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The Africa Report: 05 April

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

A file picture taken in Gorongosa's mountains shows fighters of former Mozambican rebel movement Renamo receiving military training. AFP/Jinty Jackson

FIVE DIE IN RENAMO REBEL ATTACK

An attack by the Renamo rebels has left five people dead and 10 injured.

After 16 years of civil war, Mozambique now faces internal conflict once again.

The former rebel movement had announced in 2012, a return to the bush and have since reengaged in rebel activity.

This week, five police officers were killed in the attack on a police post in the Mozambican city of Muxungue.

After the end of the 16-year civil war, in 1992, Renamo became a legitimate political party.

However, there have been complaints from Renamo that they are being marginalised by the governing Frelimo party, the movement they were in conflict with during the civil war.

Recent police raids on Renamo gatherings have only added fuel to the rebel fire.

The attack on the Muxungue police post is something the region cannot afford and as a neighbouring state, the matter is worrisome for South Africa.

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DJOTODIA ACCEPTS CALLS FOR DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION

Michel Djotodia, the Seleka rebel leader who seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR) after a coup d'état, has accepted calls by regional leaders to speed up the process to a democratic transition.

On Thursday, Djotodia accepted these calls but his information minister, Christophe Gazam Betty, suggested that the self-proclaimed president could possibly remain in office.

TROOPS OUT, POLITICIANS IN

Although the South African National Defence Force have been withdrawn from the CAR, South African Intelligence Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, has joined regional leaders in the Central African region.

This means that South Africa remains an intricate part of discussions and negotiations relating to the recent coup in the CAR.

It is thus clear that although there is extensive criticism internally, South Africa remains at the centre of what is happening on the continent, remains an engine for peacekeeping, and maintains its continental negotiator role - despite an otherwise dented reputation.

NO MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE TRUTH

On Thursday, an absolute plethora of information on the happenings in the CAR emerged.

The truth, a constant casualty of conflict, was spun many times.

It remains unknown what is factual as many conflicting pieces of information has come about.

Djotodia led thousands of rebel fighters of the Seleka coalition into the riverside capital of the miner al-rich country on 24 March, toppling President Francois Bozizé.

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NAVAL CHIEF TURNED DRUG LORD

The former naval chief of Guinea-Bissau, Rear Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, has been labelled as a drug lord by the United States.

Bubo Na Tchuto will be tried in the United States after being arrested on the high seas.

Recently, the United States put out a travel ban on him.

The unstable Guinea-Bissau has become a conduit for drug movement from America to Europe, making them anti-United States.

A concerned United States government awaits the arrival of Bubo Na Tchuto, from Cape Verde, where he is currently in holding, to be tried in the United States as a drug kingpin.

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