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#JusticeForBellyMujinga: British Police Ending Investigation Into Death of Railway Worker

Mujinga, a Congolese-born railway worker, died of COVID-19 after being spat on by a man who said he was infected with the disease.

British Transport Police (BTS) say that no further action will be taken in the death of 47-year-old railway worker Belly Mujinga, who died of COVID-19 in April after being spat on by a man who said he was infected with the virus.

Authorities claim that after an extensive review, they found no evidence that criminal activity had caused her death. In a statement via Huffington Post, authorities say they reviewed CCTV footage and spoke with key witnesses in the case, and determined that no further action will be taken against a 57-year-old man from London who they interviewed in connection to the incident.

"Following a review of all the information, senior detectives have concluded that there is no evidence to substantiate any criminal offences having taken place, and that the tragic death of Belly Mujinga was not a consequence of this incident," said a spokesperson for BTS.


Mujinga died just fourteen days after the incident, in which her and another female colleague were spat on by a man claiming to have coronavirus while on duty at London's Victoria Station. Still, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn says police are "confident" that her death was not a consequence of the incident. "I know the loss of Belly has moved so many people, and I can assure you we have done everything we can to provide answers for her family," said Balckburn. "As a result of our enquiries, we can now be confident that this incident did not lead to Belly's tragic death. Our thoughts remain with her family and we will continue to support them as they come to terms with the loss of their much-loved mother and wife."

According to Mujinga's worker's union Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) she was left "extremely shaken" by the attack and later asked to be moved back into the tickets office instead of working outside on the concourse, however, her request was reportedly denied. It was known that Mujinga had a pre-existing health condition, and her family says that supervisors did not listen to her concerns.

Mujinga's death sheds light on the ways in which the pandemic has disproportionately affected people from Black, working class backgrounds in the UK. Black women make up a substantial number of essential workers who have been placed on the frontlines, and thus at greater risk of contracting the disease. According to a report from UNISON, the UK's largest public service union, "72% of all health and social care staff who have died with COVID-19 are Black."

Mujinga, who moved to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2000 as a political refugee, is survived by her husband Lusamba Katalay and their 11-year-old daughter, Ingrid. Her family spoke to ITV Londonearlier this month about seeking answers in her unjust death.

Many online have expressed anger with the move to stop the investigation, given that Mujinga was purposely spat on by someone who admitted to having the deadly disease. Several are insisting that the incident be investigated further as murder or manslaughter.



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Ayra Starr & Kelly Rowland Connect For Ultra Sultry "Bloody Samaritan" Remix

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement," mentions the young Mavin Records star.


Ayra Starr has joined creative forces with Kelly Rowland to create a remix of her "Bloody Samaritan" record. The Mavin Records artist has been putting effort into her craft, and her recent collaboration with Rowland is an indication of her growing musical prowess.

Connecting with Rowland, who is a music icon, is another step in the right direction for the young Afro-pop star. The initial release of "Bloody Samaritan" was a well-received record that amassed over 60 million TikTok views and was also featured on BBC Radio's 1Xtra—the remix is equally as enjoyable. Although it retains the sound of the original song, it has its unique ambiance, which fuses elements of Afrobeats, Afro-pop and smooth R&B.

Starr continues to rise in the global music scene and her recent collaboration with Spotify has the potential to skyrocket the musical influence of the newcomer globally. Artists like Starr are increasingly pushing the envelope as it relates to collaborating with bigger names in the music world, which was something that was not as rampant a few years ago. While discussing the collaboration, Starr shared her excitement about the record and her admiration for Rowland.

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement! While recording this, Kelly made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, something I really appreciate," said Starr. "She was super amazing! and I was able to hold my own alongside a legend, and I can't wait to share this new music with you all!"

Although Ayra Starr is one of the youngest artists in the Afro-pop world, she has already been making a solid impression among fans and music analysts. In an NME piece, the publication described Starr as “the teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution.” Her stage presence, confidence, and overall "je ne sais quoi" essence have proven that the Gen-Z pioneer is ready to continue to put her name and genre on the map.

Listen to Ayra Starr and Kelly Rowland's "Bloody Samaritan" remix below!

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The 10 Best South African Songs of the Month (September)

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Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention this month.

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Kenya Says Its Banning LGBTQ+ Content

According to the acting head of the Kenya's Film Classification Board (KFCB), all movies with LGBTQ+ content are illegal in the country.

The acting CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Christopher Wambua, has announced that all movies containing LGBTQ+-related content are now illegal in the country. Wambua also said that the country is against LGBTQ+ relationships.


"As we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws. If there is any content that normalizes, glorifies same-sex relationships, our position in Kenya has always been to restrict and not to broadcast, exhibit or distribute that kind of content within the borders of the country," Wambua said. Wambua also said that while there are multiple platforms highlighting sam-sex content online, the Kenyan government is actively taking action to block access to the content in Kenya. According to Wambua, the KFCB authority is currently working with streaming powerhouse Netflix to ensure that access to LGBTQ+ movies and series are barred within Kenya.

"Most of them are restricting; because of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system that is very aligned with our laws with the view of ensuring that in future once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible at all within the republic," Wambua said.

Kenya is not the first country to state that it would not condone LGBTQ+ content. Earlier this year, Egypt joined six other Arab countries to call out Netflix and Disney+, and demand that certain types of "offensive" content be restricted from airing in their countries. This was understood to be in reference to media that featured members of the LGBT+ community within those countries.

Kenya has had a long history of barring content with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. In 2018, Kenyan authorities banned 'Rafiki,' a film that profiled the love story of two women, citing that the production promoted lesbianism. Last year, the KFCB also banned the documentary "I am Samuel," a storyline about a gay Kenyan man. Kenya's law strongly forbids LGBTQ+ and Section 165 of its Penal Code highlights the legality of code in detail.

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