By Voice of Africa Radio [Bro. Omowale and Sis. Kai]
When US based non-profit organisation Invisible Children released their 30 minute documentary KONY 2012 online on March 5 2012, it almost instantaneously went viral breaking all records. Within four days over 20 million people had viewed it. Now that figure is over 100 million. The premise of the film, told through the eyes of former child soldier Jacob, is that Joseph Kony, leader of the Uganda based Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is “’the World’s worst war criminal’ on par with Hitler and Osama Bin Laden, is responsible for unspeakable atrocities and the disappearance of 30,000 children in his campaign against the government of President Yoweri Museveni. The poster for the film features the peace dove superimposed on the entwined logos of the USA Democratic and Republican parties with the slogan “one thing we can all agree on.” KONY 2012 ultimately calls for military intervention to pursue Kony and bring him before the International Criminal Court (ICC) by December 2012, when the campaign ends. and gets the sanction of President Obama in the form of a letter officially authorizing 100 combat-ready military ‘advisors’ to help track down Kony and the LRA. Continue reading
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Going after Joseph Kony militarily is an objective that the American charity Invisible Children has being pursuing for a number of years.
That could be understandable if the root cause of the Ugandan rebel issue – Museveni dictatorship, was also being addressed. Continue reading
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From Monday April 16th, 2012 we know that Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, a Rwandan political party, announced to the High Court in Kigali that she was from then on boycotting hearings in her own trial. She gave out clearly the motives behind such radical decision.
But in her statement to the Court on that day she referred to a confidential meeting she held with the Rwandan General Prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, on April 8th, 2011. Upon reflecting on the discussions she had at the time, she wrote then to the latter, to clarify her understanding of the position of the Rwandan government on her and her party, but also provide her views and those of FDU-Inkingi on the country’s history and the way it should be addressed, and indicate how her political formation envisaged the future.
Please read the full content of the 9 pages letter she sent to the Rwandan General Prosecutor. The correspondense shows where the leader of FDU-Inkingi and her party stand on some national important issues.
As delivered in the courtroom on April 16, 2012.
During this period of more than six months since the beginning of this trial, I noticed several irregularities that I tolerated, but today, I’ve lost confidence in this justice system for two main reasons: Continue reading
Mahmood Mamdani is one of those African intellectuals you read and then you feel proud of being African. Of course only when you are a real son or daughter of Africa, carrying your motherland concerns in your heart.
His contribution here referred to is part of articles brought together by Pambazuka Press in their collection titled ‘African Awakening: the emerging revolutions,’ on the changing social and political landscape of the continent that started in 2011. Continue reading