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17 Sep 2009 description

Washington D.C., US (PANA) - In a decade-long initiative to protect millions of families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a U.S.

14 Sep 2009 description

By Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent

Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - African education ministers kicked off a three-day meeting in Kenya's seaside resort of Mombasa Monday with a plea to the world's richest economies to dedicate at least one percent of their US$1.4 trillion military expenditure to help fight illiteracy in Africa, blamed for fueling conflicts.

Kenya's Education Minister, Prof. Sam Ongeri, told African education ministers meeting here 14-16 Sept.

13 Sep 2009 description

By Fred Cawanda, PANA Correspondent

Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Delegates from several African countries in conflict or post-conflict situation started jetting into Kenya's southeastern seaport city of Mombasa Sunday evening for a 14-16 Sept.

01 Sep 2009 description

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - African leaders ended a two-day special summit on resolution of regional conflicts here on Tuesday, with a declaration calling for renewed military action against Ugandan rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA has been blamed for worsening humanitarian crisis in North-Eastern Congo.

The African leaders called for renewed military action against the rebel group to neutralise its destabilising activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR), from where hundreds of thousands of people have …

06 Nov 2008 description

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Uganda has accused rebels of renegade General Laurel Nkunda who is fighting the Kinshasa government of committing crimes against humanity by castrating men and using civilians as human shields.

Stung by the revelations from refugees in western Ugandan district of Kisoro, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister, Prof.

29 Jun 2008 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A three-day international meeting of disease control experts has ended here with participants advocating the integration and co-implementation approach in dealing with Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Malaria control interventions.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, NTDs afflict about one billion people, or one-sixth of the world's population, mainly the poor.

In one of its recommendations, this first follow-up meeting on Integration of Onchocerciasis (river blindness) Control into National Health Systems and …

23 May 2008 description

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As African governments and tens of millions of poor African consumers faced a dangerous rice crisis in 2007, new rice varieties adapted to African conditions helped achieve a 6 percent increase in the continent's output, the African Rice Centre (WARDA) said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday.

The Cotonou-based centre said - in a report released in advance of a key international conference in Japan on Africa's development - that though this represents a major advance, it was still far short of meeting demand.

The new rice varieties, …

16 Nov 2006 description

Kampala, Ouganda (PANA) - L'Ouganda a entamé le re trait de ses forces des bases proches de la localité d'Owiny-ki-Bul, l'un des deux sites de regroupement au Sud-Soudan prévus pour l'Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA), conformément à un accord de cessez- le-feu modifié, a annoncé mercredi, Felix Kulayigye, le porte- parole de l'armée ougandaise.

Le communiqué indique que les forces ougandaises se retiraient des bases de Magwi, Palutak et Tibika dans la province équatoriale, au Sud-Soudan.

"On rappellera que la LRA avait toujours refusé de se regrouper, …

17 Oct 2006 description

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to fly to South Sudan's capital Juba Saturday to reassure the leadership of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) holding peace talks with the Kampala government, Ugandan State Minister for International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, said here Tuesday.

The peace talks mediated by the South Sudan government to end the 20-year-old bloody war in northen Uganda, stalled again Monday after the rebels stormed out accusing Ugandan government troops of attacking the LRA positions inside Southern Sudan.

Oryem said …

29 Jun 2006 description

Kampala, Ouganda (PANA) ñ Le chef de l'Etat ougand ais, Yoweri Museveni, a dÈsignÈ une Èquipe gouvernementale pour les nÈgociations de paix avec les dirigeants de l'ArmÈe de rÈsistance du Seigneur (LRA), a annoncÈ un communiquÈ officiel ‡ Kampala.

Selon le communiquÈ, le ministre de l'IntÈrieur, Ruhakana Rugunda, va diriger l'Èquipe gouvernementale qui va consulter le dirigeant sud-soudanais, Silva Kiir, sur les nÈgociations de paix avec la LRA, un mouvement rebelle en lutte contre le gouvernement de M.

22 May 2006 description

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Uganda will destroy an estimated 57,000 guns recovered from illegal sources over the past five years, as well as unserviceable and obsolete arms, in keeping with a regional protocol on arms proliferation in the conflict prone Great Lakes region.

30 Nov 2005 description

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Kampala government has reacted with scepticism to the latest call for peace talks by the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) senior commander.

"We are really not taking this seriously at all.

25 Aug 2005 description

By Paul Ejime
On Special Assignment

07 Jun 2005 description

Entebbe, Uganda (PANA) - Fresh tension between often quarrelsome neighbours Rwanda and Uganda on Monday angered Rwandan President Paul Kagame to cancel a state visit to Kampala without notice.

Kagame failed to arrive at Entebbe International Airport where three Ugandan ministers, two ambassadors, a presidential security detail and motorcade vainly waited for more than two hours to receive him.

02 Jan 2005 description

Gulu, Uganda (PANA) - Efforts to end the 19-year long war in northern Uganda hit the rocks again, with President Yoweri Museveni ordering the army to resume attacks against rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), after the two sides failed to sign a ceasefire agreement earlier envisaged for last 31 December.

"We have orders from the Commander-in-Chief to resume full operations," media reports quoted Army spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza as affirming Saturday.

The flop notwithstanding, Interior minister Ruhakana Rugunda insisted there still was room for negotiations, …

12 Oct 2004 description

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Women from seven countries in the Eastern Africa and the Great Lake region have resolved to create a women's network as their instrument for conflict resolution.

Meantime, women from the Great Lakes region, who recently met in Kigali, want more representation on peace processes in the region, according to a press release from the office of the special representative of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes region obtained Tuesday by PANA.

The women, drawn from Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda -- seven of the 11 core …

23 Apr 2004 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In an effort to bring the youth on board of ongoing peace initiatives in the Great Lakes region, the UN Development Programme will hold a strategy meeting here next week to pave the way for the launch of a regional Youth Peace Forum for Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

28 Oct 2003 description

Paris, France (PANA) - The former UN envoy to DR Congo, Moustapha Niasse expressed optimism here at the weekend about prospects for a return of peace to the restive northeastern region of Ituri.

28 Sep 2003 description

Arua, Uganda (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is burdened with re-uniting 448 Sudanese refugee minors separated from their families during a hasty relocation by government from a congested settlement in Uganda's central region to West Nile region early this month.

16 Sep 2003 description

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Seven African nations including are pushing for a review of the 1951 UN convention on refugees, arguing the blueprint was incapable of catering for a "humanitarian crisis requiring urgent attention."