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Dear Kenyans: I’m from Rwanda. Please don’t repeat our mistakes.

 

https://www.washingt...:homepage/story

 

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(Washington Post) Kenyans are bracing themselves for a potentially disastrous presidential election on Oct. 26. It’s a rerun, actually — an earlier one on Aug. 8 was annulled by the Supreme Court after bitter disagreements over alleged voter fraud. Many Kenyans hoped that repeating the election might help to defuse the potential for violence in a country plagued by deep ethnic divisions.

 

So far those hopes don’t seem to be materializing. The country’s two leading politicians, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who both head parties based on tribalism, are once again pitting Kenyans against each other.

 

This worries me deeply. As a Rwandan who lost many members of my family in our country’s 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, I fear that Kenya could go down a similar road if its politicians don’t reject destructive tribal politics.

 

Yes, it’s true that Kenya and Rwanda have different histories and backgrounds. The contexts in both places are entirely different. Yet as I watch events unfold in Kenya, I can’t help being reminded of the ethnic divides that ultimately tore my homeland apart.

 

In Rwanda, members of the majority Hutu ethnic group developed intense grievances against the Tutsis and worked to marginalize them wherever possible. In 1994, that hatred exploded into a slaughter that left nearly 1 million dead. My aunt, a Tutsi, was killed along with her children. Their killer was her own husband, who was a Hutu. He killed the woman he once loved, and his own children, because he was convinced that they had Tutsi blood. Twenty-three years later, I am still trying, like so many other Rwandans, to come to terms with the nightmare that befell our country.

 


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Kenya’s Top Court to Hear Petition to Postpone Election

 

https://www.courthou...tpone-election/

 

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s Supreme Court plans to hear last-minute arguments that Thursday’s presidential election should be postponed because a free and fair vote cannot be guaranteed.

 

The top court, whose surprise decision to annul the Aug. 8 election over irregularities set the stage for this week’s new vote, said it will convene Wednesday morning to hear petitioners who allege that Kenya’s electoral commission is in disarray and prone to political interference.

 

A large number of voters would be disenfranchised because opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from the new election after challenging the first one in court, wants supporters to boycott the vote while seeking electoral reforms, the petition says.

 

The court hearing will occur even though Kenya’s interior ministry has declared Wednesday and Thursday to be public holidays.

 

 

Late Tuesday, the police driver of the Supreme Court’s deputy chief justice, Philomena Mwilu, was shot and seriously wounded after being assaulted by two men who arrived on a motorbike, Nairobi police and a witness said.


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Togo’s Burning—Where’s the Water?

 

https://nonprofitqua...g-wheres-water/

 

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In past months, the machinery of state military muscle has been deployed murderously against unarmed citizens demanding the end of a 50-year family dynasty in Togo that is currently seeking to consolidate its reign all the way to 2030. Activists are being arrested, school children shot at, and wounded protesters and allies beaten in their homes—some fatally.

 

Gory images of bloody mutilated corpses suffuse cyberspace, proof of the violent orgy being orchestrated by President Faure Gnassingbe. Freedoms of speech and assembly are being blatantly ignored, while the world watches, unmoved and unmoving.

 

This humanitarian catastrophe merits extensive consistent media coverage. But in its absence, citizen journalism has stepped up with members of a civil society coalition, Front Citoyen Togo Debout, defying a prolonged Internet ban to provide live updates on the chaos. While the activism is physically vigorous and persistent, its online persona has suffered the fate of many predecessor movements—the initial swarm of support and anger expressed in the heated pace of active tweets and retweets has given way too soon. Which brings us back to an obvious question: Why is the public outcry on Togo so muted? Fear? Indifference? Political expedience? What does this portend for global attitudes toward remote social injustices?

 

To bring it closer home, where is our regional solidarity—our famed Ubuntu? Why are more Africans not talking about this and acting on it and petitioning their heads of state to take action?

 

This latest episode of Africa’s social uprisings is a sure sign of the potency of cohesive popular resistance to question and discomfit illegitimate regimes. Why else would Togo’s government react so viciously to defenseless dissenters? Heavily armed soldiers patrol deserted streets lined by armored tanks, as though the country were at war. Yet there are no hostile combatants here; the bodies of aggrieved citizens have become the new battlegrounds of the deadly bloodlust that is some leaders’ quest for power at all cost.

 

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From the Togo Tribune.

 

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Kenya's disputed poll turns neighbours against each other

 

https://www.yahoo.co...-001731250.html

 

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Nairobi (AFP) - "That was the bedroom," said Steven Chege pointing to a tangle of charred wire, blackened metal sheets and burned wood. "And that was the first room," the 32-year-old said, gesturing at a melted stereo and a shattered television among the smouldering ashes.

 

"The intention was to burn us alive in our houses."

 

Chege's ruined house, beneath the skeleton of an advertising hoarding at Congo Junction in Nairobi's poor Kawangware suburb, was one of dozens of shops and homes burned when political protests took a dangerous turn on Friday with rival neighbouring communities fighting in the usually crowded streets.

 

The incidents of violence that have scarred this Kenyan election period have almost all featured stone-throwing opposition protesters against police using tear gas, water cannons and, sometimes, bullets.

 

Nearly all of the 49 people killed since the initial August 8 poll were shot dead by police, and almost all of them were supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, living in the Nairobi slums of Kawangware, Kibera and Mathare, or in the western city of Kisumu and its surrounding area.

 

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The fire in Nairobi's Kawangware slum began after several groups of young men from different ethnic groups began fighting over Thursday's divisive election

(AFP Photo/Marco LONGARI)

 

 

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Millions could starve to death within months in Democratic Republic of Congo, UN warns

 

https://www.msn.com/...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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More than three million people are at risk of starvation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations (UN) food agency has warned.

 

Hundreds of thousands of children may die in the coming months if aid is not urgently delivered to the conflict-wracked central African nation, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

 

Violence erupted between rebel militia and government forces in Congo's Kasai province in August 2016 and has intensified since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his constitutional mandate ended in December.

 

The conflict has left 1.5 million people homeless, many of them children, in country still recovering from a brutal civil war.

 

Mr Beasley visited Kasai this week and described what he saw as a "disaster"

 

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Liberia's Supreme Court halts presidential run-off over fraud allegations

 

https://www.reuters....s-idUSKBN1D13R2

 

 

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia’s Supreme Court has halted next week’s presidential run-off election between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who alleged fraud.

 

The block on the Nov. 7 vote casts further doubt on the Oct. 10 poll that losing parties say was marred by foul play at polling stations and at the highest levels of government.

It could also delay the election of a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 and is the country’s first elected leader since a 14-year civil war ended in 2003.

 

In a writ issued late on Tuesday, the court instructed the Liberty Party of third-placed Charles Brumskine, who made the complaint, and the National Elections Commission, to file briefs by Thursday.

 

“This is a big step in the right direction,” said Liberty Party Chairman Benjamin Sanvee. “The Court recognizes the gravity of the issues and has taken action in defense of the law and democracy.”

 

https://www.msn.com/...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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(MSN) International observers including the European Union had not raised concerns about the first round of voting.

 

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US citizen arrested over tweet 'insulting' Mugabe

 

http://www.aljazeera...3172402912.html

 

 

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(Al Jazeera) Zimbabwean police have arrested a US citizen for allegedly "insulting" President Robert Mugabe in a tweet she shared, her lawyers say, in the first apparent arrest since the country's creation of the Ministry of Cyber Security. 

 

Martha O'Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, was arrested on Friday during a dawn raid on her home in Harare, the television station said in a statement

 

She had re-tweeted a post which apparently referred to Mugabe as a "selfish man and sick man", Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), which is representing O'Donovan, said in a tweet on Friday.

 

Zimbabwe Republic Police "says Martha O'Donovan insulted Mugabe when she allegedly tweeted that 'We are being led by a selfish man and sick man'", ZLHR tweeted. The post shared by O'Donovan did not refer to Mugabe by name. 

 

ZLHR also said on Twitter that O'Donovan is being charged with "undermining [the] authority of or insulting [the] president". 

 

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Ninety-three-year-old Mugabe has been ruling Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980

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Epidemic in Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point as World Bank responds to help battle plague

4 Nov, 2017 3:23pm

The deadly plague epidemic that has rocked the island of Madagascar could reach mainland Africa, a respected disease expert has warned.

The outbreak, which has been described the worst in 50 years' and has now reached "crisis" point, has prompted World Health Organization officials to place nine African countries on high alert.

South Africa, Seychelles, La Reunion, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros and Mauritius have all been told to brace for potential cases in the coming weeks, reports Daily Mail.

Today Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at the world-renowned University of East Anglia, is the first expert to predict it could reach mainland Africa.

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Chinese money is helping Africa to become world's next manufacturing powerhouse

 

https://www.linkedin...9+1hDsfRkDf8A==

 

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(LinkedIn) Author Irene Yuan Sun argues in her now book that Africa is poised to become the world's next manufacturing boosted by Chinese investment and production expertise. With costs steadily rising in the PRC, more and more companies are looking to offshore production from China to more affordable countries. Africa and its abundant population of young workers, free trade access into the US market and proximity to the European Union make it an attractive investment destination for cost conscious manufacturers. 

 

But Africa is not alone vying for the estimated 85 million jobs that will be in play as China transitions away from manufacturing to a services/consumption-based economy. African countries will have to compete vigorously against Vietnam, India and other Asian nations to lure Chinese manufacturers.

  

Time is also a key factor. Major international manufacturing companies like Foxconnand Pegatron, contract manufacturers that both produce hi-tech products for Apple, HP and Dell among others, are working very hard to automate their production lines using robots powered by artificial intelligence. With more companies, including once low-tech industries like apparel and furniture assembly, moving as quickly as possible to automate their production lines, African policy-makers must no doubt be concerned that with the pace and sophistication of automation steadily increasing, might encourage Chinese manufacturers to keep their operations rolling back home, albeit with fewer workers.

 

Sun, for her part, argues the fear of technological dislocation is overblown. "The essential point automation alarmists miss is that technological adoption happens through millions of individual decisions by companies that are constrained by the demands of their value chain, the financing capability of their balance sheets, and their own managerial know- how. Just because they could produce something in a more automated way doesn’t mean they will," she said. Already, Sun contends, Chinese-factories in Africa are using robotics and automation with human labor still playing an essential role throughout the production process.

 

Sun joins Eric & Cobus to talk about her new book, "The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment is Reshaping Africa." The book is part travelogue, part business intelligence of a fascinating trend that operates largely out of sight yet has potentially massive implications for the future direction of almost every economy in Africa.

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A Killing in Congo Reveals Human Cost of Conservation

 

http://www.spiegel.d...-a-1175574.html

 

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(Der Spiegel) Christian Nakulire was shot to death on the morning of August 26. He was walking in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Congo with his father, looking for plants to treat his little brother's diarrhea, when a group of Congolese "eco rangers" opened fire on the two men from the Batwa tribe, a Pygmy ethnic group. Nakulire was 17 years old when he died.

 

It is the kind of incident that might not otherwise have received much attention, but for the fact that Germany is heavily involved in faraway Kahuzi-Biéga. Indeed, the park is something of a monument to German development aid. And a prime example of its failure. It raises the question of how far green colonialism should be allowed to go, and how many people should be displaced in the name of environmental protection.

 

Germany has been working together with the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, for quite some time. Several million euros have flowed through Germany's Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) into the region west of Lake Kivu since the mid-1980s. The park, whose 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles) of rainforest are located at the foot of two extinct volcanoes, was to become a tourism hotspot. Back then, it was still home to forest elephants and one of the last populations of eastern lowland gorillas. At that point, there were a few thousand animals, but now there are only about 200.

 

That failure, however, doesn't seem to have turned of the German backers. Indeed, the GIZ has now provided another 8 million euros, specially dedicated to the "neighboring population" of the park, whose living conditions, a spokeswoman insisted, have been "improved" by the GIZ.

 

Munganga Nakulire, though, hasn't discerned much improvement at all. Before the death of his son, the 48-year-old says, they had been able to earn the equivalent of 1 euro per day in the banana orchards. But in the incident that killed his son, he too was hit by five bullets and can no longer work as a result. Nakulire is standing in front of his straw hut in Buyungule with an interpreter and talking via Skype

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Uncertainty as DRC sets Congo election date to replace Kabila

 

http://www.aljazeera...9074747003.html

 

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(Al Jazeera) Rights groups and opposition politicians have issued concern as DRC President Joseph Kabila looks set to remain leader for another 14 months, having held power for the past 16 years.

 

After delaying a presidential vote because of violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Sunday set a date for the election - December 23, 2018.

 

Elections were meant to take place in November 2016, but officials said the vote was postponed because of deadly violence in the Kasai region and logistical hurdles.

 

The country has seen widespread anger over what some see as President Kabila's refusal to relinquish power after his second full term ended in December 2016.

 

He had taken power after his father was assassinated in 2001, and was elected in 2006 and 2011.


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Online real estate startup ToLet acquires Jumia House Nigeria to create PropertyPro.Ng

 

 

https://techcrunch.c...propertypro-ng/

 

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(TechCrunch) African tech can produce surprises. One this week is a $1.2 million Series A startup buying part of a $1 billion company.

 

That’s what Lagos based property startup ToLet.com.ng has done, purchasing Jumia House Nigeria for an undisclosed amount. Jumia House is a subsidiary of the continent’s lone tech unicorn — Pan-African e-commerce giant Jumia.com.

 

ToLet and Jumia House Nigeria will merge platforms under the new name of PropertyPro.ng.

 

The acquisition was a result of ToLet’s strength in market and help from their lead investor, Malaysia based Frontier Digital Ventures, according to CEO and Co-Founder Fikayo Ogundipe.

 

“This came about from FDV―which has a strong real-estate classified portfolio across Africa―looking at which markets they were strong and where Rocket [Jumia’s lead investor] was weaker,” he told TechCrunch. “In Nigeria Jumia House was number three or number four in online listings. It didn’t make sense for Rocket to burn more capital in that position, so [FDV] approached them on the acquisition.


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Zimbabwes Military, in Apparent Takeover, Says It Has Custody of Mugabe
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s military said early Wednesday that it had taken custody of President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, in what increasingly appeared to be a military takeover in the southern African nation.

After apparently seizing the state broadcaster, ZBC, two uniformed officers said in a short predawn announcement that “the situation in our country has moved to another level.” While denying that the military had seized power, they said that Mr. Mugabe and his family “are safe and sound, and their security is guaranteed.”

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” said the main speaker, who was identified as Maj. Gen. S. B. Moyo, the army’s chief of staff.

General Moyo — who was not widely known to the public but who was considered close to the commander of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, Gen. Constantine Chiwenga — warned that “any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.”

 

Read more: https://www.nytimes....wenga.html?_r=0


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This could also be placed in the USA Watch or the Military News and Discussion threads. Since the actual geographic location was in the African country of Mali, I will put the story in this thread.

 

Green Beret Discovered SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed.

 

https://www.thedaily...ia=twitter_page

 

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(The Daily Beast) Logan Melgar hadn’t had a drink on June 4.

 

The Green Beret sergeant’s dry day became a key to unraveling the narrative spun by the elite Navy commandos whom military investigators now suspect killed him, officials familiar with the case said.

 

Melgar, a staff sergeant in the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group, was specifically selected for an intelligence operation in the West African nation of Mali. He was well respected by the American Embassy staff and the partner forces there, a former U.S. Africa Command official said. But shortly before he died, Melgar told his wife that he had a bad feeling about two of his partners in that effort, both of whom were members of SEAL Team Six.

 

Not wanting to say much more, Melgar informed his wife, Michelle, that he’d tell her the full story when he got back home, according to an official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing.

 

Now those two Navy SEALs are under investigation for killing Melgar—an investigation, first reported by The New York Times, sending shockwaves throughout the special-operations community. Military experts were hard-pressed to think of another case where elite U.S. troops turned on one another.

 

 

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You can crosspost news stories to other threads. Within reason, I mean; it'd make no sense if you posted this in Business and Politics News and Discussions, but you absolutely can put it in USA Watch Thread.


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Although the introduction that I have included of the article I have linked below focuses on Zimbabwe, the bulk of the article discusses many different countries of Africa.

 

 

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's fall appears to mark the end of Africa's postcolonial 'Big Men' era

 

http://www.latimes.c...1116-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) The collapse of Africa’s colonial order set in motion the almost Shakespearean trajectory of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: from fiery liberation hero to avaricious dictator to seeming victim, in frail old age, of his own misrule.

 

Now, as his 37-year stint in power appears to be drawing to a close, his downfall holds portents for leaders across Africa.

 

At 93, Mugabe is the last of his generation of African heads of state. He spent a decade in jail during the colonial era, when the country was known as Southern Rhodesia, and took power at independence in 1980 after a long bush war.

 

He became a template for the continent’s so-called Big Men, who often behaved no better than their colonial predecessors, ruling as authoritarians and amassing vast riches at the expense of their citizens.

 

The next generation of leaders has often seemed little better than the old guard. In many instances, they are savvy enough to feign adherence to democratic norms, but keep any dissent in tight check, sometimes through brutal means, while enriching themselves and their cronies.


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Ruling party sacks Mugabe as leader

 

Zimbabwe ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as party leader, appoints former vice-president Mnangagwa in his place

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...africa-42043370



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^^^^Well, so much for keeping Mugabe as a figurehead. That phase sure did not last very long :)


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Mugabe has NOT resigned. Extraordinary speech on TV just now!



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