Saturday 16 December 2017
(The Guardian 11/07/13)
Ghana is a country of technological contradictions. In many schools, IT is taught in classrooms with no electricity yet mobile penetration exceeds 100%. Tech start-ups are using the challenges and opportunities as a spring board and achieving way beyond expectation. In East Legon, a smart suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra, two men and a woman in their 20s stand in front of a slick ad featuring a large plane in mid-flight. They are pitching a business idea for a website that would allow travellers to compare ticket prices, then book and pay for airline tickets on domestic flights. The pitch has sparked a lively debate among the pupils who sit in a darkened classroom, with the words "generosity, positivity, standards"...
(AL Jazeera 11/06/13)
Group ends 20-month campaign after army captures last hilltop strongholds, raising hopes of peace breakthrough. The defeated M23 rebel group, blamed for killing scores of civilians in eastern Congo over the last year and a half, has announced it is ending its rebellion, raising hopes for peace in a region where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence. The group announced it would disarm and pursue political talks just hours after government forces drove its fighters out of their last two hilltop bases of Tshanzu and Runyoni before dawn. A two-week UN-backed offensive had cornered the rebels in the lush hills along the border with Uganda and Rwanda. African leaders had urged the group to renounce their rebellion...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
UNITED NATIONS, November 6, 2013 (AFP) - A UN envoy said Wednesday that UN troops would help reinforce the Democratic Republic of Congo's borders to stop rebels and arms getting into other countries after the defeat of M23 mutineers. The United States and other leading UN Security Council members widely welcomed the rout of M23 at closed talks on the conflict-stricken country, diplomats at the meeting said. But Martin Kobler, the UN representative to DR Congo said the UN peacekeeping mission, officially known as MONUSCO, would strengthen border positions to stop ethnic Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) crossing into Rwanda. "We need to reinforce MONUSCO positions near the border to avoid flows of...
(UN.org 11/06/13)
Some 10,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been forced to flee to Uganda after the latest wave of fighting between Congolese Government forces and the rebel group M23, the United Nations refugee agency said today. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the attacks occurred near the DRC’s border with Uganda’s south-west Kisoro district. Bombs reportedly fell very close to the border, and amid the shelling, some areas of Uganda were also hit. Yesterday morning, UNHCR began transporting refugees from the border to the Nyakabande transit centre. As of last night, more than 3,500 people have been moved, the largest number in a single day since fighting began in April...
(UN.org 11/06/13)
The United Nations special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region today joined other senior diplomatic officials in welcoming the announcement by the M23 rebel group that it is ending its bloody insurgency against the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which for nearly two years has exacerbated humanitarian strife in the country’s restive east. Welcoming the announcement in a statement issued from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, and Martin Kobler, Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, were joined by a host of other diplomats, including Boubacar Diarra, African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, United States Special...
(Los Angeles Times 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Congo's M23 rebels, the latest in a succession of militias responsible for horrific attacks on civilians in the east of the country, effectively surrendered Tuesday when they announced that they were laying down their arms and disbanding. The announcement comes after the Democratic Republic of Congo's army heavily bombarded two hills overnight, Chanzu and Runyonyi, the last rebel strongholds. In recent days the rebels abandoned a swath of territory, including many towns and villages, after being overpowered by Congolese army attacks. M23, an ethnic Tutsi militia, has been led and armed by Rwandan forces who often crossed into Congo, according to a report by experts who advise the United Nations. It is the successor to other...
(Voice of America 11/06/13)
The M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they are laying down their arms, after military forces drove them from their last remaining strongholds. The declaration follows a call from African leaders meeting in South Africa for an end to the fighting. In a statement Tuesday, M23 President Bertrand Bisimwa requested rebel commanders prepare fighters for “disarmament, demobilization and social reintegration.” Bisimwa said the group would pursue its goals through political means. ​M23 seized parts of Congo's North Kivu province last year. But the Congolese military, backed by United Nations forces, has steadily retaken territory from M23 in recent weeks. Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said military operations effectively ended overnight with the capture of the last...
(Voice of America 11/06/13)
The top official of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says he is encouraged by the decision of M23 rebels to stop their rebellion to allow for peace talks between warring parties in restive North Kivu province. Martin Kobler, who is also the special representative of the UN Secretary General to the DRC, expressed hope that the government and the M23 will soon sign a peace deal to end the conflict and to restore peace and stability. His comments came after the M23 rebel group announced they are laying down their arms, after military forces drove them from their last remaining strongholds. This, after African heads of state and government called for an end in...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
TSHANZU, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel group on Tuesday called an end to a 20-month revolt after the army captured its last hilltop strongholds, raising hopes for peace in a region where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence. The M23 announced it would disarm and pursue political talks hours after government forces drove the rebels out of the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni before dawn. A two-week U.N.-backed offensive had cornered the insurgents in the lush hills along the border with Uganda and Rwanda. "The chief of staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration on terms to be...
(CNN 11/06/13)
(CNN) -- A rebel group that fought the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two years announced Tuesday it would disarm. In a statement on the Facebook page for M23, leader Bertrand Bisimwa said the group would immediately end its rebellion and "pursue, by purely political means, a search for solutions to the profound issues that led to its creation."The move came a day after the group and the Congolese government agreed to a ceasefire, during talks in South Africa. Previous talks took place in Uganda. "To this effect, the major general and all unit commanders of the of the Congolese Revolutionary Army are asked to prepare the troops for the disarmament process," Bisimwa's statement added. "This...
(KongoTimes 11/06/13)
Depuis l'annonce par le chef de l'Etat de la formation d'un Gouvernement de cohésion nationale, tout semble à l'arrêt dans la plupart des institutions nationales, la vie étant intimement liée à l'effectivité de l'Exécutif. Exception faite au Parlement. Cette longue attente paralysante pour les institutions risque d'avoir des effets néfastes sur les équilibres macroéconomiques et même sur le plan de libération de l'Est du pays. Or, il se fait que le Gouvernement Matata est logé à l'enseigne de l'expédition des affaires courantes confirmée officiellement par une note du Premier ministre avec des instructions y afférentes. En un mot, les ministres sortants et leurs entreprises sous tutelle sont interdits de prendre des actes de disposition de quelle que nature que ce...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
LONDON | Wed Nov 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Three years ago, a trip to the Southern Kenya production facilities of Canadian company Africa Oil attracted only seven potential investors. Two months ago, 60 boarded the flight. The investor trip, described by sales staff at Citi following a recent client conference, is just one illustration of the swelling interest in the most esoteric frontier markets. In a world of low yields and paltry growth, the attraction of frontier markets - the lesser developed emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America - is pretty clear. Juicy returns, often huge natural resources and young populations provide a stark contrast to the ageing economic profile in the West. "Everyone...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - A former Deutsche Bank unit will pay $12.1 million to harmed borrowers in order to resolve allegations that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers seeking mortgage loans, the U.S. housing regulator said on Tuesday. MortgageIT, which was an indirect subsidiary of the German bank, charged higher rates and fees to minority borrowers and denied their loan applications more often than comparable white borrowers, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. The money will be used to compensate borrowers who were unfairly denied a loan or whose loans violated fair lending laws, the agency said. "It's creditworthiness and ability to pay that matter when you apply for a loan, not your race or where you...
(The Guardian 11/05/13)
M23 says it will disarm and pursue political solution with Joseph Kabila's government after being driven out of last strongholds. Congolese rebels have surrendered after a 20-month uprising, offering the best hope of peace for years in the country's war-ravaged east. The M23 rebel group declared a ceasefire and said it was ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis. "The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo," the M23 leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, said. The announcement came hours after Democratic Republic of the Congo government forces drove the rebel...
(The New York Times 11/05/13)
KIGALI, Rwanda — A feared rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday that it was laying down its arms immediately, in a major development that held out hope of a new era of peace and stability in the violence-wracked region. Following a string of recent victories on the battlefield by the Congolese Army operating with United Nations support, the group, known as the M23, said that it was ending the 20-month rebellion that had brought renewed instability, uncertainty and conflict to the eastern part of Congo. In a statement, the group’s chairman, Bertrand Bisimwa, said that the M23 had decided “from this day to put an end to its rebellion and to pursue by purely political means...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/13)
BUNAGANA, November 5, 2013 (AFP) - Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo's powder-keg east surrendered Tuesday after a crushing UN-backed offensive ended their 18-month insurgency in a region that has seen some of Africa's deadliest conflicts. Kinshasa, emboldened by its biggest military victory in half a century, said its forces would keep up the momentum to go after Rwandan Hutu militia also active in the region. A statement by the M23 that it would "end its rebellion" and instead pursue its goals "through purely political means" came after 200 or so holdout rebels were rousted from their hilltop positions overnight. "It's a total victory for the DRC," said government spokesman Lambert Mende, adding that the routed rebels had fled...
(AL Jazeera 11/05/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month rebellion, saying it is ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis in the east of the country. The M23 declaration was issued hours after government forces drove the rebel fighters out of their last two strongholds at around 3am local time (00:00 GMT) on Tuesday. African leaders had urged the group to renounce their rebellion to allow the signing of a peace agreement with DRC President Joseph Kabila's government. "The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on terms to be agreed with...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/13)
KABINDI, November 5, 2013 (AFP) - Democratic Republic of Congo rebels said Tuesday they were laying down their arms after a crushing assault by the UN-backed army pushed them out of the country's mineral-rich troubled east. The M23 movement said in a statement that it had "decided from this day to end its rebellion" and instead to pursue its goals "through purely political means." The move ends the insurgency that for 18 months has wracked the region rich in natural resources and the scene of some of Africa's deadliest conflicts over the past two centuries. Earlier, Kinshasa claimed "total victory" over the M23 after capturing the last two hills held by the movement's die-hard fighters. "The last remnants of the...
(BBC News Africa 11/05/13)
A major Swiss gold refiner is being investigated on suspicion of money laundering linked to the processing of gold allegedly looted from DR Congo. Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed criminal proceedings against Argor-Heraeus SA, over claims it knew gold it handled in 2004 and 2005 had been taken from DR Congo during an armed conflict. The case has been brought by the Swiss non-governmental organisation TRIAL. Argor-Heraeus has strongly refuted all allegations in a statement. The Swiss gold refiner said the allegation had "arrived like a bolt out of the blue" and there had been "no request or contact whatsoever from TRIAL beforehand". It said "Argor-Heraeus has been cleared of all above mentioned allegations", referring to an investigation at the time...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/13)
PRETORIA, November 5, 2013 (AFP) - African leaders wrapped up talks in Pretoria saying a peace deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo could be signed if the M23 movement declared an end to its rebellion. "The joint summit noted that all the 11 issues under discussion in the Kampala dialogue had been agreed upon and that the parties would sign an agreement on condition that the M23 makes a public declaration renouncing rebellion," said Stergomena Tax, executive secretary of the 15-country Southern African Development Community (SADC) late Monday. The M23 movement had entered peace talks with Kinshasa held in the Ugandan capital Kampala, but they fell apart last month, leading the Congolese army to launch an offensive against the...

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