Africa – 4 March 2016

UN warns over rising tension after Uganda vote

The UN’s rights office voiced concern on Tuesday over rising tensions in Uganda following the arrest of opposition leaders and intimidation by the security forces during the country’s presidential election.

Uganda’s long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the February 18 vote with 60% support against 35% won by his main challenger, Kizza Besigye, who has rejected the results.



Defence force is ‘an asset to the economy’, says Mapisa-Nqakula

IN THE absence of a direct and dire threat to the country‚ the South African National Defence Force is a stabilisation force and therefore an asset to the economy‚ says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

She was speaking in Johannesburg on Thursday at the launch of the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC)‚ which will serve as a consultative body between the defence industry and the Department of Defence on matters of policy formulation and compliance‚ export support‚ armament acquisition and joint planning.

Ms Mapisa-Nqakula said the socioeconomic effect of security in Africa had recently been investigated by independent econometrists in a study for Armscor.



East Africa’s Shabaab ‘can survive for 30 years’

On a Sunday afternoon in late February a car exploded outside a crowded restaurant in Baidoa, Somalia, and moments later a suicide bomber blew himself up among fleeing survivors.

At least 30 people died in the attack, the latest by the Shabaab, a Somali-led al-Qaeda group in East Africa that continues to defy repeated predictions of its demise.



Angola takes up Security Council presidency

Angola has begun its Presidency of the UN Security Council with a push for a body to examine the role women play in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa.

Angolan Permanent Representative, Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins, also indicated that they will closely monitor the evolution of the peace agreement in South Sudan and its implementation as the Council weighs up whether to impose an arms embargo on the country, a move that Russia to date has fiercely resisted.