Peter Mutharia Decision Makers Southern Africa Southern. Africa 

Malawi bucks trend says it will remain in International Criminal Court (ICC)

BLANTYRE: Malawi government to the chagrin of many African Union Members, has received much applause from the international organization for making a decision to remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a time many African countries are withdrawing their membership from the body seen as biased against them. According to the Maravi Post the government officially communicated to bilateral donors and institutions its decision to stay as member of the court on Tuesday. This is seen in many quarters are cowering to donor pressure as the squeeze…

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Antonio Guterres Decision Makers Leaders World 

United Nations, US election 2016 reveal deep gender divides

Progress doesn’t follow a straight line. It zigs and zags, and sometimes it moves forward and sometimes it moves backwards or moves sideways. I am a firm believer that ultimately it moves in the direction of justice, and more prosperity, and more freedom, and more inclusion. — Barack Obama, US President, November, 2016

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donald-trump Decision Makers OP-ED 

Global Politics Has Changed After Benefit and Donald Trump, “Africa Leaders are Warned”

Fellow comrades, I have been on the road having no space to contribute to the important issues of our continent and motherland Malawi. On this short note I would like to accuse politicians who when pestered they go on the platform to start roaring as Lions and begin to threaten that they will reveal thieves and corrupt moguls. This is the stupid peak of politics for we listen to them when they lie this way. Recently Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima threatened to reveal the people in construction industry that…

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Peter Mutharika Decision Makers OP-ED 

It’s not just Mutharika, it’s the system as well

Five days after Peter Mutharika’s return from his prolonged stay in the United States of America where he attended United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Malawi President, held a much anticipated press conference to brief Malawians on duties he carried out during his time in the USA. At least this was the official agenda of the press briefing, which was earmarked for 90 minutes but lasted for about 2hrs. Malawians expected much more information from the press conference than a mere briefing on the Assembly, which would not…

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TB Joshua’s Absence at Tanzania’s Presidential Inauguration Stirs Debate

TB Joshua arriving in TanzaniaDespite his presidential welcome and high-profile arrival in Tanzania this week, Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua was notably absent at Thursday’s inauguration of the new Tanzanian President Dr John Pombe Magufuli. 

Local media was awash with the news of Joshua’s first visit to the East African nation with expectations that the Nigerian cleric may play some role in the ceremony which saw eight African states converge on Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam. 

However, it was later revealed that the pastor actually spent time at the house of Magufuli’s political rival and opposition leader Edward Lowassa

 

A picture of the duo holding hands outside of the former Prime Minister’s house was posted to social media several hours after the inauguration had concluded where the topic of Joshua’s absence was hotly debated.

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Jacob Zuma Welcomes Omar al-Bashir of Sudan despite pleas from ICC

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is in the country for an African Union (AU) summit. 

Mr. Bashir is wanted for war crimes over the conflict in Darfur. 

An ICC statement said South Africa should “spare no effort” in detaining him. 

But instead he was welcomed by South African officials on his arrival in Johannesburg, SABC tweeted. Sudan’s Suna news agency said he was accompanied by the foreign minister and other top Sudanese officials. 

There are tensions between the ICC and the AU, with some on the continent accusing the court of unfairly targeting Africans.

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Fade to black: Requiem for Malawi rebel with a cause Raphael Tenthani

Raphael TenthaniHe was more than a luminary in Malawi journalism and had the gravitas to pen eloquent criticisms of the government and its policies. Friends and enemies alike had to admit that Raphael Tenthani was one of a kind.  

Ralph’s Muckraking on Sunday column spoke for the little man who was mostly denied a seat at the table. Like a tenacious prosecutor, he hounded those entrusted with power as they failed to fix problems and appeared more interested in staying in office. 

Choosing to take positions that invariably would step on toes isn’t an easy thing to do in a place like Malawi where those elected into public office feel entitled. The backdrop to this is the kind of Malawi that existed during Dr. Kamuzu Banda’s 30-year totalitarian rule starting in 1964. In president-for-life Kamuzu Banda’s Malawi, state security agents were used to put the fear of God into dissenters.

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African organisations under pressure to sharpen skills retention and employee engagement

AfricaBusinesses across major African economies such as Kenya and Nigeria are coming under increasing pressure to align their strategies for retaining talent, compensating employees and engaging with their workforces with good international practices. 

That’s according to Gerhard Hartman, Head of Department for Sage HR & Payroll’s International Division, who says that African companies are facing stiffer competition for skills as economies grow, governments pump money into building infrastructure, and professionals are lured into the diaspora by the promise of big salaries paid in hard currencies.

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Malawi Speaker challenges African Parliamentarians for laws curbing graft in the continent

Kubalasi and Speaker MsowoyaMalawi’s National Assembly Speaker, Richard Msowoya has urged African Members of Parliament (MPs) to drastically formulate laws to deal with graft in the continent which has seen huge loses of money that could have been used to uplift poor people’s lives. 

The appeal comes amid net economic outflows in African countries which according to “Financial Africa’s Post -2015 Development study”, revealed that the continent has been losing US$850 billion to US$1.8 trillion from 1970 to 2008 triggering an avalanche of austere measures in rich economies and cutting of aid budgets catalyzing joblessness and deteriorating of basic social services. 

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Open Letter to the African Commission Regarding the Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

XenophobiaDear Chair and Commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, write to you as concerned organisations and citizens of the African continent to raise concern about the xenophobic attacks currently occurring, mainly against African foreign nationals, in the Republic of South Africa. We come to you, as the body responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in the African continent, requesting you to call upon the South African government to take concrete steps to end these attacks, prosecute perpetrators and protect foreign nationals living in their territory from violations of their human rights, including the right to life.

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