednesday. Sheka handed himself in "in full awareness of the fact that he is wanted by the government ... to stand trial for alleged crimes", the mission said. It was not immediately clear why he had turned himself in, but his forces have been locked in a losing combat in recent years with a rival armed group, Reuters news agency said. The UN mission said it would support Congo authorities in pursuing criminal...
DR Congo Opposition Unveil Plans To Force Kabila Out
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DR Congo Opposition Unveil Plans To Force Kabila Out

The Congolese opposition has unveiled a rolling programme of strikes and civil disobedience aimed at forcing President Joseph Kabila from power. The announcement was made after two days of opposition talks in Kinshasa amid concerns that Kabila, in power since 2001, is seeking to remain in place in defiance of constitutional limits. STRIKES Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political violence in the sprawling country of 71 million people after Kabila failed to step down when his second mandate ended in December 2016. Under the deal, Kabila is allowed to remain in office pending the elections, in late 2017, ruling in tandem with a transitional watchdog and a new premier, chosen from within opposition ...
DR Congo Loses $750m To Corruption And Mismanagement
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DR Congo Loses $750m To Corruption And Mismanagement

The Democratic Republic of Congo is losing a fifth of all of mining revenues because of corruption and mismanagement, a campaign group has said. In a report published on Friday, Global Witness said at least $750m paid by companies to the Congo’s tax agencies and state-owned mining company Gecamines disappeared between 2013 and 2015. At least some of the funds were distributed among corrupt networks linked to President Joseph Kabila, the group said. The losses deprived the state of funds that should have been used on public services, it added. Congo is Africa’s top copper producer and the world’s biggest supplier of cobalt, which is used in mobile phones and electric cars. It also produces coltan, diamonds, tin and gold. However, it remains one of the poorest countries in the...
CAF ‘Think Tank’ To Mull Nations Cup Changes
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CAF ‘Think Tank’ To Mull Nations Cup Changes

New-look Africa Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League competitions could emerge this week from discussions in Morocco that will include FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A two-day CAF symposium begins Tuesday in Rabat and officials, coaches and former stars have been tasked with plotting the future of the popular sport in the continent. On Friday, a CAF executive committee meeting will precede an extraordinary general assembly involving the 55 member associations, where changes could be adopted. Former stars invited include Joseph-Antoine Bell of Cameroon, Hossam Hassan of Egypt, Rabah Madjer of Algeria, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha of Nigeria and Badou Zaki of Morocco. Leading national coaches Florent Ibenge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Herve Renard of Morocco and Claude l...
DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over
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DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease. The outbreak in Congo’s remote northeastern forests, a record eighth for the country where the disease was first discovered in 1976, killed four out of the eight people infected, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Ilunga said. Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it because of the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges. The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which ...
US Accuses Nigeria Of Using Child Soldiers
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US Accuses Nigeria Of Using Child Soldiers

A US 2017 trafficking in persons report has accused Nigeria of involving children under the age of 18 in its military operations in “hostile environments”. The report listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction for allegedly violating the child soldier prohibition act (CSPA), 2008. Other countries also accused of violating the act in the report include Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The countries were said to have committed the said offences between April 1, 2016, and March 30, 2017, when the report was compiled. The report accused the Nigerian security forces (NSF) of “using children as young as 12 years old in support roles”. “NSF has continued to detain and arrest children for alleged association with Boko Haram, s...
UN Accuses Rivals In DR Congo Of Fuelling Ethnic Hatred
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UN Accuses Rivals In DR Congo Of Fuelling Ethnic Hatred

The UN human rights chief accused the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo of backing a new armed group behind "horrific attacks" in Kasai provinces, including killing and mutilating hundreds of civilians. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday called for an independent, international probe into hundreds of recent killings in central Congo, pointing to accounts of pregnant women and toddlers hacked to death and faulting the government for failing to protect its citizens. "I am appalled by the creation and arming of a militia, the Bana Mura, allegedly to support the authorities in fighting the Kamwina Nsapu (rebels)," Zeid told the UN Human Rights Council. Over the past two months, the armed group had carried out "horrific attacks against civilians from the Luba and Lulua ethni...
Only Two Kenyan CHAN Venues Ready – CAF
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Only Two Kenyan CHAN Venues Ready – CAF

Only two of five Kenyan stadiums earmarked to host the African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January 2018 are ready, a visiting CAF delegation said on Saturday. But the delegation led by CAF vice-president Constant Selemani brushed aside concerns that the 16-team Championship, reserved for players who are playing in their domestic leagues, might be moved to another country saying Kenya should be able to deliver on its promises. Selemani, who is also president of the Congolese Association of Football Federation (FECOFA) said CAF would make a third inspection of the facilities at the end of August to assess progress before making a final decision. “We have agreed that from now work would be stepped up on the infrastructure. CAF believed in the Kenyan government’s commitment to hos...

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