The United Nations has redeployed military troops to guard Nobel Peace Prize winner, Denis Mukwege, after he received death threats for demanding justice for serious crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Mukwege, a joint winner of the Nobel peace prize in 2018 alongside Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict – is a gynecologist whose career has spanned more than 20 years.
During his career, he has spoken against several crimes going on in his homeland of Congo.
Denis, who is also a pentecostal pastor, founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels.
Mukwege survived a major assassination attempt in October 2012 when armed men entered his home, fired shots and killed his bodyguard.
The assassination attempt came several weeks after a speech at the United Nations where he denounced the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 16-year-long conflict and called for justice for the crimes and killings.
Mukwege, on social media and UN meetings, has often asked for the implementation of recommendations of a 2010 UN investigation which described more than 600 alleged violent incidents occurring in Congo between 1993 and 2003. He has also been vocal against Rwanda’s alleged involvement in the Congo crisis.
Now, the UN wary of another attemot on his life, has put him and his family under 24 hours protection by UN military.
The UN said the recent threats against Dr. Mukwege via social media and in direct phone calls to him and his family “followed his condemnation of the continued killing of civilians in eastern DRC and his renewed calls for accountability for human rights violations and abuses.”
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also recently warned Mukwege is “at serious risk.”
In a tweet on Thursday September 10, Mukwege said: “We welcome the redeployment of elements from #MONUSCO to #Panzi this morning to ensure the safety of our patients and staff,”
“Thank you to the #UN for ensuring our protection.”
Kidnapped wife of Akeredolu’s chief of staff regains freedom
Sade Ale, wife of Olugbenga Ale, chief of staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has regained freedom.
Sade who was returning from a business trip to Lagos, was abducted at Owena in Idanre local government area of the state on Thursday night alongside her driver and another woman.
It was gathered that she was released on Saturday morning after the hunters and other security agencies got to the location where the kidnappers kept their victims.
The Nation reported that some suspects have been arrested in relation to the kidnapping. A source said;
“I can confirm to you that the wife of the Chief of Staff has secured her freedom and on her way to Akure. She was released without paying the ransom as she was rescued by Amotekun and local hunters.”
Vatican begins investigation after Pope’s Instagram page likes a racy photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model
The Vatican has launched an investigation into the Pope’s Instagram account after his official page “liked” a raunchy picture of a scantily clad Brazilian bikini model, Natalia Garibotto.
The Oct. 5 photo shows Garibotto wearing a racy outfit along with the caption,
“I can teach you a thing or two,” and a happy devil emoji.
Francis’ verified Instagram account, Franciscus, was one of the pages liking Natalia Garibotto’s photo before it abruptly “unliked” the image last week, according to the Catholic News Agency.
The Brazilian model, who has been celebrating the pope’s supposed endorsement also took to Twitter afterwards and wrote,
“At least I’m going to heaven.”
In another tweet, she wrote:
“Brb on my way to the Vatican.”
Speaking with Barstool Sports, the Brazilian model said:
“My mum may hate my ass pics but the Pope be double-tapping.”
In a statement, the Catholic News Agency said: “The picture “liked” by Pope Francis’ verified account, Franciscus, features Brazilian model and Twitch streamer Natalia Garibotto wearing a lingerie outfit that resembles a school uniform. Garibotto’s mostly-uncovered posterior is visible in the picture. The exact time of the “like” is unclear, but it was visible and reported by news outlets on November 13.”
“The photograph was unliked on November 14, after CNA asked the Holy See Press Office for comment. An official for the Holy See Press Office declined to comment on the event.”
Sources close to the Vatican leadership told the outlet that an internal probe is underway to determine how the “like” happened.
US Election: Another county in Georgia uncovers 2,700 missing votes during recount- Secretary of State’s office says
2700 missing votes have been found in a county in Georgia, one of the battleground states Joe Biden won in the just concluded Secretary election, the Secretary of State’s Office has announced.
This is the second county in the state to have found missing votes, since the electoral audit in the state started after US president Trump requested a recount and started legal proceedings stating that the election was rigged.
During the hand recount on Tuesday November 17, Fayette County uncovered 2,755 votes that were not included in the initial count. Secretary of State official Gabriel Sterling said those ballots were scanned onto a card, but those votes were never uploaded into the initial count. He says there were several backups designed to catch this issue meaning workers were responsible for not following procedure.
The news comes as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, has started firing back after more than a week of criticism from Donald Trump and Republicans.
Raffensperger says it was the president’s own attacks on absentee ballots that cost him the election in Georgia.
“He would have won by 10,000 votes. He actually suppressed, depressed his own voting base,” Raffensperger said to Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray.
The Secretary of State added that some 24,500 Georgia Republicans who voted absentee in the June primary elections, didn’t vote in the general election.
“Those 24,000 people did not vote in the fall. They did not vote absentee because they were told by the president, ‘Don’t vote absentee it’s not secure.’ But then they did not vote in person,” Raffensperger said.
The deadline for the statewide audit is Wednesday at midnight.
Of the votes that are now being added to the total, 1,577 were for President Donald Trump, 1,128 for Joe Biden and the rest were for Jo Jorgenson or write-ins. Even with the recount, Biden still leads Trump by 12,929 votes.
Fayette is the second county to report an issue with missing votes. On Monday, Floyd County uncovered 2,600 votes that were missed during the initial count on election night. The Secretary of State’s office said it was human error and called for the elections director in the county to step down. An investigation has been opened in the county.
Those votes changed the margin by about 800 in favor of President Trump.
All counting in counties must be completed by midnight Wednesday so the state can certify its election results by Friday.