Letter from the future to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, with whom it all began


Shikamoo Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has been resurrected and is thriving. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYAGAH |   NATION MEDIA GROUP

Shikamoo Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has been resurrected and is thriving. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYAGAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP     

Shikamoo Mwalimu. Next week, the Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Community is currently chaired by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Yes sir, you may share this news with Mzee Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote when you see them. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has been resurrected and is thriving.

I am writing to seek your wisdom and blessings. You see, when the Summit meets, they will be deliberating, among other things, on the best way to start a constitution-making process for the Federation of East Africa! Yes, the debate is back.

You remember those many years ago, in 1963, when you offered to delay Tanganyika’s Independence to give chance to East Africa to get its Independence as a federal entity?

You feared that entrenched sovereignty and the trappings of national authority would blind us to the strategic imperatives of building a united East Africa capable of harnessing all its resources for the socio-economic development of its citizens.

You were worried that narrow parochial concerns would lead to the marginalisation of our continent. You saw clearly that Independence within the borders of colonial constructs would simply reinforce the colonial enterprise, marginally tweaking the relationship between the former colonies and the metropole, while leaving the colonial enterprise intact. Well sir, you were right.

Can you imagine that by 2005, the entire GDP of East Africa was only $40 billion — the wealth of one modern high net worth individual?

That our fragmented economies remained stuck in the mud for decades, trying to produce more cotton, coffee, and raw minerals for the consumption of the Western world?

The harder we worked, the poorer we became, until we were told that the only solution was to reduce our investments in health, education, infrastructure and energy.

We did need macroeconomic discipline, Mwalimu, but we balanced our books on the backs of the poor. We were too weak to resist, our valiant struggle against apartheid notwithstanding. We all agreed to take the medicine.

Our current leaders have decided to reverse the trend. They have decided to go back to the future. And they are succeeding. East Africa is now a Customs Union, and we are slowly turning it into a Single Customs Territory.

Beyond the free movement of goods, the region is now slowly but surely turning into a Common Market, and plans are underway to build a Monetary Union. Shared investments in infrastructure are gaining momentum. Remember when you decided to invest in the Tazara railway against all opposition?

You may be saddened to hear that line now carries less than 10 per cent of what it did in its heyday. I am glad to report however that for the first time in over 100 years, Kenya and Uganda are beginning to lay a new, modern railway line. Rwanda and Burundi are determined to follow suit. Investments in energy generation are on the rise. East Africa is determined not be a dark region, both figuratively and literally.

Do you know, Mwalimu, that since East Africa decided to deepen and widen its integration, its GDP is now over $100 billion and growing? Over 700,000 students are enrolled in 344 institutions of higher education including 161 universities.

This is a sharp rise from the 160,000 enrolled in the 1990s. They pay local fees across the region, and 2015 is the target year for turning East Africa into a Common Higher Education Area.


A Ugandan man with a sticker on his face takes part in the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda, on August 9, 2014. The six-month-old law had meant that homosexuals could be jailed for life.

A Ugandan man with a sticker on his face takes part in the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda, on August 9, 2014. The six-month-old law had meant that homosexuals could be jailed for life.    

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The new Bill avoids any explicit references to homosexuality, but co-opt sections of the Penal Code, which prescribe, among others, a life sentence for “unnatural sexual practices.”

The new Bill also expands the definition of the promotion of unnatural sexual practices and proposes a prison sentence of up to seven years for the promotion of homosexuality.

Funding for purposes of promoting unnatural sexual practice and protecting, housing or transporting homosexuals can also result in imprisonment of up to 10 years.

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Drafting of a new Ugandan Bill which could broaden the scope of anti-homosexuality legislation to include promotion of the practice is in advanced stages, sources said Wednesday.

The Bill is expected to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, but expunged off Uganda’s law books by the Constitutional Court, saying Parliament lacked a quorum when it was passed.

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A committee comprising several MPs, including Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala, Vice President Edward Ssekandi and David Bahati (author of the previous Anti-Homosexual Act), has been meeting since August over the proposed law.

Mr Ssebagala told Daily Monitor this week their committee is finalising the draft which should be presented to the public before Christmas.

“The new proposal is following the common thread of The Anti-Homosexuality Act. The only differences are minor changes in the use of words,” he said.

In contrast to the nullified Act, the new Bill avoids any explicit references to homosexuality, but seems to co-opt sections of the Penal Code, which prescribe, among others, a life sentence for “unnatural sexual practices.”

Unnatural sexual practices are defined in the draft Bill as a sexual act between persons of the same sex, or with or between transsexual persons, a sexual act with an animal and anal sex.

The proposed legislation also expands the definition of “promotion of unnatural sexual practices” and proposes a prison sentence of up to seven years for the promotion of homosexuality.

Funding for purposes of “promoting unnatural sexual practice” and protecting, housing or transporting homosexuals can also result in imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Ever since the Constitutional Court nullified the previous law, it has been a top priority for a section of MPs to reintroduce it.

READ: Uganda anti-gay law to be re-introduced in parliament: speaker

Mr Bahati was hesitant to comment on the new Bill but maintained his position that the anti-homosexual laws should be implemented to protect “children of Uganda from being abused and recruited by homosexuals.”

Opposition Chief Whip Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo Woman, FDC) agreed that homosexuality should not be tolerated in Uganda.

“As long as homosexuals target and take advantage of our children and vulnerable people, the Opposition will support an anti-gay law presented to us,” she told Daily Monitor.

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Keyshia Cole alikamatwa Jana (Septemba 19)
baada ya kudaiwa kumshambulia mwanamke ambaye alikuwa katika
makazi ya rafiki yake wa kiume akituhumiwa Birdman,
kulingana na TMZ.
muimbaji huyo wa R & B alikamatwa kwa ajili ya betri na
bora kuendesha gari reckless bila kibali.
Cole imeripotiwa ilionyesha hadi saa Cash Money
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Picha Cred: BallerAlert
BallerAlert ripoti:
“Jina tabia kuu ya ni Sherell Devore na
yeye imekuwa dating rapa kwa jina la Baisean
“Bae” Torrei kwa vile yeye alikuwa 14 Hint: Boosie ya kisheria
jina ni Torrence Hatch, wanaonekana kama hiyo? Anyway,
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jela kwa ajili yake na hatimaye inakabiliwa na mwisho
usaliti – Wakati mume wake “Bae” majani yake kwa ajili ya
Gianna Anderson (Deiondra Sanders), binti ya
NFL nyota Gene Anderson (Deion Sanders).
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kuwa upelelezi kipande mbili na mbili
pamoja. habari za Yesu dating Deiondra ni si
hasa “mpya”, Deiondra imekuwa hinting saa yake kwa
wakati, lakini ni dhahiri ya kuvutia ya kusikia Walnita ya
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Boosie madai kushoto Walnita wakati yeye smuggled
madawa ya kulevya ndani jela kwa ajili yake, yeye got hawakupata, na yeye alifanya
taarifa kwamba kuishia kutua yake 18 zaidi
miezi. Jambo la pili unajua yeye ni pamoja na Deion
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