This Week in the Great Lakes: Congo and UN tango over child soldiers while US preaches engagement
A holiday season roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region: women march in the Congo for more legal action against rapists, Rwandan journalists petition for changes to defamation laws, and Al Shabab remains a threat in Burundi.
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The Rwandan government will collect less than 40 percent of expected taxes this year, forcing budget cuts of about $15 million next year. India promises $250 million to develop... pretty much everything. Rwanda anticipates greater investment in its mining sector, thanks to the mining ban in neighboring Congo. Coffee experts in Kigali hope that naming Rwandan coffees will increase their market value.
Wind energy may take off in some districts. Solar energy gets new outside investment. A $900 million geothermal energy project starts next year. Kigali City is hiring a director to oversee progress on the city’s master plan.
The UN scales down its Burundi operations and changes its in-country leadership. Burundi questions the UN Group of Experts findings that an ex-rebel group is resuming trainings in neighboring DRC. Mysterious murders continue. The UN Secretary General worries about Burundi’s “signs of a returning climate” of oppression.
Several attempted attacks by Al Shabab have been disrupted, the government says. Four out of five Burundians want a truth and reconciliation commission. The government rejects a local anti-corruption watchdog’s report. President Pierre Nkurunziza newly chairs the top body of the East African Community.
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