The Long Road to Power: Emmerson Mnangagwa

The events of 2014 and ZANU-PF power struggles would not surprise any political scholar because they mirror what transpired in 2004 when now Vice President Mnangagwa was sidelined for becoming too ambitious More »

Staying Alive While Black in America

A few days ago, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to convict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many young black men are shot dead daily either from white brutality or police brutality and the statistics are staggering More »

Game Changer: Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson has made history. 25 year old Alia is the first black woman to win a World Swimming Title. Alia broke the record at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds for the 100m breaststroke. This is Jamaica’s first-ever gold at the World Short Course Championships. More »

VP Mujuru Statement on Coup Plot in Zimbabwe

PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE HONOURABLE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, AND SECOND SECRETARY OF THE RULING PARTY, ZANU PF HONOURABLE DR. JOICE TEURAI ROPA MUJURU, TO THE CITIZENS OF ZIMBABWE. More »

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Internationally acclaimed Professor of Physics Francisca Okeke, African Sushi in Japan and Thrill seekers at Victoria Falls. More »

 

The Long Road to Power: Emmerson Mnangagwa

emmerson mnangagwaDespite Mugabe circumventing his own party’s constitution, Mnangagwa who was recently chosen as Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe will most likely succeed Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa will have a taste of the Presidency for at least a month as Mugabe goes on leave until January 2015.

The Long Road to Power

The events of 2014 and ZANU-PF power struggles would not surprise any political scholar because they mirror what transpired in 2004 when now Vice President Mnangagwa was sidelined for becoming too ambitious. In 2004 Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies including Jonathan Moyo were sidelined in ZANU-PF and government after the famous Tsholotsho Indaba (meeting). At this meeting and several other meetings Mnangagwa and his allies (including the now deceased Elliott Manyika) ambitiously plotted how to make Mnangagwa Vice President of the party and the state. Mnangagwa and his allies made the mistake of having too much ambition too early and clearly learned their lesson.

In 2004, the Mujuru faction benefited from a proposal by the Women’s League led by Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe to reserve the Vice Presidency for a woman. From that proposal, Joice Mujuru quickly emerged as the best candidate. However, she would not be a sure sell to the delegates who were responsible for electing the Vice Secretary. So the Mujuru faction led by the late General Solomon Mujuru prompted Mugabe to change the rules so that their candidate Joice would be elected. Due to Mnangagwa’s folly former VP Mujuru ascended to the Vice Presidency at his expense. Mugabe eagerly agreed with the Women’s league because he felt Mnangagwa was too ambitiously seeking the second highest office (just like VP Mujuru in 2014). The Tsholotsho Declaration as it came to be known was formulated under the premise that:-

  • all the country’s four major ethnic groups, Karanga, Manyika, Zezuru and Ndebele be represented in the presidium;
  • the position of president should not be monopolised by one ethnic group, but rotate among the four major ethnic groupings;
    that the filling of positions in the presidium should not be by imposition by the party hierarchy, but through democratic elections done by secret balloting; and
  • such positions must be filled in accordance with the party constitution.

This declaration was devised to give Mnangagwa a greater chance and decrease Mujuru’s chances since she was zezuru and Mugabe was already representing the zezuru. However, the Women’s league pressured Mugabe to appoint a female Vice President to increase their representation. There is nothing new under the sun, especially in ZANU-PF. Nothing about the events in 2014 would surprise anyone who has been in ZANU-PF long enough.

The recently appointed Vice President of Zimbabwe was born 15 September 1946. He attained a Law degree from the University of Zambia.

 

Game Changer: Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson has made history. 25 year old Alia is the first black woman to win a World Swimming Title. Alia broke the record at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds for the 100m breaststroke. This is Jamaica’s first-ever gold at the World Short Course Championships.

“I couldn’t believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that. “I just thought ‘oh okay’ and looked up at the board and it didn’t really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!”

Alia Atkinson competed in both the 2004 and the 2008 Olympics where she finished 25th in the Women’s 200 breaststroke. Alia also competed in the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. She carried the flag for Jamaica at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

 

Staying Alive While Black in America

michael brown ferguson parentsA few days ago, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to convict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many young black men are shot dead daily either from white brutality or police brutality and the statistics are staggering. It is a fact that there are few black men who actually kill cops and yet police are threatened by the young black man. It begs the question, why are the cops killing young black men in the thousands?

In the history of America, many young white males liked killing black people as they travelled along the motorways. This practice was known as lynching, where vigilante mobs acted as the judge, jury and highway patrolmen of public roads they didn’t own. As the light began to shine on these cowardly clandestine activities and organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center began demanding prosecution of these perpetrators their activities slowed down. The passage of the Civil Rights Act elevated the rights of minorities and helped to end brutality against blacks and other minorities.

ferguson-mo-2During the Reagan era, police departments began to readily recruit former vigilantes as policemen. Using cleverly coded language that appealed to Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members and practicing terrorists to apply for cop jobs. The regular law abiding cops who respected the law were labelled soft on crime and replaced with these vigilantes. Over the decades young white men who would have been vigilantes joined the police force and are responsible for a lot of police brutality. Killing a young black is a prize for them; if they could they would kill all black people in America. Cops are rarely ever prosecuted for murdering young black men. While this may not seem fair, it is the story of America and white people are more equal than minorities.

Given this background young black men MUST stay alive by:

  1. Obey every police officer’s instruction at all costs because a live dog is better than a dead lion.
  2. Stay calm when provoked, practice this at home if need be.
  3. Study passive resistance tactics it kept thousands alive during the civil rights era.
  4. Realize that as a black person, particularly you are lower in hierarchy in the eyes of the cops and society in general.
  5. Turn your phone video recorder on when approached by a policeman.
  6. Make a mental note of the officer’s name.
  7. Make sure your car registration and identity information are up to date.
  8. Make sure that your license is up to date if you have moved.
  9. Make sure your car insurance is up to date.
  10. Tell the cop of every move before you make it, for example, “I am opening the glove compartment to get my registration, so that the policeman doesn’t feel threatened.

 

There are some young black people who believe that Martin Luther King was weak because he advocated peaceful resistance. The reality is that he kept millions of black people alive. The militarized police force would have loved nothing better than to test their ammunition on some black people and their white sympathizers.

Ronald Reagan who supported apartheid policies in South Africa cemented his legacy this way by creating the idea that blacks perpetrated crimes and built bigger prisons and privatized prison to give his friends contracts. These prisons made money when they were full and the incentive was to get as many black youth into prison so that they could get paid.

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AFRICAN SUSHI LINKS LESOTHO AND JAPAN

lesotho mapLesotho and Japan are now being linked by an unlikely dish: trout. Thanks to Highlands Trout, and their operation 2,200m above sea level in the Maluti Mountains, supermarket shoppers in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo can now get their seafood fix from the landlocked African nation.

“Lesotho provide(s) ideal, pristine environmental conditions for the farming of large trout,” explains Fred Formanek, managing partner of Advance Africa Management Services, who has developed the Highlands Trout project since 2009. “Water temperatures are close to ideal [for trout] for most of the year due to the altitude.”

Production started in 2012 with a haul of 500 tonnes of trout in the first year. During the current financial year, the company aims to produce three-times that amount. Read more at CNN.com

THRILL SEEKERS AT THE VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Spray from Victoria Falls hits the faces of tourists and locals as they look down at Africa’s most famous waterfall. The water acts as a wake-up call, but this spectacular sight is no dream.

Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, tourists from all over the world arrive to witness the natural wonder. In 2013 alone, over 1.8 million people came to Zimbabwe on holiday according to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

That number may sound impressive, but tourism authorities say 2014 will be an even stronger year for the industry. “Zimbabwe is pumping when it comes to tourism,” says Barbara Murasiranwa from Zimbabwe’s Tourism Council. “We’ve picked up, gotten back to… where we were in 1999, and we are even surpassing the figures for 1999.” Read more at CNN.com