| Africatime
Thursday 03 September 2015
(AFP (eng) 09/03/15)
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda on Thursday told the International Criminal Court he was 'a soldier, not a criminal', breaking his silence for the first time since handing himself over in 2013. "I am a soldier... I am not a criminal," Ntaganda -- dubbed "The Terminator" -- told judges at the Hague-based court, where he is facing 18 war crimes and crimes against humanity charges for his role in a deadly 2002-03 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(AFP (eng) 09/03/15)
War crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda is the feared former commander of a ruthless rebel group that pillaged and raped in DR Congo's mineral-rich east, earning him the nickname "The Terminator." Tall, smug, and said to be trigger-happy too, the 41-year-old Ntaganda fought for different rebel groups as well as for the Democratic Republic of Congo's army from his late teens. He faces 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the deaths of hundreds of villagers, rape, recruiting child soldiers, and keeping girls under 15 for himself as sex slaves. The fifth former Congolese warlord in the dock before the International Criminal Court, he is the first to have given himself up as his M23 rebel army foundered...
(Voice of America 09/03/15)
A former Congolese rebel leader known as "The Terminator" has pleaded not guilty to charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bosco Ntaganda entered his plea Wednesday on the first day of his trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Prosecutors say Ntaganda is responsible for atrocities committed by his rebel group, the Union of Congolese Patriots, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003.
(AL Jazeera 09/03/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has banned a film about Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who has treated thousands of women raped during conflict, the government said. Belgian film maker Thierry Michel's movie, "The Man Who Mends Women," follows Mukwege's efforts to repair the physical and psychological injuries of the victims of sexual violence by armed forces and militia groups in eastern DRC. "I have decided not to approve this film," Lambert Mende, the DRC's media minister, told the AFP news...
(Voice of America 09/03/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— World Health Organization officials on Monday called to regulate traditional medicine in Africa to protect the public against potentially harmful practices. The announcement, which coincided with the U.N. body's commemoration of African Traditional Medicine Day, could have broad implications for the estimated 80 percent of Africans who rely on traditional practitioners for their primary mode of care.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/15)
A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping poverty are arriving on...
(AFP (eng) 09/02/15)
Eight Muslim preachers from Tanzania who were kidnapped last month in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have escaped, a top local official said Tuesday. The preachers, seized in the restive province of North Kivu in early August, "took the chance to flee during fighting" between the Congolese army and the ethnic Hutu militia Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), provincial governor Julien Paluku told AFP. The kidnappers were clearly FDLR members, he added, because "as soon as the...
(AFP (eng) 09/02/15)
The trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda opened at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, where the ex-rebel dubbed "The Terminator" faces 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda, who surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali in 2013, stands accused of orchestrating hundreds of deaths in savage attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as recruiting and raping child soldiers.
(BBC News Africa 09/02/15)
The war crimes trial of former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda is under way at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. He denies all 18 charges which include murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers. More than 2,000 victims have been cleared to take part in the trial, including former child soldiers who will be called as witnesses. Gen Ntaganda fought for different rebel groups as well as the Congolese army.
(AFP (eng) 09/02/15)
The Hague - The International Criminal Court (ICC), where the trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda opens on Wednesday, has launched investigations in eight African countries. Here are details of the main indictments issued by the ICC, the world's first permanent international war crimes court. Democratic Republic of Congo The ICC sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga in 2012 to 14 years in prison for conscripting children into his rebel army in 2002-2003, the court's first ever verdict. It upheld the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/02/15)
A Congolese militia leader goes on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday accused of crimes including murder and the rape of his own child soldiers during the early 2000s. Rwandan-born Bosco Ntaganda is the fourth person to face trial at the court in connection with a series of brutal conflicts that have for decades afflicted the mineral-rich province of Ituri in Congo's northeast. The trial will be the first test of a new team assembled by court...
(Voice of America 09/02/15)
PARIS— Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda goes on trial at the International Criminal Court Wednesday to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda is accused of being responsible for atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo more than a decade ago. Nicknamed “The Terminator,” Bosco Ntaganda spent years as a rebel leader in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. But, the 18 charges against him narrowly relate to fighting in DRC’s Ituri region between 2002 and...
(AFP (eng) 09/02/15)
Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels are known to operate, regional and military sources said. The attack took place in Rugari, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. "A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari," said Justin Mukanya, administrator of Rutshuru territory which lies on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. "Six soldiers were killed by a rocket...
(News24 09/02/15)
More than 100 child soldiers have deserted an armed group in eastern Congo, the United Nations mission to the country said on Tuesday. The 113 children aged between 12 and 17 years took advantage of fighting between the Front for Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI) and government forces, Oussou Laurent Sam from the UN mission said from Bunia by telephone. Since a new offensive was launched against the FRPI in May, child soldiers have been escaping to army and UN...
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show. The falling cost of fuel oil, used to power ships, has made longer voyages viable at a time when there are advantages for traders to keep cargoes at sea.
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Nestle SA said KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa as the chocolate industry faces allegations of child labor in the supply of raw materials. All KitKat bars will be made with cocoa accredited by independent third parties by the first quarter of 2016, the Vevey, Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday. That includes those made in the U.S., which are produced by license holder Hershey Co. The chocolate...
(AFP (eng) 09/01/15)
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda will seek to prove his innocence at his impending war crimes trial before the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The former leader of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who turned himself in in 2013, will face 18 charges including the rape of child soldiers by his rebel army, when his highly-anticipated trial opens in The Hague-based court on Wednesday. "Mr Ntaganda maintains his innocence in respect of every charge laid against...
(Voice of America 09/01/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo is trying out a large-scale agricultural plan that is, to say the least, ambitious. The government plans to develop one mega-farm of 50,000 to 150,000 hectares per province — producing food for local consumption and also export crops. The government says the aim is to promote food security. The park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation.
(Voice of America 09/01/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Unidentified gunmen killed six elite presidential guard soldiers on Monday in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military and local sources said, a region still plagued by violence more than a decade after years of civil war ended. A military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said members of the Republican Guard, responsible for protecting the president and strategic posts, were on their way to collect rations when their jeep came under...
(The Observer 09/01/15)
Last month, it was asserted under this column that Eurocentric culture which enabled white people to dominate the world with effect from 1492 was warlike in essence as opposed to black civilisation which was pacifist in nature. In this essay, an attempt is made to account for the difference in approach. Readers will recall that in the fateful year, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and Moors (Black Africans and Arabs) were pushed out of Europe back to Africa.