Burundi – what next?

Burundi – what next?

Today AFP reported that a confidential United Nations memo sent to the Security Council last week was leaked. The document stated that peacekeeping forces in Burundi are not prepared to prevent potential disaster in the country. The memo was sent by Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief and recommended that…

UN presses Angola to release human rights activist

UN presses Angola to release human rights activist

The United Nations has called for the release of the Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavung who has been detained by the government. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary detention (UNWGAD) has condemned the detention and conviction of Mavung saying it is arbitrary and violates international law. Mavung…

CAR: elections delayed by three days

Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days. The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30. Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for…

UN calls on Liberia to end harmful cultural practices

Senior United Nations officials have called upon Liberia to further prevent harmful cultural practices that can result in death. The UN News Centre reported that these “deadly human rights violations” masquerade as cultural practices. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “Liberia’s human rights obligations…

South Sudan: are civilians losing hope?

The latest news to come out of the world’s newest state is the the use of child soldiers in the civil war reported Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday. Two years of violence and multiple attempts at peace negotiations have brought the state nowhere except to a peace deal in writing…

How to promote dialogue in Burundi

At least seven people have been killed during separate attacks overnight in Burundi. A police officer was also killed during the assault on Wednesday witnesses, police and an official told Reuters. These attacks come at a time of mounting violence in the country as well growing concerns over the possibility…

Burundi – is there the possibility of genocide?

News of continued violence in Burundi keeps spreading and fears are rising about the security situation in the country. The European Union has announced that it plans to pull all staff and their families out for the country due to the violence. Whilst the United Nations has threatened sanctions and…

Malawi Government erred on the oil and gas exploration deal

New revelations show that Malawi’s Government has erred by issuing two exploration licences for gas and oil on the World Heritage site of Lake Malawi including the National Park marine protected area which could seriously dent the country’s image in environmental conservation. Godfrey Mfiti, Environmental Activist in Southern Africa says…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa: From unified voices to unified actions

Pre–SDGs (The Millennium Development Goals) The The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on addressing salient issues, which ranged from halving extreme poverty and providing access to universal primary education, to combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria by the end of 2015. The goals did not openly single out…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Addressing food security in Zimbabwe

The United Nations in Zimbabwe has sent out an appeal to humanitarian and development organizations to help raise $86 million that they say is urgently needed, reported the UN News Service. The money will help fill the gap between the $132 million needed for the food security response plan and…

South Sudan peace deal failing

Conflict in South Sudan is continuing to pick up even with the latest peace deal which seems to be quickly failing. The peace deal was signed in August this year between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar after 21 months of fighting. The peace deal started off with…