Only about 50 pupils at Inyau Primary in Arua district will welcome the UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres as arrives in Arua to drum up humanitarian support for the 1.3 million refugees in Uganda. Guterres is in Uganda where he will, alongside President Yoweri Museveni, host the UN-backed Refugee Solidarity Summit which starts today, Thursday.
Speaking at the world leaders summit on Refugees in New York during the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, the president said that it is wrong to treat African refugees as if they are seeking to consume resources of the indigenous people.
Gunfire has been heard at several locations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with reports that the state television and radio headquarters as well as the airport are under attack.
The relocation of 20,000 Congolese refugees from Bundibugyo district to Kyangwali Settlement Camp in Hoima district starts tomorrow. Last month, more than 60,000 refugees entered Uganda through Bundibugyo district after rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the town of Kamango, 15 kilometers from the Uganda-DRC border.
The fighting comes barely a day after the M23 rebels warned that they would retake Goma, accusing the Kabila government of provoking them by attacking their bases. The rebels say they are within sight of the town. Hundreds of locals are fleeing the fighting.
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda has said he is not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ntaganda, who surrendered to the US embassy in Rwanda last week after days of clashes between rival M23 rebel forces, faces charges of murder, rape, pillaging and using child soldiers.
Congolese war lord Bosco Ntaganda who this week surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali has been transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. He faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to his role in the conflicts that have rocked eastern DRC over the last 10 years.
A UK charity operating in Democratic Republic of Congo has warned that the peace deal signed by leaders from the region is bound to fail unless itâ€™s followed by real actions. The agreement signed on Sunday by leaders and representatives of 11 countries in the Great Lakes region is expected to lead to the establishment of a special UN intervention brigade in eastern DR Congo.
The present instability in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo poses a threat to the progress of the ongoing exploration and anticipated production of oil and gas in Uganda, according to observers.
Rwandan ambassador to Uganda Major General Frank Mugambage has described his countryâ€™s election to the UN Security Council as a vote of confidence in it despite continuous accusations of supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The United Nations Security Council says it intends to impose sanctions against leaders of the M23 rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This comes just a day after Rwanda, one of the countries accused of supporting the rebels, was elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Rwanda appears likely to win one of five U.N. Security Council seats up for election on Thursday, despite accusations that the country is supporting a rebellion in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ugandaâ€™s foreign affairs state minister Okello Oryem has described the UN expert group report on Congo as rubbish and frustrating to the efforts to solve the crisis in the Democratic republic of Congo. But the DRC government wants those named in the report as backing the rebellion to be placed under UN sanctions.