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Over 80 killed in boat accident in western Congo

Over 80 killed in boat accident in western Congo

MORE than 80 people have been killed in a boat accident on the River Kwa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said. The accident involved two boats, one of which was heading to the capital Kinshasa before suffering an engine failure. It was hit by a second boat which caused the accident, Ren Maker, an official of the Congolese riverways authority, said. The incident that took place late on Monday was caused by night sailing, Rita Bola Dula, governor of Mai-Ndombe province, told Reuters. "We are in the process of extracting the survivors and other bodies," Dula said. Deadly…
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DR Congo names new government after months of delay

DR Congo names new government after months of delay

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo has appointed a new government, spokesperson Tina Salama said, ending an impasse that has mired the country in political uncertainty for months. President Felix Tshisekedi won a second term after elections in late 2023 that also handed his Sacred Union coalition a large majority in parliament. But internal jostling for jobs has delayed the formation of a new cabinet of ministers. The president eventually named Judith Suminwa as Congo's first female prime minister on April 1 and his ex-chief of staff Vital Kamerhe as parliament speaker on May 22, paving the way for the appointment of the government. The new…
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DRC quells a coup attempt by soldiers and “Americans”

DRC quells a coup attempt by soldiers and “Americans”

THE leader of an attempted coup in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been killed and some 50 people including three American citizens arrested, a spokesman for the Central African country's army told Reuters. Gunfire rang out around 4 a.m. in the capital Kinshasa, a Reuters reporter said. Armed men attacked the presidency in the city centre, according to spokesman Sylvain Ekenge. Another attack took place at the nearby home of Vital Kamerhe, a member of parliament who is tipped to become speaker, Kamerhe's spokesman, Michel Moto Muhima, and the Japanese ambassador said in posts on X. Moto Muhima…
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Congo Republic declares mpox epidemic

Congo Republic declares mpox epidemic

THE Republic of the Congo has declared an epidemic of mpox after 19 cases were confirmed across five departments, including the capital Brazzaville. No deaths have yet been recorded, Health Minister Gilbert Mokoki said in a statement on Tuesday. He called on the public to take precautions including avoiding close contact with suspected cases, avoiding contact with animals and avoiding handling game meat with bare hands. The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the virus mpox to replace the older term monkeypox, citing concerns of stigma and racism associated with the name. Mpox was first detected in humans in the…
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Belgium encourages DRC to file complaint against Rwanda at the ICJ

Belgium encourages DRC to file complaint against Rwanda at the ICJ

THE Democratic Republic of Congo should file a complaint with the International Court of Justice over Rwanda's failure to respect its border, Belgium's ambassador to Congo said at a meeting to assess the deepening crisis in eastern Congo. Congo has been struggling to push back M23 rebels since they launched a comeback offensive in the already restive east in 2022. The fighting has displaced 738,000 more people in the first three months of this year alone, according to the U.N. aid agency OCHA. The Congolese government, U.N. officials and Western powers including the United States and Belgium have accused Rwanda of providing…
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Three soldiers killed by mortar on Southern African mission in Congo

Three soldiers killed by mortar on Southern African mission in Congo

THREE soldiers on a Southern African peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed and three others wounded after a hostile mortar round landed near their camp, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said. Regional bloc SADC deployed its mission to Congo on December 15 last year to help the government address instability and tackle armed groups in its restive eastern region, where violent clashes have escalated in a conflict that has lasted decades. "This unfortunate incident happened after a hostile mortar round had fallen near the camp they were staying (at)," the 16-member bloc said in a statement.…
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Congo prosecutor seeks 20-year jail sentence for journalist

Congo prosecutor seeks 20-year jail sentence for journalist

A prosecutor in the Democratic Republic of Congo has asked a court in the capital Kinshasa to sentence journalist Stanis Bujakera to 20 years in prison, one of his lawyers said. Bujakera, a Congolese national who works for international media outlets including Reuters, was detained on September 8 and later charged with spreading false information about the death of a prominent opposition politician. He denies the charges. "The prosecutor has requested that our client be sentenced for the sum of all offences to a cumulative penalty of 20 years, and the payment of one million Congolese francs ($364)," Bujakera's lawyer,…
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Congo opposition spokesman’s death ruled a suicide

Congo opposition spokesman’s death ruled a suicide

A prosecutor in the Democratic Republic of Congo said that the death of a former minister and opposition party member last year has been ruled as suicide. The news of Cherubin Okende's death prompted small anti-government protests in Kinshasa last year, with demonstrators saying it was an assassination. A spokesperson for his party called Thursday's ruling "absurd". Okende, a former transport minister who was also a member of parliament and spokesman for the Ensemble pour la Republique party, was found dead in his car in July. "According to the results of the investigations, Cherubin Okende committed suicide," Firmin Mvonde Mambu, prosecutor general…
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Italian judge rules U.N. staffers cannot be tried over Congo deaths

Italian judge rules U.N. staffers cannot be tried over Congo deaths

AN Italian judge has ruled that two employees of a U.N. agency cannot be tried over the deaths of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, his bodyguard and a driver in 2021 because they have diplomatic immunity. Luca Attanasio, bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver Mustapha Milambo were killed during a botched kidnapping on a road in eastern Congo as they were heading toward a World Food Programme (WFP) project. Rome prosecutors had requested a trial for Rocco Leone and Mansour Luguru Rwagaza, who at the time of the attack were respectively the deputy chief of the…
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Congo arrests six soldiers accused of killing civilians

Congo arrests six soldiers accused of killing civilians

AUTHORITIES in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested six soldiers who are accused of the indiscriminate killing of four civilians during militia clashes in the east. The clashes took place in the rural district of Mangina, near Beni, on Monday, the army said in a statement on Tuesday. Security had deteriorated there since last month when a member of the provincial assembly encouraged young people to take up arms, forming a small-scale militia to oppose the army, the statement from local army spokesperson Antony Mwalushayi said. The parliamentarian named in the statement, Alain Siwako, denied this. He told Reuters…
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