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Nigeria: The Criminality of Deploying Soldiers for Election

[This Day] Nigeria swims in illegality. Those who swore to defend the constitution of the country breach it with so much impunity and many of their followers celebrate them. The level of lawlessness in this country is indeed sickening. One of such is the deployment of soldiers for security duties during elections. Like his predecessors, our dear President Muhammadu Buhari also deployed the military for security duties with so much fanfare during the 2019 elections. He celebrated this illegal deployment and added a fu (AllAfrica)

Uganda: If Water Is Life, We Should Protect It

[Monitor] Water is life. This is not just a bumper-sticker statement. Water affects almost every facet of our lives, whether we know it or not. The entire week, water issues have been highlighted in several fora in the run up to Water Day (March 22) celebrations. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Sole Candidacy Is a Travesty of Democracy

[Monitor] Democracy rests on the critical pillar of competition. Without open competition, you cannot have democracy. Democracy is the struggle for the people's vote. Therefore, the idea that an incumbent ruler can be declared the 'sole candidate' for his party is fundamentally undemocratic. It is a travesty of the very idea of democracy. Yet this is what has become of Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its three-decade long ruler, Mr Museveni - the Sabalwanyi. (AllAfrica)

Africa: 9 of the 10 Worst Global Risks Are Linked to Water

[IPS] Stockholm, Sweden -Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Possible Reasons You Keep Falling for the Wrong Men

[Capital FM] Dear lady, you see yourself as a good woman but you wonder why you keep attracting the wrong men. Below could be possible reasons why (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Of Cyclone Idai and a Benevolent Ruler

[Zimbabwe Independent] "We receive our fuel through the pipeline and it has not been disturbed by the rains. We will not be affected by anything at all." (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: To Continue Ethiopia's Growth, We Need Universal Access to Water

[WaterAid] On this World Water Day it is important to realise that, while Ethiopia's economy is growing, to achieve true progress and eradicate poverty we need universal access to clean water. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: My Heart's Appeal Fetes Persons With Down's Syndrome, Other Disabilities

[Observer] Children and youth living with Down's Syndrome sang at the event held at the SKD. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Kawu Modibo's Constant Campaign of Calumny Against Saraki

[Vanguard] Kawu Modibo's usual attacks on the Saraki family, particularly Bukola Saraki, the enigmatic Nigerian Senate president, is not just a past time but actually an occupation pursued with uncanny passion. (AllAfrica)

Morocco: The Decolonisation of Western Sahara - A Saharawi Vision of the Solution

[Fahamu] After 43 years of failing to legalise its invasion of Western Sahara, Morocco needs to accept a process that would lead to a just, lasting, realistic and mutually acceptable solution to the aspirations of the Saharawi people. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Is the Senate a Retirement Home for Ex-Governors?

[Guardian] Towards his second and final four-year term in office, Maureen Chigbo and I interviewed Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, governor of Enugu State, for Newswatch magazine in 2007. As we were about to round up the very interesting conversation with the proudly articulate foetal surgeon, I asked him what his immediate political plans were. Was he heading for the senate? (AllAfrica)

Liberia: A Nagging Question - Is President Weah Listening?

[Observer] This newspaper's attention is drawn to a story carried in its March 19, 2019 edition headlined, "Bill Twehway Meets Business Community Today over Cargo Tracking Note". According to the story written by business reporter David Yates, NPA Managing Director Bill Twehway was expected to meet with members of the business community to provide clarity on the newly introduced Cargo Tracking Note(CTN) and address concerns about the cost and its implementation regime. (AllAfrica)

Algeria: Amid Revolution, Algeria Is Unstable - and Deep, Real Reforms Are the Only Way Forward

[HRW] For 20 years, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has presided over the country of Algeria. But he suffered a stroke in 2013, and has not spoken in public for seven years. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Sexual Perversions in Our Country

[Guardian] "How do we restore morality and truth to our elections?" This quotation is from Kole Omotoso's "On the waging of elections" which appeared in his column last Sunday, March 17, 2019. The line berthed the first line of the final paragraph of the online version of his stimulatingly profound and profoundly stimulating essay on our country's 2019 elections of trouble and real trouble that will birth further trouble - going by the fatal electoral nonsense we have seen so far everywhere in the land, and further t (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: In Search of Autonomy for Government-Owned Universities

[Guardian] In a shambles, Nigeria's universities groan as they grapple with the federal and state governments' stranglehold on their administration. If the authorities concerned will embrace university autonomy, writes Head Education Desk, IYABO LAWAL the public university system may flourish again. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: What Is the Population of Nigeria?

[This Day] The history of census in Nigeria is all but summed up in the following excerpt: 'Attempts to conduct a reliable post-independence census have been mired in controversy, and only one was officially accepted. The first attempt, in mid-1962, was cancelled after much controversy and allegations of over-counting in many areas. A second attempt in 1963, which was officially accepted, also was encumbered with charges of inaccuracy and manipulation for regional and local political purposes. Indeed, the official 19 (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Bilateral Meetings Underscore Reform

[Zimbabwe Independent] When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa jetted into Zimbabwe for bilateral meetings this week, his hosts had high expectations for an economic rescue package, but it soon became crystal clear that the visiting leader - although he leads the continent's most industrialised economy -- did not bring suitcases full of money. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Piece-Meal Austerity Without Reforms a Wild Goose Chase

[Zimbabwe Independent] AUSTERITY measures introduced by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube under the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) will have a devastating effect on the economy and is at variance with Zanu PF's electoral promises and its traditional pro-intervention politics. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Deaths Caused By Starvation Akin to 'State Terrorism'

[Nation] Death by starvation is the same as State terrorism. Innocent lives taken away due to wilful negligence by the State. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: No Bed of Roses - Flower Farm Workers' Tough Choice of Motherhood or Work

[Nation] Childbirth ordinarily brings joy to new mothers but for women working in flower farms, it signals pain and sorrow. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Pius Adesanmi's Body Is Gone, but His Soul Keeps Marching On

[East African] In the early 1980s, only one matatu, the Sungura, crisscrossed Kenya's North and South Kinangop. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Talents for Export

[Guardian] Last week I attended the Integral European Football Week in Ijebu Ode where more than 300 young men between the ages of 13 - 18 from 16 teams worked hard to impress European scouts in hopes of landing a trial. There were several striking performances with some stand-out talents in the teams on parade at the Dipo Dina International Stadium. The young men played out their hearts and provided proof that indeed there exists a great production line of young footballers that could power a football industry in th (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: All Hail Unilag's New Chief Imam

[Guardian] Before his installation last Friday as the chief Imam, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Muslim Community (UMC), four personalities/scholars had occupied the seat. They were Professors Nurudeen Alao, Abdulfattah Mabadeje, Tajudeen Gbadamosi and Murtala Aderemi Bidmos. But none was installed with a big feast as it happened for Dr. Ismail Akin Musa last Friday at the University Central Mosque. The size and caliber of dignitaries underscored the significance of the event described as first of its kind in the histo (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: What Is the Great Purpose of Education? (III)

[Guardian] There has been for some time in this country, a contrived but absolutely needless Arts versus Science controversy, including a distracting comparison of their respective value to society. It has become fashionable in recent times that policy makers extol Science and Technology over Liberal Arts. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Collapsed Building - the Audacity of Impunity

[Guardian] The nation was pitched in another wailing ordeal the other day as the news of the collapsed building in the heart of Lagos Island spread. As we mourn the departed and commiserate with their families, we are confronted yet again with the sad reality of our nation enmeshed in the weighty consequences of our collective failures and spiraling erosion of values. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Fixing Country's Broken Reputation Chain

[Zimbabwe Independent] The Economist Intelligence Unit's livability survey 2018, pitches Harare, in Zimbabwe, in the 10 least "livable" in the world out of the 140-city sample. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Dismantling Patriarchy Must Begin At Home - a Reflection On Gender Equality

[IPS] Gaborone, Botswana -This week, I joined thousands of activists, campaigners, thought-leaders, and change-makers in New York to advocate for women's rights and promote gender equality during the 63rd session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). (AllAfrica)

Liberia: A Reminder to Speaker Chambers - You Can Fool Some of the People All the Time but You Cannot Fool All the People All of the Time!

[Observer] This newspaper's attention is drawn to a front page story carried in its March 20, 2019 edition headlined "Speaker Chambers Blames Past Gov't for Country's Failing Economy". According to reporter David Menjor, who wrote the story, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has charged the past administration for being responsible for the current difficult economic situation the country faces. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Pipeline Dreams - Will Locals Cash in On the Oil Bonanza?

[Monitor] Before mid-2017, Hotel Brovad in Masaka District was just like any other business in the hospitality industry; still, it is. Then in May that year, the presidents of Uganda and Tanzania signed the Heads of State Agreement concretising the Hoima-Tanga route for the proposed East African Crude Oil Export Pipeline (EACOP). (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Ramaphosa Wants to Fix Passenger Rail - Here's What He Needs to Do

[GroundUp] Metrorail broke down because of state capture (AllAfrica)

South Africa: My Grandfather Mandela, Gender Equality and Me

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (AllAfrica)