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Robert Mugabe Street Sign Pulled down: Beginning of the end?

Reports from Zimbabwe have indicated that opposition demonstrators are standing up against the repressive attacks by the security forces. The latest news has it that the street sign named after President Robert Mugabe has been pulled down. For a country which had hardly experienced demonstrations in the past, the latest audacious moves  from the opposition, fully backed by the high court`s ruling,  shows not only the determination of the demonstrators to show their displeasure with the President, the pulling…

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Zimbabwe Anti- Mugabe Protest: to Obey the Court or the President?

The latest report from Zimbabwe reveals that the police have fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition supporters. The opposition members are demonstrating in the capital, Harare against the government of President Mugabe, calling for electoral reform ahead of the 2018 polls. Interestingly, the “mega- demonstration,“ to use the words of the oppositions, has been approved by the High court, but the 92-year-old President Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years, has instead instructed his security…

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Al Mahdi case: Judgment to be delivered on 27 September 2016

  On 24 August 2016, the trial concluded in the case The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi before Trial Chamber VIII at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Chamber announced that the judgment and, if applicable, the sentence in that case will be rendered on 27 September 2016. The trial is held before Trial Chamber VIII, composed of Judge Raul C. Pangalangan, Presiding Judge, Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, and Judge Bertram Schmitt….

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Nigeria: Patriotism and Government Responsibilities

 During the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961, as the 35th President of the United, the President famously quoted: My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. What exactly did President Kennedy mean? Before you shout a big Ula la and fold your hands in triumphantly as a country, expecting your citizens to kill themselves for the State, President Kennedy was only trying to encourage…

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Proverb of the Month

  Jojutupii ngakumanya mwini nzala. (Matengo, Tanzania) Aliyekwisha kushiba hamjui mwenye njaa. (Swahili) The person who has eaten and satisfied himself or herself does not care for the one who is hungry. (English)   The above typical proverb of the Matengo people of Ruvuma Region in Tanzania, is used to encourage a hard working mentality, hospitality, close ties and generosity within the community. The Matengo people who are generally farmers, know the importance of food and hospitality, especially towards…

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Tanzania: To Bail Or Not To Bail Former Revenue Authority Boss

Harry Kitilya the former Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), who is facing 12bn/- (six million dollars) money laundering charges, has petitioned the High Court, challenging the law prohibiting him from being granted bail. In line with the zero tolerance for corruption initiated by President John Magufuli of Tanzania, immediately he took over as President on 5th November 2015, Mr. Harry Kitilya and his accused colleagues are busy smelling the rod, wherever they are. Smelling the rod?…

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Tanzania: Minimum Age of Marriage?

  The government of Tanzania has reiterated its willingness to challenge the ruling of the High Court, which ruled against all provisions in the Law of Marriage Act, 1971, which allows a girl under 18 years old to get married albeit with her parent’s consent. Delivering her judgement, following the case brought before the court by Ms. Rebecca Gyumi, the founder and director of Children’s Rights Organisation (Msichana Initiative), Judge Ataulwa Munisi stated that sections 13 and 17 of…

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King Mswati III of Swaziland: a Choice between Welfare of Citizens and Wives’ Holiday

It is a well-known fact that King Mswati III of Swaziland does not hate women ““ whether due to the tradition expectations or personal wishes. He is equally not allergic to luxurious life. However, what is less obvious is whether the King’s love for his wives and extravagant life comes before the welfare of his suffering subjects. In keeping with his extravagance lifestyle, recently, King Mswati III allegedly spent nearly 16 million rand (approximately £850,000) to send his wives…

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New African Passport: Good or Bad Initiative And Why?

    In a very ambitious move, the African Union has launched a new passport, which will allow its citizens to have a common or single passport. Furthermore, the new passport will enable all African citizens to be able to travel throughout the continent without a visa. The new passport, which will bear the African Union’s name and that of the issuing country, will be biometric, or e-passport, which meets international standards, like those from the European Union or…

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Zimbabwe Boils: War Veterans Break Rangs With President Mugabe and Attack him

President Robert Mugabe’s closet and most dedicated ally, the Zimbabwe’s war veterans’ association, has not only released a damning statement withdrawing its support for him; it has equally called him a liar and selfish dictator and urged him to leave the political arena urgently. The war veterans hold the 92 year old President Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years, fully responsible for the ills in the society, according to them, due to his “dictatorial tendencies, egocentrism…

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I Hear You: Proverb of the Month

Ehemwen wÿÿ iren te gua so ihuan, ren te vbe gua ku, sokpan ukpÿ iye-ÿkhÿkhÿ ÿre ÿ ma gie iren ku iku iren vbe avan.   (Edo, Nigeria ) Une blatte sait chanter et danser, mais c’est la poule qui l’empeche de le faire pendant la journee.  (French ) A cockroach knows how to sing and dance, but it is the hen who prevents it from performing its art during the day  ( English) We are all born with…

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Al Bashir case: ICC finds non-compliance of Uganda and Djibouti

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that the Republics of Uganda and Djibouti had failed to comply with the request for arrest and surrender of Omar Al Bashir to the ICC and referred the matter to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute and the United Nations Security Council. It is now up to them to take the measures they deem necessary regarding this matter. Omar Al Bashir is facing two ICC arrest…

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