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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

 


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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges  including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.

  • The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.

As a government, we are fully open to investigations to ensure that this matter is dealt with,” he said.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning; April 2nd by the EACC.

  • The governor is said to have failed to disclose his interest in Oryx Service Station.

Noordin Haji the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) & who gave the approval for the governor’s arrest Monday night, said in a statement the following Tuesday morning

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,”

  • Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million ~834243.72USD from the Samburu County Government.
  • According to Haji the money was shared between the governor & his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

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Chicago elects first black woman major! Lori Lightfoot.

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On Tuesday; April 2nd Lori Lightfoot made history as the 1st openly LGBTQ & black woman Mayor of Chicago.

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56-year-old Lightfoot’s victory was by a landslide! The nation’s third-largest city celebrated this as a win for diversity & progress.

  • Lori Lightfoot has never before held an elected office.
  • Lori Lightfoot is a lawyer & former federal prosecutor.
  • Lori Lightfoot has promised to cut back on Charter schools in Chicago & shake up the police department.

However, some Chicago activists feel although representation matters, Lightfoot simply was opportunistic. Toting her sexuality while having a far from progressive record as a corporate lawyer & federal prosecutor.

Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.

#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”

Sigh!

Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?

Read the story of Albert N. Wilson down below. & sign the petition if you feel moved to do so.

Rest in power to Nipsey Hussle.

Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.

Congress member Karen Bass is also doing her part in making sure his rich legacy is never forgotten.

Rest in Power to yet another black man lost in the hands of police brutality; activist & Atlanta-native Oscar Cain.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!

Open for bussiness on May 3rd!

Located at 167 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Just remember #WhoToldYou


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologies on behalf of his country for kidnapping mixed race babies, separating them from their mothers in the 1940s & 50s

  • During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
  • The men often denied fathering the children. 
  • About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
  • Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality. 

Huh?!

Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?

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We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right? 

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Some people do. 


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Mozambique is struggling to find its bearings after cyclone Idai hit.

As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi. 

Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.

More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.

Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.

Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.

Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city. 

  • Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties. 

We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government

“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.

“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai

“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.

“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.” 


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Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).

Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish  who the true criminals are.

SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.

Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.

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Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?

However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.

Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !

So much so that Nothern Nigerian women coined their own hashtag to express their encounters with sexual assualt called #ArewaMeToo.

Listen to this passionate nothern lady give her opinion on the Zamfara state governor. Nigerians are fed up.

On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.

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& on a lighter note:


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Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.

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President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.

The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage. 

The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 & 500,000 Tutsi women were raped

Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.

“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.

Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.

“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.

Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a panel of experts to “investigate” France’s actions during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda & France have had a strained relationship since the genocide in 1994. 


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A sense of normalcy seems to slowly be restoring in the Johannesburg Alexandra Township after Wednesday’s large-scale protests against the government. 

On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services. 

  • Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants. 
  • Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate. 

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Macky Sall commenced this 2nd term as President of Senegal on Tuesday; April 4th. As reported in Color 14 the incumbent President had won 58.27% of the populations votes securing his position for a re-election. 

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Nigerian President Buhari &  President Macky Sall

Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.

He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments. 

We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?

President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”. 

  • He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though. 
  • He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.

As reported in Color 13; 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.

Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated. 


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The Ethiopian government has released its preliminary reports for last month’s fatal crash that claimed the lives of 157 passengers & crew.

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Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed. 

  • This issue reportedly may have caused the accident. 

The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight went down 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

  • There have been 2 fatal crashes in 5 months involving this particular model; Boeing 737 max. 
  • Families of the victims in the accidents want justice; a US court trial as Boeing is an American company. 
  • All Boeing 737 max have been grounded pending review into the flightware system. 

Investigators in Ethiopia say a full report on what exactly happened could take up to a year. 


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On Friday morning, the Ugandan police besieged the catholic church where main opposition leader & 4-time Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was set to hold his consultation meeting

Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.

“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said. 

  • Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.

While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party–  during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)

 

For a leader to say that a vote can never oust Museveni without offering another option, it is disappointing. We continue to call upon Ugandans like we have always said, what we politicians can not solve, the people of Uganda can solve, they should go ahead and register as voters and be many  Wine said. 


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African countries as a whole; using Zimbabwe as an example, decolonize your mind!

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported the country’s Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 ($2,428) per wig. Totaling; £118,400 ($155,000).

Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean. 

Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:

“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”

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Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent. 

Hmm.


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