| Africatime
Sunday 05 July 2015
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday postponed the trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of leading a militia in a campaign marked by rape and murder, after his lawyers said they needed more time to build his defense case. A further delay to the trial of Ntaganda, which had been due to start on Tuesday, could fuel criticism that international courts are too slow-moving, taking many years to hand down verdicts that would take months in national jurisdictions. The trial of Ntaganda, who has been in custody since 2013, was rescheduled for September 2. In submissions made last week, published today in heavily redacted form, defense lawyers said Ntaganda would not receive a fair...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
The war crimes trial of Congolese former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", was postponed Friday until September to give his lawyers a chance to prepare their case, the International Criminal Court said. "Today the Trial Chamber... postponed the opening statements in the Ntaganda case to 2 to 4 September," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Ntaganda's lawyers filed a request Monday for a postponement, saying the "necessary conditions were not in place to ensure a fair trial." The lawyers added they were not in a position to make an opening statement or question the prosecution's first witness, who will now take the stand on September 15.
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
Violence and arrests during an operation last year to expel tens of thousands of Democratic Republic of Congo nationals from neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville could amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. "Police frequently used excessive force, carried out arbitrary arrests, extorted money and belongings, destroyed property and, in some cases, even raped women and girls," the London-based rights group said in a statement. Under the guise of hunting for illegal immigrants accused of crimes, Republic of Congo authorities expelled or pushed to leave nearly 250,000 DR Congo nationals amid an increasingly xenophobic climate in Brazzaville. One victim of the violence recounted to
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/15)
Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Health minister Felix Kabange said that response teams arrived in Masambio, a village in Bandundu province, on Thursday to collect samples for testing. Kabange said that six hunters fell ill on Friday with symptoms of Ebola including diarrhea, vomiting and bloody urine...
(Voice of America 07/03/15)
GOMA, DRC— Amnesty International says abuses committed in the Republic of Congo during last year's deportation of tens of thousands to the Democratic Republic of Congo could amount to crimes against humanity. In a report published Thursday, Amnesty describes a range of human rights violations allegedly committed by Congo Brazzaville’s security forces between April and September of last year during mass expulsions of DRC nationals.
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
Zongo - Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu recently asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34 000 African babies. "The task of a midwife brings me great joy because God gives life but he doesn't give birth," she told AFP at a maternity clinic in Zongo in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. So when she met the pontiff, "I asked him to bless my...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/03/15)
Kibaha — A biolarvicide plant, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched here amid hopes that the country was on the right track towards winning the war against the deadly malaria. President Jakaya Kikwete and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inaugurated the plant that will produce environmental friendly biolarvicides to destroy mosquito larvae in the breading area, without any negative effect on humans and animals. President Kikwete reiterated the country's zero- tolerance against malaria, saying he will leave office in October a happiest man, having been assured that Tanzanians are safe as far as malaria was concerned.
(Voice of America 07/02/15)
GOMA, DRC— The U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, has called on the government to deploy its police force more widely. Currently, only a small number of police officers patrol many of the areas with high crime rates, and a five-year program to reform the police has been found lagging. During a recent conversation with reporters in Goma, MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler touted the successes in joint army and U.N. operations against rebels. But he stressed the...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has launched a training program for former child combatants and victims of sexual violence. Nearly 80 people crammed into a small village hall Friday in Nyiragongo territory in eastern Congo to witness the signing of an agreement to help young victims, and perpetrators, of recent violence rebuild their lives. The two most important signatures on the document were those of the DRC president’s personal representative in charge of the fight against sexual violence and the recruitment of children, Jeanine Mabunda, and that of the administrator of Congo’s National Institute for Professional Training, Maurice Tshikuyi.
(APA 06/29/15)
A group of children from Congo Brazzaville or Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were found abandoned at Ramokgwebana border post in northern Botswana, Yarona FM radio station reported here on Monday.Yarona FM reported that the children who are suspected to be from the two Swahili and French speaking countries and found deserted are as young as three-year-olds with the oldest one being 15 years. The 10 children comprised of boys and girls suspected to be victims of child trafficking were...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(APA 06/26/15)
A Tanzanian court has ordered that the leader of Congo-based rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Jamil Mukulu should be extradited to Uganda to face charges of murder, reports said on Friday.Tanzania’s Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ court presided over by Resident Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha delivered their ruling yesterday saying court was satisfied that the charges against the respondent are not related to political issues. The magistrate also said that, there is sufficient evidence to establish prima-facie of the murder charges against...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
Kinshasa - The United Nations said on Wednesday that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri (FRPI) had been "neutralised" after a three-week military operation. The Congolese army, backed by UN peacekeeping troops, launched an offensive against the FRPI in early June, leaving 35 people dead, 52 wounded, and 36 captured alive, according to Martin Kobler, head of the UN's Monusco mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kobler said the UN had provided military aid, including attack helicopters and drones, as well as logistical support.
(News24 06/24/15)
Johannesburg - A United Nations report has revealed that South African soldiers are the worst sexual offenders on UN peacekeeping missions. This comes as the UN faced controversy over allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic. The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services report, which was released last week, focused on sexual offences committed by peacekeepers on peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and South Sudan, Liberia and Haiti. The Times reported that South Africa has about 2 000 troops stationed in the DRC, Sudan and South Sudan.
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
GOMA, DRC— In the Democratic Republic of Congo many teachers are paid months late if they are paid at all. In remote areas, teacher salaries are distributed by the Catholic Church run organization Caritas, which some politicians and teachers suggest is not up to the task. But Caritas defends its record and says the real problems lie elsewhere. In the last session of the DRC parliament, which ended on June 15, opposition lawmaker Fabien Mutomb called for an urgent parliamentary...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/15)
Outspoken reggae artist Tiken Jah Fakoly, who comes from Ivory Coast, was turned away at Kinshasa airport from entering Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was due to perform, officials said Saturday. The authorities on Friday evening forbade the singer and several of his musicians from entering Kinshasa after they flew in from Brussels, because they did not appear to have valid visas, an airport official said. The interior ministry's media office confirmed Tiken Jah Fakoly had been turned away,...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/15)
Two Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers and a wildlife conservation guard have been shot dead in Garamba National Park while attempting to protect elephants from poachers, the park's management said Friday. The three men died Thursday "when they were ambushed by a group of heavily-armed poachers, believed to be South Sudanese," the African Parks NGO said in a statement. The victims, members of a reinforcement team which surveyed the Garamba park in the country's north east. They arrived to support...
(BBC News Africa 06/19/15)
Most illegally-poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows. Scientists were able to locate the hotspots by matching the DNA fingerprint of seized ivory to DNA profiles from the dung of elephants living throughout the continent. Around 50,000 elephants are thought to be poached each year. The worst area for poaching was identified as Tanzania and nearby parts of Mozambique. The Tridom, which spans parts of Gabon, the Republic of Congo and...