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My sister-in-law just sent me this…

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

by Dayton Ohio for Obama

Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 04:32:17 PM PDT

First I have to state that my brother married a woman who is fundamentalist Christian. We have had limited political conversations when we get together for family doings because my wife and I are Democrats and they are Republicans. With this current election, I believe so strongly that Obama is right for the country, the world, and yes…people of all faith including Christians, that I have taken the liberty of emailing them – just ever so infrequently – well written articles that objectively discuss something about Obama that I think would be something they could relate to. Well after sending them something over the weekend, I get this in return:

Celeste and Loren Davis are Missionaries in Africa and can shed some light on one of our Presidential candidates.

Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and I don’t know the last count of the dead.

Obama under “friends of Obama” gave almost a million dollars to the opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is a socialist trained in East Germany . He has been trying to bring Kenya down for years and the last president threw him in prison for trying to subvert this country! December 27th elections brought cries from ODM (Odinga Camp) of rigged election. Obama and Raila speak daily. As we watch Obama rise in the US we are sure that whatever happens, he will use the same tactic, crying rigged election if he doesn’t win and possibly cause a race war in America .

What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a Muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fullfilllment of the 911 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true muslim way. We have been working with them for 20 years this July! He is not an American as we know it.

Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is world wide Jihad. All our friends in Europe are very disturbed by the mulsim infiltration into their countries. By the way, his true name is Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama. Won’t that sound sweet to our enemies as they swear him in on the Koran! God Bless you.

Pray for us here in Kenya . We are still fighting for our nation to withstand the same kind of assult that every nation, including America, is fighting. Takeover from the outside to fit the new world order. As believers, this means we will be the first targets. Here in Kenya, not one Mosque was burned down, but hundreds of churches were burned down, some with people in them, burned alive.

Jesus Christ is our peace but the new world order of Globalism has infiltrated the church and confused believers into thinking that they can compromise and survive. It won’t be so. I will send you a newsletter we sent out in February documenting in a more cohesive manner what I’ve tried to say in a few paragraphs.

Love, Celeste

Celeste and Loren Davis
About our Father’s business!
Luke 2:49b

Does anybody have any info that I can use to refute this outrageous bullcrap?! This email has been forwarded and reforwarded to a ton of people. It is crazy to believe that people would just take this kind of stuff at face value but I’m sure many do. I would love to hand her a substantiated response to shut this filth down, and at the same time email it to eveytbody on her distribution list.. Please help!!



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Sudan begins fragile walk to post-peace deal polls

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Sudan’s vice-president Salva Kiir Mayardit waves upon his arrival at the 12th Summit of the Comesa Authority of Heads of States and Government at the United Nations offices in Nairobi, Kenya, May 23, 2007. The summit ends today. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna (KENYA)

By BADRU MULUMBA, NATION Correspondent and Agencies

JUBA, Monday – The winners wined while the losers refused to leave their offices. Some refused to hand over party files to their successors while others appealed against the vote. Yet others instigated communal fighting.

The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movements (SPLM) grassroots elections early this year was an experiment in democracy in a region where the majority had never participated in an election.

And as Sudans ex-rebels formally start the countdown to next years poll, billed as the first truly democratic election in decades, the focus again turns, not just to the implications of the vote for the countrys democratisation, but also the anticipated fall-out.

Shortly before the party met to discuss the result, its deputy secretary general, Dr Ann Itto, told the Nation: This meeting is to get the Political Bureau to look at issues surrounding elections, given that the Election Bill was passed in Parliament, and now we have elections coming.

Signed election Act into law

Sudan must hold presidential and parliamentary elections by July 2009, according to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended a 21-year civil war.

On July 8, 2008, Sudans President Omar al-Bashir signed the Election Act into law. That means a national electoral commission must be created by August 8, a month after the the law was adopted.

President al-Bashir will name the nine-member commission, which must be approved by Vice President Salva Kiir, in line with the CPA.

There has been no democracy in the Sudan and no electoral bill in our country, Southern Sudans Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Martin Elias Lumoro, who is also chairman of Southern Sudan Democratic Forum, told reporters.

This is a milestone for us, but the polls represent a turning point for Sudan in another way. For the first time in the countrys history, the law under which the polls will be held takes into account the fears of the countrys different regions.

The SPLM has said Mr Kiir will run for the presidency come the elections.

Not active enough

The SPLM has registered tens of thousands of members in northern Sudan, but some in the north say Mr Kiir does not spend enough time in Khartoum, and that many SPLM ministers in the national government have not been active enough.

The most sensitive issue in the north-south accord is the central, disputed oil-rich region of Abyei, which will also vote on secession in 2011.

In the poll, some 270 representatives in the 450-member parliament will be elected directly. Political parties will nominate the rest of the MPs based on quotas, depending on the vote each party garners at the polls. A quarter of the seats will be reserved for women.

The leading Parties are the SPLM, the political arm of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), which fought a 21-year war for self-determination, and the National Congress Party (NCP), the precursor to the Islamic Salvation Front, which has been in power since President Omar al Bashir staged a coup in 1989. President al-Bashir won a five-year term in 1996, and another in 2006 as president. It was a one-man race since the opposition boycotted the polls.

At the end of the SPLM leaders meeting, the partys Deputy Secretary General for the north, Yassir Arman, expressed optimisim about the partys prospects in the region. He said he had been to more than 60 towns and villages in north Sudan and found the people passionate about the party.

However, neither party is expected to lose in its stronghold the NCP in the north and the SPLM in the south. greater activity is expected in the North because, unlike the south, it has other powerful parties and politicians.

The elections could have real significance for the realignment of forces in the country, and the victory might be determined by how the NCP and SPLM perform in the countrys east and west.

Eastern Sudan is the stronghold of the Beja Congress Party and the Eastern Front, and people in the area are likely to vote largely along ethnic lines.

Meanwhile, the east, although predominantly Muslim, has had a history of opposition to Khartoum, and is generally aligned with the rebels from the South.

But how will Darfuris vote? The region is predominantly Muslim but has a large African population. Darfur has generally aligned itself with the North, with many Darfuris providing foot-soldiers during fighting with the South.

Thus the election could be a referendum on the identity of Darfuris, and whether they are still hold religious prejudices against the South.

In addition, questions remain over whether the poll can be free and fair in a war-torn region, with poor technology and an almost non-existent infrastructure.

The census was an indicator of how the elections would be conducted: Three months after the event, forms containing the relevant data remain uncollected in village stores.

Another question being asked is whether the ruling party can oversee a credible election. Some people feel that for the South, the poll is coming too soon after it emerged from war and risks a return to violence.

Others are worried that in southern Sudan, which is ruled by a coalition of rebel groups, the elections could be a basis for instability.



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Gay bishop takes message to Lambeth under guard

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Bishop Gene Robinson from the U.S. the only openly gay bishop in the Anglican church reacts as he chats with someone at a stall during a tour of the “market place”, a collection of stalls run by Christian organizations on the fringes of the Lambeth Conference in Cantebury, southern England July 21, 2008. Robinson has been barred from attending the Lambeth conference, a meeting of bishops of the Anglican faith held once every 10 years, but is taking part in activities on the sidelines of the meeting. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)

The first openly gay bishop in the US Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is attending a gathering of bishops in Britain, accompanied by a bodyguard.

The Rev Gene Robinson was specifically not invited to attend the Lambeth Conference, the gathering of Anglican bishops held every 10 years in England.

But he is there, talking to his colleagues, although he cannot participate in formal meetings.\

I would rather be on the inside, he told The Washington Post. Its never OK to be relegated to the fringe by someone.

Robinsons 2003 consecration as bishop of New Hampshire has threatened to split the Anglican Communion, a loose confederation of national churches headed by Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, and the US. church.

More than 200 bishops, including many from Africa, stayed away from Lambeth, and some churches and dioceses in the US and Canada have put themselves under African and South American bishops.

Robinson said he hopes to convince more people it is possible to be unabashedly gay and unabashedly Christian. (Agencies)



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Dar MP dies in car crash

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Tarime Member of Parliament Chacha Zakayo Wangwe, 52, died Monday night in a road accident along the Morogoro-Dodoma highway.

Parliament was likely to adjourn its business on Tuesday to give MPs time to grieve.

The accident ended the political career for the first term MP from Mara region, who rose from the position of councillor to join Parliament on an opposition ticket.

Early police reports said the MP died instantly after his vehicle veered off the road and rolled several times.

Regional Police Commander Omari Mganga told The Citizen on phone that the cause of the accident was yet to be established.

It is too early to say how the accident occurred but his vehicle apparently lost control and rolled into a ditch. It had two tyre bursts, both on the right side from early observations on the scene.

The police chief said the MP was accompanied by a Dar es Salaam based businessman at the time of the accident.

Deus Francis Mallya was in the back seat and escaped with minor bruises. He was treated for shock soon after at the Kibaigwa dispensary where the body of the deceased was also kept for several hours.

The accident occurred at Panda-Mbili shortly before 9pm. The grey Toyota salon involved was the MPs private vehicle.

About 20 MPs were at the hospital to receive the body.

MPs Mgana Msindai and Habib Mnyaa mourned the MP, describing him as a dedicated debater.

The late Wangwe was elected in 2005 as Tarime MP on an opposition ticket and later took on the post of vice chairman in the party.

He was a few weeks ago involved in a bitter leadership row leading to his suspension. However, he vowed to soldier on and run for the post of chairman in November party elections.

Reports by Tom Mosoba, Samuel Kamndaya and Faraja Jube.



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Conference to Press AIDS Battle

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Universal Action Now is the theme of the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. From Washington, VOA’s William Eagle reports that among the factors that will be discussed at the conference are a lack of political will to allocate funding, and discrimination against those who are HIV positive.

Five years ago, a gang of men stoned to death South African AIDS activist Gugu Dlamini. Her offense: she announced on a Zulu language radio station that she was HIV-positive.

Violence is just one result of the stigma surrounding the disease and its carriers. This case and similar stories of abuse prompted Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa to attend the Mexico City gathering this year.

Cameron, who is HIV-positive, will lead a plenary session about one of the factors fueling stigma – the criminalization of those living with HIV.

The South Africa Supreme Court of Appeals justice says 11 African countries [including Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia] have statutes that can be used to prosecute HIV-positive people who do not inform their partners of their infection – even if they have not spread the virus.

Justice Cameron says the result is up to 30 million Africans who are likely carrying the virus, fail to get diagnosed. “The point I will make at the conference is that those statutes, apart from their very broad and vague wording, are very bad for the central issue of the epidemic, which is getting treatment to people. With criminal laws like that on the statute books, people are not going to want to be tested. Why would you if you are going to expose yourself to prosecution?,” he said.

Cameron is just one of 17 guest speakers to lead discussions on topics that are discouraging people from seeking treatment or gaining universal access to HIV medicine.

Other speakers include Malaysian AIDS Council president Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman.

She will address the conference on the legal obstacles to ending HIV transmission among people who inject drugs, a leading cause of the spread of AIDS worldwide. “Prevention needs to be strengthened … It is about evidence-based HIV prevention like needle exchange programs and authority [to initiate] opiate substitution programs …”

Dr. Adeeba explains that two non-addictive medicines, methadone and bupenorphine, can be given to wean drug users from heroin. Outreach workers can also provide them with clean needles.

But she says criminalization of drug use discourages some from seeking treatment. It also makes those who are HIV-positive more vulnerable to blood-borne infections like hepatitis-C.

She wants a debate over U.N. and national impediments to these strategies, such as zero tolerance policies that ban needle exchanges or the use of non-addictive opiate substitutes to prevent the spread of HIV among drug users who use needles.

The Buenos Aires based International Aids Society based in is conducting the Mexico City conference. Its president, Pedro Cahn says the meeting will also address a charge made by some – that the attention to HIV treatment and prevention weakens underdeveloped health care systems.

Dr. Cahn rejects the charge. “This is important because some voices have been raised claiming that we are putting too much money into the AIDS struggle and are weakening health-care systems, which is absolutely not true … African health-care systems were not OK before [the AIDS epidemic] and have become better after the opening of clinics. [Now] people have at least one point of care in areas where nothing happened before.”

He says activists at the conference are likely to encourage the integration of reproductive health services with treatment for illnesses that further weaken immune systems infected with the HIV virus, like tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. They say the effort would not only strengthen national health-care systems, but help meet the U.N. goal of ensuring universal access to AIDS prevention and treatment by 2010.



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Kenya: Constitution Bills presented in parliament

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Written By:Nelly Moraa

Caption: Constitution Bills in parliament

The process towards a new constitution Tuesday moved toparliamentfollowingthe formal introduction of the Constitution Bills in parliamentby Justice minister Martha Karua.

The Constitution Amendment Bill that seeks to amend section 47A of the constitution to allow for the overhaul of the current constitution and the constitution review bill that provides the coordinated approach in which the process will be undertaken sailed through the first reading today.

This is the initial step towards legislation, the bills have now been referred to the relevant departmental committees for scrutiny and they will later be tabled for debate during the second reading.

Their formal introduction comes just days after Ikolomani MP Dr Bonny Khalwale raised concern over their delay expressing fears that parliament will proceed on recess dealing a blow to the speedy enactment of the constitution.

The Constitution Amendment Bill 2008 provides for the ratification of a new constitution through a referendum.

Both the constitution amendment bill and the constitution review bill are products of deliberations of the national accord and reconciliation committee that was initially chaired by Kofi Annan and later Oluyemi Adeniji at the Serena hotel.

The enactment of a new constitution was part of the deal reached towards addressing issues that triggered the post election violence witnessed after disputed presidential elections in Dec last year.

The parliamentary committee of finance and trade investigating the controversial sale of the grand regency hotel has concluded its probe and will submit its findings to parliament next Thursday.

Chairman of the finance and trade committee Chris Okemo informed parliament it is winding up on obtaining evidence and will now embark on writing its final report for presentation to parliament next Thursday.

Earlier national assembly speaker Kenneth Marende had demanded to know the outcome of the investigations following his directive to the committee on the 7th of July this year to commence investigations and report to parliament in two weeks.

Marende said parliament was anxious to receive the committees report.

And the speaker undertook to deliver a ruling Wednesdayin connection with the conduct of the former Finance Minister Amos Kimunya at a public gathering over the weekend.

Gem member Jakoyo Midiwo raised the issue claiming that the finance minister cast aspersions on the parliament and MPs by claiming that had the speaker been in the country at the time the censure motion was introduced in parliament it wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

Midiwo sought to know why the former finance minister went against the speakers ruling delivered on the 8th July urging MPs not to comment on the issue of the grand regency outside the chamber pending the outcome of the report by the parliamentary committee investigating saga.

Midiwo claimed that the finance minister statement is an attempt to influence the probe by the parliamentary committee and the presidential commission set up to investigate the sale of the grand regency hotel.

Describing the matter grave, national assembly speaker Kenneth Marende said he will deliver his ruling on the matter tomorrow during the afternoon session.

Housing minister Soita Shitanda has been asked to explain why he stopped the sale of government houses.

Ikolomani Member of Parliament Dr Bonny Khalwale is seeking a ministerial statement on the matter demanding to know whether public servants who purchased the houses will be compensated after paying the initial deposit moving in and even renovating the houses with the hope of finally purchasing them.

Meanwhile,Water minister Charity Ngiluwas directed by the speaker to deliver a statement in regard to management changes she recently implemented in water boards.

The minister has received criticism over her actions and she moved to clarify the matter but owing to time constraints the speaker directed she delivers the ministerial statement tomorrow.

The ministry of energy became the fourth ministry to seek its budget approved by parliament today. Parliament has approved budgets of the ministries of Youth and Sports, Metropolitan, and Lands.

Parliament will debate the votes of ten ministries that it has lined up and the remaining will be passed in a process referred to as guilloitine.

All ministries budget must be approved by the 30th October this year.



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Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

The perennial and sometimes chronic heartbreaking shortage of anti-retroviral drugs which has become the nightmare of thousands of HIV/AIDS patients in Togo, and other West African countries will soon be a thing of the past when a new pharmaceutical company which has just received a big financial booster from the Ecowas Bank for Investment and Development, EBID starts production in four months time in Lom.
The glimmer of hope was raised here for the hard hit HIV AIDS and tuberculosis patients straddled across west Africa following the signing of a loan agreement for 5,7 billion CFA francs about 13 million US Dollars between the EBID and a UK Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company, Sprugfield with a branch in Togo.
Lal Varindani said with this loan agreement signed with EBID Ecowas Bank for Investment and Development we are going to finance extra lines of anti-generic machinery . At the same time we are going to produce ARV medicines, anti-cancer, anti-tuberculosis drugs to serve the population not only of Togo but the entire sub-region.
On his side; the President of the EBID Bank Christian Adovelande declared The Ecowas Investment and Development Bank hopes through this initiative to encourage modern innovation and technology transfer through the manufacture of generic drugs in the sub-region.
In all togo has 150 000 patients suffering from HIV AIDS and only 6000 have access to the Anti retroviral drugs treatment.
According to Pascal Houeto Coordinator of Montligoen Togo ; an Roman Catholic NGO based in France this will help to relieve the HIV AIDS patients in Togo and the entire sub region as their lives hang over this treatment.
The manufacturing of ARV drugs by the Sprukfield UK in Togo will be the first of its kind in the Ecowas sub region




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When last did you pray?

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

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Subject: Our Father who art in heaven

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‘Christian Radich’ wins first stage of Tall Ships’ Race

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

The Norwegian sailing vessel Christian Radich has cruised to victory in the first stage of the Tall Ships Race from Liverpool to Mly on Norway’s west coast.

The Oslo-based sailing vessel Christian Radich was built in 1937 as a training ship. This week she won the first stage of the annual Tall Ships’ Race.


The Oslo-based three-masted vessel was the first to cross the finish line at Mly on Monday, but the various handicaps assigned to the other vessels in the race made it earlier unclear whether Christian Radich would actually be the winner.

Einar Corwin, director of the foundation controlling the graceful full-rigger, said the victory was important both for the ship and her crew.

The Russian vessel Mir came in second, followed by the German vessel Alexander von Humboldt.

The two other Norwegian tall ships sailing in the annual race Srlandet of Kristiansand and Statsraad Lehmkuhl of Bergen ended in sixth and ninth place respectively.

The vessels will remain in the harbor at Mly until Monday, when they’ll continue down the coast to Bergen. From there the second phase of the Tall Ships’ Race will begin on August 12, to Den Helder in the Netherlands.



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Heat wave due to taper off

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Oslo has just recorded its highest temperature in 53 years, but the capital’s sizzling days are about to end. Cooler weather and some rain are in the forecast.

Lots of people have been hopping into the Oslo Fjord the past week. Water temperatures have risen to a relatively warm but still refreshing 23C (73F) at several popular swimming spots like Huk at Bygdy.


Weather statistician Bernt Lie told news bureau NTB on Tuesday that Monday’s official high of 31.6C (nearly 89F) was the highest July temperature recorded in Oslo since 1955.

A weather station in Drammen recorded an all-time national high on Monday, with 33.2C (nearly 92F) at Berskog.

Fully 29 official weather stations in Norway recorded highs over 30C on Monday. It was the sixth day in a row of warm weather in southern Norway, followed by more relatively high temperatures on Tuesday.

That’s left the capital cooking, not least since few homes have air conditioning. Residents sat outside until late into the evening, while folks in Trondheim, Sarpsborg, Rena, Vigra, Stavanger and Kristiansand also recorded their warmest summer days in the past five years.

The heat wave is set to end on Wednesday, with cooler temperatures, and showers expected from Thursday. Thunderstorms also were likely, as cold and warm air collide in the skies.

Temperatures may fall to as low as 14C (57F) by Sunday, with highs around 20C (68F).

The good weather may continue in northern Norway, however, with Troms and Finnmark counties due for more sunshine through next weekend.



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Former US President Clinton to visit Liberia

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Former United States President Bill Clinton will pay a one-day visit to Liberia next Saturday to follow-up on the progress of his foundation which has been working in the country to fight malaria, according to an official statement released Tuesday.

The press secretary of the Presidential Mansion, Cyrus Badio told reporters in Monrovia on Tuesday that the former US president would follow-up on progress made by his Foundation to reduce the price of malaria drugs by 30 percent.

Clinton will also participate in an interactive radio show where the public will be allowed to quiz him on activities of his foundation, the statement said.

Saturdays visit is the second to Liberia by former president Clinton since Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ascended to the presidency. He is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Sirleaf.



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Egypt welcomes appointment of South African judge as UN human rights chief

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Egypt welcomed the decision of the secretary-general of the United Nations to appoint a South African judge “Navanethem Pillay” to the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Egyptian assistant Foreign Minister for international organizations Ambassador Naela Jabr told reporters Tuesday in Cairo that the appointment of such a prominent African personality is a culmination of the efforts of the African nations and peoples to uphold the values of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the continent.

Ambassador Naela Jabr affirmed that Egypt would continue the fruitful and constructive cooperation with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He therefore expressed the hope that the appointment of an African personality in this post would enhance efforts to deal with all human rights issues on an equal footing, to highlight the priorities of the developing countries in human rights issues and avoid politicization and double standards when dealing with such issues.



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Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

The head of the visiting military delegation of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) to Rwanda, General Kuol Arob, on Monday said the recent indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, though very much political and should be handled with care, is a case of no one being above the law for crimes against humanity.

Recently, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed for an arrest warrant against Bashir whom he accuses of genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the people of the troubled region of Darfur. The Sudanese government has from the word go, unilaterally rejected and rebuffed the indictment of its leader, describing it as political.

General Arob, who heads the SPLAs joint technical committee of the Joint Defense Board, is leading an eight-member military delegation to Rwanda on a week-long study tour of Rwandas military. On Monday, he held discussions with the Rwandan military chief of general staff, General James Kabarebe at the ministry of defense offices in Kigali.

Responding to the question of the ICC indictment of Bashir, Arob said: Despite the fact that the issue of indictments is political and not in anyway related to the military, in our view, we believe that no one is above the law or immune from justice. But we also recognize that there is too much hurry in issuing the indictments when the Darfur question is far from over. He noted that with the fragile situation in Darfur and hundreds of innocent people still suffering from the inhuman wrath of the Janjawid Islamists militias, peaceful resolution of the conflict should first be given chance.

The Rwandan military spokesman Major Jill Rutaremara said the indictment of Bashir should not be used as an excuse by the Sudanese government against peacekeepers in Darfur. He pointed out that the Rwandan soldiers in Darfur are not a fighting force but peacekeepers and that if Sudan; wanted us out of its soil, we should officially be informed and would be willing to withdraw than being attacked.

Five Rwandan peacekeepers and two police officers from Ghana and Uganda were killed early this month when a convoy they were escorting was ambushed in Shangiya Tobaya, 40km south of El-Fasher in Darfur.



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UN Security Council divided over indictment of Sudanese president

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council on Monday were divided over a proposal to suspend the International Criminal Court (ICC)s indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

South Africa, Libya, backed by China, Russia and Vietnam, sought an amendment that would defer for one year, renewable, any prosecution of Mr. Bashir.

After the meeting the United States ambassador Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters that it would be premature for the Security Council to suspend the ICC indictment.

Last week, Russias UN ambassador Mr. Vitaly Churkin said the council may consider suspending the ICC indictment. According to Mr. Churkin, Article 16 of the ICC statute “does give the Security Council certain political responsibilities.

Under Article 16 of the ICC statute, the 15-member Security Council can pass a resolution to defer an ICC investigation or prosecution for a period of 12 months.

“We are hopeful that we can come to an agreement that does not deal, in this resolution, with the issue of the deferral,” Mr. Khalilzad also said.

The chief prosecutor of the ICC, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, formally requested an arrest warrant on July 14 against the Sudanese president for alleged war crimes in Darfur.



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Nigerian leader reiterates plan to formally hand over Bakassi to Cameroon in August

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2008

Nigerias President Umaru Yaradua on Monday urged Cameroon to cooperate with Nigeria in providing infrastructure and facilities that will promote peace and progress in the Gulf of Guinea.

Receiving the special envoy of President Paul Biya of Cameroon, Mr Erube Iyisi, in Abuja, Yaradua reiterated the determination of Nigeria to hand over Bakassi to Cameroon on 14 August, 2008.

Yaradua said that Nigeria had no option than to hand over the disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon in line with the judgment of the International Court of Justice in The Hegue.

Responding, Iyisi said that an early hand over of Bakassi would be beneficial to Nigeria and Cameroon, especially the people of Bakassi.

Speaking after the meeting between Yaradua and the special envoy of President Biya, Nigerias minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, told journalists in Abuja that the Bakassi issue should not be allowed to mar the good and brotherly relations existing between Nigeria and Cameroon.

Maduekwe said the anxieties expressed by the Nigerian lawmakers over the fate of the displaced Nigerians from the Peninsula and other legal issues, was borne out of their concern for the welfare of the people and the resolution of all legal issues on the Peninsula.



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