Daily Archives: March 3, 2019

Kagame’s Costly Fights In 2018 – 2019

General Paul Kagame loves and lives by fighting. In 2018–2019, he fought with four countries.

First, he fought with the United States over used apparels with the Trump Administration. Rwanda was subsequently suspended from free access to the American market via the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Second, Kagame fought with Burundi, leading the latter to term Kagame’s Rwanda ”an enemy state”.

Third, Kagame fought with South Africa after the latter would not normalize relations, which means that thousands of Rwandans traveling to South Africa must still apply for via outside Rwanda. Instead, South Africa opened an inquest to the death of Patrick Karegeya, the former Rwandan intelligence chief murdered in Johannesburg in 2013.

Fourth, Kagame is now fighting with Uganda for what Rwanda describes as harassment and torture of Rwandans in Uganda. This, after years of kidnappings and killings of Rwandans inside Uganda. Kagame has now closed the Rwanda-Uganda border through which over half of Rwanda’s annual US$3.3 billion international trade passes onto the Kenyan seaport of Mombasa. For Kagame, winning is not a required outcome for engaging in a fight — as long as he gets to fight.

Uhuru Kenyatta calls upon African governments for free movement of people

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called upon African governments to allow free movement of Africans all across the continent.

President Kenyatta made the remark during an official visit to Addis Ababa, where he met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde.

“There is need for our people to be allowed to travel throughout the African continent freely without any hindrances, since we are all brothers and sisters with a common heritage as Africans,” Kenyatta said.

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There is need for our people to be allowed to travel throughout the African continent freely without any hindrances, since we are all brothers and sisters with a common

African governments are still deliberating on how best to implement a proposed roll-out of an African passport, which would allow Africans to move across the continent without any hindrances.

The Pan-African passport was launched in July 2016, at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, in Kigali. Chadian President and then Chairperson of the AU, Idriss Deby, and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame received the first passports from the then Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Earlier this year, the AU said it would provide details of the production and issuance of the African passport, which would be used by the continent’s over 1.2 billion people.

Other than supporting the removal of boundaries across Africa, President Kenyatta has also in the past called for the removal of passport requirements for travel by East Africans across the region, saying it would open up the region economically.

The Kenyan leader’s visit to Ethiopia is his second this year, having attended the 32nd AU Heads of State and Governments in Addis Abbaba in early February.

Source :CGTN