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Zambia : To Move Or Not To Move The Capital From Lusaka?

The national planning and development minister of Zambia Lucky Mulusa has intimated his government`s plan to move the capital from Lusaka to Ngabwe district, 120km (75 miles) north of Lusaka. The minister said the cabinet would discuss the move within the next two weeks. The honourable minister, Mr. Mulusa defended the plan by insisting that Lusaka is not only over-crowded but would be congested within 10 years. This, according to him, would make it difficult for one to conduct…

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$32,000 Prize Award for Engineering Excellency: Will Africa Follow Suit?

Recently, a 27-year-old Nigerian Godwin Benson won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for developing a tutoring app. The App called Tuteria, is a platform, which does not only link qualified tutors to students in their area, it equally helps the students make a good choice of the tutors based on their budgets. Godwin Benson, who developed the APP based on his experiences as a tutor, beat 16 other participants to win the prestigious…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, Visits Ghana

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda concluded a two-day visit to Accra, Republic of Ghana.   The visit highlights the Prosecutor`s ongoing commitment to intensify engagement and dialogue with the African States and relevant stakeholders, including African civil society and academia. Prosecutor Bensouda began her visit with a meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.   The Prosecutor…

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The Gambia and Confiscation of Jammeh’s Assets: The Road to the ICC?

The authorities in the Gambia have on Monday confiscated bank accounts and assets belonging to the former President Yahya Jammeh. The action followed the authorisation from a court in the country, on Monday to freeze the assets of Yahya Jammeh, who is accused of stealing  $50 million (about 44.5 million euros) from the state coffer during his 22 years as president. Supporting the allegation, Gambia’s justice minister, Abubacarr Tambadou alleged that former President Jammeh “personally or under his instructions…

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Ivory Coast Mutiny: The Issues of Honesty, Trust, and Loyalty

A four-day nationwide mutiny carried out last week by rebellious soldiers in Ivory Coast has made many to question the degree of control President Alassane Ouattara has over the military. More than that, the mutiny, which had occurred before in January, keeps one wondering whether the deserted soldiers see themselves indeed as an integral part of the Ivorian military force. More worrisome yet, the latest revolt casts some doubts on the level of loyalty, President Alassane Ouattara enjoys amongst…

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Africa and Youth unemployment

In an exclusive interview with the BBC yesterday about the state of both Africa’s and Nigeria’s economy and politics, the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo insisted that the greatest challenge facing Africa is the high unemployment rate among Africa’s large youthful population. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who estimated that 60% of the continent’s population is under the age of 25 and that half of those is unemployed, feared that the continent is ” sitting on a keg of…

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A Choice Between Human Rights and Enforcement of Corporal Punishment

Undoubtedly, education and good upbringing of a child are vital to the successful future of the child. The important Red Indian`s proverb, which says “when children are young, give them roots, when they are older, give them wings to fly“ might appear contradictory on the source, but deeply, it carries a very powerful meaning. When a child is given a root, it helps them know where their home is; the wings to fly, help the child to not only…

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Proverb of the Week

Abaguma bobalwa amatumu. (Mashi, Democratic Republic of Congo — DRC)) Ndugu wakisikizana vizuri wanashinda adui kila mara. (Swahili ) Les frères qui s`entendent bien ils arrivent toujours à vaincre l`ennemi. (French ) Brothers who get along will always defeat the enemy. (English) It is only when we are united that we are capable of achieving much and defeating our adversaries. Unity is the mother of great achievement (meaning)   The philosophy of togetherness is central in African cultural setting….

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African Religious Charlatanism and (In)Sanity

Recently, the government of Zambia has reacted furiously to the growing number of spurious religious merchants in their country, who often portray themselves as prophets and missionaries and allegedly exploit and extort money from poor gullible Zambians, who are desperately in need of spiritual attention. Speaking about the serious religious cankerworm in Zambia, the Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, emphasized that even though Zambia is a Christian nation, it has its laws, which must be…

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Somalia: Public Works Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Abas killed in Mogadishu

The latest attempt by the newly elected president of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, to end the endemic violence in his country and build a peaceful, stable and prosperous Somalia has suffered yet another serious setback after the youngest minister in his cabinet, Abdullahi Sheikh Abas has been killed in an attack on his convoy. The 31-year old   Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, who was the country`s Public Works Minister was killed in his car near the presidential palace in the…

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President John Magufuli of Tanzania and the Eradication of the Fake Certificate Syndrome

The no-nonsense president of Tanzania, John Magufuli has ordered the sacking of 10,000 civil servants, most of them in a senior position, for alleged possession of fake certificates. The president has given the affected workers until 15 May to resign and leave voluntarily or face prosecution and possibly up to 7 years imprisonment, if found guilty. Although the number of the concerned persons is huge (at least ten thousand families will be affected), many have praised the action of…

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Namibia: Even the “Swart Bobbejane“ (Black Baboons) Sometimes Know Their Rights.

Police in Namibia have warned against racist behaviour, which they insist is a serious offence in the country. The warning came after a fracas last weekend between a White Namibian, Willem de Klerk and security guards, at Windpomp 14 Bar and Bistro, a recreational resort between Swakopmund and Henties Bay. According to the report, the ugly brouhaha started, when apparently intoxicated patron Willem de Klerk wanted to urinate outside the bar in the presence of others, including kids. He…

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