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
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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N'DJAMENA - An opposition-led protest in support of civil liberties
virtually closed down the capital of Chad, witnesses said.
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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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