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Cablegate: Chad Chronicle: Sept 29 - Oct 3, 2008

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FM AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6488
INFO RUEHYD/AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 1725
RUEHGI/AMEMBASSY BANGUI 1539
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2339
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 0484
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0518
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1785
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 1005

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 NDJAMENA 000451

SIPDIS

PARIS AND LONDON FOR AFRICA WATCHERS, STATE FOR AF, AF/C, AF/EPS,
AND AF/RSA
ADDIS ALSO FOR AU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PREF ECON PHUM UN LY CT CD
SUBJECT: CHAD CHRONICLE: SEPT 29 - OCT 3, 2008

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1. EDUCATION
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SCHOOLS RESUMED ON OCTOBER 01, 2008. HOWEVER, REGISTRATION IS VERY
SLOW AND SOME CLASSROOMS ARE NOT READY FOR STUDENTS. REPORTEDLY
MANY PARENTS FIND IT DIFFICULT TO PAY SCHOOL FEES FOR CHILDREN IN
ADDITION TO BUYING UNIFORMS AND SCHOOL MATERIALS.

A GROUP OF UNIVERSITY OF NDJAMENA STUDENTS DECLARED THAT THEY WILL
MARCH IN THE CITY UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT PAYS OVERDUE SCHOLARSHIPS. IN
RESPONSE, THE MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION, DR OUMAR IDRISS
ALFAROUK, WARNED THE STUDENTS AGAINST DISTURBANCE OF ACADEMIC
ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY. THE MINISTER AFFIRMED THAT NO FORM OF
ANARCHY WOULD BE ALLOWED.
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2. JUSTICE
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--AN ASSOCIATION OF VICTIMS OF HISSEIN HABRE'S REGIME DISTRIBUTED A
LIST NAMING THE SECURITY AGENTS WHO PERPETRATED TORTURE DURING
HABRE'S REIGN. INITIAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION AND THE
GOVERNMENT OF CHAD PROVIDED THAT NO ONE WHO ENGAGED IN ABUSES SHOULD
REMAIN IN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. HOWEVER, SOME KEY MEMBERS OF
THE HABRE ERA SECURITY SERVICES STILL HOLD INFLUENTIAL POSITIONS.

-- THE NEWSPAPER L'OBSERVATEUR PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE CITING THE 2008
REPORT OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL. ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE,
CHAD CONTINUES, FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, TO BE AMONG THE MOST
CORRUPT NATIONS IN THE WORLD WHILE OTHER COUNTRIES SUCH AS NIGERIA
HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED THEIR ECONOMIC SYSTEMS AND THEREFORE THEIR
LISTINGS.

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3. ECONOMY
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-- ACCORDING TO L'OBSERVATEUR, THE GLOBAL CRISIS, WHICH HAS
CONSEQUENCES FOR EUROPEAN BANKS, WILL ALSO IMPACT ON THE ECONOMIES
OF AFRICA. AFRICA TOO RISKS DISORGANIZATION AND A TIGHTER CREDIT
CRUNCH. DESPITE THAT GLOOMY FORECAST, MR. ALEXANDRE GANDOU,
PRESIDENT OF THE COMMISSION FOR THE CONTROL OF THE FINANCIAL MARKETS
IN CENTRAL AFRICA (COSUMAF) NOTED THAT EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR
THE LAUNCHING OF NATIONAL STOCK MARKETS IN THE REGION.

-- THE CHADIAN POST-OFFICE FACES DIFFICULT TIMES. AUTONOMOUS SINCE
1998, POSTAL EQUIPMENT IS OLD AND THE OFFICE IS NOT ABLE TO FINANCE
NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION.


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4. CULTURE: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CHADIAN OFFICE FOR COPYRIGHT
PROTECTION HELD ITS FIRST ORDINARY SESSION WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO
EXPLORE BETTER SYSTEMS FOR THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF
COPYRIGHTS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND STIMULATE
CREATIVITY.

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5. SOCIAL
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IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT UNJUSTIFIED INFLATION OF PRICES, THE MINISTER
OF COMMERCE VISITED MARKETS IN N'DJAMENA ON SEPTEMBER 29 AMONG OTHER
THINGS TO VERIFY THAT THE RECENT GOVERNMENT LEVIED PRICE FOR
CHARCOAL WAS BEING RESPECTED. THE GOVERNMENT SET THE PRICE AT 3,000
CFA PER BAG, BUT TRADERS WERE SELLING IT FOR MORE THAN 4,000 CFA TO
THE PUBLIC. THE MINISTER WAS DISAPPOINTED.

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6. RELIGION
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CHADIAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATED THE END OF RAMADAN ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2008.
IN GENERAL, CELEBRATIONS WERE PEACEFUL BUT LE PROGRES NEWSPAPER
REPORTED FIGHTING IN GOZ-BEIDA BETWEEN THE FOLLOWERS OF TWO IMAMS IN
THAT TOWN. THE TWO IMAMS HAVE AN ONGOING DISPUTE OVER LEADERSHIP OF
THE TOWN'S BIG MOSQUE. UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS YEARS, PRESIDENT DEBY
CELEBRATED THE END OF RAMADAN IN AMDJARESS, HIS HOMETOWN. IN
N'DJAMENA, THE PRESIDENT WAS REPRESENTED AT THE BIG PRAYER MEETING
BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. YOUSSOUF SALEH ABBAS, WHO ALSO RECEIVED
MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS AND ISLAMIC LEADERS WHO TRANSMITTED
HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO THE PRESIDENT. NEWSPAPERS REPORTED THAT IN

NDJAMENA 00000451 002 OF 002


MOST IDD PREACHINGS, KEY POINTS WERE PEACE IN THE COUNTRY AND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CHAD.

GRIBBIN

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