Friday 20 October 2017
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has informed Khartoum that progress of its talks with Juba was excluded from its agenda in Monday’s meeting, a Sudanese diplomat said today. The deputy head of Sudan’s mission at the AU Abdullah Wadi told the pro-government Ashorooq TV that the chairman of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki was unable to brief the council as originally planned. Wadi said that Mbeki was forced to devote attention to the recent crisis that erupted between the two neighboring states after Sudan. He said that AUHIP chair is still awaiting formal responses from the two states to his proposals to defuse the crisis. "Recent developments have changed the situation ....
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
As Africa celebrates this year the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Union (OAU) and almost a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union (AU), Africans will ask themselves to what level the AU and its institutions have succeeded or put the continent on track of their main goal of promoting at least a peaceful Africa. In particular the commitment to achieve the goal of an Africa without conflict and to clear the continent of wars, civil disturbances, human rights violations and humanitarian disasters through African solutions to African problems may need close scrutiny and reflection. The recent debate about ICC by the AU heads of state and government on the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
(KHARTOUM) - At least 9 people were killed and dozens fled their homes when violence erupted between Al-Gimir and Bani Halba tribes in the town of Katela in South Darfur. The special force which was deployed by the federal government in Khartoum to create a buffer zone between the two tribes has retreated to Edd al-Fursan locality following the outbreak of clashes. The spokesperson of Al-Gimir tribe, Abakar al-Tom, has issued a press statement accusing Bani Halba tribe of attacking them from three directions including Shateen, Buhairat, and Abu Garageer areas which lie 17 Kilometers west of the headquarters of Katela locality. He said the attackers used 10 four-wheel drive vehicles as well as motorcycles and horses, pointing that the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
(WASHINGTON) - The United States ambassador at the United Nations Susan Rice vowed today to continue having north and south Sudan as priority in her new role as president Obama’s National Security adviser . Rice, who will assume her new post next week, said that improved relations with Khartoum is contingent upon the latter "meeting the most fundamental obligations to its own people". The U.S. official also noted the suspension of an invitation extended to Sudan’s presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie as announced last week by Washington. "What we have seen tragically in Darfur and more recently in the Two Areas [Blue Nile & South Kordofan]—and now with Sudan’s violation of the September 27th Agreement with South Sudan reflected in...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
Fresh fighting between feuding Arab tribes in Sudan's Darfur region has killed 11 people, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, adding to worsening violence in the region. The Gimir and Beni Halba tribes have been clashing over land ownership since at least April, around Edd al-Fursan about 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the South Darfur state capital Nyala. Abaker al-Toum, a Gimir chief, told AFP the Beni Halba attacked three Gimir villages on Monday. "They came on vehicles, motorcycles, horses and camels, with heavy weapons," he said. "We lost five martyrs," and some houses were burned to the ground, he said. A Beni Halba leader, who declined to be named, confirmed fighting resumed in three areas. "We lost six of...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
A new general took command of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Tuesday after what analysts called humiliating attacks by anti-government rebels. In a ceremony at military headquarters General Mustafa Osman Obeid Salim received an armed forces flag from his predecessor, Ismat Abdul-Rahman, to mark his appointment as chief of staff, an AFP photographer said. The army, air force, military intelligence and other key commands also changed their top leadership in a shuffle which official media called routine. A regional political expert told AFP the SAF normally rotates its commanders every three years in May but this year's change was delayed because of fighting at Abu Kershola, South Kordofan. The military took one month to recapture Abu Kershola and its...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
(KHARTOUM) -Sudan’s minister of information and the government spokesperson, Ahmed Bilal Osman , has asserted the government’s keen desire to improve the human rights situation in the country particularly with regards to press freedom. Bilal, who was addressing a training session on human rights protection organized by Sudan’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR), and the journalists’ union in Khartoum yesterday emphasized that the government is all for objectivity, openness, and freedoms adding that press is an integral and essential component of democracy. He said that wars forced upon Sudan made human rights at the center of the agenda targeting the country by external forces pointing to the possibility of arriving at a compromise to...
(Fox News 06/25/13)
KHARTOUM – Sudan's once-powerful intelligence chief has been charged with plotting against the state and could face the death penalty, his lawyer said on Monday as he tries to get the charges withdrawn. Salah Gosh has been detained since November in connection with the alleged coup plot against the 24-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir. Gosh was charged several days ago under the criminal code and anti-terrorism law for his alleged role in the conspiracy, the lawyer, Ali Al-Saeed, told AFP. "We believe he is not guilty of all these charges," said Al-Saeed. He is seeking to have the charges thrown out before the case goes to trial. Gosh headed Sudan's national intelligence service for about a decade until Bashir...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
Juba — South Sudan says it will use the Nile river's water for development projects, stressing its need to produce green hydroelectricity to reduce reliance on generators. Paul Mayom Akec, the country's minister of irrigation and water resources, said the country's generators were environmental hazards as they "emit polluted gas into the air, which is not only dangerous to human health but cause environmental hazard". The minister said that agricultural demand for water is also increasing. "Hydro power is the most advanced and economically viable resource of renewable energy for South Sudan", he said, further disclosing the country's plan to build a dam on the White Nile river. Speaking to Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Monday, Akec said...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
June 25, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The foreign ministry reiterated Monday its position that a Polio vaccination campaign for children in rebel held areas should be fully carried out under the supervision of the Sudanese government. Since last April, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed to the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to carry out a polio vaccination and Vitamin A distribution campaign for about 150,000 children under the age of five years. Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) said this campaign should be conducted from outside Sudan and proposed Ethiopia and Kenya. The rebel group also refused to involve Sudanese aid workers saying they are infiltrated by the security service. The foreign...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
Juba — Unscrupulous land transactions have cost South Sudan government millions of money, which remain unaccounted for, an official said. Alikaya Aligo, the under-secretary in the housing ministry said lots of taxes on land transactions often go unnoticed by concerned authorities in Juba, the country's capital. According to Article 179 [a] South Sudan's Transitional Constitution, state land, property tax and royalties are sources of revenue for states. A proper follow-up of land related matters, Mr. Alikaya said, would help government cover up for the gaps that could arise as a result the oil shutdown. Meanwhile, the undersecretary has hailed the upcoming land policy currently before parliament, saying the new law would resolve land matter between the central government and states...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
Sudan's once-powerful intelligence chief has been charged with plotting against the state and could face the death penalty, his lawyer said on Monday as he tries to get the charges withdrawn. Salah Gosh has been detained since November in connection with the alleged coup plot against the 24-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir. Gosh was charged several days ago under the criminal code and anti-terrorism law for his alleged role in the conspiracy, the lawyer, Ali Al-Saeed, told AFP. "We believe he is not guilty of all these charges," said Al-Saeed. He is seeking to have the charges thrown out before the case goes to trial. Gosh headed Sudan's national intelligence service for about a decade until Bashir replaced him...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Sudan's attorney general Omar Ahmed Mohammed said today that the minister of justice, Mohamed Bishara Dosa, has briefed the last session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the violations committed by the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) umbrella rebel coalition in Abu-Kershola. Abu-Kershola, in north-eastern of South Kordofan and on the border with North Kordofan, had been seized by SRF fighters on 27 April, after hitting Um-Rawaba located some 100 km from Al-Obeid, capital of North Kordofan state. Following recapture of Abu-Kershola by the Sudanese army, Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the international community to impose crippling sanctions on SRF rebels claiming that they have committed crimes...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
KHARTOUM, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Sudan's once-powerful intelligence chief has been charged with plotting against the state and could face the death penalty, his lawyer said on Monday as he tries to get the charges withdrawn. Salah Gosh has been detained since November in connection with the alleged coup plot against the 24-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir. Gosh was charged several days ago under the criminal code and anti-terrorism law for his alleged role in the conspiracy, the lawyer, Ali Al-Saeed, told AFP. "We believe he is not guilty of all these charges," said Al-Saeed. He is seeking to have the charges thrown out before the case goes to trial. Gosh headed Sudan's national intelligence service for about...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
Addis Ababa — Diplomats from Sudan and South Sudan have expressed their support for Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river just 30km from the Sudanese border. The diplomats made the remarks after a group of Ambassadors from member states of the Nile Basin Initiative over the weekend paid a visit to the construction site of the controversial Ethiopian power plant. After Ethiopia diverted the flow of the Blue Nile as part of a procedure to build the massive $4.8 billion hydro-electric dam, serious concerns have been raised from Egypt, who has veto rights over all upstream projects under a colonial era treaty. In recent weeks Cairo and Addis Ababa have engaged in a fierce verbal confrontation...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The Shura (consultative} council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has endorsed a proposal to lift subsidies further on petroleum products, an informed source told Sudan Tribune today. The source said that the increase in prices will be applied in phases on two grades of fuel. At the NCP Shura Council meeting on Friday, president Omer Hassan al-Bashir hinted to the move in his speech saying that subsidies on fuel and electricity benefit the rich for the most part. "Any family with more than a single vehicle gets more subsidies than the salary of the Deputy Minister," Bashir said. The source further revealed that Sudan’s 2nd Vice President al-Haj Adam Youssef told NCP women meeting that increasing...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
The armoured personnel carrier slowly bumps its way out of the UN base in Sudan's far-west region of Darfur with Indonesian policeman Andhy Kurniawan at the wheel. His colleague Daud Markus Afi, a part-time singer, mans the machinegun overhead while Endro Suryanto is in charge of the radio. They are leading another African Union-UN patrol into Abu Shouk, a camp for an estimated 75,000 of the 1.4 million people displaced by the decade-long conflict in Darfur. A surge in tribal violence, along with clashes between rebel fighters and government forces, has forced another 300,000 to flee their homes this year as the security situation deteriorates. The rear end of the armoured vehicle carries a message, in Indonesian, to anyone who...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
Eritrean refugees crossing to neighbouring Ethiopia are on the rise, while the number entering Sudan has dropped compared to the previous year, according to the United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Eritrean refugees flee to Ethiopia in larger numbers via 16 entry points where they get primary assistance and provided with temporary shelters before they are transferred to one of the many refugee camps in the country’s two bordering regions, Tigrai and Afar. Since January, the UNHCR and the government’s refugee agency, the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), have registered over 4,000 Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia hosts a record high nearly 72,000 Eritrean refugees in four camps in the northern Tigrai region and two others in the...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...

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