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Ivory Coast: The Fall of the stubborn Laurent Gbagbo.

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  1. Askari Kanzu

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    Fighting Spreads as Ivory Coast Ceasefire Collapses

    Scott Stearns | Abidjan February 24, 2011
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    People stand next to stores set on fire during clashes between supporters of Alassane Dramane Ouattara and soldiers of the FDS, loyal to outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, in the Attecoube neighborhood, in Abidjan on February 24, 2011.


    Ivory Coast is moving closer to a return to civil war with the collapse of a ceasefire in western provinces and the spread of fighting in the commercial capital, Abidjan. The incumbent president's youth leader is calling for Friday rally against United Nations peacekeepers

    Full story: VOA


    Inaonekana hawa jamaa sasa watazipiga tena!
     
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    Hapatokalika Ivory Coast, msituni tena...mh!
    hivi hawa viongozi hawajui kama watakufa siku moja nao kuzikwa kama viumbe wengine? Inakera sana kiukweli,
     
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    Gbagbo mwisho wake naona utakuwa mbaya. Kweli wahenga walisema, sikio la kufa halisikii dawa!
     
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    Nasikia marais wengi ambao walikua maaskari hawang'atuki mpaka wang'atuliwe hasa wale ambao walikua askari kanzu....
     
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    Hapo penye red nimepapenda:)
     
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    Battles rage with mysterious Ivory Coast insurgents



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    Reuters – Residents flee after a clash between soldiers and supporters of Ivorian presidential claiment Alassane and the incumbent Gbagbo

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly Loucoumane Coulibaly

    ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Gun battles and explosions raged overnight in an Abidjan neighborhood, residents said, where mysterious insurgents the local press are calling the "invisible commandos" have risen up against incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.

    Hundreds of residents continued to stream out of Abidjan's Abobo neighborhood, the latest battle ground between Gbagbo and presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara over a violently disputed November election that was meant to bring peace.

    U.N.-certified results showed Ouattara won that vote, but Gbagbo has refused to concede and the conflict appears to be entering a new phase, as open street combat between pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces flares up in Abidjan and fighting has spread to the west.

    "Gun shots were echoing everywhere throughout the night and there was heavy arms fire. We haven't slept a wink," said resident Souala Tiemoko.

    "This morning, the streets are thronging with people trying to get out. They are going to other neighborhoods or villages."

    A Reuters witness saw hundreds marching along the roadside leading out of Abobo, home to over a quarter of a million, carrying what belongings they could salvage.
    Residents of the capital Yamoussoukro, where Gbagbo and senior officials have a retreat but where little government business goes on, reported an outbreak of gunfire overnight.

    "There was shooting all night here in Yamoussoukro. It woke me up around midnight and carried on until 2 a.m. Stray bullets were flying around," said resident Salif Caba. "This morning, I saw a police vehicle burned."

    The spread of clashes in the world's top cocoa grower comes amid diplomatic efforts by the African Union to resolve a dispute that look increasingly unlikely to achieve anything.

    (Additional reporting by Luc Gnago; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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    Hapo ndiyo pa kujiuliza hawa viongozi wetu kama kweli wanawapenda watu wao au kwa maslahi yao binafsi. Nashindwa kuelewa pale ambapo mtu anakuwa tayari kuona damu ya watu inamwagika simply kwa sababu tu anataka kuwa madarakani. Nakubali kwamba kuna mazingira ambapo Kiongozi nchi anaweza kuridhia ikibidi damu ya watu wake imwagike i kwa maslahi ya umma. Lakini katika mazingira ya kung'ang'ani kukaa ikulu tu, siioni nia yoyote njema kwa viongozi hawa zaidi ya uroho wa madaraka na tamaa ya kuishi kama peponi kwa jasho la wananchi wao.
     
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    The ongoing events unfolding accross the length and the breadth of the continent show that after more than fifty years of "independence", the African leadership, for the most part, has let down its people.

    I am quite sure that after the dust has settled down, the continent will witness a resurgence of a new renaissance, a new dawn; where current failed ideologies and philosophies are revisited and reassesed for the betterment of the continent's future. Things can not go on like this forever!

    As the saying goes, "every dark cloud has a silver lining"!
     
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    Hivi wajibu wa AU (African Union) ni upi hasa kwenye issue kama hii ya Ivory Coast?

    Ni upuuzi wa hali ya juu kuwa na ''union'' iliyo butu na isiyo na uwezo kwa kutuunganisha kama waafrica

    Shame on AU
     
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    Wamechanganyikiwa kwa sababu mfadhili mkubwa, Gaddafi, hivi sasa yuko kikaangoni!
     
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    Ivory Coast could face air, sea blockade: Nigeria

    Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:17pm GMT
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    Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia

    By Felix Onuah and Joe Brock
    ABUJA (Reuters) - Any military intervention in Ivory Coast would need to be U.N.-led and would be more likely to involve an aerial and naval blockade than deploying troops to its cities, Nigeria's foreign minister said on Thursday.

    West African regional bloc ECOWAS, of which Nigeria is the linchpin, has threatened "legitimate force" to oust incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who has clung to power with the support of the military despite a November election which U.N.-certified results showed he had lost.

    More than 300 people have been killed since the poll and the standoff has paralysed the economy of the world's top cocoa grower. Fighting erupted in its western region towards the borders with Liberia and Guinea on Thursday, after two days of gun battles in its main city Abidjan.

    "Legitimate force does not necessarily or indeed imply an invasion or urban warfare," Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told Reuters in an interview in Abuja.

    "An air and naval blockade, for example, to give teeth to sanctions that have been approved would be part of what I would describe as legitimate force," he said, but added those could only be undertaken with U.N. Security Council endorsement.

    "We would anticipate, in that event, that it would be an international force, led by the United Nations, in which ECOWAS would of course play a significant role because this happens to be in our sub-region."

    There have been repeated mediation efforts by African leaders and Ajumogobia said they hoped for a peaceful solution. But he warned of dire humanitarian consequences if not.

    "There is a large immigrant population in Cote d'Ivoire. If there is civil unrest or worse, civil war, the implications for the sub-region are enormous and we will then all be engaged in trying to solve a problem we could have prevented," he said.

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    25 February 2011
    Ivory Coast: Rebels take western town Zouan-Hounien


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    People have been fleeing heavy fighting in Abidjan this week

    Ivory Coast rebels fighting to oust President Laurent Gbagbo have taken control of a town in the west of the country, Mr Gbagbo's forces confirm.

    The rebels, who control the north of the country, seized the town of Zouan-Hounien in an overnight attack.

    Witnesses say unrest has spread to the capital Yamoussoukro, and the UN has warned that the country is at risk of relapsing into civil war.

    Source: BBC
     
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    Haya na sisi wabeba maboxi muda wetu umefika kurudi kwenye mgao wa Tanesco....

    Notorious Ivory Coast youth leader calls for hunt on foreigners
    Marco Chown Oved, The Associated Press Feb 25, 2011 20:46:40 PM


    A notorious youth leader, under United Nations sanctions for inciting hatred, called Friday on citizens of Ivory Coast to barricade their neighbourhoods and chase out foreigners.
    Charles Ble Goude, recently named youth minister by sitting president Laurent Gbagbo, said the political crisis was coming to a head, and now was the time for "real" Ivorians to protect the country. In 2004, Goude's Young Patriots led attacks against French citizens, causing the country's large expatriate community to flee. An untold number of French women were gang raped.
    Elsewhere, a nationwide curfew was called for the second consecutive weekend, after a week of bloody clashes between security forces loyal to Gbagbo and militias allied with his challenger Alassane Ouattara.
    Gbagbo's government also announced that the U.N. and French forces would no longer receive fuel.
    According to results issued by the country's electoral commission, which were verified by the United Nations, Gbagbo lost the Nov. 28 presidential election to Ouattara.
    But the entrenched leader who has ruled Ivory Coast for 10 years has refused to leave, and with the backing of the army and Goude's militia he has succeeded in clinging to power, while Ouattara remains confined to the grounds of a resort hotel where he is under 24-hour U.N. guard.
    In the three months since the election, Gbagbo's security forces have pummeled pro-Ouattara neighbourhoods, killing as many as 300 people, according to the U.N.
    But this week for the first time, a pro-Ouattara group calling itself the 'invisible commandos' began fighting back.
    The group claimed in a news release to have killed 27 police and paramilitary forces loyal Gbagbo in the Abobo district of Abidjan. Daily battles with machine-guns, grenades and rocket launchers have continued throughout the city ever since.
    The United Nations has warned that this week's escalation is a breach of a six-year-old cease-fire and could hail the beginning of a new civil war.
    On Friday, streams of people could be seen fleeing the area with their families and possessions.
    Gbagbo spokesman Ahoua Don Mello called the fighters who've taken up arms in Abobo "terrorists" and said they were drawn from the group of rebels allied with opposition Ouattara, who was internationally recognized as the poll's winner but has been forced to govern from a local hotel because Gbagbo remains inside the presidency.
    "These rebels were living in the Golf (Hotel) with Alassane Ouattara and they left to infiltrate the pro-Ouattara neighbourhoods," he said. "Now they are trying to start a revolution."
    Ouattara's camp denies any connection with the commandos. Spokesman Patrick Achi says they are citizens tired of police attacks who are defending themselves.
    "The people of Abobo have been subject to the worst police brutality, killings and harassment for the last two years, they're fed up," he said, adding that he believes they got their weapons from dead police and soldiers.
    Locals say the commandos wear magic amulets that they believe protect them from bullets. Their leader, they said, is called Commander "Fonyant," which means "wind" in the Malinke language - because his presence can be felt, but not seen.
    "The shooting and explosions have been going on all week," said Isaac Traore, who was fleeing Abobo with his family on foot. "As soon as it stopped, we left to go stay with my aunt."
    Among the Traore's group of 12, the men carried plastic bags and backpacks, the women babies on their backs and bundles on their heads.
    There will be little room for them all in their aunt's small apartment, "but it's better than being killed," Traore said.

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    we will still miss Bush atleast for a while, jamaa angelikuwepo sidhani kama tungelikuwa tunaendelea kusikia huu upuuzi hata siku moja.
    Yaani mtu kashindwa na kudhibitika wazi wazi kabisa aaaah sijui hata kama angedumu mpaka sasa.
    Sometimes kutumia nguvu kusaidia wanaotekseka inahitajika sasa hasa katika huu ulimwengu wa kuwang'oa ving'ang'anizi.
    Kama alimtoa Sadam sembuse na huyo
     
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    All of this is due to the lack of AU credibility to handle disputes on its boders and its members.
    Hiyo AU ifungwe tu wala haina kazi walai kabisa...
     
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    UN chief accuses Belarus of violating Ivory Coast arms embargo

    By the CNN Wire Staff
    February 28, 2011 -- Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT)

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    The office of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon accused Belarus of defying a U.N. arms embargo.

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • A spokesman for Ban Ki-moon says the first delivery arrived Sunday
    • An arms embargo has been in place since 2004, Ban's spokesman says
    (CNN) -- The United Nations on Monday accused Belarus of defying an arms embargo against Ivory Coast by delivering three attack helicopters to the disputed president of the west African nation.

    A spokesman for U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the helicopters and other related materiel "are reportedly being delivered at Yamoussoukro," the nation's capital, for Laurent Gbagbo's forces.

    "The first delivery arrived reportedly on a flight which landed this (Sunday) evening and additional flights are scheduled for" Monday," the spokesman said in a statement.

    Gbagbo, the nation's incumbent leader, is clinging to the presidency despite an international call for him to step down after an electoral commission declared challenger Alassane Ouattara the winner of a November election.

    Deliveries violate an arms embargo that has been in place since 2004, the spokesman said.

    UN chief accuses Belarus of violating Ivory Coast arms embargo
     
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    i knew before that civil wars is there to happen....GOd protect Ivory Coast...Amen
     
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    Civil war is becoming increasingly plausible. In fact, I think it has already broken out. The worst is, no one seems to care for the time being!
     
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    2 UN employees kidnapped in Ivory Coast

    Published February 28, 2011

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – An internal U.N. report leaked to The Associated Press says two U.N. employees of Ukrainian descent have been kidnapped by the Young Patriots, a dangerous youth militia allied with the country's sitting president.

    The alert sent to the AP says the two were seized late Monday morning in the Port-Bouet neighborhood of Abidjan. They were later moved to a Republican Guard base.

    Attacks on United Nations peacekeepers have been increasing since Laurent Gbagbo lost the Nov. 28 presidential election, according to results certified by the U.N. He ordered the United Nations to leave the country and his government has incited citizens to attack peacekeepers.

    The internal report says the Young Patriots faction in Port-Bouet is considered the "most dangerous."

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    UN inspectors attacked as Ivory Coast heads towards civil war
    David Smith in Johannesburg
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    , Tuesday 1 March 2011 19.34 GMT


    Weapons inspectors shot at by troops while investigating claims president broke arms embargo by importing attack helicopters
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    UN soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier in Abidjan. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP


    UN experts have come under fire in Ivory Coast as they investigate claims that president Laurent Gbagbo broke an arms embargo by importing attack helicopters from Belarus, a spokesman said today.

    The latest attack on the UN came amid warnings of a humanitarian disaster as the west African nation seems to be on a downward spiral towards civil war.

    The charge that Gbagbo is receiving military aid from Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko came from the UN's secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon. Gbagbo's government dismissed it as a "lie" while Belarus said it was "groundless".

    Ban later qualified the allegation in comments to reporters in Washington, saying the UN-appointed group of experts in Ivory Coast had "credible information that the government of Belarus may be providing attack helicopters to forces loyal to Gbagbo".

    He added: "If it is confirmed, this will be a direct violation of [the] arms embargo by the security council. We are trying to confirm this."

    It was when the experts tried to search an airport in the capital, Yamoussoukro, where they believed the helicopters to be, that they were shot at by Ivorian forces, according to UN mission spokesman Hamadoun Toure.

    "That's what they said," he told Reuters, adding that the investigation into the helicopters was continuing. "We are trying to have several details but so far nothing."

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