African Leaders Meet For Giants Club Elephant Summit

Elephant SummitAfrican leaders will meet in Kenya on Friday to discuss how to save the continent’s elephants from extinction.

The inaugural summit of the so-called giants club will be led by the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

As well as heads of state, the conservation group will bring together business leaders and scientists.

Experts say Africa’s elephant population has fallen by 90% over the past century and warn that the animal could be extinct within decades.

Among those expected to attend the summit are Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni and President Ali Bongo from the West African nation of Gabon.

After the summit, Kenya will set fire to nearly its entire confiscated stock of ivory, 105 tonnes, and equivalent to the tusks of more than 6,700 elephants.

Uganda Troops Fighting South Sudanese Rebels

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has confirmed Uganda does have soldiers fighting alongside their South Sudanese counterparts, to end rebel take over in the country.

The announcement comes as fighting continues around cities of Bor and Malakal, where government forces seem to be making progress.

In a summit in Angola, Mr Museveni said: “Only the other day, 13 January, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, SPLA, (South Sudan Army) and elements of our army had a big battle with these rebel troops at a point about 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Juba, where we inflicted a big defeat on them.”

Hundreds have been killed since the fighting broke out December 15, when President Salva Kiir, accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup against him. A charge he denies.

The dispute has seen killings along ethnic lines. Mr Kiir is a member of the Dinka community, the country’s largest, while Mr Machar is from the Nuer ethnic group.