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The xenophobic attacks and South Africa -African relationship

It is not the first time many African migrants in South Africa faced the brute anger of their fellow South Africans, who have accused them of stealing their jobs. Anger alone would be a mere understatement. For sure, many a time, South Africans have audaciously committed a heinous crime against African migrants living in South Africa in the name of the xenophobic attack. Not just xenophobic attacks that come to mind. The monstrous brutish butchery of African foreigners in…

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Proverb of the week: That which eats at you is within you

Proverb: That which eats at you is within you. Swahili: Kikulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako Meaning: Often, our actions are borne out of our mistakes and flaws in our characters. Therefore, we should not always point an accusing finger at others. We should take the blame for the results of the actions we have taken. Take a look at the mess Africa is in. Start with South Sudan. Go to the Central African Republic. Follow me to the Democratic Republic of…

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Children, women’s safety in jeopardy over rife human trafficking in Namibia

Human trafficking is not a thing of the past as many think; it still exists in the 21st century. There are no significant changes in the modern era, despite the industrial revolution and technological development, as millions of people worldwide are still going through slavery. Unlike in the ancient times when victims of human trafficking, especially from Africa were transported oversees, nowadays the act occurs within the villages, towns or neighbouring countries. In fact, transporting the victims does not…

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Zimbabwe’s former director arrested over graft

Zimbabwe’s newly constituted anti-corruption commission on Tuesday nabbed former Principal Director Monitoring and Evaluation in the office of the President and Cabinet Douglas Tapfuma on allegations of engaging in corruption. Tapfuma is accused of importing illegally a fleet of vehicles purported to belong to the government. According to state-owned daily the Herald, Mr Tapfuma misused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name and letters from the President’s office to import vehicles for himself, friends and relatives without paying duties. The paper further…

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Rwandese urged to use family planning methods

Amid the rise of the number of people in Rwanda, parents, especially those in rural areas, are being implored to use the modern family planning methods to control the rising population. Speaking over the weekend at Ngagatare in Eastern Province of Rwanda, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Donatile Mukabalisa said it is high time parents embraced family planning programmes to control high birth rate. She urged dads and mums to only sire the number of children they can…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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Ethiopia: Using ethnic unrest to deter reform and cause anarchy

The latest failed coup attempt in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has raised serious security concerns in the country and equally posed undeniable challenges to the bold reforms of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. More than that, the ethnic unrest poses a serious existential threat to the country. The aborted coup a few days ago, which claimed the lives of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the Amhara region was orchestrated by Brig-Gen…

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South Africans wait for salvation, as Ramaphosa appoints gender-balanced cabinet

Following the 8 May election victory of the African National Congress party  (ANC), President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new gender-balanced cabinet, with half of the members, women. This is the first time in the history that South Africa has a gender-balanced cabinet. In another surprise move, the President appointed a woman from the opposition party for a ministerial post. Patricia de Lille, the opposition politician, former Cape Town Mayor has been appointed the minister of infrastructure development. Ms…

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Brexit Fallout: Theresa May resigns as UK Prime Minister

The embattled Prime Minister of the UK Theresa May said she would resign her job on June 7. Her resignation has not been unexpected, following her inability to secure a Brexit deal with the EU, generally acceptable to her country. She had been under incredible pressure to deliver an acceptable Brexit deal or quit. May has indicated she would resign both as the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. According to some political pundits, Theresa May a…

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Kenya: Leaving a house on fire to burn down while busy chasing a rat

I beg to be blunt with my stand, but sadly, the truth must be told. Obviously, the West succeeds in imposing their will on Africa simply because the Western governments strongly believe African leaders have a mindset different from that of the Western leaders. Yes, in most cases, the West is convinced they can get away with their inglorious acts in Africa due, largely to, just a simple reason: that African leaders seem to care less about their subjects…

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Chinese trader awarded traditional Nigerian title

For those who believe the Chinese are clearly, having a major influence in Africa, hold your breath and think twice. The word influence is more than an understatement. Clearly, the Chinese are becoming part of Africa indeed. Recently, a prominent Chinese businessman Mike Zhang has been awarded a traditional title in the northing city of Kano, Nigeria, in recognition of the Chinese business relationship with Nigeria. Mr Zhang was appointed as “Wakilin ‘Yan China” meaning, ‘the leader of the…

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Sober reflections on global environmental hazards and damages

There is no doubt that many oil companies have blood in their hands due to the environmental hazards they have caused, globally. The immediate and long-term effects of those environmental damages cannot be underestimated. From the pollution of the ecosystem (soil, water, sea, air, plant, etc) to hazards to the human, animals, the drilling of oil comes with a huge income and many challenges to the society. Many oil companies have been accused of paying little or no attention…

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