Kampala, April 26, 2004 (New Vision) – The Minister of Labour and Social
Affairs, Zoe Bakoko Bakoru, has scooped an international award from the UN
for the key role she has played in the on-going Somali peace talks.
Others who have scooped the same awards from the UN are Kenyan Foreign
Affairs Minister Mr. Musyoka who has been chairing the talks, and Prof.
Kebira a Kenyan facilitator.
The UN envoy to the region based in Nairobi, gave out the award on behalf of
the UN Secretary General, Koffi Annan.
The Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya, Brig.
Matayo Kyaligonza, received the award on behalf of Bakoko.
The UN award was in recognition of Bakoko's role
in Embakasi and Eldoret towns, where talks with Somali women groups are
likely to result in the formation of the New Unity Somali Government.
When contacted for comment, Bakoko confirmed the news.
"Yes, Koffi Annan recognized me and has given me an international award for
the key role I've been playing in Embakasi and Eldoret to see to it that
Somali people get a recognized government," Bakoko said.
"I've talked to different Somali war lords, whom I call peace lords, and
things are getting on well," Bakoko said at her office recently.
Bakoru said her role, as a woman was to make sure that women were involved
in the new Somali government.
Court Fines 27 Somalis for Trying to Sneak Out
dola, April 22, 2004 (The Times of Zambia) – A LIVINGSTONE court has fined
27 Somalis who wanted to sneak out to South Africa through Sinazongwe.
Immigration public relations officer Jones Mwelwa said yesterday that the 27
were arrested recently in Livingstone as they attempted to leave the country
to South Africa to seek political asylum.
Mr Mwelwa said 17 adults were fined K20, 0000 each while the 10 minors were
also fined K100, 000 after the court considered their mitigatory statements.
He said they were charged with failing to appear before an immigration
officer as they did not seek clearance for departure to South Africa.
They only explained that they were proceeding to South Africa to seek asylum
after being arrested.
Mr Mwelwa said the court also ordered that the convicts be transferred to
Lusaka and handed over to the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
And three people have been arrested at Kazungula border post for travelling
on forged documents.
Mr. Mwelwa said the trio would be transferred to Livingstone where they
would appear in court.
Mr. Mwelwa advised Zambians to help the department in arresting the