Heavy rains kill 54 people in Angola
At least 54 people died and over 450 were injured due to heavy rainfall across several regions in Angola. The President of Angola declared national mourning for three days to honor the victims. President João dos Santos Lourenço also urged the authorities to provide emergency assistance to those affected. Many roads were flooded, causing traffic disruptions and displacement of people from their homes. The government has set up a commission to assess the damage caused and provide aid to victims.
Angola’s reconciliation process has derailed
Angola’s “reconciliation plan,” initiated in 2019 to address the aftermath of the country’s civil war, has been criticized for devolving into a political tool for the ruling MPLA party. The plan, supported by transitional justice initiatives, has progressed slower than anticipated, with authorities incarcerating political opponents, ex-combatants of the Angolan resistance, and accused common criminals leading to violations of due process and human rights. Experts are calling for transparency in the process and the involvement of civil society to ensure justice and accountability.
Government launches manhunt for former Prime Minister accused of plotting a coup
Burundi’s government is conducting a manhunt for former Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, who has been accused of plotting a coup. Following his dismissal in a political purge, Bunyoni was being observed by the government, which accuses him of trying to incite unrest in the country. His lawyer has denied the allegations, stating that Bunyoni is a peaceful man and an advocate for good governance. With political tensions remaining high in the country, the government’s actions raise concerns about human rights violations.
Large-scale Boko Haram attacks leave thousands homeless
Boko Haram militants have launched attacks that destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of people in Cameroon’s Far North region, according to VOA. The military response to contain the group has been hampered by insufficient funding, training, and equipment.