Monthly Archives: February 2014

Nigerians show their anger against anti-gay laws

Pro-gay activists protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in London.

By Norman W Miwambo Over 60 people, mainly of African origin, protested against Nigeria’s newly signed anti-gay law outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on Thursday, February 20. In a petition handed in to the Nigerian High Commissioner to London, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, the petitioners demanded that a recently signed Anti-Gays legislation criminalizing same sex marriage be repealed.  President Jonathan Goodluck signed same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on January 13, 2014, although it had been passed on November 29, 2011. It is much more sweeping than merely banning same-sex marriage. The Nigerian legislation read in part, that: “Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or … Continue reading

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Uganda dismisses Obama pressure on anti-gay law

Uganda

Uganda on Tuesday dismissed U.S. president Barack Obama’s call to its leader Yoweri Museveni not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying the U.S. was trying to blackmail the east African country. On Sunday, two days after President Museveni said he would sign the law widely criticized abroad as harsh and unjust, Obama warned that would complicate United States relations with Uganda and be a “step backward for all Ugandans.” A senior Obama administration official said Washington – a major aid donor sending more than $400 million a year – would review U.S. relations with Uganda, a key regional ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in Somalia. But Ethics and … Continue reading

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Koroma appointed to serve as Grand Chief Patron of WAII

Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, the Sierra Leonean President receives the certificate to serve as WAII Grand Chief Patron from WAII Director General Mr Fredrick Bowen-John at a ceremony in his office in State House.

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma was yesterday (Monday 17th February) appointed to serve as the Grand Chief Patron of the West African Institute of Insurance (WAII). The presentation, which was made by the Director-General of the institute, Fredrick Bowen-John, is in recognition of the services rendered to the institute by the President. Receiving the award at State House, Dr Koroma expressed profound delight in welcoming Mr. John home as he is the first Sierra Leonean to hold such a position at WAII. He described his leadership as very young, and said “we expect a new thinking.” President Koroma pointed out that the institute has come a long way with … Continue reading

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South Sudan rebels threaten to boycott next round of talks

Rebel fighters gather in a village in Upper Nile State February 8, 2014.

South Sudanese rebels threatened on Monday to boycott the next round of peace talks in Ethiopia unless the government freed political prisoners and sent home the Ugandan troops who have been supporting it. But the regional IGAD bloc mediating the talks, due to resume on Tuesday, said rebel leader Riek Machar had agreed to have his delegation take part in the talks. The Addis Ababa talks, which secured a ceasefire last month, aim to end a conflict that has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced more than half a million South Sudanese since it broke out on December 15. The rebels said they wanted four remaining political … Continue reading

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Violence could force out CAR’s Muslim population – HRW

Women in the Central African Republic weep for the loss of their loved ones.

Religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) could force its entire Muslim population to flee, a senior human rights worker has told BBC News. Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert said this could affect the economy, as Muslims control the livestock market and other businesses. Violence between the Christian majority and Muslims has torn the country apart since a coup last year. Mr Bouckaert said at least ten people died this weekend in the capital city. He said he had personally witnessed a Muslim being hacked to death in Bangui, in retaliation for the reported killing of six people by Muslim fighters. The French news agency AFP said … Continue reading

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Why Somaliland is happy not to be receiving foreign aid

Hussein Abdi Dualeh, Somaliland

The breakaway territory of Somaliland cannot access foreign aid because it has not yet been recognised internationally as a state, and that suits it just fine. “That is a blessing in disguise. Aid never developed anything,” Hussein Abdi Dualeh, Somaliland’s minister of energy and minerals, told Reuters on the sidelines of an African mining conference. “Aid is not a panacea, we’d rather not have it … How many African countries do you know that developed because of a lot of aid? It’s a curse. The ones that get the most aid are the ones with the problems,” he said. Dualeh is in Cape Town trying to woo junior mining companies … Continue reading

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