By Oryema Johnson – North America Correspondent
Commonwealth Heads of State and Government who are set to meet in Malta at the end of this month, will be welcoming two new faces who would have been in power for less than a month. These will be Tanzania’s John Magufuli who won his country’s general elections in questionable circumstances this week and Canada’s Justin Trudeau. While the man Mr Trudeau beat to his country’s premiership Stephen Harper was quick to call Trudeau and congratulate him on his win, as we went to press today we were still waiting to hear whether Tanzania’s Edward Lowassa who was defeated by Dr Magufuli was going to do the same.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second is set to open what many fear is likely to be her last attendance at a CHOGM summit held away from the United Kingdom. The Queen who will be 90 next year, is cutting down on her overseas visits and leaving her eldest son and heir, the Prince Charles to officiate in future at any CHOGM held abroad. The London Evening Post will be covering CHOGM 2015 fully from St Julian’s and we will be bringing you details of how these two new leaders fare among their experienced leaders at their first international meeting.
Winning free and fair election in Africa is becoming harder than before, with the incumbent often accused of using undemocratic means to hang on to power. But recent examples of how elections ought to be staged and won in Africa was shown by Kenya after Mwai Kibaki stepped down at the end of his two-term limit, leaving two sons of famous Kenyan politicians to fight it out for the right to run the country. Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s first black leader, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, beat hands down Raila Odinga, another son of a famous Kenyan leader, former post-independence Vice President, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. But soon after, Rail cried foul, only for the Kenyan High Court to rule in favor of Mr Kenyatta. While the new Tanzanian leader hasn’t a famous father behind his ascension to his country’s ‘throne’, his Canadian counterpart certainly does.