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The Gambia’s Election and Communication Blackout

Today, The Gambia is going to the poll to elect a new president. There are three presidential candidates, mainly the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Reconstruction, Adama Barrow of the Independent Coalition of parties, who is the sole candidate for the coalition of opposition parties and Mamma Kandeh, of the Gambia Democratic Congress. However, many observers believe the main contest will be between the president and Mr. Adama Barrow. With an extremely long…

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Former President Obasanjo: “Grandfather of Corruption“ and Implications

  Imagine you had children or grandchildren ““ perhaps, a lot of them – you never knew of! To many, the idea could lead to anxiety, sadness or other psychological stress ““ especially in the African environment. The cultural belief in Africa that blood is thicker than water speaks volume. Definitely, there is nothing more terribly worrisome to many Africans, than not knowing their offspring. The traditional expectation in many African societies that children inherit their family`s name and…

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DRC: The Appointment of Opposition Figure Samy Badibanga as PM

  In the latest political disorientation and scepticism in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the president, Joseph Kabila has appointed opposition politician Samy Badibanga as prime minister. Under a controversial power-sharing deal, the new appointment is seen by many as a smart political move aimed at extending the term in office of the president, who is facing increasing pressure from the opposition and the West to vacate power after the expiration of his term in December. Others think…

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Malawi: ‘Hyena man’ Found Guilty of Ritual Sex

The Malawian HIV-positive man, widely known as “hyena“ has been found guilty of ritual sex. Mr. Eric Aniva, a sex worker, who claimed to have had unprotected sex with more than 100 newly bereaved widows, did so in the name of the traditional “widow cleansing” practice. Worse still, Mr “hyena“ who was equally the traditional “sex ambassador” to many underage girls, who newly have their menstruation, disclosed that he did not inform his sex “slaves” about his HIV status…

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Properties of President Obiang Nguema`s Son Seized in Switzerland

  His father is not only one of the richest African leaders, but Africa’s longest serving leader and indeed, one of most repressive leaders on the continent. But that is not why Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is making news in Switzerland of recently. Prosecutors in Switzerland have confiscated 11 cars (amongst them a Porsche valued at more than $830,000 and a $2m Bugatti Veyron) belonging to Nguema junior, who is…

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Proverb of the Week

Pein dan kan jo ya, di voorika an tua.   (Buli, Ghana ) If an arrow has not entered deeply, then its removal is not hard. ( English)   The Buli people of Ghana are known to be farmers, who have much knowledge of soil. The proverb helps demonstrate their wide understanding of the rocky soil. Literary, the proverb means that If an arrow has not entered deeply into the soil, it is easy to remove. However, if the…

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Could President Zuma Land in Jail Amid Corruption Accusations?

To many, the name “Zuma“ has different connotations depending on your world view or ideological spectrum. While some associate the name to fearlessness, stubbornness, resistance, to others, it connotes carelessness, corruption, nepotism, excessive libido, amongst others. Regardless what the word or name means to you, South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is the godfather of scandals, is recently facing serious political challenges that could not only send him into political oblivion but equally land him in jail. Definitely,…

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The Consequences of Donald Trump’s Election

November 8, 2016, will be a historic day, not only in the USA but around the world. It is not just a day the USA public mortgaged its common sense and sensibility and elected an open and unapologetic racist, sexist, misogynist, cheat, authoritarian (and you name them); it is the day the American electorate has perhaps sheepishly invited anarchy, confrontation, tensions, economic recession and possible war around the globe through the election of Mr. Trump. It is a choice…

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The test of Kenyans` ‘generosity’ and Beggars` “Disabilities“

It is not unusual to hear politicians in the West complaining recently about illegal immigrants and vowing to close their borders to them. The USA Republican Donald Trump has just won the Presidential election in his country, by dehumanising foreigners, disabled and other minorities. On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under increasingly serious attacks by her own party establishment for his Open – Door immigration policy, thereby putting incredible pressure on the liberal Chancellor to…

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Tanzania: One Year With President John Magufuli

This week marks the one-year anniversary of President John Magufuli`s presidency. The President of Tanzania won his election on the promise to weed out corruption and restore accountability in the public life. One year after taking office, many have praised President Magufuli for honouring his promise to bring sanity to the society. Others, however, have accused the President of dictatorial tendencies and to have “limited the democratic space” in the country, including fighting against perceived opponents and media critical…

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Liberia: Worrisome Cyber-Attack

While the whole world reacted with awe to the cyber-attack on the USA Democratic party and the malicious release of Hilary Clinton`s emails to the public, allegedly sponsored by the Russian Intelligence Service, Liberia is facing a similar problem. However, the difference between the USA cyber-attack and that of Liberia is seen by the degree of prominence given to the news of the attacks. Unlike that targeted at Liberia, the attack against the USA is, as usual, treated as…

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Malawi: President Mutharika`s Long Absence and Other Questions Arising

After a solid month-long absence, followed by the massive hashtag #BringBackMutharika tweets by Malawians on social media, demanding to know the whereabouts of their president, President Peter Mutharika (76) of Malawi, finally arrived home on October 16 from his unexplained oversea visit. Waving at his supporters at the airport with his left hand, President Mutharika, who is indeed right-handed, did, in fact, more to increase speculations on the reason behind his long absence. Since President Peter Mutharika, who landed…

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