Monday 11 December 2017
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/29/13)
Surprise of the week: the club of African presidents (aka the African Union) has held a special meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office. They are taking this step, they say, because the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfairly targeting Africans: all eight cases currently under investigation are about crimes committed in African countries. “We would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and race-hunting at the ICC?” said President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (who by a strange coincidence is currently under indictment by the ICC)...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/13)
KINSHASA, October 28, 2013 (AFP) - Government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo said they had gained more ground against M23 rebels Monday ahead of emergency talks at the UN Security Council on the crisis. The United States called for a halt to the fighting that has flared up in the country's restive east, warning the situation was a "tinderbox" that threatened to escalate into a full-scale regional war. Troops seized back control of a major military base at Rumanagabo, which lies about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Goma, the strategic capital of embattled North Kivu province, Lieutenant-Colonel Olivier Hamuli told AFP. "We fought, but not for very long -- the enemy is demoralised by the strength of...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/13)
GOMA, October 28, 2013 (AFP) - The area of North and South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, coveted for its rich mining resources, is the main centre of conflict in the country and of tensions in Africa's wider Great Lakes region. 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 sought by telecommunications and agricultural sectors. Since the 18th century Kivu has progressively seen large influxes of Tutsis and Hutus from Rwanda, and in the early 1980s, the regime of...
(AL Jazeera 10/28/13)
The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting on a new surge in fighting in eastern DR Congo amid reports of the killing of a peacekeeper and the discovery of two mass graves. MONUSCO, the UN mission in eastern Congo, said a Tanzanian officer had been killed in Kiwanja, where peacekeepers joined the Congolese army to drive out M23 rebels on the third day of clashes since a fresh flare-up in violence on Friday. The circumstances of the soldier's death were unclear, said MONUSCO, as a provincial governor alleged that mass graves had been discovered in the town. Julien Paluku, the governor of North Kivu province, whose capital Goma has been a flashpoint in the conflict between...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
PARIS | Mon Oct 28, 2013(Reuters) - The United States said on Monday renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between the army and M23 rebels risked dragging neighboring countries into the conflict and it urged all sides to return to the negotiating table. Following two months of relative calm in the region, fighting flared last Friday after peace talks in neighboring Uganda broke down when M23 rebels demanded an amnesty for their leaders. President Joseph Kabila has ruled out a blanket pardon. Three days of army victories have raised the prospect that it could defeat Congo's most important rebel group, ending a 20-month uprising which has displaced tens of thousands of people, but Washington's special envoy for the...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/13)
KINSHASA, October 28, 2013 (AFP) - The defence ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a military inquiry after the discovery of three mass graves at Kibumba in the embattled east, officials said Monday. A new commission of inquiry has been tasked with "clearly identifying the mass graves... and determining their scale as well as those responsible for these serious human rights violations in this place and on all territory controlled by negative forces", Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo said in a written order. Last Friday, government troops fought fierce battles with the M23 rebel movement before taking control of most of the Kibumba region, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Goma, the strategic capital of...
(Voice of America 10/28/13)
The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Monday, after fighting between rebels and soldiers continued there for a third day. DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told VOA that troops have regained control in the town of Kiwanja and the M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in North Kivu province near the border with Rwanda. The fighting began Friday less than a week after peace talks between the government and the M23 broke down after failing to reach an agreement on amnesty for the rebels. Each side accuses the other of launching the first attacks. Mende told VOA that any talk of peace cannot happen while "bandits" are killing Congolese people, soldiers...
(Voice of America 10/28/13)
Fighting between rebels and government forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continued for a third day Sunday with the government saying its troops recaptured two more towns from M23 rebels. Information Minister Lambert Mende says the Congolese army, known as the FARDC, is being assisted by the UN Intervention force. He expressed his government’s regrets over the death of a Tanzanian UN soldier. Mende said the Congolese army Sunday took control of Kiwanja and the M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in North Kivu province near the border with Rwanda. “According to last report, our forces managed to push back the M23 rebels. They managed to recapture totally Kiwanja town, and this afternoon they managed also to recapture Rutshuru...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
KINSHASA |(Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and another injured during a third day of fighting between government forces and rebels in eastern Congo on Sunday, as the army pressed toward the rebel stronghold of Rutshuru. The U.N. mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said the Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed during fighting with M23 rebels in the town of Kiwanja, north of the regional capital Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. "The soldier died while protecting the people of Kiwanja," Martin Kobler, the head of MONUSCO, said in a statement. The previous round of clashes between the army and rebels in late August killed at least two Tanzanian peacekeepers. Following two months of relative calm in the region, fighting flared...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
KINSHASA | (Reuters) - Government forces said they captured the rebel stronghold of Rutshuru on Sunday in a third day of fierce fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in which one U.N. peacekeeper was killed and another injured. Following two months of relative calm in the region, fighting flared on Friday after peace talks in neighboring Uganda broke down when M23 rebels demanded a full amnesty for their leaders. President Joseph Kabila last week ruled out a blanket pardon. Three days of victories by government forces have raised the prospect that the army could defeat Congo's most important rebel group, ending a 20-month uprising which has displaced tens of thousands of people. Army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli told U.N...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Congolese army said it had recaptured two more towns and was heading for the rebel stronghold of Rutshuru in a third day of fighting on Sunday, raising the prospect of a military victory by government forces. A Congolese army officer on the front line said it had taken the towns of Kiwanja and Kalingera from the M23 rebels on Sunday, a day after wresting the strategic town of Kibumba near the Rwandan border from the insurgents. Fighting was continuing at Kiguri, 25 km (15 miles) north of Goma, the biggest city in eastern Congo, he said. The army had also opened a second front to the north of M23 positions and was moving southward to Rutshuru,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
KAMPALA | Mon Oct 28, 2013 (Reuters) - About 10,000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militias in Congo's lawless northeast, Red Cross and military officials said on Monday. The Ugandan military says M18 is not linked to the M23 insurgency battling the U.N.-backed Democratic Republic of Congo's armed forces in nearby North Kivu province and that the leadership of the new rebels remains unknown. Rich in lucrative minerals and agricultural commodities but long poorly governed, eastern Congo has spawned various rebel and militia groups over the past few decades, some formed mainly to seize the region's abundant natural resources. Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde said refugees...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - The Congolese army said it made significant advances against eastern rebel forces in a second day of fierce fighting on Saturday and called on neighboring Rwanda to help disarm the insurgents. The army clashed with M23 rebels on Friday for the first time in two months after peace talks in Uganda broke down this week. Rwanda accused the army of firing a shell into its territory, sparking fears its military might intervene. M23 said in a statement on Saturday that the army had launched a "generalized attack" on several fronts but that the fighting was turning in its favor. Army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said, however, that M23 had been forced out...
(The Independent 10/27/13)
East London - The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “Through the AU (African Union), the peoples of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which seeks to foster an agenda of regime change,” Zuma said at the University of Fort Hare's East London campus. In a speech prepared for delivery at the university's Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50th anniversary lecture, the president said the replacement of democratically elected governments on the continent must be rejected. “We must do everything we can to prevent Africa from being cheaply auctioned as a result of the ineptitude and...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(AL Jazeera 10/25/13)
Fighting has resumed between the army and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after peace talks were suspended. Clashes took place about 25km to the north of the strategic eastern city of Goma on Friday, rebel spokesman Vianney Kazarama told the AFP news agency. Both sides accused each other of starting the fresh outbreak of fighting. "The army attacked our positions at 4am," Kazarama said. But Olivier Hamuli, spokesman for the army in the flashpoint province of North Kivu, said: "They attacked us." A source from the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, said the rebels carried out the first attack. "Fighting is ongoing. These are not skirmishes," said the source, who did not wish to...
(Voice of America 10/25/13)
Renewed fighting has broken out between government and rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after peace talks were suspended. Both sides say the fighting began early Friday in Kanyamohoro, near the eastern city of Goma. The Congolese army and rebel group M23 accuse each other of launching the first attacks. Troops with the U.N. mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, are reported to be standing by, ready to intervene if necessary. High-level peace talks in Uganda between the government and M23 broke down on Monday, after the sides failed to reach an agreement on amnesty for the rebels and their reintegration into the armed forces. M23 consists of rebel fighters who joined the Congolese army in...
(Redpepper 10/25/13)
According to a report that was published yesterday, almost 1,000 cases of child recruitment by armed groups were verified by MONUSCO between 1 January 2012 and 31 August 2013, predominantly in the eastern province of North Kivu. “Despite awareness raising campaigns and attempts to pacify armed groups, recruitment of children remains endemic in the country, with high numbers of children recruited in the past two years as a result of renewed hostilities in the east of the country,” states the report. The armed groups Nyatura, Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and the 23 March Movement (M23) were identified as having recruited 190, 137 and 124 children, respectively, into their groups during the reporting period. Children who were victim...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - Congo's M23 rebels clashed with government troops on Friday near the eastern city of Goma, a rebel leaders said, in the first heavy fighting in nearly two months. General Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, told Reuters its forces were attacked at 4 a.m. local time (2200 ET) at Kanyamohoro, around 15 km (10 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "They attacked us," Makenga told Reuters by telephone. "We are going to defend our positions." An army spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A Reuters reporter in Goma said the fighting was intense and on-going. The resumption of hostilities comes days...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo's government will repatriate the body of ex-ruler Mobutu Sese Seko in agreement with his family, President Joseph Kabila has said. Mr Mobutu is buried in Morocco, where he died in 1997 after being overthrown in a rebellion by Mr Kabila's father. He was a hated figure among many Congolese, but the country has been hit by instability since he was ousted. Mr Kabila's gesture is seen as an attempt to promote reconciliation. Mr Kabila won disputed elections in 2007 and is battling a rebellion in the east of the country. The president's made the announcement in a rare parliamentary address in which he pledged to create a new unity government. "This government will include members...

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