RWANDA | CONGO-KINSHASA
As fighting escalates in eastern Congo-Kinshasa, pressure is mounting for the publication in full of a United Nations’ investigation into the links between Rwanda and a new militia terrorising the region. In a growing furore in New York, the Congolese government and international human rights groups are accusing the United States of obstructing the release of the investigators’ full findings.
RWANDA | CONGO-KINSHASA | UNITED STATES
While Congo-Kinshasa’s Foreign Minister, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo, demanded that Rwanda immediately withdraw its support for militia in eastern Congo, Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a press conference on 19 June that he rejected all accusations of complicity.
When day dawns in northern Mali, another faction emerges. Sharp divisions have opened within the Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad over how best to confront the jihadists attempting to hijack its rebellion.
There is a mood of broad optimism among many commanders from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) about recent military successes. Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, however, intends to wait out the invaders and may have the resources to do so.
About 40,000 people gathered in Kitengela, on the south-eastern outskirts of Nairobi, on 16 June for the funeral of the powerful Internal Security Minister, Professor George Kinuthia Kiarie Saitoti, 66. He had been en route to a fundraising event in Ndhiwa, Nyanza Province, when the nearly new police helicopter crashed in Ngong Forest, about ten minutes after leaving Wilson Airport.
The most extraordinary thing about the extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community on 31 May-1 June was the performance of Zambia’s President Michael Sata. At 74 he was, after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the oldest president present.