Nyerere’s Legacy and Ujamaa in a turbulent era

Assessments of Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s first president, are conventionally focused on his quest for ujamaa, a just social order based on community solidarity. Whereas supporters hailed ujamaa as a creative adjustment of socialist thought to local realities, critics contemptuously dismissed it as a romantic and unscientific endeavour. Nyerere’s concern with social justice needs to be understood in the context of his overriding commitment to building a nation state. In his farewell address to the Tanzanian Parliament on July 29 1985, Nyerere recalled: “The single most important task, which I set…

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No Immunity: Sen. Sherman wants Pres. Sirleaf to leave the 3rd Monday in Jan.

President Sirleaf submitted a draft bill to the legislature called Transitional Act so as to smooth path to a full and complete transition. While many of the requests in the draft seems reasonable, political observers say the suggestion by Sirleaf for presidential amnesty from prosecution and a threat that such amnesty will make it easier for an African leader to turn over power and not [stay] into office by hook or crook, raised eyebrows with many of her opponents projecting an uphill battle for passage. Two Transitional Plans in Play…

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China is cheating Africa

The Editor China which gets its raw material from Africa turns around and sell for us finished products. While Africa export to China is mostly raw material at estimated value of about $60 billion a year, we turn around and buy the finished products and we spend over $500 Billion in China. Same predicament faces us when it comes to western countries. The west uses their institutions like World Trade Org.(WTO) to clump down on our goods by claiming that they do not meet international threshold, that way they keep…

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20 Amazing Facts About Thomas Sankara

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara; 21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist and President of Burkina Faso from 1983-87.Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara” Below are some of his amazing achievements: 1. He vaccinated 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever and measles in a matter of weeks. 2. He initiated a nation-wide literacy campaign, increasing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987. 3. He…

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29th Ordinary Session of AU, Concludes In Addis Ababa

The 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU was officially opened on 30th June, 2017 at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has come to close after 9 days. By Amen Teferi The fifteen years old continental organization AU consists of all the 55 countries on the African continent. AU was launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, replacing the Organization of African Union (OAU). Ethiopia was busy hosting its guests for the last nine days, as the various statutory organs of the Union met in…

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Justice Banks Sends Korkoya vs. Tipoteh To Lower Court

Justice Banks denied a writ of prohibition requested by Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh to stop Korkoya from presiding as chair of the NEC in the upcoming elections. At the Supreme Court conference, Banks said the writ cannot be issued because the high court cannot accept evidence.“We will not issue writ at this time. It is the view of the justice that the issuance of the writ will entertain evidence, and the Supreme Court is not supposed to entertain evidence on any matters.” He added that matters at the court are…

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Why is the US Embassy inviting presidential aspirants?

  E -D -I -T -O -R -I -A -L While the United States and congressional leaders are appalled by the interference of Russian hacking and in essence Moscow meddling in the 2016 elections that brought President Donald Trump to the White House, The Liberian Listener is shocked that that the United States is inviting Liberian presidential candidates to its embassy for “private discussions.” this is interference, this is meddling! Engaging the United States constructively as an important transition comes to bear with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expected to turn over the…

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Pres Gagame calls for urgent Africa Union reforms

President Paul Kagame has called for urgency in the implementation of the African Union reforms adopted at the last African Union Summit in January this year. The Head of State was speaking in Conakry, Guinea at the invitation of President Alpha Conde, the current Chairperson of the African Union. Alongside President Kagame were President Idriss Deby of Chad, and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. Read President Kagame’s full speech below: Good morning. It is a pleasure to be back in Conakry. I would like to begin by thanking…

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Open Letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader

LETTER SENT TO U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ON REDUCING LAWMAKERS SALARIES IN LIBERIA   Dear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Many thanks for your service to the American people and for your devoted interests in serving humanity as a US lawmaker. Through your involvement and concerns for global issues and matters, it is my strongest belief that the efforts applied by you and others have helped to continuously shape our world for the better. However, I urge you to consider parts of the world where the United States administration and…

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After Liberia’s Costly Rioting, Great Soul‐Searching

  April 14 1979, is some 38 odd years ago, an important day nonetheless in Liberia’s trajectory and troubled recent history. We bring verbatim a New York Times piece of what actually happen on April 14, 1979   New York Times, MAY 30, 1979 By Carey Winfrey MONROVIA, Liberia, May 26 — The event is remembered here simply as “April 14.” On that day last month, at least 41 demonstrators protesting a proposed increase in the price of rice were shot and killed by army and police forces here, triggering…

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