Daily compilation of interesting news that broke today on the African continent
An advance team from the ICC will be flying into Kenya this week to begin investigations on the post-election violence of 2007 in Kenya, The Daily Nation reports. ICC’s chief prosecutor Luis-Moreno Ocampo will not be arriving until May. The advance team will sent the foundations for his work by gathering information from other organizations that have done investigations.
President Paul Kagame accused opposition leaders of contempt and talked about how politics in Rwanda is maturing yesterday. Opposition candidates for the August election have been criticized for being divisive and playing off Rwanda’s troubled ethnic past.
The Sudanese government and Darfur rebels have accused each other of breaking the rules of the ceasefire agreement signed in February. The government is accused of bombing rebel positions on Monday, while the government accuses the JEM rebels of taking more territory in the west. Both acts are in violation of the ceasefire agreement.
Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua had a second prayer meeting yesterday over his ailing health. He has seen very little people over the last five months, but a few guests have been able to see him lately, which could mean he is recovering. In the meantime, stand-in President Goodluck Johnson is set to inaugurate his own new cabinet today.
A South Korean destroyer has caught up the Samho Dream, an oil tanker seized by Somali pirates. At this time it’s unclear what kind of action, if any, the destroyer will take against the pirates.
AWB, the party of white supremacist Eugene Terre’blanche, who was killed over the weekend, said that it will not retaliate with violence. This is a retraction of an earlier statement saying his killing was a “declaration of war” by blacks against whites. The accused, who have admitted to the crime, are due to arrive in court Tuesday. AWB has been warned not to protest around the court.
UN-backed Congolese soldiers have retaken the airport captured by Enyele rebels on Sunday. The rebels have fled into the forest and are being pursued by MONUC and Congolese forces.