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NEWLY-ELECTED KENYAN LEADER ENDS VOTING BY TRIBE, ANALYSTS SAYAug. 22, 2022 (GIN) - Is the two party system a thing of t...


Aug. 22, 2022 (GIN) - Is the two party system a thing of the past? Low voter turnout in the U.S. seems to reflect disenchantment with a single choice between Democrat and Republican. Kenya is no

This month, Kenyans tossed the traditional toss-up between the Luo and Kikuyu ethnic groups to choose William Samoei Ruto, a Kalenjin. His party, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and its allies, took the political experts by surprise when he easily won all nine governorships of Mount Kenya - once considered a sure bet for a Luo.

Raila Odinga, son of a prominent Luo figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence, was making his fifth attempt at the presidency and was expected to sweep in the Luo region. Support from the outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to put him over the top.

Meanwhile, “Ruto went to the remotest villages of Mount Kenya and talked to the lowest of market vendors,” said Peter Kagwanja who campaigned for Odinga and is head of the Africa Policy Institute, a think-tank in Nairobi. “He took a strong populist approach and his populism won.”

Margaret Njeri Mubuu, an elderly activist in the Kikuyu community, explained that she abandoned the party for its elitism to vote for Ruto. Meeting him at a campaign stop, she asked for help thwarting plans by the National Land Commission to evict villagers from their ancestral lands.

"The government that you voted for is not a government of breaching the law,” Ruto replied. “No one will be evicted forcefully so long as you have the ownership documents.”

“(Kenyatta) ignored the region, people were just fed up,” said Justin Muturi, speaker of the National Assembly for Mount Kenya. “People resonated with Ruto’s down-to-earth approach and economic message and concerns of the people. It has nothing to do with being Kikuyu or not anymore.”

Elected member of parliament from the UDA, Gabriel Kagombe, offered this explanation: “People no longer vote on an ethnic basis… Ruto said this nonsense of people voting on a tribal basis, having no other consideration than tribe, must come to an end,” he told the Guardian UK.

“Ruto has managed to kill tribalism in this country,” Kagombe said. “It’s the dawn of a new era.”

Ruto’s stump speech included vows to invest in agriculture which resonated among farmers in Mount Kenya facing higher food and fertilizer prices.

Although now a wealthy man, the 55 year old Ruto stresses his early roots as a roadside food vendor selling local chicken to passing truck drivers. He walked long distances to school, shoeless, knocking his toes on rocks and leaving bloody toenails behind. But that was his past.

Many admire the politician able to go from being a hustler to a millionaire with an estimated net worth of over 41 billion Kenyan shillings (US$333,899) and is ranked among the top 10 richest people in Kenya.

Meanwhile, Kenyan president-elect Ruto says that if there’s a court challenge to the election results, “we will engage in those” as East Africa's most stable democracy awaits a likely petition from losing candidate Raila Odinga. w/pix of W. Ruto



Aug. 22, 2022 (GIN) - Government forces say they have put down a siege at the popular Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu that began Friday and has reportedly left over 20 casualties. It is the largest siege in the country since Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected president in May.

The Hayat is an upscale hotel frequented by government officials, elders and people from the diaspora community. The director of Mogadishu’s main trauma hospital, Mohamed Abdirahman Jama, said the facility was treating at least 40 people wounded in the hotel attack and a separate mortar strike on another area of the capital.

The founder and current chair of the Union for Peace and Development Party, President Sheikh Mohamud was previously a university professor and dean and was named in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The weekend attack comes as Somali forces have stepped up operations against al-Shabab, and as Somalia’s President Mohamud has promised to eliminate the armed group. The al-Shabab leadership has also promised to topple Mohamud’s government.

Earlier this week, the United States announced that its forces had killed 13 al-Shabab fighters in an air raid in the central-southern part of the country as the group was attacking Somali forces.
The US has carried out several air raids on the group’s fighters in recent weeks.

Last May, President Biden signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia — largely reversing the decision by President Donald J. Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

In addition, Mr. Biden approved a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of Al Shabab, the Somali terrorist group that is affiliated with Al Qaeda, three of the officials said.

The decisions by Mr. Biden, described to Washington Post reporters on the condition of anonymity, will revive an open-ended American counterterrorism operation that has amounted to a slow-burn war through three administrations. The move stands in contrast to his decision last year to pull American forces from Afghanistan, saying that “it is time to end the forever war.” w/pix of Somali branch of Al-Shabab

SOMALI’S SHAKESPEARE PASSES AFTER A LONG ILLNESSAug. 22, 2022 (GIN) - Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, better known by his pen n...


Aug. 22, 2022 (GIN) - Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, better known by his pen name, Hadrawi, has passed away in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa, after a long illness, according to family members. He was 79.

“We have lost an icon in Somali literature," Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said. "A man whom we will remember for his role in peace-building and conflict resolution, building the mindset of many Somalis through his wisdom and poems for the betterment and the unity of Somalis.

“I console all Somali people and his family for his departure."

Called “the Shakespeare of Somalia,” Warsame battled illness for years that left him hospitalized.

Born in Burao, the capital of the Toghdeer region in British Somaliland, to a nomadic camel-herding family, Hadrawi graduated in literature and education at the Somali University in Mogadishu in the early 1970s, shortly after Somalia declared independence.

He grew up in the Yemeni port city of Aden where he lived with his uncle. Here he became known for his vivid imagination and storytelling, earning him the nickname “Hadrawi”.

His work, which numbers over 200 poems, cut across political, clan and economic classes.

“Without poetry, we would not exist as a society. It can rouse thousands of people in a minute and demobilize thousands in a minute. As the stomach needs food, so the brain needs beautiful words,” Hadraawi once said.

As an influential commentator, his protest poems and plays against the military junta led by former dictator Siad Barre led to his imprisonment in the notorious Qansah Dheere for five years in the mid-1970s.

Upon release, he fled to Ethiopia where he joined the Somali National Movement (SNM) and continued writing revolutionary poems. He refused to seek asylum in the United Kingdom and returned to his homeland to singlehandedly lead a march (known as the “Hadraawi Peace March”) appealing for peace and an end to all animosities.

One of his most famous poems, Hooyo‘, which means mother, is an ode to Somali women and their societal role.

His most extensive work, an 800-verse poem titled Daba Huwan, which translates as “cloaked in black,” chronicles the hardships endured by the millions of Somalis forced to flee their homeland and settle abroad, which he experienced when he escaped Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s. w/pix of “Hadrawi”

SON OF GOODWILL ZWELITHINI ASCENDS TO ZULU ROYAL THRONE Aug. 22, 2022 (GIN) – In the traditional ceremonies of the Zulu ...


Aug. 22, 2022 (GIN) – In the traditional ceremonies of the Zulu people, Misuzulu Zulu, 47, was crowned the new king of the country’s richest and most influential traditional monarchy.

Thousands of people gathered at the Zulu royal palace in South Africa to witness the ceremony.

Misuzulu Zulu ascended to the throne once held by his late father, Goodwill Zwelithini. The ceremonies were partially overshadowed by a bitter succession dispute.

Attired in a traditional leopard skin and a necklace of predator claws, the new leader promised to unite the Zulu nation..

Although the title of king does not bestow executive power, the monarchs wield great moral influence over more than 11 million Zulus, who make up nearly a fifth of South Africa's population.

Earlier, Misuzulu had entered the palace's "cattle kraal" where he took part in a secret rite designed to present the new monarch to his ancestors.

Royal minstrels sang the praises of the new king and told the story of his legendary ancestors.

Suddenly, the king emerged before the crowd dressed in black feathers cinched at the waist by a belt, a spear and holding a shield. He joined a line of warriors who swore loyalty to their new leader.

Zulu kings are descendants of King Shaka, the 19th-century leader who united the Zulu nation and led bloody battles against the British colonizers.

Since the death of King Zwelithini and his third wife, legal challenges cropped up backing one or another of the king’s six wives 28 children.

An effort to stop all rituals was denied by a Pietermaritzburg court.

The next Zulu monarch will inherit a fortune – including millions from the government and 74 million acres of land.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who in March recognized Misuzulu as the rightful king, is to formally certify the crowning at a ceremony in the coming months.

GHANAIANS TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER INTOLERABLE LIVING COSTSJuly 4, 2022 (GIN) - “Mr. President, where is our money? The ...


July 4, 2022 (GIN) - “Mr. President, where is our money? The high cost of living will kill us.”

Those were the cries that filled the streets of Accra as the usually peaceful people of Ghana could no longer stop their anger and frustration over intolerable living costs, record inflation, and misleading information about the economy shared by the government.

Over the past week, hundreds of Ghanaians clashed with police and denounced their government’s inaction on the crisis.

Authorities are now searching for the protest leaders although it’s an open question as to whether police or protestors started the violence.

A group calling itself Arise Ghana () appeared to be leading the demonstrations, supported by members of the political opposition, the young and old and the unemployed as well as such figures as Sammy Gyamfi, National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress, and economist and development officer Bernard Anbataayela Mornah.

“We call on the Ministry of Finance to scrap the obnoxious electronic transaction fee that is imposing more hardship on the people of Ghana, syphoning their capital and above all confiscating our savings,” Mornah said.

According to Arise, inflation is running at over 20% in Ghana and a third of people under 30 are unemployed.

Government also infuriated Ghanaians when, in about-face, it reached out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout after pledging not to do so. Gyamfi called it “pathetic and ridiculous, particularly so given the negative commentary that President Akufo-Addo, his Vice, Alhaji Bawumia and other leading figure of the NPP made about IMF programs in time past.”

Protestors are also raising the issue of the Achimota Forest Reserve in Accra. The Ghanaian government has sold some 361 acres of “peripheral lands” from the reserve, citizens have learned, handing it over to the Owoo family, from whom the existing reserve land had been purchased in the 1920s.

“The 495 [hectare] Achimota Forest Reserve,” wrote GhanaWeb columnist Philip Kyeremanteng, “has over the years lost more than 150 [hectares]to urban infrastructure development and illegal encroachment.”

These concerns combined with delays in infrastructure projects and public fights over high-cost ventures like the new national cathedral are putting the government on the defensive.

Social media such as Instagram and Twitter is carrying most of the reporting while the BBC is carrying reports in pidgin, a widely understood idiom.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah pushed back at critics during his own press conference as protestors gathered for another demonstration.

“There’s an obvious attempt to create instability in our country at this time and we don’t need to mince words about it… We have people attacking the police in this manner. Can you imagine what would have happened if indeed some of these things were allowed to continue through the night?”

In its own tweets, the police service pushed back against the claims: “What a shame, we were there to protect you and ensure your safety, but you throw stones at us, injure and hurt us.” They added that video footage of the demonstration is being reviewed.



July 4, 2022 (GIN) - As members of the Pan-African Parliament hotly disputed the election of senator and chief Fortune Charumbira as their next president, a familiar figure could have turned the exercise upside down.

The familiar figure was ex-President Robert Mugabe. Charumbia, an unapologetic Mugabe supporter, once faced censure from Zimbabwe’s High Court which ruled that his comments publicly supporting Mugabe’s Zanu PF party were unconstitutional as chiefs are required to be neutral.

The Election Resource Centre also ordered Charumbira to be censured for comments that could “undermine the rule of law.”

“If left to fester, this has the potential to destroy the rule of law and constitutional supremacy in Zimbabwe,” the ERC wrote. “The Minister of Local Government and all electoral stakeholders must resist the temptation to exempt the conduct of Chief Charumbira from necessary scrutiny on his conduct.”

He was subsequently instructed to retract his comment.

When two African leaders dropped their support for Charumbira for candidates from their own region, some speculated that the Mugabe acolyte could have estranged the Europeans, leading them to threaten needed support or continuing sanctions.

Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of South Africa, did not mince words, daring funders who could have been aggrieved by Charumbira’s election to “go to hell with their money”.

Last year, violent scenes from the parliament, based in Midrand, Johannesberg, were beamed across the world after Malema and then Zimbabwean Pan-African parliamentarian Barbara Rwodzi disrupted the presidential election proceedings, insisting that Charumbira of the Southern caucus must be given a chance.

But this time, before anyone got a black eye, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, appeared and gave the MPs a stern lecture.

Faki defended the selection of Parliament heads based on a system of rotation to avoid another debacle and to salvage the reputation of the Pan-African Parliament and that of the continent, as last year’s aborted elections “… have tarnished the image of this institution and that of the entire continent.

“The unbearable scenes projected on TV and social media, which were seen by Africans, belittled the parliament. It was a disgrace for the continent,” he said.

His lecture succeeded. South Sudan withdrew its candidate and Chief Charumbira was elected unopposed.


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