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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC

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A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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Trump confirms he is adding Tanzania, Nigeria to No-Travel list

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President Donald Trump has confirmed that he is adding seven countries to his US travel ban, including -surprisingly – Tanzania.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is also on the list.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in an interview from Davos, Switzerland, that he plans to extend the controversial ban citing the need to curb terrorism and discourage illegal immigration.

but declined to name the countries to be added to the list.

Several media outlets reported Tuesday that the 7 countries are Nigeria, SudanBelarusMyanmarTanzaniaKyrgyzstan and Eritrea.

Sources told that the list will be formally announce on Monday next week, on the third anniversary of the introduction of the original ban that targeted majority-Muslim countries.

The inclusion of Tanzania came as a surprise to many. However, analysts opine that it could have been targeted targeted because of its high number of citizens who have overstayed their US Visas.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with terror,” said a political analyst who did not wish to be named.

“But I can confirm to you that Tanzania is on the list of countries with high numbers of Visitors who have overstayed  their Visas.

In 2018, The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4  ruling, upheld a version of the ban that blocked nationals from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The ban applies to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

The ban had been challenged a few times in lower courts.

 

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‘Tell my family I am sorry,’ Last text by Basalirwa before committing suicide

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Arthur Basalirwa, a Makerere University Business School (MUBS) graduate left behind a message for his family before he allegedly committed suicide.

He had recently graduated with a first-class degree and had just gotten a job.

According to a social media user, Basalirwa is son to Doris Elizabeth Nansamba a journalist working with Capital/ Beat FM.

Arthur Basalirwa

It is alleged that his long-time partner *D turned him down.

In a post to his family, Basalirwa penned his last message to them,

‘Just make sure you tell my family it’s Okay. I am sorry but it’s too late I am sorry. Too much weighing on me.

I don’t want to live and see another day. I’m sorry but I cant stay I’m sorry too much weighing on me.’

In a screenshot of texts between him and D, Basalirwa had called her out for being rude to him to an extent of asking him to block her.

‘You will always ask yourself if you had sent me a more meaningful text. These are your last words to me. Goodbye D.’

To which D responded

‘F@ck you, just block me and never text me. Delete our chats and my number. Bye’

Basalirwa chat

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How ‘Africa’s richest woman’ stole fortune: ICIJ

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An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola’s former president — dubbed Africa’s richest woman — siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts.

The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the “Panama Papers” tax haven scandal in 2016.

Its latest series called “Luanda Leaks” zeros in on Isabel dos Santos, the former Angola president’s daughter.

Angola’s prosecutors last month froze the bank accounts and assets owned by the 46-year-old businesswoman and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo. Dos Santos called it a groundless political vendetta at the time.

“Based on a trove of more than 715,000 files, our investigation highlights a broken international regulatory system that allows professional services firms to serve the powerful with almost no questions asked,” the ICIJ wrote.

The group said its team of 120 reporters in 20 countries was able to trace “how an army of Western financial firms, lawyers, accountants, government officials and management companies helped (dos Santos and Dokolo) hide assets from tax authorities”.

Dos Santos’s lawyer dismissed the ICIJ findings as a “highly coordinated attack” orchestrated by Angola’s current rulers.

“It is obvious that our client is the subject of a highly coordinated attack on both her reputation and business,” the lawyer said in a statement quoted by The Guardian newspaper. Dos Santos herself told BBC Africa the file dump was part of a “witch hunt” meant to discredit her and her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

The former president’s daughter headed Angola’s national oil company Sonangol. Forbes magazine last year estimated her net worth at $2.2 billion.

Her father’s successor Joao Lourenco forced her out of the oil company after becoming president in 2017.

Dos Santos said on Wednesday that she would consider running for president in the next election in 2022. – Western consultants – The ICIJ investigation said Western consulting firms such as PwC and Boston Consulting Group were “apparently ignoring red flags” while helping her stash away public assets.

“Regulators around the globe have virtually ignored the key role Western professionals play in maintaining an offshore industry that drives money laundering and drains trillions from public coffers,” the report said.

Its document trove included redacted letters allegedly showing how consultants sought out ways to open non-transparent bank accounts.

One confidential document allegedly drafted by Boston Consulting in September 2015 outlined a complex scheme for the oil company to move its money offshore. It published a similar 99-page presentation from KPMG.

None of the companies named issued immediate statements in response to the investigation

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