- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

ZIMBABWE

Tsvangirai’s aide sent back to jail

HARARE | A prominent aide to Zimbabwe’s prime minister was sent to jail Wednesday to await trial on charges linked to long-discredited allegations his party plotted President Robert Mugabe’s violent overthrow.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the case against Roy Bennett threatened the coalition he joined with Mr. Mugabe earlier this year.

Mr. Tsvangirai had nominated Mr. Bennett as deputy agriculture minister in the coalition. Mr. Bennett was arrested the day the Cabinet was sworn in and charged with weapons violations. He denies the charges against him.

Mr. Bennett had been free on bail since March. In a maneuver that appeared staged to ensure he was jailed again, prosecutors filed a new indictment Wednesday.

Magistrate Lucy Mungwari said the accusations needed to be settled in court, and ordered Mr. Bennett back to jail. He was taken immediately and will have to reapply for bail on Monday.

BOTSWANA

Governing party set to win election

GABORONE | Botswana’s governing party is expected to prevail over a divided opposition in Friday’s elections despite added pressure on leaders in the world’s largest diamond-producing country amid the global recession.

Even the opposition, which warns that one-party rule is being entrenched at the expense of democracy, doesn’t expect victory against a party that has been in power since Botswana won independence from Britain in 1966.

The Botswana Democratic Party won 44 of 57 seats in the last elections held in 2004, with the remaining 13 seats split between the Botswana National Front and the Botswana Congress Party.

Dumenlang Saleshando, spokesman of the Botswana Congress Party, predicted the BDP would slip this year but remain the majority party in parliament. Akanyang Magama, a member of parliament from the Botswana National Front, said the governing party benefited from the opposition’s fragmentation.

Former President Festus Mogae stepped down last year before the end of his second term, when the constitution required him to leave office. That allows his vice president, Seretse Ian Khama, to run as an incumbent in Friday’s vote.

Mr. Khama, a former army commander, is the son of the country’s first president after independence and has considerable support because of his late father’s popularity.

RWANDA

Genocide suspect pleads not guilty

ARUSHA, Tanzania | A top suspect accused of forming secret death squads and orchestrating the killings of thousands during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide pleaded not guilty Wednesday to war-crimes charges.

Idelphonse Nizeyimana, Rwanda’s former deputy intelligence chief, entered his plea at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda after being captured in Uganda earlier this month.

Mr. Nizeyimana, 46, is accused of ordering the killing of children, hospital patients, priests and even an elderly and revered African queen.

More than 500,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic minority and moderates from the Hutu majority were slaughtered during the 100-day Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Until his capture, Mr. Nizeyimana had been on the run for 15 years with a bounty on his head. The United States had offered a $5 million reward for his capture.

CONGO

Congo, Angola stop deportations

KINSHASA | Congo and neighboring Angola have agreed to suspend thousands of deportations, an Angolan official said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Georges Chicoty said Tuesday that the countries will let Congolese refugees remain in Angola, and Angolan refugees remain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Last month Angola stepped up its expulsions of Congolese citizens. That led authorities in Congo to begin expelling Angolans in large numbers.

The U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 16,000 Congolese living in Angola have been forced out of the country since August. And the agency says at least 14,000 Angolans have been expelled from the Congo.

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