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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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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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Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

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Ethiopia’s Sidama vote overwhelmingly for autonomous region

Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted overwhelmingly to form their own self-governing region as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy under sweeping reforms led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The country’s electoral board said on Saturday that provisional results showed 98.5% of voters had backed the change in Wednesday’s ballot, with turnout reaching 99.7%. The result grants the Sidama, who represent about 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population, their own self-governing region – the country’s 10th, control over local taxes, education, security and certain legislation. Ethiopia’s constitution gives…

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Guinea Bissau holds presidential poll after political chaos

Voters in Guinea Bissau are choosing a new president in Sunday’s presidential election after weeks of political chaos. More than 760,000 voters have registered to take part in the poll that opened at 07:00 GMT and will close at 17:00 GMT. There were violent protests ahead of Sunday’s elections after the incumbent president Jose Mario Vaz sacked his entire government last month. President Jose Mario Vaz, 61, is also seeking re-election for a second term. He still remains popular among a section of voters. Analysts however say the front-runner is…

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Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020

Ugandan officials are reported to be planning on launching a drone medical supply service in 2020. The Ugandan government is currently in talks with a firm to seal a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities. An executive of the drone service firm, Flexdrone was reported by Reuters on Friday to have confirmed the reports of ongoing discussions. John Goslino who is business manager at Flexdrone, told Reuters his firm owned by a Ugandan and a German hopes to start a delivery service in…

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South Africa: KFC couple’s wedding set for New Year’s Eve

Nonhlanhla Soldaat and Hector Mkansi took social media by storm after a video captured Mkansi proposing to Soldaat at a KFC joint in South Africa. After the video went viral, South Africans quickly came in to donate to ensure that the couple were able to have a memorable wedding. The outpour of love on social media led to people willing to support the couple have a dream wedding. Mkansi 37, and Soldaat, 38 have already been married and their impending wedding will be the second. They have now set December…

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Ghana: Two lecturers ‘breached rules’ in sex-for-grades film

Ghana’s premier and prominent university has found two of its lecturers guilty of breaching its code of conduct after they were implicated in a sex-for-grades film. The BBC’s Africa Eye’s sex-for-grades film implicated two lecturers of the University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor in the scandal. They were filmed allegedly making sexual advances towards some women who posed as students. The university said those actions were against its rules. The two lecturers will face a disciplinary commission after an investigation by the university found evidence…

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Ex-South African minister arrested, charged with corruption

A former security minister of South Africa and close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, has been arrested and charged with corruption. Bongani Bongo who is also a lawmaker becomes the first high-profile person to be arrested and charged over graft in recent years. Bongo is accused of offering a bribe to a lawyer who was building the state’s case in a 2017 parliamentary enquiry into state-owned power agency, Eskom. According to Eric Ntabazalila, the prosecutions spokesman “The charges are that he offered money to (an) advocate… which (the prosecutor)…

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy congratulates Sidama voters

Ahead of official declaration of results from Wednesday’s referendum, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has congratulated voters in Sidama who are seeking autonomy. People of the Sidama zone, in southern Ethiopia took part in Wednesday’s referendum demanding their own regional state within Ethiopia’s federal system. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at…

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