Kenya: Minister Condemns Demolitions As House Team Adjourns Hearings

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An assistant minister has condemned the demolitions of houses in Nairobi saying there was no Cabinet resolution to that effect.

Youth Affairs and Sports assistant minister Kabando wa Kabando said the demolitions in Syokimau and Eastleigh were unconstitutional and had deprived Kenyans of private property. Continue reading Kenya: Minister Condemns Demolitions As House Team Adjourns Hearings

Tragedy of a government at war with its own people

Sunday Nation


Kenya is now at war on two fronts. The first front is in southern Somalia where Kenyan troops and military tanks were deployed over a month ago to hunt down Al-Shabaab terrorists.

Operation Linda Nchi is generally seen as the legitimate war, considering the credible threats to Kenya’s economy and peace posed by the Islamist militants. Continue reading Tragedy of a government at war with its own people

Bloodshed in DRC days before poll

Mail and Guardian

There will be blood A poster of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi covered with blood after DRC soldiers opened fire on a crowd of opposition supporters gathered near Njili airport in Kinshasa on Saturday. The last day of campaigning in DRC polls descended into a stand-off between Tshisekedi and police who blockaded his red Hummer as he tried to defy a rally ban. (Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, AFP)

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Two people were killed in pre-vote clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital and security officials fired into a crowd that included tens of thousands of opposition supporters, prompting officials to ban rallies before a critical poll that observers say could re-ignite conflict in the vast Central African nation.

Violence erupted on Saturday among political supporters who had gathered to greet the top opposition presidential candidate, who had planned to come to the airport in a car convoy. Supporters of the president also gathered there to meet him, though he did not pass through the airport.

At the airport, security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition into the burgeoning crowd.

Scuffles erupted on the road to the airport. Two dead bodies were seen along that road. One of them, a young man, was badly bludgeoned and appeared to have been stoned to death. A second body, also a man, was seen being carried away by Red Cross medics on the same road. It was not immediately clear how he had been killed.

Police also fired tear gas to push the crowd away, but riot police manned the airport hours later to prevent opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi and his entourage from leaving the scene.

It was not immediately possible to determine the total number of casualties from Saturday’s clashes. Continue reading Bloodshed in DRC days before poll

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth

Friends of the Congo

Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded in 1996 the Congo (then Zaire) and again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congo’s spectacular natural wealth. Continue reading Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth

Joseph Kabila tipped to retain power in Congo, but future looks grim

The Guardian
A violent backlash is expected after the general election as both government and opposition say they will not accept defeat

Joseph Kabila's posters dominate the capital, Kinshasa, before Monday's general election, the second since the end of the civil war. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

David Smith in Kinshasa
The giant face of Joseph Kabila stares down from a billboard with the slogan “100% for the president”. It makes little impression on the rowdy young crowd gathered in a circle to watch wrestlers grapple in the dust. Kabila seems unpopular with a generation of Congolese short on patience and itching for change. Continue reading Joseph Kabila tipped to retain power in Congo, but future looks grim

Brazil bans oil giant Chevron from drilling after spill


Brazilian authorities say the oil spill is now under control.

Brazil is temporarily banning the American company, Chevron, from drilling for oil in its territory.

The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) said it would suspend Chevron’s activities in Brazil until it had established the cause of an oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading Brazil bans oil giant Chevron from drilling after spill