For years now some African governments, think-tanks, scholars and the celebrity world has for a while been mooting on ways to repatriate stolen capital through the colonial era and during the post independence Africa through corrupt proceeds and clever tax evasion from multinationals. The sad part is the implicit nature western governments are doing to protect the tax havens (UK government owning 7 of the 14 tax free jurisdictions) and the ‘I cannot reveal the account details of the illegal monies). 2020 if the year that the G7 has marked as the start of disclosure. But the question is Will the Wealthy West Countries play ball?
History has good cases such as The Treaty of Versailles (signed in 1919) and the 1921 London Schedule of Payments required Germany to pay 132 billion gold marks (US$33 billion) in reparations to cover civilian damage caused during the war.Africa, as a major source of capital flight, needs to speak with a unified voice on this issue, and to spearhead the fight against capital flight, including the tracing and recovery of these ‘stolen’ assets. This requires that African policy makers and the broader populace fully appreciate the magnitude of the capital flight problem and its various manifestations, as well as its impacts on Africa’s development.
So what strategy should be applied? A trade boycott of Western products, or an improve trading environment (with the world trade organisation, Western countries still provide subsidies to their people while Africa is told to refrain from it)… Nonetheless Africa governments, think-tanks and institutions should still increase pressure on the existing funds still in western government to be returned either through concerted efforts and campaigns.
Now it more than ever Africa should press on and call the bluff as the game of polka goes. Africa holds the future of the world in her hands.
While governments wrestle with how to come up with a win-win situation; where western governments try to encourage their citizens and companies to increase the level of direct investment (which could be a result of the Chinese and Africa dalliance). According to Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington think thank, illicit financial flows from developing regions grew at an average rate of 8.5% to 10.1% a year between 2005 and 2014 Globally, illegal capital flight nearly reached $1 trillion in 2014, at the high end of the GFI’s estimate, and just over $600 billion at the low end.In 2014, illicit outflows were largest in Asia, pegged at between $272 billion and $388 billion. In sub-Saharan Africa, illicit capital flight that year was estimated at $36 billion to $69 billion. However, measured against scale of trade, the impact of the illicit outflows from sub-Saharan Africa was much greater.
To keep such pressure on Governments a campaign to bring back the stolen funds is being waged by the Development Channel. They state as follows
Here is why you should support Development Channel’s Economic War
It is no secret that capitalist economies owe their development to the plunder of African resources siphoned since Colonialism. Not only was Africa used as a source of cheap raw material for the Industrial Revolution in the late 17th Century, it was also the home of forced labour through slave trade.
Ever since, even with the independence of African countries, the theft of African resources has continued through multi-national companies either directly through theft of natural resources or the trade imbalance that allows for their products to flood our markets at impossible prices yet made from African fabric, metal, and other resources.
As a result, the income disparities have increased the gap between the rich and the poor locking the continent into a cycle of debt, war, disease, famine that the capitalists use as a stepping stone to continue their cycle of theft unfettered through a cosmetic term — foreign aid.
This “aid” is what keeps African governments doing the bidding of these “donors” fueled by International media’s biased coverage of Africa often anecdoted with horrific pictures of starving African children, painting the picture of desperation.
Ever wonder why war has never ended in Africa? It is because of the invisible hand of foreign governments fuelling conflict to continue their theft of African resources. African luminaries such as Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara who saw and condemned this theft decades ago were assassinated by capitalist regimes who in turn propelled the rise of puppet leaders that would allow their plunder to continue at a cut.50 years later, even with the “aid” Africa has purportedly received, poverty, disease, hunger, poor infrastructure and other social ills are still a reality. The response is simple; Africa cannot be developed by other people other than Africans. This is why Development Channel has launched the continent’s first attempt to reverse the shame Africa has endured for centuries.
The program dubbed the Economic War is a deliberate effort to give Africans the power to dig themselves out of the entanglement they have been enslaved in through making informed economic choices that come with benefits that will change the continent’s living conditions and eventually, drive poverty out.
What is the Economic War?
It is essentially a patriotic approach that empowers Africans to build their continent by limiting how much money is taken out by foreign companies and using it to iron the income disparities, promote social welfare, support innovation through quality education and reduce Africa’s imports from the rest of world through industrialization.
The vision bearers argue that by stopping the capital flight out of the continent which stands at $203bn, the continent can solve her endemic production problems and be able to compete favourably with the rest of the world in terms of trade, innovation, and infrastructure.
The proponents are confident that Africa can be a powerhouse of industrialization owing to her natural resource endowment, create jobs for her people, export more and halt the capitalist exploitation that has kept the continent in a poor shape for years.
In turn, the functional welfare system, a progressive and healthy business environment in which local companies can outcompete foreign companies in bidding for local projects such as road, dam and railway construction, Africa will finally get her share of the cake that it has been denied.
How you can support the Economic War
Like any other war, the economic war needs the support of citizens to succeed. To begin with, one can start by boycotting foreign made products and substitute them with locally manufactured ones. Development Channel has launched the elegant No Drop-Out Smartphone – the first made on the continent to counter the Chinese, South Korean, American and European made good-for-nothing expensive products that fill our market shelves.
As a benefit, the company gives you a stake with the all-new financial and welfare economic system that guarantees you a monthly dividend. This Africa-first approach will catapult the continent from a poor, dependent and underdeveloped block to one of the world’s most competitive and attractive areas for business development.
To join the war, visit www.developmentchannel.tv and be part of a vision that will make Africa the coveted continent it ought to be.
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Malengo Foundation honours outstanding women with disabilities
By Our Reporter
Malengo Foundation, a local non-profit organisation propagating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, has honoured women with disabilities who have been outstanding in their communities and excelled in different walks of life. This was during the inaugural Girl 50-50 forum held at Mestil Hotel on Saturday.
The women who were honoured in six categories were selected by a panel of judges following an online nomination process. The recognised individuals are celebrated for having beaten the odds to become successful in different fields including business, fashion, sports and education among others.
Olive Auma, a recipient for Shero award, applauded the initiative noting that “such platforms are good at boosting confidence and self-esteem among persons with disabilities.”
Speaking at the event, Beatrice Guzu, the Executive Secretary National Disability Council and was also the guest of honour, revealed plans to create a disability fund which will promote and empower persons with disabilities to grow their talents and generate their own income.
Meanwhile, the forum was also used to officially launch the Girl 50-50 project. According to Michelle Omamteker, the Executive Director Malengo Foundation, the Girl 50-50 project is an initiative aimed at raising awareness about challenges faced by women with disabilities and also celebrate individuals who have managed to rise up against the odds and succeed in different walks of life.
“The project will involve different activities happening throughout the year that are aimed at empowering women with disabilities,” she noted.
The winners are;
Ms. Elizabeth Mwesigwa – She was a gold medalist at the Para-African Badminton championship in 2018.
Make it Happen Honoree
Mr. Charlie Mujuni – She co-founded the Amputee Support Network Uganda which offers psychological support and empowerment for people dealing with amputations.
Ms. Florence Ndagire – She is the first blind person to qualify and receive licensure as a lawyer in Uganda. She currently works as a legal researcher and Human Rights lawyer at the United Nations.
Ms. Aisha Bahati – She is a blind hairdresser and owns her own salon. She was also crowned Miss Tourism Independent in 2015.
Ms. Olive Auma – She is the first ever Miss Albinism in Uganda.
Next Generation Honoree
Ms. Enrika Mijumbi – She was the 2nd Runners Up at the Little Miss Rising Woman and an entrepreneur at just 10 years.
Here is Uganda’s most sought after elite society of debaters!
By Muzaphal Kimbugwe
Wednesday morning as I step off the elevator on the 6th floor of Esella hotel, I am stunned.
A week earlier I was booked for adjudication duty in the Acfode Inter University debate nationals, convening universities from all over the country to debate a number of issues on gender and governance. I am here as an adjudicator under the banner of Debate Society Uganda, a society of young men and women with a passion for debate, who in this competition are technical implementers for adjudication and tabbing. Essentially, they decide who wins.
I am stunned to be here, as part of this society of young men and women who on face value can be mistaken for ordinary contemporary folk yet they are inarguably some of the most intelligent and eloquent young people this nation is blessed to have. Some are clad in suits, others in shorts-yes, shorts
while some are casual smart, donning chinos and blazers. They are full of life and they have an enviable sense of humour. Around them, you can’t hold your laughter.
Gilbert, the Chief adjudicator in this tournament is a young man of average height, a strategic mix of tough and simple demeanour and with a great sense of humour. Gilbert is running a quick activity to help debaters and adjudicators know each other. Gilbert is a team building expert. You will also think that Gilbert is a comedian, because he actually is, and an MC among other things. He is an agriculturalist, an MSC candidate, a researcher and most importantly here, a seasoned debater and public speaker.
Just like Gilbert, most of the members of Debate Society Uganda present here are professionals in different fields while others are students. In all this diversity, intriguing as it is, I see young people doing what they love, having fun at it and doing it super well.
Fast forward, there is a briefing of debaters, after which Jacob Eyeru, the national head of Debate Society Uganda is to give a key note address on “Debate as a Vehicle for Enhancing Good Governance and Youth Participation”.
My oh my, Jacob is sui generis. Listening through his address, everyone is just amazed. Jacob is an engineer by the way so one would wonder, “Engineering, debate, how so?” Well, Jacob is above all things a seasoned debater whose story as he tells it jokingly shows how far he has come, from a young boy with a desire to debate, who grows into an outstanding student that leads his university’s fast growing debating union at Makerere University and is later elected East African Community Youth Ambassador for Uganda in the program’s pioneer years. That he now leads this society of debaters is not surprising.
It is a successful tournament, the Acfode inter university debate nationals. Round after round, my interaction with different members of this society who alongside me are serving as adjudicators is just awe amazing. Their understanding of issues, their ability to weigh arguments, their ability to give feedback to students and their commitment to debate is just admirable.
One of these guys, Segawa Ivan Sebastian is the current East African Community Youth Ambassador for Uganda. Ivan’s story as earlier told by Jacob in his keynote address makes this society even more intriguing. From humble beginnings of a boy who couldn’t write his own speeches, Ivan has grown into a seasoned debater who has among other things led his university’s debating union at Kyambogo, won many awards, represented Uganda at the world debate championships and is now the head of the society’s television debate program, the NBS Television school debates. Ivan’s story is just one of the many-stories of Debate Society Uganda’s members.
Beatrice Kaytiena, another member of this society is the Vice President of the General Assembly of the International Youth Diplomacy Conference in Accra Ghana 2019. Beatrice is an entrepreneur, a graduate of linguistics and a postgraduate student of international relations and diplomacy. Cut Beatrice and she will bleed debate.
Ntambi Michael Blair, the head of the society’s schools program is a 3rd year student of law at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). He has among other things led his University’s debating union and he is the head of the Rule of law debates. By his dress code and gentle demeanour, we joke that he is deserving of the tittle Sir or Lord. Lord Blair, we say.
Samantha, another member of the society is a fourth year law student at Makerere University while Peter Muhizi is a teacher of linguistics. Peter’s experience in debate spans years of debate and public speaking training and adjudication. Peter was Chief adjudicator to the African Debate Championships in South Africa in 2018.
See why, on stepping off the elevator, I am stunned? To be in the presence of such young men and women is no easy feat.
And, oh, I haven’t talked of Patrick Ngasirwa, the tab master in the tournament or Joel Mucunguzi, both members of the society who are 4th year law students at Makerere University. Very humble and gentle souls yet overly intelligent and eloquent young men with an admirable command of the Queen’s language. What is even more admirable is their understanding of the law that will make you think they already are practising attorneys.
It is wondrous, how Debate Society Uganda has in a very short while managed to bring all these brilliant minds together for the cause of debate. It is even more wondrous, how sought after it already is.
This society has only been in existence for a couple of years yet today it is Uganda’s most sought after society of debaters, managing technical aspects of debate for both government and private actors who have debate as part of their programming. The society has among others managed tournaments
including the African Debate Championship, the East African Schools Invitational, the East African Universities Debate Championship, the Ministry of finance students accountability sector debates, the Olympic values debates, the European Union climate action debates in partnership with KCCA and the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) debates.
Also, the society is now the technical implementer for debate in the Stanbic bank national schools championship, while its own national schools program is already ongoing.
Debate Society Uganda is already a member of the East African Debate Council, the Pan African Universities Debate Council and the African Schools Debate Board.
The society, impressively, is youth led, with its membership open to all youth with a passion for debate and desire to make debate available in its highest quality all over the country as a tool for nurture of young people to achieve an informed and engaged society.
I am more than confident to say that this society, Debate Society Uganda is the real deal.
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