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At Least 22 Killed In Eastern Congo Village

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At least 22 persons have been reported killed in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo village during an overnight raid.

Local authorities said on Tuesday, the militants struck late on Monday, killing residents of Mwenda village with machetes and guns.

The administrator of Beni Territory, Donat Kibwana, confirmed the death toll and said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist group was responsible. ADF has emerged as the most lethal militia in DR Congo’s eastern borderlands and is suspected of hacking to death at least 17 persons in a nearby village last week. The eastern part of D.R.C has been plagued by Islamist rebel attacks.

Kibwana said nine more bodies were discovered on Monday in another village in the area – also victims of an alleged ADF attack.

He added “now we live in total fear, with no certainty about the future.”

U.N. figures show, more than 1,000 civilians were killed in attacks attributed to the ADF in 2019 and 2020, despite repeated offensives by the army and U.N. Peacekeepers against the group over the past decade.

Congo’s eastern borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have been ravaged by attacks by militias, many formed of remnants of groups that fought in Congo’s civil wars around the turn of the century.

Islamic state has claimed responsibility for many suspected ADF attacks in the past, although U.N. experts said last week that they have been unable to confirm any direct link between the two groups.

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Rwanda Closes Schools In Kigali Over COVID-19 Fears

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Rwandan authorities have announced closure of nursery, primary and secondary schools in the capital, Kigali, over coronavirus fears as numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Education minister, Valentine Uwamariya, said the closure takes effect on Monday adding that schools in other provinces will also close if more cases are confirmed there.

Schools were reopened in November after eight months closure.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the country with more than 1,000 new cases and 22 fatalities reported in the last seven days. The government has ordered public hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients with their widely used community-based health insurance.

Rwanda has so far confirmed more than 11,000 cases and 142 deaths.

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Ghana President Warns Of Health System Collapse

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Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo says the nation`s health system is at the brink of collapse. Ghana has announced the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus at its main airport.

The president said on Sunday, Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are now skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not seen before in the country. He said this is filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system.

In a televised address, the president said the new variant was found on arriving passengers who have since been isolated. No details were given on the passengers or from where they came.

The increase in cases is attributed to the disregard for public health protocols during the recent festive season. The police have been instructed to now strictly enforce the protocols.

The government is also scaling up its strategy of tracing, testing, and treating confirmed cases.

Ghana has so far recorded more than 57,000 cases and in excess of 300 deaths since it reported its first case in march last year.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says a second coronavirus wave is infecting twice as many people per day across Africa than at the height of last year’s first wave, and has yet to peak.

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Uganda’s Long-Time Leader Yoweri Museveni Declared Election Winner

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Uganda’s electoral commission has declared incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as winner of Saturday’s presidential election.  The commission says Museveni won with fifty-eight point six-four percent of tallied votes.

The commission claims seventy-six-year-old Museveni beat his main rival, thirty-eight-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a popular musician-turned politician.  Kyagulanyi is said to have garnered thirty-four point eight–three percent of the total votes tallied.

Kyagulanyi has since rejected the declared results.  He says the election was rigged.  The Ugandan army and police have stepped up security in the capital city of kampala to prevent possible violence.

This will be Museveni’s sixth term in office.  He has ruled the country for thirty-five years now.

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