The UN is calling for an investigation after
soldiers in the DRC killed at least 36 Burundian
According to the UN’s mission in the country, MONUSCO, the
violence on Friday began during a refugee protest over the
expulsion of four Burundians from the country.
Speaking to VOA,
an official said the soldiers “were overwhelmed” when the
protesters began throwing stones at them.
“One Congolese army officer was killed in the
clash, which led to the escalation of violence,” MONUSCO
said in a statement. “Congolese defence and security forces
allegedly responded through indiscriminate firing on the
Another 117 were wounded.
Burundians began arriving in the DRC two years when
their president, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced his intentions to
run for a third term, sparking widespread unrest.
The UN’s refugee agency says there are now nearly 44,000
Burundian refugees in the DRC.
A day after a Tanzanian politician vowed to step up
the country’s assault on LGBTI rights, 20 people were arrested
at a Zanzibar hotel for “engaging in
The Associated Press reports that the 12 women and eight
men had been attending an HIV workshop on Saturday when the
arrests took place, with a police spokesman saying they were
“rounded up” because homosexuality is illegal in
Just a day earlier, writes AFP,
the country’s deputy health minister swore to “fight with all
our strength against groups supporting homosexuality in our
Despite homosexuality being illegal in Tanzania,
the war against the LGBTI community has only picked up steam in
the last two years, fuelled by the populist homophobia of
President John Magufuli.
Writes Deutsche Welle, “Dozens of men suspected of being
gay have been arrested and taken to hospital for anal exams
that allegedly confirm their homosexuality.”
The SADC announced last week that it would deploy
troops to Lesotho following the assassination of the army chief
there earlier this month.
Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motšomotšo was
fatally shot two weeks ago in a confrontation that also
killed two of his subordinates, Brigadier Bulane Sechele and
Colonel Tefo Hashatsi.
Leaders from around the region gathered last week
in Pretoria to discuss a way forward for their smallest and
most troublesome member, which has dominated the SADC agenda
since a quasi-coup in 2014.
News24 reports that the SADC mission would include
military, security, intelligence and civilian experts, though a
deployment date has not yet been finalised.
Meanwhile, the country’s king Letsie III said
Motšomotšo’s death was “embarrassing… making us a laughing
stock of other nations”,
Zimbabwe’s stock exchange last week hit record
highs, helped along by an ongoing cash crunch that is leaving
people with few options of where to invest their money
According to Reuters, the ZSE’s market capitalisation has
more than doubled since January, reaching $8.5-billion this
Its main industrial index, meanwhile, hit its
highest level since 2009 – “when Zimbabwe dumped its
hyperinflation-hit currency in favour of the US
And that’s the problem: a worrying pattern of
repeating warning signs.
Zimbabwean: “A stock market
running on fumes and not any real fundamentals, a currency
crisis and signs of inflation? We have seen this all before. In
2007, just like today, the ZSE became the world’s best
performing market… We now know it was all a deception…
Then, just as today, the ZSE was being driven by one major
factor: investors anxious to get rid of surplus money in a
market where they had few other investment
Photo: Burundian police officers stand guard at
the scene of a double grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura,
Burundi, in this file photo taken on 23 May 2015. Photo: Dai