Like Peter Msigwa’s June 20th, 2012 passionate comments during the discussion of last year’s budget, I too think the opposition’s purpose is to criticize government’s implementation of policy. Our democracy can only become increasingly vibrant and resilient if the opposition is strong in this regard.
From May 24-27, 2013 the Organization of African Unity and African Union celebrated its golden jubilee during a special summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an attempt to get candid views and sentiments on the state of the AU and what the future holds Ahmed Salim, who was in Addis during the summit and attended some of the proceedings, spoke to various diplomats, current and former officials of the OAU and AU, members of civil society and other stakeholders. This is what he observed.
In a guest post Leonard Wanyama of the Society for International Development stresses the importance of honesty and integrity from public intellectuals and analysts as Kenyans head to the polls on March 4, 2013.
I am hopeful as this New Year trudges on. I am not always a fan of nationalistic sentiment, as it often results in dangerous rhetoric, however, I cannot help but be nationalistic this year. Let us work hard to continue to build our economy.
The questions we are asking ourselves moving forward are: How do we organize ourselves such that we can produce offline content as well? With what means can we support content collection and creation for the longer term? And, most importantly, what kind of discussion do young people want to get involved with in Tanzania and greater East Africa?
In preparation for the first East Africa Future Day to be held in Nairobi on November 12, Ahmed Salim and Aidan Eyakuze of the Society for International Development preview what is at stake for East Africa’s future.