Sunday 21 January 2018
(Fox News 07/19/13)
KHARTOUM – A speeding bus killed 22 people in eastern Sudan when it collided with a smaller vehicle, official media reported on Thursday. The full-sized passenger bus heading to Kassala from Port Sudan was in collision with a minibus, Radio Omdurman said on its website. In addition to the dead, nine people were injured, it said. "The accident happened because of the speed of the bus," the report added. Police could not be immediately reached for comment. Deadly road accidents, often involving buses, are relatively common in Sudan where driving skills are poor. At least 38 people died in June when a bus collided with a truck in White Nile state. Police blamed excessive speed for that crash, one of...
(AFP (eng) 07/18/13)
A reporter for the international news service Bloomberg has fled Sudan afraid for his safety after being threatened, assaulted and arbitrarily detained, a watchdog says. "Michael Gunn told CPJ that he fled the country on July 2 fearing for his life," said a statement from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. The incident comes about a year after Sudan deported Bloomberg correspondent Salma El Wardany, an Egyptian. She was detained while trying to cover anti-government protests. Gunn, 35, a British national, declined comment when reached by AFP on Thursday. He told CPJ that plainclothes agents grabbed him while he covered a June 29 meeting of the opposition Umma Party. "He said he was hit several times, his bag and...
(The New York Times 07/18/13)
PARIS — Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, made a brief appearance at an African Union summit meeting in Nigeria but vanished after human rights groups filed a lawsuit calling for his immediate detention on an international arrest warrant for charges of genocide. Mr. Bashir had arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, for a two-day meeting on health issues with other African heads of state and attended Sunday night’s opening reception. But delegates at the conference said that in the middle of an official lunch on Monday, he abruptly left the room. During the afternoon session, when Mr. Bashir was scheduled to speak, he could not be found. A Sudanese Embassy spokesman said Mr. Bashir had left Abuja by 3 p.m...
(Sudan Vision 07/18/13)
Sudan says it is still waiting for South Sudan to sever its link with the SPLM-N, Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and other rebel groups. According to the government officials, South Sudan continues to support terrorist groups and this hinders the implementation of agreements between the two countries. The Sudanese government demonstrated goodwill by accepting Mbeki's initiative. Sudan wants South Sudan to prove its seriousness and goodwill; it wants reassurances that support for terrorist groups are stopped. We are now only three weeks from the timeout announced by the Sudanese government, after which Sudan will again shutdown the oil pipelines, unless a concrete agreement is reached on the proposed security procedures to guarantee that South Sudan is no more supporting the...
(Sudan Tribune 07/18/13)
Sudan has notified South Sudan that it will stop oil flow through its pipelines next month, according to Nhial Deng Nhial, South Sudan's minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Nhial told reporters on Wednesday that the government of South Sudan had received a notification from the Sudanese government saying that the pumping stations will be shut off by 7th of August 2013. "We have been notified through our embassy in Sudan that as of 7th, the Republic of Sudan will cease oil belonging to South Sudan from passing through its territory," Nhial said. Sudanese intelligence service this week released two statement information about the alleged arrival of Sudanese rebels from South Kordofan where they held a meeting earlier this month to...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/18/13)
Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has assured President Jakaya Kikwete that he will ensure all those who were involved in attacking and killing seven Tanzania soldiers in peacekeeping mission in Darfur are apprehended and brought to justice. President Bashir made the pledge yesterday during talks by phone with President Kikwete, saying that he believed that those involved in the killings were criminals and must be pursued. During talks Mr Kikwete had asked Mr Bashir to pursue people involved in the ambush and killing of Tanzania peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan last Saturday. President Kikwete also said the assailants should be apprehended and brought to justice as soon as possible. In a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication, Mr Kikwete...
(The Citizen 07/18/13)
Dar es Salaam/Johannesburg. Well-wishers worldwide will today toast South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, and wish him a happy 95th birthday. The anti-apartheid hero has been clinging to life for more than a month and this has given rise to a growing belief that he is fighting his last battle and the world should prepare for the inevitable. South Africans and fans of Africa’s most charismatic leader have been praying that the legendary Mandela crosses yet another milestone but his stay in hospital has been clouded with anxiety and his admirers worldwide are holding their breath in the hope that he makes it past this birthday. Reports from South Africa say his family, the African National Congress (ANC) and...
(Sudan Tribune 07/18/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese authorities have indefinitely suspended the privately owned al-Youm al-Tali daily newspaper without citing any reasons, its editors said today. The editor in chief of this daily Muzamil Abu al-Gasim, said that the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) informed him of this decision, describing it as “very disappointing”. Despite a government decision last May to end pre-publication censorship, authorities are now utilizing other tactics such as confiscation to tighten grip over newspapers and what they publish. Editors complain that they continue to receive phone instructions from occasionally NISS on what to publish. Last week, NISS banned columnists Salah Al-Din Awouda of the pro-government Akhir Lahza newspaper and Mohamed Abd Al-Majid, of Al-Ahram Al-Youm daily. The security...
(New Business Ethiopia 07/17/13)
After concluding its mission led by Mr. Edward Gemayel, in Khartoum from July 2-16, 2013, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised Sudan to safeguard macroeconomic stability. “...aAction is needed to safeguard macroeconomic stability and support the needed recovery,” said the Fund in its statement released today (July 17, 2013). “Sudan continues to grapple with the macroeconomic impact of the July 2011 secession of South Sudan. Despite an initial package of corrective measures adopted in June 2012, economic developments remains mixed. While inflation has shown recent signs of moderation, and fiscal performance in the first half of 2013 exceeded budget projections.” The Fund stated that the March 2013 agreement with South Sudan on oil and security matters is offering a window...
(Sudan Tribune 07/17/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) accused the opposition forces of supporting the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) saying they planned to sign an alliance with the rebels in a meeting organised in Geneva. The accusation is the first official explanation of a travel ban imposed last Sunday on representatives of opposition parties, preventing them from participating in Geneva meeting with the SRF groups. The NCF delegates were heading to Switzerland to participate in a dialogue over peaceful settlement of conflicts in Sudan with the SRF organized by the Geneva based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre). The NCP secretary of organization, Hamid Sideeg, in press statements on Tuesday accused the opposition umbrella organization National Consensus Forces (NCF) of...
(Sudan Tribune 07/17/13)
(KHARTOUM) – The European Union has announced it will contribute 17 million euros ($22 million) to support humanitarian programmes in the conflict-affected areas of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. The funding comes from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and will be used to support the activities of the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) in Sudan. The EU contribution comes as many families across Sudan struggle for survival in the face of unresolved armed conflict, hunger and malnourishment. “We are in the thick of the ‘lean season’, when households have very limited access to food before the next harvest in October. This ECHO contribution is extremely timely because it will help us reach the...
(Washington Post 07/17/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the South Sudan’s independence. In 2011, South Sudan, a mostly Christian region, split from the predominantly Muslim and Arab north, in a process strongly supported by the international community and churches in the West. The two regions had fought a two-decade long civil war that ended in 2005, following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The pact granted the South Sudanese a referendum after a six-year interim period and independence six months later. In the referendum, the people of South Sudan chose separation. But while...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(Sudanese Online 07/16/13)
Abuja -Sudan's president, Omer Al-Bashir, discussed with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Meriam Desalegne, the ways in which the two countries' relations can be enhanced. During their meeting at the sidelines of The African Summit on AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis kicked off in Abuja yesterday, Al-Bashir briefed Ethiopian Prime Minister on the latest developments in relations with South Sudan, pointing out that the economic conditions in the country are witnessing development and improvement. The African Summit on AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis discussed the mechanisms of reinforcing health care in Africa. The opening session was addressed by the Head of the African Union commission and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Meriam Desalegne who both affirmed the importance of activating the role...
(Sudan Tribune 07/16/13)
July 16, 2013 - Over the past few years the Sudanese press has dedicated more and more space to coverage of crime, reports that attract a greater readership than the seesaw of Juba-Khartoum relations and the bellicose politics of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its opponents. In fact, the widest distributing paper in Sudan, al-Dar, is wholly dedicated to crime and scandal, feeding a steady stream of the bizarre, extreme and shocking to the gossip rounds of the nation, associated in the rule with the lengthy multi-event weddings and extended funerals that channel rather than interrupt daily life. Thanks to an ever increasing number of cars and internet-wired mobile phones, the more affluent middle-class inhabitants of Khartoum and...
( 07/16/13)
Aru — Benjamin Mogga heads the community protection committee (CPC) in Aru, a dusty South Sudanese town hugging the road between Juba and the Ugandan border. He volunteered for the position three years ago and is responsible for the more than 200 returnees in his area, helping them reintegrate into the community and ensuring that they have access to justice. It has not been an easy job. Tensions have arisen over access to the area's scant basic services and land, and are particularly acute between new returnees and those who have been back home a little longer, or those who never left. "A returnee is like a visitor who cannot get access," said Mogga. In Aru and the surrounding communities,...
(Sudan Tribune 07/16/13)
Khartoum — The Sudanese capital, Khartoum has witnessed on Monday sporadic protests against the backdrop of a severe shortage in drinking water and water pollution. Hundreds of residents in Soba neighbourhood, east of Khartoum have staged a protest on Monday against lack of drinking water, setting fire on old tires in a main highway street and chanting anti- Khartoum state government slogans. Dozens of protesters in Al-Kalakla suburb, south of Khartoum had also protested on Sunday including women who held empty water containers indicating lack of drinking water in their homes. The Sudanese capital suffers from poor water services particularly in the summer. Water engineering experts attribute the reason of this chronic problem to the use of poor-quality Chinese spare...
(Sudanese Online 07/16/13)
Abuja -Human Rights Watch and the Nigerian Coalition on the International Criminal Court are calling for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as he makes his first visit to Nigeria since he was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2009. Al-Bashir arrived at the African Union HIV/AIDS conference along with leaders from across the continent, including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The Nigerian rights coalition chair, Chino Edmund Obiagwa, said all countries that are members of the international court were bound by law to arrest anyone who has been indicted, including heads of state. “All state parties to the ICC have a responsibility to execute it, whether he is a sitting president or...
(Voice of America 07/16/13)
ABUJA — Rights groups are calling for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as he makes his first visit to Nigeria since he was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2009. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived at the African Union HIV/AIDS conference along with leaders from across the continent, including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Human Rights Watch and the Nigerian Coalition on the International Criminal Court are calling for his arrest in accordance with a 2009 ICC indictment. The Hague-based international court charged President Bashir with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Sudan's Darfur region, where hundreds of thousands were killed and millions displaced. The Nigerian rights coalition chair, Chino...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Sudan's president, wanted for war crimes, leaves country but embassy spokesman denies it was over new Nigeria lawsuit. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has left Nigeria amid calls for his arrest over genocide charges, his embassy has confirmed. Embassy spokesman Mohammed Moiz told the AFP news agency on Monday night: ""He has left. He left in the afternoon." Earlier, a Sudanese diplomat, who would not give his name, told the AP news agency that Bashir had left at 3pm local time on Monday, less than 24 hours after he arrived, and in the middle of a two-day summit ending on Tuesday. Moiz and the diplomat denied that Bashir's sudden departure was because human rights lawyers in Nigeria had filed a lawsuit...

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