11 April 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Nigerian Elections Off To A Strong Start

FULL DISCLOSURE: As someone who has been active in both advising on and overseeing elections in Africa and Nigeria, I have worked for several pro-democracy candidates in Nigeria, including President Goodluck Jonathan.
International observers have been understandably wary about the elections in Nigeria. In a country where political intimidation and violence have marred every election [...]

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04 August 2008 ~ 28 Comments

Malawians Twitter Where Cell Phones Are King

When I have worked in Africa it was clear that cell phones are the technology that more and more Africans have embraced beyond any other. In Nigeria there are 1.6 million land lines but well over 60 million cell phones. SMS Text messaging is growing across the continent. In Zimbabwe SMS was [...]

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01 August 2008 ~ 38 Comments

Botswana Launches Boycott of SADC Meeting if Mugabe Invited

In the absence of Zambia’s President Levy Mwanawasa, who suffered a stroke just prior to the recent African Union Meeting in Cairo, Botswana has step in and become the leading African nation standing up to Mugabe.
Announcing it will boycott the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) meeting if Mugabe is invited. This [...]

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31 July 2008 ~ 63 Comments

Mugabe Raises Possibility of Declaring “State of Emergency”

He said: “The country is under illegal and barbaric sanctions whose sole objective is “Kubvisa VaMugabe pachigaro” (removing Mugabe from power) regardless of the will and wishes of Zimbabweans.”
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In this report at Sokwanele of Mugabe’s rant, Gideon Gono (Mugabe’s Governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank) declared that he was committing his Monetary Statment “to God’s [...]

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28 July 2008 ~ 9 Comments

Diamonds Front Mugabe and Cronies

“Oryx Natural Resources (also known as Oryx Diamonds as well as other aliases), the company of Thamer Bin Saeed Ahmed Al-Shanfari, an Omani national with close ties to Mugabe and his top officials, is one of seventeen entities and one individual designated by the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control [...]

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27 July 2008 ~ 338 Comments

Let This Report Come True – Zimbabwe Elections in 18 Months — Mugabe Out

“The group will insist that the government be committed to freedom of the press and must hold fair elections within 18 months. The group will not release even a dollar to a government that includes anyone guilty either of gross corruption or human rights violations. ZANU-PF will be hard-pushed to find nine ministers who qualify.
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26 July 2008 ~ 5 Comments

Botswana Refuses to Recognize Mugabe

“The Botswana government has openly refused to recognise President Robert Mugabe as the true leader of Zimbabwe.”
“Botswana’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Phandu Skelemani, says there is currently no legal government in Zimbabwe but only leaders of different political parties seeking a political solution.”
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