Preparations for presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are said to be progressing well. The country’s electoral commission says it has acquired all the polling materials needed to organize elections this month. Campaigns have also begun.
The election had previously been delayed for two years because President Kabila had remained in office after his mandate expired in 2016. Now, preparations are in full swing.
The government has brought in army trucks to transport election materials across the country. The country’s independent electoral commission, CENI, says it is ready to organize the vote.
UN figures put DRC’s population at 80 million, majority of whom lives in poverty. Many Congolese citizens say they want their next leader to improve the economy and uphold democratic principles.
DRC has never seen a peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.
Meanwhile,one of the main opposition candidates, Martin Fayulu says a plan to use electronic voting machines in the presidential election is illegal and wants ballot papers used instead.
Fayulu says the electoral commission is going to use the new machines to ensure the governing coalition’s candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, becomes the next Congolese President.
The electoral commission says the use of machines is to ensure the vote is fair.
Ramaphosa Deploys SANDF To Mozambique As Cyclone Affects SA Power Supply
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has deployed the South African National Defense Force, SANDF, to Mozambique to assist in recovery efforts after cyclone Idal caused severe damage, knocking down pylons and affecting power supply to Eskom.
The storm is said to have damaged a Mozambican transmission line to South Africa, cutting supplies by 900 mega watts, and worsening already strained electricity supply in South Africa.
The president has apologized to South Africans for the crisis that has led to an increase in load shedding. Ramaphosa said the problem should be cleared within two to three days.
Kenya: Former Destitute Man, Patrick Hinga Passes On
Former destitute street adult in Kenya, Patrick Hinga, has died. His rescue and transformation by a former schoolmate became an internet sensation. Hinga’s rehabilitation from the abyss of drug abuse was captured and shared step by step on social media by Wanja Nwaura, a childhood friend, who also broke the sad news on Sunday.
Nwaura had a chance meeting with Hinga in 2017 when he shouted her name as she was getting to a market. A journey back from drug addiction began for Nwaura’s childhood friend who had spent many years living in the streets.
Nwaura took Hinga out of the streets and got him help at a local rehabilitation center. Born in 1983, Hinga’s drug problems began when he was in standard 8. His friends introduced him to the lifestyle that later destroyed him.
Nwaura launched an appeal for Hinga’s rehabilitation as the Chiromo medical lane center. He completed the program in 2018, and the hospital waived a fifteen hundred dollars bill.
Nwaura did not say what caused her friend’s death.
Black Boxes Data Shows “Clear Similarities” Between Ethiopian And Lion Air Crashes
Black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crash last week have shown what authorities call “clear similarities” with October’s lion air crash 737.
The crash has generated one of the most widely watched and high-stakes inquiries for years, with the latest version of Boeing’s profitable max series.
Both jets in the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia were max 8, and both crashed minutes after take-off when pilots reported control problems.
Concern over the plane’s safety led aviation authorities to ground the model, wiping billions off Boeing’s market value.
Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman, Muse Yiheyis, has said the data were successfully recovered, and they show similar case with the Indonesian crash. He said American and Ethiopian teams had validated data from the black boxes. Us officials told Reuters News Agency in Washington they have not validate the data.
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