All posts filed under: Africa

New Pension Benefit is a Misery to Retirees

Recently Tanzania through the Ministry of Labor, Youth, Employment and the Disabled, announced new Pension Benefit Code for retirees which will start operating in July 2022. Comment: Introduction of the new code is the result of agreement between the government, social security sector stakeholders including the Trade Union Confederation (TUCTA) and the Tanzania Employers’ Union […]

New President: Status Quo Remains in Somalia

Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on Thursday took the mantle of power for the second time, vowing to reconcile his country’s divided political groups, as well as relations with neighbours following years of bickering. Mr. Mohamud, who took over from Mr. Mohamed Farmaajo, said his country will remain neutral in the international space, while befriending […]

Oppressive Regimes and Corrupt Media Entwined in a Vicious Circle of Tyranny

Ethiopian authorities have detained at least 19 journalists over the last week in what activists said was a “shocking and unprecedented” new crackdown on the press and independent media organisations. The latest wave of arrests began on May 19 when authorities detained at least 11 journalists and media workers in Amhara region and in the […]

In Russian-Ukraine War: Africa Should Stand with None

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine seems to divide Africa as which party should Africa support and why? Many of the African leaders have decided to remain neutral while few have openly showed their side. Despite countries stances, the African Union (AU) condemned Moscow’s invasion and called for an “immediate ceasefire.” President Macky Sall […]

Views on the News 15/04/2022

Headlines: • Britain Plans to Send Migrants to Rwanda under Tougher Asylum Policy • Pakistan to Seek Deepening of ‘Important’ Ties with US • Pakistan to Name Miftah Ismail as Finance Chief before IMF Talks Britain Plans to Send Migrants to Rwanda Under Tougher Asylum Policy Britain could send tens of thousands of asylum seekers […]

Kenya’s Debt Crisis: Politicians Exchange Swords and Deceit from Addressing the Elephant in the Room (Capitalism)

Kenya is Sh1 trillion shy of hitting the Sh9.1 trillion debt ceiling. The latest National Treasury debt registry shows the country’s gross public debt stood at Sh8.2 trillion by last December. Total external loan was Sh4.174 trillion with multilateral loans standing at Sh1.782 trillion, commercial Sh1.208 trillion and bilateral Sh1.17 trillion. Kenya might have to […]

The Khilafah Will Protect Women Against Violence Not Enactment of Secular Laws

American President Joe Biden on Wednesday, 9 February 2022 issued a statement entitled, “Statement by President Biden on the Introduction of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022.” He ended his statement by saying that, “Combatting domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking should not be a Democratic issue or Republican issue. […]

Russia is in a hurry to curry favor with the United States. This time on the African continent

In the capital of Mali, Bamako, hundreds of citizens held a protest action demanding the withdrawal of the French military contingent from the territory of the country. Demonstrators gathered near the Africa Tower, one of the symbols of Bamako, and chanted slogans demanding the withdrawal from the country of French troops stationed in Mali since […]

International News Review 29/01/2022

Details: Ukraine President Accuses America of Exaggerating Crisis Coup in Burkina Faso Ukraine President Accuses America of Exaggerating Crisis America continues to intensify tensions over Ukraine. The top American military official, General Mark Milley, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned in a press conference on Friday that Russia “has […]

Administrative Corruption: A Natural Product of a Secular Liberal Creed

Presidential aspirants Raila Odinga of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) are roaming the country in the 2022 election campaigns with both promising the electorates: stemming out corruption! Addressing 500 delegates in Turkana Odinga said: “The biggest problem affecting Kenya is corruption. People have embezzled public funds. When they […]

Views on the News 22/12/2021

Headlines: Pakistan Running out of Gas Trouble in the Balkans Libya’s Elections Postponed? Pakistan Running out of Gas Pakistan faces a severe shortage of gas this coming winter and the government is already rolling out its excuses. Chaudary Fawad Hussain, Pakistan’s erstwhile information minister bleats that Pakistan is fast depleting its gas reserves which are […]

Views on the News 15/12/2021

Headlines: Tunisian President Extends Suspension Ann San Sui Kui Given Sentence Virtual Conference to Save Democracy Tunisian President Extends Suspension Tunisian President Kais has revealed the extension of the suspension of the country’s parliament, announcing that a referendum on constitutional reform will be held in July 2022, followed by parliamentary elections in December. In a speech […]

Diamonds in Africa: A Story of Capitalism and its Endless Greed PART 2: The Ineffectiveness of the International Solutions

The Kimberley Process is an inter-governmental initiative, which started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa. The multi-stakeholder meeting between governments, the industry and NGOs aimed to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies who […]

Fuliza M-Pesa, A Continuous Flowing of Riba

Kenyans borrowed Sh1.32 billion daily from Safaricom’s overdraft facility Fuliza between April and September this year, underlining increasing reliance on loans for household use. This was revealed by Safaricom on Wednesday, which posted a Sh37.055 billion net profit for the half year to September 30 boosted by higher M-Pesa revenue. Safaricom’s financial results show that […]

Diamonds in Africa: A Story of Capitalism and its Endless Greed PART 1: The situation is a legacy of Colonialist dominance

The subject of Blood Diamonds garnered international attention at the beginning of the 21st century, following the civil wars in African countries like Angola and Sierra Leone. However, the fact that this was the time when people started to pay attention doesn’t mean that it’s when the problems in Africa started- nor does it mean […]

Views on the News 24/11/2021

Headlines: • Déjà vu Sudan • Pakistan Turns to IMF Again • New Bill to Remove British Citizenship Déjà vu Sudan After being removed in a coup a month ago Abdalla Hamdok has reinstated by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan after signing a political agreement. Twelve cabinet ministers submitted their resignation in protest against the political […]