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DR Congo: The turn of tides for 2 presidential aspirants.

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As the August 8 deadline for receiving applications for the presidency in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) looms, the fortunes of leading opposition figures Jean Pierre Bemba and Moise Katumbi, have taken different paths.

While former president Bemba successfully filed his papers at the electoral commission offices in the capital Kinshasa, on Thursday, Katumbi on the other hand was barred from entering the country after saying he planned to return Friday to contest the election.



Having been sentenced to 18 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic, Bemba got his first lucky break when he successfully appealed his conviction and was acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 June.

On 29 June, his party, the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) named Bemba as its presidential candidate for the December 23 polls, and he consequently sought to get the mandate as a joint opposition candidate.

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On Wednesday, August 1, 55 year old Bemba returned to DRC for the first time in 12 years. He was welcomed by thousands of supporters, family members and officials of his party.

On Thursday, Bemba, who is stil facing questions of eligibility of his presidential bid, on account of an unresolved a witness tampering conviction at the ICC, confirmed that he had successfully applied to be a presidential candidate in the long delaed polls.

Bemba was accompanied by his wife and members of the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC), a former rebel group turned political party that Bemba founded.

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Expect sack over N30,000 minimum wage -Governors warns

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Nigerian governors have rejected the proposed increase of N30,000 minimum wage,  unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.



Adding that, the 36 States rejected it because they will run bankrupt if they accept to pay the workers that amount. 

On Wednesday, The chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ summon its members on emergency meeting in Abuja calling on the Federal Government to agree to their demand by reviewing the national revenue allocation formula.

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The chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, told the newsmen that a new committee would be raised to meet with President over this issue.

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The committee members who are nominated to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari includes governor of Enugu,Bauchi,Akwa Ibom,Plateau,Kebbi,Lagos and Kaduna.

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Yari said, he hopes the committees engagement with  President will make everybody happy if an agreement is reached.

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Social media in frenzy over high school student’s height.

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Ghanaians have severally reacted to a photo showing an extraordinarily tall high school student. Name unknown, the teen is already been touted as a potential basketball player because of his height.



The state-owned Daily Graphic was among the first portals to share his photo sandwiched between his headmaster and a teacher. The photo attracted lots of comments and shares especially on Facebook.

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He is a first-year student at the Swedru Secondary Business School, SWESBUS, a school located in the country’s Central Region.

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Already, a sports journalist is on record to have said a Serbian varsity had contacted him on the possibility of getting the boy to be trained as a professional basketball player.

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