Monthly Archives: December 2013

Congo-Kinshasa: Government Proclaims Victory Over Armed Attackers

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say government troops have beaten back armed attacks at three locations around the capital Monday, killing close to 40 attackers and capturing several more. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said scores of gunmen attacked the international airport, state television station and army headquarters in Kinshasa. He said several attackers […]

Africa: Egypt One of Most Dangerous Countries for Journalists

Protesting journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia Egypt has become one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In an annual report on the issue, the CPJ says six journalists were killed for their work in Egypt in 2013. The report said that “things deteriorated dramatically […]

Central African Republic: French Troops Patrol Bangui After Six Chadians Killed

Several hundred French soldiers were patrolling Bangui’s main roads on Thursday after five Chadian soldiers were killed on Wednesday. The Catholic Archbishop of the Central African Republic and a leading Muslim cleric have issued a joint appeal for a UN force to be sent to the country. French troops were deployed on Bangui’s main roads […]

Nigeria: Insurgency Far From Over – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan says his administration is making headway in tackling security challenges but that the insurgency afflicting parts of the country is far from over. He said had it not been for the success recorded in the campaign against terrorism, the State House in Abuja might have been targeted by now. The President spoke […]

Rwanda: Injustice and Indifference – Victoire Ingabire Is Sentenced to 15 Years On Appeal in Rwanda

Photo: The New Times Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire appears in court with the co-accused (file photo). Whilst I am not normally very superstitious, I could hardly imagine a more appropriate day to wait for the verdict on Victoire Ingabire’s trial in appeal. It was first scheduled for May but it was postponed several times. Eventually, the judgment […]

Guinea: Sékou Touré – Guinea’s Hardline Hero or Visionary Villain?

“We prefer poverty in liberty to riches in slavery,” Sékou Touré famously told Guinea’s colonial masters. But under his own long rule many liberties were withheld. Ahmed Sékou Touré, the man who famously said to General Charles de Gaulle, “We prefer poverty in liberty to riches in slavery” and led Guinea to independence in 1958, […]

Kenya: I No Longer Have Case Against Uhuru – Bensouda

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has received an early Christmas gift after the International Criminal Court Prosecutor admitted that she has no evidence to sustain a trial against him. Bensouda who was accusing Kenyatta of crimes against humanity following the 2007/08 bloodshed has through a statement said that she has no sufficient evidence that can […]