This is the cardinal rule of African politics (per most African politicians): An incumbent does not lose an election! Unless: The incumbent is a normal human being i.e. to say, s/he concedes defeat (like a Goodluck Jonathan or a John Dramani Mahama) and vacates office. As a normal human being, the incumbent is not power… Read More A Classic case of failed despotism
They are dreamers my friends, just as I am one too and, as I always say, I shall continue to dream for dreams turn into visions, visions become plans, plans can be turned into designs and designs can be implemented and spring forth the change I want to see. In my optimism I find hope, for… Read More 24 January 2063: Dear Kwame from Nkosazana
They say history has a way of repeating itself. Ten years ago, the very same headlines we are reading today were topping most papers in the press. “Central African Republic: Rebel leader seizes power, suspends constitution” Irin News. Then; the reaction of the African Union was the same; they ‘strongly condemned’ Bozize’s actions. The then… Read More Of coups, rebellions & revolutions: CAR
“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The word peace is used loosely at rallies, on posters and stickers, through hand signals – in fact, the word is ubiquitous. However, if one were to adopt Dr. King’s definition then peace becomes unanimous with justice. The problem… Read More Peace ≠ Non-violence
What is human security but the totality of all conditions that make a human being feel secure. Philosophers have debated this concept yet the sensible conclusion to be reached is that human security should be about empowering people to realise their full potential. The concept of human security was first developed by the UNDP (United… Read More ETHSA2012: What is human security without women?
Another coup in Africa. Another decision by an elite group of citizens to take the fate of millions into their own hands. Another threat to peace and security on the African continent. Well here is the thing; it all begins with such events, a coup, a rebellion, a mutiny. Then it gets prolonged and for… Read More Coup in Mali: The ‘Rats’ and ‘Dogs’ discussion continues
In 1981, before I was even born, she was a factory girl, a machinist in rural Zimbabwe. By 1987 she was an active trade unionist affiliated with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. In 2000 she was elected the first ever female Secretary General of the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ),… Read More Feminist Chronicles: Diary Three: Gertrude Hambira