Zuma leads fresh African vow to confront terrorism

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- South African President Jacob Zuma, said Monday the Afr ican leadership was ready to fight terrorism following the twin bombings in Kamp a la which killed 76 people, saying those attacks were targeted to create confusio n and general instability in Africa.
"We must act in a manner to confront this scourge of terrorism," the South Afric an President said in one of the toughest statements issued at the ongoing 15th A U Summit in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.
The attacks in Kampala have dominated speeches at the Summit, much to the anger of a group of civil society lobbyists, who insisted that victims of "maternal an d child deaths", the official theme of the summit, were more than those killed in the Ugandan bombings on 11 July, while watching the World Cup final match.
African leaders, caught up between devoting their speeches to addressing the ter rorist attacks in Kampala, talking about the situation in Kampala and discussing strategies to fight maternal deaths, did not disappoint in their discussions on t he subject theme of ending the deaths of mothers.
President Zuma said the Kampala attacks were not an attack against Uganda, but a n attack against the entire world, including Africa.
President Zuma, who was widely hailed for his country's hosting of the FIFA Worl d Cup, said he could not afford to disappoint at 'his moment in history'.
But without specifically touching on the issue of tackling the situation in Soma lia, Zuma said there was still a long way to go in ending terrorism.
Other African leaders addressed the Kampala attacks and vowed to take collective steps to end the crisis there.
But Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni made the strongest vow yet against the Al- Shabaab, the Somali terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for the Kampal a attacks.
Museveni said he would use his experience as a fighter to deal with the Somali i nsurgents who had attacked his country.
Preliminary investigations into the Kampala attacks show that the brains behind the attack entered Uganda by road, rented a secluded house where investigators r e covered pieces of the bombs.
The US has provided investigators and the intelligence that have helped to monit or the activities of a group of people, who have been arrested.
"Many of the organizers have been arrested and are yielding very good results," Museveni said.
In a speech calculated to heighten emotions of the African leaders, the Ugandan leader said: "Who are these people who attack the AU flag.
This is not acceptabl e , whose interests do they respect, where do their loyalties lie.
The terrorists s hould be wiped out of Africa.
"Let us act and sweep them out of Africa and to where they came from in Asia and the Middle East.
" AU Chairman Bingu wa Mutharika condemned the attacks, saying: "Terrorism does no t advance the cause of humanity.
" And the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, described the Ugandan attacks as "the sad end of extremism.
" "We condemn those attacks in totality," Jonathan said in a brief speech he made as the newest leader to join the Summit.

26 july 2010 15:13:00

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