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President Paul Kagame elected Chairperson of the African Union for 2018
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Politics and Society President Paul Kagame elected Chairperson of the African Union for 2018

President Paul Kagame was recently elected the new Chairperson of the African Union. In his acceptance speech President Kagame emphasised African unity and integration as fundamental elements for building Africa’s wealth. “Our people deserve a brighter future. Their sacrifice and hard work should be rewarded with better lives for families and communities,” President Kagame said.

7 prominent African political figures implicated in sleazy scandals
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Politics and Society 7 prominent African political figures implicated in sleazy scandals

Some African politicians are far from the epitome of morality and can be downright crass in their sexual behaviour. South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is feeling the heat after emails were leaked which allege extramarital affairs with several women. Let’s look at some of the more glaring public showcases of this on the continent.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary says removal of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi a tragedy
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Politics and Society Britain’s Foreign Secretary says removal of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi a tragedy

The invasion of Libya by the U.S., Britain and France has left Libya a breeding ground for terrorists. The country is in chaos and peace has been elusive. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said the removal of Col. Muammar Gaddafi from power has been a tragedy for Libyans.

French President Macron’s failed litmus test on Africa
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Politics and Society French President Macron’s failed litmus test on Africa

With the new rhetoric many Western leaders are throwing, the narrative surrounding colonialism will eventually be shaped according to what the colonisers say, and not according to the experiences of Africans, the victims of the crimes. When the legacies of colonialism are pinned down to roads and hospitals, what becomes of the painful experiences, and stories of Africans who still bear its brunt? The definition and yardstick of civilisation really needs to be revisited and contested.