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Njoroge Wachai


Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (SciDev.net), a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level. Close.

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July 2, 2008 11:34 AM

Mugabe Finds Friends in African Union

The African Union (A.U.), as an entity, is a toothless bulldog. And those eagerly expecting it to loudly and harshly condemn Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe – for terrorizing Zimbabweans and holding a one-man phony election – are day-dreaming. They don’t understand this ineffective body’s inner workings and composition.

They’re mistaken to think that the parley at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh will ameliorate the grave political imbroglio engulfing Zimbabwe. Instead, I bet, the A.U. clearly seems gunned to strengthen Mugabe’s stranglehold of Zimbabwe. Why? Because the A.U. can’t purport to stand for values such as democracy and respect for human rights. Were the A.U. a subscriber to these values, it’d be burning midnight oil to banish Mugabe from its midst. To the A.U., there doesn’t seem to be a crisis worth emergency intervention.

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July 9, 2008 3:05 PM

Thumbs-Up For Bush's African Legacy

The Current Discussion: The G-8 summit is Bush's last hurrah as a world leader. What's one thing he can do to strengthen his legacy?

Correction Appended

This is a biased question against Bush: it already prejudges Bush’s legacy as horrible. But to be fair to the man, this is not the case. Unless you live on Mars, you can’t claim that there’s nothing good associated with President Bush. Of course, you don’t expect Bush’s detractors --- and those who have political points to score by poking holes into his presidency – to paint him white. They’d rather paint him black.

Bush has been generous and kind to Africa, far more than his predecessors. This is an uncontestable fact.

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July 10, 2008 4:56 PM

Trade, Not Aid, for Africa

Why do African countries keep pushing for aid that rich countries are reluctant and unwilling to give?

G8 Summits are fast becoming synonymous with Africa’s miseries. It’s almost predictable that at the top of the agenda of every G8 Summit is how Africa is dealing with the triumvirate issues of poverty, political instability and disease. In the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, it was Darfur. In this year’s Summit in Japan, it was a threat to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for holding a fraudulent election and suppressing the opposition.

Actually, it has become fashionable, prior to and during these summits – forget what happens when they’re concluded - for G8 leaders to pledge tens of billions of dollars to help Africa fight poverty. These are usually in the form of aid and debt cancellations.

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July 18, 2008 12:31 PM

Ocampo's Faltering Prosecution

This week’s arrest warrant request from Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s war-crimes in Darfur, has triggered quite the political and diplomatic kerfuffle. Many, especially human rights organizations, have hailed the move as significant as it will deter impunity.

But the Sudanese government, obviously, has expressed its indignation at the ICC and Mr. Ocampo. Soon after Ocampo announced the charges on Monday, al-Bashir’s supporters exploded in war shrieks and political diatribes against the ICC – and many countries seemed to support it.

In a rally held in Khartoum on Sunday, soon after word leaked that the announcement of the arrest warrant was imminent, al-Bashir’s supporters marched in the streets shouting: “Death to America! Death to Israel!” (Note that the U.S. and Israel aren’t signatories of the ICC and, therefore, don’t recognize it).

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July 29, 2008 11:46 AM

Obama's Lost African Pulpit

When the Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, made his now-famous speech last week in Berlin, on trans-Atlantic relationships, he referenced Africa seven (7) times.

As a way of introducing himself to the “people of the world”, Obama reminded them that his father “…grew up herding goats in Kenya.” (Barack Obama Sr. hailed from Western Kenya, specifically Luo Nyanza, where fishing, not goat herding, is people’s way of life.)

To warn the world against embracing evils of divisions – whether they be racial, religious, tribal or national - Obama drew attention to the miseries the Germans underwent before the fall of the Berlin Wall. And to noisy applause from a crowd of over 200,000, Obama mentioned how similar walls have come down tumbling from Kiev to Cape Town, South Africa. In the latter, he was referring to the end of apartheid in early 1990s.

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