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DR Congo rejects UN ultimatum to sack tainted generals KINSHASA: The Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday rejected a United Nations ultimatum for two tainted generals leading an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country's east to be replaced."For us, we would only replace someone in the (army high) command if that person had been convicted by our military courts. Yet, no such thing has happened," government spokesman Lambert Mende told a press conference in Kinshasa.The UN's 20,000-strong MONUSCO force had been working with Congo's army on a plan of attack against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an ethnic Hutu militia based in eastern Congo for more than two decades. But in a surprise move, the army unilaterally announced last week the launch of operations, without the UN troops.The army also announced that Generals Bruno Mandevu and Sikabwe Fall would be leading the offensive, despite being on a UN "red" list of known human rights ...
'Even Jesus' would have tripped: spin doctor on Mugabe fall LONDON: Zimbabwean state media and spin doctors rushed Thursday to defend 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe's honour after he fell from a staircase, saying "even Jesus" would have tripped under the circumstances.Mugabe missed a step as he walked off a podium Wednesday at Harare International Airport where he was addressing supporters after returning from Ethiopia where he was elected African Union chairman last week."President Mugabe yesterday tripped over a poorly laid-out carpet at Harare International Airport, ...
Burkina presidential guard calls for PM to step down: security sources OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's elite presidential guard is calling for interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida to step down, security sources said Wednesday.Members of the army's presidential security regiment (RSP) "are calling for the resignation of the prime minister," who has been in the job for little more than two months, following a popular uprising last year, the sources saidLast month, interim president Michel Kafando announced presidential and legislative elections will be held in October.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Nigeria may push back deadline for voter ID handout: INEC LAGOS: Nigeria's election body said Wednesday that it may push back the deadline for distributing voter identity cards but denied media reports that the vote itself could be postponed. The spokesman for Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Kayode Idowu, told AFP that the body may allow voter ID cards to be handed out after the current February 8 deadline. However he described media reports about a possible election postponement as "completely false".The prospect of an ...
Barred Mugabe can travel to EU as AU head: official BRUSSELS: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe can visit the EU in his capacity as new head of the African Union despite a long-standing travel ban by Brussels, a spokeswoman said."This ban will be lifted when he is travelling under his African Union chairmanship capacity," European Commission spokeswoman Catherine Ray said.Asked if that would also apply to Mugabe's wife if she accompanied him, Ray said she would have to check.The EU issued a special invitation for Mugabe ...