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AU—Yes 2012 for Africa goes to the AU

AU—Yes 2012 for Africa goes to the AU


Given all that we know and hear about Africa, success is not the first thing that comes to mind when penning about the African Union’s intervention in the continent’s conflicts.
But this year, under the continental body’s watchful eye, Kismayo in Somalia has fallen in …

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Corruption in Liberia: The State is not your Friend

Corruption in Liberia: The State is not your Friend

When commenting on an article about corruption in Liberia, a poster on my Facebook buddy’s wall alluded that the state is not always a friend as generally viewed, especially in the Western context. Certainly, as reported by the Liberian Daily Observer, recent corruption index research reveals that that the entire …

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South Africa Invokes Apartheid Law against the Striking Marikana Miners

South Africa Invokes Apartheid Law against the Striking Marikana Miners

What a bizarre turn of events! The Marikana miners’ case took yet another twist as media reports that all charges against the 270 South African miners arrested for murder following their clash with the South African police two weeks ago …

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Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Call it the century of African women! First, there was the Nobel winner Ma Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current president of Liberia. Then, there was the grassroots women’s rights activist Joyce Hilda Banda, who was sworn in April 2012 as the president of impoverished Malawi after the death of wa …

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The Limit of Clooney’s Satellite Spy Project in Sudan

The Limit of Clooney’s Satellite Spy Project in Sudan

The current fighting between North Sudan and South Sudan in the disputed border oil town of Heglig provides a litmus test on the success of actor George Clooney’s, goal of “deterring a return to full-scale civil war” between the two sides. Clooney has even recently met with President Obama to …

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Dear President Mugabe

Dear President Mugabe

What a pity that the people of Zimbabwe and the world made hoopla about your recent trip to Singapore, which turned out to be an ordinary trip for you to attend to your daughter’s post graduate studies in Hong Kong. But …

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Fact Checking Kony 2012: What NBC’s Fact-Finding Mission to Uganda Did Not Tell

Fact Checking Kony 2012: What NBC’s Fact-Finding Mission to Uganda Did Not Tell

Few days after its release, amid controversies, the 30-minute documentary about Ugandan’s warlord Joseph Kony, viewed by over 80 million on Youtube, went viral online. The NBC Nightly News’ reality check section announced that it was sending a team to Kony’s village in remote …

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Malema’s own Words Come Back to Haunt Him

Malema’s own Words Come Back to Haunt Him

Your own words can came back to haunt you. So learned South Africa’s Julius Malema, the controversial African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader expelled from the ANC for sowing disunity and bringing the ANC into disrepute last Wednesday. In …

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Ethnic Tensions Simmer in Namibia’s Presidential Succession Race

Ethnic Tensions Simmer in Namibia’s Presidential Succession Race

The simmering ethnic tensions between those who prefer a non-Oshiwambo speaking person to become the next president of Namibia after president Pohamba’s term expires in 2013, and those who view such a call as tribalism and against the country’s slogan of “One Namibia-one nation,” has reached another boiling point. The …

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Oprah’s Leadership Academy Girls Graduate in South Africa, but Are Boys Being Left Behind?

Oprah’s Leadership Academy Girls Graduate in South Africa, but Are Boys Being Left Behind?

Call it the O-effect. Passing with flying colors, seventy-two South African girls from disadvantaged backgrounds graduated from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (the academy’s first graduates) in South Africa this past Saturday. True to the old adage that to educate a woman is to educate a nation, …

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Southern Africa Year in Review: Democracy without Citizens?

Southern Africa Year in Review: Democracy without Citizens?

The year 2011 for Southern Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa in general, will probably be remembered for what did not happen in the light of the people-powered uprising and protests that swept across the globe.
In the Arab world, in particular …

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Election Watch: Liberia

Election Watch: Liberia


On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Liberians will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president from a pool of 16 aspiring presidential candidates, which includes the incumbent Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The election comes a few days after …

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African Union Rejects TNC and Instead Calls For an All-Inclusive Post-Ghadafi Era, But…

African Union Rejects TNC and Instead Calls For an All-Inclusive Post-Ghadafi Era, But…


Do I see a little bit of an irony here? Let’s do a count: how many of the current AU member countries have inclusive governments? How many of the current AU member governments came to power through coups? Until now,
the sad …

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The African Union’s Indifference on Libya

The African Union’s Indifference on Libya


Yes, you heard it right, the AU’s Peace and Security Council reportedly failed on Monday to agree on a common position on Libya. Instead the body has deferred the decision to a Friday meeting of the AU’s heads of states’ leadership …

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Wa Mutharika’s Undelivered Promise in Malawi

Wa Mutharika’s Undelivered Promise in Malawi

In April of this year, Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika delivered his state of the nation address, entitled “A Promise Delivered.” From what is currently happening in the country (which some observers liken to the ongoing uprising in the Arab world), …

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About the Author

Ndumba J. Kamwanyah
Ndumba J. Kamwanyah

Ndumba Jonnah Kamwanyah, a native of Namibia in Southern Africa, is an independent consultant providing trusted advice and capacity building through training, research, and social impact analysis to customers around the world. Mos recently Ndumba returned from a consulting assignment in Liberia in support of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
In his recent previous life Ndumba taught (as an Adjunct Professor) traditional justice and indigenous African political institutions in sub-Saharan Africa at the Rhode Island College-Anthropology Department.

He is very passionate about democracy development and peace-building, and considers himself as a street researcher interested in the politics of everyday life.
Twitter: NdumbaKamwanyah

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