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Nigeria:'Buhari Has Been Very Tolerant of Saraki'

[This Day] Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former senior legislative aide to two former presidents states why The Presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly must bury the hatchet and adopt a process of cordial informal consultations (AllAfrica)


Africa:A Well-Deserved Funeral for an Illustrious Son

[Ghanaian Times] INDEED, it was a well-dignified funeral and thanksgiving service for the late illustrious son and a global icon, Kofi Annan. The world virtually converged in Accra, Ghana, to participate in the funeral rites at the Accra International Conference Centre, before the remains was later laid to rest at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Government Should Pay Attention to Ordinary Boda Boda Riders Too

[Monitor] There are always those exigent moments when one would perfectly appreciate the late Elly Wamala's Boda boda song. Generally speaking, the two-wheeled taxis (commonly referred to as boda bodas specifically in East Africa) play a vital role in allowing people to access services in an expedient manner. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:City Festival Cancellation Surprising but Welcome

[Monitor] The news for Kampala residents and revellers from across the country and beyond is out. The October 2018 version of the City Festival has been cancelled (See Daily Monitor, September 13). (AllAfrica)


Kenya:How New Reforms Will Affect Police Officers

[Nation] The changes in the command structure of the National Police Service will strip some senior police officers of their powers at the regional, county and station level. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Plea Bargain for Awaiting Trial Detainees

[Guardian] A recent renewal of consideration of plea bargain option for awaiting trial inmates for the purpose of decongesting the prisons deserves some priority attention even at this time despite a surfeit of political stories threatening to diminish governance issues at the moment. (AllAfrica)


Rwanda:10 Warning Signs of a Pyramid Scheme

[New Times] Pyramid schemes are illegal in Rwanda. Below are red flags to look out for to determine whether a venture is a pyramid scheme. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Buhari and the Moral Burden of Leadership

[Guardian] It is difficult to live in our country without being confused. Things are getting messier when they should be getting clearer. President Muhammadu Buhari captured our imagination in 2015 as a man totally intolerant of corruption or at least practices that give the country a bad name at home and abroad. So, we flocked to him and we gave him the vote and he became our president. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Restructuring - History 101

[Guardian] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's rather perplexing insistence that administrative restructuring is not the solution to Nigeria's politico-economic problems, does suggest that the academic-turned-politician is a poor student of history. (I state this with a high sense of responsibility). Otherwise, the ex-officio chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) ought to have known that Nigeria's politico-economic problems effectively started in mid-1966 when her autonomous regional structure was tampered with. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:The Ways of the Godfathers

[This Day] Against the background that there is no fresh recruitment in the already over-bloated civil service--at both federal and states--where salaries are no longer guaranteed and at a period most of the private companies are downsizing as a result of the harsh operating environment, it is no surprise that many Nigerians are now looking for the easy way out of their economic challenge. That perhaps explains why there are more people seeking political offices than at any other period in our history, going by the l (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Defeat Buhari to End Carnage in Nigeria

[Guardian] Sir: There were allegations of corruption leveled against the military regime led by Generals Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), Shehu Musa Yar'Adua (the elder brother of Umaru Musa Yar'Adua) and Theophilus Danjuma, but it fulfilled the promise of the assassinated General Murtala Mohammed to return power to civil rule in 1979, albeit in its own way, by ensuring that the weak Alhaji Shehu Shagari who would not probe anybody won the election, rather than Chief Obafemi Awolowo or Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Unbridled corruptio (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Downsize Cabinet and Parliament Too

[Monitor] The government this week started a process to scrap or merge up to 71 semi-autonomous agencies. In the process, there will be up to 15,000 job losses. On the other hand, government will be saving Shs1 trillion each year in overhead expenses following the reorganisation. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Putting Bobi Wine's Rise in Historical Context and Why Museveni Must Be Crafting Plan B

[East African] Two movements captured world attention at the same time 33 years ago. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Kirumira Murder - Why President Museveni Needs to Watch His Back

[Monitor] Last Saturday, Muhammad Kirumira (RIP), the maverick police officer who fell out with his superiors because he accused them of mismanaging the Force, was gruesomely murdered together with a lady in a car. The assassination was carried out after the now infamous fashion of a person sitting on the pillion of a motorbike, pulling the trigger then speeding away while shooting in the air. His motive could have been any of the following: (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Government Is Losing Constitution Direction and That Is Absurd

[Monitor] Before the abrogation of the Independence Constitution in 1966, Uganda was a peaceful nation. It had a sound economic base and the rule of law prevailed in most of the regions. The 1962 Federal Constitution was good because it was tailored on the basis of natural law and it granted substantial autonomy to the regions under the formula where "power checked power". (AllAfrica)


Africa:How Rwanda Earns Hundreds of Millions From Its Gorillas Alone

[New Zimbabwe] When President Paul Kagame asked me to participate in a ceremony to name 23 baby gorillas a few days ago, I thought it was cool, and it earned some bragging rights for my youngest daughter amongst her animal-loving schoolmates... "My dad went to name a baby gorilla!" (AllAfrica)


Southern Africa:The Truth About Botswana Elephant Poaching

[The Herald] Botswana's support for the on-going ban on international trade in ivory has not eliminated elephant poaching. The recent discovery by an environmental group, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), that 90 elephants had been poached in recent months, seems proof enough that the policy has not worked. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe:Why the Party Is Always Supreme

[The Herald] Political parties are constructed in order to conquer and exercise political power. The political party does the conquering but the Government does the exercising of the power. Therefore, the question of supremacy is answered by establishing which party conquered the political power. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe:Harare Gives First Impressions of Transition

[The Herald] It is the morning after the swearing-in of the new Cabinet following the elections of July 30 and related policies in the unfolding story of Zimbabwe's transition. (AllAfrica)


Kenya:Higher Fuel Prices in Kenya Split Low-Income Families

[Nation] The implementation of punitive tax measures has brought out the other side of Kenyans that we have never seen before. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Kaduna 2019 - Who Is Who?

[Leadership] The race for Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna hots up with just weeks left for all interested political parties to submit names of their gubernatorial candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Cities and towns across Kaduna State currently compete in the clusters of colourful campaign posters and glossy billboards. With at least ten governorship aspirants for the 2019 general elections in the state, the choice may seem somewhat confusing for the voters. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Can APC Survive Internal Bleeding?

[Guardian] The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the method to adopt for its party primaries shows that nothing has changed in the way politicians carry themselves. The old political culture is still looming large. Rigging is still believed to be a potent way to gain political power. Money is still at the centre of political maneuvering and upsetting the apple chart. (AllAfrica)


Africa:Kofi Annan and the African Personality

[Guardian] The distinguished Ghanaian diplomat and international civil servant Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday, August 18 in Bern, Switzerland, after a brief illness. He was aged 80. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe:Mnangagwa Silences Critics With New Cabinet

[The Herald] A developmental Cabinet, I would call it. Brilliant balance between old and trusted hands, technocrats and youthfulness. A well thought out Cabinet that balances the competing demands of the economy and politics. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Not Too Young, but Too Poor to Run?

[Daily Trust] Once again Nigerians are gearing up to "elect" democratic leaders in line with an imposed Constitution. That the Military Decree Governing Civilian Administration commonly referred to as the 1999 Constitution is fraudulent, poorly thought through, and basically incapable of leading the nation to prosperity and progress is no longer news. The main motivation behind it was to allow the failed Military to disengage, keep their ill-gotten loot and prevent any possibility of being called to account for their fa (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:The Davido Example

[Guardian] Few young people are blessed to have it all: talent, wealth, influence, charisma, a cool head, a large heart. David Adeleke, to most of you Davido, falls into all categories. There's perhaps another category: this great Nigerian kid is on the ascent, his star has just begun to rise. He is unstoppable. A string of smash hits and sold-out concerts since 2011 have taken care of that. But last week, Davido outdid himself yet again. He stepped forward to fulfill his obligations to his country as a young graduat (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Atiku and Osinbajo Who Is the True Advocate of Restructuring Nigeria?

[Guardian] The general election session in Nigeria has acquired notoriety for how it is wantonly exploited by some politicians for self-promotion the back of issues of public interest. This reality is currently playing out in the public space with the fast approaching 2019 general elections with politicians and especially presidential hopefuls seizing on the issue of 'restructuring' the country. It is thus not a surprise that the issue of restructuring has become subject of debate between the country's No.2 official, (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe:This Won't Be a Walk in the Park

[The Herald] The swearing-in today of Cabinet ministers appointed by President Mnangagwa last week marks an important milestone in the history of the Second Republic. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Why Leah Sharibu Is Buhari's Responsibility

[Vanguard] On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Miss Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student of the abducted 110 Government Girls Science and Technical College, GGSTC, Dapchi in Yobe still in the captivity of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, called for her own rescue in a video that trended widely. She called on President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians to join hands and get her out. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:CBN's Sanctions On MTN, Banks - Too Many Loose Ends

[Guardian] There is something unseemly about the sanctions and the circumstances around the sanctions issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the unfortunate five: MTN Nigeria and four financial institutions. Indeed, there are too many loose ends to the issue and expectedly, it has thrown up many questions and lent itself to deductions and misrepresentations. And I think the CBN must start to tie up the loose ends fast if it must be seen to have acted in good faith and in the interest of the nation. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Torture of Bobi Wine, Zaake Nullifies Prosecution's Case Against Them

[Monitor] Anyone who knows President Museveni can tell that the events surrounding the violence in Arua have made him hot under the collar. A man known for keeping cool under pressure has lashed out like never before. (AllAfrica)