| Africatime
Tuesday 01 September 2015
(AFP (eng) 09/01/15)
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda will seek to prove his innocence at his impending war crimes trial before the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The former leader of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who turned himself in in 2013, will face 18 charges including the rape of child soldiers by his rebel army, when his highly-anticipated trial opens in The Hague-based court on Wednesday. "Mr Ntaganda maintains his innocence in respect of every charge laid against him. He intends to present a thorough defence," his lawyer Stephane Bourgon told a press conference at the ICC's fortress-like headquarters in a suburb outside the city. Ntaganda is "in good shape, he's doing fine,...
(Voice of America 09/01/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Unidentified gunmen killed six elite presidential guard soldiers on Monday in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military and local sources said, a region still plagued by violence more than a decade after years of civil war ended. A military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said members of the Republican Guard, responsible for protecting the president and strategic posts, were on their way to collect rations when their jeep came under heavy arms fire on a main road 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the North Kivu capital of Goma. "The elements of the Republican Guard fell into an ambush that killed six, and the assailants burned the jeep," the source...
(The Observer 09/01/15)
Last month, it was asserted under this column that Eurocentric culture which enabled white people to dominate the world with effect from 1492 was warlike in essence as opposed to black civilisation which was pacifist in nature. In this essay, an attempt is made to account for the difference in approach. Readers will recall that in the fateful year, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and Moors (Black Africans and Arabs) were pushed out of Europe back to Africa.
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels have been blamed for many massacres, military sources said. The attack took place in Rugari, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. "A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari," said Justin Mukanya, administrator of Rutshuru territory which lies on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. "Six soldiers were killed by a...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army. The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty. Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court's...
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
A team of military investigators from the Democratic Republic of Congo were probing charges of rape against three of their soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in neighbouring Central African Republic, military sources said Friday. The investigators arrived in Bangui, the Central African capital, on Thursday and were to head to the northeastern town of Bambari where the rapes allegedly took place, said a senior Congolese military source. According to the source, the latest development suggests that a family member of...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
Albinos gathered Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa for a first-of-its-kind festival to celebrate a minority that suffers rampant persecution in Africa. "We want to reinforce the visibility of albinos in the upper spheres of society and create role models that allow parents of albino children to not feel ashamed," said Yan Mambo, an organiser of the "Proudly Albino" event. Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(AFP (eng) 08/28/15)
Widespread bush fires fanned by strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of people without shelter, UN and local officials said Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it planned to launch an appeal to bring aid to the stricken villagers. The blazes ripped through villages in the mineral-rich eastern province of Maniema over the past few days, officials said. "We have recorded 10,000 affected households in southern Maniema," with tens of thousands left homeless, said Alexis Asani Ndalimbuzi, director of natural resources in the provincial town of Kasongo.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/27/15)
U.N. peacekeepers said on Wednesday they would have to cut rations for 6,800 ex-rebels and their families left in limbo in government camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming a shortage of funds and calling for the state to step in. The U.N. mission there also said some of the adults and children had been ordered to stay in the camps by rebel leaders trying to keep up a presence in the region - and the aid cut might...
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
NAIROBI—About 300 Muslim scholars and imams from eastern African countries said they would join their respective governments in combating terrorism. The scholars, from the Sufi sect of Islam from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, vowed to fight extremism teachings and terrorist activities after meeting for two days at a conference in Kenya's coastal county of Kwale.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it will stop providing food from September to nearly 7,000 ex-fighters, sparking fresh fears in the chronically troubled country. The 20,000-strong MONUSCO, which has an annual budget of $1.4 billion (1.2 billion euros), is strapped for cash, its chief Martin Kobler told AFP. "There are nearly 6,800 ex-fighters that MONUSCO is feeding" at a cost of $2 million a month," the German career diplomat said. He said the mission...
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano's edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Below, sounding like a roaring sea, spurts of molten rock fly high into the air, as one of the world's largest lava lakes and most active volcanos puts on its mesmerising show. Eastern DR Congo has been mired for decades in rebel battles, but such sights are helping bring tourists back...
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(KBC 08/25/15)
Over 400 moderate Muslim clerics and youths drawn from Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have called on Muslim faithful in the region to join hands in fighting terrorism. The clerics who spoke after a meeting in Mackinnon Township says the war against extremism can only be won if leaders join forces in fighting the vice. As leaders from around the globe explore better modalities of how to combat terrorism, Muslim clerics are calling on...
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(The Star 08/22/15)
Africa's leading medics will meet in Mombasa on August 31 to discuss physician-assisted suicide. This could pave the way for terminally ill people to end their lives. The 19th Association of Medical Councils of Africa will also deliberate on registration and licensing of doctors. The continental annual event will be hosted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. More than 20 medical regulatory boards across Africa will attend, Amcoa President George Magoha told the Star yesterday. The conference will...

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