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Belgian King apologizes to African countries over racism by his country on historic visit to DR Congo

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King Philippe of Belgium who is currently on a state visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo with his wife, Queen Mathilde, has apologized to African countries who were colonized by his country, especially the racism meted out to the people of the DRC under the colonial rule of his ancestors.

King Philippe who is on a week-long visit to the country at the invitation of President Félix Tshisekedi, admitted that his country had committed a lot of demeaning atrocities in the DRC and asked the people forgive his forebears.

“This regime was one of unequal relations, unjustifiable in itself, marked by paternalism, discrimination and racism,” the King said.

“On the occasion of my first trip to Congo, here, in front of the Congolese people and those who still suffer from it today, I wish to reaffirm my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past,” the 62-year-old monarch added.

On the first day of the historic visit on Wednesday, King Philippe had handed over a giant Congolese mask to Tshisekedi, one of about 84,000 artefacts stolen by the Belgian colonial masters which Belgium has agreed to return.

The mask, called Kakungu, which was previously exhibited at Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa, was used during healing ceremonies by the Suku community, from the south-west of the country.

“I wanted, during our visit at the National Museum and in your presence, to return to you this exceptional work in order to allow Congolese to discover and admire it.

“It marks the symbolic beginning of the reinforcement of the cultural collaboration between Belgium and Congo,” he said.

According to the King, many more artefacts are to be returned from the Belgium Royal Museum for Central Africa, nearly 70% of whose art objects were seized during the colonial period.

Till date, Belgium’s colonial record in the DR Congo stands as one of the bloodiest in Africa as the European country did everything and used every force to subdue the Congolese and consolidate its control on the vast, mineral-rich central African country, which is 77 times its size, from the 19th Century until independence in 1960, with the entire country declared to be the personal property of King Leopold II.

During the bloody reign of King Leopold, more than 10 million Africans are thought to have died from diseases, abuses, and while working on plantations for him, it was reported that authorities would chop off the limbs of enslaved people when they did not meet quotas of materials such as rubber demanded by the crownline.

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Malawian court sentences Catholic priest, Police officer, medical practitioner to death for killing albino for rituals

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A Catholic priest, Rev. Father Thomas Muhosha, alongside a police officer, Chikondi Chileka and a medical practitioner, Lumbani Kamanga were on Tuesday, sentenced to death by a Malawian High Court judge, Dorothy Nyakaunda Kamanga, for allegedly conspiring to kill an albino, MacDonald Masambuka, for ritual purposes.

Judge Kamanga also sentenced the duo of Muhosha, Chileka and three others to 30 years imprisonment with hard labor on charges of transacting in human parts, while Kamanga, a clinician, also received an additional 60-year term on charges of extraction of human parts.

Masambuka had reportedly gone missing from his village on March 9, 2018, and a month later, his decapitated body was found buried in the garden of a home in the Machinga district in the south of Malawi where one of the suspects lived.

Documents presented in court showed that the victim’s brother, Cassim Masambuka had lured him to meet the brother’s friends with the ruse that he had found a woman who was willing to marry the albino after many women had rejected him because of his condition.

Cassim Masambuka was also sentenced to life in prison for murder along with a 14-year sentence for trafficking in persons.

The court heard that Cassim and MacDonald got to their destination, the others who had been lying in wait grabbed MacDonald by the neck and dragged him to the garden where they killed him, before cutting off his limbs and burning his body using gasoline.

Lead prosecutor, Pilirani Masanjala, who represented the government in the case, said he was happy with the judgment and praised the judge for the courage to hand out the convictions.

“It (judgement) ensures that all the persons who have been found, charged and convicted of all these heinous crimes will face the full arm of the law.

“So, that is something that for us, as directors for public prosecutions, we are happy to see that the courts are doing nowadays,” Masanjala said to reporters after the landmark judgement.

Attacks and killing of albinos for rituals in Malawi and other eastern and southern African countries have been on the increase despite efforts by the various governments to discourage the practice.

A representative of People With Albinism in Malawi, William Masapi, who lamented the practice of attacking albinos should be treated with such severe punishments to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Because we are also human beings. We need to enjoy life. We have responsibilities in this country; some of us are working in the government taking part in the development of this country. So, people should learn from today that we people with albinism are like them, Masapi said.

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Leading Egyptian judge declared wanted for allegedly murdering journalist wife

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The Egyptian police has mounted a huge manhunt for a leading judge who has been on the run after he allegedly murdered his television presenter wife earlier this month.

The police, in a statement on Tuesday, said the suspect, Judge Ayman Hajjaj, killed his wife, Shaimaa Gamal, at a farm and the discovery was made after an accomplice was arrested and he led the police to the location where the victim’s body with her face burnt with nitric acid, was recovered.

The Egyptian public prosecutor’s office said its investigations had proved that the TV anchor was last seen with her husband at shopping centre shortly before she was declared missing by her family and work colleagues.

The prosecutor’s office said an international arrest warrant has also been issued as Judge Hajjaj, who is the Deputy Chairman of Egypt’s powerful Council of State, had recently obtained visas for Canada and Poland.

Egyptian Security Services said it found the body of the popular broadcaster who became notorious a few years ago for appearing to snort heroin on live television, inside a villa farm in one of the cities of Giza Governorate, while investigations suggested that her husband was behind her murder.

The Giza Security Directorate said it had received a report stating that “Gamal, a TV presenter working on a private satellite channel, had been missing, as she was presenting a program entitled “The Troubleshooter”, had disappeared in mysterious circumstances 20 days ago, with all her phones are switched off.

“When her body was discovered, Shaima Gamal had her face distorted used nitric acid and fire water. Further investigations has revealed that Shaima Gamal was murdered by the hands of her husband, Judge Ayman Hajja, who is the Counselor and Vice-President of the State Council in Egypt.

“Later on, the police knew from his driver the place where Hajja buried Gamal in a villa in Abusir area in the Al-Badrashin district.

“He brutally murdered her by hitting her on the head with the grip of a pistol, then strangling her with a scarf and burying her after mutilating her face in the villa located in the Mansouriya area,” the Service said.

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