- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2001

Nairobi gets former mayor back
NAIROBI, Kenya — Nairobi replaced its mayor yesterday after the incumbent was forced not to seek re-election by his party over charges of corruption and mismanagement, state radio reported.
Former Mayor Dick Waweru of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) won votes from 48 City Council members to grab the seat for a second time, even though a rival DP candidate, Josephat Kiragu, who garnered 23 votes, enjoyed the official backing of the party.

Congo says others trying to restart war
KINSHASA, Congo — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government has accused antagonists Rwanda and Uganda of trying to reignite war despite promises to put away their weapons and withdraw troops.
A DRC government commissioner assigned to work with the U.N. peacekeeping force deployed in Congo said Uganda provided weapons and ammunition last month to its rebel allies from the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) in the northwestern Equateur province.

A power cut for the president
ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's cash-strapped state-run electricity company NEPA is threatening to disconnect the office of President Olusegun Obasanjo if he does not pay his bill within a month, reports said yesterday.
Mr. Obasanjo's presidential villa, the national parliament and other "big and sensitive consumers" owe the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) $240 million in unpaid bills, NEPA spokesman Mohammed Mousa-Booth told Nigerian journalists late Tuesday.

Fears of upsurge in racial conflict
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Violence between white farmers and blacks in Zimbabwe in which two persons have been killed and several injured in recent weeks has sparked fears of an upsurge in racial conflict ahead of presidential election next year.
"I think in the months to come we are going to see a lot of racial tension as part of a conflict that is going to manifest itself in many other forms, including interparty conflict," said Joseph Kurebwa, a University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer.
He was commenting on clashes in the northwestern town of Chinhoyi on Monday between white farmers and blacks who have settled on their land, which left several people injured on both sides and saw 23 farmers arrested.

Family urges ex-ruler's arrest
LAGOS, Nigeria — The family of the powerful former security chief to late military ruler Sani Abacha has called for the arrest of Mr. Abacha's successor for corruption and murder, press reports said yesterday.
Maj. Hamza Mustapha was chief security officer to Mr. Abacha during his 1993-1998 reign and was detained shortly after he died and was replaced by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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