Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 11/11/13)
(Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's government and M23 rebels are to sign a peace deal on Monday in Uganda's capital Kampala, ending a 20-month revolt that drew attention again to tangled ethnic tensions and political rivalries in east Congo. * WHO WERE M23? The name M23 refers to a March 23, 2009, peace deal that ended a previous Tutsi-led rebellion in eastern Congo and integrated former rebels into the Congolese army. The M23 fighters who mutinied in the army in April 2012 included rebel officers and soldiers who took part in the 2004-2009 uprising led by renegade Congolese Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda. The root causes of both rebellions can be traced back to the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda...
(KongoTimes 11/11/13)
Pour son maintien au pouvoir en RD-Congo... La "Kabilie" offre la Gécamines comme cadeau à Jack Rosen, un homme d’affaires juif américain. Une fois de plus, la Kabilie navigue à vue. D’une aliénation rwandaise à une autre, elle n’arrive à faire porter un rêve national à une jeunesse congolaise qui pourtant est en quête d’une identité nationale. La nomination de Jack Rosen conforte nos convictions que désormais les Anglo-Saxons ne se gêneront plus de « faire nommer » des américains et autres anglo-saxons à la tête de la RD-Congo. Et ce moment tant attendu, et qui arrive à propos, fait entrer les peuples du Congo au stade ultime de son combat contre un système qui a atteint son degré de...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/11/13)
RIYADH (Reuters) - Thousands of mostly African workers gathered in Riyadh on Sunday seeking repatriation after two people were killed in overnight rioting that followed a visa crackdown by Saudi authorities. One of those killed was a Saudi, said a government statement, and the other was not identified. An Ethiopian man was killed in a visa raid last week. Ethiopia's foreign minister condemned the deaths, and told Reuters his government was working to bring its citizens home. "This is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi government to investigate this issue seriously. We are also happy to take our citizens, who should be treated with dignity while they are there," Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom said. He said Addis Ababa had...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes or at (the) Toronto (International Film Festival) it has got to be pretty exceptional," said festival spokesman Julian Nwagboniwe. "But on our platform, we can increase exposure" for artists who may struggle for recognition in Europe or North America, he...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/13)
(Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo will sign a peace deal on Monday with the M23 rebel group that laid down its arms this week after a string of military defeats, Congo's Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda told Reuters on Friday. The Tutsi-led M23, the most important rebel movement in lawless eastern Congo, announced on Tuesday it would disband after a 20-month uprising that displaced some 800,000 people. A two-week U.N.-backed army offensive had dislodged M23 from its last hilltop strongholds near the Rwandan and Ugandan borders. M23's announcement raised hope for greater stability after two decades of violence in eastern Congo partly motivated by ethnic tensions and combat over rich mineral deposits in which millions of people have died. "It...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/13)
KAMPALA, November 8, 2013 (AFP) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the defeated M23 rebels will Monday sign a peace deal, Uganda said, adding that it will not send the fleeing insurgents back across the border. The M23 on Tuesday ended its 18-month insurgency after a resounding defeat at the hands of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then the majority of its fighters have fled across the border into Uganda. "The agreement is ready and we are expecting everybody to return Monday to sign it," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told AFP of the deal. "The agreement will detail how each case will be handled. There are those that are under...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/13)
KAMPALA Fri Nov 8, 2013 (Reuters) - A peace deal between Congo and the M23 rebel movement will be signed in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Monday, after rebels declared an end to their insurgency this week."The signing will be here in Kampala on Monday and ... in addition to both delegations who have been negotiating we expect representatives from the African Union and the United Nations," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters.
(Voice of America 11/08/13)
KAMPALA — Life in a refugee camp is hard, but seeking justice as a refugee can be even harder. Foreign legal systems can be confusing to refugees, and the camps are often located far from the nearest courthouse. That is why the U.N. refugee agency has decided to bring the courts to a Ugandan refugee camp. “We set up these mobile courts as a result of refugees and some of the local Ugandans having to wait very long times before they had access to justice, or having to travel very long distances to reach the government courts," said UNHCR’s Lucy Beck, referring to a new traveling judiciary that recently held two sessions in the Nakivale refugee settlement. Similar to courts...
(AL Jazeera 11/08/13)
Fighters from the Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 group, including their commander Sultani Makenga, have surrendered in Uganda, officers have said, signalling the end of an 18-month armed conflict. The rebel surrender follows a crushing defeat at the hands of the UN-backed Congolese armed forces. "He is with our forces, yes, Makenga has crossed into Uganda," a senior Ugandan military officer told AFP news agency, although he declined to clarify if he had formally surrendered or was under arrest. Paddy Ankunda, a colonel in the Ugandan army, told AFP news agency on Thursday that 1,500 men from the M23 - a number thought to account for almost the entire force - had crossed into Uganda and given themselves up, and...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/13)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda is holding the military commander of Congo's defeated M23 rebel movement after he surrendered, a Ugandan officer said on Thursday, as relief at the end of his rebellion was tempered by concerns about other armed groups. Sultani Makenga's whereabouts had been unclear since Tuesday's declaration by the M23 that it was ending its 20-month insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, worrying some that he could be hiding with plans to regroup. His surrender will be seen as a major achievement for the Congolese army, with the backing of a U.N. force, as it strives to restore calm in a region racked by war for two decades. But analysts have warned against too much optimism for...
(Voice of America 11/08/13)
KAMPALA — Ugandan officials say hundreds of M23 rebels from neighboring Congo have surrendered and are in Ugandan custody. The Ugandan Defense Ministry says around 1,500 fighters from the Congolese rebel group M23 surrendered to the Ugandan military and are currently being held near the Congolese border. M23 announced earlier this week that it is abandoning a 20-month insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after the rebels lost the last of their territory to the Congolese army. Speaking from the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Ministry of Defense spokesman Paddy Ankunda said the M23 fighters had defected, although it was not yet clear what would be done with them. “We are registering them, we are receiving them, just like we received...
(Washington Post 11/08/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda — The top commander of Congo’s M23 rebel movement and about 1,700 of his fighters surrendered to Ugandan authorities following defeat by Congolese troops, a Ugandan military official said Thursday. The move raised hopes the rebels might sign a peace settlement after 19 months of a brutal insurgency that displaced thousands of people in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province.Mount Sinabung erupts, Soyuz launch, Prince Charles and Camilla in India, Jordan River baptism and more. Karen DeYoung 1:09 PM ET The U.S. chief diplomat is in the region to bolster shaky negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. China faces moment of decision as economy slows China faces moment of decision as economy slows Simon Denyer 12:00 PM ET Third Plenum...
(BBC News Africa 11/08/13)
The EU's top court has ruled that homosexuals from Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal who fear imprisonment in their home country have grounds for asylum in EU member states. The Netherlands had asked the court for advice about three gay citizens of those countries seeking asylum. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) says asylum can be granted in cases where people are actually jailed for homosexuality in their home country. ECJ rulings apply to all EU members. Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries, including key Western allies such as Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana. In June a report by Amnesty International said homophobic attacks had reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop. The ECJ judgment on...
(CNN 11/08/13)
(CNN) -- Next time you chum up to a stranger on social media before traveling to their homeland, consider the ordeal of Australian Steve Sparks. As reported by ABC, the Darwin resident says he was kidnapped and held for six weeks while vacationing in the African nation of Senegal. While being held against his will, Sparks' abductors emptied his bank account. Sparks, who was released about two weeks ago, but who has only recently returned home, "says his mistake was meeting up with a man he had met on social media." After meeting the social media contact, Sparks says he was kidnapped, forced to give up his bank account details and held in a bedroom for six weeks. He says...
(Dw-World 11/08/13)
Most German entrepreneurs shy away from investing in southern Africa and bilateral trade is relatively low. A business lobby group wants to reverse this trend. The Togolese ambassador to Germany, Comla Paka, has expressed his country's desire for international investors. The small West African country on the Atlantic Ocean has a lot to catch up with in terms of investment. "We need investment in infrastructure, our roads and ports," said Paka. Traditionally Togo enjoys good relations with Germany, but economic cooperation between the two is still rare, the ambassador said. “Many African countries find access to European markets very difficult and in the end prefer to do business with countries like China and India," he added. Africa's economy is growing...
(Voice of America 11/07/13)
KAMPALA — Uganda is holding the military commander of Congo's defeated M23 rebel movement after he surrendered, a Ugandan officer said on Thursday, allaying fears that it could still take up arms again. Sultani Makenga's whereabouts had been unclear since Tuesday's declaration by the M23 that it was ending its 20-month-old insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, worrying some that he could be hiding with plans to regroup. His surrender will be seen as a major achievement for the Congolese army, with the backing of a U.N. force, as it strives to restore calm in a region racked by war for two decades. But analysts have warned against too much optimism for a sustained peace in the east of...
(BBC News Africa 11/07/13)
The commander of the M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has surrendered in Uganda, sources have told the BBC. Sultani Makenga is said to have handed himself over along with hundreds of M23 fighters in the Mgahinga National Park. A Ugandan spokesman said no decision had yet been made on whether he would be handed over to DR Congo. Earlier this week the M23 said it was ending its insurgency, hours after the DR Congo government claimed victory. Reports say Col Makenga and about 1,700 fighters have been disarmed and are being held in a secret location. The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala says Col Makenga poses a tough diplomatic challenge for Uganda. He is wanted...
(The Guardian 11/07/13)
US welcomes ceasefire in eastern DRC as civilians return to war-ravaged towns and villages following two decades of conflict. An uneasy calm has descended over the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after M23 rebels called an end to a near-two-year revolt after the army's capture of their two remaining strongholds in the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni before dawn. Hopes are rising that disarmament can be sustained in the region, which has been devastated by nearly two decades of violence. DRC languishes at the foot of the UN's human development index, ranking 186th of 187 countries. Malnutrition is widespread, more than 70% of children are anaemic (pdf) and conflict-related mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, are a...
(The Associated Press 11/07/13)
At least 1,700 rebels have surrendered to Ugandan authorities in the two days since the leader of the M23 rebel group said it was giving up its two-year fight against the government in Congo, an official said Thursday. The M23 group announced on Tuesday that it would stop fighting after the Congolese military seized the last of its strongholds. Uganda has been brokering peace talks between the M23 rebels and the Congolese government. After Tuesday’s announcement, a large group of rebels surrendered to the Ugandan military and were being held near the Congo-Uganda border, the Associated Press reports. A Ugandan military official said the rebels were disarmed and being registered with Ugandan authorities.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/13)
Envoy says that if Washington believed Rwanda was no longer supporting Congo's M23 rebels it may reconsider situation. The United States would consider resuming military aid to Rwanda if it found Rwandan support for Congo's M23 rebel group had ended, a senior US official has said. On October 3, Washington said it would block US military aid to Rwanda because of its "support for the M23, a rebel group which continues to actively recruit and abduct children" and which has posed a threat to the stability of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda has repeatedly denied backing the rebels. M23 is a Tutsi-dominated rebellion of former Congolese soldiers that began taking parts of eastern Congo last year, accusing the...

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