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Congolese bill seeks to limit dowry payment to $500

– – A politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced a bill in the country’s parliament seeking to revise dowry payments for marriages. Daniel Mbau is concerned about what he called exorbitant dowry prices ranging from $2000 and above. His bill is proposing a dowry payment of $500 for women from the cities and $200 for women from rural areas. According to Mbau, the present high dowry price is preventing many young people from engaging in lawful marriages, resulting in a significant number of rapes. The politician is…

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Why Patrice Lumumba’s tooth is yet to return to DR Congo

In September 2020, the family of the Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba received news of taking in the tooth taken from his corpse. A court in Belgium had ruled that the tooth should be returned to Lumumba’s family. Lumumba’s tooth was believed to have been taken by a Belgian policeman who was helping to dispose of the body. The tooth was seized by authorities in 2016 as part of an investigation by federal public prosecutors on Lumumba’s death. The court in Belgium said that the tooth should be given to Lumumba’s…

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DRC: Thousands evacuate amid fears of another volcano eruption

– – Thousands of people have been evacuated in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of another eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The governor of North Kivu province ordered the evacuation of ten districts of the city, saying an eruption could take place with very little warning. At least 31 people are now known to have died when Nyiragongo erupted last weekend. Houses were destroyed and Rwandan authorities have said about 3,000 people had officially crossed from Goma. Cracks measuring hundreds of metres long have appeared in the city…

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DR Congo: Many left homeless amid volcanic eruption

At least five deaths have been reported while people were evacuating and fleeing to safety but officials are yet confirm those reports. Houses were destroyed in the city due to the disaster which occurred 10km (six miles) from Goma. Rwandan authorities said about 3,000 people had officially crossed from Goma. – – Tom Peyre-Costa, from the Norwegian Refugee Council in Goma, told the BBC how the scene had unfolded. “The lava was pretty slow, like, one kilometre per hour, but it didn’t stop…. It started burning the houses,” he said,…

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DR Congo declares end of 12th Ebola outbreak

– – Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced an end to the latest outbreak of Ebola in that country. It was the country’s 12 outbreak in its history with six people dying as a result of the outbreak three months ago. Three months ago there was a resurgence of the disease in North Kivu in the country’s eastern region. The UN’s children’s agency Unicef said in a statement that a quick response by the authorities and partners had helped contain the outbreak. The 12th outbreak…

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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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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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DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi takes over as AU chairman

– – 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 Pan-Africanism…

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DR Congo’s Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga resigns

– – DR Congo’s prime minister, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, resigned on Friday, the presidency said, a move enabling President Felix Tshisekedi to appoint his own premier supported by a new parliamentary majority. Presidency spokesman Giscard Kusema told AFP that Illunga “said he had drawn the consequences of the developing political situation. Ilunga, a close ally to former president Joseph Kabila whose supporters have been in a power struggle with Tshisekedi, was constitutionally required to resign after being censured by the National Assembly on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of…

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Over 20 people feared dead after a barge sank on Congo River

– – Up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said six bodies have been recovered. Overloading and the poor state of the vessel are believed to be the cause of the accident. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s vice…

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