Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Welcome to Arlit, the impoverished uranium capital of Africa.

A forgotten community: The little town in Niger keeping the lights on in France

From Niamey, the capital of the landlocked West African nation of Niger, we call ahead to a desert town in the remote north of the country.
“Journalists? On their way here? It’s been a while”, we hear down the phone from our contact. “We welcome you with open arms, but only on the pretence that you’re visiting to interview migrants on their way to Algeria. If they find out you’re poking your nose in their business, it’s a lost cause.”
That same evening, the public bus jolts as it sets off. Destination: the gates of the Sahara.
The stuffy subtropical heat gradually fades into scorching drought and plains of seemingly endless ochre sands. About two days later, we pass through a gateway with “Arlit” written on it in rusty letters.
The town of about 120,000 inhabitants is located in one of the Sahel’s most remote regions, not far from the Algerian border. The surrounding area is known to be the operating territory of

numerous bandits and armed groups, including Islamist militants. It is like an island in the middle of the desert, an artificial oasis with only one raison d’ĂȘtre: uranium.


Raila Odinga – Former Prime Minister of Kenya
Raila Odinga
He has a good chance of winning the Presidential Elections coming up in 2017. The political scene is going to be very tense in the coming months but I urge him to use a more subdued tone in his campaigns.
The leadership of this beautiful country, Kenya is in Raila’s hands; considering the role his father the Late Jaramongi Oginga Odinga played in the early days of our independence the British colonial masters. Mr. Jaramongi Oginga Odinga let the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta take the reigns of power instead of leading the country himself his son the former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga took the same honourable step by endorsing the former President H.E Mwai Kibaki for the presidential campaign of 2002 which he won.
Whatever the results of the 2017 Presidential elections will be Raila Odinga should urge all his supporters to continue being peaceful. Raila Odinga should continue fighting for the rights of ordinary people he needs to protect the Kenyan democracy. (new Constitution, Multiparty democracy.etc).
I urge the former Prime Minister to consult African elders and Religious leaders on his leadership. I also want to prophesy that Raila Odinga’s family shall be in leadership position from 2030.raila

1.The Doctors’ Strike: Say what you will but this strike has destroyed the image of H.E Uhuru Kenyatta locally and Internationally many innocent Kenyans died during the strike and the fact is that it was left to drag on for far too long 100days to be precise. The wrangles between the Permanent Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri and the Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleophas Mailu sent signals to the whole country that the government lacked strong leadership. This strike will be the biggest blow for President Uhuru come August 2017.

2.Corruption Scandals: In the last four years this administration has been battling with one corruption scandal after the other. The NYS scandal which the government first denied then acknowledged the Mobile clinics and other. Most Kenyans have the Impression that despite the efforts made by the President to fight corruption it’s like he has given up on the war against corruption. The president famously said “Sasa Mnataka nifanye nini?” while speaking about the war on corruption Kenyans expect him to know what to do.

3.Strikes in the Education Sector: Teachers and Lecturers have been on strike on different occassions since he took office although some of the pay agreement were made with previous administrations the government is perpetual and that should not be used as an excuse.

4.Kenyans are Getting Poorer: The common mwananchi who wakes up at 6:00am to vote for these leaders is not feeling any economic growth 2kg of Unga cost Ksh.150 and their salary has not increased by a cent for years. Manufacturing jobs run by Kenyans are dying slowly due to cheap imports from China, Banks Such as Barclays, KCB have been laying off workers even the media Nation Media, Royal Media, The Starndard have layed off workers and in some cases shut down TV and Radio Stations to cut costs.

5.Petty Rivalry: All political analysts will agree that the president has already made Governor Hassan Joho a huge force to reckon with in the coastal region and the whole country. The President has proved to be thin skinned when criticized by the Mombasa Governor blocking him from accessing his own county was not the best move for the President. Governor Joho will deny H.E Uhuru Kenyatta Votes he could have garnered in the coastal region. Another good example is that of Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Uhuru Kenyatta no show at Presidential debate

 Kenya's leading opposition candidate has debated moderators after incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta turned down an invitation to the presidential debate.
Recent polls show Raila Odinga closing the popularity gap to within four percentage points of Kenyatta. Local media outlets that organized the debate Monday said the president declined to participate in the debate. Kenyatta is increasingly under fire over runaway corruption, insecurity and health, among other issues.
It's Odinga's fourth attempt to become president. He unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge Kenyatta's 2013 win, claiming the system was set up to allow more easily manipulated manual tallying and voting. Kenyatta received a majority of votes to avoid a runoff with Odinga, but he did so by only 4,099 votes out of more than 12.3 million cast.

Is Trump trying to force Jeff Sessions out so a new AG can squelch the Russia investigation ?

It sure looks like President Donald Trump is waging a deliberate public campaign to push his own attorney general to resign.
In a remarkable Monday morning tweet, Trump openly mocked Jeff Sessions, calling him “beleaguered,” and asking why he wasn’t looking into “crimes” supposedly committed by Hillary Clinton.This comes just days after Trump complained at length about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times, arguing that he shouldn’t have recused himself from oversight of the Russia investigation. “It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president,” Trump said.
Also on Monday, “confidants” of the president leaked to Axios’s Mike Allen that Trump has “raised the possibility” of bringing on Rudy Giuliani as attorney general (which would presumably mean firing Sessions).
All this might come as a surprise, considering that Sessions has long seemed to be Trumpism’s biggest champion and truest believer.
But it makes a whole lot more sense when you keep one thing in mind: A new attorney general would not be recused from overseeing the Russia investigation — and therefore might be able to put a lid on it.
This is something Trump has very clearly identified as his biggest problem with Sessions. Indeed, he’s said outright that if he’d known Sessions was going to recuse himself, he wouldn’t have chosen him in the first place. “If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else,” the president told the Times.
So it seems pretty obvious that Trump’s top priority in searching for a replacement for Sessions will be finding someone who won’t recuse himself — and who would therefore be supervising Mueller’s investigation and ultimately deciding whether or not to file charges against anyone.
And that means the Senate needs to demand that any replacement commits, in sworn testimony, to recusal.