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IRIN Update 1022 for the Great Lakes

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DRC: Kabila meets Mugabe

The presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, allies in the war against rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda, held a one day summit in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, on Thursday. According to the French news agency (AFP), Presidents Laurent-Desire Kabila and Robert Mugabe discussed the problem of "repeated ceasefire

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Angola + 7 others
IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 39 covering the period 23 - 29 Sep 2000

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ANGOLA: Government captures Cazombo

The Angolan government this week announced the capture of the strategic town of Cazombo close to the border with Zambia, which it described as the "last bastion" of the UNITA rebel movement in eastern Angola.

According to official media, Cazombo, 500 km from Luena, the provincial capital of Moxico, was seized on 19 September

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Angola + 6 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 29 September

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ANGOLA: Mines claim at least 100 lives
The Angolan government's National Institute for the Removal of Explosive Devices (INAROEE) said at least 100 people have been killed in land mine accidents between January and June this year. In a report released this week, it said that a total of 204 mine accidents had been recorded, resulting in 427 casualties - 100 deaths and 327 injured.

It said 251 of the casualties occurred while people were traveling. Thirty-six were walking when they detonated a land mine, 32 occurred during farming operations, and 24 while people

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Angola + 6 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 27 September

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SWAZILAND: Unions call two-day strike
Swaziland's trade unions on Wednesday said they have called a two-day strike in protest over the government's refusal to amend an Industrial Relations Act they argue is aimed at bashing labour.

A spokesman of the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) told IRIN on Wednesday that the strike - on Thursday and Friday - will affect all sectors of Swaziland's economy, following a decision by teachers and public servants to join the action. "The strike will maximise pressure on government to reverse the damage inflicted

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Angola + 5 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 26 September

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MOZAMBIQUE: WFP extends operations
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday announced a six-month extension of its Mozambique emergency operation to assist about 172,000 people still facing severe food shortages following this year's devastating floods.

The agency said the extended operation would cost an additional US $6.8 million, bringing the total funding needs for the current emergency feeding operation which began in February to US$42.8 million. WFP said it was still feeding over 150,000 people per month and that this number was likely to increase as thousands of farmers

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Algeria + 3 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 25 September

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SOUTH AFRICA: Hundreds lose jobs due to foot-and-mouth disease
Hundreds of farmworkers have been retrenched as farmers suffer losses in the fallout from an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at Camperdown in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reported on Monday that following the outbreak last week, the South African government on Saturday declared 16 magisterial districts in the province as foot-and-mouth disease control areas and enforced strict quarantine regulations over the movement of livestock to prevent the disease from spreading.

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Angola + 7 others
IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 38 covering the period 16 - 22 Sep 2000

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ZIMBABWE: Opposition denies weapons claims

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has expressed "utter shock" over allegations by Home Affairs Minister John Nkomo that the police uncovered illegal weapons caches at the party's offices.

Nkomo told parliament on Tuesday that

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Angola + 4 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 22 September

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ANGOLA: Ambush claims 28 lives
A total of 24 people were killed and 24 trucks destroyed in an attack on Wednesday launched by members of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA rebel movement. The trucks, according to reports, were carrying assorted merchandise from Huila and Benguela provinces to be sold in Huambo.

The official news agency ANGOP said the ambush occurred on the Catata-Cuima road, south of Huambo, the second biggest city of the war-torn country. The victims, said the agency, included elderly people and children, adding that an unspecified number of civilians were wounded in the attack.

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Angola + 2 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 20 September

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ZIMBABWE: IMF warns against destruction of agriculture
Paulo Neuhaus, the African regional director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday called on the Zimbabwean government of President Robert Mugabe to carry out the land reform programme in a lawful and transparent way so as to avoid damage to the country's agricultural sector.

Writing in 'The Farmer' magazine in Zimbabwe, Neuhaus said the food security situation might be threatened if the land resettlement exercise is not carried out in a "lawful and transparent

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Angola + 6 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 15 September

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NAMIBIA: Opposition demands compensation for border victims
The opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) in Namibia has demanded compensation for "hundreds" of victims of violence and banditry along the country's northern border with Angola, 'The Namibian' reported on Friday. Although claims had been directed at the Angolan government which was invited late last year to use Namibian territory for raids on UNITA rebel strongholds in southern Angola, it said the Namibian government should pay.

It quoted Joseph Kauandenge, Secretary-General

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Angola + 8 others
IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 37 covering the period 9 - 15 Sep 2000

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ANGOLA: Angola criticised for continued use of landmines

As the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen in Angola, the country was this week criticised for its continued use of landmines despite a commitment by the government to ratify the International Mine Ban Treaty.

Alex Vines, a spokesman for Human Rights

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Angola + 6 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 13 September

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ZAMBIA: UNHCR checks new refugee influx
UNHCR told IRIN on Wednesday it was checking reports that an estimated 600 Angolan refugees had entered Zambia in the past week from Angola's eastern Moxico province where Angolan government forces have been conducting a military offensive against UNITA rebels. A report in 'The Times of Zambia' said the refugees entered Zambia through the northwestern border town of Zambezi. "We have more Angolans who have just entered the country to seek asylum in the past one week. More
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Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 12 September

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MAURITIUS: Premier concedes defeat
An opposition alliance on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius was set for a sweeping victory in the general election, according to early results cited in news reports. Although the final result was expected to be announced late on Tuesday, Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam conceded defeat.

"I recognise my party's defeat," he told reporters as the latest tally showed his alliance was being comprehensively beaten by an opposition coalition in the race for 62 seats in parliament.

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IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 36 covering the period 2 - 8 Sep 2000

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ZIMBABWE: Annan gives Mugabe guarded support, urges dialogue

The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan this week gave conditional support to the Zimbabwean government's controversial land reform programme and said Harare must settle differences over the issue with former colonial power Britain.

Annan, who was speaking after meeting

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Angola + 3 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 7 September

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ANGOLA: UNITA defends continued diamond sales
News agencies report that the Angolan rebel group UNITA will continue to sell diamonds in defiance of UN sanctions designed to prevent it buying arms and prolonging a decades-old civil war. UNITA's chief foreign affairs spokesman Adalberto Acosta Junior said his organisation had a right to fund itself as a legitimate force fighting "totalitarianism" in Angola. Speaking in Lisbon, Acosta Junior added that "humanitarian aid isn't delivered to UNITA areas, but there are populations that have to eat".
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Angola + 2 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 6 September

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ANGOLA: Officers warn of discontent
Angolan army officers have reportedly warned President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of serious discontent as troops go hungry and even naked while allocated funds are missing.

Portugal's daily newspaper, 'Publico' said on Tuesday that a dozen army officers, including generals, sent a letter to Dos Santos protesting about the mismanagement of public funds allocated for the armed forces.

"Young soldiers are hungry, going naked or have no boots and are being driven to quit their units,"

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Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 5 September

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NAMIBIA: Conflict diamonds meeting "positive"
A two-day workshop on "conflict diamonds" in Namibia involving producer countries and diamond companies was described as "very positive" by an NGO observer.

"The major issues discussed was the problem of conflict diamonds and solutions," the source told IRIN. The details of practical solutions to combating so-called blood diamonds are to be addressed at an international ministerial meeting in Pretoria on 19-21 September.

Attending the workshop were the diamond

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Angola + 6 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs, 4 September

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NAMIBIA: Caprivi separatists and UNITA
Alleged evidence of collaboration between Angolan UNITA rebels and Namibia's separatist Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA) has been uncovered by the Angolan army (FAA), Namibian security sources told IRIN.

When the FAA captured a UNITA base earlier this year in southern Angola across the border from Western Caprivi, "they learnt the CLA was involved with UNITA," a senior police official said. He added that CLA and UNITA had been active in the Mukwe area of Namibia's Kavango region from bases inside Angola.

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Zimbabwe: Two dead in Harare cholera outbreak

Harare_(dpa) _ Two people have died and 23 are in hospital following an outbreak of cholera, the highly contagious diarrhoeal disease, in one of Harare's crowded townships, health officials said Thursday.

The outbreak occurred on Monday in Chitungwiza, a dormitory township of about a million people on Harare's southern outskirts where sewerage routinely flows through the streets and people's yards.

Chitungwiza hospital chief executive Obadiah Moyo said the institution had dealt with a total of 34 people with the disease, but said that "we have enough medication for all the

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Angola + 5 others
Southern Africa: IRIN News Briefs,1 September

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MALAWI: Editor suspended
The editor of Malawi's official daily newspaper, 'Daily Times' was this week suspended for underplaying an article on President Bakili Muluzi, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said.

According to MISA, Rankin Nyekanyeka was suspended after using a story on Malawi police to serve in Kosovo as the front page lead. This upset the paper's editor-in-chief, Mike Kamwendo, who said the function at which Muluzi opened a factory in the commercial capital, Blantyre was more important than the police story.

MISA condemned the action, saying it

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