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Topic: Are the Muslims being targetted in the war on terror?

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Many Muslims have complained they are targetted unfairly in the war on terror. What is your opinion? Have your say!

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Topic: Is the US failing in the Iraqi War?

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

Many soldiers and civilians are reported killed on a daily basis in Iraq after the invasion to get rid of Saddam Hussein. Is this a fair war and should the Americans call it a day? Have your say!

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Topic: Saving Earth – Global warming

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

Many groups and individuals are fighting to save our earth. Is is too late to do this? Have your say!

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Lessons in democracy: How to lose an election

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

Story by MUTUMA MATHIU
Publication Date: 10/14/2007

My dear prince,

I have told you before: Victory has many fathers. The fellow who cant find a father to save his rear is called defeat. I always keep the company of the other fathers. In your own interest, I counsel that if you want to be an orphan, here are the things to do:

–Sit in your house and receive delegations. Former Molo MP Kihika Kimani experimented with it extensively, with very good results.

Here is how it works: You sit in your house, a large mug of porridge at your elbow, and welcome villagers who come and sing for you and each, pretending to represent the various clans (or tribes), stands to swear that you are the greatest leader since Malcolm X and that his clan (or tribe) will follow you to the ends of the world.

Picking of teeth

Amidst generous picking of teeth, a sycophant will say: Mzee pumzika. Dont bother yourself and your lovely wife going round the constituency/country.

There is no madoa madoa; we are speaking with one voice. He speaks with the energy of a man who has put away a large portion of mashed rice punctuated by thin meat soup (with a few chunks of meat desperately trying to avoid drowning by swimming in it).

He has also harassed six mugs of tea, the one he is holding as he addresses you is his seventh. The copy of the Daily Nation sticking out of his coat pocket is yours.

The point is, he does not want you among the voters because if you discover the truth about your popularity, the mug in his hand would be his last.

–Be stingy, spend no money. If you are a great believer in democracy, you can never win an election–because every candidate is Father Christmas.

There will be a crowd of aspirants who expect you to fuel their vehicles, print their campaign material, feed their supporters and generally finance their election. Many of them are long on promises and short on popularity.

Some stand a snowballs chance in hell of being elected. If you dont pay them, they will find someone who will. If you havent stolen, borrowed off foreign powers or raised from your tribesmen enough money to finance a whole election your own, 210 constituencies and unknown number of civic wards you can go ahead and run, but the result would not change even if you were Mother Teresa.

–Put your faith in fair nominations. In Kenyan political culture, nominations are NOT the elections.

They are a logistical problem. The voter turnout is small, and it is usually the same lay-abouts who nominate for all parties.

Depending on where you are running, if you are not nominated by the right party, then you are dead meat, and about the only thing we can do is salt you and throw you to the dogs.

–Dance yourself lame before the main dance. Politics is a little like sex. Some are better at it than others, though everyone probably believes they are the best.

With diligent practice and application, however, anyone can achieve a certain acceptable competence. If you run too fast, you will be disappointed; if you run too slow, you become boring. Remember, it is not over until the fat lady has cackled the last tune.

–Deliver. Between you and me, this delivery business is dangerous and overrated. Politics is a sales job; the merchandise is hope. Half of the people in this country are hopelessly poor. All of them think the government, any government, has something to do with it.

You can win an election by advancing the lie that they are poor, not because they are stupid, lazy or unlucky, but because the cabal in power has taken all the money and that you want a chance to get in there and direct it towards them.

The bigger the lie

The bigger the lie, the more willing will they be to buy it, naturally. You tell a poor squatter that you have given him land, but have you given another, younger wife?

Have you given him an exhaustible supply of busaa? Have you given him his neighbours land, which he also covets? Delivery? Phu!

–Be honest. This thing, there ought to be a law against it. It stands in the way of efficient politics. No, it makes the sport of politics totally impossible.

If you choose the route of honesty certainly a route to destruction how will you explain to the masses that there is no such thing as a free thing? Free education? Free hospitals? Free land? Free money? That Elijah Masindes alleged prophesy that power will arrive in certain places via a lake is a sick campaign tale?

How do you sell the fact that tribes dont steal? Or that you promised to work for the people when you were elected but spent a good part of the time leading a quiet life in your big house? I tell you, there ought to be a law.

There is no such animal as honest politics, and I have almost a thousand years of combined experience in the Ninth Parliament to prove it.

So, go ahead. Make your bed.

Your loyal servant

***

I want to whine. Being neither too clever nor too foolish, I obtained for myself the benefits of fixed wireless technology in the form of a Telkom wireless internet modem.

I had the dream of being able to read the newspapers, talk to Mr Google and do all those other important things that daddies do when the children are swimming.

PC-compatible

Alas, twas not to be. The Telkom wireless modem is supplied with a PC-compatible driver and, therefore, cannot be used with a Macintosh. I called; a helpful gentleman told me they dont have Mac-compatible modems.

This struck me as the strangest thing in the world: If I want to use their wireless internet modem (Sh7,500), I will have to buy a new computer (Sh50,000).


Mutuma Mathiu is the Sunday Nation managing editor

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Britain Pledges Support To Liberia’s New Army

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

API/APN in Liberia: The British Ambassador accredited to Liberia at the head of a high power delegation, yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of National Defense, Brownie Samukai at his Benson Street offices.

The discussion between Minister Samaukai and the British envoy was aimed at discussing security related issues and how the British government would work with the Ministry to strengthen the security sector of the country.

Ambassador Sarah McIntosh and Minister Samukai discussed the challenges facing the Ministry of National Defense and the role that could be played by the British government in building the technical capacity of the new Liberian army.

Welcoming the British Ambassador and delegation to his office, Minister Samukai said the Ministry is pleased that the British government has been engaged with the Ministry in the formation of the new Liberian army.

Minister Samukai said that the Ministry believes that the role of the British government to train the security sector of the country has been very healthy. He also complimented the efforts of the United States government and other nations that have been assisting in the training of the security sector of the nation.

Minister Samukai added that the Ministry of National Defense looks forward to more engagements, cooperation and supports in the building process of the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

Ambassador McIntosh told reporters following the meeting with Minister Samukai that their tte--tte was productive. She said during the meeting, Minister Samukai briefed the delegation on the progress being made thus far in the training process of the new army and the challenges facing the process.

She added that during the meeting, Minister Samukai gave his Ministrys detail plan relating to how the challenges facing the Ministry can be addressed as well as the challenges that lie ahead in training the new army and the security sector of the nation.

Ambassador McIntosh further stated that her country would contemplate on how it would begin to assist by providing support to the process.

The British envoy disclosed that her country has been providing technical assistance to the new Liberian army and other security-related projects through its Africa Conflict Prevention program. She disclosed plans by her country to dispatch a British national that would assist in working with the Security Sector program of the country.

During the meeting, the British Envoy was accompanied to the Ministry of National Defense by British Attach, Mark Ravnkillda, Assistant British Defense Attach, Mark Armstrong, Col Ross Anderson and Andrew Mace.

cholobcholob1.jpgBy J. Cholo Brooks, API/APN correspondent, Liberia

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You have put out some facts, a number of them very true and unchallengeable – historical facts

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

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I am a Kenyan of Kikuyu descent and I do not regret that like former AG, Charles Kongo. There is nothing wrong with anybody belonging to any community in Kenya. What is wrong, my fellow Kenyans, is to lump all your frustrations on Kabuki and by extension, the Kikuyu. Just like the rest of the Kenyan ethnic groups, we, the Kikuyu, have our share of smart people, stupid people, lazy people, busy bees (by the millions), cute women, handome men, ugly women, ugly men, thieves (by the thousands) and even saintly people. In a word, we are like everybody else and we are not begging to be from the Railas, the Luo, the Luhya, or from anybody else.

We only beg from God not from anybody. And unlike many other ethnic groups, our bonds are lose in times of peace and we prefer each to be on his own; doing their stuff and leaving the rest to cater for their own.

Yes, this trait is somewhat ‘unAfrican’ (where societies have strong but losening bonds), but you’ve got to re-visit Kenyan history to learn that the British had an insatiable appetite for our lands and took everything that we had.

The impact of British rule, you ought to know, was heaviest in Kikuyuland than anywhere else in Kenya. By the time they were leaving, as attested by the book, ‘British Gulag’ they had killed + or – 100,000 of us. They also ‘uprooted’ us, which is why you find us all over Kenya and elsewhere.

Even before anybody talks about Gikuyu leaders, they’ve got to understand the internal dynamics of the community and its class system, which has, more than any other community, produced extremely rich people living side-by-side with extremely poor, but hard-working and hopeful ‘holoi poloi.’ Again we are like every other Kenyan community.

And I’d like to reiterate that we do not go around begging the Railas of this world. We like doing our own stuff, which is why we are silently going about our business and saying nothing even with all this anti-Kikuyu activities.

The reason? It is simple, we do not consider this to be any threat to us. Indeed, most of us will definitely vote for Kibaki and if all other Kenyans want to sack him, then let them go ahead and do so. After all, those who have cared to check electoral statistics will realise that when other communities came out in large numbers to vote for Kibaki in 2002, only about one million of us (a mere 30 % of registered voters) came out to vote. The figure was less during the 2005 referendum. This apathy is why Kibaki had to go to Nyeri over the weekend to plead with us to go out and vote in large numbers. But why the apathy? It is simple; most of us, -probably unlike other communities- know the deceit with which politicians treat ordinary people and we are not convinced that electing the Kibaki’s, the Railas or the Mois will add any more sufurias in our homes.

Kibaki might have done some good for the country, but millions of ordinary Kikuyus know this can only be translated into real benefits for themselves if they worked hard. We know and teach our children that nothing can come out of laziness. Just imagine, what would a road do to a community if its members do not have things to transport to the market. How would taking electricity to remote areas help much if people do not tap such electricity for productive purposes.

We, the Gikuyu realised long ago that what can benefit from our own sweat. That is why millions now own one or a few grade cows or planting coffee again after uprooting it when Daniel Arap Moi destroyed the coffee subsector.

So Kenyans can go ahead and elect Raila if that is what they want. But they should ask him to seek votes by some other means rather than pegging his campaigns on anti-Gikuyu sentiments. We are not moved! Raila should also know that for 24 years, Moi tried to kill everything Gikuyu (banks, tea, coffee, schools, land-buying companies, our sons and daughters in the clashes of 1992 and partly 1997 etc..) We did not surrender! Before Moi, the British killed hundreds of thousands; subjected millions of us to untold sufferings and nearly destroyed the entire community in a genocidal campaign that has little historical parallels.

Following what took place, we are no longer moved by mere posturings or shadow boxing..which is why we prefer to keep quiet; ignore these anti-Kikuyu campaigns, and go about our business as if Raila has never been. Raila will only be a threat to us if he wins elections and goes ahead to try what Moi did. But we will welcome his presidency if he leaves us alone to do what we’ve always done; produce wealth for this country.

Those who care to re-visit history will realise that we, the Gikuyu, taught everybody else in Africa how to start an uprising and stick to some common understanding. That was then, yes, and we now want peace to bring up our kids like everybody else in Kenya. We also want a peaceful coexistence with our brothers and sisters in Luo-land, Luhya-land, Kalenjin-land and elsewhere.

We have lived harmoniously this far and our brothers and sisters have a lot to offer to us and we believe we have a lot to offer too. Please let us not be misled to think we can ostracise the Kikuyu simply because Raila says so. He is one person and if at all he gets to power, he will need all communities to pay taxes so that he can pay the police and the army, fund road projects or even get a salary. He should not think we owe our existence to him. We only reflect our attention to God and will be there even after Raila has come and gone, (that’s if at all he comes.)

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Allow me to respond to the abovearticle published in one of theNorwegian media Press called African press in Norway, and which also was lifted and printed on jaluo.com website.

You have put out some facts, a number of them very true and unchallengeable. These are historical facts which nobody in Leadership positions wants to bring themselves to come to terms with. Yes the near genocide that was perpetrated onthe Kikuyu people by theBritish colonials ought to have been documented and taught in Kenyan schools as part of the Kenyan people’s struggle against oppression. This way our kids could have learned their past history and known which direction and what shape the contry needs to take. Sadly this history was bundled out and throw out of the window by the Homeguards, who ganged up around Kenyatta at the time of Independence. This is the very point where things started going wrong in Kenya. I am not saying this because I am consumed by tribalism or trying to extend a tribal hatred amongst the people of Kenya. No that is not what I am doing. The reality is that the true liberation of the people of Kenya was shortchanged at Independence by the same people who had stood against the struggle.

You mentioned about the mass murder of the Kikuyu’s by the British, yes, here we need to ask ourselves this; who did the actual murder? Who were the people who revealed the hide outs of the resistance (the Mau Mau)? How come after independence those who came out of the bush to a free Kenya were to be banished from their homes not to be heard again? (If you are short of facts on this then go to Mwea near the rice Irrigation Scheme and find out the true origins of the inhabitants there. And under what circumstances they went to live there! Find out why these people could not be allowed to go back and settle in their homes in Muranga, Kiambu and Nyeri where they initially came from, before joining the struggle?)

Let me make it clear here that these unfortunate people found themselves in that situation because the reality was that the people who occupied power from the British were the same people who had collaborated with the Colonials during the struggle. These are the people who actually did the mass murder of the Gikuyus. These same people, are the ones who wounded Dedan Kimathi then called the White man to capture him. They knew that Kimathi could have fought with them to the last man and thus were scared to go for him in his hide out. They then informed their “Master” who came with cameramen to take pictures of this helpless man being captured. Yes, these people were non other than the Kikuyu Turncoats themselves. They lied about the Capture of Kimathi, then cheated their way into Government positions and subsequentlysurrounded Kenyatta making him not to be able to look at Kenya as a country. What mattered to them then and even now was to grab wealth. Equal or unequal re-distribution of Land lost to the colonials was shut off. Thus many many Kikuyus and other Kenyans ended up with no land or wealth to call their own. Isn’t it a wonder that Kimathi is still held a Prisoner 40 years after freedom. Who then are the people who are keeping Kimathi in jail? Is it the British? Or is it the Government led by a homegard? If you are still in doubt then go to National archives and research what roles the first and the second Presidents played during the struggle.

This sorry state still continues to date. Now I know the author of the above article will dispute this, and would rather prefer to argue or fight to the very end to “twist the truth” but if he care to do his research well, he will find out that a big chunk of those who have charted the Kikuyu community’s direction were collaborators with the Colonials. Njonjo, Koinange, Kibaki, Michuki, are sons of Chiefs who served during the colonial era and loved to use their powers to oppress the African people. Does this sound familiar with the way their sons have turned out to be?

Now let us for a moment address the issue which you seem to be so pissed of about,”Voting Raila Odinga into Power”. First of all you must realize that it is unfortunate that you and many others, have been indoctrinated into “Self Inflicted Mental Slavery (SIMS).” I say so because many of you have this misconstrued idea thatyour problem is Raila. And it seems you have never brought yourselves to looking at that Raila as just another Kenyan person. Thus if Raila is seeking to be elected as a president then he can just go ahead and campaign. Subsequently people will then decide. This can be too much for you to handle! I say this to you, that getrid of Sims and let honesty and truth be your virtue.

When Raila’s father fought for Land redistribution, right after Independence, the then president told him in no uncertain termsto shut up. Jaramogi was then hounded abused, vilified and bundled with the whole Luo community to be bad.Luos were sacked from the Government. They were denied scholarships and all other Government benefits, not because they supported J. Odinga but just because they were Luos. To be a Luo was a taboo in Kenya, but they marched on. 15 years of neglect by Kenyatta’s administration and24 years by Moi, still did not break these people.Other tribeswere rallied against the Luos, but life still went on. If in doubt do your research as to what happened in the Civil service after the murder of Tom Mboya in 1969. One had to denounce Luos or you were out of a Job. People like the son of “Nyandusi” were civil servants then. You can now understandhow the hatred comes in. This is the price the Luos havepaid for Odinga being bold andinsisting that Land be re-distributed equitably.

From you article It is clear that SIMSis still captive of you. But ask yourself this; who reallystarted the second liberation. Who’s Idea gave birth to FORD “Forum for restoration of Democracy?” Does people like Jaramogi Odinga, Gitobu Imanyara rings a bell to you FORD. Or would you like to twist the facts about History andsay that The Musikari Kombos are the real founders of FORD?

Second liberation came to pass, and the third is on the way. Question is what are you doing to make it happen? Or would you rather wait till it takes place then you will end up lying to the illiterate masses how you fought for third liberation?If you keep thinking that Raila is the Kikuyu Community’s problem then you are in a very sorry state. It is a situation which will require “Truth and reconciliation” to tame, for your likes do not see Raila as a Kenyan. All you see in your short memory is a Luo. Yetyou were taught that you should never think of Luos as a people, let alone as Leaders. Isn’t this your problem? This time round you will revolutionize your thoughts to live with Raila as a President. Please I urgeyou to be prepared not to commit suicide when the day comes.

By JairusK’Onyieko

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Dear Author(s) of the article in Jaluo.com,

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Reacting to an article publishedin Jaluo.com

If you are living in Norway and still writing such a reckless article full of inuendoes and little substance then you better pack your things and go back to Kenya. If not then we Africans we have a long way to go before we really comprend the tennets of democracy and accept them.

You begin your article by telling the world how the same people are, fine. What then is wrong with Raila challenging Mwai Kibaki? Why are you claiming and glorifying your tribe that the Kikuyus are hardworking, but mix it with mea culpa kindthat you will not be finished even if Kibaki is voted out! What the hell areyou driving at exactly!

Who hates who? Raila hates Kikuyus? What a deamining and unfounded statement! Is there anything the Kikuyusare doing that makes them have some kind of guilt towards other Kenyans? Moi regime was detrimental to all ethnic groups and not only the Kikuyus. He was as bad to a Turkana as to a Kikuyu. Period my friend.

Last and not least, stop using paraphrases quoting the empties from DanielMoi! Your undemocratic mind will neither stop Raila nor any other Kenyan from competing with a Kikuyu, Mwai Kibaki. If he has done well thenhe will be re-elected for another term. But my friend I am afraid, Kibaki has fulfilled very little of the promises he did promise Kenya in 2002 election. It has nothing ethnic in it and Raila does not”hate” Kikuyus at all.

After the election we shall have all the Kikuyus living side by side like other Kenyans. I advice you not to be paranoid becauseof democracy.

By John

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AL GORE A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER AND A LESSON FOR KENYAN POLITICIANS

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

Al Gore an ex- US Vice president is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize
winner and it is a great lesson to Kenyan politicians and aspiring
politicians. Al Gore is a person who looks to have been unfairly
defeated during the controversial year 2000 US presidential elections by the incumbent George W. Bush. This followed a court ruling after numerous votes re-counting in the state of Florida which was then governed by the current President younger brother, Jeb Bush.

The poll in Florida that year was marred by irregularities and it did not help that Al Gore had won in the total national count and loose in the colleges (of polls based on state weighting) and more critically after he was adjudged to have lost in Florida despite the many allegations of poll fraud and disenfranchising voters among other irregularities. But the court had the final word.

As a gentleman Al Gore did not contest the results further at a time when the nation was so divided but only saying he had to give in for the sake of America. Incidentally he is a man with a rough patch of a political journey. He lost in primaries once going on later to become a VP, later winning the primaries and eventually loosing in 2002 presidential election. He behaved perfectly like a gentleman. Whether he will go for it once again in 2008 is still mystical for this man with a chequered career.

But do Kenyan politicians learn anything him? Very doubtful! Talk of issue oriented politics and you will be lost in your own world as tribalism, cronyism, vote buying, greed, selfishness, poll violence and other poll evils pervade in a big way. And it is in a nation so much endowed with resources but has been held back by years of corruption, tribalism, phantom projects, greed, shamelessness you name it all to create a huge pool of very poor people and few wallowing in riches.

Does Kenya have politicians who are willing to stand firm for the good of the nation? Or simply said does Kenya have nationalists? Very strange as Kenyan politicians are good at portraying themselves to be what they are not and always unwilling to sacrifice for.

This year’s general election will be contested purely on tribal
oriented issues, tribal divisions, and mass political euphoria.
Character assassinations, gerrymandering, promises, promises and promises will rule the roost. Loosing it especially at the
presidential level so breed too much tribal divisions and winners are accustomed to a mentality of winner take it all and the leaders tribe become the most qualified community for everything in the land and to disfranchise the rest from everything that matter. It is high time good meaning people stand up for the great nation that is Kenya and chart it on the path to prosperity where it is late for. It should have been there already.

ikunda3.jpgBy Harrison Mwirigi Ikunda, API/APN correspondent in East Africa.

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Kenneth Kaunda has said he wanted to see an African continent that is united before he dies.

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

API/APN in Livingstone, Zambia: Former Zambian President and freedom fighter, Kenneth Kaunda has said he wanted to see an African continent that is united before he dies.

The former president said Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe must not be demonized for his actions because he was going through problems created by British colonial masters.

kaunda-congratulating-a-participant.jpgAddressing 200 participants from Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Kenya, Ghana Eritrea, Cameroon, Pakistan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Sudan, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Namibia and the United Kingdom attending the British Council sponsored Inter Action Leadership forum in Zambias tourist town, Livingstone, Kaunda that he foresaw a United States of Africa despite political problems going on in Sudan, Ethiopia and other African countries.

Kaunda said that despite having caused the two world wars, Europe was more united now than before.

Slaves were picked from Africa by European countries and Im happy that the financial base of blacks accounts for billions of the wealth in America. I appeal to all blacks in Europe and America to come back to Africa and invest. It is better for them to have two homes in Europe and here in Africa, he said.

Before I die I want to see an African continent which is united, he added.

And Kaunda said during the liberation talks with then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, President Mugabe was told not to talk about the land issues as a prerequisite for independence.

The colonial masters used one John Cecil Rhodes to drive blacks from their beautiful land. We held several talks with the British colonial masters led by Margaret Thatcher and Mugabe was told not to discuss the issue of land. So dont demonise him as he has gone through a lot against what the British promised, he said.

He said that unless the message of ubuntu (humanness) was well understood, the greatness of globalization would not work.

Globalisation must be realized in respect of all races, religions and beliefs. In Southern Africa, we were affected by apartheid and we managed to overcome it. The most important thing is that we are all Gods children, regardless of race or faith.

He said: Judaism, Islam and Muslim are all from the same Middle East but people are still fighting their neighbours. However, globalization cannot be defeated as it cuts across all races.

And several participants shed tears when Kaunda requested Ethiopians and Eritreans to join him and shake hands as a sign that Africas freedom and peace lay in the young generation.

The 83-year-old pan-Africanist advised upcoming leaders to believe in the truth and not lies if Africa was to rise to the occasion.

wilfred-photo.jpgBy Wilfred Zulu, API/APN correspondent in Zambia

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Kaunda

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2007

By Wilfred Zulu

Livingstone–Former Zambian President and freedom fighter, Kenneth Kaunda has said he wanted to see an African continent that is united before he dies.

And Kaunda said Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe must not be demonized for his actions because he was going through problems created by British colonial masters.

Addressing 200 participants from Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Kenya, Ghana Eritrea, Cameroon, Pakistan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Sudan, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Namibia and the United Kingdom attending the British Council sponsored Inter Action Leadership forum in Zambias tourist town, Livingstone, Kaunda that he foresaw a United States of Africa despite political problems going on in Sudan, Ethiopia and other African countries.

Kaunda said that despite having caused the two world wars, Europe was more united now than before.

Slaves were picked from Africa by European countries and Im happy that the financial base of blacks accounts for billions of the wealth in America. I appeal to all blacks in Europe and America to come back to Africa and invest. It is better for them to have two homes in Europe and here in Africa, he said.

Before I die I want to see an African continent which is united, he added.

And Kaunda said during the liberation talks with then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, President Mugabe was told not to talk about the land issues as a prerequisite for independence.

The colonial masters used one John Cecil Rhodes to drive blacks from their beautiful land. We held several talks with the British colonial masters led by Margaret Thatcher and Mugabe was told not to discuss the issue of land. So dont demonise him as he has gone through a lot against what the British promised, he said.

He said that unless the message of ubuntu (humanness) was well understood, the greatness of globalization would not work.

Globalisation must be realized in respect of all races, religions and beliefs. In Southern Africa, we were affected by apartheid and we managed to overcome it. The most important thing is that we are all Gods children, regardless of race or faith.

He said: Judaism, Islam and Muslim are all from the same Middle East but people are still fighting their neighbours. However, globalization cannot be defeated as it cuts across all races.

And several participants shed tears when Kaunda requested Ethiopians and Eritreans to join him and shake hands as a sign that Africas freedom and peace lay in the young generation.

The 83-year-old pan-Africanist advised upcoming leaders to believe in the truth and not lies if Africa was to rise to the occasion.

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