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Kenya-Uganda agree on commission over disputed Lake Victoria

22 October, 2018 - 12:29

Kenya and Uganda have finally opted for the creation of a joint commission that will determine ownership of the disputed Lake Victoria island. 

For more than a decade, the two East African nations have been arguing over its ownership.  The stalemate has been a source of worry for fishermen here.

“The reason I came here a long time ago, in 2006, is because there were a lot of fishes here. I always came home with lots of presents, that’s when I decided to work here, “ said Ugandan fisherman, Isaac Buhinza.

Nabisawa Fatuma is a Ugandan resident on the island and says the tension is needless.

“They [Kenyans] love to say that here is Kenya but we do not know who owns this island, we came here to make money, that’s why we left our house. If someone has enough, you have to leave the island and someone else will come to earn money here, but some Kenyan brothers and sisters want to incite violence on the island, “ Fatuma said.

But no report has yet been published, as the experts from both countries are busy interpreting a document of the former British settler dating back to 1926.

Kenyan fishermen and local politicians are calling on the government to ask the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute. 

Kenyan fishermen have denounce strong controls by Ugandan police, sometimes into Kenyan waters, claiming that they seize fish and equipment.

A Uganda policeman who requested anonymity rejected these accusations, saying the issues is ‘complex’. He said ‘ the deep waters where we fish are more on the Ugandan side, the waters where the fish breed are more on the Kenyan side’.

Meanwhile, the two countries have signed an agreement to co-manage the island.


New twist in Khashoggi mystery: MBS spoke to journalist moments before his death, report claims

22 October, 2018 - 12:24

Preview Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman phoned Jamal Khashoggi and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh, just moments before the dissident journalist was killed in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, a new report claims.
Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Headless chicken monster’ spotted in murky depths beneath Antarctica (VIDEO)

22 October, 2018 - 12:23

Preview Australian scientists, using specialist equipment, have reported disturbing findings made three kilometers below the surface of the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean: the discovery of a ‘headless chicken monster.’
Read Full Article at RT.com

India offloading US Treasuries to support national currency & buy gold

22 October, 2018 - 12:22

Preview The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is cutting down on its holding of US Treasuries, joining a number of countries which have been dumping US debt to bolster domestic economies.
Read Full Article at RT.com

US scrapping INF would make world more dangerous, force Russia to ‘restore balance’ – Kremlin

22 October, 2018 - 11:51

Preview US withdrawal from the landmark INF treaty would make the world a more dangerous place, and would force Moscow to step in and “restore the balance,” Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
Read Full Article at RT.com

'I will testify, but now now': Ajay Gupta on S. Africa's state-capture inquiry

22 October, 2018 - 11:28

Ajay Gupta, the oldest of the controversial Gupta brothers, has said he is anxious to clear his name, even though he and his brothers do not plan on returning to South Africa in the short-run.

In an interview with the New York Times, Gupta addressed several issues that have been raised at the Justice Raymond Zondo led commission of inquiry.

The commission is reviewing allegations that the Gupta brothers – Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, who headed one of the nation’s largest conglomerates , unduly influenced president Jacob Zuma over political appointments and winning government contracts.

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Gupta addressed the accusations that he offered the finance ministry job to the former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, in exchange for favorable treatment.

In the interview, Gupta said he was not home during the meeting that was supposedly arranged by Zuma’s son, Duduzane at the Gupta residence in Johannesburg in late October 2015.

“He just came into the room for a fraction of a second, and say hello to Dudu,’‘ Ajay said, adding that his brother Rajesh also ‘did not meet with Jonas at all’.

‘Who did not come and meet me?’

He however indicated that several politicians from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the opposition had met with the Gupta brothers.

Nhlanhla Nene, who was South Africa’s finance minister until last week, was forced to apologise and resign, after he told the commission of inquiry that he had previously met the Guptas at their home between 2010 and 2013.

“Meeting with people, there’s nothing wrong. Every business organization meets with the politicians and the people,” Gupta said.

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The Guptas, who fled the country after Zuma was recalled from the presidency by the ANC in February, requested to testify by video conference, but were denied by the commission’s chair, saying it would be ‘special treatment’.

‘I will testify’

Ajay, says while the brothers are determined to clear their name, they fear wrongful arrests if they return to South Africa.

“I’m not saying that I’m not coming to the commission,” said Ajay, whose family is now based in Dubai. “I will, but not this moment.”

The commission of inquiry, which started two months ago and could last for up to two years, has gripped the nation, as it increasingly looks like an examination of the abuse of power by the ruling ANC party that has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid.

'Absolutely disgraceful!’ Calls for Ryanair boycott in wake of passenger’s racist rant (VIDEO)

22 October, 2018 - 11:18

Preview People are calling for a boycott of Ryanair after the airline failed to apologize for its handling of an incident in which one of its passengers was subjected to a racist verbal attack by another.
Read Full Article at RT.com

NASA’s sea ice survey captures bizarre, perfectly rectangular iceberg (PHOTO)

22 October, 2018 - 11:02

Preview NASA’s ongoing, decades-long survey of polar ice has yielded some truly incredible photographs over the years, but one recent still captured what appears to be a perfectly, almost impossibly rectangular iceberg.
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‘Right from Trump’s playbook’: AP savaged by critics for calling migrant caravan ‘army’

22 October, 2018 - 10:47

Preview Critics lashed out at The Associated Press for calling a huge US-bound caravan of migrants an “army” in their headline. The news agency changed the title of the piece, but that was not enough to cool down some of the folks online.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Live: Cameroon's presidential results expected today, Kamto to 'boycott'

22 October, 2018 - 10:47

October 22: Announcement of presidential election results

Results of the October 7 presidential election are expected on today according to the information minister, Issa Tchiroma.

Over the weekend, security forces clamped down on planned opposition protests, arresting journalists and placing prominent politicians under house-arrest.

On Monday, the spokesperson of leading opposition candidate, Maurice Kamto, said the candidate who declared himself winner of the election two weeks ago, would not be attending the proclamation of the results by the Constitutional Council.

Maurice Kamto To “Boycott” Proclamation Of Election Results Ceremony Today…https://t.co/HaA42MZitG— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) 22 octobre 2018

Kamto, Osih petitions dismissed, ELECAM to announce results?

Cameroon’s Constitutional Council on Thursday threw out the remaining two poll petitions that it had admitted from a pool of 18 seeking partial or total cancellation of the October 7 presidential elections.

The two were filed by main opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF and the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, led by ex-Biya appointee, Maurice Kamto. Osih had decried what he described as a state of apartheid in English-speaking regions, where most people could not cast votes due to insecurity.

The decision said to be a unanimous one by the judicial body paves the way for the declaration of results in a poll largely expected to hand incumbent Paul Biya a new seven-year term.

Kamto: Ex-Biya appointee ‘disturbing’ Cameroon presidential polls

The opposition parties had alleged widespread irregularities insecurity and low turnout especially in restive Anglophone regions but the court held that it was not enough basis to warrant their demands.

The ruling CPDM and elections body, ELECAM, strongly defended the conduct of the polls stressing that the process had been free, fair and democratic.

The decision paves the way for the court to now declare 85-year incumbent president Paul Biya, who has rule #Cameroon for the past 36 years as winner of the poll, handing him another 7-year term.— Bate Felix Tabi Tabe (@BateFelix) October 19, 2018

Cameroon poll petition, Team Kamto ruffle Council, SDF case to he heard today

Hearings will continue today, October 18, in Yaounde where two main opposition parties are challenging the presidential polls of October 7 before the Constitutional Council.

Sixteen of eighteen petitions were dismissed by the Council on the first day of its sitting earlier this week. The only two admitted were that of main opposition parties, the Social Democratic Front, SDF, and the Cameroon Renaissance movement, CRM.

The CRM, led by former minister Maurice Kamto, went into the polls in a coalition with Akere Muna’s Now Movement. Kamto has since close of polls claimed that he won the vote.

Maurice Kamto: The ‘star player’ in Cameroon polls?

He stressed before the Council that he stood by the declaration: “My declaration on 8th October was based on information from my representatives in some polling stations in most regions,” state-owned CRTV quoted him as saying.

Himself, Muna and a team of lawyers have taken center stage at proceedings before the Council. First, asking some members of the council to recuse themselves over partiality and demanding a neutral body sits on the petition, both instances were rejected as being without locus.

#237Vote #Crtv2018
Kamto's lawyers call on Constitutional council members to examine their consciences and render judgement that will protect their legacy.— CRTVweb (@CRTV_web) October 17, 2018

On the substantive case, Team Kamto, have taken turns to present evidence before the Council to prove their case of gross electoral infractions and the subsequent need to scrap the entire process. The ruling CPDM and elections body, ELECAM, have responded by saying the claims where wholly untrue.

The SDF’s legal team will take their turn today to present the facts underlying their call for a total cancellation of the vote. Meanwhile, reports indicate that a ruling is expected today on the Kamto team’s submissions.

Cameroon throws out 16 poll petitions, Kamto’s fight against ‘biased’ council flops

Cameroon’s Constitutional Council yesterday, October 16, dismissed as many as sixteen of eighteen post-poll petitions presented before it by aggrieved opposition members and parties.

Among those whose applications were dismissed were Cabral Libii. Self acclaimed poll winner, Maurice Kamto, leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, was himself present in court to make submissions.

Kamto had advanced an argument of partiality on the part of the Council as he sought the disqualification of six members. He accused them of being persons who had the interest of the ruling CPDM at heart and thus unfit for the exercise.

He was ruled as not having a strong enough basis to demand for another judicial body to sit on the issue. The sitting which took place in Yaounde was suspended at a time Kamto’s party was to adduce evidence on irregularities in areas it wanted results cancelled.

Leader of the Council, Clement Atangana, has long been accused of been a loyalist of incumbent Paul Biya. Biya is seeking a seventh term in office, his fourth under the multi-party era.

READ MORE: Biya’s multi-party era winning record

No-show on ‘ghost observers’ presser, poll petition starts

Today is the day elections petitions – 18 in all – are expected to be heard by the Constitutional Council sitting in the capital Yaounde.

Individuals and parties are seeking partial and in some cases total cancellation of the October 7 presidential polls.

Yesterday, there was a no-show despite widely publicized news that the government through information minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, was to explain the “ghost observers,” who claimed to be from Transparency international, TI.

READ MORE: Biya’s multi-party era winning record

The said observers had given top marks to the election process last week but also attracted a disavowal by TI who said they had no observers dispatched to Cameroon for such reasons.

The camp of self-acclaimed poll winner Maurice Kamto has also been buzzing. Kamto’s camp were barred from holding a press conference in Yaounde yesterday even though he issued a statement on Facebook dismissing reports of a Biya victory of 71%.

Kamto’s also received his party’s treasurer who was released from jail after over a week. The CRM Treasurer, Okala Ebode, had been behind bars for 8 days because he denounced electoral fraud, local portals said.

Maurice Kamto receives CRM Treasurer, Okala Ebode shortly after the latter's release.

He has been behind bars for 8 days.

His lone crime is that, he denounced electoral fraud.#MimiMefoInfo pic.twitter.com/PhzPsaad2V— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) October 15, 2018

Date set for petition hearing, Biya victory leaked?

State-owned Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV, late last week reported that a date had been fixed to hear election petitions filed in relation to the October 7 presidential elections.

The date is October 16, 2018 at the Yaounde Convention Center. The election body, ELECAM, has confirmed receiving 18 petitions filed at the Constitutional Council.

The petitioners including major opposition parties are seeking partial and in some cases total cancellation of the results. Already, one candidate, Maurice Kamto has claimed victory in a move widely condemned by government and the ruling party.

Meanwhile, local media portals are reporting that a leaked result shows that president Paul Biya was in the lead with over 71% of votes cast. The government or ELECAM has yet to confirm or deny the information.

The fight against fake news was one of the core campaign issues ahead of the election. Yaounde had gone as far as seek the help of social media giants, Facebook, to help combat the menace.

Supposedly 'leaked' election results. #Biya claiming 71% in total, 77% in SW Cameroon and 81% in NW #Cameroon, the two Anglophone regions.

I think that tells you all you need to know about this 'election'. Not even a pretence of democracy.#AnglophoneCrisis pic.twitter.com/YPjcMcp8QQ— Billy Burton (@billyb2009) October 14, 2018

18 poll petitions deposited at Constitutional Council, ELECAM confirms.

Elections body, ELECAM, on Thursday confirmed that it had been served legal challenges to the October 7 presidential polls. A total of 18 individuals and parties had approached the Constitutional Council.

“They are thus allowed 48 hours to submit their replies, against a receipt. Section 133 (3) od the Electoral Code,” it added in a tweet.

Meanwhile a local journalist is reporting that the main opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF, candidate, Joshua Osih in his application to the Council is seeking a total cancellation of the process.

ELECAM has fifteen day period to release results but opposition parties hold that it is largely a period during which results are manipulated. An Aspirant, Maurice Kamto claimed victory on Monday with a government response branding him as “irresponsible and lawless.”

October 11: Opposition seeking total, partial cancellation of results

State broadcaster, CRTV, have confirmed reports that a number of opposition parties had approached the court over the October 7 presidential elections.

CRTV said in a tweet on Thursday, four days after the vote, that a total of 17 applications had been made to the Constitutional Council demanding partial and in some cases total cancellation of the vote.

They confirmed that among the applicants before the top court were main opposition leader Joshua Osih of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, and Maurice Kamto who led an opposition coalition that involved Akere Muna, a famed lawyer.

October 10: Kamto camp wants probe into CRTV report

Local media in Cameroon are reporting that the camp of opposition contender Maurice Kamto on Wednesday afternoon held a press conference in the capital Yaounde amid deployment of heavy security.

Kamto’s spokesperson among other demands called for a probe into the false report carried by state broadcaster, CRTV. Kamto’s camp said the TV and ministry responsible for accreditation needed to be probed.

CRTV had carried a news item on Tuesday alleging that Transparency International, TI, had given high marks to the October 7 process. TI in a statement denied the report.

Other issues he raised were that: There was a ploy to blame violence on Kamto, that there was growing tension in the country. He also flatly denied that Kamto was being financed by politicians held in prison over an anti-corruption crackdown, Operation Epervier.

Et la police anti émeutes, le GMI 1, plus un discret dispositif de gendarmerie viennent de se positionner face au QG Kamto…#Etoudi2018 #Cameroun pic.twitter.com/vWAhF80Xg3— Hemisphere Africa (@HmpAfrica) October 10, 2018

Kamto, leader of a two-party alliance declared on Monday, barely twenty-four hours after the vote that he won an emphatic victory. Government slammed his announcement describing it as “irresponsible, illegal.”

The spokesman clarified in later reports that Kamto had only claimed victory based on figures and projections. “Maurice Kamto did not proclaim himself president, he claimed victory, it’s not the same thing,” Olivier Nissack reportedly said.

Photo credit: @HmpAfrica

October 9: State TV accused of fake observer report

Cameroon radio and television, CRTV, the state broadcaster has been exposed by international rights group Transparency International, TI, over a report that the group’s observer team had ‘blessed’ the conduct of the October 7 presidential polls.

CRTV shared a video that purported to have observers with TI but the group in a press statement said it had not sent a team to observe the polls.

“Transparency International confirms that it has no international election observation mission in Cameroon. A recent television report featuring individuals described as working for Transparency International is false and untrue,” a statement read.

It is the most significant development surrounding the polls since opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared that he had won a clear mandate from the people.

The former Biya minister had been dismissed by the government describing his move as irresponsible and illegal. Kamto’s coalition ally, Akere Muna, is a former TI top official. He resigned to contest the presidential polls but entered an alliance with Kamto less than 24-hours to the vote.

October 8: Kamto makes unofficial victory declaration

Voting closed in Cameroon in Sunday evening and counting of ballots started in earnest. Main opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF, vowed to police the counting and results declaration process.

But it is the declaration of victory by Maurice Kamto, a former Biya minister that has thrown the process into a state of shock. Kamto who led a two-party alliance involving famed lawyer Akere Muna said the goal of his party had been reached.

A summary of the issues he raised in his victory speech (in French) is as follows:

Cameroonians have chosen to go down a historic path by voting out the incumbent.
He has won a clear mandate he is ready to defend firmly.
Called on Paul Biya to make transition arrangement to avert needless post-poll crisis.

His supporters can remain joyful and proud of the achievement.

The moment KamtoOfficiel declared himself winner of the presidential elections (loosely translated):
"I received the mandate to take a historic penalty kick. I took the spot kick. The goal was scored." #elections #Cameroun #Cameroon #Etoudi2018 #237Vote pic.twitter.com/fyDLgV3vIM

— Israel Ayongwa (iayongwa) October 8, 2018

The government has yet to officially react to the development but electoral laws suggest that it is an offense to declare oneself winner of the elections. A point that had been stressed by government in the run up to the vote.

Sections of the Electoral System stipulates that the President of the Republic is elected for a seven-year term by universal suffrage and by direct, equal and secret ballot.

According to the Cameroon electoral code, the president is elected by a single-round majority ballot and the candidate having obtained the majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.

It also states that election will not be complete until Cameroon’s Supreme Court rules on requests for annulment and announces the results.

October 7, 2018: Cameroon polls take place amid high security in English-speaking zones

Cameroonians voted on Sunday (October 7) in a key presidential election which could end or extend the 36-year rule of President Paul Biya, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders.

Polls opened at 0800 local (0700GMT) across much of the country including areas in the restive English-speaking regions. Security has been heightened with armed personnel deployed outside most poling stations.

Reuters reports that three separatists have been shot dead in Bamenda, capital of the northwest region of the country. The northwest and southwest regions have been the epicenter of what has become known as the Anglophone crisis.

A security source told Reuters that the trio had been gunned down for attempting to disrupt the voting process. Separatist groups have vowed to stop the polls from taking place in both regions.

Red carpet for Biya, aspirants cast ballots

BREAKING NEWS. Cameroonian President Paul Biya has arrived to cast his ballot. pic.twitter.com/yQSPqdbvIi— Saddique Shaban (@SaddiqueShaban) October 7, 2018

#Cameroon Opposition candidate Cabral Libii casts his vote; says that the opposition coalition were treating him like a child and questioning his intentions. {Photos Courtesy: oliverwjarvis} pic.twitter.com/pu2GxIMEjD

— CGTN Africa (cgtnafrica) October 7, 2018

#Cameroon: Akere Muna's ballot papers – electoral commission said couldn't be pulled from polling stations despite him withdrawing from race and throwing his support behind Maurice Kamto. #Etoudi2018 #237Vote #Cameroun pic.twitter.com/Xd6bnTuO48— Daniel Finnan (@Daniel_Finnan) October 7, 2018

#Etoudi2018 Updates
Mr and Madame Kamto in the polling station in Yaounde #MimiMefoInfo pic.twitter.com/paQmuEoU9G— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) October 7, 2018

#Etoudi2018 Updates JoshuaOsih at Lycee Joss this morning #MImi_Mefo_Info pic.twitter.com/sSdeiTzcpE

— Mimi237 (Mimimefo237) October 7, 2018

#Etoudi2018 Updates

The Prime minister Head of Government Philemon Yang and the North West Governor Adolf lele L'Afrique just voted at Up Station Bamenda #MimiMefoInfo pic.twitter.com/4C8NJoQkzg— Mimi237 (@Mimimefo237) October 7, 2018

Multiple reports of gunshots in NW capital, Bamenda

At 1:30pm Cameroon time,ear-splitting gunshots still being heard across Bamenda.voters Can't go out.streets are deserted.cameroon's premier voted in Bamenda instead of his native Oku village were he registered due to worsening security concerns there.#Etoudi2018— Alphonse Tebeck (@AlphonseTebeck) October 7, 2018

Gunshots in #Bamenda this morning, according to RFI_English correspondent AlphonseTebeck, two suspected separatist fighters killed, town deserted, heavy presence of security forces. #Cameroon #Cameroun #Etoudi2018 #237Vote— Daniel Finnan (@Daniel_Finnan) October 7, 2018

Two separatists have been reportedly killed around hospital roundabout in Bamenda few mintes b4 polls opened in the region. Thr are reports of on going shooting between the military and the separatists. It is nt clear whether voting will continue in this region #cameroondecides— Adesewa Josh (@AdesewaJosh) October 7, 2018


Elections day, #Bamenda wakes up to gun shots in several neighborhoods around 6:30 am

Jesus, take the wheel— Comfort Mussa (@ComfortMussa) October 7, 2018

Did you know that diaporans are voting?

Indeed, Cameroonians in the diaspora are joining in the process of choosing the next president of the country.

Elections body, ELECAM, shared photos of people casting their ballot outside of the country. Among other places, people in Malabo, Cairo, Brussels and Tel Aviv are all voting.

#237vote : bureau de vote de Tel Aviv pic.twitter.com/NONlf9Za7Q— ELECTIONS CAMEROON (@Elecam2018) October 7, 2018

#237Vote : électeur Camerounais à Bruxelles pic.twitter.com/Rrx3FhXvTs— ELECTIONS CAMEROON (@Elecam2018) October 7, 2018

#237Vote : une électrice camerounaise entrain de remplir son devoir civique à Malabo en Guinée Équatoriale. pic.twitter.com/XlSStoET3c— ELECTIONS CAMEROON (@Elecam2018) October 7, 2018

#237Vote: affichage de liste des électeurs à l’entrée du bureau de vote au Caire. pic.twitter.com/b4FMLRKTPg— ELECTIONS CAMEROON (@Elecam2018) October 7, 2018

Will opposition coalition count for much?

In a surprise and belated move with about 24-hours to opening of polls, two opposition members announced a long-expected alliance. Former Biya-era minister Maurice Kamto agreed a coalition with famed lawyer Akere Muna.

Muna’s correspondence to the elections body, ELECAM, to step down as a candidate was however turned down. He has asked his supporters to vote for Kamto. A reported third coalition member, Serge Espoir Matomba, denied agreeing to join late Saturday.

Political watchers said despite the coalition being a welcome move, it had come too late in the day but that its impact will be properly assessed after the close of polls and in the stage of results declaration.

Ex-Togo PM leads AU observers, EU backed out

The European Union, EU, said it will not deploy observers to Cameroon as it has done in almost all previous votes across Africa.

But the African Union, AU, has a team in the country led by former Togolese Prime Minister, Artheme Ahoomey Zunu Kwesi Agbefia Seleakodji Lolonyo. The EU and UN have all called for peaceful and transparent process.

#ArthemeAhoomeyZunuKwesiAgbefiaSeleakodjiLolonyo former Prime Minister of #Togo is leading the _AfricanUnion Election Observation Mission for #Cameroon presidential election AUC_DPA AUC31 AU_PSD Africanelection OIFfrancophonie AfrikParliament AGA_Platform Elecam2018 pic.twitter.com/2kqkakAqpS

— Guy Cyrille Tapoko (GuyCyrille) October 7, 2018

Biya, the 85-year-old long-server gunning to soldier on

A victory for Biya, who has ruled since 1982, would usher in a seventh term for the 85-year-old and see him stay until at least the age of 92, bucking a tentative trend in Africa where many countries have installed presidential term limits.

It would maintain a long held status quo in the oil and cocoa producing Central African country where, despite relative economic stability and growth of over 4 percent a year since Biya was last elected in 2011, many of its 24 million citizens live in deep poverty. Most have only known one president.

Of Biya’s biggest challenges has been the year-old secessionist uprising in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions that has cost hundreds of lives and forced thousands to flee either to the French-speaking regions or into neighbouring Nigeria.

It further complicates Cameroon’s security mix, that is, for a country that is still battling Boko Haram insurgents in its Far North region. A new security region was set up in Bamenda in what was seen as a security solution to the separatists.

"Mama Congo" and "City of Joy" show another face of the DRC [This is Culture - TMC]

22 October, 2018 - 10:39

“Mama Congo” is a series of photo-portraits and testimonies of Congolese women produced by a British journalist
of Spanish and Indian origin ,Soraya Kishtwari ; who has been living in the DRC for the past 3 years.
In this photo-series, we discover women who, although often described as the first victims of war and conflict, turn out
to be real fighters themselves.
For more details on this , you can visit “ Mama Congo DRC “ on Facebook “ !

And how can one find joy after experiencing indescribable trauma?

This is the question sparked by the documentary “City of Joy”. Directed by Madeleine Gavin, the film focuses on a center created in 2011 in eastern DRC by women’s rights activist ,Christine Schuler Deschryver, American feminist Eve Ensler, and the most talked about man in recent times, affectionately called the women Repairer. He also doubles as the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Denis Mukwege.


US pressures SWIFT to cut off Iran from global banking transactions to enforce sanctions

22 October, 2018 - 10:17

Preview The US aims to disconnect Iran from the SWIFT global payment network as part of new economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in November. Disconnection from network would make it difficult for Iran to get paid for exports.
Read Full Article at RT.com

DRC: Beni residents still angry over incessant killings in Ebola plagued region

22 October, 2018 - 10:09

Anger and rage among residents of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over incessant killings in the Ebola plagued region.

On Sunday, angry mob ransacked buildings following an ADF attack that left at least 11 people dead and 15 abducted.

“Here in the Matete cell, the enemy arrived at night, killed and took children to the bush. Here, the rebels have looted goods including many people, mothers and children. The government must accept that it has failed. Everything has an end, let them resign “, said Kasero Vawere, a Beni resident.

“We have only one wish, that the Congolese soldiers and the blue helmets are released from this region. They have done many wrong things. If another group comes to our aid, whatever its source, provided we are safe, let our soldiers withdraw, for the moment we do not need them anymore”, said another Beni resident, Muhindo Mashauri.

The toll could be higher because one resident told AFP, he had seen bodies of two men in military uniform in the area where the attack happened.

Other angry residents burnt the post office building and a town hall building while others took to the streets to express their anger.

President of the Civil Society, Beni Kizito Din-Hangi said no one had called for a protest, saying the demonstration was spontaneous.

Earlier, the UN Mission in the DRC (Monusco) told AFP that the peacekeepers exchanged fire on Saturday night with suspected rebels in Beni. 

Since October 2014, the city and territory of Beni have been the target of a series of attacks attributed to Ugandan Muslim rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Hundreds of civilians were killed.


DRC: Journalists in trouble [The Morning Call]

22 October, 2018 - 09:43

Tough times for journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Five journalists arrested on Friday in connection with their investigative report on alleged corruption within the police force were released after 12 hours of interrogation by police.

They are however expected to return for questioning on October 22.

Power outage in the Republic of Congo [The Morning Call]

22 October, 2018 - 09:41

Authorities in the Republic of Congo recently announced a power blackout in the country’s two major cities Brazzaville and Pointe Noire from October 21 to December 5. According to them, this is to allow for the maintenance of a turbine of the country’s main power plant.

Liyana, a film changing story telling [The Morning Call]

22 October, 2018 - 09:39

A fictional character, ‘Liyana’, is brought to life in an innovative animated artwork.

Crafted by five orphaned children from Swaziland, it has won more than 25 jury and audience awards and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight.

Press Review of October 22, 2018 [The Morning Call]

22 October, 2018 - 09:36

We review the headlines of Africa’s top newspapers on The Morning Call