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Felicien KabugaMr F�licien Kabuga

The man most wanted by ICTR will soon have a legal representative appointed for him in Oslo, Norway. The lawyer who has been identified is conversant with many languages, including French. Discussions with the lawyer has been on-going for the last 14 days, now on the final�stages, and a deal on how to move forward is expected to be announced�within the next 14 days or so.�

Information available to API indicate that the Norwegian lawyer is ready to make contact with the Government of Rwanda in an effort to establish a road map for Mr Kabuga’s surrender on agreeable terms as earlier stated in our articles.�Mr Kabuga, once he gets a lawyer appointed to take care of his interests, will make the next move on his wish to hand himself in, but conditionally.

Some international media has reported earlier that the government of Rwanda may not wish to engage in talks with Kabuga. Such a step by the government will not make things easy but will only encourage Kabuga to remain in hiding for sometime while while preparing himself to�register as an asylum seeker in a country of his choosing.

If he chooses to seek asylum in Norway, his case will have to be dealt just like it is done with all other applicants and any move by the Rwandan government or ICTR to have him deported will take years being dealt with by the Norwegian court system, a system that may even overrule deportation even if it has to do with genocide because the system guarantees the rights of every individual at all levels, no matter the historical background of the person in question.

By Korir, Chief Editor, Africa Press International – API

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Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2008


Police in Nairobi have arrested a man in the hunt for Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, one of the world most wanted men.

Officers attached to the Diplomatic Police Unit picked him up at a residence in the citys southern outskirts on Friday evening, police said. Mr Kabuga, wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been on the run for 14 years, since the 100-day slaughter in which 800,000 of his countrymen were killed.

Undercover police officers tracked the man to the neighbourhood and arrested him at the house believed to be one of his properties.

At the time of arrest, the Sunday Nation learnt, the fugitive was in the company of a woman believed to be his wife. He was taken to the Diplomatic police headquarters in Gigiri and held for several hours and later transferred to Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) headquarters in Milimani.

Preliminary investigations, including interviewing the man believed to be Mr Kabuga, was conducted by the officer in charge of Diplomatic police Allan Sangoro.

Asst Commissioner Sangoro later briefed his seniors at police headquarters after which it was decided that detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) be instructed to pursue the investigation.

Officers from the elite SCPU headed by Mr Richard Katola are also involved in the investigation. Besides undergoing interrogation, Mr Kabuga had his fingerprints and photograph taken.

Later in the day police officers contacted NTV and collected information that had been gathered months ago by their investigative crew on a man informants had suspected was Mr Kabuga.

The information contained in a video clip showing his movements around Nairobi was also given to the investigating team.

Officers close to the investigation who viewed the clip told the Sunday Nation, that the man in the video was the one in custody.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Wahongo said they were holding a very important person in custody being investigated by CID officers for the purpose of establishing his identity. He added: We dont want to rely on personal appearances in revealing his identity until we have conclusive results.

Mr Wahongo said police arrested him after he had been identified as a man who had appeared in a police notice as a wanted man. He did not give details.

Police commissioner Maj General Hussein Ali was said to be out of the country.

However, Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula initially told Sunday Nation that he had already been briefed about the arrest, but he was to cross-check and verify information already gathered before issuing any official statement.

And moments later he made the statement: According to the brief I have received it was a case of mistaken identity.

The minister said that preliminary investigations indicated that the man arrested was not Mr Kabuga and that he was a Kenyan.



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Nairobi man ‘not Rwanda accused’

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API has all along stated that the Rwandese Felicien Kabuga has been in Norway and many decided to doubt. The police in Kenya arrested a man in Nairobi the other day, in desparation to satisfy the ICTR that they are looking for the man in Kenya and yet he is not there at the moment.
Felicien KabugaPolice confirmed the man they arrested is not Felicien Kabuga (above)

Kenyan police have confirmed they got the wrong man after arresting an individual on suspicion of being a top Rwandan genocide criminal.

They had carried out DNA tests on the man, who was arrested on Friday in one of Nairobi’s plush suburbs in the belief he could be Felicien Kabuga.

The Rwandan businessman is accused by the International Criminal Court of being a key financier of the genocide.

Some 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days in the 1994 massacre.


BBC East Africa correspondent Karen Allen says the Kenyan authorities are under intense pressure over Mr Kabuga’s whereabouts.

In the past, the Kenyan authorities have been accused of harbouring alleged war criminals and have been threatened with action from the UN Security Council.

Last month a Kenyan court froze the assets of Mr Kabuga, who has a $5m (2.4m) bounty on his head.

He has a number of business interests in the Kenyan capital, where he has been sighted several times with his bodyguards.


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Minister send on sick leave by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

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slaug Haga who refused to resign as Oil minister in Norway has now been frog-matched by the Prime minister who has directed that she goes on compulsary sick leave. Haga has gone from blunder to blunder while serving as the Norwegian Minister and every time she is confronted by the media on her responsibility to uphold the law, she tries to explain everything away and continues to run the ministry.

Yesterday, API in an article demanded that the Prime Minister sack her as he did to the first black minister in Norway, Manuella who was the minister for Children and family affairs.

Now that the Prime Minister has frog-matched her to take sick leave, it remains to be seen if she will stage-manage a come-back.

She loves being a cabinet minister and that may make her fight back but the outcry in the country is loud enough to lock her out so that she puts more time to her family and children in particular instead of coming back and ending up in a new controversy.

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Blunder after blunder but reluctant to resign due to too much love for her cabinet post: Pressure grows on embattled cabinet ministerHaga


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Raila, the Luo may now become a Kikuyu elder – an abuse of the Gikuyu tradition

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Central Kenya MP’s resist plans to install Prime Minister as Kikuyu elder

Written By: Graham Kirwa,Posted: Sat, Jun 14, 2008

Caption: The Prime Minister is yet to confirm if he will take part in the planned ceremony to install him as Kikuyu elder

A section of Central Kenya leaders have now come out strongly to oppose a move to install Prime Minister Raila Odinga as a Kikuyu elder.

The leaders’ claim those championing the cause are motivated by selfishness and are trying to seek relevance after years of political oblivion.

Sir Charles Njonjo and Peter Kuguru dream that appeared to be hatched at Kosewe’s, of installing Prime Minister Raila as a Kikuyu elder seems to have taken over the controversial debate on amnesty as Central Kenyan leaders describe the architects of the idea misinformed.

They claim that the Kikuyu tradition spells out modalities, which informs the coronation for one to enjoy the status of a Kikuyu elder saying matters of politics should not be mixed with tradition.

They now view the idea as driven by desires of few individuals who are seeking 2012 rewards.

The idea to install Raila as a Kikuyu elder is being fronted by Central Kenya business moguls Charles Njonjo and Peter Kuguru.

The event is scheduled to take place on the 20th July in Nyeri town.

Raila is in Nyeri today to attend the installation of Bishop Peter Kairu as Archbishop of Nyeri Catholic diocese.



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Kenya stuns Zimbabwe in World cup qualifier

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Written By:Milton Nyakundi

Kenya’s soccer team Harambee stars on Saturday made a giant leap towards qualification for the 2010 world cup and Africa cup of nations after a 2-0 triumph over Zimbabwe in a group 2 match played at the Nyayo national stadium.

Macdonald Mariga opened the scoring for the Stars with a thunderbolt shot in the first half.

Once again the stadium was filled to capacity with over 40,000 fans led by Prime minister Raila Odinga and sports minister Prof. Helen Sambili.

France-based striker Dennis Oliech scored the winner for the stars in the dying minutes of the match sending the home crowd into frenzy.

The victory was however marked by a major setback as midfielder Macdonald Mariga and keeper Arnold Origi sustained injuries minutes before the final whistle.

The Kenyan team will be without sensational midfielder Patrick Oboya, in their next match for a 2nd yellow card against Zimbabwe.

Kenya now leads group 2 of the qualifying campaign with 6 points, 2 ahead of Zimbabwe in second place.

In the other game in the group, 2008 Nations Cup quarter finalists Guinea got their first win of the campaign.

They beat Namibia in Windhoek by two goals to one.

Ismael Bangoura and Pascal Feindouno got their goals.

But they still lie third in the group behind Zimbabwe on goal difference.

Matches on June 14,2008 venue

Uganda 3 Angola 0 Kampala

Tanzania 0 Cameroon 0 Daresalam

Malawi 1 Egypt 0 Blantyre


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IGAD urges Benin, Ghana and Nigeria to deploy troops in Somalia

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2008

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) comprising seven countries in East Africa have urged Benin, Ghana and Nigeria to deploy their troops to troubled Somalia without delay.

The call was made at the on going IGAD summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, which is discussing regional security and development issues.

IGAD chairperson and president of Kenya Mwai kibaki, who will hand over his chairmanship Saturday, said that these countries pledged to send their troops last year but were unable to do so as scheduled.

Kibaki told the heads of state that the deployment of more troops from these countries will help to stabilize Somalia, which recently saw some light at the end of the tunnel by signing a peace agreement last week in Djibouti.

The number of troops under the African Union in Somalia (AMSOM) is very small compared to what is required, Kibaki said.

Benin, Ghana and Nigeria are expected to deploy some three battalions (around 2,400 troops) under AMISOM.

The AU still continues to appeal to countries to contribute troops to its mission in Somalia.

Currently, around 2,600 Ugandan and Burundi troops are in Somalia helping the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in stabilizing the country, which remains without a central government for the past 17 years.

The recently signed peace agreement between the Somali parties has brought hope to bringing peace and stability in Somalia, which is still waiting for the deployment of 8,000 peace keeping forces under the AMSOM.

The Somalia peace situation is among the top agendas at the on-going closed session in Addis Ababa.

IGAD, established in 1986, presently has six member states, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya Djibouti, Sudan and Uganda.



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Chadian rebels claim to be near capital city

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2008

Chadian rebels say their arrival in the capital Ndjamena is “imminent” as they are nearer following a “farther march inside the national territory,” the spokesperson of the rebels Doctor Ali Gadaya told APA, adding that the units crossed on Friday the towns of Goz Beida and Am Timan, at 600km south and south-east of the capital.

The same source said the rebels entered Adde and Am Djirema at the Chad – Sudan border.

On Thursday, the military aircraft had tried to stop their progress by shelling their positions, APA learned from military sources.

“We shot down two MI-24 helicopters. The first fell in Tombrouk. The second landed on the Arkou Mountain, at the north-eastern entry of Abeche,” Ali Gadaya said.

The Chadian authorities said these were indoctrination statements. They spoke of an emergency landing of a helicopter on the mountains surrounding Abeche due to “engine problems during a test flight.”

In a release published Wednesday, the government acknowledged the incursion of the rebels into Adde and Am Djirema, but said it had taken “all the necessary steps.”

On 2 June, the French general commanding the European forces deployed in Chad (EUFOR) Jean-Philippe Ganascia had said that the rebels who had attacked the capital, in February, to overthrow President Idriss Deby Itno “were not able” to launch a new raid on Ndjamena.

Contrary to the February attack when their units had suffered much shelling by the army helicopters, the rebel troops of General Nouri seem to have new anti-aircraft batteries; military sources told APA under anonymity.

No sign of panic was notice on Friday in Ndjamena, but the inhabitants, who were very much affected by the 2 and 3 February battles were keenly following the situation, APA noted.

In Abeche, about 900km north-east of the capital, the United Nations staff as well as the humanitarian agents were gathered at given places around the airport for their evacuation to the capital, UN sources revealed.

Inhabitants of the city, located at less than 200km from the incursion zone, live in fear of an attack, they told APA Friday by telephone.



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Leaders of Ngazidja, Moheli islands support Djanfari in Anjouan elections

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The leaders of the islands of Ngazidja and Moheli, respectively Mohamed Abdouloihabi and Mohamed Ali Said, have openly shown their support for Mohamed Djanfari who is a candidate for the Sunday 15 June presidential elections in Anjouan.

Mohamed Abdouloihabi sent his principal private secretary, Ahmed Said Islam to Djanfaris Friday meeting while Ali Said sent the Moheli ports general director, Mrs Daenwati.

“I am here as a representative of the Ngazidja president. It is clear, we support Mohamed Djanfari,” Said Islam told APA at the end of the meeting.

Today, things are a bit strained between the presidents of Ngazidja and Moheli and the head of state of the Comorian Union, Ahmed Abdallah Sambi.

Sambi is accused of seizing the prerogatives of the islands and of wanting to change the Constitution of the Union of the Comoros in order to stay in power.

Abdouloihabi and Ali Saids support for candidate Djanfari is likely to make difficult the task of president Sambi in the future, as he (Sambi) gave his political and financial support to Moussa Toybou.

The federal authorities of Moroni support Moussa Toybou in the presidential poll of Anjouan.

The five candidates to the 15 June presidential elections are Bacari Abdou, a deputy at the Anjouan Parliament, magistrate Bastoine Soulaimana, MP Mohamed Djanfari , construction engineer Moussa Toybou and ship manufacturer Soundi Abdou Latufou Soilih.

The second round will be held on 29 June.



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Mauritius government reduces taxes on environmental-friendly cars

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Following the introduction of the concept of a sustainable Mauritius which the government is actively promoting, the ministry of Finance has decided to reduce taxes on the importation of all hybrid cars into the island.

At a car show organised on Saturday by the car company Toyota (Mauritius), in Plaine Lauzun, in the suburbs of the capital Port Louis, the director of the Inframac company and president of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Association Dominic Dupont indicated that as from the 1st July, all cars which are considered environmentally-friendly and which run on both fuel and electricity will benefit from certain special privileges.

He added that all import taxes including customs duty in addition to road tax, registration charges and insurance on these cars will be reduced by 50%.

Dupont pointed out that many local car importers have already sent some of their employees and engineers to Japan, Korea and France for them to get acquainted with this technology. They will also have to decide on which equipment to be imported into the island for the maintenance of such vehicles.

Roy Maraye, administrative director of Toyota (Mauritius) indicated that his company has already, since May, imported some examples of the star of hybrid Toyota cars, the Toyota Prius which are presently on show in the country. He said two cars are being tested by technicians of the ministries of Transport and the Environment. The aim, he added, is to make an exact evaluation of the impact of these cars on the local environment.

Maraye disclosed that Toyota has, since the introduction of the Prius, sold one million such cars on the world market and that the company will introduce two new hybrid cars at the US 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The Prius, he added has a low carbon emission than cars running entirely on fuel and that the great advantage of the Prius is that it shuts down the fuel engine and runs only on battery when the car is stopped in traffic jams or at traffic lights.

Maraye believes that his company will be able to sell some 1000 hybrid cars annually in Mauritius though he said such cars will be costlier than ordinary cars.



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Obama’s half brother confirms that Barack Obama has been a devoted Muslim

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Malik Obama confirms his half-brother Barack grew up a Muslim, By Israel Insider staff June 13, 2008

As the Jerusalem Post reports, “Barack Obama’s half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background. In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya.”

In a remarkable denial issued last November that still stands on the official campaign website, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a statement explaining that “Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.”

Apparently Malik Obama, himself a Muslim, had not read the press release.



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Is USA ready for a Muslim president?

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Obama anti-smear site: ‘He was never a Muslim’
But contemporaries, records indicate candidate once ‘quite religious in Islam’

Posted: June 12, 2008
10:50 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein


Widely distributed reports have noted that in January 1968, Obama was registered as a Muslim at Jakarta’s Roman Catholic Franciscus Assisi Primary School under the name Barry Soetoro. He was listed as an Indonesian citizen whose stepfather, listed on school documents as “L Soetoro Ma,” worked for the topography department of the Indonesian Army.

Catholic schools in Indonesia routinely accept non-Catholic students but exempt them from studying religion. Obama’s school documents, though, wrongly list him as being Indonesian.

After attending the Assisi Primary School, Obama was enrolled also as a Muslim, according to documents in the Besuki Primary School, a public school in Jakarta.

The Loatze blog, run by an American expatriate in Southeast Asia who visited the Besuki school, noted, “All Indonesian students are required to study religion at school, and a young ‘Barry Soetoro,’ being a Muslim, would have been required to study Islam daily in school. He would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and recite from the Quran and to study the laws of Islam.”

Indeed, the Israel Insider online magazine points out that in Obama’s autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” he acknowledges studying the Quran and describes the public school as “a Muslim school.”

“In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Quranic studies,” wrote Obama.

The Indonesian media have been flooded with accounts of Obama’s childhood Islamic studies, some describing him as a religious Muslim .

Speaking to the country’s Kaltim Post, Tine Hahiyary, who was principal of Obama’s school while he was enrolled there, said she recalls he studied the Quran in Arabic.

“At that time, I was not Barry’s teacher, but he is still in my memory” claimed Tine, who is 80 years old.

The Kaltim Post says Obama’s teacher, named Hendri, died.

“I remember that he studied ‘mengaji (recitation of the Quran),” Tine said, according to an English translation by Loatze.

Mengaji, or the act of reading the Quran with its correct Arabic punctuation, is usually taught to more religious pupils and is not known as a secular study.

Also, Loatze documented the Indonesian daily Banjarmasin Post caught up with Rony Amir, an Obama classmate and Muslim, who describe Obama as “previously quite religious in Islam.”

“We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house. If he was wearing a sarong (waist fabric worn for religious or casual occasions) he looked funny,” Amir said.

The Los Angeles Times, which sent a reporter to Jakarta, quoted Zulfin Adi, who identified himself as among Obama’s closest childhood friends, stating the presidential candidate prayed in a mosque, something Obama’s campaign claimed he never did.

“We prayed, but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played,” said Adi.

Meanwhile, Obama’s new anti-smear website also denies claims by bloggers and commentators of the existence of a tape in which Obama’s wife Michelle is said to rail against “whitey.” Other issues addressed by the site include claims Obama is hiding his birth certificate or that he won’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance.



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Somalia assassination – A senior Commander gunned down

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By: Yusuf Haji Hussein, API staff writer in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mogadishu-Somalia (API); A famous army commander, who works in Diinsoor-65km south of Baidoa, was killed by unknown assailants who were equipped with pistols just after he left arestaurant near his home where he had a cup of tea, residents told African Press International, API,Friday night.

Abdi Rahman, the deceased army commander, who had a key role for the resident security is believed to have died on Alshababs hand warriors who have main influential role in the country, the residents confirm. The commander was the officer responsible for the government at the countryside.

He was afantastic man maintaining security, but unfortunately the three men shortened his life by raining bullets on the head and died instantly. He was left to bleeduntil he died, because theresidents had to flee on hearing bullets nearby fearing they too were in danger; says Faamey Bariyow, a resident in the area on telephone to API.

This was not thefirst timean officer has been murdered in the area. Severalofficers and government soldiers have lost their lives in separate incidents. Recently Alshabaab militants overrun the district, killing and wounding government soldiers in the district.

Southern and central Somalia towns have been hardest-hit with insurgent attacks, including roadside bombings, assassinations and guerilla attacks on government forces and Ethiopian soldiers. Incidents have been reported inBayand central regions.

Somalia was plunged into anarchy after the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, when warlords used their clan based militias to remove the dictator, thereafter starting to fight one another because they could not agree on leadership. This has caused many to lose their homes becoming displaced in their own country.


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