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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.

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FGM in 2018: Should women be allowed to voluntarily practice it and ‘uphold tradition’?

A female Kenyan doctor is pushing for the lifting of the ban on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). She claims the ban is unconstitutional and discriminates against ‘national heritage’. Women’s rights activists are up in arms. The question that is raised is this: Is advocacy for women rights about allowing women to dictate their own choices, or does such advocacy extend to preventing those who wish to harm themselves from doing so?

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Liberia: President George Weah slashes salary by 25%

The applause that African leaders receive upon cutting their salaries raises questions on the expectations of citizens from leaders. Liberia’s President George Weah recently announced that his salary will be cut by 25%. The salary cut is however not the solution to fixing a broke Liberia but it is a strong gesture, which signals that the days of profligacy are numbered.