Tuesday 24 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
Renamo leader says government's invitation for him to travel to Maputo and discuss his grievances is 'cynical'. Mozambique's revived rebel movement Renamo has rejected a government invite for high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military skirmishes. The Frelimo party-led government had called on its civil war foe Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of Renamo, to travel to Maputo on November 8 to discuss his grievances personally with President Armando Guebuza. But just hours later Renamo rejected the invitation outright as "cynical". Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga branded the offer "a political propaganda campaign without minimal respect for ethics". Supporters of Dhlakama - a rebel leader in Mozambique's brutal civil war - have been involved in a series of deadly attacks and...
(The Herald Online 11/06/13)
The joint Sadc-International Conference on the Great Lakes Region has condemned the armed activities of Renamo which recently returned to the Mozambican bush after laying down its weapons 21 years ago, and called on the group to stop its rebellious path.The conference — attended by President Mugabe and several other Heads of State and Government from Sadc and the Great Lakes region which ended in Pretoria early yesterday — was mainly meant to discuss problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but ended up also touching on Mozambique and the Renamo resurgence. Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told Zimbabwean journalists yesterday that the message to Renamo from the leaders was very clear that it should cease its banditry activities. “The...
(BBC News Africa 11/06/13)
Mozambique's main opposition party, Renamo, has rejected President Armando Guebuza's offer of peace talks following recent clashes. Renamo's Vicent Ululu told the BBC that the offer meant nothing while the government wanted to kill Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. Mr Dhlakama has been in hiding since the army raided his base last month. This led Renamo to pull out of a 1992 deal ending a civil war which had raged since 1976. Renamo is thought to retain about 1,000 fighters and also has 51 MPs. The rejection of the talks came as campaigning began for local elections later this month. Renamo is boycotting, demanding electoral reforms.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
LONDON | Wed Nov 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Three years ago, a trip to the Southern Kenya production facilities of Canadian company Africa Oil attracted only seven potential investors. Two months ago, 60 boarded the flight. The investor trip, described by sales staff at Citi following a recent client conference, is just one illustration of the swelling interest in the most esoteric frontier markets. In a world of low yields and paltry growth, the attraction of frontier markets - the lesser developed emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America - is pretty clear. Juicy returns, often huge natural resources and young populations provide a stark contrast to the ageing economic profile in the West. "Everyone...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - A former Deutsche Bank unit will pay $12.1 million to harmed borrowers in order to resolve allegations that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers seeking mortgage loans, the U.S. housing regulator said on Tuesday. MortgageIT, which was an indirect subsidiary of the German bank, charged higher rates and fees to minority borrowers and denied their loan applications more often than comparable white borrowers, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. The money will be used to compensate borrowers who were unfairly denied a loan or whose loans violated fair lending laws, the agency said. "It's creditworthiness and ability to pay that matter when you apply for a loan, not your race or where you...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/13)
MAPUTO, November 5, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's revived rebel movement Renamo on Tuesday spurned the government's invite for high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military skirmishes. The Frelimo-led government had called on its civil war foe Afonso Dhlakama to travel to Maputo on November 8 to discuss his grievances personally with President Armando Guebuza. But just hours later Renamo rejected the invitation outright as "cynical". Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga branded the offer "a political propaganda campaign without minimal respect for ethics". Supporters of Dhlakama -- a rebel leader in Mozambique's brutal civil war -- have been involved in a series of deadly attacks and are demanding a share of the country's resource wealth. For many Mozambicans the crisis has...
(ZimEye 11/05/13)
Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwean army has increased its watchful eye on the border with Mozambique after the 21 year old peace agreement in the neighboring country crumbled in the last week. Recent increasing negative developments have caused panic in Zimbabwe’s security forces. Mozambique attained independence from Portugal in 1975. Two years later a protracted civil war began. This war ended after the signing of a peace agreement in 1992 between Renamo and Frelimo armed forces. In 1993 approximately 1.5 million Mozambicans who had been refugees during the civil war returned from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. In 2012 Afonso Dhlakama, Renamo’s Rebel Commander went into hiding in the mountains of northern Mozambique after claims Frelimo rigged...
(SABC TV 11/05/13)
Zimbabwe has dismissed claims by the Mozambique insurgents, Renamo, that it has deployed troops into the neighbouring country. Renamo officials told Al Jazeera last week that they had seen soldiers dressed in Mozambique army uniform but speaking in English. Soldiers they claimed were from Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's defence minister, Sydney Sekeramayi, says while the country is ready to protect its interests in Mozambique; it has no intention of deploying troops unless Mozambique government asks for assistance. Beira in central Mozambique is landlocked and its Zimbabwe's closest port and vital life access point for goods including coal destined out of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's oil pipeline which runs through to the Beira corridor supplies the majority of country's fuel needs. During Mozambique civil war...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/05/13)
PRETORIA | Tue Nov 5, 2013 (Reuters) - African leaders told Congo's M23 rebels on Tuesday they must publicly declare an end to their 20-month insurgency to allow the signing of a peace agreement with President Joseph Kabila's government. The recommendation was made by heads of state from southern Africa and the Great Lakes region who met through Monday night in the South African capital Pretoria to lend their weight to an international push to end the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite growing calls for peace, the M23 rebels and government forces were involved in artillery clashes on Monday near Congo's border with Uganda. Both sides blamed the other for the shelling. A statement released by the...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/05/13)
MBUZI, Democratic Republic of Congo/PRETORIA | (Reuters) - African leaders and international envoys appealed to Congo's government and M23 rebels on Monday to stop fighting and embrace a peace deal after the two sides bombarded each other near the Ugandan border. The appeals were made as United Nations and U.S. envoys said the elements of an accord to end the 20-month insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were broadly agreed and only required public commitments to end the hostilities. A rapid Congolese army advance in recent weeks has driven the M23 rebels from towns and cornered them in the steep, forested hills along the Ugandan border, raising the prospect of peace for Congo's mineral-rich eastern borderlands. But before leaders...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 11/04/13)
The Zimbabwe government Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has said in Harare. The Zimbabwe government Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has said in Harare. ZIMBABWE is on high alert and closely monitoring Mozambique where former rebel movement Renamo has resumed hostilities with the government, but has not deployed any troops to Mozambique, neither has the government there asked for help, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has said. The border was safe at present, but Zimbabwe was watching events closely. Political tension has been escalating in Mozambique over the past few weeks after Renamo started attacking government positions in the central areas of the country, the same areas where they concentrated their banditry in the 1980s and early 1990s while backed by apartheid South...
(Times of swaziland 11/04/13)
LOMAHASHA – The number of Mozambicans crossing the border into Swaziland is gradually increasing, as fear grips people who live on either side of the two countries’ border fences. This comes as the neighbouring country simmers on the brink of yet another civil war. The Times SUNDAY visited Swazi homesteads and residential homes along the borderline. The Lomahasha border post, which is the main entry point to Swaziland from Mozambique, was a hive of activity. Mozambican nationals moved goods like eggs, meat and maize in bulk from Swaziland to Mozambique while a sizable number of Swazis came through with some parcels, mainly clothing from that country.Even though sporadic fights are happening about 1 000 kilometres from the border, residents on...
(Voice of America 11/04/13)
Heads of state and governments in both the Southern African and the Great Lakes regions plan to meet in the South African capital, Pretoria, Monday, to review the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The summit is organized by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). It’s the follow-up to an agreement signed between the two groups last February to find ways of addressing the security challenges within the DRC. “This [summit] is a follow up to ensure that there is a full implementation of this framework [and] to review the implementation process and a way forward,” said Tanki Mothae, SADC’s director of politics, defense and security cooperation...
(The Independent 11/04/13)
We start off this week’s news roundup in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the M23 rebels on Sunday declared a ceasefire in their fight with the army, in a move they hope will advance peace talks with the government, France24 reports. “We call on the facilitator of the Kampala peace talks to immediately put in place a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire,” the rebels said in statement. There was no immediate reaction from the army, which has pushed the rebels from all the towns they once controlled during a 20-month rebellion in North Kivu province. Rebel fighters this week abandoned Bunagana, their last stronghold in the eastern province, and have withdrawn into the hills and forests around Congo’s border...
(BBC News Africa 11/04/13)
A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked by the Moon has taken place. It was first visible in the southern United States, before sweeping east across the Atlantic Ocean and the African continent. The US space agency, Nasa, said the greatest total eclipse occurred over the Atlantic Ocean. One of the best views was in northern Kenya, where tour companies organised trips to view a total blackout. Local myths there attribute the event to the Moon eating the Sun. Men and women from the Turkana tribe take part in a ceremony in the Sibiloi national Park in the Turkana region Men and women from the Turkana tribe in Kenya took part...
(AFP 11/03/13)
PARIS, November 3, 2013 (AFP) - President Francois Hollande on Sunday held an emergency meeting on the shock abduction and killing of two French radio journalists by armed men in northern Mali. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and the head of France's external intelligence services agency Bernard Bajolet attended the hour-long crisis talks with Hollande to try and shed light on the double murder. Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician Claude Verlon had travelled Saturday to the northern city of Kidal to interview a spokesman for the Tuareg separatist group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and were abducted outside his home, according to their employer. Dupont, 57, and Verlon,...
(Reuters 11/02/13)
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Rwanda, Togo and Morocco are set to circulate to U.N. Security Council members on Friday a draft resolution to defer the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for one year. The African Union asked the Security Council last week to postpone the trials of Kenyatta and Ruto so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab, in which at least 67 people were killed in September. Kenyatta and Ruto face charges related to the violence after Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges and have tried to have the cases adjourned or halted. Ruto's...
(The New York Times 11/01/13)
The decomposing bodies of 87 migrants from the impoverished West African nation of Niger were discovered in the Sahara this week just a few miles from a well, apparently stranded after a desperate search for water, said the head of a local humanitarian organization who helped bury many of the bodies. Two trucks carrying the migrants — men, women and children — broke down in the northern desert while trying to reach neighboring Algeria, said Almoustapha Alhacen, speaking by telephone from Arlit, where they started their journey on Sept. 26. Responders, himself included, found groups of corpses — 15 here, 11 there — scattered in a wide radius around a well that the victims had tried to reach. Five other...
(Bloomberg 10/31/13)
More than 2,000 demonstrators marched in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, to protest against a wave of kidnappings and armed clashes between government forces and former rebels in central Sofala province. The rally shut stores and halted traffic in a number of city center streets. “We are here to say that’s enough,” Alice Mapote, president of Mozambique’s Human Rights League, told a crowd today at the city’s Independence Park. “We need peace and stability.” Six people, including a member of an elite police unit that protects President Armando Guebuza and two policemen, were jailed for 16 years on Oct. 28 for their role in abductions. The next day the police criminal investigations director in Maputo, Januario Cumbana, was fired. Fighting between Mozambique’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States condemned "reprehensible attacks" on civilians in Mozambique on Thursday and expressed concern about escalating violence between the army and opposition party Renamo. "We condemn the use of violence to address political differences and call on all parties to immediately end the hostilities and take decisive and visible steps to de-escalate growing tensions," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Washington's repudiation comes amid growing concerns that recent fighting in the southern African nation could spark a wider conflict. So far, the violence has been mostly focused several hundred miles (kilometers) north of the capital Maputo. On Wednesday, Renamo said the army was targeting its leader after President Armando...

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