Congo-Kinshasa: Extending the FDLR Disarmament Deadline Will Only Prolong the Agony

This week all eyes were to be on the joint summit between the South African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) that was proposed by South African President Jacob Zuma earlier this month, but this event has now been cancelled, apparently at the behest of Angola, which currently holds the presidency of the ICGLR. The main item on the agenda was to be the FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) – the Rwandan Hutu rebel group which has been operating in…

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Tanzania: We won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels

“As a country (Tanzania) we won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels,” Bernard Membe, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs told the media in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, hence rejecting, for some observers, the urgency of conducting military operations against Rwandan rebels and refugees based in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) . The declaration by the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister comes after the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete gave a cautious support on efforts to free Eastern…

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Malawi’s Mutharika rules out war with Tanzania over disputed lake but insists ‘lake issue is non-negotiable’

Malawi President Peter MutharikaBlantyre, Malawi, Aug. 12 (Raphael Tenthani/AGV) _ Malawi President Peter Mutharika Tuesday ruled out going to war with neighbouring Tanzania over the disputed border over Lake Malawi but insisted the issue of the lake, Africa’s third largest fresh-water lake, is non-negotiable.

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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni thinks there are lessons to be learnt from Malawi’s recent elections

Museveni Of UgandaA  three man delegation from the Uganda Electoral Commission spent a weeklong visit in Malawi to study voter education processes.  Inspite of flaws in the Malawi recents elections the Ugandans believe there are still positive lessons to be learnt.

Uganda has less than two years to prepare for the next  national elections and this time, election officials say they want to do a better job in educating voters.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Blantyre, the director of operations at the Uganda Electoral Commission, Leonard Mulekwa, explained why his three-person delegation came to Malawi.

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Arms firm link to charity that paid PR costs of Malawi president’s interview

Malawi President Joyce BandaIn email accidentally sent to Daily Telegraph, director of Africa’s biggest arms firm instructs President Joyce Banda on how to handle media

Questions have been asked over the role in Malawi of a charitable foundation linked to an African arms company whose director is running a PR campaign by President Joyce Banda to win back foreign donors following a corruption scandal.

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Former Malawi Justice Minister arrested over shooting of top government official

Ralph Kasambara arrestedBlantyre, Malawi, Nov.  (MaraviPost) _ Malawi’s former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has been arrested in connection with the September 13 shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, police have confirmed.

“Mr. Kasambara was arrested at his house in (the capital) Lilongwe last night in connection with the attempt on the life of Mr. Mphwiyo,” police spokesman Kelvin Maigwa told maravipost Friday morning. “We have gathered evidence which suggests that Mr. Kasambara was involved in the shooting.”

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African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV

Namibia Force SterilizationJohannesburg, November 7 – In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. 

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Tanzania courts DRC to check ‘coalition of the willing’

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. PHOTO | FILE  Tanzania has initiated talks with neighbouring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a view to establishing economic and trade relations following reports of the emergence of a ‘coalition of the willing’ nations within the East African Community (EAC). The country’s minister for EAC Affairs, Mr Samuel Sitta, said Wednesday in Dar es Salaam that Tanzania had thinking hard after Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda left out the other two members from their infrastructure talks. Mr Sitta said economically, it was sensible…

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Tanzania officially renounces ‘coalition of the willing’

Dar officially renounced ‘coalition of the willing’—Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda— saying the ongoing tri-lateral talks between the countries were against the EAC protocol. TEA Graphic/Anthony Sitti  Nation Media Group IN SUMMARY In a statement issued by the ministry of East African Cooperation, Tanzania also said the ongoing tri-lateral talks between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda were against the EAC protocol.  Defenders of this ‘coalition of the willing’ point out to an urgent need to get things moving between them, citing reported frustration by Dar which is accused of slowing down the speed…

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