| Africatime
Thursday 26 May 2016
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
Burundi has seized smuggled items including medicine and clothes on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past two days, a senior official said Wednesday. "We seized more than 200 boxes of drugs while they were being shipped from Burundi to the DRC. Several boxes of batteries and 256 pieces of clothes were also seized while being transported from the DRC to Burundi," said Emmanuel Ndayiziga, an official of the Burundi Revenue Authority. The seized medicine, hidden under construction materials, will be given to the Burundian Health Ministry, he said.
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the continent. African Liberation Day celebrates African nations' hard-fought freedom from European colonial powers and to symbolize the determination of African people to free themselves from foreign domination, influence and exploitation. The day was marked under the theme "women and youth...
(AFP (eng) 05/25/16)
An expensive privatisation project aimed at shaking up Liberia's creaking education system has sparked fury in a nation ravaged by civil war and the Ebola outbreak, but others say it could help turn around failing schools. For the new school year, the Liberian government plans to roll out a public-private partnership involving 120 primary schools, costing an initial $65 million -- the equivalent of more than three quarters of the entire education budget. In 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf branded...
(Xinhuanet 05/25/16)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) army, supported by UN peacekeepers, have retaken some areas previously held by the Ugandan rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in the eastern region, an army official said on Monday. Gen. Leon Mushale, head of the DR Congo army's third military zone in the east of the country, made the remarks nine days after the army and the UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo (MONUSCO) launched a joint operation aimed at ending ADF...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/16)
Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbours, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Ugandan police officers were in a patrol boat investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire. Uganda has blamed DR Congo troops for the killing. "The four police officers were on official duty on Lake Albert within the territorial sphere of Uganda," foreign affairs minister Henry Okello Oryem said. "They were killed in line of duty and their bodies were taken by the DRC authorities."
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/16)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Monday four policemen patrolling on its side of Lake Albert had been killed by Congolese troops and demanded Kinshasa punish those responsible. The lake is shared in roughly equal parts by the two countries and has in recent years been the scene of sometimes deadly clashes, mostly over alleged illegal fishing in each other's waters. The discovery of commercial oil deposits on the Ugandan side has heightened the tensions, with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sometimes accusing Uganda of conducting illegal exploration in its waters.
(New Vision 05/24/16)
The Government of Uganda has protested the murder on Saturday of four policemen by killed by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces, Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo (FARDC). Sergeant Faruk Waiswa, Corporal Biral Obara and Constables Moses Ochen and Bernard Insingoma while patrolling Lake Albert waters in Kibale district were shot and killed at Kitebere Island. The assailants also carried away the bodies and grabbed property of the deceased including their boat. Describing the crime as...
(AFP (eng) 05/23/16)
Gunmen killed four Ugandan policemen on a lake bordering Democratic Republic of Congo, an officer said Monday, blaming Congolese troops for the shooting. The Ugandan police officers were in a patrol boat investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire. "Four of our officers were shot and killed by the DRC army on Saturday night while responding to a call of illegal fishing," regional police chief Denis Namuwoza said. "The DRC troops confiscated our...
(AFP (eng) 05/21/16)
At least 37 Zambians died when their passenger bus burst into flames after a crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said Saturday. "Thirty-seven people died and 22 others were seriously injured in a Zambian public transport bus accident" on Friday near the Congolese town of Mokambo in southeastern DR Congo, Jean Olondo, a local civil society leader, told AFP. Olonde, who helped in the rescue effort, said all the casualties were people from neighbouring Zambia. After a...
(AFP (eng) 05/20/16)
Powerful DR Congo opposition figure Moise Katumbi, who has said he will run for the presidency, was given the go-ahead Friday to seek medical care abroad pending his trial for threatening state security. Congolese Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told AFP that Katumbi "asked for conditional release covered by a medical certificate saying he needed appropriate care abroad. The prosecutor agreed to the request and authorised his departure.
(AFP (eng) 05/18/16)
War crimes prosecutors on Wednesday called for former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to be jailed for "at least 25 years" for a slew of rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. Bemba, who was found guilty in March on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, is the highest-level person to face sentence at the International Criminal Court that was set up in 2002 to try the world's worst atrocities. The former feared rebel leader sat stony-faced at the end of three days of hearings, as the ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda rejected defence calls for a lesser jail term of between 12 to 14 years.
(AFP (eng) 05/18/16)
A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Jane Holl Lute, who also served on the White House's national security council, is pushing what she describes as a "get-tough agenda" to end a wave of allegations of child rape and sexual exploitation that has hit UN peacekeeping, in particular the UN mission in the Central African Republic. "It...
(AFP (eng) 05/17/16)
A war crimes victim told Tuesday how she still has "suicidal thoughts" after being abducted as a teenager and repeatedly raped during a four-year ordeal by troops commanded by Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba. The International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Bemba in March of a slew of war crimes in the Central African Republic in its first-ever case focusing on sexual violence as a weapon of war. War crimes judges based in The Hague are holding three days of hearings...
(AFP (eng) 05/17/16)
A leading Congolese surgeon who treats women sexually abused during conflict warned Tuesday of "unbearable atrocities" being committed in the country's east including the mutilation of babies and the disemboweling of pregnant women. Denis Mukwege, who is the subject of an acclaimed 2015 film about his efforts to help women raped by the military and militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said that more than 600 people had been killed since October 2014. "The images of these mass atrocities...
(Voice of America 05/17/16)
Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of more than 200 million girls and women already living with the harmful consequences of this brutal, inhumane practice. For the first time, WHO is issuing guidelines to help health workers provide better physical and psychological care for these girls and women. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
The Congolese government on Saturday denounced as an "outright lie" claims in a UN confidential report its soldiers and police have been equipped with pistols from North Korea in violation of international sanctions. "It's an outright lie. There hasn't been any cooperation with North Korea since the death (in 2001) of (Laurent) Kabila," referring to the father and predecessor of the Democratic Republic of Congo's current President Joseph Kabila, government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP. A UN panel of experts...
(Voice of America 05/14/16)
A group of 30 North Korean military instructors may have violated United Nations sanctions when they provided pistols to Congolese army and police officers during training exercises, the United Nations said in a new report. A panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said pistols were issued to members of the Congolese army and national police, and some eventually ended up in the hands of Congolese peacekeepers working with the U.N. mission. According to Congolese soldiers and police, the pistols were issued during a training program in 2014 for the Congolese presidential guard.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/16)
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of providing training, financing and logistical support through early 2016 for Burundian rebels seeking to oust Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. A panel of six independent experts, appointed by the United Nations to monitor Security Council sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, had confidentially reported in February that 18 Burundian combatants in eastern Congo said they had been recruited in a refugee camp in Rwanda in mid-2015 and trained by instructors, who included Rwandan military personnel. Rwanda has repeatedly denied the claims. In the experts latest report, seen by Reuters on Thursday and due to be discussed
(AFP (eng) 05/12/16)
Rwanda and the Netherlands, two countries embroiled in the UN's worst peacekeeping failures, on Wednesday launched a push at the United Nations for blue helmets to more readily use force to defend civilians in conflicts. The initiative seeks to persuade countries that contribute troops to UN peacekeeping to agree to more robust action and more readily intervene instead of staying behind the high walls of their UN compounds. "The blue flag needs to stand for protection and it doesn't always,"...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
U.S. lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa expressed concern Tuesday that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a panel of the senators at a hearing convened by the Foreign Relations Committee that countries in the region have critical vulnerabilities and capacities’ gap that must be addressed. Thomas-Greenfield said that terror groups...

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