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DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi accuses Rwanda of waging economic war against his country

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The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has accused neighours Rwanda of waging an economic war against his country by trying to occupy parts of the DRC, especially the eastern parts and take over the land because of its vast mineral wealth.

Tshisekedi who made the allegations on Friday in a nationwide broadcast, said the latest escalation in tensions between the two countries was started by Kigali in a bid to stoke up a war so its army could occupy the land.

He called on international leaders including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step up the pressure on Rwanda to stop the war it is starting when it hosts the Commonwealth summit which will begin next week.

“The security situation in the east of the country continues to deteriorate, and fundamentally because Rwanda seeks to occupy our land, rich in gold, coltan and cobalt, for their own exploitation and profit.

“This is an economic war for the battle of resources, fought by Rwanda’s terrorist gangs.

“Eastern Congolese civilians are innocents under brutal attack from our neighbor,” the Congolese president said.

In the past two months, tensions have been building up between the two countries as each side has accused the other of incursions.

Kinshasha has accused Rwanda of lending support to the M23 rebels group operating in the eastern parts of the country while Kigali which has long denied the allegations, has also accused Congo of kidnapping its soldiers and shelling civilian settlements leading to the displacement of many people.

On Friday a Rwanda Defense Force statement said an unidentified Congolese soldier had crossed the border in Rubavu district and injured two Rwandan police officers before he was shot dead in self-defence.

The statement said a Rwanda National Police officer fired in self-defense and the Congolese soldier was killed, adding that the
Congolese authorities were informed and border officials from both countries were at the scene.

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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Senegal’s opposition leader calls for nationwide mega protest on June 29

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Despite clashes between government security forces and anti-government protesters which led to the death of three people last week, Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for a fresh demonstration to be held on June 29.

Sonko who came third in the last presidential election in the country and has a large followership made up of mainly youths, had also called on citizens to bang pots and pans in protest on Wednesday which was a huge success, prompting in his call for the July 29 showdown.

“On the 29th of July, with or without authorization, we are going to organize our demonstration,” Sonko, a leader of the PASTEF party said in a press conference on Friday.

“If President Macky Sall wants to prevent this affair, he should be ready to arrest us or terminate us.

“Let the whole of Senegal rumble and let Macky Sall understand that the Senegalese people do not agree with his dictatorial designs or his ill-fated plan for a third term,” Sonko added.

Though the police has banned protests in the West African country citing risk of unrest, Sonko and other opposition figures have called on citizens to come out enmasse for the demonstration.

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