This only stores up worse trouble for Kenya’s future

Patrick Gathara is a strategic communications consultant, writer and award-winning political cartoonist in Kenya. This week Kenyans are going through a replay of their disastrous 2007 election, only in super-slow motion. A decade ago, the country endured a disputed election in which the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, was running for re-election against opposition leader Raila Odinga. Under intense pressure from the state and surrounded by armed paramilitary police, the head of the electoral commission declared Kibaki the president-elect. (The commissioner would later say that he did not know who had…

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Post colonial nationalism in Africa

Each African nation took a unique path toward independence. Some, such as Algeria, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, took extreme measures like waging a guerilla war on the colonial state; most countries pursued nonviolent means and achieved a peaceful transfer of power. But there were varying degrees of success. Some countries, such as Ghana, became completely independent while others, such as Congo, continued to depend on Europe, and their independence was superficial rather than absolute. As the age of independence dawned, African leaders faced the daunting tasks of developing their vastly underdeveloped…

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African history is a discipline on the rise

    African history is a discipline on the rise — and one that raises many questions  African history has gone through many incarnations as an academic discipline. Most recently, there’s been a global turn in African historiography. This shift has been prompted by a greater awareness of the powerful forces of globalisation and the need to provide an African historical perspective on this phenomenon. This has helped to place the continent at the centre of global – and human – history. It’s important to explain the role of Africa…

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No Liberian needs war and no country is invading Liberia.

    EMOL Warns against Circumvention –Calls on NEC to Prevent Constitutional Crisiso Liberian needs war and no country is invading Liberia.     Monrovia, Liberia-Nov 14, 2017): The Emancipation Movement of Liberia, Inc. (EMOL) warns against the circumvention of constitutional due process and calls on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to adjudicate all electoral complaints speedily to prevent constitutional crisis in the Country. EMOL is a non-partisan and non-profit peace building and advocacy organization legalized in the United States and Liberia. EMOL said it is important for all Liberians at…

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ALJA Cautions NEC Against Electoral Irregularities

Press Release NEW Castle, Delaware— The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is calling on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to take steps that would ensure that some of the lapses that evolved out of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections are not repeated during the November 7th run-off presidential election. ALJA says is it alarmed by the numerous complains of alleged electoral irregularities and the numbers of invalid votes that engulfed the first round of the presidential and legislative elections. The Association, in press release…

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Liberia: In Kenya the Americans also praised the elections as free and fair

From years of experience, it has long become obvious that the Western World does not see any Election in Africa that is fraudulent. To each African Election, they have never failed to deploy large contingents of “Election Experts,” but their “Reports” have become so formulaic as to be predictable. All the Western “Election Experts” want to see in order to determine an Election as Free and Fair is a long line of Africans, the better it always is when they are not butchering one another with machetes and pangas. Except,…

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EMOL Warns Against Constitutional Crisis in Liberia

  The Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) is calling on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to adjudicate all electoral complaints speedily to prevent constitutional crisis in the West African country. It has also warned against the circumvention of constitutional due process and against war mongering. EMOL cautions Liberians to be aware that these false alarms of wars are tactics to keep voters away from participating in the second rounds of voting to decide the presidency. EMOL, a non-partisan and non-profit peace building and advocacy organization legalized in the United States and Liberia, said in a release…

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Open Letter to the US Embassy’s Statement on the Liberian Elections

CORRECTIVE MEASURES BEFORE RUNOFF: THE ONLY MILESTONE SOLUTION   The Editor, Over the past 24 hours, my attention has been drawn to how some Liberians have taken over social media with the US Embassy’s Statement on Liberia’s Elections without understanding the semantic nuances of the Statement. It is as a result of the varied interpretations of the Statement that I pen this letter to you. My fellow Liberians, the US Government has said it has confidence in the October Elections, which is a good thing for our integrity and reputation….

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Conmany Wesseh Wants Ellen To Cling On To Power After January

    River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh was quoted by the New Dawn newspaper as saying that any delay in the ongoing investigations at NEC which, if not resolved within thirty (30) days, could run the country into a democratic assault and lead to President Sirleaf holding on to power until the elections are held. This preposterous and erroneous assertion is not only grossly misleading but equally disingenuous because Conmany Wesseh is well aware that such is ultra vires (“Beyond the powers”).  Why? Because it describes actions taken by government bodies or corporations that exceed the…

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Chief Kawor, Stop the Interference, Let the Supreme Court Do Its Work

  Recent pronouncement by Chief Zanzan Karwor, leader of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, and their collaborators intending to interfere with the critical work before the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court to adjudicate the allegations of irregularities and fraud that occurred during theOctober 10 elections are a travesty (mockery, charade). We consider Chief Karwor’s proposal nothing more than yet another subtle attempt by certain powerful people in the country to circumvent the rule of law and undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court as the final…

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