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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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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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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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Kagame meets young Rwandans to plan for next 25 years

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has met over 3000 young Rwandans as part of his “Meet the President” series. Wednesday’s meeting took place at the Rusororo based Intare Conference Arena and was also broadcast to thoe not able to be at the Arena. The gathering was aimed at providing the opportunity for Kagamae to engage with the young generation on the national aspirations for the next 25 years. Inspired by the country’s Vision 2050, Kagame encouraged the youth to be self-driven to consolidate the gains the country has made over…

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Burundi begins Ebola vaccination for health officials

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola as it makes efforts to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that the vaccination is happening near Burundi’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi has not reported of any Ebola cases but does not want to taken by surprise. The Health ministry in Burundi launched vaccination exercise at the Gatumba border crossing point on Tuesday. The Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used for this exercise. In a statement…

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Burundi: 6-year old YouTube star killed by malaria

At the age of six Darcy Irakoze, known as Kacaman took YouTube by storm with his popular comedy sketches. He was destined to shine further and build an astonishing career even as a kid, but that will not happen. The Burundi star has died of Malaria on Thursday after being diagnosed of the disease on Wednesday. His manager confirmed hi death. Kacaman, a primary school pupil performed online and in theaters. Kacaman’s death paints a devastating picture of how Malaria continues to kill many people in Burundi especially children. [embedded…

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