The Africa Report: 26 November

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

Rebels of the Seleka coalition in the Central African Republic patrol on a road 12kms from the city of Damar, on January 10, 2013. Picture: AFP

UN DEPUTY CHIEF WARNS OF CHAOS IN CAR

The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General has warned that the Central African Republic (CAR) is in danger of spiralling into complete chaos.

On Monday, UN Deputy Chief Jan Eliasson addressed the UN Security Council and urged them to deploy more peacekeeping forces to the CAR.

The Security Council will take a vote on the matter next week.

France, who already has a presence in Bangui of 410 troops, committed to deploying 800 more troops.

The situation in the CAR has rapidly worsened since the overthrow of Francois Bozizé in March.

The transitional government has failed to bring the former Seleka rebels under control and are unable to resolve the fighting between the rebel forces and the majority Christian civilian protection groups.

'ZIMBABWE SHOULD SAFEGUARD NEW CONSTITUTION'

International human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged the Zimbabwean government to safeguard the rights contained in the new constitution.

As President Robert Mugabe approaches the 100th day of his new term in office, Amnesty stated that the rights enshrined in the constitution were not being upheld and the country's human rights record remained poor.

In a recent report titled "Zimbabwe's human rights record remains poor despite safeguards in new Constitution", Amnesty urges Mugabe to address impunity and stop the harassment of human rights defenders.

FORCED CHANGE IN KAMPALA MAYORAL COMMITTEE

Following a lengthy power struggle in the Ugandan capital, Kampala's opposition mayor has been ousted by his fellow councillors.

A vote on Monday by Kampala's city councillors has unseated opposition mayor Erias Lukwago.

Lukwago was found guilty of incompetence and abuse of office.

The grievances against him were made clear with votes standing at 29 to 3.

However, tensions rose outside of the council on Monday with protests by his supporters and teargas being flung.