The European Union parliament has passed a resolution that calls on Uganda and Tanzania to halt their oil and gas projects, stating that the immense risk to the surrounding communities and further contribution to worsening climate change is not worth it. While their sentiments are true and well documented, the state of their own failures in tackling climate change or curbing fossil fuel emissions brings their interference into question.
The lack of a system to support youth development is just one reason why Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have produced few top footballers.
In Tanzania large corporations have entered the lands of the Maasai people to mine rubies and tanzanite. The Maasai can neither assert their rights to the land nor benefit from the mining of these precious resources.
Just over 100 years ago, Maasai in Kenya were moved into reserves, where they could be more easily taxed and controlled, to make way for white settlement.
The Maasai Indigenous community in Loliondo, in Tanzania’s northern district of Ngorongoro are being violently uprooted from their ancestral land by Tanzanian authorities.
The silent and deadly trade is one of the most lucrative and harmful forms of human trafficking.
President Samia Hassan has set Tanzania on a change of course – time will tell if the pattern holds and addresses the country’s challenges.
President Samia Hassan may have been an ‘accidental president’ but Tanzania’s leader has set out to showcase her own political strategy.
On March 23 in 1942, Guyanese historian and Pan-African Marxist revolutionary Dr. Walter Rodney was born, he would have turned 80 this year. Rodney was assassinated in 1980. His image, voice, and canonical works will continue to be a testament and witness to the yearning of the human condition for freedom and redemption.