Cameroon Struggling to Rein In Arms Smuggling From Chad, Nigeria

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Cameroon has blamed arms smuggling from its neighbors for fueling Boko Haram terrorism, anglophone separatists, and crime. The military says it has recovered only a small fraction of illegal small arms out of what is thought to be more 100,000, most of them smuggled from neighboring Chad and Nigeria.Cameroon’s military pointed the finger at its neighbors after meetings Tuesday on arms smuggling in the towns of Maroua…

Education minister inspects schools in Maridi

The National Minister of General Education and Instruction Awut Deng last weekend inspected schools in Maridi County of Western Equatoria State.While touring Maridi Girls' Boarding Secondary School, minister Awut promised to provide all necessary learning materials to improve education there. She also promised to provide lab equipment for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science as well as facilitate the installation of a solar system and tap water for the students.…

Uganda to Deploy 1,000 Troops to Congo to Fight Rebels

KAMPALA — Uganda will deploy around 1,000 soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of November under a regional force against a rebel offensive, a Ugandan military spokesman said Tuesday.The volatile region has witnessed fierce fighting in recent months between Congolese troops and the M23 rebel group, prompting the East African Community (EAC) bloc to deploy a joint regional force to quell the violence.Kenyan soldiers arrived in…

Authorities release 31 illegally detained Darfuris on bail

A number of people who have been in detention since August, allegedly for political reasons, have been released according to the Darfur Bar Association in cooperation with the Defence Team for Detainees in West and North Darfur. The statement yesterday reported that eleven detainees were released on bail in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. An additional 20 North Darfuri detainees were released from El Huda Prison in Omdurman on…

Duk: Two abductees found dead

A woman and a boy abducted during last Thursday’s road ambush by gunmen in Duk County in Jonglei state have been found dead, a local official said.John Chatim Ruei, the commissioner of Duk County, told Radio Tamazuj that the dead bodies and another unconscious boy were found on Saturday by local youth dispatched to Thursday’s crime scene.“The bodies of a woman and a boy aged 12 were found with stab…

Opposition parties criticise upcoming FFC agreement with Sudan junta

An upcoming framework agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change-Central Council (FFC-CC) alliance and the military junta has been rejected by several political groups in the country, from pro-democracy grassroots movements and political opposition parties to members of the Sovereignty Council. Statements rolled in over the weekend following an announcement on Friday by the FFC-CC* that the agreement with the military will probably be signed soon after it had…