- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003


28 killed, scores hurt in clan clashes

MOGADISHU — At least 28 persons were killed and 65 wounded in fighting at a village in central Somalia on Tuesday and early yesterday, elders and local officials told Agence France-Presse by telephone from Galkayo, capital of the Mudug region.

They said the fighting in the village of Afbarwaqo pitted “Sa’ad sub-clans and those of Saleban-Abdalla.”

The fighting occurred days after Somali leaders attending a peace conference at Nairobi in neighboring Kenya agreed to establish a federal government to rule their Horn of Africa country for the next four years. But on Sunday, the president of Somalia’s Transitional National Government rejected the accord.


Donors’ favorite feared by neighbors

KAMPALA — President Bush’s four-hour visit to Uganda tomorrow takes him to an East African state that has long been the darling of international donors but is accused of destabilizing its neighbors.

Since the early 1990s, Uganda consistently has been in the top ranks of the world’s least developed countries in terms of monetary assistance from rich states. Development aid gushes into Uganda, which is expected to get about $800 million in fiscal 2002-03, according to World Bank representative Robert Blake.

Under President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, the country has followed Western recipes for economic success, and when much of Africa pretended that AIDS did not exist, Uganda won praise for reducing its infection rate from 30 percent in 1990 to 6 percent today.

But Mr. Bush is being urged to bring up Mr. Museveni’s military interventions in neighboring countries.


British troops accused of rape

ARCHERS POST — The sight of a white man in uniform makes Halima Mohamud feel ill.

It revives memories of the day 10 years ago when, she says, British troops in Kenya on a military exercise raped her and her sister in the country’s remote northern scrubland. She wants compensation from the British government — a goal shared by 650 other women who also say they were raped by British soldiers in the African country from the 1970s onwards.

Mrs. Mohamud, 46, was one of dozens of women who left rural homes to queue up in this town 250 miles north of Nairobi to meet British lawyer Martyn Day, who is preparing lawsuits against the British government on their behalf.

Weekly notes …

President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo will not attend the Africa Union summit tomorrow and Saturday in Maputo, Mozambique. The 67-year-old president is trying to form a national unity government after his re-election last month; his newly re-appointed prime minister, Koffi Sama, will represent Togo in his place. … Francois Bozize, self-proclaimed leader of the Central African Republic, met this week with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in N’Djamena, Chad, diplomatic sources report. The meeting at Col. Gadhafi’s request comes after Gen. Bozize toppled Libyan-backed President Ange-Felix Patasse in March.

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