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Swaziland: Ellinah Wamukoya becomes continent’s first female bishop

Ellinah Wamukoya has become the first female bishop in Africa after she was consecrated this week. Bishop Wamukoya will serve as The Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s bishop in Swaziland.

The ceremony was led by David Dinkebogile, who said the consecration was about religion, “not a black woman, not an African, not a Swazi woman”.

Bishop Wamukoya is a former mayor of Swaziland’s economic capital, Manzini, reports AFP. She said: “I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God…a mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing.”

DR Congo: M23 rebels enter Goma

Rebel fighters have entered the eastern DRC city of Goma, it has been reported. The M23 rebel group says that it has taken control of the city, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Neighbouring Rwanda has denied it is backing the rebels, who have entered Goma for the first time since the end of DR Congo war in 2003.

The BBC is reporting that UN troops remain at Goma’s airport, but government soldiers are no longer there. The UN forces have remained onlookers as rebel troops marched into the city.

M23 spokesperson Colonel Vianney Kazarama told Reuters: “The town of Goma fell at 11:33 local time [08.33GMT], despite the attack helicopters, despite the heavy weapons, the FARDC [Congolese army] has let the town fall into our hands.”

The march on Goma followed the DRC government’s rejection of peace talks with M23. Officials say they will only talk directly to Rwanda.

DR Congo: Chinese satellite deal announced

Chinese state media has reported that China is to launch a communications satellite for the Democratic Republic of Congo within the next three years. In 2004 China launched a similar satellite with Nigeria.

The CongoSat-01 satellite will be launched from China and will cover the whole of southern and central Africa.

Uganda: Ebola virus kills two

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed at least two people, the Ugandan health minister has said.

An estimated 17 people died of Ebola in western Uganda in July. This incident is the latest in a string of outbreaks since 2000, which have claimed hundreds of lives.

The highly infectious virus causes death in 90% of human cases. There is no known cure, but patients can be given medication to alleviate the symptoms.

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