Africa – 3 June 2016

Uganda to cut ties with North Korea

Uganda will cut defence and security ties with North Korea in compliance with a broad array of the UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in March for its nuclear test and ballistic missile launch.

The announcement was made by former Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kutesa, during a press conference at State House in Entebbe on Sunday.

Kutesa’s announcement followed a visit to Uganda by South Korean leader Park Geun-Hye who held talks bilateral on defence and trade with with President Yoweri Museveni.



Call for Kenyan electoral officers to resign

Embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials are facing mounting pressure to vacate office and pave the way for new officials ahead of the 2017 general elections in Kenya.

The International Commission of Jurists – Kenya (ICJ Kenya) on Tuesday added their voice to demand that the IEBC officials do the honourable thing and resign from office as they were no longer “credible”.

Addressing a media briefing, ICJ Vice Chairperson Kelvin Mogeni dismissed the government’s proposed parliamentary process to remove the IEBC officers, saying a parliamentary process would be time consuming.



Moz clashes revive spectre of civil war

Decomposing corpses in the bush, destroyed villages, abductions – in the central Mozambican district of Gorongosa clashes between the army and rebels have revived the spectre of a civil war that ended 20 years ago.

“It has been two months since I have found these bodies and no one has come to remove them,” Donca Sabir, a local farmer, told AFP as he contemplated remains barely hidden among shrubs on his land.

Wearing scraps of civilian clothes, their trousers often pulled down, and their jaws open in macabre expressions of pain, the skeletal corpses lie just 100 metres from Mozambique’s main north-south road.