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Police’s rescue team yesterday attempted but failed to save a man who got buried alive morning by crumbling soil mixed with huge stones in the 300 feet mine in Mubende district.

The deceased has been identified as Bernard Kayiwa, page http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/l10n.php 54, medications http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/session.php a resident of Kitumbi in Mubende district.

The area has newly established mines and it is said to be rich in copper and employs most of the area residents.

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At about 7:00am that fateful day, sale residents of Kasanda where the mine is based, say that they heard aloud blast and later so the whole sky filled with dust, and Kayiwa’s fellow workers scattered, some with injuries, they had obtained from the rubble as the mine went down.

Phillip Mukasa the police spokesperson Equator region says that they suspect the soil had softened since a day back, it had rained heavily and this may have caused the mine to develop cracks and later curved in.

Meanwhile in this very region on the same day January, an over speeding bus registration number UAP898L belonging to Buzinak bus company went off the road straight to the tunnel and left one person dead and 12 other passengers sustained serious injuries.

Mukasa says that between Kayabwe in Mpigi district, stretching up to Mubende, there are almost 5 accidents every day.

He attributed the accidents to the on-going construction of the road and failure by the construction company to guide the road users, plus few warning sign posts on the dusty road.

 
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Friday evening expressed alarm at the apparent excessive use of force by security officers against demonstrators in Democratic Republic of the Congo cities – Kinshasa and Goma, information pills http://centristnetblog.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php and called for “a thorough and independent investigation” into the matter.

The deadly riots in which scores have been killed by security forces especially the Republican Guard have underscored his determination to use highhanded means to maintain his hold on power.

“We urge the Government to promptly conduct a thorough and independent investigation into any excessive use of force by law enforcement officials – and in particular the reported use of live ammunition against protestors, dosage http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/related-posts.php ” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

“Any use of force during demonstrations must be exceptional and, http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/post-by-email.php when used, must be proportional and strictly necessary,” Mr. Colville said.

“The intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. We also call on the protestors to refrain from any acts of violence or vandalism,” he said.

The International Crisis Group yesterday said the adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law of hat could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in office must be reviewed.

The electoral law extensively modifies existing legislation from 2006 and 2011.

Particularly contentious is the call (in Article 8) for a new census to serve as the basis for the voter list and the distribution of parliamentary seats.

The Catholic Church and some ambassadors have since joined the opposition in asking the government to reconsider the piece of legislation.

On Friday, the Senate disagreed with the National Assembly and voted to separate the elections from the census.

 

According to the 2006 constitution, both houses of Parliament must now set up a joint committee to reach consensus on the electoral law.

If consensus is not reached, the Assembly has the final word, according to Article 135 of the constitution.

Also on Friday, the team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region of Africa expressed their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 13 people have reportedly been killed and more than 30 injured in the context of several days of anti-Government demonstrations in the capital Kinshasa, and Goma in the eastern part of the country.

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The protests, which began on 19 January against the passing of an electoral bill in the lower house of the legislature, had also resulted in the detention of more than 300 individuals across the Democratic Republic of the Congo including prominent members of the opposition and civil society representatives,” Mr. Colville said.

“The electoral bill is now before the Senate and there are fears that its passage may escalate the situation and result in more violence,” he warned.

The team of envoys called on the DRC Government to exercise restraint, condemned any use of force against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators and arbitrary arrests, and noted that all citizens, including demonstrators and their leaders, have a responsibility to pursue political objectives by non-violent means in conformity with relevant national laws.

They also encouraged the Government, the opposition, as well as civil society to avail themselves of the good offices of the UN in facilitating an inclusive and transparent dialogue between all stakeholders as per provisions of relevant Security Council resolutions.

The team of envoys are comprised of: UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Said Djinnit; UN Special Representative for the DRC Martin Kobler; African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes Boubacar Diarra; European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Koen Vervaeke; United States’ Special l Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC Russell D. Feingold; and Belgium’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Frank de Coninck.

The OHCHR also said that State authorities have restricted Internet and mobile text messaging services for more than three days now, not only disrupting communication between individuals but also creating disruption in the conduct of economic activities, like banking.

“We also call on the authorities to promptly release all those who have been detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly, for expression of their views, for their affiliation with the opposition or for disagreeing with the amendments to the electoral bill,” Mr. Colville said.

“The right to vote in genuine, periodic elections is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political rights,” he added.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged maximum restraint on all sides and flagged the readiness of his Special Representative in the DRC, Martin Kobler, to use his good offices to help narrow the gap between the main actors involved.

Mr. Kobler later tweeted that “the freedom of opinion is the basic pillar of democracy. It has to be guaranteed while at the same time handled with responsibility.”

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