Written by Alemayehu G. Mariam
02 February 2011
What happens to Africa after the mud walls of dictatorship come tumbling down and the palaces of illusion behind those walls vanish? Will Africa be like Humpty Dumpty who “had a great fall” and could not be put back together by “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men”? What happens to the dictators?
When the people begin to beat their drums and circle the mud walls, Africa’s dictators will pack their bags and fly off like bats out of hell. Some will go to Dictators’ Heaven in Saudi Arabia where they will be received with open arms and kisses on the cheeks (Ben Ali of Tunisia, Idi Amin of Uganda, Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan found sanctuary in Saudi Arabia, as will Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan and soon.) Others will hide out in the backyards of their brother dictators (Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia has been holed up in Zimbabwe for the last 20 years; Hissen Habre of Chad remains a fugitive from justice sheltered in Senegal; Mohammed Siad Barre of Somalia lived out his last days in Nigeria as did Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko in Morocco). The rest will fade away into the sunset to quietly enjoy their stolen millions. But few will meet the fate of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Republic (CAR) who found sanctuary in France only to return to CAR, face trial and be convicted of murder; or Charles Taylor of Liberia who found refuge in Nigeria before he was handed over to the International Criminal Court and is now standing trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Written by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko
30 January 2011
After reading Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s 1,940-word article, “PRESIDENT ATTA-MILLS IS RIGHT ON COTE D’IVOIRE”, I summed up my impression in this wall-posting on my Facebook: “Poor Spio-Garbrah, he manufactures his own version of the NPP stance on La Cote d'Ivoire, damns it and uses it as a basis to spio himself back into Millsian relevance. It must be cold out there - opposition while in government must be hell!”
Dr Spio-Garbrah wrote in his article published on Thursday, 27 January: “The same New Patriotic Party (NPP), which in the 1960s called for a ‘constructive engagement’ with Apartheid South Africa, today calls for war on our neighbour Cote d'Ivoire to resolve a simple internal electoral dispute. Such a reckless gun-toting policy of the NPP will not be faithful to the Ghana Constitution or be keeping with either the theory or practice of international relations.”
Written by Anonymous
30 January 2011
I have the honour to convey my compliments and to request your indulgence to spare some of your valuable time to consider the humble suggestions relating to Côte d’Ivoire as contained in this letter.
Understandably, the efforts of the AU and ECOWAS to resolve the current Ivorian political crisis have focused on settling the issue of who should assume the Presidency of the country. read more >>>
Written by danquahinstitute.org
29 January 2011
Jan 28, 2011, PANA-- The African Union (AU) has unveiled plans for a single standardised SIM card for all African mobile phone operators in an effort to save millions of subscribers the extra cost and register the dot African domain name, senior officials said on Thursday.
AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Elham Ibrahim, said a study on the introduction of a single African SIM card has been underway and ‘is expected to be completed within a month’.
The Commission would then hold a validation workshop with the key industry players in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to agree on the technical details needed to have the mobile phone operators accept the use of a single African SIM card, which it hopes would reduce the cost of roaming phone services.
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