| Africatime
Tuesday 06 December 2016
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
Twenty-three people died in weekend clashes triggered by tribal rivalry in Congo's central Tshikapa region, the deputy governor of Kasai province said Monday. Fighting from Friday to Sunday between police and troops on the one hand and members of a local militia on the other left "13 dead and 14 injured among security forces and killed 10 militia" fighters, Hubert Mbingho N'Vula said on state television. "Public order has been restored," he said. The fighting was due to rivalry between the newly named traditional chief and his uncle, "who came to oust his nephew and seize power," an interior ministry official told AFP.
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
The Lord’s Resistance Army warlord Dominic Ongwen will go before war crimes judges on Tuesday in the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Ongwen who is now in his early 40s, is the first former child soldier to go on trial at the tribunal, and is due to plead Tuesday to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — the largest number of charges ever brought at The Hague-based ICC against one defendant. But his own harrowing journey raises deep questions on how to go about his prosecution. Ongweni was abducted at the age of 10 and brutalised as a child by the LRA led by Joseph Kony before rising through the militia’s ranks to become its deputy...
(Sudan Tribune 12/05/16)
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) Sunday said they are in full control of Lasu\Lonbongo in Yei River State. In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune the commander of the SPLA-IO forces John Sunday Martin said they captured arms and ammunitions, including armed vehicle and killed at least 16 government soldiers. He further said the government forces crossed into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, adding they are now under the protection of Congolese army in Aba...
(AFP (eng) 12/03/16)
Two DR Congo police officers accused of rape were decapitated as violence flared between authorities and supporters of a traditional tribal chief killed in August, a governor's aide said Friday. Violent clashes between supporters of the slain chief and government forces that they blame for his death broke out in Kasai province in central DR Congo on Tuesday. "On Tuesday locals decapitated two police officers accused of rape. About fifteen police and soldiers sent as backup were targeted by supporters of Kamwina Nsapu who attacked them with machetes during the night," an aide to the Kasai governor told AFP.
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
At least 34 civilians were killed Sunday in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions. "The provisional toll is 34 civilians killed," said local official Joy Bokele, referring to an attack by a Nande ethnic militia on a displaced persons camp in the Hutu village of Luhanga. "They started by attacking the FARDC (DR Congo military) position. While they were attacking the FARDC, another group was...
(AfricaNews 11/28/16)
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned Sunday’s attack on an internally displaced people’s camp by militiamen. The attack attack on over 1000 Hutu displaced families was carried out by the Mayi-Mayi Mazembe group. It led to the death of over 30 people. ‘‘MONUSCO strongly condemns this attack against civilians and extends its sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased. MONUSCO remains determined to protect civilians to the best of its...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols...
(AFP (eng) 11/25/16)
Violent clashes between Pygmy and Bantu people have erupted once again in southeastern DR Congo, a provincial governor said Wednesday, appealing for calm. But Richard Ngoyi Kitangala, the governor of Tanganyika, denied reports that there had been "killings" in Muswaki, about 70 kilometres east of the provincial capital Kalemie. Pygmies from the local Twa group have long complained of being marginalised, exploited and despised by Bantu people living in farming communities in the area, saying they are treated like second-class citizens. "There are sporadic clashes between the Pygmies and Bantus in the region," the governor told AFP, speaking from Kalemie by telephone.
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
"Don't go!" That was the heartfelt appeal to African nations as the International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting Wednesday under the cloud of a wave of unprecedented defections. Gambia on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the court, following in the wake of South Africa and Burundi. "Don't go," pleaded Senegalese politician Sidiki Kaba, the president of the ICC's Assembly of State Parties meeting in The Hague. "In a world criss-crossed by violent extremism.....
(AFP (eng) 11/14/16)
Lawyers for former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda called on Monday for his war crimes trial to be halted until next year after he was accused of witness tampering. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court last week alleged Ntaganda had been "coaching potential defence witnesses" as well as interfering with prosecution witnesses after her office reviewed some 450 telephone conversations by the former rebel leader. "The defence requests an immediate suspension of the proceedings until the information... has been...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/16)
Five people were killed Sunday in an attack targeting the convoy of a regional minister in DR Congo's restive South Kivu province, officials said. "Five people were killed in the attack against the convoy of provincial interior minister Etshiba Mboko," said Agnes Sadiki, the eastern region's transport minister and government spokeswoman. Mboko -- who was returning from his brother's funeral -- was unharmed but was "badly shaken" in the attack in the village of Pemba, as were four others travelling...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/16)
The military chief of the former Congolese M23 rebel group is in Uganda's capital Kampala and his fighters in the western part of the country, Uganda's military said on Sunday, contradicting reports he had gone missing. Democratic Republic of Congo stepped up army patrols in its volatile east on Saturday after reports from a Congolese governor that Sultani Makenga had vanished from a camp for demobilized fighters in neighboring Uganda. Gunfire erupted outside an important border town. Another armed uprising...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/16)
The United Nations Security Council pushed for a peaceful transition of power in Congo during a weekend visit aimed at averting massive violence when President Joseph Kabila's mandate runs out on Dec. 19. The visit by diplomats from countries on the council on Saturday and Sunday aimed to break the deadlock over whether Kabila should step down before an election which, thanks to slow voter registration, has been delayed until at least April 2018. He has vowed to stay on...

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