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AFRIK-IT  June 1995

AFRIK-IT June 1995

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LATEST ONLINE AFRICAN NEWS

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mukiri wa githendu <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 14 Jun 1995 14:44:15 -0500

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KENYA Animal man Leakey names Kenya party after Noah
 
    NAIROBI, June 14 (Reuter) - Wildlife conservationist Richard
    Leakey, stepping up his challenge to Kenya's ruler, on Wednesday
    announced his new political party would be called Safina -- Noah's
    Ark.
 
    Leakey and four other activists had also intended to register the
    party but the paper work was not completed.
 
    ``We are delaying registration by a few days but we will announce
    the name. It is to be Safina. Safina is the Swahili word for Noah's
    Ark,'' they said in a statement.
 
    ``Symbolic it is indeed. We believe the new party will offer a
    chance for a new beginning and this is surely what we want. Please
    be patient. We cannot afford to get this wrong,'' it said.
 
    The new party is seen by diplomats and political analysts as the
    strongest challenge to 70-year-old President Daniel arap Moi and
    his ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) party since
    elections in 1992, the first multi-party polls in 25 years.
 
    Leakey, a third generation white Kenyan and former director of the
    Kenya Wildlife Service, provoked a storm by announcing on May 7 he
    was backing a new party because of rampant corruption, human rights
    abuses and official incompetence.
 
    He has dismissed accusations from KANU politicians that he is only
    interested in becoming a white president and said his priority was
    to tackle economic and social problems.
 
    Most prominent in the group allied with Leakey is ambitious
    opposition member of parliament and lawyer Paul Muite.
 
    The strength of the onslaught against the 50-year-old Leakey
    surprised diplomats in Nairobi and suggested the government feared
    the renowned scientist's influence among donor countries.
 
    Kenya meets donors in Paris on July 24 to defend itself against
    accusations of backsliding on political and economic reforms.
 
 ^REUTER@
 
 
 
Transmitted:  95-06-14 08:51:58 PDT
BURUNDI U.S. ambassador, Burundi minister unhurt in ambush
 
    UNITED NATIONS, June 14 (Reuter) - The U.S. ambassador to Burundi,
    Robert Krueger, and Burundi's foreign minister escaped unhurt when
    their convoy was ambushed by unknown assailants near the Zaire
    border, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday.
 
    An Organisation of African Unity observer from Burkina Faso was
    killed in the attack and another OAU observer was wounded along
    with six Burundian soldiers.
 
    The U.N. spokesman said the U.S. ambassador and the Burundi
    minister, Jean Marie Ngendahayo, later returned safely to
    Bujumbura, the capital.
 
    He said the ambush occurred in Chibotoki province, but he had no
    other details.
 
    The U.N. has a special representative and human rights observers in
    Burundi, where tens of thousands of people have died in ethnic
    strife since 1993 when Hutu president Melchior Ndadaye was murdered
    by renegade Tutsi soldiers.
 
    Burundi's population is 85 percent Hutu but Tutsis have ruled for
    most of the 33 years since independence and still control the
    17,000-strong army and the government service.
 
    The violence has sparked fears of genocidal massacres such as those
    that occurred last year in neighbouring Rwanda, where up to a
    million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu troops and
    militias.
 
 ^REUTER@
 
 
 
Transmitted:  95-06-14 10:56:16 PDT
AFRICA Reuters Africa Highlights
 
    JOHANNESBURG - Gerry Adams, leader of the IRA's political wing Sinn
    Fein, arrived in South Africa and said the black struggle against
    apartheid bore similarities to the IRA's fight against British rule
    in Northern Ireland. He hoped to learn from South Africa's peaceful
    transition to democracy, he added. ``We have come to learn and
    listen and take lessons from the struggle in South Africa which has
    been inspirational all over the world,'' Adams told a news
    conference at Johannesburg airport.
 
    - - - -
 
    MOGADISHU - A Somali militia leader locked in a power struggle with
    Mohamed Farah Aideed has warned the warlord against resorting to
    force in their war of words. ``I would like to make General Aideed
    aware of not resorting to force,'' Osman Hassan Ali Atto said in
    Mogadishu. A meeting declaring itself to represent Aideed's own
    Habre Gedir militia, the United Somali Congress-Somali National
    Alliance, has ousted him from the leadership. The meeting was held
    at Osman Atto's own instigation.
 
    - - - -
 
    ABIDJAN - More than 700 people on a Nigerian coaster with engine
    trouble off Ghana were being transferred to the safety of vessels
    that went to help it, according to maritime officials in the area.
    But the identity of the passengers, who were travelling on the
    Princess Olayinka around the coast from Nigeria to war-ravaged
    Liberia, remained a mystery. Guy Wonegou, operations manager AMATO
    (Atlantic Maritime Agency of Togo), told Reuters in Ivory Coast by
    telephone a tug had gone to the striken Princess Olayinka and a
    request made that the passengers be taken off before any attempt to
    tow it.
 
    - - - -
 
    ASMARA - Opposition groups ranged against Sudan's Islamist-backed
    government meet in Eritrea on Thursday to work out strategies aimed
    at restoring democracy in their country. The meeting of outlawed
    political parties from the north and rebel groups fighting in the
    south of Sudan is sponsored by the ruling Eritrean People's
    Liberation Front (EPLF), EPLF officials said.
 
    - - - -
 
    LAGOS - A Nigerian court has released seven pro-democracy activists
    on bail after the police laid charges of sedition, an activist
    said. Beko Ransome-Kuti, leader of Nigeria's Campaign for Democracy
    (CD) pressure group, said he and six other detained pro-democracy
    activists had been freed on court bail on Tuesday. Aslo in LAGOS,
    Nigeria's former military ruler General Olusegun Obasanjo, detained
    in connection with an alleged coup plot, has been moved from house
    arrest to an unknown destination, his aide said.
 
    - - - -
 
    MBABANE - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said it had approved
    an 11 million rand ($3 million) emergency food aid operation for
    drought-stricken Swaziland. WFP executive director Catherine
    Bertini said in a statement the operation would run from September
    this year to May, 1996.
 
    - - - -
 
    N'DJAMENA - An opposition-led protest in support of civil liberties
    virtually closed down the capital of Chad, witnesses said.
 
    - - - -
 
    CAPE TOWN - A South African suspected of being a serial killer
    dubbed the ``Station Strangler'' was jailed for 25 years for
    murdering a young boy.
 
 
 
Transmitted:  95-06-14 05:21:42 PDT
 
 
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