A local official in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’s troubled region of Beni, says eighteen persons have been killed there on Monday in a fresh attack by a notorious armed group.
Beni administrator, Dinat Kibwana said the allied forces militia (ADF) had hacked to death 18 civilians in the town of Apetina-Sana, 16 kilometers west of Oicha, the chief administrative town in the Beni region.
Civil society groups are reporting that since the end of October, when the army launched an offensive against the militia, ADF fighters have killed more than 200 persons.
Civil society activist in Beni, Teddy Kataliko, said the government was tipped off on Sunday evening that suspicious men were in the area, but they did not respond appropriately.
The ADF began as an Islamist rebellion hostile to Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni. It fell back into eastern DRC in 1995 and appears to have halted raids inside Uganda.
Lightning Kills 20 People During Congo’s Virus Lockdown
Republic of the Congo says at least 20 persons have been killed when lightning struck high-voltage power lines in the country.
Authorities say the incident happened in the capital Brazzaville on the first day of a lockdown, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The mayor of Kintele district, Stella Mensah Saddou Nguesso, said people were electrocuted by falling cables. Heavy rainfall is being reported there.
A witness said one line fell on a house, setting it on fire and killing those inside. Another cable struck a pool of water in a courtyard, electrocuting the neighbours.
So far 22 cases of covid-19 have been confirmed in Congo Brazzaville, including two deaths.
Zimbabwe Doctors Group: More Than 15,000 Returnees Dodge Covid-19 Testing
A report by a Zimbabwean doctors’ group says fewer than 200 of the more than sixteen thousand returnees to the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have been tested.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for human rights recommended in a statement on Monday the government should seriously consider risks posed at the ports of entry, health facilities and to vulnerable groups.
The doctors’ group says this revelation puts in doubt the country’s real covid-19 status. It says some mysterious deaths in the country could be linked to coronavirus cases that were undetected.
Authorities say the country so far has eight confirmed covid-19 cases and one death.
World Bank Approves $500m Educational Loan To Tanzania
Tanzania has received a World Bank approval for half a billion dollars education loan. The application was opposed by civil society organizations who had raised issues over school girls’ rights.
The World Bank said the loan would benefit at least six and a half million secondary school students and would strengthen government-run schools. The bank says the loan would also establish stronger educational pathways for students.
Opposition member of parliament, Zitto Kabwe, along with activists in the country, had appealed to the world bank to disapprove the loan. He said human rights were deteriorating in the country, and that pregnant girls were blocked from staying in school.
The World Bank ‘s board of directors had delayed the loan so more discussions could be held on it before it was approved. The bank said the government had committed to giving all stakeholders a chance for consultations while the project is being implemented.
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