- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2004

CONGO

Former prosecutor sentenced to die

KINSHASA — The top military court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced former military prosecutor Col. Charles Alamba Mungako and 10 other persons to death in a murder trial Tuesday.

Alamba was charged with the September 2003 murder of Steve Nyembo, the human resources director in the country’s tax administration. The High Military Court in Kinshasa sentenced another of the defendants to life imprisonment, and a 13th was jailed for four years. The court acquitted six defendants.

Verdicts handed down by the court are without appeal, but civilians among those sentenced do have the right to go to the Supreme Court, a defense attorney said.

NIGERIA

Talks derailed on gasoline prices

ABUJA — Talks between the Nigerian government and trade unions broke down yesterday, leaving the country on the brink of a fuel price strike that could force up already soaring world oil prices.

The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) warned that its members will begin a general strike Monday to protest gasoline price increases in Africa’s largest oil exporter. A meeting here ended without agreement when the NLC protested that the government had sent only a low-level representative to negotiate.

SENEGAL

African Union honors Nobelists

DAKAR — African Nobel Prize laureates and heads of state were expected here yesterday for an African Union-sponsored conference on peace and the continent’s renaissance.

Confirmed participants at the evening gala in their honor included former South African President Frederick de Klerk, who earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with former President Nelson Mandela for their efforts to end apartheid, and Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1986.

Weekly notes

A Kenyan tribunal has cleared one of 23 judges suspended last year amid accusations of corruption and allowed him to resume his duties at the court of appeal, an official statement said Tuesday. “The tribunal found that none of the allegations of misbehavior made against Justice Phillip Waki have been established,” President Mwai Kibaki’s office said in the statement, and he “ought not to be removed from office.” … Locusts said to be more voracious than those that have eaten vast tracts of crops across West Africa have swarmed through southern Guinea near the border with Liberia, Guinean radio said yesterday. A correspondent in the south said swarms of locusts “completely destroyed in a few hours” several thousand acres of forest and rice paddies. Farm officials said three more districts — Nzerekore, Lola and Macenta — were threatened.

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