- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 6, 2009


Clinton decries rampant graft

NAIROBI | Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Kenya on Wednesday for rampant graft and corruption as she made the case that business and trade across Africa cannot grow without good governance and solid democracy.

Speaking to a conference in President Obama’s ancestral homeland, Mrs. Clinton said, “True economic progress in Africa will depend on responsible governments that reject corruption, enforce the rule of law and deliver results for their people.”

“This is not just about good governance - it’s also about good business,” she told African leaders. Her audience included Kenya’s president and prime minister, who were rivals in a bitterly contested 2007 presidential election that led to violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said that “reforms are on course, that the war against impunity in the country is on, that the war against corruption is on.”


Vice president dies at age 86

HARARE | Zimbabwean Vice President Joseph Msika, who served in President Robert Mugabe’s government for two decades, died Wednesday at the age of 86, state radio reported.

No cause of death was immediately given. Mr. Msika had been treated on several occasion for an unspecified illness in neighboring South Africa.

Mr. Msika joined Zimbabwe’s government in 1987 after a unity accord between Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and ZAPU, a party based in the west of the country. Mr. Msika was seen as someone who balanced tribal and regional interests in the Zimbabwean government.


Probe ordered in militant’s death

ABUJA | Nigeria’s president has ordered an investigation into the killing of the leader of a radical Islamist sect behind nearly a week of violence that killed more than 700 people.

President Umaru Yar’Adua said he also has ordered the national security adviser to arrange a post-mortem on Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf.

Mr. Yusuf was killed July 30 after he was found hiding in a relative’s goat pen. Police said Mr. Yusuf was killed in a gunfight but that has been disputed by a top officer who said he personally arrested Mr. Yusuf and turned him over alive to authorities.


Hunters freed with warning

CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Six San bushmen have been found guilty of hunting without permits on their ancestral land, but were not jailed after a Botswana magistrate freed them with a warning, a rights group said Wednesday.

“An attempt by the Botswana government to punish bushmen for hunting to feed their families has backfired after a magistrate let them off with a caution and ordered their release from prison,” read a statement from Survival International, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous people.

The San bushmen, southern Africa’s first inhabitants, have faced an uphill battle for survival in Botswana, where the government has forced them off their ancestral land.


President seeks extended rule

NIAMEY | Niger on Wednesday began counting ballots from a constitutional referendum aimed at extending President Mamadou Tandja’s long rule, after weeks of opposition protests followed by clashes at the polls.

Early partial results released by the electoral commission from about just 1 percent of the polling stations gave a nod to Mr. Tandja’s bid to stay in power.

Voters in the uranium-rich but deeply poor country were called to the polls Tuesday in a referendum over whether Mr. Tandja, a former colonel who has been in office since 1999, could be allowed to rule indefinitely.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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