Day: September 14, 2019

Mugabe funeral: Leader’s body kept in hometown after state funeral

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Media captionThe BBC's Shingai Nyoka said the national stadium in Harare was not full, as some African leaders paid tribute to Mugabe
The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe is being kept in his birthplace, after a sparsely-attended state funeral at in the capital Harare.
African leaders hailed Mr Mugabe as a liberation hero, while current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa said “our motherland is in tears”.
But most seats in the 60,000-capacity stadium were empty.
Many Zimbabweans said they would shun the ceremony because of the repression that marked Mr Mugabe's later rule.
The country's economy is in crisis, with soaring inflation and unemployment, and some blame this on the former leader.

“We are happier now that he is gone. Why should I go to his funeral? I don't have fuel,” a Harare resident told AFP. “We don't want to hear anything about him anymore. He is the cause of our problems.”..

DR Congo ex-health minister arrested over Ebola funds

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Oly Ilunga denies the accusation that he mismanaged funds meant to be used to fight the Ebola epidemic

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested a former health minister for allegedly mismanaging funds allocated for the Ebola epidemic.
Oly Ilunga resigned as health minister in July after being stripped of responsibility for the fight against Ebola.
Police said they detained him because they had information that he intended to evade legal proceedings and leave the country.
He denies any wrongdoing.
In his July resignation letter, Dr Ilunga criticised the World Health Organization's plan to use an unlicensed vaccine against Ebola.

There was a shortage in supply of the previous vaccine and health experts argued another vaccine, which had not been widely tested, should be used.
Dr Ilunga said the previous vaccine was the only one with clinically proven effectiveness.
He also criticised the decision to remove hi..