Leaders Rwanda 

20 years under Rwanda’s ‘benevolent dictator’ Paul Kagame

Written by Antonio Cascais President Paul Kagame marks 20 years at the helm of Rwanda. He’s praised by some as a pioneer for women’s rights and environmentalism but criticized by others for his iron grip on power — which could last a while still. It’s no coincidence that the first “Made in Africa” smartphone comes from Rwanda: The Mara Phone is manufactured in an industrial area in the capital Kigali, just down the road from a Volkswagen plant. The German carmaker is one of many investors in the small East…

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Democratic republic Of Congo Leaders 

The woman who fights men for a living and protects young girls in Kinshasa

The Fighter and the Pimp tells the extraordinary story of Shaki—a woman who started life as a street child, who grew up to compete as one of Congo’s first professional female wrestlers, and whose home has now become a refuge for street girls who have escaped the rapists, pimps, and thugs of Kinshasa’s most violent neighbourhoods. Shot with real intimacy in the slums and brothels of the city, this film follows Shaki as she fights to raise her daughter, to give strength and confidence to the girls through sport, and…

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OP-ED Rwanda 

The truth about the much-touted Rwanda success story

Written by Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma Rwanda is a wakeup call for Africa to take bold and courageous steps. Their success is attributed to a unity for a common purpose doctrine. Their leader Kagame first made sure that everyone got on the national programme and those that didn’t were made to understand that there were seriously nasty consequences of going against the national development programme, political descent is only to be tolerated as long as it didn’t disturb development plans. They shut down the overrated civil liberties and so-called democracy and…

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Africa Business Cameroon World 

Jumia is shutting down in parts of Africa in portfolio review

Online retailer Jumia Technologies has announced the shutting down of its portfolio in Tanzania. The company announced this decision weeks after shutting its office and operations in Cameroon. Widely regarded as “the Amazon of Africa,” the company said in a statement on Thursday that “As part of our ongoing portfolio optimisation effort, Jumia has come to the difficult decision to cease our operations in Tanzania effective on November 27.” Jumia this year listed 17.6% of its shares at $14.50 a share on the New York Exchange with hopes of raking in…

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Africa Central Africa World 

Armed groups kill Ebola workers in DR Congo

Three health workers fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed. They were killed in an attack launched by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. Four others were also critically injured in the attack. Such attacks have surged in recent months as local militias doubt the seriousness of the virus and how the vaccine is administered. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted about the incidents. He said “Attacks by armed groups…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

DR Congo: Protesters torch U.N. buildings, at least 4 killed

Protesters in eastern Congo on Monday clashed with security agencies resulting in reported deaths of at least four people. Several others are also reported injured in the protest which took place in the town of Beni after civilians torched U.N. buildings. They were expressing anger over renewed violence by suspected Islamist rebels, accusing the UN and government troops of doing little to prevent attacks. Over the weekend the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), one of many militia groups operating in eastern DR Congo killed eight people during a raid on the…

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Africa Central Africa Featured Libya Rwanda World 

More African refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

More African migrants trapped in Libya and seeking refuge have arrived in Rwanda as part of a resettlement program. Those who arrived over the weekend are part of the third batch of refugees, who have been held in detention centres in Libya. The third group had 116 refugees and asylum seekers who were safely evacuated from Libya. Rwanda’s government said the migrants will be staying at Gashura transit centre, about 55km (34 miles) south of the capital, Kigali. That is the same place were the previous 189 refugees and asylum…

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Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo plane crash kills at least 24 people

At least 24 people have been killed in a plane crash on Sunday in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There are fears the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue to recover bodies. Those killed include residents on the ground, according to Congolese officials. Local media reported that the small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s airport. The Dornier-228 twin-turboprop aircraft is owned by private carrier Busy Bee. It crashed about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

Over 15 civilians killed in eastern Congo by militants

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people overnight in eastern Congo, local officials said on Saturday, in the latest massacre since the army launched a major offensive against the rebels last month. Democratic Republic of Congo’s army initiated its latest campaign, with support from U.N. peacekeepers, on Oct. 30 to root out fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from the dense forests near the Ugandan border. As was the case during previous military operations against the ADF, its fighters have retaliated by attacking civilians, killing more than 40…

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Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo: Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine rolled out

The second model of an Ebola vaccine has now been introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine has been introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. That vaccine has been administered to over 250,000 people since the start of the outbreak in August 2018. Health officials in the country say this latest move is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. Médecins Sans Frontières…

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