Archive for Africa
The hard times dogging suspended junior Labour minister Herbert Kabafunzaki seem far from over with the embassy of South Korea now accusing him of detaining their national after he allegedly refused to pay a $5,000 (Shs18m) bribe. In an April 24 letter to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) CID chief, and signed by Korean Consul Lee Chunghee, Mr Kabafunzaki is alleged to have asked Mr Woo Junghoon, a Korean investor, to first pay $5000 in order to secure a letter of intent to invest in Uganda. But Mr Kabafunzaki dismissed the bribery allegation on phone although he acknowledges the accusers visited his office and looked suspicious, a reason he handed them over to the ministry’s security personnel.
Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned Morocco’s ambassador here on Sunday in protest of Morocco’s accusations that Algeria expelled Syrian refugees into Morocco. “Following serious accusations by Moroccan authorities that blame Algeria for forcing Syrian refugees to illegally enter Moroccan territories from the two countries’ shared border, Algeria has expressed to the Ambassador of Morocco its categorical rejection for these false allegations,” a ministry statement said. Earlier on Sunday, Moroccan media reported that 55 Syrian refugees from Algeria were left helpless near the country’s borders with Algeria, noting that Moroccan authorities prevented them from entering the country and accused its western neighbor of forcing them into Morocco.
The Russian Embassy in South Africa has denied that 25 men have been brought into Cape Town to bolster a faction of the underworld, intent on taking over club security. News24 earlier this month reported that several sources had said that a change in visa regulations between Russia and South Africa may have spurred a massive underworld coup, and that Eastern European men had been brought into the country as part of this. The nightclub security takeover was carried out in the early hours of March 31, the day after visa-free travel was introduced between Russia and South Africa. It is understood this is under investigation by the authorities. Well-placed sources said Russian men had been brought into the country. However, in a statement issued via Twitter, the Russian Embassy in South Africa denied this. “Even in terms of geography, unnamed citizens of Eastern Europe and Ukraine, either real or imaginary, come from Eastern Europe and Ukraine, and visa regulations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa cannot be applied to them. The embassy labelled the News24 article as “fake news”. Several well-placed sources told News24 that those recently brought into the country were guided by a Ukrainian businessman based in Cape Town, allegedly with close ties to the underworld. Previously Yuri “the Russian” Ulianitski, who was referred to as “the Russian”, but who was Ukrainian, and who was killed in Milnerton in 2007, had run a bouncer racket in Cape Town.
Terror group Boko Haram had aimed to attack the UK ans US embassies in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja. Nigerian security forces revealed the prevented the ISIS-linked militants from carrying out deadly assaults on the foreign offices. The Department of State Services said five suspects have now been arrested over the plot. DSS official Tony Opuiyo said the alleged Boko Haram members were based in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory between March 25 and 26. He said in a statement: “The group had perfected plans to attack the UK and American Embassies and other western interests in Abuja.”
Liberian officials say “a crook” in Spain has sold Liberia’s embassy there at over US$1m, but Spanish government have already seized proceeds of the sale and were trying to return the buyer’s money and give back Liberia its foreign mission property. Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Federick D.Cherue said the dealer sold the embassy over US$1m, and Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara said the sale of the embassy did not link any Liberian. Without naming the buyer, Minister Kamara said the dealer actually sold the property to a man, but said further it has become a courtcase. Justice Minister Frederick Cherue said “this property was sold by a crook” who is in such habit … of causing confusion in Europe. The Justice Minister added that the alleged embassy seller forged the signatures of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Justice in the process. The Liberian Attorney General said the suspect sold the embassy over US$1 million; but the government of Spain was trying to get the money to give it back to the buyer of the property.
Nigeria on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner over the recent attack on Nigerian students in Greater Noida. Permanent Secretary of Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Olushola Enikanolaiye met Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Nagabushana Reddy and asked the Indian government to ensure action against those who assaulted four Nigerian nationals on Monday in Greater Noida. According to a report in Nigerian media, Nigeria has asked the Indian Government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attack. Five people have been arrested so far in connection with attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida following the death of 17-year-old student Manish Khari who died of a suspected drug overdose. Residents claim that Khari procured drugs from the Africans residing in Greater Noida. They have also demanded that the Nigerian students be charged with Khari’s murder.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday said the U.N. is partnering with a “corrupt” government in Congo, and she supports a large cut in the world’s largest peacekeeping mission there. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.N. mission in Congo “is aiding a government that is inflicting predatory behavior against its own people.” Her comments came a day after Congo said the bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator for the U.N. and a Congolese colleague were found Monday in a shallow grave in a region that has seen months of deadly violence between government troops and local militias. Congo says it will investigate.