Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mali coup leader Capt Sanogo promoted to full 4-star general

From Captain to four-star general in less than a year - That

Amadou Haya Sanogo’s rise through the ranks in Mali’s military hadn’t exactly been meteoric. He’d failed officer exams, and was living in army barracks with cement walls and a tin roof when he launched a coup. Now he’s parlayed that power grab into a promotion that makes him the country’s highest-ranking military official. Sixteen months after handing power back to a civilian transitional government, the former captain has become a four-star general in an army that must work alongside French and other European forces. Flabbergasted critics say he should be put on trial for abuses including torture and disappearances that were committed during his brief rule after the March 2012 … Continue reading

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Protests in Goma after Iruguayan forces kill civilians

Some of the Uruguayan forces who form part of MONUC in Goma.

The UN has opened an investigation into reports that its troops killed two Congolese civilians during protests in the eastern city of Goma, amid fighting with rebels. Eyewitnesses told the AFP news agency the two died on Saturday when a crowd tried to storm a UN base and said troops from Uruguay had opened fire. Uruguay has denied the allegations and blamed the Congolese police.  A new UN intervention brigade is deploying to the area to tackle rebels. UN troops last week shelled rebel positions just outside Goma. There has been no official statement on how many people have died in the fighting. One local doctor has told the AP … Continue reading

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South Africa faces strike wave as labour strife widens

South African President Jacob Zuma

South Africa faced a strike wave across leading sectors of the economy on Thursday and the labour unrest threatened to hit its struggling gold industry, already squeezed by rising costs and falling bullion prices. Despite pleas from President Jacob Zuma and other government leaders for peaceful wage negotiations in Africa’s largest economy, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members in the construction sector would down tools from Monday. The NUM was also consulting its membership on a strike in the gold industry, which could start next week following an impasse in salary talks with mining companies. Although South Africa has fallen in the world ranking of gold producers, … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood condemns arrest of its leader

The leader of Egypt

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the arrest of its leader Mohammad Badie over allegations of incitement to violence and murder. A Brotherhood spokesman said the arrest was part of a plot against the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Mr Badie was detained near the site of a Cairo protest camp cleared by police last week with heavy loss of life. Egypt is under a state of emergency as the military-backed interim leaders crack down on Islamists opposed to the ousting of Mr Morsi. Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the movement from which Mr Morsi comes – have been detained since Mr Morsi’s overthrow on 3 July. … Continue reading

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Nigerian troops ‘kill Boko Haram commander Momodu Bama’


Nigeria’s military has said it has killed the second-in-command of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. His death earlier in the month had been “confirmed by other arrested terrorists”, a military spokesman, Brig Gen Chris Olukolade said. Momodu Bama, also known by his alias “Abu Saad”, was a specialist in manning anti-aircraft guns, he said. In May, Nigeria declared an emergency in three north-eastern states in order to battle the militants. There has been no independent confirmation of Momodu Bama’s death and Boko Haram has not commented on the statement. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s Interior Minister Abba Moro told the BBC that the army was making progress in its war against … Continue reading

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Citing threats, Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Somalia

Dr Unni Karunakara, MSF’s international president: "By  choosing to kill, attack, and abduct humanitarian aid workers, these armed groups, and the civilian authorities who tolerate their actions, have sealed the fate of countless lives in Somalia."

In announcing a pull-out from Somalia after 22 years, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that armed groups are killing and abducting aid workers. And in a scathing indictment of Somalia’s leadership, the aid group accused civilian leaders of condoning or even supporting the attacks. The pullout goes against the narrative of a Somalia emerging from decades of anarchy and violence amid military gains against Islamist insurgents, but it underscores the violence that persists. Some two dozen local journalists have been killed since the start of 2012. In June, a truck bomb and gunfire attack on the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu killed eight U.N. employees and five Somali civilians. Doctors … Continue reading

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Boubaca Keita wins Malian presidency

New Malian President Boubaca Keita

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for his victory in Mali’s presidential run-off election on Sunday. “We congratulate him for a hard-won victory. We also congratulate Malians for their confidence in the validity of the ballot box,” said Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communication director. “The challenge that he [Keita] confronts is now to rebuild national cohesion, and see how he can pull the people of Mali together to address the challenges that confront the country — security, national economic reconstruction and the building of the confidence of the people once again.” Both ECOWAS and the African Union’s (AU), as well as other international and … Continue reading

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Nigeria claims to be making progress against Boko Haram

Nigerian Interior Minister Abba Moro: "The security agencies of Nigeria have been able to push the Boko Haram sect from their major strongholds."

Nigeria’s interior minister has said the army is making progress in the war against Boko Haram militants, despite the killing of 44 people in a mosque. Abba Moro dismissed the attack as “desperate” and “isolated”. “The security agencies of Nigeria have been able to push the Boko Haram sect from their major strongholds,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme. Nigeria has declared an emergency in three states after thousands of deaths in militant attacks in recent years. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. The mosque attack happened during dawn prayers on Sunday, although news only emerged on Monday, as communications … Continue reading

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Two men killed, five injured while gold prospecting in Karamoja

Karimojong gold miners inside the deep hole scooping soil mixed with gold in Karita sub county recently (photo by Steven Ariong)

By Steven Ariong Two men were killed and five others seriously injured while prospecting for gold in Morun village Chepkararat parish in Karita sub-county, Amudat District in Karamoja in the north-eastern Uganda. Announcing the deaths, the Amudat District police commander Basihir Isiraba said the incident happened at around 12:00pm adding that the police rushed to the scene retrieving victims as the prospectors were buried deep inside separate holes of about five meters where they had been collecting soil to mine gold. He identified those who instantly died as  Stephen Lourong Eturok and Linganyang Todokwany while those with serious injures included  Lomuron,Lopeke, Simon Longoruken,Akeringele and Joseph Asegel who he said were rushed … Continue reading

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Kenyan minister in mining bribery allegations

Kenyan Mines Minister Balala allegedly asked for KShs80 million for mining licence.

Kenya’s mining minister denied allegations of corruption on Friday that were levelled against him by the Kenyan subsidiary of Canadian-listed miner Pacific Wildcat Resources. Mining Secretary Najib Balala this week unexpectedly raised royalties on minerals and revoked certain mining licences, including Cortec Mining Kenya’s permit. He said the move was to ensure Kenya got a bigger share of earnings from its nascent mining sector. A senior Cortec official said earlier on Friday Balala had demanded 80 million shillings ($916,900) in order for Cortec to keep its licences for the exploration of niobium near the country’s Indian Ocean coast. Balala called the official’s comments unfounded. “We knew that when we take … Continue reading

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