By Dialogo September 21, 2009 The suspected “principal coordinator” of the Shining Path guerrilla group has been arrested by the National Police in an operation in the jungles of northeast Peru, the official Andina news agency reported. Brandy Maldonado Vasquez was arrested at a house outside the town of Santa Rosa de Yanajanca, where police found flags bearing the hammer and sickle, a shotgun, leaflets, notebooks and a cell phone. The 35-year-old, known as “Comrade Levi,” is believed to have been the group’s political chief in Yanajanca, as well as in the towns of Nuevo Progreso, Alto Uchiza and Tocache, all located in Huanuco and San Martin provinces. Maldonado is accused of having participated between 2004 and 2008 in several campaigns led by “Comrade Artemio,” the only remaining high-profile fugitive of the guerrilla group that terrorized Peru in the 1980s, committing murders, distributing propaganda and stirring up unrest, Andina said. He allegedly organized strikes and protests by coca growers against crop eradication programs between 2005 and 2007, Andina said. The so-called “remnants” of the Shining Path have been blamed for an increase in violence in Peru’s interior in recent months. The Shining Path has a presence in both the Upper Huallaga Valley and the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE region. The Upper Huallaga Valley is a center of coca cultivation and cocaine production. The guerrilla group’s remnants operate in both valleys, working with drug traffickers and staging attacks on the security forces. The Maoist-inspired Shining Path launched its uprising on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho province. A truth commission appointed by former President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group’s 1980 uprising. The guerrilla group also caused an estimated $25 billion in economic losses, according to commission estimates. Founder Abimael Guzman, known to his fanatic followers as “President Gonzalo,” was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, an event that marked the “defeat” of the insurgency. Guzman, who was a professor of philosophy at San Cristobal University before initiating his armed struggle in the Andean city of Ayacucho, once predicted that 1 million Peruvians would probably have to die in the ushering-in of the new state envisioned by Shining Path. The group became notorious for some of its innovations, such as blowing apart with dynamite the bodies of community service workers its members killed, or hanging stray canines from lampposts as warnings to “capitalist dogs.” The Shining Path’s remnants did not comply with Guzman’s order more than a decade ago to end the armed struggle, and he does not recognize them as members of the group. Comrade Artemio called on the government last December for a “political solution” to end the armed conflict. In May, the La Republica newspaper reported that Guzman, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism, called the remaining members of the guerrilla group operating in the VRAE region “mercenaries.”
Ghana needs a draw against Togo on Wednesday to seal qualification to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.The Black Stars suffered a painful 1-0 defeat on Saturday to Uganda but Guinea’s 4-1 win against Togo in Lome has thrown the Group wide open.Maxwell Konadu’s side top pool with 8 points; one more than Uganda and Guinea and two more than the Hawks.Ghana will touch down in Accra on Sunday and will move to Tamale, the venue for the match, the next day.The four-time continental champions are seeking 20th appearance in the Nations Cup finals which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.Meanwhie, captain Asamoah Gyan is in line to make a shock return from injury in time to play a part in Wednesday’s crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Tamale. The Al Ain hit man, excluded from caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu’s 23-man squad due to injury, was on the bench as the Black Stars crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Uganda on Saturday afternoon.Gyan has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a thigh injury but has been involved in full-scale training.In Kampala, he was involved in low runs and Konadu refused to rule him out of playing a part in the match but was unused at the Mandela Stadium in Kampala.
Medeama SC bowed out of the FA Cup when Liberty Professionals beat them 4-5 on penalty shootout, after the 90 minutes of regulation time had ended with either side scoring a goal each at the T and A park on Sunday.The sensational young attacker, Abass Mohammed continued his goal scoring form for the Tarkwa lads by shooting his team into the lead, before the whiz kid for Liberty Professionals, Latif Blessing pulled even for Liberty Professionals before the half time break.The second half of the game produced no goal, before the referee blew his whistle to evoke penalty shootout to break the tie.Liberty Professionals scored all their 5 penalties, whereas the hosts Medeama scored 4 of their 5 kicks, with Emmanuel Agyemang missing from the spot kick to send the away side in jubilant mood for kicking out the 2015 winners of the FA Cup at their own backyard.Hearts of Oak thrashed second-tier side Wassaman United 3-0 on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium to advance to the round of 32 of the 2016 MTN FA Cup.The Phobians despite winning the game were a given good run for their money by the Wassaman based club.The away side dominated play from the early minutes as the Phobians defense were kept busy but the second-tier side failed to convert the chances they created.Hearts of Oak slowly warmed themselves into the game and they punished Wassaman United for their profligacy.In the 38th minute Kenneth Okoro broke the deadlock. Two minutes later Kwame Kizito made it two for the home side as the first half ended advantage 2-0 Hearts of Oak.From the recess, Wassaman United came in stronger with the aim of equalizing the two goals but Hearts of Oak were resolute at the back.However, late in the game, Kenneth Okoro registered his brace on the day with a fantastic finish after he was put through on goal by Ibrahim Musah to give Hearts of Oak a 3-0 win.Asante Kotoko survived a late minute scare from Brong Ahafo 2 division side AK Scion when they settled for a 1-1 draw in regulation time, before winning the penalty shootout 4-1 at the Sunyani Coronation Park to advance to the next stage of the FA Cup.Goalkeeper Ofori Antwi emerged the hero of the evening when he made two saves during the penalty shootout to held Asante Kotoko match to the round of 32 of the FA Cup.Frank Sarfo Gyamfi drew the first blood of the game in the 38 minute, but despite Kotoko benefiting from numerical advantage after AK Scion player was sent off for a 2 yellow card, the 2 division side came into the game strongly and at a point took over possession.The exchanges was an end to end one, but it was AK Scion who exhibited great promise in terms of possession in greater part of the second half and the equalizer was seen coming, so it wasn’t surprising when they struck the much needed goal to bring the game even in the closing minutes of the game to throw it into penalty shootout. Ashanti Gold beat third-tier side Sun City 3-1 at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium on Sunday in the MTN FA Cup round of 64.The Obuasi based club who have had a patchy run in the Ghana Premier League had an easy day against the lower-tier side.Frederick Quayeson struck the first goal for the Miners before Fuseini Nuhu doubled the home side’s lead. Francis Adjei made it three.Sun City irrespective of the huge presence of Ashanti Gold never got despaired as they reduced the deficit courtesy Adama Sulemana.In the other game at the Nkawkaw Park, Okwawu United gave their teeming fans a well-deserved ‘Easter Gift’ as the second-tier side stunned Premier League side Dreams FC 2-1 on Sunday.Okwawu United took a two goal lead through James Sarfo and Richard Appiah as they dominated play as the Kweiman based club failed to neutralize the attacking play of the second-tier side.Dreams FC managed to pull one back courtesy veteran forward Eric Gawu but despite the late scare from the visitors, Okwawu United held on to win the game. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports