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At least 21 people have been slaughtered by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the North Kivu area of DRC, information pills http://crcpallc.com/components/com_k2/controllers/latest.php just a few days after the massacre of women and children in the same region, approved http://christlutheran.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php Chimp Corps report.

Military sources told this investigative website on Saturday that ADF militants armed with machetes raided the town of Eringeti on Friday night before beheading innocent civilians.

“The ADF thugs intended to steal food from a Congolese military store in Mapiki. So, pharmacy all the people near the target were killed,” said the source.

Majority of the victims were women and children.

During the attack, ADF rebels also killed a Congolese soldier at the rank of Lieutenant.

Chimpreports was unable to establish whether the attackers were killed.

However, the latest attacks paint a picture of a disorganised rebel movement in desperate need for food and medical supplies. ADF used to engage in commercial agriculture and trade in timber.

Eringeti used to be one of ADF’s main training grounds before the rebels were flushed out by heavy artillery from the DRC army this year. It’s located near the Ugandan border.

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A top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday condemned a recent upsurge in deadly attacks in the eastern territories linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

“I strongly condemn the criminal attacks perpetrated during the night of 15 October in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni in the North-Kivu Province,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, Martin Kobler, said in a statement.

At least 20 people were slain in “this extremely violent attack,” according to the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, which Mr. Kobler heads.

The Eringeti attack comes a week after several civilians were killed in Oicha, another town in Nord-Kivu.

The senior UN official Thursday reaffirmed full support of MONUSCO to the local and national authorities in their efforts to neutralize ADF and other armed groups in the eastern part of the country.

Observers say the latest attacks will raise concerns within security that under heavy military pressure, the ADF could decide to cross to Uganda.

Uganda maintains elite forces at the DRC border.

The Islamist movement has been operating from the densely-forested area of Congo since the 1990s.

When the rebel movement waged war on Uganda in the mid-1990s, majority of the combatants were killed. Small pockets of resistance were forced to return to DRC.

However, following the defeat of M23 in December last year, DRC troops and a UN intervention Brigade decided to fight the deadly ADF movement.

On 17 January 2014, FARDC launched ‘Operation Sukola I’ against ADF in Beni territory of North Kivu Province to neutralize the ADF and its leaders, release remaining hostages and completely restore State authority in the affected areas.

“Despite the shared frustration, I invite all of us to combine our efforts in order to neutralize all armed groups,” Mr. Kobler said.

Chimpreports understands Operation Sukola I has proceeded along two axes.

Along the southern axis, FARDC this year cleared the Mbau-Kamango route before pushing north into ADF strongholds.

The northern axis began to the east of Eringeti and advanced south into ADF territory.

Officials say FARDC has taken control of more than a dozen camps and bases, including the key sites of Chuchubo, Nadui, Canada, Commander Ibrahim Battle Group and Madina.1

 
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The President who is accompanied by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni were received at the Ciampino Airport  by Monsignor Jose Avelino Bettencourt the Chief of Political Affairs at the Vatican and Uganda’s  Ambassador at Sancta Sedes the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, visit this site http://completehealthacupuncture.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/contrib/google_adexchangesellerservice.php the Episcopal see of the Pope, dosage Marcel R. Tibaleka and his wife and Uganda’s ambassador to Italy Grace Akello.

President Museveni who is scheduled to meet Pope Francis on Monday, is accompanied by a team representing different groups in Uganda.

The government team includes, Ministers Adolf Mwesigye Local Government, the Chief Whip Hon. Kasule Lumumba and Minister of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem.

Others in the delegation include LCV chairperson Kamuli District Salaam Musumba who is representing leaders of local governments, Mama Thereza Mbire a senior advisor to the President  representing the Laity Catholics, MP Margret Alepune who is representing the Catholic Chapter in the Parliament, Monsignor Odongo, the Vicar General of Gulu Diocese representing the Archbishop and Mzee Victor Kobero who is representing the business community.

Mengo was represented by Kalule Mugerwa.

During this working visit, President Museveni will meet Ugandans working in Italy, Diaspora business leaders and heads of organizations based in Rome.

ChimpReports understands that Museveni will welcome Pope Francis to Uganda next year.

The head of the global Catholic Church is expected in Uganda next June for the Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations.

Observers say bringing Pope Francis to Uganda will be a huge boost for Museveni political fortunes ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

Catholics form the majority of Uganda’s population followed by Anglicans and then Muslims.

Museveni has in recent years strengthened ties with the Catholic Church.

Government recently intensified preparations for the renovation of Namugongo Martyrs Shrine located near Kampala City into a worship and tourism site of global repute.

A Cabinet Sub-Committee was this year constituted to explore and review the aspects that require refurbishment, and guide the technical teams to ensure that the facilities and infrastructure are appropriately improved.

President Museveni last month unveiled the foundation stone and launched the fundraising drive for the Uganda Martyrs’ Museum that is expected to cost Shs.36 billion.

The Museum project which is expected to be complete in a period of 4 years will have 49 pillars depicting the number of Martyrs who were killed at Namugongo, a recreation centre, Police post, staff house, packing yard and a perimeter wall for security.
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The technology allows the inputting of data gathered from different sections of the railway line to simulate a range of operating parameters and has actual size driver’s cabin with real-life sound cues.

The operator navigates the train through a large video display of the track while an on-board computer and monitors assist the driver to operate the train.

The simulator is manufactured by the New York Air Brake Corporation, a leading producer of high-technology train control systems for the railroad industry worldwide.

Speaking this week during the launch RVR’s senior systems specialist, Kahiga Wanderi said: “A topography team mapped our entire mainline track from Mombasa to Kampala which means drivers can have a true-life experience of driving on the railway before getting into a train.”

He added: “This will optimise train operating conditions, further reducing the number of incidents, cut transit time and reduce fuel consumption which increases our capacity to move more cargo for customers”.

RVR will double its existing locomotives capacity by the end of June next year. Twenty of these are American built locomotives with General Electric engines acquired at a cost of shs. 2.2 billion.

“We have already deployed three of the 20 US-made locomotives we expect to receive by April next year. We are now looking to enlist 40 new train drivers and develop their skills with this equipment in readiness for this extra locomotive capacity,” Andrade added.

Jaafar Okeng’oan RVR train driver said: “The simulator gives you a real experience of the many controls in the train cabin and allows you to test tricky sections along the railway track in advance. This makes it easier and faster to get it right when you’re actually driving the train.”

In July, RVR commissioned two high capacity railway track maintenance machines that automate and hasten track restoration. The Ballast Tamper and Ballast Profiler machines arrange displaced ballast and restore the track to the technically required geometric alignment at a speed of one kilometer per hour compared to only 40 meters per hour using manual processes.

The rail operator rehabilitated 73 kilometres of railway track between Mombasa and Nairobi and installed of GPS-based train operating technology on all trains.

This helped cut cargo transit times between the two cities by six hours. RVR has also rebuilt nine crumbling culverts near Jinja allowing the direct movement of heavy trains to Uganda.

The rail operator has also vastly expanded its fleet of wagons through on-going overhaul and rehabilitation programmes at its Nairobi and Kampala workshops.

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) holds a franchise to operate rail freight services and manage the railway linking the port of Mombasa with the hinterland of Kenya and Uganda.
Regional rail operator, help http://davidyoho.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php Rift Valley Railways, has begun training its team of 135 drivers on a $1.8 million train simulator that will improve driver skill and performance, while improving train operating efficiency.

The technology allows the inputting of data gathered from different sections of the railway line to simulate a range of operating parameters and has actual size driver’s cabin with real-life sound cues.

The operator navigates the train through a large video display of the track while an on-board computer and monitors assist the driver to operate the train.

The simulator is manufactured by the New York Air Brake Corporation, a leading producer of high-technology train control systems for the railroad industry worldwide.

Speaking this week during the launch RVR’s senior systems specialist, Kahiga Wanderi said: “A topography team mapped our entire mainline track from Mombasa to Kampala which means drivers can have a true-life experience of driving on the railway before getting into a train.”

He added: “This will optimise train operating conditions, further reducing the number of incidents, cut transit time and reduce fuel consumption which increases our capacity to move more cargo for customers”.

RVR will double its existing locomotives capacity by the end of June next year. Twenty of these are American built locomotives with General Electric engines acquired at a cost of shs. 2.2 billion.

“We have already deployed three of the 20 US-made locomotives we expect to receive by April next year. We are now looking to enlist 40 new train drivers and develop their skills with this equipment in readiness for this extra locomotive capacity,” Andrade added.

Jaafar Okeng’oan RVR train driver said: “The simulator gives you a real experience of the many controls in the train cabin and allows you to test tricky sections along the railway track in advance. This makes it easier and faster to get it right when you’re actually driving the train.”

In July, RVR commissioned two high capacity railway track maintenance machines that automate and hasten track restoration. The Ballast Tamper and Ballast Profiler machines arrange displaced ballast and restore the track to the technically required geometric alignment at a speed of one kilometer per hour compared to only 40 meters per hour using manual processes.

The rail operator rehabilitated 73 kilometres of railway track between Mombasa and Nairobi and installed of GPS-based train operating technology on all trains.

This helped cut cargo transit times between the two cities by six hours. RVR has also rebuilt nine crumbling culverts near Jinja allowing the direct movement of heavy trains to Uganda.

The rail operator has also vastly expanded its fleet of wagons through on-going overhaul and rehabilitation programmes at its Nairobi and Kampala workshops.

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) holds a franchise to operate rail freight services and manage the railway linking the port of Mombasa with the hinterland of Kenya and Uganda.
South Sudan leader, and http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/asset/ajax_list.php Gen Salva Kiir has appointed six envoys to different countries in Europe and Asia, more about Chimp Corps report

In a decree issued Friday night, prescription Kiir named his Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs, Telar Ring Deng an as Ambassador to Russia.

The President further decided that the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Garang Diing Akuong takes over as the country’s Ambassador to the United States of America while former Minister for Interior Alison Monani Magaya is the new representative to the European Union.

Announced on the national television, the decree comes a time when Kiir is struggling to maintain a formidable check to rebel leader Dr Riek Machar’s diplomatic offensive on the international scene.

Michael Milli Hussein, who previously served as the Minister of Education, is now the Ambassador to People’s Republic of China while the Minister in the Office of the President, Emmanuel Lowilla heads to Belgium as South Sudan’s envoy.

The former Deputy Minister for Telecommunication and Postal Services, Beatrice Khamisa Wani was named Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Observers also suspect the massive reshuffle that saw ministers dropped could be aimed at consolidating Kiir’s hold onto power as the country prepares for the 2015 presidential elections.

A massive cabinet shake-up last year in which Dr Machar was sacked touched off a bloody rebellion that nearly toppled Kiir’s regime.

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