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DR Congo sacks minister after new boat deaths

May 3, 2011 20:51

KINSHASA - Congo's President Joseph Kabila has sacked his transport minister after the latest in a series of boat accidents killed over 100 people this week, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.

A boat that was not meant to be carrying any passengers but was believed to be loaded with some 300 people sank on the Kasai River overnight between Sunday and Monday.

Information Minister Lambert Mende told Reuters Kabila had sacked Laure Marie Kawanda Kayene for failing to tackle the issue of safety on Congo's waterways.

"She should have introduced rules to prevent boats traveling at night and to stop cargo boats from carrying passengers," Mende added.

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