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ICC upholds conviction of DR Congo’s warlord Bosco Ntaganda

– – The International Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the war crimes conviction against Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda. The Court in 2019 sentenced the former military leader to 30 years in prison. Ntaganda was convicted of several atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. He was found guilty on 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for acts committed when he was military operations chief for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003. The former warlord was also…

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France bears ‘heavy responsibilities’ in the Rwanda genocide

At least 800,000 people died when ethnic Hutu extremists massacred minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Assassination of a president – – The massacres occurred after the assassination of the then Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994 in a plane crash. Mr Habyarimana – a Hutu backed by France – was on his way back to Rwanda when his plane was shot down. Photo: AFP Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down. Tutsi rebels, led by current president, Paul Kagame were accused of carrying out the attack…

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Congo’s Nguesso to rule beyond 40 years after re-election victory

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is set to rule his country beyond four decades after securing a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. He won re-election by a landslide, with 89% of the vote, according to the country’s interior minister. The main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas – who died on Sunday after catching Covid-19 had 8%. The turnout was 67.55% and elections this year were held in a peaceful atmosphere. Republic of the Congo, Presidential election (preliminary results) Sassou-Nguesso (PCT, centre-left/authoritarian): 89%Kolélas (UDH-YUKI, centre):…

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Congo presidential candidate dies of Covid-19 in aircraft

– – The main contender to President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso in Sunday’s held presidential election, Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas has died of Covid-19. Kolelas died on Sunday while voting was underway after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. His campaign officials said he tested positive for coronavirus on Friday while ending his campaign activities. The 61-year-old was diabetic, according to his campaign team. A day before the election Kolelas posted a video from his sickbed saying he was “battling against death”. – – He asked voters…

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Internet shutdown in Republic of Congo as voters elect a president

– – The internet has been shutdown on the day of voting in the Republic of Congo as voters choose a new president. Citizens can’t go online, send messages and make calls all in an attempt to prevent expression of opinions on the conduct of the polls via online. ⚠️ Confirmed: Internet has been shut down in the Republic of the #Congo on the day of presidential elections. Network data show a near-total collapse of national connectivity from midnight local time. The incident is ongoing as polls are due to…

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The Congolese woman guerrilla fighter seeking revenge

– – Faida comes from North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a few kilometers from the village of Masisi. She suffered sexual violence in the hands of armed men and after surviving that ordeal Faida is still struggling with the impact caused her mentally and physically. The day she was raped, she told DW that the armed men also murdered her mother and brothers among a total of four women, eight men and two children. Faida blamed the FDLR group (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda),…

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Rwanda’s Kagame criticizes ‘hypocrisy’ in Covid-19 vaccine supply

– – Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has criticized what he calls “hypocrisy and double standards” in the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that deals between rich nations and vaccine manufacturers had made it hard to acquire vaccines for its Covax initiative. The @WHO Director-General has said that deals between some high-income countries and manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are undermining its COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses it can purchase. Read more: https://t.co/zWxZnAm6lO pic.twitter.com/oj1YVjtmXD — Al Jazeera English…

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Rwandan opposition activist shot dead in South Africa

– – A Rwandan opposition activist Seif Bamporiki has been shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa. Local media reported that he was shot and killed while delivering furniture to a client on Sunday. The businessman, according to reports had arrived to make delivery only for the gunman to fire a single shot through his window. A supposed customer that led him to the Nyanga township for the delivery left him for 15 minutes when he was shot. The activist’s belongings, including cellphones, were taken, according to reports. – –…

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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack on a UN convoy. The country’s foreign ministry said the ambassador was travelling in the United Nations convoy when it came under fire near Goma, in the east of the DR Congo. 43-year-old Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday, according to officials. The foreign ministry’s statement said “It is with deep sadness that the foreign ministry confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Italian ambassador.” Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed his “great…

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Boat disaster kills over 60 in Democratic Republic of Congo

– – More than 60 people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 300 people have been rescued but as many as 200 others are unaccounted for following the accident on the Congo River. Reports say the boat hit a rock east of the capital, Kinshasa, while travelling at night, which is prohibited. DR Congo’s humanitarian affairs minister Steve Mbikayi has indicated that the boat was also overloaded. “These are the reasons that caused this wreck with over 60 dead. We have managed to rescue…

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