. Africa News .

South Sudan president retires over 100 army generals
by Staff Writers
Juba (AFP) Feb 18, 2013

Guinean governor charged with torture
Conakry (AFP) Feb 16, 2013 - The governor of Guinea's capital Conakry has been charged with alleged acts of torture committed in October 2010, a judicial source said Saturday, in a move praised by rights groups.

Sekou Resco Camara was questioned and indicted by a Dixxin court, on the outskirts of Conakry, on Thursday after prosecutors last year opened an investigation into the case, the source said.

The governor is accused of arbitrarily arresting and detaining several people who were then subjected to "acts of torture" in his presence.

The former head of the Guinea army, General Nouhou Thiam, and the army's deputy chief of staff, Commander Abubakar Sidiki Camara, are also suspects in the case.

At the time of the alleged crimes, Guinea was led by General Sekouba Konate's transitional government. Following November 2010 elections, Konate was replaced by Alpha Conde -- the country's first democratically elected president.

Rights groups said the charges were an important step for a country marked by a history of political and military violence.

"This is very good news, carrying a strong message: no one is above the law, not even the forces of law and order," said Thierno Maadjou Sow, the head of the OGDH Guinean human rights group.

"With the indictment of Conakry's governor for acts of very serious nature, the Guinean justice sends an important signal in the fight against impunity," said Souhayr Belhassen, head of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

South Sudan has retired over 100 generals as part of a sweeping restructuring of the former rebel force, in a move partly aimed at demilitarising the fledgling nation's government, officials said Monday.

The presidential decree to retire 117 generals follows similar orders last month for 35 other generals and all six deputy army chiefs of staff.

"They all finished their time in the military service so they are retired but are paid...There must be new blood to come up for a change, because we are a new nation at last," army spokesman Kella Kueth told AFP.

South Sudan won independence from former civil war foe Sudan in July 2011, facing a raft of challenges to rebuild the conflict-ravaged nation, including turning a bloated guerrilla army of some 200,000 troops into a regular force.

The army absorbed several former rival rebel factions -- some once acting as proxy forces for Sudan -- as part of peace building efforts, swallowing up large chunks of the impoverished nation's budget.

Several of the generals now hold government positions, too.

"It is a way of separating the military and civilians, which the army has not been very good at for years. So it's a positive change", said one Western diplomat on condition of anonymity.

But with rebel militia forces still operating and a pension system not yet implemented, stripping army commanders of both title and salary would be a dangerous move.

"This is about cleaning up the administration and professionalizing the army, but it is a delicate process and has to be done slowly," Matthew LeRiche, an academic and expert on the former South Sudanese rebel force said.

Guinean soldiers occupy Ivorian village in border dispute
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 18, 2013 - Soldiers from Guinea have occupied a village in Ivory Coast as a decades-old border dispute flares up, Ivorian security sources said Monday.

An Ivorian soldier in the area told AFP, when reached by telephone from Abidjan, that "around 50 Guinean soldiers armed with Kalashnikovs" took over the village of Kpeaba.

Kpeaba lies close to the town of Sipilou, around 15 kilometres (nine) from Ivory Coast's border with Guinea.

"They have taken down the Ivorian flag and raised the Guinean one," said the soldier with the FRCI, the Ivorian army.

"The situation is tense, a contingent of FRCI troops is stationed seven kilometres" from Kpeaba, he said.

A member of the Ivorian police force said "the incursion and occupation date from the beginning of February."

The source added that the Guineans had ousted the Ivorian village chief and brought in their own on Saturday.

The dispute between the two former French colonies dates back to the days of independence, he said.

Guinea gained independence from France in 1958 and Ivory Coast followed suit in 1960.

"A joint Ivorian-Guinean commission is needed to settle this dispute" and "demarcate definitively this part of the border," the police source said.

The western region of Ivory Coast is the most unstable in the country.


Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Get Our Free Newsletters
Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear


US warns of tensions on Sudan-S.Sudan border
Khartoum (AFP) Feb 15, 2013
The United States on Friday warned of a dangerous increase in tensions on the undemarcated border between Sudan and South Sudan after reports of clashes between the two sides. Washington is "deeply concerned" by the reported incidents in disputed border areas between South Sudan's Upper Nile state and Sudan's Blue Nile, the US embassy in Khartoum said. These included "reports of Sudanese ... read more

Marsh plants actively engineer their landscape

Advance promises to expand biological control of crop pests

Buffaloes a divisive link to Hong Kong's past

Mexico to slaughter a half million chickens over bird flu

Quantifying Sediment From 2011 Flood Into Louisianas Wetlands

Japanese scientists hunt for groundwater

Landslides delivered preferred upstream habitats for coho salmon

Middle East river basin has lost Dead Sea-sized quantity of water

US protesters urge Obama to act on global warming

Senators propose first US carbon tax

GAO: Climate Change a risk for the U.S.

Americans back climate change regulation, not taxes

Cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent

Bulgarians protest high energy costs

Genscape Announces Strategic Partnership with Murex to Create Supply of QAP-A RINS

Diageo Transitions to 100 Percent Renewable Electricity at its North American HQ

Herty Advanced Materials Opens First New Pellet Mill

California is the Top State in US for Advanced Biofuel Companies

Newly discovered plant structure may lead to improved biofuel processing

Hydrothermal liquefaction - the most promising path to a sustainable bio-oil production

Four guilty of manslaughter in Italy quake trial

Warning of emergency alert system hacks

No health effects from Fukushima: Japan researcher

Aid trickles into tsunami-hit Solomons despite aftershocks

Live ammunition found at Mozambique rubbish dump

Bisphenol A may not be negatively affecting humans: studies

Anxiety drug pollution makes fish go rogue: study

Philippine development sparks 'sunset' protest

Hong Kong Disneyland turns a profit for first time

British government split on dealing with China: report

Myanmar rejects 'white phosphorus' claim report

Private gold prospecting catching on

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement