Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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General Meeting

Saturday, 09 March, 2013 from 2:30 PM - 5 :30 PM

ANC London Interim Branch General Meeting
Agenda for the meeting as adopted by the BEC:
  • Opening and welcome
  • Political input from the chairperson
  • Branch status, report back on interim Branches abroad.
  • Task Committee report: Freedom day, ANC 101 years Celebration and Tour ANC History in London 2013
  • Task Committee ovarall update, what does AGANG mean for SA's abroad
  • Preparations for 2014 National Elections
  • General questions and discussion
  • Meeting closure
RSVP: info@anclb.org.uk if you wold like more information concerning the BGM, you may contact Khaya Thwala (+44) 7518828684

Refreshment Available, this is an opportunity for you to have your SAY!

At Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

Monday, 25 February 2013

 Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation gives his opening remarks during the Meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation between Tanzania and Oman.  The meeting has been held since 24 February, 2013 at Hyatt Regency (Kilimanjaro) Hotel in Dar es Salaam and is expected to be concluded today.
 Tanzania Delegation that included Government and Private Institutions also were in attendance.
Delegation from Oman listening to Hon. Membe's opening remarks.All photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago -Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Honourable Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman,
Honorable Ministers from the United Republic of Tanzania,
Honorable Ministers accompanying the Head of Delegation of Oman,
Distinguished Senior Officials of both Delegation
Distinguished Delegates from Tanzania and Oman,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to welcome home Honourable Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and your delegation to Tanzania, and to this First Joint Permanent Commission between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Sultanate of Oman. 
Tanzania is both second and first home to some of Omani’s generations. History reminds us that once the headquarters of the Sultanate of Oman was in Zanzibar. The legacy and influence of Omani presence is well traced in both Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland. We share the history, Swahili language and many cultural aspects. Today we are determined to share prosperity and the future.

            Distinguished Delegates
This first meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission between Tanzania and Oman is indeed a testimony of a renewed interest by our Governments of Tanzania and Oman. Our two countries share long cultural, historical and blood relations. We have cooperating very well informally for centuries. It is about time to formalize our relations through this formal commission, a rightful legal framework to ensure our cooperation further enhanced and strengthened. 
As we are all aware a more fruitful cooperation between any two countries highly depends on a properly structured legal framework that binds the two countries together. We therefore call this meeting to chart out thematic discussions on issues of common concern and interest to our two brotherly countries such as, Housing, Water Supply, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Transport, Infrastructure, Health, Natural Resources, Tourism, Trade, Industry, Energy and Minerals, Education and Labour Matters.

Distinguished Delegates
The memories of the successful State Visit of H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania in the Sultanate of Oman in October, 2012, are still very fresh to us. On that visit, the two sides signed three (3) Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding. These include: 
  • Agreement on Investment Promotion and Reciprocal Protection;
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Archives;
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Establishment of Joint Business Council so as to facilitate and speed up investment and business between our two brotherly countries.
Internal negotiations are continuing at different stages in regard to the other bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding between our Governments are in different status. The completion and signing of these agreements are crucial towards putting in place a strong foundation for cooperation in different sectors. I therefore urge our two sides to expedite the negotiation process so that we can sign the MoUs at our earliest opportunity. These remaining draft agreements and Memoranda are:-

a)    The Draft Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between Oman and the United Republic of Tanzania:
b)    The Draft Agreement on Higher Education between the United Republic of Tanzania and Oman.
c)     The Draft Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Fiscal Evasion:
d)    The Draft Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Cooperation between the United Republic of Tanzania and Oman:
e)    The Draft Agreement on labour Matters.

Your Excellency and Distinguished Delegates
The Government of Tanzania very much welcomed the introduction of the Oman Air Service to Dar es Salaam on 3rd June, 2010, as a result of the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between our two countries. We are glad to note that the Airline increased the frequency of flights from just a few per week to daily services. It is no doubt that we will record in near future increased contacts between our peoples.

Distinguished Delegates
Official records of trade between Tanzania and Oman stood is by all account low. This statistics is definitely missing the blossoming informal trade between our people, as a result of long existing family ties. 
I would like to therefore urge our two countries to make concerted efforts to use the said legal framework to create an enabling environment in which public and private sector entities can invest in each other’s economy. The strategic competitive advantages on the Oman side (ample capital and technical know-how) if combined with the huge comparative advantages (land, natural resources and labour force) on the Tanzania side, will create the required synergy for sustainable development and mutual economic benefit to both sides.

 I would like also to renew our Government’s invitation to Omani business people to invest in the various sectors of our economy. I assure that Tanzania has a very conducive investment regime that is among the best in the region. Tanzania should be a launch pad for Oman business and investment to the South and East Africa markets.  Investing in Tanzania gives you access to the SADC Region and as well as to the East African Community member countries, with a 200 million market population.   I also urge the Government of Oman to open its doors and allow Tanzanian good and services to enter into the Omani economy.

Your Excellency
To that effect, closer co-operation between the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) and Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and their Omani counterpart should therefore, be encouraged through the Joint Business Council between the two countries as this would boost up trade and investments and further strengthen these ties.  

Your Excellency
It is quite difficult to explain the strong relations between Oman and Tanzania in a one speech, rather in volume of books. It suffices to take this opportunity to reiterate Tanzania’s confidence in our relations, and our resolve to deepening and strengthening them for the good of our successive generations. We remain grateful to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for their blessings and personal support to strengthen the relations between our two countries. 
With this few remarks I once again say to our dear Omani brothers
“karibuni sana mujisikie mko nyumbani ndugu zetu wa Oman”.


 Mr. John M. Haule, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, gives his welcoming  remarks to Hon. Membe.
 Hon. Membe continues during his opening remarks.
 H.E. Abdulla gives his opening remarks during the meeting. 

 Hon. Membe opens one of the clusters during the Tanzania/Oman.
Oman delegation that was led by Hon. Membe.
 Hon. Membe and H.E. Abdullah share a laughter during their tête-à-tête meeting.
Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minster for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation earlier today held a tête-à-tête meeting with H.E. Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsive for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, prior to Official Opening of the Tanzania-Oman Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPC).  The meeting officially commenced today and is expected to end on February 25, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency (Kilimanjaro) Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
Hon. Membe walks H.E. Abdullah after opening one of the clusters.All photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago -Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

   Rais Dkt.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akiweka shada la maua juu ya jeneza la Marehemu Mzee Amos Kaguta(97),Baba Mzazi wa Rais Wa Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wakati wa ibada ya mazishi iliyofanyika katika kijiji Cha Rwakitura nchini Uganda.
 Rais Dkt. Jakaya Kikwete na mwenyeji wake Rais Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wa Uganda wakiweka udongo kwenye kaburi la Mzee Amos Kaguta(97) wakati wa mazishi yake yaliyofanyika katika kijiji cha Rwakitura.
   Rais Dkt.Jakaya Kikwete akimpa pole Rais Yoweri Kaguta Museveni kutokana na kifo cha Baba yake Mzee Amos Kaguta, katika kijiji cha Rwakitura nchini humo.
 Rais Dkt.Jakaya Kikwete akifariji mke wa Rais wa Uganda Mama Janet Museveni kufuatia kifo cha Baba wa Rais Museveni Mzee Amos Kaguta.Picha na Freddy Maro-IKULU
Rais Dkt.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete jana aliungana na mamia ya wananchi wa Uganda katika kushiriki Mazishi ya Mzee Amos Kaguta(97) Baba ya Rais Yoweri Museveni wa Uganda,yaliyofanyika katika kijiji cha Rwakitura,magharibi ya Uganda.

 Rais Kikwete aliwasili katika mazishi hayo akitokea Addis Ababa mji Mkuu wa Ethiopia alipokuwa huko kuhudhuria Mkutano wa viongozi wa cnhi za Maziwa Makuu uliokuwa na lengo la kutafuta amani ya kudumu katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo. 

Akitoa salamu zake za RambiRambi katika msiba huo Rais Kikwete alisema kuwa Watanzania wapo pamoja na ndugu zao wa Uganda wakati huu wa majonzi na kusema kuwa yeye binafsi anampa pole Rais Museveni na familia yake na kumtaka awe na moyo wa subira katika kipindi hichi na kumuombea marehemu. 

Rais Museveni alimshukuru Rais Kikwete kwa kufika katika msiba huo ambapo alisema kuwa Marehemu Mzee Amos atakumbukwa kwa kuthamini elimu ambapo aliwapeleka watoto wake shule na kwa kufanya mabadiliko ambapo alikubali kufuata njia bora za ufugaji wenye tija jambo ambalo ni gumu kwa wazee wengi wenye umri wake.

Rais Museveni alitumia fursa hiyo kuwaasa vijana kuwatunza vyema wazazi wao ili waishi muda mrefu na kulaani tabia ya baadhi ya vijana kuishi kwa kutegemea mali za wazazi wao badala ya kuzalisha mali yao wenyewe akiongeza kuwa wazee wana hazina kubwa ya maarifa kutokana na kukumbana na changamoto nyingi katika maisha yao. 

 Marehemu Mzee Amos Kaguta alizaliwa mwaka 1916 katika kijiji cha Kabahambi,Kikoni Mtungamo nchini Uganda. Rais Kikwete na ujumbe wake akiwemo Waziri wa Ulinzi Mh.Shamsi Vuai Nahodha waliondoka kurejea jijini Dar es Salaam baada ya mazishi hayo

For five years the NRA fought the national army commanded by two successive presidents. Obote held on to power for four years before being deposed in a coup led by Tito Okello, who also continued to fight against the NRA. Museveni later agreed to peace talks with Okello, but to no avail. It wasn’t until January 1986 that peace was finally initiated in Uganda. The NRA entered Kampala on January 22nd, 1986, and came into power just seven days later. Museveni was sworn in as president on January 29th as the head of the National Resistance Movement party, telling his people, “No one can think that what is happening today, what has been happening in the last few days, is a mere change of the guard. This is a fundamental change in the politics of our country.” He had outlined a 10-point program for development and democracy while still in the bush, and now he promised to implement it. The program included respect for human rights, an end to government corruption, and the restoration of the economy.
Since assuming the presidency of Uganda, Museveni has worked to create a government that represents the multi-tribe constituency of Uganda, strengthened the economy, established trade agreements, and attracted foreign investment and the aid of international NGOs. Museveni also understood the needs of his own people, working to improve national unity by removing the obstacles of tribal allegiances, developing lauded programs to tackle poverty, doubling the enrollment of children in primary school, and standing apart from numerous other leaders by openly confronting and providing government funds to battle the AIDS epidemic.
Leading the Ugandan people as head of the National Resistance Movement, Museveni has defined his leadership strategy as thus: "We take from every system what is best for us and we reject what is bad for us. We do not judge the economic programs of other nations because we believe that each nation knows best how to address the needs of its people. The NRM is neither pro-West nor pro-East – it is pro-Uganda."
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has three brothers and two sisters, and married Janet Kataha, a former flight attendant who also hails from Ntungamo, in 1973, and together they have four children.

Obama Administration Official Provides Insights on U.S. Congo Policy

Last week (Monday, February 11, 2013) at the Brookings Institution, outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, presented an outline of the Obama Administration's policy position on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The purpose of Ambassador Carson's presentation-  titled "Finding a Lasting Solution to Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo-" was twofold: discussing why efforts should be redoubled to bring stability to the Congo and laying out a framework for "moving forward." He outlined four main reasons for action: 1. The moral imperative to respond; 2. The consequences of Congolese instability for U.S. National Interest; 3. The fiscal and financial imperatives calling for attention to the situation; 4. The contention that failure in bringing stability to DRC is not an option for the world. Ambassador Carson asserted in clear terms  "that the international community has a moral imperative to act more effectively in the D.R.C. to break this cycle of death and suffering and to address the other consequences of this violence" He laid out the Administration's strategy for action and moving forward, which includes:
1. Implementation of the UN Framework Agreement (PDF) - to be signed on Sunday, February 24th
2. Establishment of a comprehensive and inclusive peace process around the UN Framework Agreement (PDF) led by a UN Special Envoy
3. Restructuring of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) including the integration of a regional intervention brigade
4.Enactment of Governance and security sector reform in the DRC

Ambassador Carson called for greater attention to and response to the crisis in the DRC. However, it appears that the administration continues to operate on the notion that "quiet diplomacy" is the best way forward when it comes to holding its allies Rwanda and Uganda accountable for their role in destabilizing the Congo.

The most telling and poignant point in Ambassador Carson's remarks came, not in his presentation of the Obama Administration's four pronged approach, but in the question and answer session. The first question posed to Ambassador Carson asked for his input on the matter of Congo's neighbor, Rwanda, and its persistent destabilization of the DRC:

"You spoke about the actions that have been taken, sanctions against five members of the leaders of the M23, five members of FARDC that we supported, actions taken. You mentioned as well the concern that the M23 was supported by external forces, and the report of the UN panel and your own testimony last December indicate that Rwanda had provided that kind of support. Why haven't we pressed for any of those individuals - individual soldiers - officers of Rwandan military to be sanctioned?"

Ambassador Carson gave an unsatisfactory response that betrayed the claims in his presentation, asserting that the actions the U.S. has taken to date-cutting of $200,000 in military aid and a phone call to Paul Kagame from President Barack Obama-"have been appropriate for the time." This response pinpoints the failure of U.S. policy, in particular, as well as other nations and institutions in the international community: reluctance to fully hold to account Congo's neighbors who have played a direct role in the deaths of millions of Congolese, the pilfering of the country's resources and the perpetuation of the conflict through repeated invasions and the sponsoring of proxy militia. Evidence of this reluctance has manifested itself in the persistent inaction and burying of the UN Mapping Exercise Report, which documents serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law carried out mainly by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda in the DRC from 1993 to 2003. The Mapping Exercise report is unequivocal in its identification of the destabilizing roles by outside support, going further to argue that "the apparent systematic and widespread attacks described in this report reveal a number of inculpatory elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be characterised as crimes of genocide." The report is referring, in this section, to the Rwandan army.

Other than to argue for greater attention and higher priority in the US foreign policy portfolio, Ambassador Carson did not clearly lay out how U.S. Congo policy will substantially change from the past 16 years. Unless accompanied by a break with current policy, greater attention will not bring increased peace or security to the DRC.  The current policies have their roots in the Clinton Administration's Entebbe Principles of unfettered support for the so-called "new breed of African leaders," a political approach that has been disastrous for the people of the Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  It is the entire policy position that must change, not degrees of attention to the same modes of approach.

Key omissions from Ambassador Carson's presentation are calls for adequate measure of accountability and justice as outlined by 220 Congolese organizations. One would not know from listening to Ambassador Carson that a substantial portion of the North Kivu province is still under occupation by the Rwanda-backed M23 militia.

A number of local Congolese news papers have been consumed with Ambassador Carson's statements about Yugoslavia and Sudan:
"Clearly, a sophisticated and internationally backed solution is the only way forward. We were able to achieve such a solution to end the conflict in the former Yugoslavia through the Dayton Accords. We were able to end Africa's longest running civil war, the conflict in Sudan, through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was negotiated by the IGAD states and supported by the United States, Norway, and Great Britain. [A similarly energetic and international effort is now required for the D.R.C.] "

The local papers believe that Ambassador Carson was signaling that greater U.S. involvement in the DRC peace process would doom the DRC to the fate of both the former Sudan and Yugoslavia and result in the break-up of the country. 

Although Congolese must be vigilant about any attempt to balkanize the DRC, the local newspapers may have read too far into that part of Ambassador Carson's statements. He mentioned the DRC in the context of Yugoslavia and Sudan not necessarily to laud the specific outcomes in both countries, but to emphasize the priority and profile both countries received from the U.S. to push for a peace process. President Obama has been clear and unequivocal about the territorial integrity of the DRC and, in a follow-up blog to his speech on February 21, 2013, Ambassador Carson noted that his four-point prescription is meant to "protect the territorial integrity of the DRC."

Though the U.S. government claims it wants to uphold the territorial integrity of the DRC, its current policies do not bode well for doing so. The four point plan articulated by Ambassador Carson  gives a pass to U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda who pose the greatest threat to the territorial integrity of the DRC. Key shifts on the part of the U.S. in regard to its policies in the region should include:

1. Stronger steps in holding Rwanda and Uganda accountable - withholding of further military aid, placing both the Rwandan government and its high-level officials named in the UN reports on the sanctions list, and investigating whether the Leahy Amendment has been violated in U.S. training of Rwandan troops.

2. Just as the U.S. is demanding democratic reform in the DRC, it should also demand democratic reform in both Rwanda and Uganda. The authoritarian nature of both regimes has been a significant component in their destructive role in the DRC over the past sixteen years. Not only have both governments militarized political space inside their countries, they have also exported this militarization to the DRC to the detriment of the Congolese civilian population.

3. Support must be given to democratic institutions and the democratic process in the DRC. Ambassador Carson's public opinion on the DRC elections was ill advised. When asked about the 2011 elections he answered: "my own impression, as someone who looks the situation, is that even if we had had a fair accounting throughout this process, I think President Kabila probably would have still had won." This is pure speculation.  His point was to dismiss the need for a "fair accounting" of the 2011 elections, which is troubling; the concern of U.S. officials in his position should always be to ensure the electoral processes are transparent, fair, and just. The U.S. must play a constructive role in supporting democratic processes in DRC.  With the help of U.S. policies, democracy in the DRC has been repeatedly sacrificed in the name of security; history shows that such approaches lead to the current situation, in which there is neither democracy nor security.

In his July 2009 Ghana speech, President Obama publicly recognized the need for a new approach and a clean break from Clinton era practices; he said that the U.S. must support strong institutions in Africa, "not strongmen." This is a clear vision for changes in foreign policy approaches that has yet to be made a reality.

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

New milestone for the DRC and the region with signing of framework accord

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25 January 2013 (ECA)-UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon today hailed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region as marking a new milestone for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region. In his remarks in Addis Ababa, the Secretary-General said, “Together with leaders of the region, we have worked to find a way to break the pattern that has led to the recurring cycles of violence and collectively address the underlying causes of the conflict. ”

He highlighted that he has been deeply disturbed by the violence that erupted in April last year in eastern DRC, in the wake of the mutiny against the Congolese Army. The framework, he said, outlines a set of national and regional commitments which will contribute to addressing the underlying causes of the conflict in eastern DRC.

“We can only put an end to recurring cycles of violence through an innovative approach addressing the broader security situation with all relevant partners, said the Secretary-General,” he stressed.

“The civilian population in the affected areas endured terrible suffering as a result, the numbers of displaced persons grew by the hundreds of thousands, and innocent people were – and still are –subjected to horrendous acts of violence, including rapes and summary executions,” said the Secretary-General, stressing that perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice. The Framework includes two oversight mechanisms: one, at the national level, will be established by the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to support, accompany, and oversee the implementation of the national reforms called for in the Framework. The other oversight mechanism, at the regional level, will involve all the signatories to the Framework, who will come together twice a year to assess its implementation. The Secretary-General underscored that he was signing the framework together with the Chairpersons of the African Union, the International

Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the Southern African Development Community, and he would “act as a guarantor of this long-term engagement.” He also added that he would shortly appoint a Special Envoy to support the implementation of the Framework and these oversight mechanisms. Mr. Ban underscored that national and regional stakeholders need the
engagement of the international community to support their efforts and he called for “the sustained political, technical and financial support of key partners to accompany the implementation of the commitments outlined in the Framework.”
Their active participation in the national and regional oversight mechanisms will also be essential for their success, he stressed. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been engulfed in conflict for nearly two decades, with consequences that have rolled across half a continent according to the Secretary-General. Millions have died from armed violence and its fallout, including starvation and deprivation.
According to Mr. Ban, for just as long, the United Nations has worked with Africans and the international community to address the immediate emergencies and the underlying causes, from poverty and misrule to the mismanagement of natural resources and longstanding societal and regional fissures. This signing ceremony is a significant event in itself. But it is only
the beginning of a comprehensive approach that will require sustained engagement, he said. “With the signing of this Framework, the leaders of the region commit to uphold and implement the principles of peaceful coexistence and
freedom that contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security,” he said and added: “Let us not fail the populations who have placed their hopes in us.”

The following is a list of the signatories and witnesses to the signed the agreement:

H.E Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange  President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

H.E. Mr. Manuel Domingos Vicente Vice President of the Republic of Angola
for H.E. Mr. José Eduardo dos Santos President of the Republic of Angola

H.E. Mr. Denis Sassou N’guesso  President of the Republic of the Congo

H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma  President of the Republic of South Africa

H.E. Mr. Parfait Anicet Mbay Second Deputy Prime Minister of the
Central African Republic and Minister of Foreign
Affairs, for African Integration, Francophonie, and Central Africans
abroad for H.E. Mr. François Bozizé President of the Central African

H.E. Mr. Laurent Kavakure
Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of the
Republic of Burundi  for H.E. Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza President of the
Republic of Burundi
H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame  President of the Republic of Rwanda

H.E. Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit  President of the Republic of South Sudan

H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete  President of the United Republic of Tanzania

H.E. Mr. BAN Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations,  Witness

H.E. Mr. Armando Emílio Guebuza Chairperson of the Southern African
Development Community, Witness

H.E. Mr. Whyinter Kabimba Minister of Justice of the Republic of
Zambia  for H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata President of the Republic
of Zambia

H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma  Chairperson of the African Union
Commission, Witness

H.E Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi Vice President of the Republic of
Uganda for H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Chairperson of the
International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Witness

Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maal: umu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 24, 2013
  Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa Mhe Ban Ki-moon akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maal: umu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 24, 2013
 Mwenyekiti wa Kamisheni ya Umoja wa Mataifa Dkt  Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma akisaini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 24, 2013
 Rais Joseph Kabila wa DRC na Rais Paul Kagame wa Rwanda wakibadilishana mawazo kwa furaha huku Rais wa Jamhuri ya Kongo (Brazaville) Mhe Denis Sassou Nguesso akiwa kati yao baada ya wote kweka saini  katika Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 4, 2013
 Waziri wa Ulinzi na Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa Mhe Shamsi Vuai Nahodha pamoja na Naibu Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa Mhe Mahadhi Juma Maalim na wajumbe wengine wa ujumbe wa Tanzania wakati wa uwekaji akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 4, 2013
 Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akipongezwa na Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa Bw. Ban Ki-moon kwa kuwa mmoja wa viongozi wa bara la Afrika walio mstari wa mbele kusimamia amani baada uwekaji akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 4, 2013
  Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akipongezana na Waziri Mkuu wa Ethiopia Mhe. Hailemariam Desalegn baada uwekaji akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 4, 2013. Katikati ni Mwenyekiti wa Kamisheni ya Umoja wa Mataifa Dkt  Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma
Rais wa Rwanda Paul Kagame  akiisaini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 24, 2013
Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa Mhe Ban Ki-moon katika picha ya pamoja na viongozi wa nchi za Ukanda wa Maziwa Makuu baada ya uwekaji akiweka saini Mpango wa Umoja wa Mataifa wa Amani, Usalama na Ushirikiano katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo wakati wa hafla hiyo maalumu iliyofanyika makao makuu ya Umoja wa Afrika mjini  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leo Februari 4, 2013.Picha na IKULU

Saturday, 23 February 2013

1972 - 1981

While working as a lecturer in the northern Tanzanian town of Moshi in 1973, Museveni formed the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) with the purpose of recapturing Uganda, returning to Mozambique with his soldiers for further guerilla warfare training. In March 1979, FRONASA joined forces with other Ugandan exile groups, including a large group of rebels loyal to former president Obote, to form the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) and Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA). With assistance from the Tanzanian People's Defense Forces, the UNLA battled Idi Amin’s army during the Uganda-Tanzania war and eventually overthrew Amin, retaking the capital of Kampala in less than a month after the formation of the UNLF.
Museveni was named Minister of Defense, Minister of Regional Cooperation and Vice-Chairman of the Military Commission in a government headed by the UNLF, with the task of conquering what remained of Amin’s army. As an able commander who led well-disciplined troops, Museveni carried out his mission thoroughly and successfully, while preserving civilian lives. Along the way he also sharpened his bush-warrior skills; skills that he would need in the future, and sooner than anyone could have predicted.
Elections were held in Uganda in 1980, and Museveni ran for president as the leader of his own political party, the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM). Having spent a year enduring the infighting of the UNLF and having seen how Obote’s loyalists were lining up to take control of the country, Museveni issued a warning: if the election results were tampered with, he would return to the bush and fight to overthrow any illegitimate leader. When the disputed election returned Obote to power in February 1981, Museveni and 26 followers returned to the bush and formed the National Resistance Army (NRA), establishing a base in Luwero, 20 miles north of Kampala, and taking up arms.

Unite Against Fascism
Ken Livingstone, Owen Jones (Writer and journalist), Edie Friedman (Jewish Council for Racial Equality) and Linda Roy (Communication Workers Union) join the latest list of speakers to the UAF/OSMC conference.
30,000 Golden Dawn supporters took to the streets of Greece in early February. This is a stark reminder of how fascism takes advantage of an economic crisis by viciously attacking and scapegoating vulnerable communities. Racist murders have accompanied their rise and they have open support in the police and the army. When the Front National’s Marine Le Pen was invited to Cambridge Union this week, UAF’s demonstration opposing her visit became the story both nationally and internationally.
UAF has a ‘No Platform for fascism’ policy because we remember that across the globe up to 70 million people lost their lives in the Second World War. This includes 15 million murdered under Nazi occupation since it seized power in 1933. No other regime in the history of humanity has been responsible for this level of devastation and destruction in the space of 12 years from when Hitler came to power to the end of the Second World War. Those who lost their lives opposed fascism and died fighting for the freedom and liberation of humanity. After the Second World War the whole world said ‘never again’. We must learn the lessons of history. This is why we call for ‘No Platform’.
This conference is an opportunity to discuss how we build a movement in Britain that prevents the rise of fascism in the age of austerity and economic crisis.
Register now for our conference: see eflyer below
National conference:
UAF logoStopping the rise of fascism and racism
■ Celebrate multiculturalism
■ Challenging Islamophobia
Saturday 2 March, 10–5.30pm
Congress Centre, TUC, Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3LS
Ken Livingstone Former Mayor of London and Honorary President, UAF
Diane Abbott MP
Andy Slaughter MP
Claude Moraes MEP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leslie Mercer TUC President
Christine Blower NUT General Secretary
Chris Keates NASUWT General Secretary
Hugh Lanning PCS Deputy General Secretary
Linda Roy National Equality officer, CWU
Farooq Murad Muslim Council of Britain General Secretary
Owen Jones Writer and journalist
Symon Sentain Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Chair
Edie Friedman Director, Jewish Council for Racial Equality
Azad Ali Head of Community Development, Engage
Fr. Steven Saxby Dean of Waltham Forest
Omar Ali FOSIS President
Petros Constantinou Greece anti-fascist campaign KEERFA national organiser
Glyn Ford Unite Against Fascism European Officer
Gerry Gable Editor, Searchlight
Marwan Muhammed Collective Against Islamophobia (CCIF)
Helen Shaw Co-Director, Inquest
Omer El-Hamdoon President Muslim Association of Britain
Myriam Francois-Cerrah Writer and journalist
John Campbell Yorkshire UAF Chair
Denis Fernando Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism
Aaron Kiely NUS Black Students’ Officer
Sabby Dhalu Unite Against Fascism Joint Secretary
Weyman Bennett Unite Against Fascism Joint Secretary
Hosted by:
Supported by:
MCB, Engage, East London Mosque, Islamic Forum Europe, London Muslim Centre, BMI

Fascist organisations are seeking to take advantage of the hardship created by the economic crisis and the impact of austerity to gain support. Today Muslims, immigrants and others are wrongly blamed for the crisis, just like Jews were scapegoated for the Great Depression in the 1930s.
We have successfully defeated the BNP and the EDL. But they have not disappeared. The invitation by the Cambridge Union for Marine Le Pen, leader of the fascist Front National in France, to address the Society, reminds us why we must be vigilant in opposing racism and fascism in Britain.
Le Pen finished third in the French Presidential elections, last year and similarly the openly Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece polled a record 6.9 per cent and gained 18 MPs. Fascist organisations are using these results to co-ordinate campaigns across Europe in the run-up to next year’s Euro elections, where in Britain Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons are seeking re-election. UKIP have benefitted from the Conservative Party’s unpopularity, but this could also lead to a revival of fascist organisations like the BNP. We must learn lessons of history and prevent a national political breakthrough by the British National Party (BNP) or any other fascist organisation.
Racism, Islamophobia, and myths about Muslims, immigration and multiculturalism have provided the cutting edge of support for fascism in Britain and other European countries. In many European countries, concessions to a far right agenda have had devastating consequences such as the expulsion of Roma communities, legislation banning the face veil, halal and kosher meat and the construction of minarets. We must prevent the implementation of such policies in Britain.
The conference on Saturday 2 March is an opportunity to discuss these issues and how we best campaign against fascism, racism and Islamophobia.