Friday 17 November 2017
(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plotting against the state and could face the death penalty, his lawyer said on Monday as he tries to get the charges withdrawn.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...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
Twelve Sudanese were killed on Sunday when a wall collapsed as they waited to submit their applications for the annual hajj pilgrimage, official TV said. The accident happened in Gedaref town southeast of the capital Khartoum, Sudan TV reported. A witness, Ahmed Hashim, told AFP that the victims were crushed by the exterior brick wall, a type of fence, which suddenly collapsed outside a government office. "A group of people had come to submit their applications for the hajj," said Hashim, a shopkeeper near the accident site. It was not immediately clear why the wall collapsed. The hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be performed at least once in a lifetime by those who...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
SHANGIL TOBAYA, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - Arab militiamen, government soldiers, rebels and villagers displaced by the fighting... all have traversed the arid orange-brown desert sands of Shangil Tobaya in Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur. Its problems were evident beneath the wide open skies of this area between Darfur's two main towns of El Fasher and Nyala, as foreign diplomats and journalists made a rare visit this week with UN officials. They flew to the desert in Mi-8 Russian helicopters of the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur, landing just outside the barbed wire-enclosed UNAMID base. Peacekeepers stood guard in a shimmer of distant heat, against a backdrop of low mountains. Security officers accompanying one delegate chambered rounds in their...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
The US has suspended an invitation to presidential assistant and vice chairman of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Nafie Ali Nafie over Khartoum's row with Juba. The visit was put on hold following Khartoum’s decision to freeze a cooperation agreements with South Sudan, the State Department disclosed in Washington on Thursday. Mr Nafie’s visit to Washington will no longer take place as a result of Sudan’s move, said Mr Larry André, the Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir earlier this month ordered his government to shut down the pipelines that transports oil produced in landlocked South Sudan to export terminals in Port Sudan. Sudanese officials said the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/21/13)
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan's vice president will visit Khartoum next week, Sudanese state media said on Thursday, marking the highest-level talks since Sudan threatened to cut off cross-border oil flows almost two weeks ago. Bilateral ties hit a new low this month when Sudan said it would halt oil exports that pass through Sudan for shipment abroad within 60 days unless Juba gave up support for rebels operating across the shared border. Juba denies the claims. Since then, the African Union has been trying to defuse the situation, hoping a relative peace will hold between the neighbors, which split in 2011. The two, which fought decades of civil wars that ended in 2005, came close to war in April...
(Sudan Tribune 06/21/13)
There is a certain intractability to Sudan’s conflicts these days, which defies logic or, it seems, any moral responsibility. The inability to move the international community off its course of pandering to Khartoum’s interests seems both irrational and unreasonable, given the significant upsurge in violence in Darfur and the critical situation now facing the population in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Consider what would happen if any government elsewhere (let’s say North Korea, for example), had the temerity to actually cross borders, drop bombs on innocent people, blatantly shut off oil supplies and sponsor militias to purposefully create instability in a neighboring country. In such a case, the whole world would be up in arms, diplomatic secure phones would be...
(The Associated Press 06/21/13)
The top U.N. humanitarian official says she received a letter from rebels in Sudan proposing a halt in hostilities to allow access to civilians in need. Valerie Amos says the Sudan Revolutionary Front wrote to her last week to indicate its willingness to work with the United Nations and the African Union to negotiate a "temporary cessation of hostilities" to help humanitarian workers reach civilians. She told reporters after briefing the Security Council that the U.N. would "actively follow up on that offer." The front is an alliance of two rebel groups fighting Sudan's government: The SPLM-North, a group ideologically aligned with independent South Sudan, and the Justice and Equality Movement, which is fighting in Sudan's troubled western region of...

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