Media Review for February 15, 2013

By Africa Center Media Review
Updated: 02/15/2013

Please note: The following news items are presented here for informational purposes. The views expressed within them are those of the authors and/or individuals quoted, not those of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, the National Defense University, or the Department of Defense.

Today’s News

Uhuru Kenyatta free to run after Kenya election ruling
Kenya’s deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta – accused of crimes against humanity – can stand in next month’s election, after a court declined to bar him. BBC

Official Details French Role in Mali
French military forces will probably be needed to carry out operations against militants in Mali even after a United Nations peacekeeping force is organized to secure the country, a senior State Department official told Congress on Thursday. New York Times

US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
Senior Obama administration officials are defending their response to requests for French assistance in the European country’s military operations in theWest African country of Mali. Testifying in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said the United States is pledging to help with Mali’s long-term stability after the current crisis is resolved. Voice of America

U.S. targets finances of leader of al Qaeda in Mali
The Treasury Department said on Thursday it was freezing any assets the new leader of al Qaeda’s branch in Mali may have in the United States and prohibited Americans from doing business with him, taking steps aimed at starving the finances of his militant group. Reuters

In Timbuktu, al-Qaida left behind a manifesto
In their hurry to flee last month, al-Qaida fighters left behind a crucial document: Tucked under a pile of papers and trash is a confidential letter, spelling out the terror network’s strategy for conquering northern Mali and reflecting internal discord over how to rule the region. Associated Press

In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
By the slow-moving Niger River at Gao, the north Malian town retaken by French troops from Islamist rebels last month, men repair fishing nets beside beached pirogues, women wash pots and children splash naked in the muddy water. Reuters

Somali Islamists say kill soldier, delay executions
Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said they executed a Kenyan army private at midnight on Thursday after the expiry of an ultimatum for the release of Muslims held by Kenya on terror charges. Reuters

Libyan prime minister meets Hollande, debates border control and security
French President François Hollande was due to meet Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan on Wednesday, the day after a little-publicised international meeting in Paris on Tuesday. Security and frontier control were on the agendas of both events. RFI

Slain health workers’ families get N24.45m
The Federal Government, Kano State Government and business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, have donated N24.45 million to the families of nine female health workers killed by gunmen in Kano. National Mirror

Congo-Kinshasa: Invisible Suffering – the DRC’s Unofficial IDP Camps
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict in the DRC, many of whom are now in unofficial IDP camps without protection or support All Africa

Kenyan Presidential Candidate Seeks Delay In ICC Trial
Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a delay in his trial on charges of crimes against humanity.He is one of four Kenyans accused of organizing deadly ethnic violence that followed Kenya’s disputed 2007 election. His trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is due to begin April 11, five weeks after Kenyans cast votes for a new president and parliament. Voice of America

Flower Vendors Promote Election Peace in Kenya
Flowers are often associated with love, especially on Valentine’s Day.  But in Kenya, flower vendors have joined forces to send a message of peace to Kenyans as the country prepares for next month’s elections.  According to the head of the Kenya Flower Council, the vendors are supporting a widespread effort to avoid a repeat of the violence that erupted after the 2007 elections. Voice of America

Zambia Seeks to Lift Former President Banda’s Immunity
Zambia’s information minister says the government plans to ask parliament to cancel former president Rupiah Banda’s immunity from prosecution after he refused to talk with investigators from the country’s anti-graft commission. Voice of America

Mozambique: Unicef Seeks Nearly Us$7 Million for Tens of Thousands of Flood Victims in Mozambique
UNICEF is seeking US$6.8 million to meet the needs of tens of thousands of children and women affected by severe flooding of the Limpopo River in Mozambique. All Africa

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto to Attend ICC Hearing Through Video-Link
DEPUTY Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee Coalition running-mate William Ruto have opted to attend tomorrow’s pre-trial hearing via video-link instead of traveling to The Hague. All Africa

Ghana’s finance minister gears up for tight budget statement
Ghana’s new finance minister, Seth Terkper, said on Thursday his 2013 budget statement would aim to rein in spending after the country overshot its budget deficit target for the previous year by almost 100 percent. Reuters

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