Burundian Military General Takes Over Somalia Command

December 4, 2013 7:28 pm0 comments by:
Burundian Military General Takes Over Somalia Command

Mogadishu- Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa of Burundi has been appointed the new Commander of the military contingent of African Union Mission in Somalia. Ntigurirwa takes over from Lt Gen Andrew Gutti of Uganda who is returning home after more than a year of service as AMISOM Force Commander. Lt. Ntigurirwa in his inaugral speech urged the people of Somalia to unite and work towards the achievement of total peace in their country. “AMISOM are doing well but we have a duration on this mission. So after that the Somalis must know that they must work for their own country.” He said. The 17,000 strong AMISOM force expects a capacity boost […]

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Signing of Peace Accord Between M23 Rebels & DRC Government Aborts

November 12, 2013 11:38 am0 comments by:
Signing of Peace Accord Between M23 Rebels & DRC Government Aborts

Kampala-Signing of the peace agreement between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the M23 rebels has aborted. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 Movement were yesterday meant to sign a peace deal in the Ugandan capital Kampala to end violent armed conflict. The signing of the peace deal which was to take place at State House Entebbe did not take place as scheduled. A press release issued by the Ugandan Government blames the failure of the signing of the peace pact on the DRC Government delegation. “While both delegations-DRC government led by its Foreign Affairs Minister on the one hand, and […]

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Uganda to Close 300 Entry & Exit Points

Uganda to Close 300 Entry & Exit Points

Kampala-Uganda has announced plans to reduce the number of border entry and exit points. Uganda currently has more than three hundred exit and entry points along its borderline with Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC and Southern Sudan. Uganda’s Minister for Internal Affairs  Gen. Aronda Nyakairima says the decision to closedown the entry and exit points is intended to streamline border operations and help in the fight against terrorism. “We are in the process of agreeing with our neighbors the Kenyans to jointly manage some by jointly deploying security personnel on the ungazzetted points and if we can not then we have to close them down” Nyakairima says Uganda currently has more […]

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Nyerere Letter to Reagan uncovers why Tanzania Influence on Foreign Policy is not new

November 8, 2013 9:01 pm0 comments by:
Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau greeting President Nyerere of Tanzania arriving for the Commonwealth Conference, Ottawa, 1973.

In this article we feature Nyerere letter dated 07 June 1982, a letter which shed a light on Tanzania influence on global politics and diplomacy since its independence.

Also in this letter, Nyerere highlights the key points of his discussion with Lieutenant General Vernon Walters who was a U.S. deputy director of the CIA, and ambassador to the UN who conveyed Reagan message in Dar-Es-Salaam.

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1500 M23 Rebels Surrender to Uganda

November 7, 2013 2:09 pm0 comments by:
1500 M23 Rebels Surrender to Uganda

  Kampala-A group of 1500 M23 rebels including their leader Col. Sultan Makanga has surrendered to Uganda. The group crossed from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo into the South-western Ugandan district of Kisoro this morning. Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda told the Continent Observer that the group crossed the border into Uganda early this morning and surrendered to the Ugandan army with their weapons. Ankunda says the Ugandan army is currently registering members of the group at a undisclosed location in Kisoro district. Ankunda who declined to confirm whether Col. Sultan Makanga is among those who surrendered says Uganda is first interested in registering the rebels before deciding on their fate. Both the Democratic […]

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How US and UK Governments Hacked Google Data Center Links, Snowden Reveals

November 5, 2013 2:03 pm0 comments by:
How US and UK Governments Hacked Google Data Center Links, Snowden Reveals

The US National Security Agency (NSA), in collaboration with the UK government’s listening station GCHQ, has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centres around the world, according to interviews with knowledgeable officials and documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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HRW Concerned About Safety of President Kagame’s Former Bodyguard

HRW Concerned About Safety of President Kagame’s Former Bodyguard

Nairobi– Human Rights Watch has expressed concern over the safety of the former bodyguard of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and refugee who has been forcefully returned by the Ugandan authorities to Kigali. Joel Mutabazi a Rwandan refugee who had served as a bodyguard for Rwandan President Paul Kagame was forcibly returned by Ugandan police to Rwanda after going missing on October 25, 2013. Human Rights Watch-HRW in a statement released today states that his whereabouts were unknown for six days but is now in police custody in Rwanda, in an undisclosed location. Mutabazi had survived a bungled abduction in Uganda in August as well as an assassination attempt in July […]

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Uganda Again Denies Backing M23 Rebels

November 1, 2013 4:47 am0 comments by:
Uganda Again Denies Backing M23 Rebels

Kampala-The Ugandan Government, has refuted claims made by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo that, it captured Ugandan and Rwandese who were fighting alongside the M23 rebels. The Congolese Government made the claim on Wednesday, shortly after overrunning Bunagana the last bastion of the M23 rebels. Olivier Hamuli, the Congolese Government spokesperson, claimed that up to 20 Ugandans and Rwandese fighting alongside the M23 rebels were captured. But Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda, the Ugandan Defense and Army Spokesperson, told the Continent Observer this evening that the report of Ugandans fighting alongside M23 is false. Ankunda explains that only two M23 fighters surrendered three days ago to the UPDF […]

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Tanzania Left Out of Joint East African Projects

October 29, 2013 5:12 pm0 comments by:
Tanzania Left Out of Joint East African Projects

Kigali-Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the joint East African integration projects.
The Foreign Affairs ministers of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda signed the memorandum during the joint summit projects in Kigali, Rwanda.

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LRA Affected Countries Issue Joint Statement

October 16, 2013 3:28 pm0 comments by:
LRA Affected Countries Issue Joint Statement

Brussels- October 16, 2013 Leaders of civil society organizations from countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as well as Europe and the United States met in Brussels this week and issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to finally end LRA atrocities and support the recovery of affected communities. It was the first time such a meeting is known to have taken place in the 27-year history of the LRA conflict. “The LRA remains a critical situation in the region,” said Mgr. Marcel Utembi, Archbishop of Kisangani and one of the civil society leaders present. “In order to overcome this crisis, we need a coordinated approach from […]

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