New African

Articles from No. 439, April

Africa: IFAD Fighting Rural Poverty; Much Is Currently Being Said about Helping Africa at a Time When It Seems Almost Fashionable to Do So. but for One Organisation, This Has Always Been the Objective. Stuart Price Reports from Rome
There is much fanfare in political circles at present about helping Africa. Tony Blair's Commission for Africa has just published its report, and Blair's finance minister, Gordon Brown, has proposed an International Finance Fund to evoke "real" change...
Africa: The Role of Higher Education; All Educational Curricula in Africa Should Have Africa as Their Focus, and as a Result, Be Indigenous Grounded and Orientated. by Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa
We know very well the long and rich history of higher education in Africa from the time of the flowering of the Nubian civilisation, to the great temples of knowledge in Ancient Egypt, to the era of the great centres of learning in Timbuktu in the...
Africa, Your Destiny Is in Your Own Hands!
Cameron Duodu casts a critical eye on Tony Blair's Africa Commission Report, and though he is not wholly disappointed he wants Africa to go the OPEC way and take control of the prices of its m products that keep the wheels of the world economy running....
Are You Educated?
"There is no school equal to a decent home and no teachers equal to honest, virtuous parents"--Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian political guru. It is not always that the thinking of a mere journalist meets with the great thoughts of one of the greatest...
Botswana: 'How We Created an African Success Story'
"I must say I do not agree with the characterisation of Botswana's development experience as a miracle-somehow suggesting some divine intervention or inexplicable reason for what was achieved. Natural resources, no matter how lucrative, cannot develop...
Botwe: 'We Don't Owe Ghanaians Any Explanation'
Daniel Kwaku Botwe is the new minister of information in Ghana. A young man with a bright future (he is even touted as a future president, of which he says he has "no ambition"), Botwe was the general secretary who presided over the record-breaking...
Can This Man Save Africa?
Tony Blair launches his Commission for Africa Report and says: "I fear my own conscience on Africa. I fear the judgement of future generations, where history properly calculates the gravity of the suffering. I fear them asking: but how could wealthy...
Kenya: Robert Ouko Back on the Prowl; the Ghost of Dr Robert Ouko, Kenya's Foreign Minister Who Was Murdered in Cold Blood in February 1990, Has Returned to Haunt the Suspects. A Parliamentary Select Committee Charged with Investigating the Case Is Making Waves in the Capital Nairobi, Reports Wanjohi Kabukuru
"Those who killed Dr Ouko are the same ones who tried to poison Prof George Saitoti," said President Daniel Moi at the time of Dr Robert Ouko's death in 1990. It is with these words that the Parliamentary Select Committee, led by Eric Gor Sunguh, retired...
Liberia: Scandal in Parliament; George Dweh, Speaker of Liberia's National Legislative Assembly and Three Others Have Been Caught in a US$92,000 Scandal and Suspended Indefinitely by the House. Alphonso Toweh Reports from Monrovia
One of Liberia's most powerful personalities, George Dweh is a staunch member of the former LURD rebel group which launched a guerilla war against the government of former President Charles Taylor. As speaker of parliament, he wielded a lot of power....
Malawi: New Party, New Troubles; the Resignation of Malawi's President from the Ruling Party Has Plunged the Country into Political Crisis. Hobbs Gama Reports from Blantyre
In the wake of President Bingu wa Mutharika's resignation from the United Democratic Front (UDF) party, the formation of his new political party has had a further destabilising effect on Malawi's parliament. The founding of the Democratic Progressive...
Nigeria Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Lower House of Parliament Wants the Nation to Stop Servicing Its Foreign Debt. Tom Mbakwe Reports
Always something new and exciting comes out of Nigeria, but this undoubtedly broke the record. In West African terms, it was only in Ghana in 1972 that a military government had decided not to pay the country's foreign debt. But it was done by a military...
Nigeria Still One Nation, One People: The National Political Reforms Conference Convened by the Government Amidst Opposition from Parliament and Other Interested Groups, Is Making Slow Progress. So Far, Thank God, No One Has Spoken for the Disintegration of the Nigerian Union as Was Feared before the Conference Kicked off. Pini Jason Reports
In his inaugural address to the National Political Reforms Conference (NPRC), President Olusegun Obasanjo rationalised his initial hesitation for such a conference. "We refused to be stampeded," he said, "until we believed that the time was ripe, our...
Raffia Cane Victims (Part 1): "If There Are 10 Birds on a Tree and a Hunter Shoots at Them, How Many Would He Bring Down?" Discuss
When I started schooling just after the Second World War, the educational system run by the Presbyterian Church in Akyem Abuakwa, my state in Ghana, was, for some reason, trying to be a replica of the British army. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It enforced...
Rwanda: The 11-Year Cover-Up; for 11 Years Now, Certain Powerful People Have Worked Quietly and Effectively Behind the Scenes to Prevent the World from Knowing Who Planned and Executed the Assassination of Two African Presidents That Sparked the Genocide in Rwanda. Robin Philpot Reports
The missile attack that brought down the Falcon 50 plane carrying Presidents Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi as it approached Kigali airport on 6 April 1994, was surely one of the worst terrorist acts of that decade....
Sierra Leone: More Bad News for UN Special Court; the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone Has Been Hitting the Headlines Recently, but for All the Wrong Reasons. Tom Okello Reports
With a conviction for sex abuse and the announcement that its prosecutor is to resign his post in July, the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has been churning plenty of news of late. The judicial tribunal, which was established to investigate...
UN Reforms Could Expose World Peace to New Dangers
"The notion of broadening the UN Security Council could expose world peace to new dangers and would initiate a cold war that may soon turn hot. It would be a grave mistake should such steps be taken. However, if the proposed reforms are indeed for...
UN Reforms: 'The South Must Act Now to Blow Down the Walls'
"The obstacles to the large-scale reform of the UN may reside in the split between the rich North and the poor South, the haves and the have-nots. My message is that we cannot just dream or wait for someone else to bring our dream about. We must act...
We Will All Be Watching: My Main Objection to the Commission for Africa's Report Is That It Sets Its Remit "To Contemporary Realities" Rather Than Their Past Deeper Causes
If Africa, as stated by the British prime minister Tony Blair, is a "scar on the conscience of the world", it is because imperialism was partly but notoriously, the cause of the wound. Suspended in time by the abuses of racial submission, many parts...
Zimbabwe Election: Too Good to Be True; This Year's Election Campaign Has Gone against All the Dire Predictions, So Much So That the Western Media Has Taken Refuge in Silence-Almost. Tandai Nyamukapa in Harare and Tom Mbakwe in London Report
By the time this issue of New African was going to press, Zimbabwe has had six intensive weeks of election campaign (election date: 31 March), but scanning the Western media one got the impression that Zimbabwe did not either exist or had moved to...
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