- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005


Protest leaders face treason charge

ADDIS ABABA — Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said yesterday his country’s recent violence was a misguided attempt at a Ukrainian-style Orange Revolution and that its leaders will be charged with treason.

At least 42 persons were fatally shot when police confronted demonstrators in the capital last week after the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy called for new protests against May elections it says the government manipulated.

The government denies ballot fraud. In the first reported unrest since Saturday, residents said two students in the western town of Ambo were killed in clashes with police yesterday. A hospital doctor confirmed the deaths, saying both victims suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body.


Belgian priest faces trial over genocide

KIGALI — A high court yesterday ordered the transfer of a Belgian priest arrested here in the capital two months ago on suspicion of genocide crimes to his native country to face trial, officials reported.

“The high court orders that Father Guy Theunis be transferred to Belgium, where he will be tried by Belgian courts,” Judge Tharcisse Karugarama said.

Father Theunis, 60, was arrested in September by Rwandan authorities and accused of complicity in the country’s 1994 genocide, in which about 800,000 people were killed.


Donors help fund free primary schools

NAIROBI — Donors are injecting $24.2 million into Kenya’s free public primary school system introduced after President Mwai Kibaki took office in 2003, the World Bank announced yesterday.

The funds will be directly disbursed to 18,000 primary schools throughout the country to buy teaching and learning materials, the bank statement added. More than 1.5 million children in Kenya, previously kept out of school by the high cost of education, have attended classes since free primary education was introduced.

“Kenya’s efforts to reach universal primary education should serve as a showcase for the region,” said Desmond Bermingham, head of education in the British Department for International Development.

Weekly notes …

Competing interests in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger River delta have an opportunity to defuse tensions that threaten peace, security and oil production, Ledum Mitee, the successor to executed activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, said yesterday. Mr. Mitee, head of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, said the restraint shown by militias after the arrest of two prominent figures in September and new signs the government is interested in dialogue offer the chance of a breakthrough. … Farmers in Madagascar are working to produce an environmentally friendly fuel from a shrub they hope can be used to meet 5 percent of diesel needs in a few years. The project aims to use the jatropha tree, which originated in Latin America, to replace 5 percent of diesel-fuel consumption by 2008.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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