| Africatime
Thursday 27 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/18/13)
The Congolese army on Wednesday stepped up an offensive against M23 rebels in the country's volatile east, shelling positions north of the flashpoint city of Goma. Backed by tanks, mortars and heavy machine guns mounted on gun carriages, the regular soldiers pounded M23 positions on the hills overlooking Kanyarucinya and Kibati in the restive east of the country. As on Tuesday, three army helicopters also targeted rebel positions, an AFP photographer said. Exchanges of automatic weapons fire grew heavier in the late afternoon, suggesting that army soldiers were unleashing a ground offensive. The deadliest clashes in months in the mineral-rich region broke out on Sunday, with at least 130 people killed including 10 soldiers, according to a toll given by...
(Voice of America 07/18/13)
GOMA, DRC — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army has continued advancing in a fourth day of fighting against M23 rebels near the eastern city of Goma. The scene is a government army position at mid-afternoon Wednesday, just after the M23 had started targeting some nearby tanks. "You men get forward," the sergeant is shouting. "Where are you retreating for? Get in front of the tanks." For a moment, there was a brief panic as mortar bombs started falling, causing some casualties in a commando platoon. "Take that man and get him out of here," an officer shouts, pointing to a soldier who has just been hit. But the incoming fire seemed to be heavily outweighed by the army’s outgoing...
(Voice of America 07/17/13)
The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, fears for the welfare of tens of thousands of refugees who have fled new violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region. They have moved to western Uganda’s Bundibugyo district and are spread out along the hilly border areas where conditions are tough and access is difficult. Mohammed Ader, a UNHCR spokesperson for Uganda, said refugees from North Kivu have been arriving for the past 18 months. But, he said the new influx of people into the border region which began on July 11 is an entirely new situation in the Bundibugyo area. “The displacement is largely the result of a Uganda rebel force fighting the government itself. So in the last...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(AFP (eng) 07/16/13)
UNITED NATIONS, July 16, 2013 (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo government has accused Rwandan forces of joining a new rebel advance in the east of the strife-torn country, in a letter made public Tuesday. The letter sent by the DR Congo's UN ambassador to the UN Security Council said that "specialized units coming from Rwanda" were supporting M23 rebels battling government forces outside the key city of Goma. The letter was part of renewed tensions between the neighbors. Rwanda on Monday accused DR Congo and UN forces of shelling two Rwandan border villages. The M23 rebels launched a new assault outside the North Kivu provincial capital on Sunday and new battles were reported Tuesday. The DR Congo government...
(AFP (eng) 07/16/13)
Rwanda's military spokesman said two mortar bombs were fired into the country from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday. He said the bombs, which caused no injuries, were fired in mid-afternoon "deliberately" and blamed the DRC army - the FARDC - and the UN force MONUSCO on the grounds they were fired from territory they control. "Two bombs landed at Kageshi and Gasiza," Joseph Nzabamwita said in a statement, referring to two villages in Rubavu district in northwestern Rwanda which borders the troubled eastern DR Congo. Nzabamwita said the attack was a "provocative and deliberate act by FARDC and MONUSCO since there was no fighting nearby between the warring factions." His accusation came amid fierce clashes across the border...
(Voice of America 07/16/13)
GOMA, DRC — The Democratic Republic of Congo says its forces have killed 120 rebels and captured another dozen in fighting in North Kivu province. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Monday that about 10 army soldiers have died in the fighting north of Goma, the provincial capital. The United Nations mission in Congo says it started Sunday when the M23, which holds territory near Goma, attacked government troops near the towns of Mutaho and Rusayo. Inhabitants of a village in the eastern DRC say they saw armed men in women's clothing enter the country from Rwanda on Sunday, shortly before fighting broke out near their village. The fighting continued Monday eight kilometers north of Goma, a city on the Congolese-Rwandan...
(This Day Live 07/16/13)
South African soldiers are in the middle of a "very intense firefight", caught between M23 rebels and government forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fighting erupted anew in the war-torn east of the DRC on Sunday and continued yesterday after about 100 armed men disguised in women's clothing entered the country from Rwanda, said local sources. Soldiers of 6 SA Infantry Battalion have been deployed in the DRC in a United Nations "intervention brigade''. The intervention brigade consists of 2069 soldiers, of whom 850 are South African, and falls under the authority of the UN's broader 19000-strong Monusco peacekeeping mission in the Congo. Unlike the peacekeeping force, the brigade, which also has Tanzanian and Malawian contingents, has been...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
KIGALI, July 15, 2013 (AFP) - Rwanda's military spokesman said two mortar bombs were fired into the country from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday. He said the bombs, which caused no injuries, were fired in mid-afternoon "deliberately" and blamed the DRC army - the FARDC - and the UN force MONUSCO on the grounds they were fired from territory they control. "Two bombs landed at Kageshi and Gasiza," Joseph Nzabamwita said in a statement, referring to two villages in Rubavu district in northwestern Rwanda which borders the troubled eastern DR Congo. Nzabamwita said the attack was a "provocative and deliberate act by FARDC and MONUSCO since there was no fighting nearby between the warring factions." His accusation came...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/13)
(Reuters) - Rwanda is accusing the United Nations' new intervention brigade in eastern Congo of discussing collaboration with Hutu rebels linked to the Rwandan genocide of 1994, thereby jeopardizing regional peace efforts. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo in her role as this month's president of the U.N. Security Council that was released on Monday, Rwandan U.N. Ambassador Eugene-Richard Gasana said MONUSCO intervention brigade commanders have met with FDLR rebels, the remnants of Hutu killers who carried out the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. The letter was made public as Rwanda accused Congo and MONUSCO of deliberately bombing Rwandan territory on Monday. U.N. peacekeeping troops have been in mineral-rich eastern Democratic Republic of the...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
At least 130 people have been killed, including 10 soldiers, in ongoing clashes between army forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said Monday. "Our forces have inflicted very heavy losses on the M23 fighters, 120 have been killed and 12 captured," government spokesman Lambert Mende said, referring to fighting that broke out over the weekend. Mende said that 10 soldiers had also died in the clashes, which erupted on Sunday in North Kivu province between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels. UN soldiers did not intervene, Mende stressed. "The toll from these skirmishes is not yet definitive but until now the army forces have responded with bravery and efficiency to this attack," said Mende...
(AL Jazeera 07/15/13)
Aid agencies struggle to cope as refugee numbers grow after surprise rebel attack in Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 60,000 refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have now arrived in neighbouring Uganda after fleeing a rebel attack on a town near the border, Red Cross officials said. Catherine Ntabadde of the Uganda Red Cross said on Sunday that her organisation had already registered 41,000 refugees and that 20,000 more were waiting for registration. The numbers show a dramatic rise from earlier estimates and due to the fact the rebel attack was a surprise, the influx is stretching humanitarian capacities. "Given such numbers there is need for urgent humanitarian assistance, as some of the refugees are sick...
(BBC News Africa 07/15/13)
More than 30,000 people have fled DR Congo after a group of Ugandan rebels attacked a border town, says the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR. The Allied Democratic Forces raided the town of Kamango on Thursday, according to the Ugandan army spokesman. The Congolese national army has now retaken Kamango. The ADF is based in mineral-rich eastern DR Congo, where numerous armed groups have caused havoc over the past two decades. The huge number of refugees came in so quickly that the government and aid workers are still working out what to do, says the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Bundibudgyo, on the Ugandan border with the DRC. No food or adequate shelter has been distributed to the refugees. Many had to...
(Bloomberg 07/15/13)
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo warned M23 rebels against advancing on the eastern town of Goma and said it was “deeply concerned” about a new offensive by the fighters. M23 attacked Congolese army positions yesterday at the village of Mutaho, 8 kilometers (5 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, the mission said in an e-mailed statement today. UN peacekeepers “stand ready to take any necessary measures, including the use of lethal force, in order to protect civilians,” it said. “Any attempt by the M23 to advance toward Goma will be considered a direct threat to civilians.” Armed groups have thrived in eastern Congo for more than a decade, often supporting...
(Voice of America 07/15/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said its forces beat back a fierce attack Sunday by M23 rebels near the towns of Mutaho and Rusayo in the east of the country. Information Minister Lambert Mende said the rebels suffered heavy losses with more than 100 killed and 12 captured. He says about six or seven government troops were killed. “At 1:00 PM, our forces in Mutaho and another place called Rusayo were attacked by M23 with heavy guns. They (government troops) had to respond to this aggression because they lost some soldiers,” he said. Mende says the rebels suffered heavy losses with more than 100 killed and 12 captured. He says about six or seven government troops were killed. He...
(Bloomberg 07/15/13)
Democratic Republic of Congo will modify a law that restricts foreign ownership of agriculture projects as it seeks to raise financing for a proposed $5.7 billion expansion plan, the Agriculture Ministry said. The government has already obtained 15 percent of the funds required for the program that targets 6 percent annual growth in the industry, Agriculture Minister Jean-Chrysostome Vahamwiti told reporters today in the capital, Kinshasa. The government will hold a conference in September to help attract more investment, he said. “We don’t want loans, we want private investment, people who bring their own capital to invest in this country,” Vahamwiti said. Legislation requiring that Congolese citizens or companies own more than 50 percent of agricultural projects is being revised...
(BBC News Africa 07/15/13)
An Italian senator has been pressured into apologising after he said the country's first black cabinet minister reminded him of an orangutan. Roberto Calderoli, from the anti-immigration Northern League, told a rally that the success of Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge encouraged "illegal immigrants" to come to Italy. Ms Kyenge is an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the latest in a series of rows over racism in Italy. "I love animals - bears and wolves, as everyone knows - but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of, even if I'm not saying she is one, the features of an orangutan," Mr Calderoli said in a speech to a rally in...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...

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