Magufuli East Africa 

Tanzania: John Magufuli declares ‘Media freedom has limits’

The much heralded John Magufuli, President United Republic of Tanzania, has raised serious concerns by his statement declaring that “Media freedom has limits” during oath taking ceremony of his cabinet ministers.   PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government to take decisive action for the freedom of media and avoid restrictive approach to press freedom. Please follow and like us:

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REVEALED: Pastor TB Joshua’s Uncanny Influence In Tanzania

Joshua and KikweteWithin hours of Pastor T.B. Joshua touching down in Tanzania on Tuesday November 3rd 2015, he had met the three most important political figures in the country – John Magufuli, the President-Elect, Jakaya Kikwete, the outgoing President and Edward Lowassa, the former Prime Minister and opposition leader.

However, a government source has revealed that the Nigerian Pastor’s uncanny influence in the East African nation did not just begin during the recently held elections.

“Our new President, John Magufuli, visited T.B. Joshua in Nigeria long before he even nursed a presidential ambition,” explained Eng. Ngimbwa, chairperson of the Tanzanian Contractors Registration Board.

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President Obama’s Visit And Africa’s Second Uhuru

[Open Letter To President Obama] Dear Mr. President, Your trip to Africa this week presents a legacy-defining opportunity. President George W. Bush is remembered for the billions of dollars he made available to fight HIV/Aids; a program which has continued under your administration. Bill Clinton, while decried for allowing genocide in Rwanda, is also hailed for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the preferential trade deal that allows some duty free exports from participating African countries to the U.S.; this program was also recently renewed by Congress under your administration. Mr. President,…

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Mauritius: A woman president for all citizens

Professor Ameenah Gurib FakimI think that the great strength that women bring when they move into senior levels of politics is not that they’re more nurturing, caring, maternal figures, but that they will bring a certain level of different perspective, a different way of thinking, and that is just really valuable for all of us.”— Nicholas Kristof, journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

 

Professor Ameenah Gurib Fakim will remain in the history of Mauritius as the first woman President of the Republic who has broken many gender stereotypes. She has shown that women can make it with hard work and perseverance. She is the only President of the Republic who does not come from any political background and is getting the highest function of the state on her own merit. All the male presidents we have had since 1992 starting with Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo followed by Cassam Uteem, Karl Offman, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and Kailash Purryag were members of political parties. By holding the highest and most prestigious position of the Republic of Mauritius she is lighting the torch and showing to the world that African and Mauritian women can make it to the top.

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Mauritius: Gender equality for the next term

Map of MauritiusPort Louis, 6 February:  The elections have come and gone. There is a new government in place of which only eight women form part of the 69 seat National Assembly. Despite progress made over the last few years, gender inequality persists. Gender inequality is deeply rooted in entrenched attitudes. Political commitment at the highest level is crucial for social change. With the post-2015 development framework hot on the agenda, one wonders where women’s rights and gender equality will be during the next term.

 

Like many problems gender inequality is a problem that has a solution. Positive steps taken have proved that women’s empowerment is possible in Mauritius. Many practical steps taken have reduced inequalities in different fields. Girls are doing better than boys in education. Women have access to loans and the majority of Small and Medium Enterprises are run by women. There are more women than men in the judiciary and women Permanent Secretaries constitute over 40%. But there is still much more to be done. Gender based violence (GBV) and the representation of women in Parliament remain major concerns.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Extending the FDLR Disarmament Deadline Will Only Prolong the Agony

This week all eyes were to be on the joint summit between the South African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) that was proposed by South African President Jacob Zuma earlier this month, but this event has now been cancelled, apparently at the behest of Angola, which currently holds the presidency of the ICGLR. The main item on the agenda was to be the FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) – the Rwandan Hutu rebel group which has been operating in…

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