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DR Congo announces ‘state of siege’ in two provinces

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The Democratic Republic of Congo announced a “state of siege” late Friday in two provinces in the east of the country wracked by violence from armed groups and civilian massacres.

“Taking into account the gravity of the situation… the president informed the cabinet of his decision to proclaim a state of siege in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri,” said Patrick Muyaya.

He said details of what the measure would entail would be released publicly in the next few hours. 

Under DRC’s constitution, the president can declare either a state of emergency or a state of siege “if severe circumstances immediately threaten the independence or integrity of the national territory, or if they interrupt the regular functioning of institutions”.

On Thursday, President Felix Tshisekedi said he was preparing “radical measures” to deal with the security situation in the east of the country.

That followed the prime minister suggesting on Monday that a state of emergency might be declared in the east, “replacing the civil administration with a military administration”. 

An estimated 122 armed groups of varying sizes operate in mineral-rich eastern DRC, many a legacy of regional wars in the 1990s.

In Paris on Tuesday, Tshisekedi asked France for help “eradicating” one of them, the Allied Democratic Forces, from the Beni region in North Kivu.

The ADF militia are Ugandan Islamist fighters who have made their base in eastern DRC since 1995.

Branded a jihadist organisation by Tshisekedi and the United States, the ADF has killed more than 1,200 civilians in the Beni area alone since 2017, according to a monitor called the Kivu Security Tracker (KST).

The army has conducted operations against them in the region since October 2019, but has not been able to put a stop to the massacres of civilians.

On Friday, police and soldiers in Beni used teargas and whips to disperse high-school students protesting that failure.

Several dozen students had been camping outside the town hall over the past week, demanding the departure of the UN peacekeeping force MONUSCO and for Tshisekedi to visit the troubled region.

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Mukhisa Kituyi’s Nudes Leaked

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Presidential Candidate Mukihsa Kituyi is a man under siege.His nude videos were released today by his love, a Mombasa lady by the name Dianna Opemi. Mukhisa, is a presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections, he is said to have assaulted his lover Dianna at a hotel in Nyali, Mombasa, who later on leaked his nude videos.

The lady claims that Mukhisa allegedly assaulted her,

“He pushed me from the bed, and continued kicking me even after I fell on the floor, whereby I ended sustaining injuries on the left knee,” she claimed.

Miss Opemi further recorded a statement at Nyali police station, claiming that Mukhisa brutally assaulted her after she refused his sexual advances. 

It is now believed that the disagreement that erupted between the two could have attributed to the leaking of the bedroom video on social media.

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Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed Coca-Cola. The company’s market value fell $4 billion.

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As soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo sat down for a press conference at the European Championship Monday,he pushed aside two Coca-Cola bottles placed in front of him.

“Água,” he said in Portuguese, picking up a bottle of water and seemingly encouraging others to do the same. “No Coca-Cola.”

The simple gesture had a swift and dramatic impact: The soft drinks giant’s market value fell $4 billion, highlighting the power and impact that celebrities and influencers can have on the market.

The 36-year-old Juventus star, who has almost 300 million followers on his personal Instagram account, is known for maintaining strict physical and eating regimens and has previously criticized the consumption of soft drinks.

The company’s share price dropped from $56.10 to $55.22 quickly after Ronaldo’s slight, marking a 1.6 percent fall. The market value of Coca-Cola went from $242 billion to $238 billion, according to the Nasdaq index and the New York Stock Exchange.

The soft-drink manufacturer’s shares continued to slide on Wednesday, falling by 1.34 percent to $54.67.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the governing body for soccer in the region, issued a brief a statement noting that players are offered water, Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar at press conferences and that they “can choose their preferred beverage.”

“Coca-Cola offers a range of drinks to suit different tastes and needs, which are available to players throughout the tournament,” the statement added.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola, an official sponsor of Euro 2020, said in an email sent to the Washington Post that the company “did not have anything further to add,” to the UEFA statement.

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How class 8 dropout John Pameri became a pilot and manager at Lewa conservancy

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John Pameri has made a life for himself despite not furthering his education beyond primary school.

The 46-year-old schooled up to Class Eight but today he works as a pilot and head of security at the famous Lewa Conservancy in Laikipia County.

“I don’t have university papers, I don’t have secondary school papers but I managed to do everything,” he says.

Pameri sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam at Olarjiju Primary School in Laikipia in 1990 and scored 321 out of the possible 700 marks.

He did not proceed to high school as his parents were unable to raise tuition fees plus the Maasai culture did not value education at the time.

“I waited for my parents to get money to take me to the secondary school level, but they never managed to, so that was the end of my education,” he said.

In 1992, he joined Lewa Conservancy as a volunteer with the hope of becoming a ranger in the subsequent recruitment. 

“I went across to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy which I walked 100 kilometers from here,” Pameri recounted in an interview with Citizen TV.

At Lewa, he went through physical and intellectual training, rising through the ranks to the position of assistant head of security. 

Four years later, Pameri enrolled for a natural resource management course at Mpulumanga in South Africa and graduated with a distinction.

Lewa Conservancy later sponsored his pilot training at the Pletermaritz Flight Training Centre in South Africa, and in 2012, he had his first solo flight.

“The communities are really proud of me seeing my life how I have grown up from a local community,” Pameri said.

Today, Pameri is in charge of 87 members of staff, including field rangers who are tasked with wildlife management, resolving human-wildlife conflict, security, and escorting guests at the conservancy.

“People speak, but wildlife doesn’t. I don’t think there is any other job I would do…until my life ends, it’s about conservation and wildlife, that is my bottom line,” he said.

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