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DR Congo: 36 people missing in boat disaster

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least 36 people are missing after a boat they were traveling in sunk on Sunday. The boat sunk at Maluku commune, a district on the banks of the Congo River in Kinshasa’s suburbs. Police say only 76 survivors have so far been accounted for. The boat came from the province of Mai-Ndombe, a province located southwest of the city of Kinshasa. Authorities said the boat filled with goods and passengers capsized at Mambutuka locality in Maluku commune. Although no bodies have…

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DR Congo: Ex-health minister arrested over Ebola funds

Former health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested by the Police for allegedly mismanaging funds allocated for the Ebola epidemic. Oly Ilunga has however denied any wrongdoing following his arrest. He resigned as health minister in July and criticized the World Health Organisation in his resignation letter. Dr Ilunga said the global health body’s plan to use an unlicensed vaccine against Ebola was inappropriate. Police have detained him based on information that he intended to evade legal proceedings and leave the country. Officials in DR Congo…

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Rwanda accepts to take in African refugees held in Libya

Rwanda has reached a deal with the African Union to take in African refugees being held in worsening conditions in detention centres in Libya. These refugees mainly migrants will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Rwanda’s government and the African Union. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday that a first group of 500 refugees will be evacuated in coming weeks. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a news briefing…

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Samuel Eto’o finally ends his playing career

Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o has signalled the end to his 22-year playing career. The ex-Cameroon and Barcelona forward, 38, posted on Instagram, stating: “The end, towards a new challenge.” Eto’o, his country’s record scorer with 56 goals in 118 games, also enjoyed brief stints in the English Premier League with Chelsea and Everton. Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar Sports Club, his last club. Eto’o joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 at the age of 16, but was limited to just three…

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DR Congo: Death toll from Ebola outbreak hits over 2,000

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country’s year-long Ebola outbreak has led to the death of at least 2,000. According to government data published on Friday, the number of confirmed and probable cases has also hit a milestone of more than 3,000. The government data showed Ebola deaths reaching 2,006 and cases at 3,004. The current Ebola outbreak is the second-worst in history. In the DR Congo the current outbreak is the 10th Ebola to be recorded. The worst epidemic was recorded between 2013-2016 in West Africa.…

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Tanzania to send back 200,000 Burundian refugees

Tanzania will in October this year send back some 200,000 Burundian refugees. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move stating that the repatriation of these refugees would start on October 1. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. Interior Minister in Bujumbura, Pascal Barandagiye, told journalists that the agreement for the return of the refugees took place at the weekend. Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Kangi Lugola also said it is willing to assist for the safe return of “all Burundians”. The…

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Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo reveals he is gay

A Rwandan gospel singer has revealed his sexual orientation in an interview with a Christian YouTube channel on Monday. Albert Nabonibo, 35 revealed that he is gay and was ready to face the backlash that comes with his disclosure. Many of his fans have expressed shock at his disclosure in an African society that conservative and not open to homosexuality. Although Rwandan laws do not outlaw gay acts, it at the same time does not permit same-sex marriages. That means Nabonibo may not face any prosecution but can’t engage in…

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DR Congo announces new cabinet after seven months

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced a new coalition government. It is being announced seven months after the inauguration of the new president Felix Tshisekedi. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga told reporters that “The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon.” Felix Tshisekedi in January this year was sworn in as the new President of Congo. He succeeded Joseph Kabila in Congo’s first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. Felix Tshisekedi is the son of a late veteran opposition leader, Etienne…

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Rwanda, Uganda end hostilities after leaders signed a pact

Rwanda’s Kagame said “The MoU addresses all these matters very clearly and I don’t think we should be picking and choosing what we implement and what we don’t. We are going to address all these problems. By doing that indiscriminately, we will get where we want to be.” “We have agreed on issues that will be implemented between our two countries largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement,” said Museveni. The dispute virtually threatened and impacted cross-border trade between…

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Cameroon military court jails separatists for life

A military court in Cameroon has jailed ten separatist leaders from the English-speaking region for life. A leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is among the ten people jailed for life. He and nine of his followers were given life sentences by the military court in the capital, Yaoundé. They were convicted of rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, propagation of fake news and lack of identification. Their lawyers accused the judge of bias and withdrew from the proceedings. The defendants were…

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