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May 18, 2013
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Members of the United Nations Security Council have expressed concern over the volatile security situation in the Republic of Guinea.
The clash between the 1500 security forces and demonstrators caused huge casualties. Among the hundreds of people arrested are Aboubacar Sylla spokesman of the opposition and Charles Pascal Tolno leader of the PPG party.
President Alpha Conde’s decision to hold polls on June 30 has taken the entire political class aback because it was waiting for the new international facilitator, the UN’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit to step in.The former Guinean Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate, now member of the opposition spoke to WADR
The trial of 33 people accused of carrying out an attack on the residence of Guinean President Alpha Conde over a year ago will begin on 10 December, according to the Public Prosecutor’s office.
One of the President’s bodyguards was killed in the attack which took place on 19 July, 2011.
Guinean journalist on Monday started a training course on more informed coverage of the mining sector in the mineral-rich West African nation.
Participants are drawn from the public, private and community media outlets to acquire knowledge, skills and the ethics that will allow them to tackle the issues of the mining industry.
Guinean authorities have announced new measures to beef up police and military presence nationwide in an ‘all out war’ against crime and insecurity.
Security Minister Mouramani Cissé told a news conference said the measures include nighttime roadblocks in Conakry, the capital, and across the country and provision of motorcycles to the security forces.
Opposition parties in Guinea have denounced ‘an upsurge’ in criminal activities and the attendant damage to the country’s young democracy.
Aboubacar Sylla, spokesman for the coalition of opposition parties, told a news conference in Conakry that the government of President Alpha Condè was not delivering on the provision of security for the citizenry.
The new chairman of Guinea’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bakari Fofana, has assured compatriots of holding free, fair and transparent polls.
Fofana’s assurance comes amid criticisms from opposition political parties and some civil society groups, for not being the right man for the job.
An expert in water resources has blamed poor governance and failure to invest in the water and sanitation sector as causes for limited access to safe drinking water in Africa.
Dr. Silver Mugisha argues that low investment means water utility companies are only getting 60 percent coverage of the populations, with tariffs too high for many would-be customers.
Sierra Leone and Guinea are holding a three-day meeting aimed at strengthening joint cross- border surveillance and response to cholera and other epidemics in the two neighboring countries.
Between February and September this year, cholera killed nearly 400 people and infected over 25,000 in a record epidemic in the two countries in recent times.