Friday 20 October 2017
(Voice of America 11/04/13)
M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa has called on his fighters to lay down their arms and give the peace process, which stalled recently in Kampala, a chance. Bisimwa said the Congolese army, known as the FARDC, must stop its advance in the current offensive and also return to the peace talks. He said the rebels cannot disarm without a resolution to the concerns for which it began fighting. But Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende said the M23 must end its rebellion and present its fighters to the commission created in Kampala to demobilize them and return them to civilian life. “It is not a matter of ceasefire. What we have convened in Kampala, witnessed by the facilitator, as well as the...
(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...
(Sudan Tribune 11/04/13)
Khartoum — Sudan will participate at the Summit of the Great Lakes' Countries in South Africa, scheduled during November 1-3, with a high-level delegation headed by the Vice - President of the Republic, Dr. Al-Haj Adam. The delegation accompanying the Vice - President includes the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Salah Wansi, and the Director of the Bilateral Relations Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdul-Mahmoud Abdul-Halim. SUNA learned that the summit will discuss a frame of cooperation for realizing peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes' region in general.
(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...
(AFP (eng) 10/31/13)
KINSHASA, October 31, 2013 (AFP) - Democratic Republic of Congo troops assaulted positions of the M23 rebel movement on Thursday, after seizing their last stronghold in an attempt to finally break the back of the insurgency. Troops were carrying out mopping-up operations to rout the final pockets of rebel resistance in territory near the Ugandan border, following an offensive launched six days earlier, a local resident in the town of Jomba said, reached by telephone. "The soldiers spent the night here and then went to the front" at dawn, the Jomba resident said, asking not to be named and adding that a little girl had "been wounded by a bullet", but giving no details. Sustained gunfire could be heard on...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - Congo's army said on Thursday it was hunting rebels deep into forests and mountains along the border with Rwanda and Uganda, the last insurgent hideouts after they were driven from towns they held during a 20-month rebellion. Ugandan mediators said talks had restarted on Wednesday in Kampala between the government and M23 rebels, but Kinshasa's U.N.-backed army appears on the verge of defeating the most serious uprising to plague the mineral-rich east since the end of the last major war a decade ago. "We are going to pursue M23 and push them into a corner, wherever they hide, because they are criminals," Congo army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli...
(Xinhuanet 10/31/13)
Tanzanian authorities have opened talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi for possibilities of creating a new economic and trade bloc. This has emerged following the sidelining of Tanzania and Burundi by the other three member states of the East African regional bloc, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Tanzania's minister for East Africa Cooperation Samuel Sitta Wednesday told parliament in Dodoma that Tanzania has been taking "a plan B". "Economically it is sensible to work with DRC now because the country holds immense economic potential in the region," Sitta said. Sitta said such other plans included the construction of a railway line from Uvinza in Kigoma Region to Msongati in order to connect the country with DRC. Tanzania also...
(AL Jazeera 10/31/13)
Congolese government troops have entered the eastern border town of Bunagana as M23 rebels abandoned what was the last significant town they were holding. The town was first seized by the rebels last year and its loss is the latest success in an offensive by Democratic Republic of Congo's UN-backed army, which is seeking to crush a 20-month rebellion. Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb, reporting from Bunagana, said the town was deserted when government forces swept in because civilians and rebels had fled fearing the advance. “The civilians came running back when they saw the army come in,” said Webb, who was travelling with government forces. “Now, it's a very jubilant mood. People were cheering and hugging the soldiers.” Celebrating soldiers...
(Voice of America 10/31/13)
ABUJA — A surge in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea this year has prompted West African leaders to establish a new working group intended to combine maritime law enforcement efforts. Analysts in Nigeria say security forces already have the capacity to slow the attacks, but lack the political will. In the rivers and creeks of Nigeria's Niger Delta, speedboat drivers say piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has frightened some of their customers away, but they continue to carry oil workers to the high seas. The International Maritime Bureau says West African waters are now among the most dangerous in the world - far more dangerous than the waters off Somalia, where pirates have become less active. A report...
(Voice of America 10/31/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says Kinshasa is seeking the extradition of M23 rebels who fled to neighboring countries following recent clashes with the national army (FARDC). Lambert Mende says the request is part of a government effort to end armed insurgencies. “We need to fight impunity among the few [rebels] who have criminal records,” said Mende. “Secondly, we need to give a chance to others who are not criminals to re-insert themselves socially and professionally. This is for us the only way to avoid the restart of insecurity in the region.” Mende’s comments came after the FARDC recaptured the country’s eastern town of Bunagana, one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels. The conflict,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
BUNAGANA, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - Civilians celebrated in the streets on Wednesday as Congolese troops entered the eastern border town of Bunagana after a major new success in their offensive to crush a 20-month rebellion. The town was the first seized last year by M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the last they held after being forced back recently by Congo's U.N.-backed army. A Reuters reporter in Bunagana said residents flocked onto the streets to cheer the arrival of Congolese government troops, calling them liberators. "I'm very happy, we've been under occupation for a long time. We felt very threatened by M23, we were constantly surrounded by their soldiers," said a resident who gave...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
ABUJA | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is expected to increase to six percent in 2014, from five percent this year, supported by investment in infrastructure and production capacity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014. It said the slight downward revisions were due mainly to weaker global economic conditions, while budget delays in oil producer Angola and oil theft in Africa's top crude exporter Nigeria also hurt growth. Inflation on the continent is expected to be less than six percent next year, its third year of decline due to benign prospects for food...
(Sierra Express media 10/31/13)
LAGOS, Nigeria, October 31, 2013/ – The African Innovation Foundation ( http://www.africaninnovation.org ) today announced it will extend the deadline for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 ( http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org ) applications to 30 November 2013. The IPA is an initiative that mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market-oriented solutions that increase efficiency or cost-saving in Africa. Attending an innovation roundtable in Nigeria, the IPA representative highlighted the need to invest in innovation to accelerate economic growth on the continent. “Africa has experienced one of the fastest economic growths in recent history – 6 per cent on average. Innovation has and will continue to play a vital role in this growth, and with this in mind, the IPA is...
(AL Jazeera 10/31/13)
The bodies of 87 migrants were found in Niger's northern desert after they died of thirst just a few kilometres from the border of Algeria, their planned destination, security officials said. The corpses of the seven men, 32 women and 48 children were in addition to five bodies of women and girls found earlier, a security source said. All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September, the source added. Almoustapha Alhacen, a spokesman of local aid organisation Aghir In'man, confirmed the death toll and gave a graphic account of discovering the bodies. "The corpses were decomposed; it was horrible," he said. "We found them in different locations in a 20km radius...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/13)
KINSHASA, October 30, 2013 (AFP) - Congolese troops on Wednesday captured Bunagana, the main M23 rebel base near the eastern border with Uganda, driving the M23 rebels from their last stronghold, a government spokesman told AFP. "Bunagana is completely under our control. We had been fighting since the early morning," said Lambert Mende, adding that the rebels had either fled into the mountains or crossed into neighbouring Uganda. "Bunagana is in our hands", one soldier told AFP. An officer from the UN mission in the country also confirmed that troops had taken control of the town, which lies about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Goma, the capital of the turbulent North Kivu province. Troops and tanks had surrounded the...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/13)
KINSHASA, October 30, 2013 (AFP) - Congolese troops have captured Bunagana, the main M23 rebel base near the eastern border with Uganda, driving the M23 rebels from their last stronghold, a government spokesman told AFP. "Bunagana is completely under our control. We had been fighting since the early morning," said Lambert Mende, adding that the rebels had either fled into the mountains or crossed into Uganda. "Bunagana is in our hands", one soldier told AFP. An officer from the UN mission in the country also confirmed that troops had taken control of the town, which lies about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Goma, the capital of the turbulent North Kivu province. Troops and tanks had surrounded the nearby town...

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