- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

Confessed killer's 'hit' said to be political

LUSAKA, Zambia An ex-convict has confessed to killing senior politician Paul Tembo and to involvement in a plot to assassinate other opposition leaders, police said yesterday.

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi told Agence France-Presse she discovered that Chrispin Mwale was involved in the killing, and arranged for police to hear his confession with her.

Mr. Mwale was taken to the central police station in Lusaka for questioning, but has not yet been charged with any crime. According to police, during his statement to Mrs. Nawakwi, Mr. Mwale said he was recruited in prison while serving a sentence for robbery and offered his release if he agreed to carry out political killings.


Rwanda to revive village justice

KIGALI, Rwanda The government, by reverting to an ancient tradition of people's courts to try to clear a backlog of trials over the 1994 genocide, is walking a tightrope between the quest for justice and the desire to restore social harmony.

The so-called "gacaca," which in precolonial days settled village disputes, are to be set up in the Central African country's nearly 11,000 districts starting today, when some 240,000 judges are to be elected.

They will hear testimony before and against tens of thousands of people accused of taking part in the genocide, orchestrated by the former ethnic Hutu government that killed between 500,000 and 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis and chiefly males, from April to July 1994.


Cameroon detains 2 secessionist leaders

YAOUNDE, Cameroon Security forces in Cameroon have arrested two leaders of the secessionist Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) party, their colleagues said Tuesday, after a rally in which three persons were killed by security forces in the English-speaking part of the country.

SCNC members told Agence France-Presse that Martin Luma, the movement's vice president for South-West Province, and Ngala Nfor, vice president for North-West Province, were arrested Monday during a secessionist march in the town of Bamenda.

Three demonstrators in the English-speaking part of Cameroon were killed and five injured on Monday when security forces broke up a rally in Kumbo, north of Bamenda, hospital sources said.


Weekly notes

Members in Gabon of the International Police Association have donated 4.5 million Central African francs ($6,300) to the U.S. branch of the IPA to assist families of police officers who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. "The Gabonese Section of the International Police Association cannot be content with supporting you verbally in this evil hour," wrote IPA national leader Nguetsara Lendoye in a letter to his U.S. counterpart Michael Lynch. "We wish to send [this money] to aid the families of our misfortunate friends who left us so brutally, victims of barbary."

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