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

– Advertisement – 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…

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Rwandan opposition activist shot dead in South Africa

– Advertisement – 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

– Advertisement – 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…

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Refugee elected first black Rector of University of Edinburgh

– Advertisement – A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Debora Kayembe has been elected the first black Rector of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Debora Kayembe was elected unopposed and will serve as the University’s 54th Rector, according to the University. She will assume the role of Rector on 1 March, 2021, replacing Ann Henderson who served as Rector for 3 years. This is the first time a black woman is taking on the role in over 400 years. As Rector Kayembe will be a…

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Rwanda’s military chief Jacques Musemakweli dies

– Advertisement – The head of Rwanda’s military, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli has been reported dead. The Rwanda Defence Force said Musemakweli’s death was of “natural” cause and happened on Thursday at a military hospital. General Musemakweli was said to be unwell for sometime before his death this week. In a statement the Rwandan army said it “extends its condolences and joins the family in grief during this sad moment. Communication regarding his funeral arrangements will be made later.” – Advertisement – General Musemakweli was a member of Rwandan Patriotic…

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Congo’s 77-year-old leader Sassou Nguesso seeks fourth term

– Advertisement – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is seeking a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso first came to power 1979 but had a five-year break after losing elections in 1992. Nguesso was an opposition leader for five years and then came back to power during the Second Civil War (1997–1999) when his rebel forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba. He has since been in power, winning all presidential elections held since 2002. Nguesso supervised the change in constitution in a referendum…

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Paul Kagame accuses the West of hoarding Covid-19 vaccines

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has accused the West of hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and “purchasing many times more doses than they need.” In an opinion article published on the news website The Guardian, the outspoken African leader “the current situation with regard to the access and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines vividly illustrates the decades-old contradictions of the world order.” “Rich and powerful nations have rushed to lock up supply of multiple vaccine candidates,” Kagame said adding that “leaves African and other developing countries either far behind in the vaccine queue, or…

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Rwanda’s Nsanzabaganwa elected as AU Commission deputy chair

– Advertisement – Rwandan economist and politician Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as deputy chairperson of the African Union commission. Nsanzabaganwa until her election served as the deputy governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, a role she held since 2011. She is a member of the African Leaders Network, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). The Rwandan politician has also served as the chairperson of the board of directors of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, since 2012. When she first returned to Rwanda, Nsanzabaganwa…

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DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi takes over as AU chairman

– Advertisement – President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi has now assumed the role of chairman of the African Union. He took over from South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa and will serve as the chairman for one-year. Tshisekedi’s tenure began officially at the African Union’s 34th summit on Saturday with discussions taking place virtually. As we hand over the baton to the DRC, we are determined to continue working with President Tshisekedi to ensure that Africa becomes an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of…

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