Kenya Foreign affairs minister still held up in Bamako

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Special correspondent and agencies

He had been attending an African Union Peace and Security meeting and was waiting to board a Kenyan Airways flight back home when the chaos broke out. Until now, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula is still held up in Mali’s Capital Bamako following what appeared to be army revolt on Wednesday.

“We are still held up in our hotel rooms, there is no forms of communication, even lifts have been demolished, we could still hear isolated fire within the town at night”, said the Minister

The hotel which Wetangula is in was close to a TV station which had been taken over by rebel soldiers saying that he was with his colleagues from Niger, Zimbabwe as other ministers had left the country the previous day.

It’s not yet clear among the whole group who participated in the conference, only Wetangula is held up there alone.

The African Peace and Security Council meeting had been called to discuss the insecurity in Mali that had been compounded by an influx of arms from neighboring countries.

Malian soldiers fired shots into the air before storming the offices of the state broadcaster, an AFP journalist said.

“We are tired of the situation in the north”, a soldier told AFP as dozens fired their guns, sending panic through the streets. The country’s north has been gripped by a Tuareg rebellion.


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