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Fresh Uganda/DRC Lake Clashes Leave Over 16 People Missing.

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After deadly clashes between the Ugandan navy and DRC armed forces, a Congolese official has declared on Monday that sixteen Congolese fishermen are missing on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thirty people are now either dead or missing after tensions on the lake erupted late last week.

“Local people are already organising wakes here and there – there are eight dugout canoes which are missing, each of which had two fishermen on board,” said Donat Kibwana, administrator of Beni territory, in the DRC province of North Kivu.

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“The Ugandan navy is carrying out a manhunt. It’s impossible even to go out and recover the bodies of Congolese fishermen killed by the Ugandans,” he said.

 Lake Edward, the smallest of the Great Lakes of eastern Africa, has seen a rise in tension between the two neighbours since the start of the year.

The Congolese navy is tasked with preventing militia fighters and local rebels and others from Uganda and Rwanda from operating in the area.

On Saturday, seven Congolese fishermen were killed by the Ugandan navy, two days after four Ugandan military personnel and three civilians were killed in a skirmish between the two armed forces, according to reports from Congo.

On Wednesday, a Ugandan patrol boat arrested 18 Congolese fishermen as they were casting their nets.

Meanwhile, the head of the fishermen’s assocation in the lakeside village of Kyavinyonge, Jonas Kataliko told newsmen that The DRC is sending a delegation to the Ugandan capital of Kampala “for talks to have everything return to normal, because we live off the lake,”.

The delegation comprises the chief of staff to the DRC fisheries minister, representatives from North Kivu province and Beni, and members from civil society and the Kyavinyonge association.

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Opposition candidate accuses President macky sall of draining the country funds to debt.

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Opposition candidate bidding for presidential race has accuse the sitting president for draining the country to debt, adding that he and his brother are personally profiting and laundering money from the newly discovery of oil and gas reserves, before drilling has even begun.



The wealth that has come with the discovery of oil and gas reserves in Senegal has created other problems for the African nation.

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However, President Macky Sall, who is aiming for a second tenure has discarded the claim by stating that he is committed to tackle corruption as promised before being elected.

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Nigeria: You must not allow bloodshed – US Congressman writes Buhari

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Chris Smith, a Political Editor United State Congressman has urged Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the Presidential election coming up this weekend will be free and fair.



In a letter to President Buhari, he states that the outcome of the election should replicate the standard past administration ensured. and also put in the necessary measures to ensure there wont be bloodshed.

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In addition, Smith said. “Given the magnitude of global problems Secretary Pompeo must contend with, he should consider appointing a Special Envoy for Nigeria vested with full authority. “The State Department must use all tools at its disposal, including visa denial and sanctioning authority, to hold accountable those who undermine democracy and foment sectarian and ethnic violence.

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