- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2002

Togo denies claims by ex-prime minister
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Togo's anti-corruption commission denies accusations by sacked Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo that President Gnassingbe Eyadema accepted lavish gifts.
The commission replied point-by-point on Tuesday to a 14-page document Mr. Kodjo issued when he was fired a week ago, in which he denounced the "iniquitous regime" of Mr. Eyadema, Africa's longest-serving ruler, and accused him of "using the judicial system for political ends."

Equality of sexes seen as key to prosperity
LUANDA, Angola Peace and equality of the sexes are needed if African women are to improve their living conditions, said delegates at a meeting yesterday of the Panafrican Women's Organization.
War is "a brake on the fight against poverty," Angola's first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, told the meeting. "First, peace is needed on the continent before women can win the battle against poverty," she said.

Sudan's president meets with senior U.S. official
KHARTOUM, Sudan A senior U.S. State Department official held talks with President Omar Bashir here Tuesday and said the Bush administration was "encouraged" by efforts by Sudan and rebel groups to end their 19-year civil war.
"The willingness of both parties to reach peace has encouraged the administration to carry on with its efforts towards reaching peace in Sudan," Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner told reporters after the meeting late Tuesday.

Municipal workers strike in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG Striking municipal workers threw garbage cans into the streets and emptied litter bags yesterday as they marched through this city to demand a 10 percent pay increase and a minimum monthly wage of 2,200 rand ($220 U.S.).
Services were interrupted throughout South Africa as the indefinite strike began Tuesday, but it was not clear how many of the 100,000-member Municipal Workers Union had participated.
The Local Government Association is offering an 8 percent pay increase. "This offer is an insult and appallingly low," union official Mike Mthembu said in Pretoria.

Weekly notes
Renewed rebel activity in northern Uganda threatens to hurt the East African country's latest attempt to revive its beleaguered tourism industry, Ignatius Nagishero, marketing manager for the Uganda Tourist Board, told Reuters news agency yesterday. Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army last week killed seven game rangers and abducted 15 in Murchison Falls National Park. South Africa's last white president, F.W. de Klerk, said yesterday that a $50 billion class-action suit seeking huge apartheid reparations was raising false hopes among thousands of victims and threatens efforts to reconcile blacks and whites. Mr. de Klerk said the suit against foreign banks and companies filed by U.S. lawyer Ed Fagan probably would fail, but he feared it also could discourage foreign investment in South Africa.

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