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#Punchback Video: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa


2015-11-19, Issue 751

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It is now 20 years since the dictatorship of Sani Abacha murdered renowned environmentalist, writer and defender of the rights of the indigenous Ogoni people of southern Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and his eight comrades. What does his life and struggles mean for African people today? View #Punchback Video Commentary

Ghana: Three heroes celebrated

Duke Nii Amartey Tagoe

2015-11-17, Issue 751

Scores of Ghanaians from all walks of life have paid glowing tributes to three heroes for their exceptional contributions towards the development of the broad progressive movement in Ghana.

The China model: Lessons for Africa

William Gumede

2015-11-17, Issue 751

As China released its 13th Five Year Plan last week, there are key ingredients of China’s model of development, which African countries can definitely learn from.

Pope’s visit more political than religious

Tumusiime K. Deo

2015-11-11, Issue 750

Pope Francis arrives in Uganda at the end of the month on his first African trip. The church is taking advantage of the visit to make money from the poor faithful. And Ugandan authorities are doing everything to present a false image of the country during the visit. It is all hypocrisy.

Utilities price hikes won’t solve power and water problems

Dede Amanor-Wilks

2015-11-11, Issue 750

The problems facing the utility companies will only end when the economic problems underpinning the cedi slide are addressed. And these go beyond macro-economic stabilisation policies prescribed by the IMF/World Bank. What is needed is transformation of Ghana’s relatively low-value agricultural produce into high-value manufacturing activity.

President Buhari must stop police killings

Okachikwu Dibia

2015-11-10, Issue 750

For reasons best known to the Nigerian police, it has refused to accept that a person is innocent until a court of competent jurisdiction has declared them guilty. To the Nigerian police, an accused person is guilty and could be maltreated and/or killed before prosecution.

Rethinking civilian protection in the context of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria

Okeoma Ibe

2015-11-11, Issue 750

People have lost so much; they have chosen to defend themselves from further losses. This is legitimate. However, there is a sense in which government has to take primary responsibility for the security of life and property of all Nigerians.

Political maturity: Roots and responsibilities

Evans Rubara

2015-11-10, Issue 750

The dust of the electoral contest in Tanzania is settling and, as expected, the winning party’s bigwigs are lining up for powerful state appoints even where they do not qualify. But it is time for the new government to immediately begin implementing its agenda for the good of all. On their part, Tanzanians must push the government to serve them as they surely deserve.

Diaspora voting a mirage

Mickie Ojijo

2015-11-10, Issue 750

Just like in the last election, the large number of Kenyans in the diaspora are unlikely to vote in 2017, despite that right being guaranteed by the constitution. The electoral commission simply has neither the logistical capacity nor the funds to organise diaspora voting.

Zanzibar scholars' statement of concern

2015-11-02, Issue 749

Zanzibar’s election commission last week abruptly canceled all results of elections held October 25, which the leading opposition party said it had won. There are fears of political violence in the Indian Ocean island. Over 30 Zanzibar scholars now want the governments of Zanzibar and Tanzania to keep all of their citizens well and free from harm and respect electoral democracy.

Tanzania mainland settles 2015 elections: What now?

Olivia Lwabukuna

2015-11-02, Issue 749

Tanzanians did not have much of a choice going into last week’s elections. The contest was between a ruling party heavyweight and a former ruling party bigwig who defected to the oppostion only recently. Nothing earth-shaking in terms of policies. And now that the ruling party has retained the presidency, it is time for it and the oppistion to deliver to the citizens.

Politics and religion: The ‘paradoxicals’

Evans Rubara

2015-11-02, Issue 749

In Tanzania, as in the rest of Africa, God is ubiquitous in politics. Victory at elections is attributed to him. While there is nothing wrong about being religious, tying political outcomes to Providence is problematic as it deepens the passivity of citizens and absolves politicians of responsibility to their constituents.

Kenya’s human rights groups still in the crosshairs

Otsieno Namwaya

2015-11-04, Issue 749

There is a serious concern that Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is targeting human rights groups, especially those that called for accountability for Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence and those documenting security forces abuses.

Calls for immediate end to intimidation of civil society in Kenya

Ndung'u Wainaina

2015-11-04, Issue 749

President Kenyatta’s government is growing less tolerant of informed policy debate and dissent each day. This is immensely troubling. It is creating an atmosphere of state coercion and intimidation.

Intimidation of Kenyan NGOs unwarranted

2015-11-04, Issue 749

Following threats to de-register 959 Kenyan NGOs, many working for good governance and human rights, CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, and the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders–Kenya (NCHRD-K), call on Kenyan authorities to immediately stop the repeated harassment of NGOs and ensure a conducive legal and political operating environment.

Students must lead the struggle in Swaziland

Peter Kenworthy

2015-11-05, Issue 749

In the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland the struggle to get a decent education is connected to the struggle for political freedom. Student activist Njabulo Mazibuko has written about what implications this understanding has for himself and his fellow students.

Urgent request for intervention in the crisis in Grahamstown

2015-10-27, Issue 748

In recent days there have been vicious attacks on and the looting of foreign-owned shops in Grahamstown in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Police have hardly anything to protect those targeted. In this statement, five women give a detailed account of their horrifying experience.

Tubonge Naawe: Propping up the Museveni dictatorship

Vincent Nuwagaba

2015-10-27, Issue 748

The blacklisting of Ugandan musicians by their erstwhile fans is a pointer that Ugandans are utterly disgusted and disillusioned with President Museveni.

Applying ‘Mugabe laws’ in Ghana

Dede Amanor-Wilks

2015-10-27, Issue 748

The idea of indigenisation speaks to the need to put in place policies that anticipate trouble ahead both as the Ghanaian economy becomes more dependent on oil and as land resources dwindle relative to the growing population, projected to more than double to 60 million by 2050.

The meaning of Barack Obama in world politics

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

2015-10-27, Issue 748

Obama has opened an economic and political channel to the White House and it is for Africans and others to exploit the avenue. With slightly over a year to remain as President, it is for the Africans to utilize that platform that Obama has created.

Aluu 4 and Nigerians’ search for dignity and progress

Chika Ezeanya

2015-10-22, Issue 747

Due to a lack of faith in the state’s justice system, an angry mob set four innocent-until-proven-guilty young men on fire three years ago. That same judicial system is living up to the mob’s reasoning by its inability to secure speedy justice for the victims.

Century of the woman

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

2015-10-22, Issue 747

The head of the African Union is a woman. The Prime Minister of Jamaica is female. Brazil and Chile have female presidents. The Vice-President of Zambia is female. Female ministers and powerful officials abound everywhere. Women are rising in power.

Ghana’s population boom and the ‘youth bulge’

Dede Amanor-Wilks

2015-10-19, Issue 747

That population growth is necessarily a bad thing is no longer a sensible theory. It is labour that creates wealth. African nations that are witnessing a youth boom must concern themselves with how to take advantage of this growth.

The first annual Thuli Ndlovu lecture

S’bu Zikode

2015-10-19, Issue 747

September is a sad month for the South African shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo. A number of their members have been assassinated in recent years by thugs associated with the ruling ANC party. This lecture is a tribute to a fearless Abahlali woman leader murdered last year.

Patched throats, iced water and the vision of an African president

Femi Akomolafe

2015-10-19, Issue 747

The business of running a nation is a difficult one. But while the president is huffing and puffing to provide the services that the people voted him for, shouldn’t he surely stop a bit to entertain the citizens with a smart joke?

Pan-Africanism in foreign policy: The case of South Africa and Jamaica

Wayne J. Jumat

2015-10-19, Issue 747

South Africa is keen to strenghten its ties with Jamaica and other countries of the Caribbean in efforts to extend African solidarity. This cooperation is not only at the level of government. The two nations are pursuing increased people-to-people relations, especially those who are engaged in music, art, education and sport.

#PunchBack: Burundi crisis: The loud silence

2015-10-15, Issue 746

In #PunchBack this week: The political crisis in Burundi remains unresolved. Despite the rhetoric of “African solutions to African problems”, apparently nothing is going to address this issue at regional and continental levels. A crisis breaking out anywhere in the continent presents an opportunity to demonstrate pan-African solidarity, Ubuntu. Or does Africa still need lessons on conflict resolution? Watch the vlog and share your thoughts.

Development versus democracy: A silly debate

William Gumede

2015-10-12, Issue 746

Genuine democracy offers greater inclusiveness and accountability in reaching developmental, growth and industrialization goals; and makes states more effective, stable and robust against internal and external crises.

Founder’s Day, Anas and justice

Dede Amanor-Wilks

2015-10-13, Issue 746

Two events that caught the headlines in Ghana recently were Founder’s Day and the screening of the judicial bribery scandal video by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. What ideas link the two events?

Video/spoken word performance on FGM

Amira Ali

2015-10-13, Issue 746

The video production/story is around women and FGM. The video narrative is an amalgamation of many women's stories. The story is created under the notion that "it takes a village to tell a woman's story; it takes a village for a woman's voice to be heard." The work is part of a wider project entitled "Dear Mother" created by Daapo Reo. Watch the video.

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