Wednesday, 30 April 2008


Happy Birth day to Tobrice my Editor
The new Deputy High commissioner -Tanzania High Commission London

Meet Billy , The Guitarist and Drummer of the former themushrooms of Kenya ,He has been performing at Club Afrique in London

Dr Ife of Africa For Labour gulvanising support for Labour as the May 1 elections approach
Photos: Ayoub MZEE

The London Version of Askari Monument

Dear Friends,
After nine months Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, our dear friend and colleague, is still missing, and there is silence from the government and the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). But the grassroots in Haiti are still clamouring for Lovinsky’s return and urging us to intensify international efforts. The International Day of Action in Solidarity with the People of Haiti on 29 February held in over 60 cities worldwide was a great success. See for photos and report.
We are calling for EVERY WEDNESDAY to be a Day of Action for Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. We ask everyone concerned to please keep up the pressure by writing/faxing/emailing the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your area every Wednesday. (See model letter below and address.)
And of course you can join our Vigil in front of the Brazilian Embassy in London , 5-6pm, 32 Green Street W1 (near Marble Arch tube). As Brazil heads the UN forces in Haiti , they must be held to account for what happens there.
Please include copies of Amnesty International’s reports on Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine and on his close colleague Wilson Mésilién, who has co-ordinated Fondasyon Trant Septanm in Lovinsky’s absence but has been forced underground with his family after receiving death threats .
Recently a man from the trade section of the Brazilian Embassy in London casually told the Vigil that Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine had been killed but his body had not been found. We were shocked and we have asked the Ambassador in writing and by phone for any information they may have . We have met a stony wall of silence . Lovinsky’s organisation firmly believes that he is still alive and that rumours are being used to discourage his supporters.
Clearly Brazil wants to wash its hands of this matter despite its prominent role in Haiti . They have suggested we approach the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and ask them to put resources into reconstructing Haiti to prevent such things from happening again . Not a word on what they are prepared to do to find Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. Others have said the Embassy has no information, that “it’s not up to them, they are just doing their job”. We refuse to accept this uncaring and dismissive response.
An enormous debt is owed to the Haitian people whose 1804 revolution defeated imperialism and abolished slavery, opening the way for liberation movements everywhere. Haiti has paid a high price for its victory with every kind of intervention: France imposed a crippling debt forcing Haiti to pay for its loss of slave labour and the cost to France of the Haitian Revolution, the US followed with a succession of coups, invasions and dictators. They killed thousands of people and forced many more into exile. A tiny elite has profited from sweatshops which exploit a population reduced to abject poverty, and from the destruction of agriculture to make way for US rice and other subsidised produce. With recent food price increases many now face starvation.
But the people of Haiti have never given up. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, beloved father, community organiser and member of Aristide’s Lavalas movement, represents their revolutionary courage and resilience. We must get him back.
Letters can also be sent to: the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti , the US Embassy in Haiti , and President René Préval . See address list below.
For more information:; To sign the petition
Model Letter
His Excellency Ambassador Carols Augusto R Santos-Neves
Brazilian Embassy32 Green St , London WC1
Fax: 020 7399 9100
Re: Disappearance of human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine in Haiti
I am deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Mr Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, the human rights activist kidnapped on 12 August after meeting with a US human rights delegation visiting Haiti . His wife and children, many friends and colleagues, and concerned people around the world, have been doing all they can to ensure his safe return .
Amnesty International has issued urgent reports for Mr Pierre-Antoine and his close colleague, Mr Wilson Mésilien who has been co-ordinating Fondasyon Trant Septanm (30 September Foundation) in Mr Pierre-Antoine’s absence . Mr Mésilien has received death threats and narrowly escaped abduction in November . I enclose Amnesty’s report .
I am writing to you because Brazil heads the UN forces in Haiti and thus has committed itself to maintaining law and order there . I urgently request that you do everything in your power to ensure that your government is taking every possible step to bring about Mr . Pierre-Antoine’s safe return to his family and community . Given that your government is widely credited by the media with tackling gangs and restoring law and order in Haiti , it seems right and appropriate that you would want to prioritise finding a disappeared human rights activist .
Mr Pierre-Antoine is loved and respected by many, and is committed to the cause of those who have least . He is founder of the Fondasyon Trant Septanm, which advocates for victims of the 1991 and 2004 coups d'états against Jean-Bertrand Aristide; and co-founder of Fondasyon Kore Timoun Yo for street children in Port-au- Prince, and FAM, a centre for teenage mothers .
Mr . Pierre-Antoine is important to people all over the world who care about Haiti, and acknowledge our enormous debt to the Haitian people who did the unthinkable . They overthrew their slave masters and the most powerful empire of the time, giving us the first victory in the struggle to end slavery in the Americas . Their victory strengthened everyone resisting exploitation and injustice, and directly aided the movement to liberate Latin America . The world has largely ignored this enormous contribution . But we would expect Brazil , whose population is in the majority people of colour, many the descendents of those who also underwent and overthrew slavery in that country, to do its utmost to protect a Haitian defender of justice .
In response to calls from Haitian people, fasts and vigils for Mr Pierre-Antoine’s release have been held at Guyana ’s headquarters of CARI COM, the Cari bbean Community Secretariat, and in cities in Spain , the US and the UK . Prayers and services for Mr Pierre-Antoine are being held in UK churches . An internet petition has been signed by over 1,800 people, including many prominent individuals, and an Early Day Mo tion in the UK Parliament is calling for Mr Pierre Antoine’s release . Pax Christi International and others have joined our call for action .
We are disappointed that you have so far not responded with urgency and compassion to Mr Pierre-Antoine’s disappearance, but have instead distanced yourself from responsibility for these events in Haiti . Please let us hear from you as matter of urgency what steps your government is taking to ensure your UN forces and other authorities investigate this case with the zealousness it deserves .
President Préval, Palais NationalPort-au-Prince, HaïtiTel: 011-509-245-0474
Fax: (206) 350-7986 (a U . S . number) Email:
(This is fax and email of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti , they will ensure a copy of your setter is delivered to President Préval)
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)Tel: 011-509-244-0650/0660FAX: 011-509-244-9366/67Or Fax: Office of Secretary General ( New York ): 212-963-4879United States EmbassyPort-au-Prince , Haiti

His Excellency Ambassador Carols Augusto R Santos-Neves
Brazilian Embassy32 Green St , London WC1
Fax: 020 7399 9100

Dear all,
We all carry mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today! Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest . ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.

Eritrean troops cross the Djibouti border

The Government of Djibouti made its first public pronouncement about its dispute with Eritrea on Tuesday, when Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said that Eritrean troops had crossed the border at Ras Doumeira in the Obock region in the north of the country. He said they had set up camps and dug trenches as well started to carry out civil engineering works. Reports suggest that some 3,000 Eritrean troops, equipped with heavy weapons, moved into Djibouti territory on the night of April 16-17. The Eritrean forces are said to be occupying much of the hill of Doumeira, most of which lies in Djiboutian territory; other troops remain between Raheyta and Doumeira. It has also been suggested that Eritrean naval speed boats have appeared off the coast.

Following reconnaissance by Djibouti armed forces, a series of diplomatic contacts were made, culminating in a telephone conversation between the Heads of State of Eritrea and Djibouti. They had agreed to a meeting today, Thursday, of the military authorities on both sides to look at border claims. If they could not reach any agreement, then both sides would solicit international arbitration. The Djibouti Foreign Minister had been expected to visit Asmara yesterday [23rd April] in preparation for this meeting but Eritrea apparently thought his visit would be premature. As a result no military meeting took place today. In his press statement on Tuesday [22nd April], the minister said Djibouti forces have taken up positions on the heights of Ras Doumeira, but the military forces on both sides of the border were expected to take up their original positions a few kilometers from the border to minimize the possibility of any incident. Eritrea created a similar crisis in the same area in 1994 when Eritrean artillery units shelled a Djibouti border post at Ras Doumeira apparently as the preliminary step to articulating a claim to part of Djibouti’s coastline south of Ras Doumeira.

Diplomatic relations with Qatar broken off

On Monday this week, Ethiopia broke off diplomatic relations with the Government of Qatar. In a statement, the Government of Ethiopia noted that Qatar had persistently supported those trying to cause instability in Ethiopia and undermine the country’s security, going far beyond Qatar’s strong ties with Eritrea. It had provided direct and indirect assistance to terrorist organizations in Somalia and other areas, and had used the output of its media outlets in support of such activities. The statement also noted that Qatar’s activities, as one of the most important supporters of terrorism and extremism in our sub-region, had much wider implications for African Arab relations. On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry of Qatar responded, claiming that Qatar’s foreign policy was based on security, stability and non-interference in the affairs of others. This is difficult to accept in light of Qatar’s support for organizations like the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). It might be noted that the ONLF issued a statement criticizing Ethiopia for breaking relations with Qatar even before the Government of Qatar managed to do so. The ONLF, of course, has an office in Doha. According to BBC reports this week, Qatar is providing $150,000 US a month to the ONLF, passing these funds through Eritrea where ONLF forces have been regularly receiving training for the past eighteen months. This is in addition to the large scale backing, both financial and political, that Qatar has regularly provided to Eritrea, which is currently a centre for support of regional terrorist organizations, including al-Shabaab in Somalia, the ONLF, and the OLF in Ethiopia as well as other organizations involved in armed struggle against both Ethiopia and other countries in the region. The Qatar statement refers to what it calls the “wrong policies” of Ethiopia. One of these appears to be Ethiopia’s support for the Government of Somalia. This is, of course, a policy endorsed by the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations, and the international community. Another is apparently Ethiopia’s resistance to Eritrea’s aggression. It should be recalled that Eritrea invaded Ethiopia in 1998, launching a three year war. It has also committed aggression, and carried out provocative actions, against Yemen, Sudan and Djibouti at various times. And is not Qatar aware of what Eritrea is currently up to in Djibouti today? Qatar’s own involvement in aiding and abetting, directly or indirectly, external opposition bodies trying to destabilize Ethiopia, and more widely our region, is not a minor issue. It is of major significance. Qatar has been flagrantly and widely involved in undermining regional security and stability. Its activities undermine Qatar’s own assertions to be fighting terrorism in all its forms. It also undermines Qatar’s claims to be a suitable ambassador for the Arab world in sporting events, whether now or in the future. Indeed, in the light of all this, Qatar’s ambitions to host the Olympics in 2016 appear unreal.

No massacre at the Mosque but a successful operation against Al-Shabaab

Last weekend Ethiopian [ENDF] and TFG forces based at the Pasta factory in North Mogadishu carried out joint operations to clear areas of Heliwa and Yaqshid districts. This followed a number of roadside bomb attempts against Ethiopian trucks traveling between the Pasta Factory and the Mogadishu Stadium, attacks which caused a number of civilian casualties. A platoon searching a village area near Mogadishu University ran into heavy Al-Shabaab resistance. It called for assistance and some armor was deployed. The fighting spread into the Livestock Market and continued into a second day before the surviving Al-Shabaab fighters fled. By then they had lost well over a hundred killed and wounded, including several senior commanders. ENDF/TFG casualties were minimal. During their operations, the ENDF and TFG forces captured a considerable amount of arms and ammunition including two former TFG military vehicles seized recently by Al-Shabaab at Jowhar and Bule-Berte, as well as explosive containers and various arms and ammunition. Opposition claims of nearly two hundred civilians killed and 300 wounded are simply not true. Virtually all of the casualties were Al-Shabaab, as the fighting took place in and around a major Al-Shabaab hideout in a nearly deserted area of the city.

A great deal of publicity has been given to alleged events at the Al Hidaya Mosque in the Wadar Ade area of Heliwa district, with Amnesty International putting out a statement which is almost totally wrong in all respects. Amnesty clearly made no effort to verify what really happened before rushing into print at the behest of anti-government forces or Al-Shabaab supporters. The actual facts could have been easily verified from independent sources and local people, including observers of the fighting last weekend. There was, in fact, no massacre at the Mosque, not by Ethiopian troops and not even by Al-Shabaab. What actually happened is that as Al-Shabaab fighters fled from the fighting on the second day, one or two tried to take refuge in the Al Hidaya Mosque, a Tabliq mosque. The Sheikh at the Mosque refused because of the threat this might pose to the number of students studying in the Mosque at the time. He was immediately shot and killed. Al-Shabaab then ordered the local people to collect bodies from the area, including several Al-Shabaab fighters, as well as two or three civilian casualties, a total of thirteen in all, and dump them into the Mosque. They may also have killed several others to make a total of around 20. These bodies were mutilated in various ways, some indeed having their throats cut. None of these were members of the Mosque apart from the Sheikh who had been killed originally. Almost the only accurate element in Amnesty International’s statement is that Ethiopian and TFG troops did detain students who had been studying in the Mosque and who had subsequently taken refuge in the basement on the arrival of Al-Shabaab. They are being questioned as part of the enquiry into what actually happened at the Mosque; a number have already been released.

One further point should be made. Amnesty International claimed that Ethiopian troops had been responsible for cutting throats, describing this as a form of extra-judicial execution practiced by the Ethiopian forces. As Amnesty is fully aware, Ethiopian troops have never carried out this sort of activity or the kind of mutilations it claimed had happened at the Mosque. In fact these sorts of atrocities have persistently been the hallmark of Al-Shabaab and its terrorist actions. Indeed, Al-Shabaab is well known for such activities, killing and mutilating its enemies in this way as a matter of policy, and makes no secret of it. It has, over several years, executed hundreds of moderate Islamic leaders and politicians opposed to its extremist views. Those who have been killed by Al-Shabaab in the past include scholars of more moderate views including members of Tabliq, a Sufi movement. Tabliq is known to be opposed to the activities of Al-Shabaab, and it is no surprise that Al-Shabaab murdered the Sheikh at the Al Hadaya Mosque last weekend.

The first talks between the TFG and the Asmara-based opposition, the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia are due to start in Djibouti on May 10, as part of the reconciliation efforts launched by Prime Minister Nur Hassan ‘Adde’ and supported by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Mr. Amedou Ould-Abdallah. Al-Shabaab, designated as a terrorist organization by the US last month, has made it clear it is strongly opposed to any talks. It has said it would ignore any agreement reached and continue its terrorist activities. “The participating sides …will not be able to guarantee a cease-fire in Somalia even if they reach an agreement” said Sheikh Muktar Roobow, a spokesman for Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab remains committed to opposing any attempt by its ex-allies in the former Islamic Courts Union to talk to the TFG, and has made it clear it will use any means to disrupt any talks. The claims of killing at the Al Hadaya Mosque, which have already led the ARS to question the basis of any talks with the TFG, have come remarkably conveniently for opponents of the peace process.

UN Security Council continues to vacillate on Eritrea

It is almost bewildering that the UN Security Council still hesitates to take action against Eritrea for its grave violations of the UN Charter and the Algiers Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, the centerpiece of the Algiers peace process. In the press conferences held this week after Council deliberations on the situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it was apparent the Council was united in rejecting Eritrea’s “unacceptable” behavior towards UNMEE. The Council however failed to take this unanimous position forward in a resolution unequivocally condemning Eritrea and adopting the necessary punitive measures against the Government of Eritrea. Some have been trying to find excuses for Eritrea’s transgressions. This is not possible. Eritrea’s defiance of the Council and its violations of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities simply cannot be justified. The Council should remain focused on ensuring that Eritrea is held accountable for the humiliating treatment of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, for its violations of the Algiers Agreements and for the jeopardy into which it has placed the whole peace process. It is perfectly clear to Eritrea, and its supporters, that the Algiers Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities provides a specific enforcement role for the Security Council under Chapter VII in cases of violations of the Temporary Security Zone and the security commitments entered into by both countries. There is no similar mechanism in the Algiers Agreements for any other issue. There is no excuse for Eritrea’s violations of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities nor any basis for Eritrea’s call on the UN to do its bidding in this regard. These are merely futile attempts to distract attention from the central issue which is Eritrea’s continued defiance of the authority of the Council in committing numerous violations of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities with impunity.

Ethiopia outlines emergency humanitarian requirements

The Federal Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency, in coordination with relevant United Nations agencies, donors and other humanitarian organizations, has issued a document on Ethiopia’s anticipated humanitarian emergency requirements for 2008. The document entitled “Humanitarian Requirements for 2008: Government–Partners Joint Document” was launched on April 10, 2008 at a meeting with development partners. According to the document, around 2.18 million people in the Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People (SNNP), Tigray and Oromiya Regions require emergency food assistance. Their need is estimated at about 171,646 metric tonnes. In addition, another 947,380 emergency beneficiaries in safety net areas are expected to be covered through existing safety net contingency resources.

The failure of last year’s deyr/hageya rains in most pastoral areas of Somali Region and in the Borena and Guji Zones in Oromia Region, followed by the currently very poor belg rains have resulted in extreme food insecurity in the south and south eastern pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of the country. The deyr rains run from September to December, and the belg from March to May. It is already clear that the shortage of belg rains will affect the belg crop-producing areas of the north eastern highlands, the central and southern parts of Tigray and Amhara regions, and the SNNP Region. This year’s emergency situation is associated with the unfavorable weather situation in the country, which in turn relates to prevailing global climate changes.

The document suggests a total amount of US $67.7 million is required to implement humanitarian responses for both food aid and non-food requirements, including health and nutrition, water and sanitation and agriculture aid. An emergency health and nutrition response plan will address the population at risk from acute malnutrition, measles, malaria, meningitis, acute watery diarrhoea, hygiene and sanitation, and similar emergencies that have been caused by the drought conditions in parts of Somali, Oromia and SNNP Regional States. The main objective of these emergency programs is to minimize the effect of the water shortages. The government, with its partners, has already launched coordinated response measures, including relief food aid, emergency water supplies, sanitation support and emergency assistance for agriculture and livestock. A total of 25,577 MT of food items were delivered to Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions during the months of January, February and March. So far, a total of 288,000 quintals of food aid have been sent to the Somali region out of which some 240,000 have been distributed. Additionally, the government is currently providing emergency water support in the drought affected areas of Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions including the use of water tankers to distribute supplies, encouraging rationing of water, and the maintenance and rehabilitation of wells and water tanks. [More information is available on the DPPA’s own website at:]

Deliberate and persistent reporting failures by Human Rights Watch

Almost all the reports by election monitors, even those of the EU, made it clear that the run up to the May 2005 elections was “the most open, free and genuinely competitive political campaign in Ethiopia’s history.” There were, of course, reports of occasional problems, but there was no doubt that opposition candidates enjoyed unprecedented opportunity, including the series of open, and outspoken, TV and radio debates, to rally support and campaign against the ruling party. Neither friends nor foes questioned that this was the case. The results were seen in Addis Ababa in particular where the opposition took all but one of the city council seats in an impressive victory in the capital. It was a victory promptly and openly accepted by the ruling party.

The only exception to general agreement about the pre-election campaign of 2005 came from Human Rights Watch, which put out only a few days before election day a report entitled: Suppressing Dissent: Human Rights Abuses and Political Repression in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region. The timing of the report, following a brief research mission, of three weeks in March, was deliberately, and admittedly, geared to the election, and apparently intended to affect the results. The report made a series of allegations against the government party in Oromia State, the Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization, (OPDO), specifically alleging there was a “persuasive pattern of repression and abuse documented in this report [ensuring] that voting on May 15 will be a hollow exercise for most of Oromia’s population”. In fact, as HRW admits, it had made little effort to contact “most of Oromia’s population”. It actually interviewed no more than 115 people in only five of Oromia’s zones (East and West Shoa, East and West Wollega and Jimma), and a majority of those were identifiably members of opposition parties.

A good deal of the report was also taken up with critical comments on the local administrative structure, claiming that this was only a vehicle for organizing forced labor, interfering with freedom of association, expression and movement, and organizing punishment without due process. There was no indication that the kebeles and other local government structures were the basis for local development efforts. Since then, of course, kebeles and woredas, have been the subject of a massive devolution of power, and as they are both elective now, inevitably strengthening the democratic element.

As we noted last week, HRW appears to be displaying a pattern of attempted interference and of inaccurate predictions in Ethiopia’s electoral processes. Its comments about the pre-electoral processes in Oromia in 2005 were wide of the mark (the post electoral problems there had no relation to HRW’s comments.) Similarly, this time round, two weeks ago HRW was predicting more problems arising from similar allegations about the OPDO. This time, however, it was basing its predictions on an even smaller sample than its previous 115 interviewees, in an even smaller number of zones. Oromia is the largest state in the Ethiopian Federation.

Once again, the conduct, and probable results, of the elections provide a very different result to HRW’s attempts to [predict] the future. The city council, local and district elections, despite HRW comments, have proved a great success. As even Fortune newspaper, which can hardly be accused of a pro-government bias, noted there had been an overall 80 percent turnout, and higher registration than in 2005. Fortune noted that the EPRDF, the Revolutionary Democrats, had started to work after their electoral embarrassments in 2005 in “a manner that was well designed and orchestrated, while their political rivals immersed themselves in a bitter internal struggle to the confusion and utter frustration of their supporters here and abroad.” While results will not be available until mid-May, it is generally agreed that the ERPDF will sweep the elections and as Fortune concluded: “..the Revolutionary Democrats worked hard and invested so much to grab these votes by appealing to voters to consider their track record in attempting to fulfill the provisions that people are desperately in-need [of]: housing, employment, good services, infrastructural expansion, and business opportunities for small businesses. If indeed voters believed them, and that would be part of the reasons why they turned out to vote, albeit in a quiet manner, this, in itself, is a major victory for the Revolutionary Democrats.”

This is the sort of comment of which HRW should consider taking note. In the last two years, HRW has issued a number of press reports and statements on Ethiopia, and on Ethiopian involvement in Somalia. In general, these can be defined by their lack of accuracy, a failure to attempt any impartiality, a refusal to acknowledge admitted abuses committed by terrorist organizations like Al-Shabaab in Somalia and ONLF in Ethiopia, an apparently deliberate refusal to speak to Ethiopian officials about their allegations, and a continuous acceptance of any and all claims by any opposition movements without any attempt to investigate the reality of such allegations or their source. HRW claims that “its reports are objective, balanced and evenhanded”. This is very obviously not the case. HRW continues to demonstrate extreme bias in the selection of material; it treats “media reports” (one of its major sources) as if they were, necessarily, acceptable and accurate when they are frequently and obviously not; it refrains from reporting fully, or at all, on human rights abuses committed by terrorist groups in Africa; it frequently fails to provide any balanced analysis of situations. It seemingly ignores all criticism, apparently remaining unconcerned, though objecting strongly whenever it is the subject of informed and critical comments.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Home office minister for Immigration

Ayoub mzee with the UK Home office minister for Immigration HON Meg Hillier MP

Today ,The home office Minister was on BEN VT SKY 194 STUDIOS Morning program The BREAK FAST SHOW to speak about the New government proposals On Immigration .Under the new scheme,The Higly skilled and skillied workers,Family members of british Citizensa and permanent residents and those in need of protection and their dependants will wiil be considered in key routes to citizenship.For full script of the interview watch BEN V SKY 194 AT 6.00 PM for a repeat program

Monday, 28 April 2008

An Invitation to an evening with the Bank of Industry (Nigeria) to be held on Friday 02nd May 2008 at NH Harrington Hotel, Gloucester Road, London SW7 (Closest station is Gloucester Road Station). CLICK HERE FOR MAP
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Theme: "Promoting International Trade, Investment and Global Partnerships"
This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how your business can benefit from International Trade services and business support services available from Nigeria 's oldest, largest and pre-eminent development financial institution - The Bank of Industry.
Guest Speakers:
Ms. Evelyn Oputu - Managing Director/Chief Executive Bank of Industry
Mrs, Tokunbo Chiedu - CEO Compass Consulting/Organisers of the Enterprise Exhibition and Trade Mission
Ms. Afua Yeboah - CE African Caribbean Business Network
Ms Bridget Nwadishi - Director Corporate Affairs NTA ( Nigeria Television Authority)
" Nigeria has got a frontier feel of opportunity now. The squeezing of international debt, financial reforms and oil windfall money has brought a huge amount of confidence to Nigeria
British Companies are increasingly interested in doing business in Nigeria and, UKTI records show an increase by 100% in the demand for our services in Nigeria in the years 2006 and 2007. Long term British Investors in Nigeria like Guinness, Cadbury, GlaxoSmithKline, PZ Cussons and Dunlop remain committed to the Nigerian Market and have been joined more recently by other British investors like British Telecom, BG Group and Centrica" Pete r Stephenson - Director UK Trade and Invest Nigeria
Tokunbo Chiedu, CEOCompass Consulting

The 2ND Enterprise Exhibition and Trade Mission 2008 will take place in Lagos, Nigeria from 15th - 20th September 2008. Hosting the best of UK African Caribbean and businesses from Lagos in an exhibition; the event is organised by Compass Consulting UK in partnership with the Bank of Industry, Lagos State Government and a host of other strategic partners.


........Transforming Nigeria 's Industrial Sector
The Bank of Industry (BOI) is actively involved in supporting and mobilising foreign investment into Nigeria . It provides financial assistance for the establishment of large, medium and small scale projects as well as for the expansion, diversification and modernisation of existing enterprises and rehabilitation of ailing ones. BOI was originally incorporated in 1964 as Nigeria Industrial Development Bank Ltd. In 2001 the Bank was reconstituted as the Bank of Industry, its share capital was increased to N250 billion (£1.01 billion) in order for it to be able to meet the need of the rising economic profile of Nigeria . The Bank's clients include foreign and Nigerian entrepreneurs, commercial banks, development partners and other agencies
BOI Products
Short, Medium and Long term financing, Equity Financing, Lease Financing, Business Development Services, International Trade Services, Provision of antenna service for foreign development and business organisations.

The Africa Business Group,
run by the Centre of African Studies in association with Africa Confidential, will be holding two meetings this term. The ABG is a forum for the discussion of African affairs as they affect business, commerce, and finance across the continent. It brings together business people, journalists, diplomats and those in the NGOs with academics and scholars who share expertise on Africa. If you would like further information about membership or meetings, please contact the Centre of African Studies. Attendance is by Invitation only.

29 May Environmental Markets, What might Africa offer?

Barbara Heinzen (Consultant & Research
Associate at the Centre of African studies, Univ. of

12.15-2pm, Room 116 at SOAS

By Invitation only

Friday, 25 April 2008

ETHIOPIA FAMILY DAY with the British Museum
Monday 5th May, all day (free), British Museum , Great Russell Street , WC1B
Coinciding with the exhibition of Ethiopian painting ‘Church and Emperor’, the Ethiopia Family day - organised by the Royal African Society and the British Museum - will showcase cultural events and workshops including traditional and modern Ethiopian music and dance, talks and storytelling. Visit or www.royalafricansociety for full programme.

Thursday, 24 April 2008


Can anyone comment on this picture .It was taken in Dar es salam during the colonial days
(haki ngowi)
This was the burial of Ditopile Mzuzuru the former DC- Tanzania
AYOUB MZEE with Baroness Linda Chalker
The next meeting of the Jamaican Diaspora Youth Association (JDYA) will take place next week saturday 26th April 2008 in Birmingham begining at 2pm. Please make every effort to attend so we can discuss the upcoming diaspora conference in Jamaica this June 2008 and I attach a letter with more information. On receipt of this email please reply letting me know whether you can attend the meeting or not.The venue details are as follows:
The Project Planning and Training Centre
B19 1LY
Ayoub mzee with Madhvani of tye Madhvan ugar companies in East Africa


Hi Every One
We have just received an official statement from Mike Ferris editor of the Hackney Gazette which includes the following statement:
'We have concluded that it is not in the best interests of the community to publish the advertisement in the Hackney Gazette. Nor is it right to give the BNP further publicity through a prolonged public debate about the merits of the organisation and its advertising campaign. The balance of arguments in this debate has been extremely difficult but we believe that we have come to the right conclusion.'

This was a result of pressure from local Labour and Green Councillors, trade unionist and community activtists. Cheers

Patrick Vernon

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

changing of the Guards

Changing of the Guards this evening
The former secretary general of the commonwealth bidding farewell at Malborough house in London

Tuesday 22 April 2008
A revolution in agriculture will be needed to meet a projected 50 per cent increase in demand for food by 2030, says a new briefing paper published today by Chatham House. Further, the question of ‘fair shares’ is likely to emerge as a significant global issue as a burgeoning ‘global middle class’ consumes more grain by eating more meat and dairy products. Crucially, this process will take staple foods out of the purchasing power reach of the world’s poorest people.
Recent national concerns over soaring prices have already led some countries to reduce exports and others to try to build up stocks - creating a ‘feedback loop’ that is feeding on itself to drive up prices still further. In the medium to longer term, ‘scarcity trends’ – climate change, energy, land and water – could further limit the supply-side response.
The paper, Rising Food Prices: Drivers and Implications for Development by Dr Alex Evans, argues that it is vital to make sure that the urgent does not crowd out the essential in discussions of global food strategies. Immediate action on humanitarian assistance needs to be matched by a sustained effort to invest in shared awareness between policymakers of what needs to be done to achieve ‘the feeding of the ten billion’.
Dr Alex Evans said: ‘While the current focus on humanitarian aid is welcome, we need to be thinking now about the long term too – especially how to grow food supply and make sure that the process benefits rural poor people. What we’re seeing now is just the start of a multi-decade challenge: feeding a global population set to approach ten billion by 2050, in the face of climate change, tighter energy supply, and growing competition for land and water resources.’
He added: ‘How we frame and perceive the issue matters enormously. If the prevailing narrative is a Malthusian story of insufficiency, then the risk is of self-fulfilling prophecy - if for example fears that there isn’t enough to go around lead to countries panic-buying food for stockpiles, pushing prices up even more. Instead, we need to see this as a transition to a new, stable state of affairs. Feeding a world population of ten billion people in 2050 won’t be easy, but it can be done with forethought, collective action and if we don’t panic.’
Notes to editors:
Rising Food Prices: Drivers and Implications for Development by Dr Alex Evans is published today by Chatham House.
Dr Alex Evans is a non-resident fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, where he runs CIC’s work on climate change and global public goods. From 2003 to 2006, Alex worked as Special Adviser to Hilary Benn MP, then UK Secretary of State for International Development. Prior to joining DFID in 2003, Alex worked in a range of other climate and energy-focused roles, including as the head of the climate and energy research program of the Institute for Public Policy Research (2002-3), at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a specialist on emissions trading (2002), as communications director at the Global Commons Institute (2000-2) and as a political consultant on climate and energy policy (1998-9). He also co-edits, the global risk and foreign policy blog.The paper is published as part of a joint project on the international implications of rising food prices being undertaken by Chatham House and CIC, which will culminate in the publication in the summer of a strategic assessment for policymakers of the drivers, implications and policy requirements of rising food prices.


Transatlantic Slave Trade seminar
25 April 2008
The Recovered Histories project at Anti-Slavery International is holding a seminar on the 'Transatlantic Slave Trade and its legacies' to bring together a wide range of groups and organisations which are working on these issues.
Friday 25 April 2008
Museum in Docklands, London
Download a registration form and send to Recovered Histories project, Anti Slavery International, Thomas Clarkson House, The Stableyard, Broomgrove Road, London SW9 9TL, or phone 020 7501 8937.

Monday, 14 April 2008

London marathon

Kenya’s coalition cabinet – The list


Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security
Minister: Hon. Professor George Saitoti (PNU)
Assistant Ministers: Hon. Simon Lesirma (ODM)
Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode (ODM)
Ministry of State for Defence
Minister: Hon. Yusuf Haji (PNU)
Assistant Ministers: Hon. David Musila (PNU)
Hon. General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaisserry (ODM)
Office of the Vice President
Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs:
Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (PNU)
Assistant Minister: Lorna Laboso (ODM)
Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons
Minister: Gerald Otieno Kajwang' (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Francis Baya (PNU)
Ministry of State for National Heritage & Culture:
Minister: William Ole Ntimama (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Joel Onyancha Omagwa (ODM)
Office of the Prime Minister:
Prime Minister: on. Raila Amollo Odinga (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Alfred. Khang'ati (ODM)
Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision Twenty Thirty:
Minister: Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Peter Kenneth (PNU)
Ministry of State for Public Service:
Minister: Dalmas Anyango Otieno (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Aden Ahmed Sugow (PNU)
Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Trade:
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade:
Uhuru Kenyatta (PNU
Assistant Minister: James Omingo Magara (ODM)
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government:
Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Robison Njeru Githae (PNU)
Ministry of East African Community
Minister: Amason Kingi Jeffah (PNU)
Assistant Minister: Peter Munya (ODM)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Moses Wetangula (PNU)
Assistant Minister: Richard Momoima Onyonka (ODM)
Ministry of Finance
Minister: Amos Kimunya (PNU)
Assistant Minister: Dr. Oburu Oginga (ODM)
Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs
Minister: Martha Karua (PNU)
Assistant Minister: William Cheptumo Kipkorir (ODM)
Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development
Minister: Mutula Kilonzo (PNU)
Assistant Minister: Elizabeth Ongoro Masha (ODM)
Ministry of Roads
Minister: Kipkalya Kones (ODM)
Assistant Ministers: Hon. Wilfred Machage (PNU)
Lee Kinyanjui (PNU)
Ministry of Public Works
Minister: Chris Obure (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Dickson Wathika Mwangi (PNU)
Ministry of Transport
Minister: Chirau Ali Makwere (PNU)
Assistant Minister: John Harun Mwau (ODM)
Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Minister: Charity Kaluki Ngilu (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Mwangi Kiunjuri (PNU)
Ministry of Regional Development Authorities
Minister: Fredrick Omulo Gumo (ODM)
Assistant Minister: Judah Katoo Ole Metito (PNU)

Ayoub mzee with the london marathon winner 2008 martin lel

The london marathon

The breaking news: One of the maasai Isaya was admitted as a precaution to hospital after not feeling well at the half way point.Ngovu , lengami,Ninna, kesika completed the Marathon in 5.24.47

The winner of the Women's Race

Watch our new Election Broadcasts

National Election Broadcast
London Election Broadcast

This week, David spoke about Broken Britain, we launched plans to improve behaviour in schools, the Conservative poster archive went online, our Party Election Broadcasts aired, and Boris continued campaigning hard to be London Mayor.

Mending Broken Britain
At our Strengthening Families Summit on Thursday, David spoke alongside Helen Newlove, whose husband Garry was murdered by teenage thugs.
David stressed the responsibility of parents to make sure their children "grow up knowing the difference between right and wrong."
Helen attacked the yob culture in Britain and called for stronger community values. You can watch an exclusive video of the summit by clicking on the image opposite.
Watch a video of David with Helen Newlove

Watch our new Election Broadcasts

National Election Broadcast
London Election Broadcast

Giving Power Back to Teachers
Michael Gove and David this week launched a document setting out our plans to improve behaviour in schools.
They announced a series of measures to restore the authority of teachers, including giving head-teachers the final say on expulsions, allowing teachers to physically restrain violent pupils, and making it easier to ban and confiscate items.
After the launch, David visited a school in Walsall, where he got a tough grilling from the pupils. You can see what happened by clicking on the video opposite.
Watch a video of David going back to school

Unprecedented coalition unites against the far Right

Operation Black Vote (OBV) has joined forces with leading faith groups including The Muslim Council of Britain, The Jewish Race Equality Council, leading Church Groups and others to unite against the threat from far Right groups such as the BNP.

OBV will launch a 100-foot billboard poster across the Capital that warns of the critical danger from the far Right at the upcoming elections. The poster reads as follows:
If you don’t vote, they win. In the London Elections, Every Vote Counts.
The poster is designed in a Banksy Style design with a hard hitting image.

The poster launch is on Tuesday 8th April at 10.00AM-10.30AM. The site of the launch will be South Lambeth Road , Vauxhall SW8. The nearest tube is Vauxhall on the Victoria Line.

OBVs research indicates that far Right groups such as the BNP could win up to three Assembly seats in this London election, giving them the balance of power in City Hall. If turnout is low, far Right groups could gain political ground under the proportional representation voting system. We estimate that if 50,000 more Black Londoners vote than in the last London elections along with other communities the far right could be defeated.”

OBV are campaigning to increase voter registration and voter turnout by all communities to decisively beat the far Right, and ensure that all the mainstream parties adopt an inclusive agenda that reflects the views of Britain ’s BME communities.

The campaign launch will be attended by a host of celebrities and politicians, as well as, representatives from all faith communities,

Sunday, 13 April 2008


Ayoub mzee with the monglia's Ambassador in the UK H.E Dalrain Davaasambuu
The Kenya High commission with other diplomatic staff posing for a photo with the Kenya London Marathon Runners at the Kenya Embassy in London

Saturday, 12 April 2008

london marathon 2008

What ? Six Maasai Warriors will leave their remote village for the first time.

They flew from Kilimanjaro to London to run the London Marathon in their traditional clothes, with shields and sticks, to raise money for water for their village.
Why ? Two out of every three children in the village of Elaui die before the age of five, due to the brown water they drink.
Click here to view their dedicated web site.

Ayoub mzee with sammy wanjiru who is predicted to win this year's London marathon
In three half marathon races he has run faster than any one else in history and he holds the current half marathon world record of 58: 33

Ayoub mzee with Legend kenya runner John Ngugi

London mayoral candidate meet londoners

Today is the 10th April. You have 6 days to register to vote in the local elections – this includes the time required to post your form in.If you are not registered, you cannot vote and your voice will not be heard on 1st May.

At the time of writing there are 82 BNP and far right candidates standing in elections in the East of England, and in London, one BNP mayoral candidate, 10 BNP candidates in the proportional representation section of the London Assembly, one BNP and 5 National Front constituency candidates for the London Assembly.
We must maintain the diversity, safety, and progress in our communities.
South East and East of England: go to www.aboutmyvote. and find your local authority. Print out the registration form, sign it and send it to your Electoral Registration Officer
If you are over 18, live in London and are either a UK, European Union or Commonwealth citizen, simply go to www.londonelects. and click on "Registering to vote" near the top of the page. You can then click on your borough to download a registration form. This must be printed out, signed and posted to the Electoral Registration Officer in your borough

Friday, 4 April 2008

The land ammendment bill 2007

Is there a day after Mugabe? Watch The Dialogue BEN TV SKY 194 ON monday at 10am

The Beijing Olyimpics

Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch RelayLight the Passion, Share the Dream-->
London, Sunday 6 April 2008
London will welcome the Olympic Flame on Sunday 6 April 2008, as part of the global Olympic Torch Relay in the run up to the Beijing Olympic Games.
The torch will travel through ten London boroughs from Wembley to Greenwich, with each borough marking its arrival with entertainment and local events, bringing London's colour and vibrancy to life.
The Torch Relay in London ends at a grand finale at the Arena at North Greenwich climaxing with the spectacle of the arrival of the final torchbearer and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.
The Olympic flame will be carried through London by 80 torchbearers including double Olympic gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes and England cricketer Kevin Pieterson.
Further information on the Torch Relay in London
Map of the route and surrounding events

Ayoub mzee with the Uganda president's senior advisor Mr John Naggenda.I interviewed him about the new Land ammendment Bill 2007.To see the interview , please watch BEN TV SKY 194 on momday the 17th april at 10.0oam in the morning
The Uganda High Commissioner uk H.E JOAN RWABWOMERE addressing Ugandans at a fundrising Gala For Limbs World and Rock Foundation