Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spain in urgent need to increase its low population

What a discrepancy; Whereas Africa is battling with high birthrates prevailing in the black continent, Spain is urgently looking for ways to boost its unacceptably low birth rates!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No winner for Mo Ibrahim Sh500m prize for African leadership

When you read the heading, "No winner for Mo Ibrahim Sh500m prize for African leadership" you might be tempted to ask such small questions as: 
"But why?"
"What does this imply?"
"Anyway, Does it Matter?"
Mo Ibrahim, the chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. AFP PHOTO | CARL COURT

Reading the story further, you come across the following response:

It means that recently retired presidents like Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, failed to prove they had left a legacy worth rewarding.

The full story goes:

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says there is no suitable winner, again, for its Africa annual leadership excellence awards.

On Thursday, the foundation said none of the former African heads of State and government met the criteria for the 2015 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

It means that recently retired presidents like Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, failed to prove they had left a legacy worth rewarding.

Set up by Sudanese-British tycoon Mo Ibrahim in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize is given based on the review of a special committee that includes former diplomats, Nobel laureates, business leaders and democracy activists.

This year’s prize committee was chaired by former Tanzania prime minister Salim Ahmed Salim.

The criteria used by the committee to select a winner include the requirement that all eligible contenders be former heads of State or government who left office in the previous three years.

The leaders should have been democratically elected, served their constitutionally allowed terms and demonstrated exceptional leadership.

In a statement Thursday, Mr Ibrahim, the chairman of the foundation, said he agrees with the verdict of the committee.

“The Board respects the decision of the independent prize committee. When we launched the prize ten years ago, we deliberately set a very high bar.

“We want the prize to shine a spotlight on outstanding leadership to provide role models right across society, as well as supporting Laureates to continue to serve the continent by sharing their wisdom and experience,” he said.

Since 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times.

The last winner, for the 2014 edition, was former Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba, whom Dr Salim described then as having “demonstrated sound and wise leadership" while maintaining "his humility throughout his Presidency.”

Other winners include former Cape Verde President Pedro Pires (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). Nelson Mandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.

There were no winners in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

But the foundation said on Thursday that the lack of winners last year is more indicative of the tough eligibility conditions rather than a sign of poor leadership on the continent.

“The decision by the prize committee is a reflection of the exceptionally high bar set for potential winners rather than any disappointment with the overall quality of leadership on our continent.

“The tough criteria were deliberately set to ensure only the most outstanding would be considered,” said Sophie Masipa, head of communication at the foundation.
Winners of the award receive about $5 million (Sh500 million) spread over a decade and a further $200,000 annually for the rest of their lives.

Tanzania: Artists’ trial postponed for a fifth time

Tanzania: Artists’ trial postponed for a fifth time

The case against Tanzanian musician Mwana Cotide and music producer Mussa Sikabwe has once again been postponed until 9 March 2017. This is the fifth time their trial date has been pushed.

The two artists were initially set to face trial on 12 October 2016 on charges of producing, singing and distributing a song called ‘Dikteta Uchwara’ (Petty Dictator) that contained “seditious and offensive” content against Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

The October 2016 trial date was postponed to 9 November 2016, then to 22 December 2016, then again to 26 January 2017, then once again to 22 February 2017, and now 9 March 2017.

Tanzanian authorities officially claim the postponements have been due to investigations being incomplete. However, these overhanging charges and frequent trial resets have stifled Cotide and Sikabwe’s ability to work as artists, with Sikabwe’s musical equipment being confiscated and in police custody until the investigation is concluded.

“Not only are the charges against the two artists a gross violation of artistic freedom, but the ongoing confiscation of music instruments continues to take away their livelihoods as artists,” said Freemuse Executive Director Ole Reitov. “We call on the Tanzanian government to drop the charges immediately.”

In November 2016, Freemuse first called for the charges against Cotide and Sikabwe to be dropped and sent a letter to Dr. Harrison George Mwakyembe, Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs. The minister has yet to reply.

The two artists were charged at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court in capital city Dar es Salaam on 28 September 2016 for uploading a video of the song on YouTube in August 2016, as well as “distributing the song with intent to offend” the president, which is against the country’s 2015 Cybercrimes Act. The two denied the charges and are currently released on bail.

Since President Mugufuli took office in October 2015 and the Cybercrimes Act was enacted in May 2015, fourteen people have been arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media. So far only one person has been convicted of those charges, reported Global Voices on 30 September 2016.

Makonda, Nape: History can be a good teacher

Makonda, Nape: History can be a good teacher

Nape NNauye, Tanzania's Minister of Information, Culture, Artists and Sports

Paul Makonda, Nape Nnauye etc, may find it helpful at this point in time, to make reference to and learn from what happened in 1990s during the second phase of Tanzanian government led by Ali Hassan Mwinyi (mzee Ruksa). Then, the then Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Mary Chipungahelo aka Chips came at loggerheads with Augustin Mrema who was Minister of Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Tanzania.

Madam Chipungahelo stood out as a daring, fearless and bold lady who openly opposed Mrema’s blatant and arbitrary leadership style which she said was too much and was meddling with the functioning of other organs of the state. Shortly after, Chips was removed from heading  

Paul Makonda, Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Mary Chipungahelo (Chips) Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner early 1990.

Augustin Mrema, renowned Minister of Home Affairs and 'Deputy Prime Minister of
Tanzania early 1990s.

Ugandan Pastor selling "Holy Rice"

Gone are the days when people would seek for blessings, prayers, counselling etc as some of the free services that the church provided. Church goods and services have been monetized and as long as they are branded; "holy" this, " Miraculous" that...the followers get determined to obtain it.

From selling holy water, holy handkerchiefs, holy pens etc; Pastor Kakande of the Synagogue church in Uganda recently innovated "holy rice" for his flock  and he emphasizes that whoever uses it shall be blessed and receive whatever he/she is yearning for in life

Pastor Kakande’s Holy Rice

Prophet Samuel Kakande of the Synagogue Church of Nations at Mulago is not new to controversy and recently, the Prophet introduced Holy Rice that  has spiked too much attention.

This is not the first time the Prophet is selling Holy merchandise. At his Church, he sells holy handkerchiefs, holy pens, holy water among other things.

He is among the pastor’s in Uganda that have been criticized for so long as some call him a fake pastor,

Kakande is  closely acquainted to  Nigerian  Pastor TB Joshua who is also no stranger to many controversies with his recent prophecy of Hilary Clinton being the winner of the US President elections where she lost.

According to the Prophet, his rice is holy and offers miracles to whoever buys it and takes it as a meal.

“Believers should sprinkle some of the holy rice in their normal rice to release blessings.” Prophet told his flock during their weekly service.

This has raised a lot of controversy within the public ragging war against him on  social media  since he is allegedly selling it for Shs50, 000 compared to the market price of ‘ordinary’ rice which is Shs 3, 000.

His congregation is  believed to be able to get miracles through hankies, ‘holy water and now holy rice the most beneficiaries to this new development are the young people looking for jobs,spouses,wealth and favor in Uganda.

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