- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 17, 2003

UGANDA

Free antiretrovirals for HIV patients soon

KAMPALA — Uganda will start supplying free antiretroviral drugs in February to people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, Health Minister Brig. Jim Muhwezi said yesterday. The country has achieved remarkable success in fighting AIDS, cutting HIV infection rates from 30 percent in 1990 to about 5 percent now.

“It is going to be gradual. We shall start with orphans, people involved in the mother-to-child transmission program, health workers who contract the disease while carrying out their duties, and other less privileged groups,” Dr. Muhwezi told Agence France-Presse in a telephone interview.

International donors, including the U.N. Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, expect to hand out nearly $280 million to fight AIDS in Uganda, according to the minister.

KENYA

Moi will defyprobers of sla ying

NAIROBI — A parliamentary committee investigating the unsolved 1990 slaying of a prominent minister has told former president Daniel arap Moi to appear before it or risk prosecution, its chairman said.

“The committee has issued instructions to Mr. Moi, who was then head of state, to appear before it to clarify some issues. The committee has proposed that he appear on Jan. 5,” Eric Sungu told Agence France-Presse. “The committee has every right to summon [him], given that he made statements that created an impression that his government was aware of the death.”

COMOROS

African leaders will tackle turmoil

NAIROBI, Kenya — South African President Thabo Mbeki and several other top African officials are expected in the Comoro Islands of the Indian Ocean this weekend for talks aimed at resolving the archipelago’s persistent political turmoil, an African Union (AU) source said yesterday.

The president of the Union of the Comoros, Col. Azali Assoumani, and the leaders of the country’s constituent semiautonomous islands, are expected to take part in the summit.

Weekly notes …

Khartoum and a west Sudan rebel group said yesterday that peace talks aimed at ending an uprising have failed, threatening an upsurge in fighting that aid workers say has already displaced half a million people. The government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army blamed each other for the collapse of talks. A government official said a cease-fire in place since September was now over. The SPLA said it would declare a formal end to the truce if attacked. … More than 11,000 Liberian fighters have given up their weapons since the start of a disarmament to end 14 years of war, the United Nations said before starting a month-long break in the program yesterday. The U.N. force said it will use the break, which runs until Jan. 20, to improve capacity and upgrade living quarters at the camp.


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