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KINSHASA 83 KINSHASA TRAFFIC ROBOT As the city traffic becomes denser, the cars grow in number and trust in the police dwindles, the engineering firm Women’s Tech has developed a number of traffic robots to regulate Kinshasa’s traffic chaos. The constant population growth in Kinshasa is a challenge to the city’s already overburdened infrastructure, and the 2-5 metre tall robots are to attempt to remedy this with functions such as traffic-light arms, cameras in their eyes and a voice that plays back messages to pedestrians about when it is safe to cross the road. LAURENT-DÉSIRÉ KABILA’S MAUSOLEUM Laurent-Désiré Kabila came to power in 1997 after a coup against the president of many years, Mobutu Sese Seko. Kabila managed to stay in power for four years before he was assassinated by one of his bodyguards. Shortly after the assassination Kabila’s son, Joseph Kabila, was installed as president, a post he still holds. Laurent-Désiré Kabila’s mausoleum seems to honour his proclaimed dedication to Marxist ideology.


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