East Africa should be borderless

September 18, 2013 6:18 pm0 comments by:
Rorya District

In my travels around Tanzania, I was privileged to visit bordering villages in border regions of Tanzania. These include Mbeya, Kigoma, Kagera, and Mara. What I have experienced in these villages is overwhelming especially to somebody with more than 10 years of studies in International Relations. My constant feel was that African countries should be borderless. In this brief insight, I will explain my experience for each region and then argue my case.

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Special Economic Zones: Can South Africa follow in the Dragon’s footsteps?

September 3, 2013 7:13 pm0 comments by:
Special Economic Zones: Can South Africa follow in the Dragon’s footsteps?

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become the new buzzword for African governments, who see in them the long-awaited salvation from the poverty scourge that has gripped the continent despite decades of structural reform programmes. SEZs are generally defined as specially demarcated areas that offer unique incentives for a diverse range of economic activities.On the other hand, free trade zones (FTZs), usually found next to sea ports and airports, allow unrestricted import and export of goods free of customs, while export processing zones (EPZs) specifically encourage investment and manufacturing for export.China’s success with its SEZ model has caught on with African leaders eager to try something new.

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Reflections on the HRW Report: ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’

August 28, 2013 9:42 am0 comments by:
tazy

Today the Human Rights Watch is launched a report titled ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’ report. In summary, the report boldly underlines the following issues: the sad reality of systematic child labour in mining industry especially in the small scale/artisanal mining; and children exposure to the mercury and other unimaginably worst working conditions that violate everything that has to do with ‘health and safety’. In respect to those, the report analyses both local and international legal instruments that could solve these issues, if enforced. This analysis highlights the weaknesses of legal acts in wealth generation activities that are driven by profit without due considerations to human rights and in this case child rights.

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A Candle on Kilimanjaro: The Case for Keeping ‘Mwenge’- Tanzania’s Freedom Torch!

August 24, 2013 3:34 am0 comments by:
mwenge

As Tanzania is reviewing its constitution, citizens have been given opportunities to voice out opinions as their contribution to the new constitution. The first draft came out in early June and again there are more opportunities for the citizens to give opinions on the draft new constitutions. The constitutional review commissioners did a great job to critically summarize initial citizens’ opinions and came up with a draft that, by and large, represented the will of the nation.

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Making sense of Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

August 13, 2013 8:54 am0 comments by:
Making sense of Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has outfoxed his biggest political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai to win his seventh term as president of Zimbabwe. His victory didn’t surprise many, but the margin with which he clinched the presidency.

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‘The People Are Waking Up’: Is CCM’s Grip Slipping? Tanzanian politics through the eyes of the diaspora

July 30, 2013 9:35 pm0 comments by:
‘The People Are Waking Up’: Is CCM’s Grip Slipping? Tanzanian politics through the eyes of the diaspora

This Research presents the findings of a study carried out, through qualitative interviews with members of the UK-based Tanzanian diaspora, in the summer of 2012. The central research question of the study was as follows: “to what extent do members of the Tanzanian diaspora believe that CCM’s position as the governing party is threatened by political opposition

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Thou shall not judge…

July 29, 2013 11:57 pm0 comments by:
Thou shall not judge…

I spent the first two weeks of July in Ouagadougou attending APSA Africa Workshop on Religion and Politics in Comparative Analysis. This workshop focused on the research and study of religion and politics in Africa. Religion has always been integral to the lives of Africans and it is a force to reckon with in Africa.

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Tanzania must properly utilise resource wealth

June 15, 2013 12:20 pm0 comments by:
Tanzania must properly utilise resource wealth

Tanzania is sitting on a verified mountain of natural gas resources, enough to help pull the country into economic prominence on the continent.

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Africa is the Net Creditor? This should not surprise us…

Africa is the Net Creditor? This should not surprise us…

Often Western leaders or negotiators have their national interests first, while African leaders are known for having their personal interests first. Let’s change!

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East Africa should be Able to Feed Itself

June 5, 2013 12:16 pm1 comment by:
East Africa should be Able to Feed Itself

In trying to understand change it is always necessary to understand what has remained the same. Looking at how the East African Community is creating exciting opportunities at the moment, it is still sad to.

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