Archive - 2022

Date

September 16th

THE UNEXPECTED HESITATION

Sep
16
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor

Unexpected HesitationMr. Lobober, the Vice-President of the Republic of Lobomewa had just finished meeting the tenth delegation within the last twelve hours. Delegates from various organizations ( students, women, farmers, teachers, labor, etc.) all came to persuade him to become the candidate for the presidency. Although this was expected to be a mere formality, it was not. As the deadline for nomination approached, Mr. Lobober’s failure to declare his candidacy turned into a major political crisis.

 

 

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A BRIEF NOTE ON THE NILE BASIN COUNTRIES COOPERATIVE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT (CFA)

Sep
16
By T.W. K. Abate, Ph.D.

Dr. Abate The cooperative framework agreement document on the use of the Nile River, or CFA as it is normally referred to, is the first agreement in the history of the Nile Basin which came to fruition with the full participation of all the Nile Basin countries. It is also the first agreement in the basin which explicitly states that the utilization of the Nile should be based on the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization, the principle of causing no significant harm and the obligation to cooperate, which are foundational principles in international water law.

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ACCOUNTABILITY: GENOCIDE OF AMHARA IN OROMIA, ETHIOPIA

Sep
16
By Dr. Aklog Birara

TPLF Child Soldiers“People ‘killed like chickens’ as ethnic tensions continue in Africa’s second most populous country”, the Guardian, June 19, 2022.

I had hoped that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will have the courage, wisdom, moral aptitude, and competence to transition Ethiopia from ethnic maladministration to that of representative governance underpinned by the rule of law and buffeted by strong national institutions. 

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MEASURING GORBECHEV AGAINST OTHER WORLD LEADERS

Sep
16
By Jonathan Powers

The last head of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, the idealistic leader who accepted the end of communism, arrived in Berlin in November 1999 on a private visit to mark the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In one of the speeches he gave at the occasion, Gorbachev’s voice was full of sadness.

 

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AFRICANS AND QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Sep
16
By John Otim

Queen in Kaduna Nigeria 1961She was only 26 when she became the Queen of Britain and the British Empire. Today the Commonwealth has replaced Empire, but the Monarchy is still in charge. More or less.  At last year’s annual conference Prince Charles, now King Charles III, flew to Kigali, Rwanda, to open the sessions.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Sep
16
By the Editor

Kenyan Peaceful transfer of Power First, I want to apologize to our esteemed readers for not bringing forth the July and August editions of our journal. The mind was willing to produce the editions as usual, but the body was unwilling to do so. I was faced with some health challenges which did not allow me to produce the journal. I appreciate your patience and I am happy to be back online this month.

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June 21st

TO BE FAIR, WE NEED MORE EQUALITY

Jun
21
 By Jonathan Power

Poor vs Rich RacePlato, the great scholar of Ancient Greece, said that the differences between rich and poor should not exceed a ratio of one to four. In the eighteenth century the influential writer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who gave birth to the notion of the “Social Contract”, argued that the invention of private property and immoderate accumulation are the origins of great discord among peoples. He also was one of the first to advocate a return to democracy, a system of government that had got lost once the Greek empire declined. He saw the modest reforms of his era as “garlands of flowers along the chains of iron”. He died a decade before the French Revolution but was celebrated by its leaders.

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IS THERE PETROLEUM IN SEMLIKI VALLEY, UGANDA?

Jun
21
By Akena p'Ojok, former Minister of Transport in the Obote II government

Who says Presidents do not soliloquize? Dr. A. M. Obote was very good at it. When agonizing over the bad state of Uganda economy, he was often overheard saying, 'it is bad enough for a person to be poor, but for a country to be poor is a terrible thing!' He would then, almost instinctively ask any person nearest to him about 'this rumor about the smell of paraffin on Lake Albert, is this true? Could this indicate the presence of Petroleum deposit? If there is Petroleum nearby in Southern Sudan, why can't Uganda have a bit of it also?

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