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Congolese stage anti-Rwanda protest over accusations of backing M23 rebels

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Hundreds of Congolese on Monday took to the streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to stage an anti-Rwanda protest over allegations that the Kigali government is secretly giving support to the M23 rebels as tensions between the two neighbours continue to escalate.

During the demonstration, protesters carrying different placards, also called for the expulsion of the Rwandan Ambassador to the DRC as well as taking decisive actions against Kigali.

The DRC protesters who brandished nationalistic slogans on the placards, such as “Congo is our country … not a single centimetre will go to Rwanda,”also told their government never to cede any part of the country to Rwanda.

Tensions between the two countries have been building up with accusations and counter accusations coming from both countries.

While the DRC government has continued to allege that Rwanda is backing the M23, a primarily Congolese Tutsi group, after clashes between the M23 rebels and the Congolese army broke out last week in the North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda, Kigali has also accused Kinshasa of kidnapping its soldiers.

Last Saturday, the DRC government went a step further by banning flights by RwandAir from coming into its territory and summoned Kigali’s ambassador to explain the role of its country in the crisis, while RwandAir swiftly announced it was cancelling flights to the DRC.

The Rwanda Defence Force later said two of its soldiers had been kidnapped on patrol and were being held by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, another rebel group active in eastern DRC.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since the mass arrival in the eastern DRC of Rwandan Hutus accused of slaughtering Tutsis during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.p

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Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez, blames ‘Mafia’ for human trafficking after African migrants’ deaths at Morocco/Melilla border

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Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez, blames ‘Mafia’ for human trafficking after African migrants deaths at Morocco/Melilla border

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, has blamed the death of over 20 African migrants at the Morocco/Melillah border while trying to cross to Europe, on a “Mafia” trafficking syndicate.

The incident which happened late on Friday, saw a violent and fatal border incursion on the Moroccan border with the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla, leading to the deaths and injury to scores of Spanish and Moroccan officers injured.

While speaking on the incursion at a press conference in Madrid on Saturday, Sanchez said:

“If there is a party responsible for everything that happened on the border, it is the mafias that traffic in human beings.

“It was an attack on the territorial integrity of our country.

“The tactics of migrants trying to get into Melilla have changed. Before now, they used to spread along the whole length of the fence. Now they concentrate on the part where they think it is weakest,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez who paid tribute to officers on both sides of the border for fighting off “a well-organised, violent assault,” called on more stringent measures to be taken to avoid a future occurrence.

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South Africa: Eskom announces ‘Stage 4’ power cuts

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South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom says it will continue with “Stage 4” power cuts until Wednesday.

The power rationing has been through 3 stages. The stage 3 was a level of a power cut on an eight-level system under which the utility implements a seven and a half hour rolling outage across the country. The stage was a five-hour rolling blackout.

The utility said in a statement said “it regrets to inform the public that Stage 4 load shedding is anticipated to continue from 05:00 on Monday morning until midnight at least until Wednesday.”

“This is due to unlawful and unprotected labour action at a number of power stations, which has caused delays in carrying out planned maintenance and repairs.”

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd is South Africa’s primary electricity supplier, generating approximately 90% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 30% of the electricity generated on the African continent.

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