December 11, 2013 (KAMPALA) – Eight people were killed and several others injured in a bus accident on Wednesday afternoon near Aruu junction, 20km south of the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
The bus, said to be Kenyan registered, belonged to the Lol Bus Company, Ugandan police said.
The bus was coming from Uganda, but was already in South Sudanese territory at the time of the accident.
Patrick Onyango, a spokesman for the Ugandan police, said two of the dead were Ugandans, while six were Sudanese.
“The injured were rushed to Juba teaching hospital”, Onyango told Sudan Tribune.
The police spokesman cautioned drivers against careless driving.
The number of injured could not immediately be established, but a source said about 60 passengers could have sustained injuries in the crash.
Accidents are a regular occurrence for the long distance buses that ply the route between Uganda and South Sudan.
Last month, two people died and several others were injured when a Juba-bound bus from Kampala collided with a truck at Jebilin, about 90km from Juba.
Speed was also suspected to have been a factor in Wednesday’s accident.
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December 12, 2013 (NAIROBI) – The Congolese government and the M23 rebel group on Thursday signed a peace agreement in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Congolese M23 rebels fighters travel on trucks in Rushuru, Democratic Republic of Congo August 3, 2013 as deadline set by UN peacekeepers for rebels in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to lay down their weapons passed on Thursday, with the fighters facing force if they fail to disarm. Credit: Reuters/James Akena
“Today [Thursday] the Congolese government and the M23 respectively have signed declarations reflecting the consensus reached during the Kampala Dialogue on steps necessary to end the armed activities of the M23,” said a joint communiqué by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the South African Development Cooperation (SADC).
The statement was signed by the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who is also the current chair of ICGLR and Malawian president Joyce Banda and chair of SADC.
In October the M23 rebels announced it had abandoned its nearly two-year-old rebellion against the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a resounding defeat by the Congolese army with assistance from a United Nations intervention force.
Subsequent talks in the Ugandan capital Kampala failed after the DRC government disagreed on amnesty for the rebels and their integration into the Congolese national army.
After the collapse of the talks, regional leaders asked the DRC government to give a hearing to M23’s grievances.
The Congolese government and the M23 have now agreed on the key sticking points; amnesty for the former rebels for acts of aggression and war; release of the M23 rebels detained by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); demobilisation of former M23 combatants, among others.
The signing of the agreement could bring peace in volatile eastern region of DRC, where thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and to neighbouring countries like Uganda and Rwanda.
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
December 12, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia have been listed among the five most corrupt countries in the world in the 2013 ranking by the global corruption watchdog, Transparency International.
The index which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption was conducted in 177 countries giving scores ranging from 0 which represents highly corrupt to 100, very clean.
Somalia was ranked 177, Sudan 174 and South Sudan was placed 173. The three East African nations scored below 15. Somalia (8) Sudan (11) and South Sudan (14).
Although South Sudan is ranked along the bottom five nations, the world’s newest nation improved five places up compared to last year when it was labelled the world’s most corrupt nation.
The two other countries placed at the bottom five are North Korea at position 176 and Afghanistan at 175. Both scored 8.
The report indicated that more than two-thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50 indicating how much corruption is a global threat to development.
Top 10 ranked nations are Denmark (Score: 91), New Zealand (Score: 91), Finland (Score: 89), Sweden (Score: 89), Norway (Score: 86), Singapore (Score: 86), Switzerland (Score: 85), Netherlands (Score: 83), Australia (Score: 81), Canada (Score: 81)
AfDB: $ 2.6 TRILLION STOLEN ANNUALLY
Meanwhile, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said that $2.6 trillion is lost worldwide each year due corruption.
In a statement to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, AfDB’s President, Dr Donald Kaberuka said on Monday that the $2.6 trillion accounts for more than five percent equivalence of the global GDP.
“In our globalised and highly interconnected world, corruption represents one of our greatest challenges; every year $1 trillion are paid in bribes in the world, while an estimated 2.6 trillion dollars are stolen annually through corruption,” Kaberuka said.
The President of the African Development Bank said corruption has become a serious setback to economic development and prosperity worldwide.
“Corruption erodes democratic institutions and undermines the rule of law and there is no country or territory untouched by this threat.”
The bank said it views good governance and the fight against corruption as key elements to alleviate poverty.
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