- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2001

Exposing hoax cure brings death threats
LAGOS, Nigeria Former military intelligence officer Mohammed Farouk, leader of the Nigerian AIDS Alliance, received death threats Tuesday after criticizing on TV Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka's claim to have found a cure for the disease.
"The threats came one after the other. They warned me against speaking out again against those claiming to have the cure for HIV/AIDS," he told Agence France-Presse. "I am not bothered by the threats, but my wife is worried."
Mr. Farouk, who is HIV-positive, was one of 30 military officers who last year tested a so-called cure produced by Dr. Abalaka, who has sold the treatment to thousands. His claims have been dismissed as nonsense by the Nigerian Health Ministry. Mr. Farouk said a dozen of 30 military officers who tried the "cure" last year have died of AIDS-related diseases.

Uganda mediates among Congo rebels
KAMPALA, Uganda Uganda-backed rebel leaders in eastern Congo are in Kampala to try to resolve their differences, a government official said yesterday.
"Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, Mbusa Naymwisi and John Tibisima [all heading rival factions in the Congolese Democratic Rally (RCD)] are around," said Col. Kahinda Otafire, regional cooperation minister.
Col. Otafire said he had asked Lt. Gen. Tinyefuza, senior presidential security adviser, to try and sort out the problems of Uganda's Congolese allies "because of their involvement in all the constant bickering and fighting and confusion."
Mr. Wamba dia Wamba headed RCD-Kisangani until Nov. 20, when Mr. Nyamwisi declared himself leader and Mr. Tibisima the No. 2 leader. Ethnic clashes subsequently resumed.

Rwanda tribunal won't probe its own
ARUSHA, Tanzania An official at the U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda says nine tribunal employees accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide will not be investigated.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda checks the backgrounds of employees and has "an independent way of conducting our investigations for any doubtful characters," said Adama Dieng, the tribunal's registrar.
Martin Ngoga, Rwanda's representative to the tribunal, said Monday that nine of the 10 Rwandans working there were genocide suspects.

Weekly notes
Mark Shuttleworth, 28, a South African millionaire, signed a contract yesterday to become second space tourist aboard a Russian shuttle to the International Space Station. The first was American businessman Dennis Tito, 60, who paid his own fare to the ISS in a 10-day mission last April. Former Botswanan leader Ketumile Masire winds up a three-day visit to Blantyre today to brief Malawian President Bakili Muluzi on peace talks among domestic parties in the Congo. The former Botswanan president took over the rotating chairmanship of the 14-member Southern African Development Commmunity in August and has initiated peace efforts in Angola and Congo, both SADC members.

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