February 2, 2023

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Burundi prison fire kills at least 38

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A violent fire broke out Tuesday morning at the central prison in Gidega, the capital of Burundi, killing 38 inmates and injuring 69 others. According to prison administration figures, parts of the overcrowded prison, which housed 1,539 inmates at 400 locations at the end of November, were completely gutted in the early hours of the morning.

Joel Evo, a law professor and opponent of Beninis whose candidacy for the April 2021 presidential election was rejected, was sentenced to ten years in prison on Tuesday in a treason trial. Details of Cotonou in this issue.

In DR Congo, Vital Kamerhe, the former chief executive of President Felix Shisekedi, returned to his home on Monday evening. He has been in prison since April 2020, and on appeal was sentenced to 13 years in prison for fraud and corruption, and was granted temporary release from court.

Algerian President Abdelmadjit Debon announced on Monday that he would provide $ 100 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority during the visit of President Mahmoud Abbas to Algiers.

Cassava is a staple food in the Central African Republic. Consumed in the form of paste, porridge or fermented sticks, it enhances all meals from breakfast to dinner. Despite the strong resistance of the tuber, it is suitable for all climates and its production remains vulnerable to variations in safety conditions. The recent crisis has once again destabilized a sector that is still in its infancy. Outcome: One in two Central Africans do not have enough food. There are still a few ways to achieve industrial productivity, such as Nigeria, which dominates the African market. But not far from the bank, entrepreneurs choose varieties that help increase yields. Report by Carol Valet and Clement de Roma.

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