Monday 11 December 2017
(BBC News Africa 11/13/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has refused to sign a deal with the rebels it defeated last week, the country's information minister has said. Lambert Mende said the title of the Ugandan-mediated document was the problem, not its contents. It should be called a declaration not an accord as that gave too much credibility to the rebels, he said. Last week, the M23 rebel group ended its 18-month insurgency in eastern DR Congo and surrendered. The two sides had been due to sign the document in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. But Mr Mende told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that DR Congo's delegation had now left the talks in Kampala. He said the Ugandan mediators had refused to...
(Voice of America 11/13/13)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two cases this week involving American piracy victims in Africa have highlighted the maritime dangers in the region. However, maritime experts say there are significant differences in the causes and response to piracy off the coast of Somalia and incidents in the troubled Gulf of Guinea, near Nigeria. A judge in Norfolk, Virginia has ordered Somali national Ahmed Muse Salad to serve 19 consecutive life sentences for his role in the 2011 murders of four Americans. Salad was among a group of Somali pirates who boarded a yacht carrying its American owners and two crew members off Africa's east coast. The four Americans were shot and killed after negotiations with the U.S. navy broke down. In another...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/13)
CAPE TOWN Wed Nov 13, 2013 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics expects to supply half of the smartphones sold in Africa this year and aims to double these sales on the continent in 2014, an executive said. Africa has a growing young population that is increasingly tech savvy and urbanized. This is attracting foreign sellers of consumer products like smartphones, especially as markets stagnate or shrink in more developed nations. Although smartphones are gaining popularity across the continent, they are still a novelty. At the end of 2012, sub-Saharan smartphone penetration was 4 percent, compared with a global average of 17 percent, according to industry body GSMA. "Samsung this year will ship 50 percent of all the smartphones in Africa," Thabiet...
(AL Jazeera 11/12/13)
The Congolese government delegation has left Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels after the two sides failed to agree on the wording of a document intended to officially end the insurgency. The peace talks, attended by UN officials, took place in the Ugandan city of Entebbe. No date has been set for when the talks will resume. Lambert Mende, a spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, blamed Uganda for the breakdown. "Uganda seems now to be acting as part of the conflict. It has interests in M23," he said. The failure to sign a document to end the conflict shows the deep mistrust in the region, a barrier standing in the way of long-term peace despite the defeat...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/12/13)
KINSHASA/KAMPALA Tue Nov 12, 2013 (Reuters) - The Congolese government delegation has quit Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels, saying Kampala's support for insurgents was to blame for the failure to sign a document due to officially end Congo's latest rebellion. Okello Oryem, Uganda's junior foreign affairs minister, did not immediately comment on the accusations, but said he expected it would take a few more days before any deal could be signed to end the most serious Congolese uprising in a decade. Congo's accusations against Uganda shows the deep mistrust in the region, a barrier standing in the way of long-term peace despite the defeat of the M23's 20-month insurgency by Congo's United Nations-backed army. Congolese and rebel negotiators failed to...
(Voice of America 11/12/13)
The leader of the M23 rebel movement told VOA the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo requires a political, not military solution. Bertrand Bisimwa says, if the DRC government wants a solution, it must sign a political agreement with the M23. His comments came after Kinshasa Monday delayed signing a peace agreement in the Ugandan town of Entebbe. The government said it wanted to sign a “declaration,” not a peace agreement. But, Bisimwa said, if the government insists on getting a military victory over M23, then the government does not need to sign any agreement with the rebels. “As you know, we agreed with the government on November 4 that the document…is an agreement, and the government would like...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/12/13)
KINSHASA --(Reuters) - The defeat of Democratic Republic of Congo's most important rebel group has strengthened President Joseph Kabila's grip on political power, but bringing peace to his vast central African nation remains a remote prospect. "Thank you, Kabila," sang thousands of women dressed in white who marched through the center of the sprawling riverside capital Kinshasa last week, celebrating the army offensive that routed the M23 rebels in Congo's distant east. A peace deal to be signed on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, aims to draw a line under the 20-month rebellion, the most serious conflict in Congo since a major war ended in 2003. It caps a dramatic turnaround for the 42-year-old president, whose reputation was in tatters just...
(AFP (eng) 11/12/13)
KAMPALA, November 12, 2013 (AFP) - Peace efforts between Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels will continue, Uganda's government said Tuesday, a day after the two sides failed to sign a much hoped for agreement. "Both parties are still here in Uganda... the talks have not been officially called off," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told reporters. The last-minute failure to sign a deal on Monday was a blow to international efforts to stabilise the African nation's conflict-prone east. Negotiations fell through after Kinshasa demanded changes to the agreement, but despite the failure to sign, DR Congo Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda has insisted the government is committed to peace. Uganda, which is hosting and mediating the long running...
(Voice of America 11/12/13)
The leader of the M23 rebel movement told VOA the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo requires a political, not military solution. Bertrand Bisimwa says, if the DRC government wants a solution, it must sign a political agreement with the M23. His comments came after Kinshasa Monday delayed signing a peace agreement in the Ugandan town of Entebbe. The government said it wanted to sign a “declaration,” not a peace agreement. But, Bisimwa said, if the government insists on getting a military victory over M23, then the government does not need to sign any agreement with the rebels. “As you know, we agreed with the government on November 4 that the document…is an agreement, and the government would like...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/12/13)
ENTEBBE, Uganda--- (Reuters) - A ceremony to wrap up a peace deal between Congo and defeated M23 rebels was delayed on Monday evening after the two sides disagreed on the wording of the pact, a Ugandan minister said. The agreement aimed at ending the Democratic Republic of Congo's most serious conflict in a decade was due to be signed in Entebbe at 6 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). "The stumbling point is the parties cannot agree on whether they are signing a peace agreement or a declaration. They agree on the content, but not the title. The Congolese government says it came here to sign a declaration," Uganda's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem told Reuters.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/12/13)
(Reuters) - Congo and defeated M23 rebels are to sign a peace deal on Monday aimed at ending the country's most serious conflict in a decade, though other militias still roam and stability remains a distant prospect. The rebels gave up their 20-month revolt last week after the Democratic Republic of Congo's army, backed by a United Nations force, routed them from their last remaining hilltop hideouts along the border with Rwanda and Uganda. The peace deal is due to be signed in Entebbe outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala, at around 6 p.m. (1500 GMT). M23's rebellion had at times risked sucking Congo's neighbors into a wider conflict. United Nations experts documented evidence that Rwanda and Uganda had supported the...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/12/13)
ENTEBBE, (Reuters) - A ceremony to formally end Congo's bloodiest conflict in a decade was delayed on Monday by an 11th-hour spat between the government and M23 rebels over whether the document should be entitled a peace agreement or a vaguer declaration. M23 gave up their 20-month insurgency last week after the Democratic Republic of Congo's army, backed by a U.N. force, routed them from their last hilltop hideouts along the eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda. Other rebels still roam the vast country and stability remains a distant prospect in a region with rich underground deposits of gold, diamonds and other precious minerals. The deal between the Kinshasa government and M23 was due to be signed in the Ugandan...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 11/12/13)
Après la signature intervenue le 29 octobre dernier entre la Rdc et l’Afrique du Sud en présence de leur Chefs d’Etat, le ministre congolais de l’Energie et des Hydrocarbures explique ici tous les contours de ce noble traité, qui vient tirer la Rdc du déficit en énergie électrique, avec une capacité de production estimée à 4.800MW pour seul Inga III. Déjà, l’Afrique duSud achète 2500MW. Et le reste permettra à la République de faire tourner les industries minières du Katanga avec 1.300MW et desservir la population avec 1000 MW, qui vont rester. Appréciez le dans ce jeu des questions et réponses. Question : Pourquoi Inga 3 en ce moment ? Pour satisfaire les besoins en énergie électrique des ménages, de...
(Bloomberg 11/12/13)
Vodacom Group Ltd. (VOD), the wireless operator with the most subscribers in South Africa, plans to increase investment on the continent as it speeds up the pace of network upgrades. “In South Africa we’ve been investing 7 billion rand ($677 million) a year and we want to notch that up a couple of levels,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said on a conference call today. The company will increase capital spending as a percentage of revenue to as much 17 percent from 13 percent in 2013, he said. Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), the world’s second-biggest wireless provider, is putting aside about $10 billion from the sale of its Verizon Wireless stake in the U.S. to upgrade networks for units including...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 11/12/13)
Le Café Mozart a servi de cadre à un atelier de vulgarisation et d’appropriation de la loi n°13/013 du 1er juin 2013 portant statut du personnel de carrière de la Police Nationale. Initiée par la Direction des Ressources Humaines (DRH) de la PNC, ces assises qui se sont déroulées du 29 au 31 octobre 2013, ont bénéficié notamment de l’appui du Bureau de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM). Elles ont entre autres connu la participation très active du Commissaire Divisionnaire Adjoint, Mme Odette Kamon Mukaz. A la fin des travaux, les participants (es) ont adopté plusieurs recommandations adressées au Gouvernement, à la PNC elle-même et aux partenaires. Les participants ont recommandé de faire amender l’article 156, alinéa 1er, de...
(Voice of America 11/12/13)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — A comet is heading for a close encounter with the sun later this month, and providing it is not vaporized or torn apart it should be visible to the naked eye sometime in December. Comet ISON is expected to pass just about 621,000 miles from the sun's surface on Nov. 28. Scientists are not sure how ISON will hold up. As it blasts around the sun, traveling at 234 miles per second, the comet will be heated to about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to vaporize not just the ice in the comet's body, but rock and metal as well. If the heat does not kill ISON, the sun's gravity may rip it apart. However, recent...
(AFP (eng) 11/11/13)
KAMPALA, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels failed to sign a hoped-for peace deal Monday, after Kinshasa demanded the agreement be revised, a Ugandan government official said. The "DRC delegation has aborted the signing of agreement with M23," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said, adding that the meeting was "adjourned sine die (without date)". str-pjm/rmb
(AFP (eng) 11/11/13)
GOMA, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - The area of North and South Kivu, in the mineral-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been the main centre of conflict in the country and of tensions in Africa's wider Great Lakes region. The DRC authorities and defeated M23 rebels were set to sign a peace deal Monday in what the UN hopes will be a key step in efforts to end decades of war. Having borders with Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania, Kivu has found itself at the heart of the region's tragedies, marked by inter-community rivalries and deadly clashes over land. The provinces of North and South Kivu are rich in natural resources, especially gold, coltan and tin, which are...
(AFP (eng) 11/11/13)
KAMPALA, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels are set to sign a peace deal Monday in what the UN hopes will be a key step in efforts to end decades of war in the Great Lakes region. The rebels, one of many armed groups operating in the mineral-rich but impoverished east of the DR Congo, have been routed by the national army, who are backed by a 3,000-strong special United Nations intervention brigade. Allegedly supported by neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda but seemingly abandoned by their sponsors due to international pressure, the M23 announced last week that their 18-month insurgency was over. They are expected to put this in writing in Uganda on...
(Voice of America 11/11/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo is set to sign a peace deal Monday with M23 rebels, a week after the group announced it was halting its fighting to pursue its goals through political means. The signing is taking place in neighboring Uganda, which has hosted peace talks between Congo and M23. The agreement is expected to detail the process for demobilizing rebel fighters, some of which are likely to be integrated into the Congolese army. The United Nations special envoy for the region, Mary Robinson, said on Sunday that the peace deal is an important step towards peace. Eastern Congo has been ravaged by years of fighting between the government and various rebel groups, often competing for control of the...

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