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Kenya, Uganda among 20 weak, failing states

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by BAK, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Kenya, Uganda among 20 weak, failing states

    By PAUL REDFERN
    THE EAST AFRICAN

    Posted Saturday, December 6 2008 at 10:41

    A new UK-based report that labels Kenya and Uganda as among the weak or failing states of Africa is likely to come under strong criticism from Nairobi and Kampala.

    The Institute of Public Policy’s Research report identifies 20 states in Africa, including all of Kenya and Uganda’s neighbours with the exception of Tanzania, as “weak” or “failing.”

    The IPPR, a left-wing think tank often used to help formulate policy for the ruling Labour government claims that Britain faces a greater threat from the rising number of weak states worldwide than from strong ones.

    According to the IPPR’s report, a massively strengthened international effort is required to tackle “failing” states such as Somalia and it proposes a new global agenda to address the issue.

    IPPR associate director David Mepham, said: “The international community’s existing approach is weak, incoherent and reactive.

    “Too often the policies of developed countries, including the UK, are actually making things worse through irresponsible arms exports, weak controls over money laundering, inadequate regulation of Western companies that trade in illicit commodities like ‘conflict diamonds’ and through unfair global trade rules.

    “The international community’s response needs to address not just the symptoms of failure but their underlying causes.”

    In particular, the IPPR recommends that the international community take action to:

    * Tighten controls over weapons transfers, through an updating of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports and through agreement on a new International Arms Trade Treaty.

    * Toughen international controls over money laundering and corruption.

    * Strengthen the regulation of international companies that invest in failed and failing states and support for international initiatives like the Kimberley process to counter the trade in “conflict diamonds.”

    The 20 weak or failing states in Africa are Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the DRC, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville, Liberia, the Central African Republic, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, Uganda and Kenya.

    These states and the “ungoverned” areas they allow to develop, could become “jumping-off points for direct threats to the UK via terrorism or transnational crime,” the report says.

    It focuses on an “arc of instability” running from the coast of West Africa right across the Persian Gulf to Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

    The situation is only likely to worsen with rising global poverty, the report says, adding that uncoordinated UK policies are failing to respond to the growing threat.

    It urges London to engage much more positively with the weak states through financial, economic and diplomatic means or what it terms “non-military preventative action,” through promoting good governance.
     
  2. Kichuguu

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    Then we will hear more noise from Gagiki or whoever the shit claiming that Kenya's economy is superior to Tanzania and that Tanzania is poor and dirty, but they need it to form a federation.
     
  3. Kichuguu

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    Unajua, sababu mojawapo inayochangia sisi waafrika kushindwa kuendelea ni pale tunaposhindwa kufahamu na kukubali udhaifu wetu. Mtu akipata kidogo tu, basi atajigamba mtaa mzima umfahamu kuwa kapata.

    Kama ambavyo dunia nzima ilivyoonyeshwa hali ya maisha ya mkenya wa kawaida wakati ule wa machafuko yao ya kisiasa kuwa ni ya chini sana. Ukweli ni kuwa maisha ya asilimia 90 ya raia wa afrika ya mashariki na ya kati zote kwa pamoja ni ya chini sana. Pale Kenya utashangaa kuwa kuna matajiri wachache sana wanaoingiza mapato makubwa sana ya Taifa lakini hayo ni mapato yao, raia wengine wa kawaida wengi sana wanaishi chini ya msitari wa umaskini. Sasa badala ya kusema jamani raia wetu wana hali mbaya tushirikiane tuwakomboe kutoka kwenye umaskini, jamaa anakuja na majigambo kuwa wakenya wameendelea kuliko Tanzana; kama vile wanataka kuwasadia watanzania kwa huo muungano, hayo ni makosa sana. Wakumbuke kuwa Tanzania tuliwahi kumwambia mjerumani avunje barabara zote alizokuwa amejenga pale Dar, na kweli alivunja, wala hatuyumba. Wasituone juu juu na kudhani kuwa tumelala fofofo.

    Ninajua kuwa wakenya wengi hawana mtazamo kama wa huyo kichaa, lakini kwa vile sauti yao haisikiki, basi nitaendelea kuamini kuwa maneno ya huyu kichaa ndiyo ya wakenya wote ingawa nina-imani kabisa kuwa siyo hivyo.
     
  4. Icadon

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    Mwl Kichuguu, Nyani(sio nyani ngabu) haoni makalio yake...Najua wakenya watajaribu kurefute hiyo report.
     
  5. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Babuu eeh,

    hakuna mkenya in his/her right mind atakayebisha na hii kitu otherwise
    itakua denial.Asilimia kubwa ya wakenya ni masikini na wanasota kinoma.
    Kutajirika kwa wachache haimanishi eti nchi imeendelea...ila wezi wamezidi.

    Zile kura za mwaka jana brought to light the fragility of the Kenyan fabric
    na nyote mlishuhudia.Kibaki amjilazimishia madaraka na amewanufaisha
    wapambe wake huku raia wanalia njaa maana bei za bidhaa zimeruka
    kishenzi na hazish'kiki.Hebu fikiria kama wiki mbili tatu ziilzopita unga wa
    ugali ulikua unauza anywhere between 80 to 120 Ksh.Ni wazi kua bei
    halali ni 45 Ksh.Mabepari wanawaibia walalahoi na serikali imeichuna tu
    kana kwamba hamna chochote kinachoendelea.

    Kisha kuna posti moja nilitundika humu kuhusu vile askari jela wanavyoishi
    na how that translates into the care the give to the inmates.Yaani ni unyama
    juu ya unyama mpaka unashangaa hawa watu vipi jamani.The social fabric
    ambayo kwamba Kenya ilikua inajivunia, imefanywa mararu na issue za
    kijamii kama hizi.Kulikua na kipindi wanafunzi wa shule za sekondari walifanya
    migomo na kuanza kuchoma mabweni and any other school property just
    to vent their frustration at mock exams.

    Mwalimu mmoja wa saikolojia akasema kua the students were reflecting
    what Kenya had become after the elections of 2007...or maybe that was
    just what they were na watu walikua hawajui ukweli wa hali halisi.
     
  6. Lole Gwakisa

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    I realli feel sorry for our dear neighbours, the Kenyans.This should interest one chap by the name of Gitau Warigi of kenyas Daily Nation.
     
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