Monthly Archives: April 2013

Armed protest in Libya prompts congress to postpone sitting

Libya’s foreign ministry remained surrounded on Monday by heavily armed protesters, a tense demonstration of militia force that prompted the legislature to postpone its next sitting. Militiamen surrounded the ministry on Sunday with pick-up trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns and armed groups also tried unsuccessfully to storm the interior ministry and the state news agency, posing a challenge to state control of key parts of the capital. The General National Congress (GNC) said its lawmakers would not now meet as scheduled on Tuesday but would postpone their next sitting until Sunday. A spokesman said this would give them time to study the legislation that the protesters are calling for – … Continue reading

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Sudanese rebels’ fight getting closer to Khartoum

Rebels from Sudan’s Darfur region launched a dawn attack on the city of Um Rawaba on Saturday, taking their fight closer to the capital Khartoum, witnesses said. The attack marks the biggest push by a rebel alliance that is seeking to topple President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Fighting had hitherto been limited mainly to remote regions of Darfur and South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which border South Sudan. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which launched an unprecedented assault on Khartoum in 2008, said the rebel alliance stormed Um Rawaba in North Kordofan state, around 500 km (300 miles) south of the capital. Sudan’s army said late in the evening … Continue reading

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NGO moves to support raped Karimojong girls in Karamoja

By Steven Ariong in Moroto Teddy Nakiru, a 20 year old girl was gang raped by allegedly 12 UPDF soldiers in Tapac Sub County in Moroto district on her way home from an overnight church function on New Year’s Eve of 2011. The 12 soldiers were arrested but were released by the Army Court in Moroto District. One of the soldiers, Pte James Manana, admitted to have participated in that gang raping but was only dismissed from the Army for not being on duty at the time the gang raping of Ms Nakiru happened. The dismissal of the soldier who admitted to have participated in the gang rape of  Nakiru ended the … Continue reading

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Kenyan deputy president seeks Hague trial delay

Kenyan deputy president William Ruto has asked for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to be delayed to allow his legal team more time to prepare, his lawyer said on Friday. Judges have yet to rule on the request, but previously they have granted delays in other trials relating to post-election violence in Kenya just over five years ago. Ruto stands accused of orchestrating the violence, alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. His trial had been due to begin on May 28, but his lawyers say that late disclosure of potentially exculpatory evidence by the prosecutor had made it impossible for them to … Continue reading

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Sudanese military shielding Ugandan warlord

The fugitive African Ugandan warlord, Gen Joseph Kony is said to have recently found safe haven in territory controlled by Sudan, a watchdog group said Friday, accusing the Sudanese military of offering aid to commanders of the Lord’s Resistance Army. The US-based group ‘Resolve’ said in a new report that Kony recently directed killings from an enclave protected by the Sudanese military. Until early this year, according to the report, Kony and some of his commanders were operating in Kafia Kingi, a disputed area along the Sudan-South Sudan border where African Union troops tasked with catching Kony don’t have access. “The enclave is currently controlled by Sudan, and numerous eyewitness … Continue reading

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South Africa passes Secrets Bill amid fear it may hide graft

  South Africa’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday for managing state secrets, ending a three-year battle over legislation critics say could be used to cover up corruption. The Protection of State Information Bill has been one of the most hotly-contested legislative proposals of President Jacob Zuma’s government. The administration says it is needed to provide more effective regulations for managing sensitive information 19 years after the end of apartheid rule. But critics say the law is open to abuse. They argue it can be used to jail whistle-blowers and journalists who report on a corruption problem that even Zuma’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) admits has been eroding confidence … Continue reading

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Darfur war crimes suspect rebel Jerbo ‘killed in Sudan’

A Sudanese rebel charged with war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been killed, his defence team has said. Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus died on Friday afternoon during fighting in North Darfur, the statement said. He was due to go on trial in May 2014 over a deadly attack on African peacekeepers in Darfur in 2007. Mr Jerbo and fellow Darfur rebel leader Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain face three war crimes charges relating to the killing of 12 African Union peacekeepers in an attack on the AU’s Haskanita camp in September 2007. The two men, who voluntarily surrendered to the ICC in 2010 to face the … Continue reading

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Ugandan police crack down on protesting expectant mothers

By Steven Ariong in Abim A peaceful demonstration organised by women in Abim District in Karamoja sub region in the north-eastern Uganda to protest the poor health services in Abim hospital was last Monday brought to a halt by heavily armed Ugandan police who refused the women to continue with their protest. Over 80 women, most of them were expectant mothers, had assembled at the town council with the aim of matching towards the district offices to protest against poor health services in Abim hospital. Heavily armed anti-riot policemen and women intercepted the women before they could move five meters away from where they had assembled. Betty Acheng, one of … Continue reading

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UN political chief urges rebels in CAR to establish law and order

The U.N. political chief on Monday urged rebel leaders who overthrew Central African Republic’s government to establish law and order, protect civilians from attacks and control fighters under their command. Jeffrey Feltman told reporters during a visit to the conflict-wracked nation that there must be an immediate end to the killings, looting, sexual violence and other human rights violations that have caused immense suffering and disrupted vital humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians. Rebel leader Michel Djotodia has declared himself president of a transitional council that plans for elections within 18 months, though critics say his government lacks control over its fighters in the streets. The rebels’ ouster of … Continue reading

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Malian army “poor, corrupt and barely functional” – French Col

Nearly three months since the European Union (EU) approved a 15-month training mission to rebuild a badly paid and poorly equipped Malian army, it remains poor, corrupt and barely functional, a French colonel said on Monday. The aim of the EU mission was to make the Malian army strong enough to fend off potential attacks by Islamist militants. But since this training commenced, corruption remains the rule in Malian ranks, soldiers are unable to train and some eight million euros ($10 million) pledged by international donors at a conference in Addis Ababa have not reached the army. “They’re managing misery.” Bruno Heluin, who runs training for Malian troops in the … Continue reading

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