African withdrawal from ICC may be the beginning of the end for the court

September 25, 2013 11:18 pm0 comments by:
William Ruto

On September 5, 2013, the Parliament of Kenya voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing the defense of their sovereignty and the resistance of international interference in Kenyan political affairs. Kenya became the first country to withdraw from the Rome Statute – the treaty which established the ICC in 1998.

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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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Tanzania politics:The holes in the big tent of strange bedfellows

September 16, 2013 12:43 am0 comments by:
Tanzania opposition coalition

emocracy is a messy business. The just ended session of Tanzania “august” house ended in turmoil, keeping true to its roots. When the 10th parliament was officially launched in November 2010, CHADEMA MPs walked out amid jeers from their colleagues-especially those from the ruling party CCM. Since that first walkout, many, “truly yours” included-have lost count of how many times our MPs have done that.

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Billions Stolen From Uganda’s Only Surviving Cooperative Union

September 3, 2013 8:17 pm0 comments by:
The Main Factory of Bugisu Coorporative Union in Mbale Town

A forensic audit conducted into the only surviving Cooperative Union, in Uganda, has revealed that its management, caused loss of close, to 30 billion shillings, through fraudulent transactions.

A forensic audit report which was carried out by a team of external auditors, on the state of affairs of Bugisu Cooperative Union, reveals incidences of outright corruption by members of the board.

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Tanzania-Rwanda diplomatic spat: is it a case of being too sensitive or indifference?


On Thursday, 29th August, the ongoing diplomatic spat between Tanzania and Rwanda surfaced in Tanzania’s parliament in Dodoma. The Leader of Opposition, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the biggest opposition political party, Freeman Mbowe asked the government to end the diplomatic feud claiming that Tanzania was being side-lined by the other partner states in the EAC. Responding to that question, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said President Kikwete had asked Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to intervene and mediate between the two countries, and he shot down the proposal of forming a special body to deal with the issue.

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Peace in the DRC is contingent on peace between Hutu and Tutsi

August 30, 2013 3:00 pm0 comments by:
mmmmm makenda

Fighting is once again raging in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In mid-July, violence began again between the DRC government forces, called Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC), and M23 rebels

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Human Rights Watch Urges Tanzanian Government and World Bank to Address Child Labor in Mines

August 28, 2013 3:51 pm0 comments by:

Dar Es Salaam –Human Rights Watch is calling upon the government of Tanzania and international agencies, like the World Bank to address the issue of child labor in Mines.

Human Rights Watch in a report released today says children as young as eight-years-old are working in Tanzanian small-scale gold mines, with grave risks to their health and lives.

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Zimbabwe election shows just how effective tyranny can be

August 14, 2013 11:22 pm0 comments by:

Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party dominated the Zimbabwe elections over Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his oppositional Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in July, with the incumbent president receiving 61 percent of the popular vote and the party claiming victory in 158 seats in parliament.

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Ugandan Government Sued Over Kony

Ugandan Government Sued Over Kony

government of Uganda for lost property.

The victims, who are under the association-Acholi War Debt Claimants Association, are suing the government of Uganda for the property, which they lost during the two decade long insurgency in northern Uganda.

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A ‘linguicide’ in progress?

July 22, 2013 7:20 pm1 comment by:
A ‘linguicide’ in progress?

When Ngugi wa Thiongo renounced english, christianity, his christian name (he was baptized as James Ngugi) and started writing in his native Gikuyu and Swahili, I thought it was a little extreme given his radical fanonist convictions. I thought it was impractical. But in his book ‘Decolonising the mind’

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