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man was reportedly being
sought yesterday by South
African police in the death of
former Rwandan spymaster
Patrick Karegeya whose body
was discovered in a plush
Johannesburg hotel on New
According to the opposition
Rwandan National Congress
coalition and the local New Age
newspaper, the man was the last
person to be seen with Karegeya.
Members of the Rwandan
opposition claim Karegeya was
assassinated at the behest of
Rwandan President Paul
The New Age newspaper
quoted Karegeya s nephew David
Batenga as saying that he and
Karegeya had picked up a Rwan-
dan man at a light-rail station
on Sunday and taken him to the
Michelangelo Towers Hotel in
the plush Johannesburg suburb
of Sandton. Karegeya was found
dead in the man s hotel room
The former head of Rwanda s
external intelligence service,
Karegeya had been living in exile
in South Africa for more than
five years after having a falling
out with Kagame.
Karegeya s death as an assassi-
nation that fit a pattern of
attacks against prominent oppo-
nents of Kagame.
The Rwandan government has
vehemently denied it targets
opponents for assassination.
NEW DELHI---India's prime minister announced
yesterday he would step aside after 10 years fol-
lowing this summer's general election, saying Rahul
Gandhi should replace him if the ruling Congress
Party manages to stay in power.
In only his third news conference in a decade,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Gand-
hi---the 43-year-old heir to India s Nehru-Gandhi
political dynasty---has the best credentials to become
the next head of the Congress Party and prime min-
ister of the world s biggest democracy.
Singh is 81 and was not expected to seek another
"I have ruled myself out as a prime ministerial
candidate," Singh said. "Rahul Gandhi has outstanding
credentials. ... I do hope the party will take the right
decision at the appropriate time."
Yesterday s news conference came at a time when
the Congress Party s stock is low, battered by cor-
ruption scandals, internal feuding, and an inability
to deal with a stumbling economy and deep-rooted
problems with poverty, infrastructure and education.
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra
Modi, has the momentum ahead of the May elections,
after trouncing Congress in recent state polls. The
vote was seen as a gauge of voter sentiment in the
secular country of 1.2 billion.
Singh said it would be disastrous if Modi became
Modi, chief minister of western Gujarat state for
the past 11 years, is credited with turning his western
state into an industrial haven. But critics question
whether the Hindu nationalist chief can be a truly
secular leader over India s many cultures.
Modi has been accused of doing little to stop anti-
Muslim riots in the state in 2002, which left more
than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead. (AP)
Police seeking killer of Rwandan spy chief
HARARE---Zimbabwe's agriculture ministry says it
is importing 150,000 tons of corn, the nation's staple
food, from neighbouring South Africa to avert a
looming food crisis as millions face starvation.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Davis Marapira said
yesterday the government had so far received 300
tons which will be distributed to hard-hit parts of the
country, state media reported.
The United Nations estimates at least 2.2 million
Zimbabweans will need food assistance before the
next harvest in April.
Zimbabwe only managed to produce 800,000 tons
of corn last year. Annual consumption is 2.2 million
tons. Before the chaotic and often violent seizures of
thousands of white-owned farms in 2000, Zimbabwe
was a self-sufficient regional bread basket and a major
exporter of corn. (AP)
Hunger looms in Zimbabwe
BERLIN---Police say a World War II bomb has
exploded during construction work in a western
German town, killing one person and wounding
at least eight others.
The dpa news agency reported that police in
Euskirchen, near Bonn, said the driver of a bulldozer
was killed in yesterday s explosion.
Two people were seriously injured and six others
suffered lighter injuries.
Unexploded World War II-era bombs are still
discovered frequently in Germany, though it s rel-
atively rare for those finds to result in death or
death as an
that fit a
1 dead as World War II
bomb explodes in Germany
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