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DR Congo: Katumbi words on return breeds protests in Lubumbashi.

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Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday battled supporters of leading opposition presidential candidate Moïse Katumbi in the south-eastern city of Lubumbashi.

The forces were deployed in a bid to halt several simultaneous protests by Katumbi’s supporters from different parts of the city – which is his stronghold and also capital of the Upper-Katanga province of which Katumbi was once governor.



The opposition coalition led by Katumbi, “Ensemble Pour le Changement” or Together for Change had called on their supporters to march today in Lubumbashi, to demand for his return.

The presidential aspirant exiled since 2016 is seeking to return to the country to file his candidature for polls slated for December this year. He has failed to get air clearance as well as entry through the borders.

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Katumbi initially applied to the aviation authorities to fly into Lubumbashi but was not granted access. His team tried entering via the common border with Zambia but it was sealed off late last week.

According to other reports, hundreds of women took to the streets of Lubumbashi carrying banners demanding the return of Mr Katumbi and camped outside the governor’s office.

The deadline for submission of presidential candidacy papers expires on August 8, 2018. Other candidates to have filed are ex-veep Jean Pierre Bemba and Feliw Tshisekedi, son of late opposition chief.

 Katumbi said he was not giving up on returning despite government’s efforts to thwart his attempts.

“I am not going to surrender. How can you refuse a fugitive to go back in his country and to face the law?

“They have seen there is no case. It’s just the interference of [President Joseph] Kabila to make me not to run in my country.”

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Ghanaian Woman Rescued By Christian Atsu Passes on.

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A 62-year-old prisoner, Mama Theresa, whose surgery bills were paid by Black Star midfielder, Christian Atsu, has passed on days after the operation, Ghanaian football portal, Ghanasoccernet, has reported.



Atsu has been embarking on some major philanthropic works in recent weeks, with the winger’s latest kind gesture being extended to the ailing woman.

Mama Theresa was serving a 10-year jail term for possessing marijuana but was in serious condition following the deterioration of her health.

The old woman, therefore, needed immediate access to healthcare but the prison system was unable to raise funds for an emergency surgery.

However, Atsu stepped in and offered to pay for the full cost of her surgery and recuperation after hearing of her predicaments.

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Unfortunately, the old lady passed on while she was being operated upon by doctors.

This comes after the Black Stars winger also saved a mother and her two daughters from going to jail for taking some leftover corn estimated at GH¢10 belonging to another.

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Ethiopian govt set to free over 1000 detained youth – Police.

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Ethiopian authorities will free over 1,100 young people arrested over violent protests in and around the capital Addis Ababa in September 2018.

Police chief Jemal Zeinu confirmed that out of the 1,204 youth were detained according to Amnesty International, arbitrarily 83 of them are to be put before courts on suspicion of committing crimes.



Zeinu in an interview with state-affiliated FBC disclosed that the soon-to-be released detainees had undergone a month-long training in the area of staying away from crimes and other related issues.

If the necessary logistic are fulfilled, they will be released on Thursday (October 18); or else, they will be freed latest by Saturday,” he added.

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Authorities added that those found to be without employment were to be engaged in various work sectors by organizing them in micro and small enterprise in collaboration with the city administration.

Violence that raged from Sept. 12-17 and included attacks on minorities in Ethiopia’s ethnic Oromo heartland outside Addis Ababa, was a blow to new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts at reconciliation.

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“They must be either charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released. Those arrested for taking part in protests on the recent ethnic clashes must all be released immediately and unconditionally,” Joan Nyanyuki stressed.

Back in September police admitted the arrests and spoke about a rehabilitation process: “1,204 are in custody, but they are now being rehabilitated for a short period of time,” the police commission’s Degfie Bedi said.

The arrested included people suspected of holding “illegal rallies”, burglaries and other crimes, he added.

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