Tuesday, 22 May 2018

There isn’t any”: Tanzania’s land myth and the brave New Alliance

Rain clouds over a farming village near Iringa, Tanzania. Credit: UN Photo/Wolff

Tanzania claims to have abundant unused land to attract investors. But as tensions over resources grow, farmers, pastoralists and experts beg to differ.

Rain clouds over a farming village near Iringa, Tanzania. Credit: UN Photo/Wolff
By the side of a road near Morogoro, Stanley and his friends stand next to their large buckets of tomatoes as cars whizz past. Wearing sideways baseball caps, sunglasses and low-slung jeans, the young men look like a hip hop group as they wait expectantly for customers.Their offer should be an enticing one. A whole pail of tomatoes for just a couple of dollars – less than half the usual price. But everyone here has had to slash their prices. Tomatoes are in abundant supply.Stanley gestures around him at expanses of rich, fertile land. This has been cultivated by Tanzanians for generations, he explains, but much of it is now owned by large-scale commercial farms that use imported hybrid seeds and over-produce.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Miguna Miguna is the nominee for deputy Gorvernor

The appointment of Deported opposition activist Miguna Miguna   as Nairobi deputy governor by Mike Sonko has continued to elicit mixed reactions among Jubilee leaders. On Sunday, the party's 2017 aspirants accused Sonko of going against the party constitution. The more than 100 parliamentary aspirants (JPA), while addressing the media at Club Heritage in Naivasha, said they will use all means to object the move.

After his appointment on Wednesday, the NRMKe General said he had "no idea what everyone seems to be talking about". "Those are malicious distractions. That’s what I’m saying at this moment," Miguna said in an SMS on Thursday.

Sonko nominates Miguna as Deputy Governor

He added via Twitter: "Sonko and I have not spoken, met or communicated since our gubernatorial debate in July 2017. I will not comment on malicious information, material or cheap propaganda circulating in social media. Thank you."But JPA chairman Mark Mwenje who vied unsuccessfully for Embakasi West parliamentary seat said they were shocked and dismayed by the move.

“The issue of Miguna is now affecting development agenda as all attention has been directed towards his nomination which is very wrong,” he said. His sentiments were echoed by his counterpart from Starehe constituency Francis Mwangi who said that Miguna should first join Jubilee before taking up the seat.He wondered why Sonko had gone for the independent candidate yet there were tens of qualified women from Jubilee party who could serve as his deputy.

Nairobi county senatorial candidate Badi Ali echoed the sentiments of his colleagues who called on the governor to stop dividing leaders in Nairobi. He noted that the governor should respect the head of state and his deputy noting that the move to nominate Miguna was against the duos wishes

But Mr Miguna thinks that by agreeing to work with Jubilee and targeting the leadership of NRM, Mr Odinga is helping to build “a dynastic, elite-based leadership” to defeat political justice.
The fiery lawyer was accused of treason for his role in commissioning the mock swearing-in of Mr Odinga as the “people’s president” in January, and on February 6 was deported after being held incommunicado for five days. He was kicked out again in March when he tried to re-enter the country, and he says President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga should demonstrate willingness to change by allowing him back.
“If the mythical bridges mean anything, we would like to see whether the rule of law is going to be upheld, whether the Constitution is going to be adhered to strictly, and if court orders are going to be obeyed,” he said, referring to orders that he be issued with a Kenyan passport and allowed to return to the country.

Sunday, 13 May 2018



When Robert Mugabe was ousted in a coup in 2017 after three decades in power, many in Zimbabwe hoped his downfall would spark a new era of democracy and prosperity in a country wracked by corruption, political violence and economic turmoil.Not least those within the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, headed for decades by Morgan Tsvangirai before a cancer diagnosis in June 2016 forced him to withdraw from politics. The veteran politician, Mugabe’s nemesis since 1999, died on February 14 at age 75.
Now it is his predecessor, Nelson Chamisa, who will take the party into what is being branded as the first democratic elections since 1987. Chamisa, a 40-year-old lawyer and former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly, has renamed his movement MDC-T in honor of Tsvangirai, a former prime minister whom he describes as an “icon.” And he believes he can win.“The greatest change for the people of Zimbabwe would be a change of system. That change will come when I become president,”Tsvangirai’s influence looms large over the seven-party alliance that Chamisa how heads and that is drawing thousands to its rallies in rural areas. Tsvangirai fought Mugabe’s rule for years and even won the first round of the 2008 election, before withdrawing from the second after hundreds of his supporters were killed.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Africa’s next female president: where & when?

Liberian ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicates $5M prize to women's empowerment.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: What is her legacy?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been awarded a $5 million prize for excellence in African leadership and said she will use it to establish a centre for women’s empowerment. Sirleaf, 79, stepped down as president of Liberia early this year after two terms in office.Former Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday accepted a $5 million prize for excellence in African leadership -- and said she'll use it to establish a center for the empowerment of women.
Sirleaf, the first woman to be awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize, gave her acceptance speech on the opening night of the Ibrahim Governance Weekend in Kigali, Rwanda.We must tackle the historical disadvantages which have made women political outsiders," said Sirleaf, who was Africa's first democratically elected woman president. "It is my hope that women and girls across Africa will be inspired to break through barriers and to push back the frontiers of possibilities."