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DR Congo president Tshisekedi seeks Peace support with Namibia visit.

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President Felix Tshisekedi arrived in Namibia on Tuesday for an official visit. The president held a press briefing with his host, Hage Geingob, addressing a plethora of issues from corruption, human rights, peace and security back home.

According to Tshisekedi who has been in office a little over a month: “For me, it’s an honour to be in Namibia,” stressing that he was visiting to seek support in maintaining peace in Congo.

He said Namibia as a brother in the Southern Africa Development Community, SADC, bloc was key to helping restore durable peace in his country in line with the general dream aimed at achieving a peaceful and developed continent.



On the subject of corruption, he reiterated that it remained one of the central planks of his administration and that he was going to employ all democratic means to ensure it was in his words, eradicated.

He refused however to be drawn into commenting on human rights situation under his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. He said there was no link between the two eras as he was using democratic means to address existing issues.

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He cited the arrest of military generals alleged to have ordered the shooting of students days after his investiture. He also cited the incidence of an accommodating state media – that today gives coverage to opposition activities unlike in the past.

Tshisekedi was declared winner of contested December 30, 2018 presidential polls. His victory was affirmed by the top court which dismissed a petition by the leading candidate, Martin Fayulu.

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Kabila handed over to Tshisekedi on January 24, the first peaceful transfer of power since the DRC gained independence from Belgium in 1960. Namibia is the second country in the region he has visited.

His first foreign trips saw him visit, Angola then to Kenya and then the Republic of Congo. He also joined colleague heads of state at the 32nd African Union summit in Addis Ababa earlier this month.

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Ugandan Woman Bags 20 years jail term for killing husband

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A Uganda High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman, Jackline Nakku, to 20-years in jail for murdering her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

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The High Court in Mukono District in central Uganda found her guilty of murdering her husband Eric Kiddu after hitting him several times on the head with an iron bar.

After the murder Nakku attempted to make the killing appear to be the result of an attack by unknown people by screaming and running to neighbours to ask for help. His body was later found in a pool of blood with a panga and brick besides it, the Daily Monitor reported.

The couple had quarrelled shortly before the bloody encounter with a misunderstanding leading to Kiddu’s death.

Nakku was advised by the judge to appeal the sentence if she was dissatisfied as relatives of both husband and wife argued outside the court, trading accusations.

-IOL News

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Egypt Ranks 2nd Amidst World Emerging Economies.

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Amidst the 21 most flexible emerging economies worldwide, Renowned Bloomberg has listed Egypt’s economy behind Philippines in the face of the global trade war.

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In its analysis, the Bloomberg agency relied on a set of criteria, most important of which being the GDP growth rate, local currency performance against international currencies, foreign exchange reserves, credit rating, and finally current account performance.

The Egyptian cabinet’s Media Center said in a statement on Monday that indicators of the Egyptian economy improved significantly during the recent period, most notably the choice of the Egyptian pound as the second-best performing currency in the world against the US dollar this year so far, according to Bloomberg.

Of these indicators, GDP growth in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018/2019 reached 5.6 percent, alongside a rise in net foreign exchange reserves by the end of May 2019 to US$44.3 billion, with the current account deficit as a percentage of the GDP declined from 6.1 percent in 2016/2017 to 2.4 percent in 2017/2018.

The statement added that the Egyptian credit rating achieved its best level since 2011 after the agencies of Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Egypt’s credit rating.

-Egyptian Independent


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