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DR Congo gets new cabinet after seven months

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a coalition government, seven months after the inauguration President Félix Tshisekedi.

Mr Tshisekedi, son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, won a bitterly contested election in December, marking the first peaceful transition of power since DR Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Since coming to power, President Tshisekedi has agreed to work with the party of former President Joseph Kabila.

“The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,” the AFP news agency quotes Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga as saying.

Namibia probes poisoning, mutilation of crocodiles

Namibia is investigating the deaths of at least five crocodiles in the Kunene – the river that flows between it and Angola.

Reports from people on the Namibian bank say the reptiles appear to have been poisoned, then cut open, with their limbs removed.

Namibia has laws against the killing of crocodiles, which are a tourist attraction.

Romeo Muyunda, chief public relations officer for Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, told BBC Focus on Africa radio it was suspected the crocodiles were poisoned on the Angolan side.

A meeting has been set up with the ministry’s Angolan counterparts at the end of August to discuss the killings, he said.

Namibian authorities suspect people on the bank could have killed the crocodiles in retaliation to an attack, Mr Muyunda said.

Quote Message: There might be people that were affected… maybe their livestock was killed by these crocodiles or maybe a person, a loved one, was killed by the crocodile and as a result – in fury – these people poisoned a carcass and used it as a bait for crocodiles to come and eat.”

Investigators will also explore whether the crocodiles were killed for their meat.

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