Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Truth and Reconciliation
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted that his country’s security institutions have tortured and committed “terrorist acts” against its own citizens in the past.
He also hinted he might seek to abolish an anti-terrorism law that has led to the detention and prosecution of thousands in the East African country, Al-Jazeera reported.
“Our constitution doesn’t allow it, but we have been torturing, causing bodily damages and even putting inmates in dark prison cells,” Ahmed said in an address to parliament on Monday. “These were terrorist acts committed by us, and using force just to stay in power is a terrorist act too.”
The admission comes after Ethiopia lifted a state of emergency earlier this month that was imposed to quell massive anti-government protests that forced his predecessor to resign. Since Ahmed took office in April this year, the government has freed more than 1,000 prisoners, including some prominent opposition leaders, as he has sought to win the faith of his people and the international community.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Cash-in-transit heists could lead to losses of R470m, Parliament hears: Cash-in-transit heists will lead to cash losses of R470-million this year if the current trend continues, the Portfolio Committee on Police heard on Wednesday. The meeting brought together a range of stakeholders concerned with cash-in-transit heists, including the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric). Forty-nine vehicles have been lost so far this year, at a cost of R64-million to the industry, according to Sabric's presentation to the committee. According to Sabric's ...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Many in his Nairobi parish know him as Father Paul, or “Masaa.”
But to young people around town, he’s known as “Sweet Paul” for his positive rhymes in freewheeling raps about youth community involvement.
“I rap sweet, I talk sweet, I dance sweet,” he told the BBC.
Father Paul began his unconventional preaching style in the wake of tragedy in 2007, when a stampede during a concert in Nairobi left several young people dead, according to Kenyan news agency, Standard Digital.
Afterwards, the Catholic priest started using his talent behind the mic to draw young people into safe spaces like the church to be entertained – and to discuss pressing political and cultural issues that will affect them as they come of age, like drug use, community involvement or climate change.
Father Paul sometimes delivers more traditional sermons, but some contemporaries criticize that his more-modern verses are “watering down [the] priesthood.”
But like any good rapper, Sweet Paul doesn’t let the haters affect his craft.
“Usually I tell them that we have the talents and we must use the talents.”
Click here to see this rapping priest spit his holy rhymes.
A Tale of Two Nations
Ethiopia will fully recognize the terms of a peace deal forged with neighboring Eritrea almost two decades ago, signaling a long awaited détente between the two nations.
Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993, and in 1998, the two began a bloody conflict over the proper demarcation of their shared border, Al Jazeera reported.
Both sides signed a truce in 2000 allocating certain border lands to Eritrea in order to end the conflict that had already killed tens of thousands, but Ethiopia continued to occupy the ceded areas. The countries have been in a state of “no peace no war” ever since, the Financial Times reported.
Fully recognizing the peace accords is just the latest move in a string of reforms undertaken by newly inaugurated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose premiership comes with promises to liberalize the nation after 26 years of authoritarian rule in Ethiopia.
Already this week, Abiy announced plans to allow private investment into traditionally state-run enterprises, and lifted a state of emergency in the nation two months earlier than originally planned.