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Newly formed MDG pilot group for Africa meets Friday in New York

Posted by African Press International on September 13, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The new pilot group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs-2015) in Africa holds its first meeting Friday before senior representatives of the United Nations system in New York, APA learns Thursday from U.N. sources.

On 6 June at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, the UN Secretary-General announced the creation of this new mechanism aiming to mobilise the UN system and its partners in order to help the African countries achieve the MDGs.

The pilot group was created because half way to 2015, Africa cannot reach the MDGs, by halving extreme poverty within this time.

The new mechanism does not intend to “duplicate existing efforts”, but to bring “added value,” Guido Schmidt-Traub of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) told the media on Tuesday in New York.

Consequently, the new pilot group will focus on three goals namely consolidate international measures in health, education, and food security, infrastructure and statistics systems.

The new MDG pilot group should also review and evaluate the existing mechanisms in these fields; improve the aid forecast in order to enable the countries better plan.

However, we are pleased with the improvement of economic stability and reinforced policies on the continent which create opportunities to speed up the advance towards the MDGs, he said.

“Rapid progress is possible when solid national policies are strengthened by a total support from the international system -particularly an increased development aid,” Guido Schmidt-Traub underlined.

Chaired by Ban Ki-Moon, this group comprises the IMF director and presidents of the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Group.

The pilot group will meet twice per annum.

A working group for MDG in Africa will be in charge of the follow-up. It will comprise high ranking officials of the UN system and will be run by UN vice-secretary general Asha-Rose Migiro, the same source indicated.

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Uganda: The facts and fiction behind the NRA Luweero bush war

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By Ham Mukasa

The war in Luweero was inevitable. The seeds of Luweero were sown by the British who sought to punish the Baganda for asserting themselves and trashing their plans for a mini-geopolitical entity called the East African Federation. The story of pre-independence Uganda and what happened in the first years are not the beginning but rather small stones along this path.

In 1959 J.V. Wild published the Wild Report that recommended self rule and direct elections across Uganda. In 1961 when the first direct elections were held, the Democratic Party emerged victorious even though these elections were mostly boycotted in Buganda.

Ben Kiwanuka was a square peg however in the plans of the British. He was too close to the Americans and during his term, 300 Ugandans were spirited off to the United States for advanced training in critical fields to anchor the needs of post independent Uganda.

Kiwanuka also had another problem; he was a Catholic at a time when Catholics were presumed to take orders from the Vatican, a global question many candidates for office who were Catholic faced at the time including John F. Kennedy in America in 1960.

In Dr Apollo Milton Obote, the British found the perfect foil. He was handsome, charismatic and wily enough to serve their short term goals. The UPC-KY alliance was not discouraged by the British. It disenfranchised one quarter of voters in Uganda, installed Dr Obote, a former trade unionist, rather than Kiwanuka, the barrister in power and delayed inevitable questions like the referendum on the lost counties in Bunyoro.

British ties with Uganda strengthened throughout the 1960s even after the bloody putsch exiled Frederick Muteesa to London where he died in a flat either from poisoning or abuse of alcohol.

Obote of course was sugar to the British who continued running the judiciary, playing a dominant role in the private sector and most importantly enjoying a monopoly over Uganda’s exports of coffee, tea and cotton which were traded as commodities in London. At the end of the 1960s, Obote was suspected of exhibiting propensity to become politically independent of the British. The UPC government had credibly managed the economy both before and after 1966 without incident.

Idi Amin came into play as the perfect foil to re-appeal to sentimental Ganda interests hoisted on their wish to return the dead Kabaka home and reinstall the Kabakaship.
By supporting the 1971 Amin coup, the British were willing to make one step lower than the university dropout to an actual school dropout who would be much easier to manipulate than Dr Obote. At a time when goons were emerging across the African continent like Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa, their desperation drove them into Amin’s hands even though the
results were a disaster.

They, of course, assembled Buganda’s best and brightest brains to provide intellectual fodder for Amin. Every prominent Muganda including Ben Kiwanuka, DP’s leader had a role in Amin’s regime, its creation and sustenance.

Yoweri Museveni, the quasi intellectual warrior, succeeded for three main reasons; he was able to understand that ruling Uganda depended on playing each of the major political factions against each other. Second, he, unlike the other political throne pretenders, was willing to assemble a force from scratch over which he and only he had absolute control, a reason why better educated and probably better leaders cannot aspire higher and succeed in Museveni’s organisation.

Third, as long as the outsiders guaranteed him political power, he would serve them to the joint end of his and their vision. Obote understood part of this story but was so tainted by the events of 1966 when he did the remote control work for the British.

Amin had the most detailed intellectual capital a regime has ever had at inception but got lost in the details of running the modern state whose design was oriented outwards rather than inwards. Neither of the others were strong enough or had the disciplined message and troops to maintain a bureaucracy especially in the opposition. DP, FDC all have many good men but the same fatal flaws that their predecessors in DP, CP, KY had.

In execution Museveni, however, was not flawless. He departmentalised responsibilities leaving NRM’s thinking faculties skewed towards the West, its operations in Buganda and the Infantry just like the British in the North.

The amorphous East, the intelligentsia; outside the West have struggled to find a role in NRM. A few intelligentsia now mostly decamped to Forum for Democratic Change got an illusion that they could rise to the top and replace Museveni and are now licking their chops, some returning to the fold on Museveni’s own terms. Bukenya has read the signs well.

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Are Raila’s supporters honest with him on majimbo debate?

Posted by African Press International on September 13, 2007

Ruto, Balala, Muadavadi andNyagaare working tirelessly to educate the voters on the importance of Majimboism as means to fetch votes for ODM in this coming general election 2007.

It is unfortunate that some group of opportunistsare hanging onRaila’s coat for favors, these masqueraders follows him everywhere withvery little impactto bring about the most needed supportfor ODM to realize his objective of winning election.

Wehave received a serious complain on one schemer living here in Canada in border crossing businessto USA exploiting the genuine diaspora supporters, imposing himself as the gateway to support the ODM cause, these group are very angered with the new fundraisng strategy online, for they have been short changed by high technique ODM campaign tools deployment.

Wewould want to send alert warning to all ODM supporters that the so called diaspora aspirates had failed to meet the requirements and financial obligations recently requested by ODM Secretariat for just ended ODM conference.

They are now planning to fly back with Presidential Candidate Hon Raila Odinga, masquerading to have been the organizers of his visit in the diaspora, please ignore them. Kindly note those who support ODM have less ambitions in running for political offices in Kenya but have devoted their life to bring about economical change through Majimboism for our motherland.

Westill want to ask some of the questions we asked sometimes back:

Are those surrounding Raila honest with him? Or are they just a bunch sycophants, shameless opportunists and indiscipline politicians, only interested in winning election posts and getting appointments in case Raila became the next President?

Why are we receiving mixed signals from the so called Railas die hard supporters both here in diaspora and in Kenya on the serious Majimbo debate?

Someone may wonder whether these groups are genuinely supporting his political philosophy or whether they are just interested in how they can smartly misuse him to get favors to win elections or obtain public appointments once he became Kenyan fourth President.

Why are these groups not backing the Majimbo call? Raila has stated publicly in his campaign appearances to Kenyans and the world that his government will re-introduce Majimbo. He even publicly incorporated Majimbo in his Presidential launching recently in Nairobi.

Are these Railas supporters? Or they just schemers with no compassion for the state of Kenyans? Or is Raila playing political gimmicks with Kenyans just as Kibaki gave empty promise to Kenyans about offering new constitution within 100 days in 2003?

By Rev Okoth Otura,

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Tribalism in Kenya creates deep-rooted hate

Posted by African Press International on September 13, 2007


Let those who believe that Raila hates Kikuyus out of jealousy know that it is the Kikuyus and the few extremely rich ones who got their wealth during the Kenyatta era under unclear circumstances -who fear him.They fear the Luo people alot for being outspoken.
These are the same people who have for a long time and for their own personal gain fed propaganda on Raila to later generation of Kikuyu children that not only Raila, but the whole Luo community is bad and an enemy that they should never entertain.

Let them give substantive reasons why they hate Raila.
How many Kikuyu political elite have been mentioned in regard to corruption in Kibakis Government? Let them tell us what Raila has stolen from the Public?.

The demolition of houses is still going on two years after Railas dismissal from that docket by Kibaki?. The people have decided that Raila is their choice just as he thrashed Kibaki during the referendum through the peoples vote.

God almighty is working through him to liberate Kenyans and no one can stand on the way of Gods mission. Not even the millions being contributed by the rich. Remember Kiraitu Murungis laughter at ODMs referendum campaign kitty when he boasted that the government had money that would shake every corner of this country.What happened?.

Railas time has come and surely he will triumph. Even after campaigning tirelessly for Kibaki who was on wheel chair can you still say Raila hates Kikuyus? What was Kibaki by then, a Luo? I wonder.

By Meshack Ombiyo


Please Meshack,open your eyes,Raila campaigned for Kibaki with the Executive Premierrship in mind, finally he had found someone who would hand power to him on a silver platter,lots of it,remember the way he overshadowed the rest of the team including the more visionary leader Wamalwa Kijana, I bet my last pair of clean socks he was hoping somehow someway Kibaki doesn’t make it because that would have put him in a very good position to even garner for the presidency, but apparently sad for him it never came to be, G od had other good plans for Kenya.

In ODM, he found a very good platform to fan his thinly veiled anti-Kikuyu philosophies, a dream come true, Picture this: Nazlin Umar is hoarded by marauding Kisumu youth, with a record of opposing Raila, there was no way, according to the youth, she will come to Raila’s home turf to oppose him, no way! The lady needed police escort just to be safe, nobody, not even this Nationalist Raila spoke against that.

Nazlin took it as it is and probably moved on. Now fast forward to Nyeri where Raila and his group are hounded out of a privately owned hotel for apparently the same reasons as Umar’s. Raila goes ahead to hold a few press conferences and make a big deal about it. He even goes back to the same region hoping it happens to him again so that he can come back and hold a microphone and tell the Meshacks and the rest, Oh Look, I told you this people cannot be trusted, they are criminals.

Let us just call a spade a spade here. He is a tribalist and worst of all a populist. The Waswahili say Chema Chajiuza Kibaya ChaJitembeza, that is why this chap is spending so much and cris-crossing the globe in his quest for statehouse, of course the West Love him.

An African leader driving million of shillings worth of a vehicle through one of the largest and poorest slums in the world is what they love to see. He is their guy, anyone to make the Africans look more silly, you will even shake the Queens hand for that..

If God intended for Raila to be President he would have been in his first shot at it back in the MOI days, but he never succeeded. Meshack you seem to have forgotten that, such Blasphemy..!

By One Concerned voter.

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African First Ladies support literacy for economic growth

Posted by African Press International on September 13, 2007

Bamako (Mali) African First Ladies as well as hundreds of ministers and African experts attending the UNESCO Africa-region conference Wednesday in Bamako called for an increased support to literacy because of the huge burden illiteracy is causing to African economies.

Illiteracy chokes growth and slows down the development of the continent, participants acknowledged throughout their work before calling for concrete and continuous action for the promotion of non-formal education.

African governments were particularly urged to revise upwards the percentage of national budgets allocated to the sub-sector from 1 percent to 3 percent.

They also called on development partners to redirect their financing by including a literacy section in projects and programmes they carry out in Africa.

In the margins of the UNESCO conference, 14 African First Ladies held a closed-door meeting in Bamako, following which they promised to use their influence for literacy development in Africa.

“This task is our responsibility as there is a link between literacy, health and infant nutrition,” said their spokesperson Malian First Lady Traore Lobo Toure.

Opened Monday, the Bamako conference brought together Education and Finance ministers, international organisations, civil society representatives and non-formal education experts.

It is the third of six regional and sub-regional conferences UNESCO scheduled within the framework of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012).

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Chadian peace talks kickoff Tuesday in Libreville

Posted by African Press International on September 13, 2007

Libreville (Gabon) Delegates of the former Chadian Head of State, Goukouni Weddeye, have Tuesday concluded peace talks in Libreville with a Chadian delegation with the view to the “rally many political and military movements” to the peace initiative.

The delegation of M. Weddeye, the spearhead of the ongoing process, was led by Antoine Bangui, former minister in the early years of the countrys independence, whereas the government was represented by Abderahman Moussa, the National Chadian mediator.

According to the statement released in Libreville, both parties agreed on a roadmap aimed at “getting in contact with all the protests staged abroad and that are susceptible to join the peace initiative”.

“The group of Libreville”, created in this framework, has a three-month mandate to gather these “oppositions”.

“After the deadline, wee shall gather to review the situation. If the goal is not reached, the mandate might be extended for a few weeks”, Mr. Bangui said, in an attempt to consider any problem that the group might be confronted with in its move to gather all the opponents to the President Deby Itnos regime.

“A few movements, about ten, have already joined the initiative”, Mr. Bangui rejoiced.

The former Chadian President, Goukouni Weddeye (1979-1982) has initiated a mediation mission, under the aegis of President Bongo, for the sake of peace in his country.

He met with President Idriss Deby Itno last April at the State House of Libreville in the presence of the Gabonese President.

On July 30th, Goukouni Weddeye returned to Chad to follow-up his action with the support of the government.

Gabon wishes to reach a political agreement to restore peace in Chad, a country torn by armed conflicts for about 40 years.

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