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Congo Government Seizes The Mountain Of Gold Discovered By Villagers
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Congo Government Seizes The Mountain Of Gold Discovered By Villagers

The BBC has confirmed that the viral Video making rounds on social media is true and indeed a mountain rich in gold deposits was found in mountain dey Birava village, 35km from di north of Bukavu, inside di capital city of South-Kivu province. The government has not only sent the security forces to take over the mountain but to also recover all the gold already mined by the villagers. It is reported that the soil there is highly concentrated in gold deposits even as high as 90% Di latest now say goment don send Police to di area to return order and to collect back di gold wey di villagers bin don carry. DR Congo na kontri wey dey rich in minerals and precious metals like gold, and di mountain inside di video na registered mining area wey get official workers. How Buhari new go...
Luca Attanasio, Italian Ambassador To DR Congo Killed After UN Convoy Was Attacked
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Luca Attanasio, Italian Ambassador To DR Congo Killed After UN Convoy Was Attacked

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an Italian policeman and their Congolese driver have been killed in an ambush on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC. The ambush on Monday occurred as the convoy carrying Ambassador Luca Attanasio was travelling from the city of Goma to visit a World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding project in Rutshuru, according to the United Nations agency. It said several other passengers travelling with the delegation sustained injuries during the attack. North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu told Al Jazeera the seven-member convoy was not escorted by any security forces when the incident happened. The WFP said it was seeking information from local authorities as the ambush occurred on a road that had previously been cleared fo...
Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently
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Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently

The DR-Congo born star completed a permanent switch to the Hawthorns after playing a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League this season West Ham United captain Mark Noble has expressed his anger after Gary Diangana left the club to join newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion on a five-year contract. Friday's move brought an end to Diangana's 10-year stay in London having joined West Ham Academy at the age of 12. The 22-year-old joined West Brom on a season-long loan last summer after struggling to break into the Hammers' first-team, and he made a commanding statement with his return of eight goals in 30 Championship outings as Slaven Bilic's side returned to the English top-flight for the 2020-21 campaign.
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DR Congo hit by fresh EBOLA OUTBREAK

DR Congo reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the northwest part of the country on Monday. This is the 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country, and coming just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th outbreak in the country. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said that “four people have already died” from Ebola in a district of the northwestern city of Mbandaka. “The National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed to me that samples from Mbandaka tested positive for Ebola,” Longondo told a press conference on Monday. “We will send them the vaccine and medicine very quickly,” he said, adding that he planned to visit the site of the outbreak at the end of the week. The capital of Equateur province, Mbandaka is a transport hub on th...
14 Boys Raped By Fake Pastor In DR Congo
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14 Boys Raped By Fake Pastor In DR Congo

Fourteen boys were raped by a man posing as a pastor in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Panzi Foundation said Tuesday. The Bukavu charity hospital founded by Denis Mukwege, the Nobel laureate and gynaecologist hailed for his work with rape victims, said the children were admitted last month “in a state of suffering and psychological stress”. The 30-year-old alleged attacker was arrested in late April, civil activist Julien Namegabe told AFP. The victims came from different families and ranged in age from eight to 15. The suspect “bought their silence with small gifts for several weeks” according to the Panzi Foundation. Evariste Kajibwami, a clinical psychologist who has been following the boys since their admission to the hospital, said on the foundation’s website that...
New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End
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New Ebola Case Logged In DR Congo Days Before Outbreak’s Expected End

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement on Friday April 10, and further disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier. The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17. WHO said in a statement; “Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory,” the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic sa...
Yemi Alade Condemns Congo’s Acceptance Of Coronavirus Vaccine Testing
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Yemi Alade Condemns Congo’s Acceptance Of Coronavirus Vaccine Testing

Nigerian Singer and song writer, Yemi Alade has condemned DR Congo’s Acceptance of Coronavirus vaccine testing in the country. In series of tweet via the singer’s verified Twitter Account, she called out African leaders for collecting bribes and accepting diseases and derogatory terms for Africans. According to Yemi, its a normal thing for individual to volunteer for testing but for the entire country to be used for testing shows that someone( the government) has been paid stressing that UK is offering individuals who volunteers for testing 3000 pounds per individual. Yemi further stressed that Africa remains the only continent majorly hit by Yellow fever and malaria hence these two should be tackled first before adding coronavirus to the list Excerts from her tweets; ...
DR Congo record its first Coronavirus case
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DR Congo record its first Coronavirus case

The Democratic Republic of Congo has for the first time since the outbreak of the Coronavirus recorded a patient who carries the deadly virus. According to reports, health authorities in DR Congo revealed that the patient, who is a Belgian got to the country a few days ago to spend some time there. Health Minister, Eteni Longondo on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, said the patient has since been quarantined at a Kinshasa hospital. “I would like to announce to the Congolese population that we diagnosed on Tuesday morning the first case of coronavirus. It has been discovered in a Belgian national,” Longondo said. According to the health ministry, the Belgian subject arrived two days ago and was followed and put in isolation. With the confirmed case in DR Congo as of Tuesday, March 10,...
Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations
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Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations

The World Health Organisation has identified 13 high- risk African countries for coronavirus . They are Algeria, Angola , Ivory Coast , DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius , Nigeria , South Africa, Tanzania , Uganda , and Zambia . A statement from WHO said the identified African nations have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " WHO has identified 13 top priority countries ( Algeria, Angola , Cote d’ Ivoire , the Democratic Republic of the Congo , Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius, Nigeria , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda and Zambia ) which either have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " To ensure rapid detection of the novel coronavirus, it is important to have laboratories which can test samples and WHO is supporting countries...
South Africa’s military aircraft carrying UN soldiers crash lands in DR Congo
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South Africa’s military aircraft carrying UN soldiers crash lands in DR Congo

A tragic incident was averted yesterday January 9, as a South African military aircraft crash landed and caught fire at the Goma airport in eastern Congo. No casualty was recorded after the C-130BZ military aircraft transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members caught fire upon crash-landing. Confirming the incident, Mathias Gillman who is the acting spokesperson for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo known as MONUSCO said the military aircraft was returning from eastern Congo city of Beni, where it was providing logistical support to the South African contingent deployed in the region. He told AFP; “MONUSCO sent a rescue team that brought the fire under control and everyone was safely evacuated." Also confirming the incident, South Africa's National Defence Force ...
Plane Crash In DR Congo: Many Dead As Plane Crashes Into Homes
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Plane Crash In DR Congo: Many Dead As Plane Crashes Into Homes

At least 27 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into houses in Goma city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials say. Residents on the ground, including nine family members, were among the victims. The small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood after "missing" its take-off from the city's airport on Sunday morning, North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita said. The officials say 17 passengers and two crew members were on board the plane. Air disasters timeline Airlines keep safety training 'to an absolute minimum' Air accidents are relatively frequent in DR Congo amid lax safety standards and poor maintenance, and all the country's commercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union. What is known about the...
South African consulate and shops attacked in DRC
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South African consulate and shops attacked in DRC

Protesters on Thursday smashed the windows of the South African consulate in the DR Congo's second largest city and attacked South African-owned stores, in reprisal for attacks on foreigners in Johannesburg. A demonstration called by a campaign group outside the consulate in Lubumbashi, southeastern DR Congo, spiralled out of control and protesters smashed the building's windows. They then attacked and looted a store owned by the South African retail group MR Price before police intervened, injuring one or two protesters. The campaign group Lucha tweeted its disapproval. "You do not condemn violence by violence! We call on the police to stop the looters, without using excessive/legal force," it said. Attacks broke out in and around Johannesburg this week, leaving seven dead ...
Benik Afobe aiming to score 45 goals at Bristol City
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Benik Afobe aiming to score 45 goals at Bristol City

The DR Congo international revealed his target for the 2019-20 campaign after completing his loan move to Lee Johnson’s side New Bristol City signing Benik Afobe disclosed he is focused on hitting double figures this season and help the club gain promotion to the English Premier League. On Thursday, Afobe joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Championship rivals Stoke City. He struggled to find the back of the net since he moved to bet365 Stadium permanently in January, notching in two goals so far in 21 outings.
AFCON: Huges Ngouelondele, DR Congo Sports Minister Beaten On Arrival
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AFCON: Huges Ngouelondele, DR Congo Sports Minister Beaten On Arrival

DR Congo Sports Minister Huges Ngouelondele being beaten at his arrival in the country as they failed to qualify at AFCON 2019 The Central African giant were knocked out at the round of 16 through penalties by Madagascar. In the video making rounds online, the sports minister was seen scampering for his life on arrival, so as not to be beaten to death. Watch the video   View this post on Instagram   VIDEO: DR Congo Sports Minister Huges Ngouelondele being beaten at his arrival in the country as they failed to qualify at #AFCON2019 A post shared by Ebals (@ebalsblog) on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:45pm PDT
Afcon 2019: Madagascar are capable of winning – Anicet Abel
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Afcon 2019: Madagascar are capable of winning – Anicet Abel

The Barea midfielder believes the giant-killing squad can surprise people at the ongoing championship in Egypt after dismissing DR Congo on penalties Abel Anicet believes Madagascar remain capable of winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after sending Democratic Republic of Congo packing on Sunday.The debutants reached the quarterfinal of the competition with Anicet the hero in the 4-2 penalty shoot-out triumph over Florent Ibenge’s men, after scores stood at 2-2 at 120 minutes. Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie were the villains as they failed to beat goalkeeper Melvin Adrien from the penalty mark. After his man-of-the match honour, the Ludogorets Razgrad midfielder noted his side’s fine run in Egypt proves they can challenge for the trophy.
Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis
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Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis

The French manager wants his men to continue defying the odds in debut Afcon campaign, following their group stage heroics Madagascar head coach, Nicolas Dupuis, has charged his troops to spring up another surprise ahead of their first ever Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) knockout round match against DR Congo on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation shocked three-time Afcon champions Nigeria in a 2-0 win to finish top of Group B. The Barea garnered seven points in the group stage, recording wins against Nigeria and fellow tournament first-timers Burundi. They held Guinea to a 2-2 draw in the opener.
Afcon 2019: Salah is not a selfish player – Egypt manager Aguirre
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Afcon 2019: Salah is not a selfish player – Egypt manager Aguirre

The Pharaohs boss defended the Liverpool star in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, before the hosts slug it out with DR Congo on Wednesday Egypt manager Javier Aguirre has stood up for star player Mohamed Salah, following the criticism he’s come under since their Africa Cup of Nationsopener on Friday. A Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan strike sealed their 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the tournament’s curtain raiser, but the Pharaohs were unimpressive for large periods of the fixture. Their talisman, Salah, was largely kept quiet by Warriors left-back Divine Lunga during the game, and has had his performance decried by critics.
The 14 Countries Who Have Won The AFCON
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The 14 Countries Who Have Won The AFCON

Once again, Africa goes on it’s biggest football show piece, the Africa Cup of Nations, the 32nd edition in the competition’s history after the first ever showpiece in 1957, 62 years ago. Since then the competition has undergone varying degrees of changes and of course different countries across the continent have since won it, some multiple times, others once while many still await their first win. With as much as three countries making their debut appearances at the 2019 edition of the competition in Egypt and as well as 24 teams taking part for the first time in the bi-annual competition, Africa may see a New Champion arise by July 19. First let’s look at the past winners. Egypt Winners: ×7 (1957, 1959, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2008, 2010) Runners Up: 2 The pharaohs are synon...
Afcon 2019: Hegazi cleared to play against DR Congo – Egypt doctor
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Afcon 2019: Hegazi cleared to play against DR Congo – Egypt doctor

The West Brom defender suffered a broken nose against Zimbabwe and elected to continue despite the advice of the Pharaohs doctor Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela has confirmed Ahmed Hegazi will be fit for Wednesday’s game against DR Congo despite breaking his nose against Zimbabwe. The centre-back suffered the injury in the Pharaohs’ Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) opener against the Warriors on Friday night but he stayed on in spite of El-Ela’s recommendation. A Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan strike was enough to carry the host nation to a 1-0 win, and the West Bromwich Albion defender is healthy to train and feature in their other games, El-Ela has confirmed.
Uganda will have to play as a unit, says Denis Onyango
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Uganda will have to play as a unit, says Denis Onyango

The Cranes start their campaign against DR Congo on June 22, then face Zimbabwe before wrapping up the group against Egypt Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says the Cranes will have to work together in order to advance past the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. The East African nation has been camping in Abu Dhabi in preparation for the tournament, which is set to start on June 21. In an interview, as quoted by the Fufa official website, the experienced custodian says the team is in harmony and ready to perform in Egypt.
Everton winger Bolasie set for Turkey move after Africa Cup of Nations
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Everton winger Bolasie set for Turkey move after Africa Cup of Nations

The DR Congo international is poised for a permanent transfer away from Goodison Park this summer and has three Super Lig teams showing an interest Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is set to leave the Premier League this summer, with Turkey his expected destination after he has played at the Africa Cup of Nations. Goal can confirm that three Turkish sides are showing considerable interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo international, who has had two loan spells away from Everton since signing for the club in 2016. The current league champions Galatasaray are joined by Istanbul rivals Besiktas, as well as Trabzonspor in vying for Bolasie’s signature.
Allan Kateregga wants to help Uganda to go far in Egypt
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Allan Kateregga wants to help Uganda to go far in Egypt

The Cranes start their campaign against DR Congo June 22, then face Zimbabwe before wrapping up the group against Egypt Maritzberg United midfielder Allan Kateregga believes he will be part of the final Uganda squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals, set to kick off in two weeks time in Egypt. The former AFC Leopards player is currently with the national team in Abu Dhabi, preparing for the biannual competition. In an interview with The Monitor, Kateregga admitted that competition within the squad is stiff but exuded confidence that he will make it to Egypt.
Winners Chapel Acquires Land For Universities In Ghana And Congo
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Winners Chapel Acquires Land For Universities In Ghana And Congo

As an educationist, Bishop David Oyedepo's mission currently pioneers the establishment of educational institutions at all levels in and outside Nigeria, including the recently established Covenant University with over 7,000 students as well as Faith Academy with 1,500 students both located in Canaanland. Covenant university was well documented in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) documentary on the Nigerian 50th independence anniversary because of landmark achievements in its few years of existence. Covenant University was adjudged the best private university in Nigeria in 2005 and one of the goals of the institution is to be among the best in the world by or before 2020. According to Bishop Oyedepo, "Covenant University is not just an institution, it is a revolution in educati...
The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day
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The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day

DR Congo's health ministry, today Tuesday, disclosed that 26 persons died of Ebola in one single day. The biggest death toll to have ever hit the country from the disease. The present outbreak is the second deadliest on record, after the epidemic that struck West Africa in 2014-2016 and claimed the lives of more than 11,300 people. The health ministry revealed it had counted 957 deaths in the country, of which 891 were confirmed cases and 66 suspected ones. “There were 26 deaths from confirmed cases” on Sunday, April 28, in the northeastern North Kivu province, the ministry said in a statement. It said of the total deaths of 957, 33 were health workers who had succumbed to the disease. The DR Congo declared a tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in North Kivu befo...
104 Dead In DR Congo Boat Accident.
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104 Dead In DR Congo Boat Accident.

No fewer than  104 people were killed after a boat capsized on Monday night on Lake Kivu in South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), authorities  have confirmed During Thursday’s visit to the disaster zone, President Felix Tshisekedi met with the local authorities and families of victims that died during the boat sinking tragedy. According to the information given by the Kalehe territory administrator on the spot to the president, the boat from Goma initially transported 49 people and some goods. It was during the several stops made by the canoe in some villages that the boat became overloaded with goods and people, according to Muamba Cibwabwa, the administrator of the territory of Kalehe. The administrator has confirmed the death of 104 people out of 15...
2019 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw: Nigeria Gets Guinea, Egypt To Face DR Congo, Cameroon Graw Ghana
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2019 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw: Nigeria Gets Guinea, Egypt To Face DR Congo, Cameroon Graw Ghana

Hosts Egypt will face DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Defending champions Cameroon are in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau. The tournament will take place from 21 June to 19 July, meaning Europe-based players will not miss club games. It is the biggest Afcon yet, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe's summer rather than January or February. The draw was held next to the pyramids of Giza. Morocco coach Herve Renard is looking to win an unprecedented third Africa Cup of Nations - with a third team. The Atlas Lions are in Group D with one of the previous teams he won it with, the Ivory Coast. South Africa and neighbouring Namibia complete that group. The first game of the tournament will be Egypt - who are...
AFCON 2019 Draw: All yYou Need to Know
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AFCON 2019 Draw: All yYou Need to Know

The continent’s top teams will know their fate on Friday (today) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group-stage draw, as four pots of six teams become six groups of four. The draw will take place outside Cairo, Egypt. It is scheduled to take place behind the famous Giza Pyramids from 6pm GMT (7pm Nigerian time). Hosts Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco are the seeded countries in the draw. The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will hold June 21 to July 19 in six venues: Cairo International Stadium; Borg El-Arab Stadium, Alexandria; Suez Stadium; Air Defence Stadium; Ismailia Stadium and; Al Salam Stadium. THE POTS Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco Pot 2: DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Algeria Pot 3: South Afric...
Belgium Apologises For the Kidnappings of over 20,000 Mixed-race Children in the Colonial Era
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Belgium Apologises For the Kidnappings of over 20,000 Mixed-race Children in the Colonial Era

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during the colonial rule of Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda. The "métis" children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions. About 20,000 children are believed to have been affected. Most fathers refused to acknowledge paternity of their children. Some of the children, born in the 1940s and 1950s, never received Belgian nationality and remained stateless. Speaking in the Belgian parliament, Prime Minister Michel said the country had breached the children's basic human rights, seeing them as a threat to the colonial system. It had, he said, stripped them of their identity, st...
Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential vote
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Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential vote

Felix Tshisekedi has vowed to be the president "of all Congolese" after the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) electoral commission declared him the winner of the country's long-delayed elections. The result, which was announced in the early hours of Thursday, was rejected by rival Martin Fayulu, who was backed by opposition heavyweights and had led in polling prior to the December 30 vote. Tshisekedi had won with 38.57 percent of more than 18 million ballots cast, Corneille Nangaa, head of the election commission said at about 3am (02:00 GMT) in a news conference that appeared timed to avoid any immediate reaction in the streets. Tshisekedi received more than seven million votes, compared to about 6.4 million for Fayulu, who had warned against manipulation. Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary...
US Deploys Troops To Gabon Amid Fears Of Election Unrest In DR Congo
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US Deploys Troops To Gabon Amid Fears Of Election Unrest In DR Congo

The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after its presidential election. US President Donald Trump told Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in DRC’s capital Kinshasa Voters in Congo went to the polls on December 30, two years after they were first scheduled to be held, to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years. “The first of these personnel arrived in Gabon on January 2, 2019, with appropriate combat equipment and supported by military aircraft,” Trump’s letter to Congress read.“Additional forces may deploy to Gabon, the Democratic Republ...
Photos Of How Dead Bodies Are Transported To And Fro The Mortuary In DR Congo
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Photos Of How Dead Bodies Are Transported To And Fro The Mortuary In DR Congo

Photos have shown how dead bodies are usually transported to and fro the mortuary in communities in the DR Congo....The rather stunning manner in which dead bodies are usually transported to the mortuary and from it  in DR Congo communities, has been revealed. Photos showing the trend were shared online by one PK Kasirim and have since gone viral. Kasirim explained that “boda boda” riders i.e commercial motorcycle riders are employed to carry dead bodies to mortuary by tying the corpses behind them on the bikes. They then ride along the road to carry out the assignment. The same happens when the corpses are to be brought back home for burial. Kasirim’s post has caused quite some buzz on social media as people alien to the trend express their surprise. See another photo below: S...
FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops One Spot Further
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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops One Spot Further

Nigeria has dropped further one spot in the latest FIFA ranking released by the football governing body on Thursday. The Super Eagles, who were 51st in the world with 651 points in January, are now 52nd with 606 points, according to the ranking on FIFA’s official website on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria finished second at the African Nations Championship in Morocco recently. Having dropped in the January edition of the release due to the deduction of points from the World Cup qualifiers, most Nigerians would have hoped for an improvement, but that has not been the case. The Super Eagles, however, remain seventh in Africa, where Tunisia, Senegal, DR Congo, CHAN champions Morocco, Egypt and Cameroon make up Africa’s top six countries. Ghana, Burkina...
Where Are Nigeria’s Sociologists?, By ‘Tope Fasua
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Where Are Nigeria’s Sociologists?, By ‘Tope Fasua

I recall Nigeria’s ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo ‘slagging off’ people who studied sociology and history. I was alarmed then, because even if he was right in his concern about the fact that these professions do not manufacture anything, and that Nigeria needs more scientists and engineers, a deeper understanding of our challenges as a country requires that we mainstream these subjects. Sociology enables people to understand other cultures and how cultures evolve; it just broadens the mind. We must acknowledge that a vast majority of Nigerians are of narrow minds and limited understanding of anything else apart from their immediate environments. Most Nigerians therefore indulge in a type of parochialism that places them and their ancestors at the top of the pile, and everyone else at the b...
UN Evacuates 5 Tanzanian Peacekeepers Wounded In DR Congo Attack
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UN Evacuates 5 Tanzanian Peacekeepers Wounded In DR Congo Attack

The UN has evacuated five Tanzanian peacekeepers who were wounded in recent deadly attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) to Uganda for further treatment. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, said that the five blue helmets that were among the 53 wounded in the attack recently in DR Congo’s North Kivu province, have been admitted at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. “At this point these five are the only wounded Tanzanian peacekeepers receiving treatment in Kampala,’’ Malango said. According to UN figures, since its establishment in 2010, the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo has recorded 93 fatalities in military, police and civilian personnel. ADF which was originally based in western Uganda but fl...
DR Congo Opposition Furious At The Postponement Of Elections
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DR Congo Opposition Furious At The Postponement Of Elections

DR Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has described the delay of the presidential election until 2019 by the country’s electoral commission as a declaration of war on the Congolese people. Tshisekedi’s comments came as opposition supporters gathered outside the headquarters of the country’‘s opposition coalition group, known as the “Gathering”. “It is with indignation that I learnt of the irresponsible statements of Corneille Nangaa who, on October 11, before the members of civil society and of political parties, pushed the holding of elections that were meant to be held on December 31st 2017, as per the New Year agreement, instead of 2019. In the face of yet another abuse of authority, Joseph Kabila and Nangaa have declared war on the Congolese people and therefore have disqua...
Mozambique Deports Malawians Seeking To Enter South Africa
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Mozambique Deports Malawians Seeking To Enter South Africa

Mozambican authorities have deported 88 Malawi nationals suspected of attempting to sneak into South Africa, local media reported. The Malawi 24 newspaper said the 88 were arrested in Mozambique’s Tete Province after using uncharted routes and improper travel documents. The deportees, the Malawi 24 explained, were hoping to secure employment in the much larger South Africa economy. The paper said eight of those deported were women while one was a minor. Tete Province is near the border with Malawi and it is some 1,600km north of the capital Maputo. Civil war The more expansive Mozambique almost surrounds Malawi. Malawi hosted thousands of Mozambican refugees during and in the aftermath of the latter’s protracted civil war. However, their relations have deteriorated ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
American And Swedish UN Officials Kidnapped In DR Congo
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American And Swedish UN Officials Kidnapped In DR Congo

Two United Nations officials, one American and one Swedish, have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government said. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Michael Sharp of the United States and Zahida Katalan of Sweden were taken with three Congolese drivers and a translator while travelling by motorcycle. A government statement says the kidnappers have not yet been identified. It was not clear when the kidnapping - on a bridge near the village of Ngombe - occurred. Judicial authorities in the province have opened an investigation and are working with the UN mission in Congo to free those held. This vast Central African nation is home to multiple militias competing for stakes in its rich mineral resources.
Koffi Olomide Deported From Kenya For Assaulting a Woman
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Koffi Olomide Deported From Kenya For Assaulting a Woman

DR Congo musician, Koffi Olomide has been deported from kenya after a video of him kicking a woman at the airport went viral on social media. Olomide was arrested on Friday night, and was in police custody till Saturday morning. He was sent back to his home country via a Kenya Airways flight that left the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11:35AM Kenyan time. He had just been interviewed on Citizen TV before police apprehended him and his dancers. He was in Nairobi for a concert at Bomas of Kenya. Koffi had apologised Friday evening after he saw the video, saying that he was defending his dancer from a lady who was threatening them at the airport. “I watched the video with a lot of distress where it seems that I was assaulting one of my dancers. On the contrary ...

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