Timothy Sibasi is a journalist based in Kampala, Uganda.
UGANDA THREATENS TO PULL OUT OF DR CONGO TALKS OVER UN SANCTIONS ON M23 REBELS Uganda's state minister for International Relations, Henry Okello Oryem, said in an interview with WBS that Uganda is going to engage the UN to come out clear on whether it is interested in the return of peace in the Eastern DRC through peaceful means or else Uganda withdraws its participation. Timothy Sibasi reports as the M23 rebel delegation of 25 people and the DRC government delegation of 18 is expected in the country on Sunday this week;
DRC DIALOGUE DRAGS ON AS M23 REBELS REMAIN ELUSIVE... The Congolese M23 rebels were a no-show yet again at a closed-door meeting in which the rules of engagement to be followed during the in-depth discussions into the causes of the conflict and returning peace in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo formally commence on Thursday this week. However, Chief negotiator Uganda's Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga downplayed the M23 boycott and proceeded to hold closed consultations with the DRC Foreign Affairs Minister Raymond Tshibanda. Timothy Sibasi also reports as M23 rebel head of delegation Francois Ruchogoza speaking in an interview said there was no communication from the Chief negotiator to their camp housed at Silver Springs hotel in Kampala's Bugoloobi suburb but revealed that their committed to the talks.
DRC LEAD NEGOTIATOR THREATENS TO PULL OUT OF TALKS OVER M23 MEDIA TALK The Democratic Republic of Congo peace talks with rebels opened in Kampala, with DRC foreign minister threatening to pull out over M23 media talk. Minister Raymond Tshibanda is concerned by the negative things the rebels have been saying about the DRC government, which he wants stopped during the talks, or else they pull out. The condition was in response of statements made by the head of the M23 rebel delegation to the talks Francois Ruchogoza accusing the DRC government forces of assassinating 45 M23 rebels in the state of Oriental in 2010, which sparked off the war after Kabila had allegedly violated an agreement signed between him and the M2,3 which was to have the rebel forces integrated into the national army and positions in the army shared equally. Timothy Sibasi reports live from the Commonwealth Resort hotel in Munyonyo, where Uganda's defence minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga is chief negotiator;
THE M23 REBEL HEAD OF DELEGATION HAS THREATENED TO PULL OUT OF THE TALKS The M23 rebel head of delegation has threatened to pull out of the talks should the DRC government delegation refuse to sign the M23 rebel cease fire draft agreement seeking for the withdrawal of the government backed Hutu FDLR rebels and the Mai mai from the rebels former captured position in and outside Goma town. Timothy Sibasi was at the press conference held by the M23 rebel delegation at Silver Springs hotel in the capital Kampala and reports.
M23 APPOINT DR CONGO DISSIDENT TO NEGOTIATING TEAM AS TALKS ARE DUE TO OPEN The wanted former Member of Parliament in the DR Congo on charges of treason Roger Lumbala has been named as part of the M23 rebel delegation initially comprised of 25 people. This comes just a day to the planned resumption of talks with the DRC government. Reports indicate the M23 rebel delegation started arriving in Kampala on Friday, in company of the wanted opposition legislator with new conditions to the cease fire deal. Timothy Sibasi reports;
KAMPALA TERROR BOMBING 2010 Tonight WBS starts running the series of the July 11, 2010 Kampala terror bombing that left 76 people dead. In our tonight’s first episode, our senior political reporter Timothy Sibasi reconstructs the scenes of the July 11, Kampala twin bombing of Kyadondo Rugby club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant Kabalagala, where Ugandans and foreign nationals converged to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals for the first time it was hosted on the African continent, little did they know the enemies where amidst and the time was now or never, many lost their lives in this report, but we warn you of the disturbing scenes.
RECOVERY OF SOMALIA The process to have a failed state of Somalia that collapsed in 1993 after the death of Syad Barre has not been an easy process to the African Mission In Somalia to a manageable state, though there are still some challenges to completely stump out the Al-Shabaab extremists, some achievements have been registered in democratization process to have Somalis vote their own leaders and rebuilding the nation. Timothy Sibasi on the front-line in Mogadishu gives us a tale count of a recovering Somalia from a failed state to a manageable state.