LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) --
The Angolan ministers of Foreign Affairs and of
Environment, Manuel Augusto and Paula Coelho, respectively, left
for the Republic of Congo on Friday, where they will participate
in the ministerial meeting aimed at preparing the first Summit
of Heads of State and the Government of the Congo Basin Climate
Commission, scheduled for Saturday in Brazzaville.
At Luanda’s “4 de
Fevereiro” International Airport, the ministers, who did not
speak to the press, received farewell greetings from senior
officials of the two ministries.
According to local
media, the international summit will assess the activities of
the Commission and the Blue Fund, the result of an initiative to
protect the fauna and flora of the countries that share the
Congo River basin.
The Congo River,
also known as the Zaire River, is the second largest in Africa,
with a length of 4,700 kilometers. In terms of aquatic life, it
has 700 species of fish, several reptiles and a vast fauna and
The fund is intended
for the collection of funds to finance programs and projects in
the economic field and in the fight against climate change and
in the fight against poverty.
The Blue Fund for
the Congo Basin represents an international development fund to
enable states in the Congo Basin sub-region to move from a
logging economy to an economy based on water management
The Congo Basin
covers 10 countries in Central Africa, namely Angola, Burundi,
Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo,
Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and
42 civilians fleeing violence
drowned in Democratic Republic of Congo river
KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua)
-- At least 42 civilians drowned in
the UBangi river on Monday as they fled violence between an
armed group and security forces in South Ubangi province in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the authorities
Ministry in Kinshasa said boats carrying villagers capsized in
the river on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo
The vice-governor of
the province of South Ubangi, Jean Bakatoye, said the 42 people
died as they were crossing the river under heavy rains
accompanied by thunderstorms.
According to the
same source, panic was observed in the city of Dongo after a
group of assailants attacking an army position forced the
population to flee to the Congo-Brazzaville.
In recent years,
some armed groups have regularly attacked army positions in this
part of the country. In 2009, a clash between the army and an
armed group named Enyele killed more than 200 people.
South Africa takes
zero-tolerance towards peace-
keepers’ sexual exploitation: minister
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
Sexual exploitation, abuse and serious misconduct
cases against South African peacekeepers will not be tolerated,
a cabinet minister said on Thursday.
“South Africa will
as usual continue to react swiftly when dealing with such
incidences,” Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told
reporters in Cape Town after a cabinet meeting.
The cabinet was
briefed on the report and interventions made on the status of
sexual exploitation, abuse and serious misconduct cases against
the deployed South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
members that support the UN Stabilization Mission in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the minister said.
While the cabinet
was satisfied with interventions made in addressing these
abuses, it condemns in the strongest possible terms any form of
sexual abuse and acts of misconduct by SANDF members in the
mission areas, Mokonyane said.
from South Africa face allegations of sexually exploiting women
in the DRC, where South Africa deploys around 1,300 soldiers as
part of a UN intervention brigade deployed in the strife-torn
eastern DRC region.
criminal behavior in the ranks of the SANDF is despised and will
not be tolerated,” Mokonyane emphasized.
A team was deployed
to investigate all the reported allegations, Mokonyane said.
Although some of the
cases have been finalized, others are already at the stage of
military trials, according to the minister.
investigations have been conducted through the military legal
process in a transparent and accountable manner, she said.
“Those found to have
transgressed will be dealt with through the Code of Conduct and
Military Disciplinary Code,” Mokonyane said.
The cabinet further
supported the finalization of the Military Disciplinary Bill,
which seeks to deal with overall discipline in the SANDF,
including strengthening the definition of sexual exploitation
and the minimum sanction increased to 10 years, said Mokonyane.