- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 3, 2005


Trial of priest for genocide put off

ARUSHA, Tanzania — The resumption of the trial of the first Catholic priest to face genocide charges before the U.N.-mandated international court for Rwanda has been postponed indefinitely, officials said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the war crimes trial of four ex-ministers who served in the Rwandan government during the genocide resumed before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda after a five-month break, they said.

The Rev. Athanase Seromba, 42, is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity. The most serious charge relates to an April 1994 incident in which Hutu militants massacred about 2,000 Tutsis in his parish church.


Mbeki sees free vote in Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN — South African President Thabo Mbeki yesterday said a crunch parliamentary vote in Zimbabwe this month would be free and fair, underlining that it was the only country in southern Africa with proper electoral laws.

“I have no reason to think that anybody in Zimbabwe will militate in a way so that the elections will not be free and fair,” Mr. Mbeki told a press conference in Cape Town addressed jointly by outgoing Namibian President Sam Nujoma.

“There will be a free and fair election in Zimbabwe,” said Mr. Nujoma, who steps down later this month.

Mr. Mbeki, who has drawn flak for his unstinted support and kid-gloves approach to long-serving Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe — whose regime has been accused of making a farce of democracy and elections — said Harare had addressed key issues ahead of the March 31 vote.


Imports to revive white rhino stock

KAMPALA — Uganda will import four white rhinos from neighboring Kenya this month in a bid to reintroduce the endangered species that is no longer found in the wild here, officials said Tuesday.

The two male and two female white rhinos will arrive from Kenya at the end of March and will be brought to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in central Uganda, where they will join two others now in a Ugandan zoo, they said.

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