- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Iran to construct hydroelectric plant

HARARE — Iran and Zimbabwe signed a $200 million agreement last week to build a hydroelectric power plant in Zimbabwe, the largest Iranian project in Africa to date.

Under the four-year pact signed by Iran’s Farab and Zimbabwe’s Zesa companies, Iran will construct two units of the Kariba power plant that will have a total generating capacity of 300 megawatts.


Walkout interrupts officers’ massacre trial

BRAZZAVILLE — Families of some of the 350 Congolese refugees killed in 1999 on a beach near Brazzaville boycotted the resumed trial Tuesday of 13 senior military and police officers and two civilians accused of war crimes, rape and murder.

When hearings resumed, only three of the families that are civil parties to the case were present, and a fourth was represented by a lawyer. The boycott followed the court’s rejection Monday of a complaint by their attorney that the nine judges all had been appointed by President Denis Sassou Nguesso in violation of the constitution.

“We are waiting for the court to satisfy the request of [lawyer Herve Ambroise Malonga]. Until then, we are suspending our participation in the trial,” said Jean Mabanza, head of the committee representing families of those killed.


King signs charter that changes nothing

LUDZIDZINI — Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, has signed Swaziland’s first constitution, which preserves his sweeping powers and still outlaws political parties.

The monarch on Tuesday put his signature on the law, which took eight years to be drafted, before waving it for all to see during a gathering attended by about 5,000 people at the queen mother’s palace at Ludzidzini, outside the capital, Mbabane.

Weekly notes

Viewers in the United States who get their cable TV from Cox Communications soon will be able to see programs straight from Africa. Starting in September, the African Channel, based in New York and Johannesburg, will offer African soap operas, music programs, reality shows and news, said James Makawa, the channel’s chief executive officer. … At least eight persons were killed and eight were wounded in an attack on a Sudanese refugee camp by Ugandan rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a newspaper reported yesterday. The English-language daily Khartoum Monitor said LRA rebels also abducted a girl and a man and looted property in their attack Tuesday on the camp near Juba, near the Ugandan border.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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