- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2003


Government prepares to thwart terrorism

NAIROBI — More than 150 foreigners have been detained in this East African country this month as the government steps up security amid fears of a terrorist attack.

“Quite a number of people have been arrested in a nationwide swoop on people who are staying in Kenya illegally,” said police spokesman Jesse Mituki. “A good number of aliens were picked up from Eastleigh,” a Nairobi suburb mostly inhabited by refugees from Somalia, he said.

The roundup began early this month after National Security Minister Chris Murungaru warned of the increased likelihood of another terrorist attack in the country. In November, suicide bombers blew up a hotel near Mombasa used mainly by Israeli tourists and tried to shoot down an Israeli passenger jet as it took off from the port city.


Claims conflict over warlord’s demise

MONROVIA — Slain Sierra Leone warlord Sam Bockarie, who was wanted for crimes against humanity, was hired by foreign powers to overthrow Liberian President Charles Taylor, Defense Minister Daniel Chea told reporters late Tuesday.

Mr. Chea denied that Bockarie and his family were killed by Liberian authorities to prevent him from testifying about Mr. Taylor’s role in Sierra Leone’s civil war. Liberia said Bockarie was killed in a clash with government troops May 6. But the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy said Bockarie died fighting their men.

Officials from the United Nations tribunal on Sierra Leone accused Liberia of killing Bockarie and his family.


Preacher’s coalition joins ruling party

LUSAKA — The opposition National Citizens Coalition (NCC) and its charismatic leader, Nevers Mumba, have joined the ruling party, saying they want to help President Levy Mwanawasa fight graft, an official said yesterday.

Mr. Mumba, a well-known pentecostal Christian televangelist, ran against Mr. Mwanawasa in the 2001 elections but did poorly.

Mr. Mumba becomes the second losing presidential candidate to dissolve his party and join the ruling MMD. Last year, Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, who lost to Mr. Mwanawasa, joined the MMD and was immediately appointed ambassador to the United States.

Weekly notes …

The president of the U.N. tribunal trying suspected leaders of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Norwegian Judge Erik Mose, who was elected by his peers Tuesday, is under pressure to speed the work of a huge bureaucratic machine often criticized for its slowness. Since its creation in 1994, the tribunal — which employs 872 persons, many of them senior U.N. bureaucrats, and has a budget of $177 million for this year — has tried 14 of about 60 former Rwandan officials it has detained. … Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe left Harare yesterday to attend the inauguration today in Abuja of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Opposition parties are challenging in court the result of the April 19 election, charging widespread ballot-rigging.

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