Monthly Archives: July 2013

Somali president raises soldiers and MPs wages

Some of the Somali MPs who will benefit from the president

By Stephen Ariong Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has announced a raise in the wages of Somali soldiers as well as those of members of the Somali parliament in a move seen as being an attempt to that the soldiers for their fight against Al Qaeda-supporting Al Shabaab movement that has now been defeated in the Somali capital; Mogadishu with the help of African forces. Speaking to Somali forces at a villa outside Mogadishu, President Mahmoud said the country would now be paying its soldiers $100 per month and would raise the salaries of members of parliament to $3000 a month. According to an email sent to The London Evening … Continue reading

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Jubilation as Karamoja gets new graded road

China Road and Bridge corperation Engineers upgrading Moroto, Nakapiripirit road into tarmack (photo by Steven Ariong)

By Stephen Ariong Complaints by Karimojong leaders and opinion leaders in Karamoja sub region in the north-eastern Uganda about government neglecting the region by failure at least to tarmac Karamoja roads and connecting the region with the national electric power like other regions seems to be disappearing. The region has now been connected with the national electric power and roads connecting to Moroto and Nakapiripirit have been graded with tarmac by government. For the past decades, Karamoja, an agro-pastoralist region has been characterised by chronic underdevelopment and marginalization. Right from the colonial era, the region had no national electric power, no single tarmac of road and it remained largely underdeveloped … Continue reading

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Tunisian opposition leaders assassinated with same gun

(L-R) Tunisian opposition leaders Mohammed Brahmi and Chokri Belaid are said to have been killed by the same weapon.

Tunisian politician Mohammed Brahmi was killed with the same gun that killed another opposition leader, the country’s interior minister has confirmed. Lotfi Ben Jeddou said the shots fired at Mr Brahmi outside the MP’s home came from the 9mm automatic weapon used to kill Chokri Belaid six months ago, suggesting the involvement of the radical Islamist group Ansar al Sharia. He named Boubacar Hakim, a hardline Salafist already being sought of suspicion of smuggling weapons from Libya, as the main suspect. Mr Brahmi’s daughter Balkis said she saw two men in black T-shirts and helmets fleeing the murder scene on scooters. “At around midday, we heard gunfire and my father crying with pain,” she said. “We … Continue reading

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US delays delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt continues

The US is suspending the sending of  F-16D_IAF_105 jet fighter like this to Egypt

The US says it is delaying the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt amid unrest following the army’s overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president. Pentagon spokesman George Little said the decision was made “given the current situation in Egypt”. The US is examining whether Mr Morsi’s removal was a coup, which would trigger a legal requirement to cut off aid. The four F-16 jets are part of an already agreed bigger order of 20 planes, eight of which have already been sent to Egypt. As recently as 11 July US officials suggested the latest four F-16s would still be sent to Egypt. However, on Wednesday the Pentagon confirmed … Continue reading

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Tunisian politician Mohamed Brahmi ‘assassinated’

Belkaeis Brahmi, the daughter of Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, covers her face with a national flag as she reacts outside a hospital after her father was killed on July 25, 2013 in Ariana, outside Tunis.

Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi has been shot dead outside his home in the capital, Tunis, reports say. Mr Brahmi, 58, led the nationalist Movement of the People party. It is Tunisia’s second assassination of an opposition party leader this year. Belkaeis Brahmi (ABOVE PHOTO), the daughter of Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, covers her face with a national flag as she reacts outside a hospital after her father was killed on July 25, 2013 in Ariana, outside Tunis. In February, prominent secular politician Chokri Belaid was also shot outside his house in Tunis. His murder sparked angry protests and prompted the resignation of PM Hamadi Jebali. “Mohamed Brahmi was … Continue reading

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Africans bid to avert oil shutdown over Sudan rebel row

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, chief mediator for Sudan and South Sudan.

African governments have stepped up their efforts to prevent a shutdown of oil production in South Sudan, agreeing to send three generals to investigate Sudanese allegations that Juba is supporting anti-Khartoum rebels. Sudan, the sole conduit for South Sudan’s oil exports, said last month it would close two cross-border oil pipelines within 60 days and insisted output be shut by August 7 unless Juba gave up its support for the rebels. Juba denies backing them.  The two sides fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars before the south won independence in 2011. Analysts say South Sudan might collapse without oil, the main source for the budget apart from foreign grants. … Continue reading

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Massive problems threaten Mali’s first election since coup

Gen Siaka Sangare, who heads the election headquarters, says he remains cautiously optimistic because the problems with the voter list are due to human error, not fraud.

Oumou Sangare is used to getting what she wants. Unlike most of the people lined up outside the election office here, the wife of Mali’s former ambassador to the United Nations is not accustomed to hearing the word ‘no.’ Yet that’s exactly what the elegant, middle-aged woman heard earlier this week after making her way to the front of the line of would-be voters who, due to a technical glitch, don’t appear on the voter list for the upcoming presidential election. Clutching her designer handbag, she stood on tiptoes in her petite heels, straining to peer through the open window of the election headquarters, where a clerk typed her name … Continue reading

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Jailed DRC opposition leader said to be seriously ill

Diomi Dingala who is said to be seriously ill in hospital in Kinshasa

A leading opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo is seriously ill in prison, his wife says, and not receiving the treatment he needs. Human rights organizations and a worldwide lawmakers union have called for the release of Diomi Ndongala but his wife Patrizia says the authorities are not listening. Last year Diomi Ndongala was the architect of a plan to unite opposition parties behind a common program. On the day this program was due to be signed he disappeared and authorities said he had fled justice. The previous day they had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of raping a minor. Three months later he was … Continue reading

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Gaddafi’s old Tripoli fortress to be turned into park

An indoor swimming pool in Col Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound, the city within a city from which he orchestrated eccentric defiance of Western powers and disdain for his own people for four decades, is to be turned into a public park, Tourism Minister Ikram Abdusalam Bash Imam said on Tuesday. The sprawling 6 sq km (2.5 sq mile) Bab al-Aziziya complex once housed a swimming pool, sports pitches, senior officials’ villas and gardens as well as an underground bunker, government offices and buildings belonging to the feared and pervasive security apparatus. Some residents recall how they were too scared to look at it when they drove past to avoid harassment by security agents. But the revolution … Continue reading

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Nigeria offers Sudan’s President al Bashir red carpet welcome

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir walks out of a hotel in Abuja July 14, 2013. There was no attempt to arrest him.

Human rights groups have condemned Nigeria for hosting Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, and have demanded his arrest on genocide charges. Gen Bashir is attending a health summit convened by the African Union (AU) in the capital, Abuja. His visit was an “affront to victims” of the conflict in Darfur, rights groups said. The International Criminal Court (ICC) accuses him of committing genocide in Darfur, a charge he denies. The African Union decided in 2009, soon after the arrest warrant was issued, that member states should not enforce it. It accuses the ICC of complicating peace efforts in the region, and unfairly targeting Africans. On arrival in the Nigerian capital Abuja, Gen … Continue reading

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