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Musician Tresor hijacked, kidnapped and robbed in Joburg
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Musician Tresor hijacked, kidnapped and robbed in Joburg

South African award-winning musician, Tresor, was hijacked, kidnapped and robbed in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Tresor, whose real name is Mukengerwa Tresor Riziki, was hijacked and kidnapped in Linden. He was driving a white Range Rover Evoque with registration of DM 08 GP. The car has yet to be recovered. Taking to social media on Friday, Tresor, who was born in the DRC and made his break in South Africa a few years ago with hit songs such as Never Let Me Go and Remedy. He said he was with fellow musician Batundi when they were hijacked. He said the suspects held them hostage and only released them at about 8am at a hostel in Soweto. “The perpetrators held us at gunpoint, handcuffed us and kept us in the boot for hours on end as they cleaned out our bank accounts. ...
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 ...
Rwanda, DRC And Malawi Pull Out From WEF Africa Holding In South Africa
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Rwanda, DRC And Malawi Pull Out From WEF Africa Holding In South Africa

Following the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, three countries have pulled out from this year's World Economic Forum on Africa. The countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Malawi withdraw from the annual meeting of which was slated to held in Capetown, South Africa, on Wednesday, September 4th, in retaliation to the attacks going on in the host country. The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. In the “Doing business in Africa: a survey of CEOs.” themed meeting, we gathers that PwC Africa presents the findings of a survey of over 80 CEOs from 19 African countries. It exa...
Fresh Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo
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Fresh Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo

A report by Aljazeera has shown that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, just days after a recent emergence of the disease, which killed 33 people, was declared over. Four cases of the virus were confirmed in northeastern North Kivu province, the DRC's health minister said in a statement on Wednesday, though there was no indication they were linked to the country's previous - and ninth - Ebola outbreak in northwestern Equateur Province. "Although we did not expect to face a tenth epidemic so early, the detection of the virus is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system," Health Minister Oly Ilunga said. Ebola is a virus-caused hemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from intern...
UN Appoints Nigerian As Special Investigator For Killing Of Burundians
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UN Appoints Nigerian As Special Investigator For Killing Of Burundians

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has appointed a retired Nigerian lieutenant general, Chikadibia Obiakor, to lead a special investigation into the killing of some Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in New York, announced this in a statement issued in New York. No fewer than 35 Burundian refugees were killed and more than 100 others wounded by security forces in eastern DRC September 15, 2017 at Kamanyola, South Kivu. The special investigation will look into the challenges facing the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in discharging its mandate to protect civilians and provide recommendations on improving the performance of...
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FRSC Decorates 11 Newly Promoted Officers, Marshals In Kwara

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Omu-Aran Unit Command in Kwara, on Saturday decorated 11 of its newly promoted officers and men with their new ranks. Decorating the officers and men in Omu-Aran, Mr Oluyinka Adetunji, the Unit Commander, advised them to imbibe selflessness and dedication in the discharge of their responsibilities. Newsmen report that the ceremony, which coincided with the command’s end of the year party, was attended by heads of other security agencies in the area. Some officers and men of the command also received various prizes for their excellent performances in their duty posts between January and December 2017. Adetunji said that the decision to extend invitation to other security agencies, transport unions and other guests was a way of appreciating G...
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...
DR Congo Refugees Flee Into Uganda After Attacks On Rebels
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DR Congo Refugees Flee Into Uganda After Attacks On Rebels

The Ugandan military on Friday said 500 people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fled to Uganda over fear of reprisal by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels. Ronald Kakurungu, spokesperson of airstrike and long-range artillery operation “Tuugo,” told Xinhua that the refugees are trickling into western Ugandan districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko following the ongoing targeted assaults on the ADF bases in DRC’s North Kivu Province. “It’s not a huge influx of refugees as per say. But some people have ended coming into Uganda for fear. Some of them have ended staying with relatives,” said Kakurungu. Local media said about 500 people have crossed into the East African country following on Friday’s military attacks on eight ADF camps in North Kivu. Uganda Peop...
Morocco And ECOWAS: Picking Cherries And Dismantling Core Principles, By Jibrin Ibrahim
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Morocco And ECOWAS: Picking Cherries And Dismantling Core Principles, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The big issue for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) this December is whether it would allow itself to be stampeded into accepting Morocco into its fold without thinking through the implications for its core principles and practices. It almost happened. It did not happen, thanks essentially to the principled position of Ghana that ECOWAS does not have the legal basis to even consider the application. Nigeria had boycotted the last Summit in Monrovia where the application was pushed through due to the presence of the Israeli prime minister in Monrovia. Retired Nigerian Ambassadors went livid with anger and openly criticised the “collapse” of Nigerian diplomacy for worrying more about Israel than our national interest, which they believed correctly that Morocco was a thre...
270,000 Nigerian Children Living With HIV – UNICEF
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270,000 Nigerian Children Living With HIV – UNICEF

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said no fewer than 270,000 children aged 0 to 14 years were living with HIV in Nigeria in 2016. The figure represented the lion share of half of the 540,000 total infected children in West and Central Africa over the same year. Nigeria also recorded 37,000 new HIV infections among children out of the total of 60,000 new infections in West and Central Africa over the same period, representing 62 per cent of the new infections. The UN children’s agency warned that the West and Central Africa were lagging too far behind the rest of the world in access to HIV treatment and care. Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF director, West and Central Africa, in a report released on Tuesday, called for improvement of early diagnosis and access to HIV treatment and...
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...
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....
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 ...
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...
Election Key To Ending Political Crisis In DR Congo – UN
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Election Key To Ending Political Crisis In DR Congo – UN

A strategic review of the UN peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo says holding a long delayed presidential election that is credible will be key to ending the political crisis that is the main driver of the country’s increasing violence and human rights abuses. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in the report to the UN Security Council that Congo risks “sliding back into conflict,” but he said President Joseph Kabila also has a “historic opportunity to cement his legacy” as the first DRC president to hand power to an elected successor. In the 27-page report, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Guterres said that “all efforts” must be geared to keeping alive a December 31 agreement calling for elections by the end of 2017 and to “ensuring the protection of ...
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...
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...
Mohammed Leads 1st Joint AU-UN High-Level Mission To Africa
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Mohammed Leads 1st Joint AU-UN High-Level Mission To Africa

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed, is leading a first-ever joint AU-UN high-level mission to Africa, to highlight the role of women in achieving sustainable peace and development. On Mohammed’s entourage are UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the Special Envoy of the AU on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. The UN said over the past two days, the delegation met with key members of the Congolese Government, the donor community, as well as women leaders from the civil society. At Kinshasa, the deputy secretary-general said their discussions revolved around “a focus on women, and how we can see women’s empowerment, address women’s human rig...
Former Presidents In Ethiopia Ahead Of AU Heads Of State Summit
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Former Presidents In Ethiopia Ahead Of AU Heads Of State Summit

Former Heads of State have arrived in Ethiopia’s capital hours to the opening of the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government on July 3. African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat received former Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Abdulsalami Abubakar of Nigeria and Alpha Konare of Mali at the AU headquarters on Sunday. They are the first of a number of dignitaries expected in Addis Ababa to discuss the renewed conflict in South Sudan, Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgency and the implementation of Agenda 2063 as well as the establishment of continental free trade area (CFTA) at the Summit. They will also discuss the security situations in Central African Republic, Mali, Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Burundi and the Darfur region. ...
Chelsea And Mohamed Salah Given All-Clear By CAS
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Chelsea And Mohamed Salah Given All-Clear By CAS

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Chelsea cleared of wrongdoing after CAS dismissed a complaint brought by Serie A side Fiorentina. The former Chelsea winger, who joined Liverpool in a £34.3m deal earlier this month, made a temporary switch to Fiorentina during the second half of the 2014-15 season. Fiorentina alleged a breach of contract when the Egypt international moved to Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season, in a deal which later became permanent. The complaint was rejected by FIFA in May 2016 and 13 months later the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] has come to the same decision. A CAS statement read: “CAS has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision issued by the FIFA dispute resolution chamber on May 26, 2016 (FIFA DRC) in which Fiorentina’s claim for compensation ...
Police Officer Dead In DRC Court Attack
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Police Officer Dead In DRC Court Attack

A police officer was killed in an attack on a court compound in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a judicial source said on Saturday, weeks after a mass jailbreak from Kinshasa’s main prison. A magistrate in the Matete district in the east of the capital told AFP that unknown gunmen attacked the court office on Friday night, burning several vehicles parked on the premises. He said one police officer was killed and another wounded in the assault, adding that three prisoners held at the compound were later found to be missing. The magistrate said a nearby police station had also been targeted. A police spokesperson confirmed that the Matete court was attacked but did not provide further details. The raid comes three weeks after dozens of prisoners escaped Kinshasha’s largest j...
Stephanie Okereke Linus Visits Congo On Int’l Day To End Obstetric Fistula
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Stephanie Okereke Linus Visits Congo On Int’l Day To End Obstetric Fistula

PHOTOS: Stephanie Okekere Linus Visits Congo On Int’l Day To End Obstetric Fistula UNFPA Ambassador Stephanie Linus Visits Democratic Republic of Congo on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula As part of her commitment to raising awareness on maternal health issues, the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West and Central Africa Stephanie Linus visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in commemoration of the International Day to End Obstetrical Fistula. The theme of this year’s commemoration was tagged “hope, healing and dignity for all”, and it featured several activities aimed at giving hope to girls and women around Africa. From 23rd to 25th May, Mrs. Linus participated in a span of activities which included the screening of her award winning movie ‘DRY’, a priv...

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