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M23 rebels cut off trade routes linking Kenya, Uganda to DRC



Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the M23 rebels have cut off all major supply routes linking the eastern city of Goma with Ugandan and Kenyan, thereby causing financial losses to the three countries.

A military spokesman said the rebels blocked the routes after capturing Rutshuru town in eastern DRC, cutting off the Ishasha border in Kanungu District.

The border was the only one still open after the M23 rebels captured the Bungana border town in June and later took control of the Kitigoma and Busaza borders, the military spokesman said.

The Kanungu Resident District Commissioner, Ambrose Amanyire Mwesigye who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, told journalists some truck drivers who had managed to crossed into DRC were told to return to Uganda by the Congolese authority because of their safety.

“Dozens of cargo trucks carrying goods from Uganda and other East African countries have been parked at Ishasha border post for two weeks because the drivers got information that the M23 rebels captured Kiwanja territory where they had to pass before arriving in Goma City.

“Those who managed to cross into the country were told to go back by the authorities for their safety,” Mwesigye said.

The DRC government has also blocked goods transported through territories under the control of the rebels from reaching major towns in the country.


Again, thousands of Sudanese Islamists protest against UN mission



For the second time in two weeks,
thousands of Islamists in Sudan took to the streets in Khartoum and other major cities in the country to protest against the presence of the United Nations and the inability to resolve the political crisis that has engulfed the country sparked by the October 2021 coup.

The demonstrations which crippled major cities on Saturday, is the latest by Islamist factions in recent weeks, coming a day after military leaders and a key civilian bloc announced plans to sign an initial power sharing deal.

In the capital Khartoum, the protesters gathered in front of the United Nations Mission office to protest the presence of the agency in the country amid a spiralling economic crisis and a rise in ethnic clashes in remote regions.

On Friday, the country’s military leaders met with a civilian group, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which was ousted in the 2021 coup with a view to signing a power sharing agreement which has not gone down with the protesters.

In a statement announcing the deal, the FFC said they discussed a potential “political framework agreement that would lay the groundwork for establishing of transitional civilian authority,” which was also confirmed by Sudan’s sovereign council.

The talks were held in the presence of officials from the African Union, United Nations and the regional IGAD bloc, as well as Western diplomats, which led to anger from the opposition.

Divisions among civilian groups in Sudan have deepened since the coup, with some urging for reaching a deal with the military, while others insist on “no partnership, no negotiation”.

Political turmoil has gripped Sudan since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led an October 2021 military takeover, derailing a fragile transition to civilian rule installed after the 2019 ouster of long-time Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, son Muhoozi, on war path over party’s leadership style



Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is on a war path with his father over the country’s ruling party’s style of leadership which he says is not in favour of Ugandans.

Muhoozi who has carved a niche for himself in controversies, on Saturday, launched a scathing offensive at his father and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), saying they “no longer represents Ugandans.”

“I am listening to the outcry of our people for change. I am with the people. Whatever NRM has become certainly does not represent the people of Uganda,” he posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Muhoozi who has often boasted about being the “best bet” to take over from his father as the Uganda’s president in the future, said he is disappointed that his father and the ruling party had derailed as a result of the deteriorating performance of the ruling NRM.

“We shall jointly (all of together) create the 6th republic. The 1st was Obote, the 2nd was Amin, the 3rd was Obote II, the 4th was Okello and the 5th was NRM. We will be the 6th republic! The greatest epoch in history,” he wrote in another post.

This is not the first time Muhoozi has criticised his father over his leadership style. On more than three different occasions, he has called on his father to change his style and come up with policies that will be to the benefit of the masses and his utterances have made him quite popular with the ordinary people who see him as being part of them.

Last month, he had revealed plans of calling for a big youth summit where he will inform the young people in the country of a big plan that he has for them.

He had also previously expressed interest in replacing his father as the President of Uganda to honour his mother, Janet Museveni, who is Uganda’s Education and Sports Minister, whom he calls “an angel.”

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