Monthly Archives : July 2010

Kenya: Challenges Britain to increase Somalian funding

Kenya: Challenges Britain to increase Somalian funding

The nation is challenging Britain to take the lead and increase funding and support to Somalia, saying that was the most important issue in the Horn of Africa region at the moment. President Mwai Kibaki told visiting United Kingdom Minister…

1 Comment / 10 View / 28th July 2010

A Good Man in Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A Good Man in Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The title of William Boyd’s book could have been invented for Desmond Tutu and I make no apologies for this rather personal review of his contribution to South Africa, Africa and the world. The former Archbishop of Cape Town and…

2 Comments / 50 View / 28th July 2010

NGO reaches milestone in River Blindness treatment

NGO reaches milestone in River Blindness treatment

Onchocerciasis (more commonly known as River Blindness) is one of the biggest causes of blindness in Africa, yet the continent’s continued struggle against the neglected tropical disease (NTD) goes largely unnoticed. However, the growth of the ailment is being stunted…

8 Comments / 17 View / 27th July 2010

Kenya: Torture and Detention victims compensated

Kenya: Torture and Detention victims compensated

The High Court awarded victims of torture and detention without trial staggering financial reparations and set a precedent that could see hundreds of victims seek similar remuneration. In the strongest message ever to the state on the dangers of violating…

1 Comment / 24 View / 27th July 2010

Nigeria: renewed vigour after abduction

Nigeria: renewed vigour after abduction

Efforts by the Police and other security operatives to rescue the four Nigerian Journalists kidnapped and their driver yielded positive results as the adduction saga came to a dramatic end precisely seven days after the crime took place. The four…

Comments Off / 18 View / 26th July 2010

Kenya: Civil servants barred from political campaigns

Kenya: Civil servants barred from political campaigns

The country’s interim independent electoral commission (IIEC) says using public servants to campaign for the proposed constitution ahead of referendum on 4th August 2010 is illegal. The commission has consequently asked the head of public service Francis Muthaura to immediately…

7 Comments / 84 View / 23rd July 2010

Kenya and Burundi: Feelings of Insecurity

Kenya and Burundi: Feelings of Insecurity

Feelings of insecurity and the high level alert across East African states played out in the public in Kenya and Burundi this week. In Kenya a General Service Unit Para Military officer was wounded by suspected Al-Shabaab invaders on the…

1 Comment / 18 View / 23rd July 2010

AU Meetings in Kampala 1975/2010 – Changing Times

AU Meetings in Kampala 1975/2010 – Changing Times

As heads of state gather in Kampala this week for the African Union summit my mind wandered back to 1975 when heads of state also gathered in Kampala for the OAU (Organisation of African Unity as it was then known)…

2 Comments / 33 View / 21st July 2010

Sierra Leone: US$20million for Youth Employment

Sierra Leone: US$20million for Youth Employment

Today (July 20th 2010) the World Bank announced that it has signed an agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone that supports its short to medium term efforts aimed at building on the successes of existing youth employment programs in…

20 Comments / 62 View / 20th July 2010

Dispatches: Africa's Last Taboo

Dispatches: Africa's Last Taboo

Dispatches is Channel 4’s highly successful, sometimes controversial pioneering documentary series that critically covers a vast range of topics and areas. In a recent episode entitled ‘Africa’s Last Taboo’,  filmmaker and reporter Sorious Samura travels to a couple of countries…

Comments Off / 47 View / 20th July 2010