Monthly Archives: February 2012

How Swazi Prime Minister may be pocketing state funds

By Richard Rooney Swazi Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini who was at the centre of controversy last year (2011) when it was revealed he bought Swazi nation land for himself at a price massively below its true value, has a personal fortune of E12 million (US$1.56 million) it has been revealed. Among his assets are E392,000 worth of shares in Swazi Empowerment (Pty) Limited (SEL), a company that in turn has a 19 per cent shareholding with MTN Swaziland, the monopoly mobile phone operator in the kingdom. Dlamini is the man in charge of the government-controlled parastatal, Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) and is therefore a key decision maker in … Continue reading

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Tempers rising in Barotseland as Sata breaks campaign promise

By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia Zambian President Michael Sata has shockingly rejected the recommendation by his Commission of Inquiry to restore the Barotseland Agreement that would have paved the way for the secession of the Western part of the country as demanded by the Lozis. Sata campaigned on the basis of restoring the agreement  and give the Lozis independence after clashes between the previous government and Lozis in January last year left over 19 people dead over the government’s refusal to restore the agreement. Turning down the recommendation on the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement when he received the report at State House Lusaka yesterday, President Sata said he would be very reluctant to … Continue reading

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Al Shabaab will be wiped out of Somalia, AMISOM vows

The Commander of the African Union forces in Somalia, Major General Fred Mugisha has welcomed Wednesday’s decision by the United Nations Security Council to rehat the Kenyan Defense forces fighting against Al-Shabaab in Somalia under the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Addressing Kenyan press at the United Nations headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi via teleconference, Maj Gen Mugisha reaffirmed his earlier statement that it was just a matter of time before the Islamist group Al-Shabaab is wiped out completely from the lawless country as they have been dealt and are fleeing the country towards the Southern part of the country and to Yemen. Flanked by the Deputy head of AMISOM, Wafula … Continue reading

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Another former Kenyan cabinet minister dies

By Collins Wanzala Njenga Karume, Kenya’s former defence Minister who has died in Nairobi aged 83. Former Kenyan Defense Minister and business tycoon, Njenga Karume has died. He passed away a few minutes to 1am East African time at the Karen Hospital where he has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. A close ally of President Mwai Kibaki, Karume’s death at 83, comes barely four days after the demise of another former cabinet minister also closely associated with President Kibaki, John Michuki, died on Tuesday this week. Karume, who together with President Kibaki founded the Democratic Party of Kenya after the introduction of multi-party politics in Kenya in 1991, rose from rags to … Continue reading

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Somali leader urges AMISOM to wrest control from Al Shabaab

By Collins Wanzala in Nairobi Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has called on the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the African Union (AU) forces in Mogadishu to intensify their fight   against Al- Shabaab militants and regain control of the country. The President, who leads perhaps the most lawless nation in the world, hailed both Somali government soldiers and forces from the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for capturing more strategic areas away from the capital Mogadishu from the Al-Qaeda linked terror group, Al-Shabaab. In a press statement mailed to newsrooms in Nairobi Thursday, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said that the two forces recently carried out a successful operation on Al- Shabaab on … Continue reading

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Gaddafi is gone – Long live Gaddafism

By Hannah Allam Thousands of euphoric Libyans filled Tripoli’s main square last September to hear Mustafa Abdul-Jalil’s first speech since rebel forces chased Moammar Gaddafi from the Libyan capital. Then the most visible opposition leader — and now Libya’s de facto president — Abdul-Jalil seemed to embody the country’s promise of democratic change. A former justice minister, he had defected early to the rebel cause and came with a reputation for dissent and honesty despite his role in the Gadhafi regime. If anyone could corral the competing factions in the aftermath of Gadhafi’s ouster, surely he could, Libyans said at the time. “We need unity, rejecting fear and envy with … Continue reading

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Africa is very important to the United Kingdom – William Hague

By Staff Writer The United Kingdom is to host an international conference on Somalia next Thursday February 23 in an attempt to tackle the numerous problems the country has faced since the overthrow of Gen Muhammad Siad Barre just over 20 years ago. The conference is expected to be attended by several heads of state that are pivotal to the current fight against the Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda elements in Somalia. British Foreign Secretary William Hague who is currently on a visit to Botswana, recently invited questions from the public concerning Africa that he answered on twitter. He explained his mission to Africa which has already included Kenya, South … Continue reading

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Gambian gays in wrong country, so says President Jammeh

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday reiterated his stance that he would never accept homosexuality in his country, after recent pressure from abroad on African states to respect gay rights. “We know what human rights are. Human beings of the same sex cannot marry or date,” Jammeh said while swearing in 15 ministers of his new government. “If you think it is human rights to destroy our culture, you are making a great mistake because if you are in the Gambia, you are in the wrong place then,” he added. In 2008, Jammeh gave an ultimatum to homosexuals to leave the country and vowed to “cut off the head” of … Continue reading

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Kenyans to get ID cards for free

By Collins Wanzala in Nairobi The Government of Kenya will issue national identification cards to all its eligible citizens wishing to acquire the cards free of charge, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has said. Addressing a press conference at his office in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday, February 8, the Vice President said only persons who have lost their Identity Cards (IDs) will be required to pay KShs 300 for a replacement. He expressed concern that millions of youth are yet to acquire national IDs to enable them transact day-to-day activities including participation in the forthcoming General Elections expected to be held either in December this year or early next year. Mr … Continue reading

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Kenyan politicians start lining up to replace Kibaki

By Collins Wanzala in Nairobi  As Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki prepares to relinquish power after expiry of his two terms constitutional rule, leading politicians in the country have begun an early campaign to succeed him. Leading the pack of the Politicians to become the East African nation President is Kibaki`s co-principal in the coalition government, Raila Odinga, who is also the Prime Minister and leader of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM). Others are two Deputy Prime Minister’s in the coalition Government, Musalia Mudavadi who is also the Minister for Local Government and deputy party leader of ODM. The other Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, who recently resigned as the Finance Minister but retained … Continue reading

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