Emmerson Mnangagwa /Zimbabwe Situation Editor's Desk 

African leaders who condemned democracy in the U.S. were silent about events closer to home.

EDITORIAL—– When Donald Trump appeared to incite a riot at the Capitol building, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa were scathing in their response. But when it came to Uganda’s deeply flawed election, they and the African Union had little comment. Yoweri Museveni, who has led the eastern African country since a 1986 coup, shut down the internet and made sure 38-year-old opponent Bobi Wine was under house arrest for days. Protests were brutally crushed, people were killed and the U.S., European Union and United Nations Commission on Human Rights all…

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“We must move away from this xenophobic word, because it brings us to the wars and makes it seem like South Africans hate foreigners, when we have lived with whites and Indians who we don’t know where they come from. We are proudly South African,” Bhengu said at the Jeppe police station in July 2015. Editor's Desk 

The African Union is quiet on crisis until there are military coups—WHY?!

EDITORIAL— Apparently and clearly reasons and recent developments says the African Union has no interests in critical matters that affect ordinary Africans on the continent of Africa! The nagging question on the minds of many ordinary Africans are, why is the African Union and especially the East African Commission (EAC) quiet in the face of the brutal attacks and political persecution and REPRESSION that General Yoweri Museveni has waged on unarmed peaceful civilians in Uganda, especially the opposition and its main leaders! In all of these chaos and blood spilling…

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Although he noted that this was not a sufficient reason for pulling down the building, he expressed satisfaction that the Ghanaian government had taken responsibility for the demolition by promising to rebuild the structure to its pre-demolition state. The Minister further noted that the Nigerian High Commission also failed to obtain legal title to the land even though it had paid for it as far back as the year 2000 and also failed to obtain the necessary approvals before erecting the building. In other words, the Nigerian High Commission was equally culpable. A fair and frank admission I suppose. Editor's Desk 

The African Union has failed to ‘silence the guns’ 2020 WAS THE TARGET YEAR

Editorial—-   Seven years ago African leaders committed themselves towards an end to armed conflict. At the 50th anniversary celebration that marked the founding of the African Union, they promised lasting peace on the continent, pledging not to pass down the burden of armed conflicts to “the next generation of Africans.” This promise was followed by “the adoption in 2016 of the Lusaka Road Map to end conflict by 2020. The document outlined 54 practical steps that needed to be taken. They focused on political, economic, social, environmental and legal…

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Colonel Assimi Goita Op-ed 

Mali: AU & Ecowas are disconnected from the African people

By M. Uneh Yahmia The reaction of the AU and ECOWAS to the military putsch in Mali only shows how disconnected these regional bodies are from the African people. In fact, the conduct of ECOWAS is a reflection of how each member state treats its people: playthings that must be denied the right to a dignified and secured life to the advantage of the African political elites and international finance capital. And when the consciousness of the people awakens and they take matters into their own hands to resolve historical…

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Op-ed 

Africa Union: An Old Boys Club Of Oppressive Leaders?

        In his address to the OAU general assembly, Afewerki observed, “We do not find membership of this organisation, under present circumstances, spiritually gratifying or politically challenging.” In his inaugural speech to the Organisation of African Unity as its newest and 53rd member-state, President Isais Afewerki blasted the OAU on its failure to deliver on the founding principles such as its human rights agenda, and had been a chief contributor to the marginalisation of Africa. Two decades and a half later, nothing much has changed. Not even…

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News Op-ed 

African Union Chair Moussa Faki calls for calm in S/Sudan

April 30, 2017, Addis Ababa: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, wishes to express his deep concern over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, especially in the restive Upper Nile region. The Chairperson calls on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in South Sudan to immediately desist from fighting, which continues to negatively impact on the security, safety and life of civilians in the country.   The Chairperson wishes to recall that during…

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News Politics 

The fight for Africa

    By: Ralph Geeplay United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recent Africa tour which ran for 11 days if anything indicated a major showmanship that Washington is determined to assert or reassert itself on the continent, after a lackluster Obama first term that put forward no real Africa agenda. Don’t forget America had extensive connections on the continent, especially at the height of the cold war. Clinton’s trip came days after China assembled six African heads of state and ministers from 50 countries. Clinton’s trip included stops in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and South Sudan. All…

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