Monday, October 16, 2017

Liberia's presidential election heading for a run-off.

Liberia’s presidential election seeme to be heading to a run-off  after nearly all the results from Tuesday's poll have been counted, the election commission says.
Mr  George Weah is leading with 39%, while Mr Joseph Boakai, the current Vice President  is in second place with 29%.
A second round between the pair is expected next month.
They lead the field of 20 candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected president.

Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%.


At least 230 people have been killed in massive bomb attack in a busy area of Mogadishu in Somalia. A lorry full of explosives was detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Many more people were wounded.
No group has yet  claimed responsibility fotr the attack although the Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed has blamed the attack on Al Shbab and called it a "heinous act".
The President has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.
There was a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city, where two people were killed..
An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told AFP it was "the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area".
The director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.
"Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.
"What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition."


Sunday, October 15, 2017

4th World Forum on Local Economic Development: African Local Governments to examine the informal economy and climate change

The theme of the 4th edition is, "The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program"
RABAT, Morocco, October 13, 2017/ -- The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017.

Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP (United Nations Development Program); UCLG (United Cities and Local Government); ILO (International Labor Organization); FAMSI (The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity); and ORU-FOGAR. UCLG Africa (, the umbrella organization of local governments on the continent, will participate in the event with a delegation led by the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The Forum will be a venue for exchange on local economic development. The theme of the 4th edition is, "The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program." It aims to provide guidance and principles for action to implement SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all( and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals (

The organizing committee’s presentation sheet specifies that a special emphasis will be placed on the reduction of inequalities through local economic development.

The forum will witness the participation of the President of the Republic of Cape Verde; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; ministers from Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania and Bolivia, as well as numerous local and regional elected officials from Africa and other parts of the world.

During the forum, UCLG Africa will organize two sessions on October 18, 2017; the first of which is entitled, "Climate Change and LED: How to mitigate the effects of Climate Change while promoting Local Economic Development." This will focus on the economic opportunities that climate change offers to people, including the poorest, building on the good practices of some African cities, notably Porto-Novo with the Songhai project implemented in Benin ( and on the experience of the 11 pilot cities, parties to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (

The second session entitled, "Informal economy between regularization and access during transitional phases," will highlight the issues that need to be addressed with regard to the integration of the informal sector into the local economic development strategies and solutions provided by local governments in Africa and elsewhere.

Please consult the key positions of local and regional governments on local economic development over here (

To learn more about the forum, please visit this link: (

For further information on LED in Africa, please access here: (


Thursday, October 12, 2017


Almost to a month since he died, Cloud Yohana Mwanasande better known as Shabani Yohana Wanted has finally been buried at his home village at Kwamgwe, Michungwani Muheza in Tanga region in Tanzania. The burial has brought to an end the journey that began between 12th and 13th September 2017 when Shaban died alone in his room in Gaberone Botswana. Shabani's body was taken by the police until relatives from Tanzania gave legal permission for friends in Botswana to take care of the body. Fellow musicians and friends of Shabani in Botswana decided they had to transport Shabani body back to Tanzania for burial. Through contributions and funds raise by a music concert Shabani's body was transported to Dar es Salaam Tanzania, and arrived early morning on Monday 9th October. 
Musicians in Tanzania led by John Kitime and Rashid Pembe formed a commitee to oversee the fund raising for transporting the body from Dar es salaam to Shabani's home village. Kitime was Shabani's band mate since 1987 to 1984, and Pembe had been in the same band as Shabani from 1988 to 1994. Musicians, friends, members of the Whatsapp groups Zama zile and Kavasha, the National Arts Council, CCM Youth wing (UVCCM), were among those who contributed to the funds that made plans for Shabani's burial possible.
I want to take this opportunity convey sincerely thanks from Shabani's relatives and friends to all those in Botswana who made it possible for Shabani body to be brought home to be buried very near  his mother's grave. The relatives have also conveyed deep thanks to all those in Tanzania who made the burial possible.
Below are pictures of various events that took place.
Receiving and checking Shabani's body at the Dar es salaam airport


A man had been drinking at the bar for hours, and had become quite drunk when he mentioned something about his girlfriend being out in the car. The bartender, concerned because it was so cold, went to check on her. When he looked inside the car, he saw the drunk's’s friend, Dave, and the drunk's girlfriend seriously kissing one another. The bartender shook his head and walked back inside.
He told the man that he thought it might be a good idea to check on his girlfriend. The fellow staggered outside to the car, saw his friend and his girlfriend kissing, then walked back into the bar laughing.
“What’s so funny?” the bartender asked.
“That stupid Dave!” he said, “He’s so drunk, he thinks he is me!”