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

September 25, 2013 11:18 pm0 comments
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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Top african female sprinters face tougher hurdles to achieve more medals

September 23, 2013 5:36 pm0 comments
Top african female sprinters face tougher hurdles to achieve more medals

A look at the hurdles or obstacles facing top African sprinters, in their quest to change cultural attitude, become role models and also have the motivation to win medals in world championships.

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Africa football nations seek a pass to round 3 WCQ

September 9, 2013 7:17 pm0 comments
Africa football nations seek a pass to round 3 WCQ

The final match of Round 2 for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers was played last weekend. The hype around the world has been low key compared to previous world cup qualifiers. However, the preparations have been similar with a number of key players recalled for the crucial fixture. The atmosphere, press releases and squad report remind me of the days leading to a final examination paper. It involved making calls to star pupils for study groups, pestering the lecturers for examination clues and panicking at time constraints. The big African nations that needed a favourable result to advance to the final Round 3 were in a similar state. For instance, […]

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

September 3, 2013 7:13 pm0 comments
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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Seeking greener pastures: Portuguese emigration to former African colonies

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Seeking greener pastures: Portuguese emigration to former African colonies

The recession-induced Portuguese influx to its former colonies, Angola and Mozambique, is rooted in deeply structural conditions and is also, to a significant degree, a product of historical and political construction and the common language factor. It not only signals changes in the contemporary migration patterns and the ways in which migration flows are channelled internationally, but also highlights the lingering historical and socio-political ties of the colonial period, and suggests that we are currently witnessing shifts in global power dynamics. Although north-south and south-south migration are well documented phenomena, the current frameworks for international north-south migration is lacking and is in need of improvement. As the Portugal-Africa dynamics have been picked up by many global media outlets lately, it can be expected that researchers, multilateral organisations and government bodies will take interest in the unfolding trend, leading to the production of more comprehensive empirical and analytical materials in the near future.

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Are football fans to blame for the transfer fee madness?

September 1, 2013 2:39 pm0 comments
Are football fans to blame for the transfer fee madness?

As at 1st September 2013, the total spend in transfer dealings by football clubs in the English League stood at £482 million. In the Spanish La liga, the total spend will increase by at least £70 million, once Welsh Gareth Bale completes his transfer to Real Madrid. This includes the £50 million spent by Barcelona on Brazilian Neymar. The French League Clubs have recently  joined the party with Monaco spending more than £100 million o Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joan Moutinho. PSG have continued from last season with signing of Edinson Cavani for £56 million, £28 million for Marquinhos. The Serie A also look to increase their total spent this […]

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Ugandan Army Generals Cry Foul Over Retirement

August 26, 2013 7:05 pm0 comments
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Kampala-Senior Army officers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, who wish to retire, will have to wait, a little longer before they are cleared.
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A Candle on Kilimanjaro: The Case for Keeping ‘Mwenge’- Tanzania’s Freedom Torch!

August 24, 2013 3:34 am0 comments
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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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Zimbabwe election shows just how effective tyranny can be

August 14, 2013 11:22 pm0 comments
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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

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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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