Monthly Archives: January 2015

African lives matter

Picture by Amma Fosuah Poku - London protest held on 25/01/15 against Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Picture by Amma Fosuah Poku – London protest held on 25/01/15 against Boko Haram’s atrocities in Nigeria.

Some years ago I remember reading in one edition of The Economist how different countries valued the lives of their citizens. Japan topped the ranking. Africa as a whole was at the bottom of the index that the newspaper had put together.

There is ample evidence of different worths of lives around the world if one looks at how mainstream media report and by so doing influence how they are dealt with anywhere or simply generally perceived. Continue reading

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African Coalition Against Third Terms – [ACATT] – a Project Proposal

Source: Snakes & Leaders - Africa's political succession. Marshall van Valen/ The African Report

Source: Snakes & Leaders – Africa’s political succession. Marshall van Valen/ The African Report

Democracy and development of a nation go hand in hand. Furthermore, change is part of life and nature. Political change in any country should not normally come about violently. Unfortunately for Africa, rare have been situations where new governments have emerged from democratic processes allowing citizens to choose their leaders. Instead, military coups,  wars of “liberation” and or electoral violence have been some of the methods used.

Today Africa has twelve countries: Togo, Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Angola, which will be going into presidential elections from now on until 2017. What the leaders of these countries have in common is that they will have already served two terms or more and will be seeking to extend their stay in office.

After the forced resignation of the Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore on October 31st 2014 following people’s uprising in Ouagadougou streets, a number of other African leaders who were planning to amend their constitutions to stay in power had to review their tactics and strategies. This was the case of Yeyi in Benin and Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Others like the Rwandan president Paul Kagame, have gone back to the drawing board to reassess their next move after the expiry of their authorized time in office.

People get leaders they deserve. If Africans want better leaders who abide by the law and serve citizens’ interests rather theirs, they can have them. It depends on how badly they want to have such leaders. The idea of an African Coalition Against Third Terms [ACATT] is initiated to work out how Africans can think and work together to end the detrimental overstay of political leaders who abuse their office and jeopardize citizens’ prosperity by their selfishness. New technology and available space of expression of the African diaspora could and must play a significant role in such effort.

Aim

The aim of ACATT is to end presidential third terms in AFRICA and limit to 10 years the maximum time one person can spend as president of an African country in their lifetime.

Objectives

ACATT’s objectives are:

  1. To identify, monitor and regularly update the list of African countries where the concept of only two presidential terms has not yet become the norm in changing governments
  2. To identify and mobilise concerned actors inside and outside those countries for specific actions of raising awareness on the necessity of democratic change
  3. To consult existing actors and agree on best strategies to speed up the acceptance of a two term presidency as the standard norm to follow for political change
  4. To organise public events [workshops, conferences, manifestations, etc] on the subject of interest and disseminate information using effective channels of communication
  5. To better organize political opposition and civil society both on the continent and in the diaspora of concerned countries in order to take advantage of information technology and the impact of social media
  6. To develop organisational structures for a sustainable concept necessary for an harmonious development of Africa

If you are an individual or part of an organisation keen to positive change in Africa, that could provide resources to take this idea to the next step, please get in touch. We will discuss together:

  1. Who could be the effective actors and beneficiaries of such concept,
  2. What could be the tangible short and long terms results and outcomes
  3. The format of a realistic action plan for implementation of a thoroughly thought through programme
  4. The financial and human resources required for the programme

Contact details:
Ambrose Nzeyimana,
Coordinator
Organising for Africa
Email: risingcontinent@gmail.com

Destroying FDLR or how to cover up past and ongoing crimes in Africa

By Christopher Black

Hunted Rwandan refugees in DRC in 1997

Hunted Rwandan Hutu refugees in DRC in 1997. FDLR, who are mainly survivors of these pogroms where more than 500,000 were systematically tracked and massacred by Rwandan and Ugandan forces with the held of US and UN (there is today ample evidence showing that american intelligence informed attackers on refugee movements by using satellite communication), emerged from the community to protect the group from total extermination.

The title of the article of Christopher Black, former ICTR defense lawyer, initially published by New Eastern Outlook is: The UN Congo offensive – a continent betrayed. For more than two decades US, UK and other western countries plus their multinationals are directly and indirectly involved in massive crimes being committed in Africa and particularly in the Great Lakes region with a motive of plundering mineral resources. The author explains how this is achieved by manipulating political events which have been unfolding over the years and instigated by the mentioned actors and their partners in crime like local leaders Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Joweri Museveni of Uganda. Continue reading

FEINGOLD AND U.S: DON’T HELP START ANOTHER RWANDA GENOCIDE!

During a protest of mainly Congolese staged on 28.11.12 at the diplomatic representations of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo in London days after the rebel group M23 had occupied Goma.

During a protest of mainly Congolese staged on 28.11.12 at the diplomatic representations of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo in London days after the rebel group M23 had occupied Goma.

By Milton Allimadi
New York, NY

In 1994 the world stood by and watched as Rwanda’s descended into genocidal killings for more than 100 days. According to new evidence, the massacres were sparked after Gen. Paul Kagame, then leader of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) ordered the plane carrying two presidents, including Rwanda’s Juvenal Habyarimana, to be shot down (Please see new BBC documentary “Rwanda’s Untold Story.” http://vimeo.com/107867605 ) Continue reading

Victoire Ingabire: A symbol of African humanity upheld in a prison called Rwanda

Victoire Ingabire, Rwandan politician woman incarcerated on October 14th, 2010 for daring to challenge Paul Kagame in presidential elections.

Victoire Ingabire, Rwandan politician woman incarcerated on October 14th, 2010 for daring to challenge Paul Kagame in presidential elections.

We should celebrate our African heroes while they are still alive.” BK Kumbi

Victoire Ingabire has redefined the concept of courage in African psyche. It will anymore be an exclusively manly characteristic.

On January 17th, 2015 five years will have passed. It was effectively on a similar day of 2010 that she landed at the International Airport of Kigali (previously called Aeroport International Gregoire Kayibanda in honor of the first Hutu president of Rwanda).

To remind the reader not familiar with the personality in question, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is a Rwandan woman politician who after living in The Netherlands for 16 years out of her country decided to return and present her candidacy to compete in the presidential elections of August 9th, 2010. Continue reading