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Nigeria: Why My Mission To the United States Matters

[Premium Times] ...I am certain that if I am successful in selling...Nigeria to the world, the world will come to Nigeria for business. That is why I am in America. Because I believe in JOBS -- Jobs, Opportunity, Being United and Security and it is time Nigeria and all Nigerians finally have the opportunity to realise their true potentials. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The AU Should Challenge Election Bodies Over Questionable Results

[Deutsche Welle] It is unusual for the AU to speak out against official election results in member states but it has now cast doubt on the preliminary results announced in DR Congo. It is high time for this, says DW's Mohammed Khelef. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Local Currency Recipe for Disaster

[Zimbabwe Independent] Finance minister Mthuli Ncube's recent pronouncements that Zimbabwe will revert to using its own currency, a decade after it abandoned the local dollar in favour of a basket of currencies is not feasible unless macro-economic fundamentals are addressed. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Daunting Challenges Meet Ethiopia's Promising Reforms

[Addis Standard] There are diverse experiences of "democratic transition" around the world, as well as the causes that lead to such transition and its outcomes. As the factors of "democratic transition" are inherently diverse and complex, the current transition in Ethiopia also cannot be explained by one factor, as shown below. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Leadership Challenge in a Disrupted Environment

[Zimbabwe Independent] I am a little obsessed with the present as it determines the future. I write this as the fuel price has just been increased. As I muse at the implications of this development, I cannot help but wonder the leadership in various sectors' response to this. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Statement in Rebuttal of Fabricated Evidence By Ex - Captain Momat Cham

[Foroyaa] Having more facts to testify than most Gambians regarding the injustices perpetrated against the people; having languished in Mile Two Prisons at the Maximum Security Wing in both the First and Second Republic, in those very cells which petrified those men in uniform but not one like me who dared to continue to speak truth to power, over and over again, risking being taken to the same dungeon, I still chose not to appear before the Commission because I have no pain in my heart to heal. Duty compelled me to (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigeria 2019 - Hoping for Another Reprieve?

[Fahamu] The author argues that the Nigerian Left is the only political formation that can bring about genuine change in Nigeria, as the country's ruling class has not been able to produce a winning alliance of parties that can offer Nigerians anything new. (AllAfrica)

Africa: 2019 - A Year of Revolutionary Rupture? Looking Beyond the Curve

[Fahamu] Using the conceptual frameworks of "revolutionary rupture" and "contradictions", as analytical tools to understanding the successes and failures of revolutionary movements in the world, the author argues that 2019 could be a year of "revolutionary rupture". (AllAfrica)

Kenya: In Memory of 'Odu Cobra' and All Victims of Riverside Drive Terror Attack

[Nation] My good friend and colleague Japheth Mutinda, who edits this column, is one of the biggest football fans I know. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Pensioners Deserve a Better Deal

[Ghanaian Times] A pension act makes it mandatory for workers who have reached the retiring age receive a lump sum of their contribution to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) after which, they receive monthly allowances based on their contributions. (AllAfrica)

Angola: The Grace Period is Over for João Lourenço

[Verdade] It is now time for effective action. João Lourenço has been president of Angola since 26 September 2017. About one year later, he cemented his hold on power by taking over the chairmanship of the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA). Although he reshuffled the government, for instance by replacing the transport minister, and the vice-president, Manuel Vicente, most other ministerial posts had not changed from the previous administration. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: The Evil Hand of Civil Society, MDC-Alliance

[The Herald] This week, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-Alliance, civil society organisations and NGOs fronted a so-called shutdown that was underlined by anarchy, looting and lawlessness. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: We Need to Find Each Other As a Nation

[Zimbabwe Independent] As we begin 2019, there are key lessons from the coup and Zimbabwe's post-coup experiences. The key lessons going forward relate to ethical leadership, public sector performance management, service delivery, hard and smart work and the foolishness of trying to transact change in an ethical and ideological vacuum. The following are my fundamental lessons from the coup and for 2019 and beyond: (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Special Appeal to Bobi Wine On Tuliyambala Engule Song

[Observer] This goes out to all God-fearing people (believers) and in particular musician-cum-politician, Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi, MP Kyadondo East constituency). (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Battle of El Adde - Many Questions Still Linger 3 Years After Deadly Attack

[Nation] The wards of the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital on Mbagathi Way in Nairobi are named for the battles that claimed the most casualties during the decade-long Shifta campaign of the 1960s: Walgadud, Modogashe, Malkamari and others. The streets of the barracks scattered around the country housing the soldiers who could very well end up in these wards in the line of duty follow the same pattern: they are also named after important events in the lives of the units. By important is meant outcomes that ei (AllAfrica)

Uganda: BoU Disposal of Banks Was Not in the National Interest

[Monitor] The Parliament's Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) continues to dig up dirt on the way top officials at Bank of Uganda (BoU) casually closed and disposed of assets of several banks. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Cholera - NWSC Move to Build Toilets Is Timely

[Monitor] In the wake of the current cholera outbreak in the outskirts of Kampala City, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), is taking a positive step to address the problem. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Awaiting 'Pontius Pilate'

[New Republic] -As Judgment Day Rapidly Drums Over Warlords (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: He Who Seeks Equity Must Come With Clean Hands.

[Concord] I can discern mischief from even the slightest of innuendos and utterances in an instant, and was able to identify same from statements by the Deputy Minister of Information in a recent Radio AM talk show. If I heard him well, the Commissions of Inquiries (COIs) are not witch hunting exercises, but that "they will be free fair and credible in all their deliberations. And after the Commissioners would have submitted their findings to government, Cabinet will thereafter review them and then decide on what pu (AllAfrica)

Uganda: NSSF Money Can Help Reduce Cost of Borrowing

[Monitor] The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament to cater for the retirement needs of workers in the private sector. The fund totals $3b (Shs10 trillion) in assets. Workers contribute during their working life and receive the benefits on retirement. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: MPs' Decision to Forgo Swanky Vehicles Noble

[The Herald] Last week, Zanu-PF legislators, who are a majority in the National Assembly, decided and announced that they would now forgo their demand for top-of-the-range vehicles, specifically the Toyota Land Cruiser V8, to allow Government to direct resources towards more pressing needs facing the country. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: A Rape Victim's Quest for Justice Should Get Us Thinking

[New Times] Two months ago, a young woman working as a waitress at a Chinese hotel in Kigali was allegedly raped by her employer - the proprietor. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Doctored Audio Tape of Amaechi's Speech - the Fingerprints of Propagandists and Mischief-Makers

[Vanguard] Even as reactions by patriotic and objective observers have shown, not many Nigerians are surprised or can easily be deceived by the pranks of the emerging phenomenon of fake news in the country. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Is Ghana Becoming Morally Bankrupt?

[Ghanaian Times] The banking system of a country is even more important than its Government. For Governments come and go, whereas the banks stay and serve both supporters and enemies of the changing governments. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Konza Will Be White Elephant As Other Countries Leapfrog Us

[Nation] Watching a four-minute YouTube video about the Konza Techno City master plan feels exhilarating. But driving on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway past the Machakos junction paints an insipid, stodgy picture of a project chained by government unwillingness to concoct Africa's "Silicon Savannah". (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Strategic Location for SMEs Business Is Fundamental for Business Success

[Daily News] One might think that it is easy to bring together SMEs business owners and make rules about what they do or experience as group as a whole. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Mbeki Calls Out Kagame on AU reforms - Rightly

[East African] The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria), held a weeklong intellectual fest in Dakar at the end of December that brought together a good number of Africa's clever men and women. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigeria As 'Election 2019' Draws Near

[Guardian] It should be agreed that there are different ways of apprehending and describing the situation in Nigeria as the country draws near "Election 2019", the general elections beginning on February 16, 2019. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: The Current Political Tension in the Country

[Concord] As observers would prove us right, the country is currently characterised with deepen political tension. There have been cases of arrests of opposition party members by the Sierra Leone Police, who might be acting on orders from above. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa Giving Examples to the World - Democratic Republic of Congo in Focus

[Foroyaa] Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. History however revealed that most African countries at Independence, did not have sovereign people whose sense of belonging to a nation overrode the sense of belonging to ethno linguistic groups or regions. Narrow regional and ethno linguistic sentiments were fanned by the defeated colonial powers in order to maintain a stronghold in Congo and an iron grip on its huge mineral resources. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram Is Broken, but Not Finished

[Daily Trust] Since 2015, Boko Haram's capacity to carry out daring attacks especially on civilian populations has greatly diminished. Of recent, it mostly carries out isolated attacks in the fringes of the Lake Chad in far Northern part of Borno, on the borders of the lake, Niger and Cameroon Republics. Though there are occasional attacks along the Sambisa and Alagarno forests axis, military and civilian authorities as well as locals all agree that Boko Haram's ability to inflict serious damage has been greatly reduced (AllAfrica)