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Floods Kill At Least 39 In Congo’s Capital Kinshasa

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Floods Kill At Least 39 In Congo's Capital Kinshasa

At least 39 persons have died and hundreds have been left homeless in heavy flooding in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Officials say flooding and landslides caused by heavy downpours on Monday evening have damaged homes, roads and bridges. DR Congo officials say search and rescue for survivors is continuing as many of the victims were swept away by landslides.

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The magistrate in Lemba, Jean Nsaka says the situation was dramatic. He said, in addition to 15 lifeless bodies they have collected, there is significant material damage. Nsaka, said a much higher death toll is possible. Adding that poor building construction, a lack of water drainage systems and land erosion contributed to dangerous conditions. A road leading to the University of Kinshasa was cut off by erosion and many other roads were swept away.

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The magistrate said landslides have “practically engulfed women, children and fathers in their houses.

African Union Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat said his thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes in the devastation.

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Mahamat also talked about the tragedy following heavy downpours in West Pokot county in Kenya, torrential rainfall and subsequent devastating flooding in South Sudan,Tanzania, Congobrazzaville, Somalia  and Ethiopia.

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Zimbabwe Arrests Vice President’s Wife Over Fraud Allegations

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Zimbabwe Arrests Vice President's Wife Over Fraud Allegations

Former wife of Zimbabwe’s vice-president, Marry Mubaiwa is appearing in court today Monday on six counts bordering on fraud and money laundering. Vice-president Constantino Chiwenga`s now estranged wife allegedly attempted to solemnize her marriage to Chiwenga without his consent. Marry was accused of forging a marriage certificate without Chiwenga’s knowledge while he was sick.

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She is also facing charges of exporting foreign currency in breach of the exchange control act, and concealing transactions involving proceeds of crime, in violation of the money laundering and proceeds of crime act.

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Marry was arrested on Saturday and is being held at a police station in the capital, Harare. The couple was customarily married after Chiwenga paid a bride price to her parents in 2011.

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Zambia’s President Asks US To Withdraw Ambassador Over Gay Row

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Zambia's President Asks US To Withdraw Ambassador Over Gay Row

Zambia has asked the United States to recall its ambassador Daniel Foote, following his criticism of the jailing of two men for being in a gay relationship.

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The diplomat said last month, he was “horrified when a judge sentenced the men to 15 years in prison. He called on the government to review the case.

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Zambian president Edgar Lungu said he did not want people like Foote in his country. Lungu said he was waiting for a response from Washington on the ambassador’s recall. Homosexual relationships are illegal in Zambia.

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Namibia Rhino Poaching Drops In 2019, After Sharp Rise Last Year

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Namibia Rhino Poaching Drops In 2019, After Sharp Rise Last Year

Ministry of environment and tourism in Namibia is reporting that poaching had dropped to 41 rhinos killed this year so far.  The figure during the same period last year was nearly 72.

The world’s second largest white rhino population, after South Africa, resides in Namibia.

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An N.G.O., save the rhino, says poaching to feed mostly east Asian markets has vacillated since peaking with 95 rhinos in 2015.  It fell to sixty the next year and 36 in 2017.

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Namibia has been cracking down on poachers and is also lobbying against the rules that govern the global trade in endangered species. Other countries have rejected proposals to relax restrictions on legal hunting and exporting of white rhinos.

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More than 300 persons were charged with poaching offenses between 2014 and last year.  All were Africans, except for 17 Chinese.

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