- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 4, 2004

SIERRA LEONE

Kabbah to host Ivory Coast summit

FREETOWN — Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah will host his counterparts from Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso at a one-day “peace-building meeting” tomorrow to resolve problems stemming from the unrest in Ivory Coast.

Presidential spokesman Kanji Daramy said the leaders were expected to “harmonize the political differences that have threatened to disrupt the traditional friendly ties between them as a result of the current unrest in Ivory Coast.”

All four leaders participated in a marathon two-day summit in the Ghanaian capital of Accra last week that produced an agreement and timetable for reconciling the divided Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and a crucial linchpin for troubled West Africa.

KENYA

Minister criticized after hostage ‘hoax’

NAIROBI — Kenya’s press angrily demanded the removal of the country’s foreign minister after his weekend announcement that seven hostages held in Iraq had been released, which it said turned out to be a “cruel hoax.”

On Sunday, Chirau Ali Mwakwere announced the release of seven truck drivers, including three Kenyans, who had been held in Iraq since July 21, triggering jubilation among the hostages’ relatives, who had been on tenterhooks for days.

Although their release was denied by several sources in Baghdad and Kuwait City, Mr. Mwakwere continued to claim that they had been released and were safe in the Egyptian Embassy in Baghdad.

GHANA

Deportees report harassment in Libya

ACCRA — Ghanaians recently deported from Libya complained that they were targets of violence and harassment before they were repatriated to the West African state.

“We were picked up from our workplaces and sent to police cells,” Francis Boateng said hours after she and more than 140 others arrived on their home soil.

“Many of us were hit with stones, clubs and other dangerous implements before being detained for over six months,” she said.

More than 20,000 Ghanaians are among the estimated 2 million sub-Saharan Africans thought to be living illegally in Libya.

ZIMBABWE

Academic arrested for addressing students

HARARE — Zimbabwean police arrested the leader of a teachers union at a university in the eastern city of Mutare on accusations that he addressed students without police clearance, a lawyer said.

Alec Muchadehama said Raymond Majongwe, secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, was arrested at Africa University in Mutare, near the border with Mozambique and about 156 miles east of Harare, the capital.

Mr. Majongwe was trying to promote unionism among students, the lawyer saids.

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