Julius Nyerere, frst president of Tanzania.

Black People Verified

Former US President Barack Obama when he addressed Heads of State at the African Union Headquartes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Many foreigners have symbolised the African’s black skin with mental backwardness. The White race loves painting Satan black. Black magic is evil and whiteness is associated with purity and advancement. It is not a credit but discredit in the White race’s world when you are called a black sheep. It means that you are some kind of curse.

Some time ago while discussing the seemingly world-wide miserable fate of the Black Race, a Canadian man called Henry Miller was quick to say, “Irrespective of what the history of the Black race has recorded, he is fast coming out of the prescribed wood. For example, in the past and of the recent times the most talked about and quoted people in the world are black people.”
“Oh yeah?” I wondered.

Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.Henry Miller confronted me with a long list of black people after which he asked me, “Tell me, in Europe, America and Asia who matches Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Mohamed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Desmond Tutu, Miriam Makeba, Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Ghadafi, Pele, Usain Bolt.

Why Africa Should Commemorate Slave Trade and Colonialism

 Why Africa Should Commemorate Slave Trade and Colonialism That Africans were sold as slaves to the Americas and the Arab world for
over 500 years is one of the gravest inhuman treatment in the world. No other race has been subjected to that kind of tragedy. To make matters worse, the collapse of the Slave Trade gave birth to Colonialism that enslaved everyone on the continent.

One of the gravest sins of omission is that up to this day, almost 60 years after African countries attained political independence, the continent has failed to mark these two tragedies to remind humanity to guard against inhuman treatment.

The Centre for African Aesthetics (CAA) plans to launch the Commemoration of Slave Trade and Colonialism in Nairobi, Kenya.

Eighteen choppers flew politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Nyeri

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By Mbithe Waeni

Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Raila Odinga, Opposition Leader, at the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Nyeri.Kenyans have just buried the remains of a former Governor in a ceremony that could be described as being ostentatious.

Nderitu Gachagua, the former Governor of Nyeri County in central Kenya, died in the British capital, London, where he was seeking medical treatment.

Sleek limousines snaked to the late politicians home where 18 helicopters landed at the nearby grounds of Hiriga Primary School.

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This brazen display of power and wealth in a country gripped with famine and for whose three million starving population the United Nations humanitarian agencies have appealed for global assistance did not go well with observers who accused politicians of misuse of public resources.

Eighteen choppers flew politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in NyeriIt is good to bury anyone with respect . But Gachagua’s burial, like that of other government dignitaries, brought the head of state and anyone else who matters in Kenya’s administrative and political structures to the Mount Kenya region.

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Mwai Kibaki, Retired President, at the Gachagua funeral.A visiting European friend who watched the function on television teased me, “Is the deceased your President?”

“Yes, he is our king,” I said.

“How much money is the state using on that funeral?” he asked then, without waiting for an answer, said the funeral would have been attended by a handful people had it been in Europe where our presidents go on begging mission.

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Some of the 18 helicopters that ferried politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Mount Kenya region.But just think about the cost of bringing the President there accompanied by the Governors of Kenya’s 47 Counties, Ministers, Principal Secretaries, Parliamentarians, senior Civil Servants, security machinery, friends and families of those attending; all driving petrol-gazzling SUVs, Land Cruisers while others fly helicopters. Think about the amount of petrol used, the amount of money spent on officers outside their station, the cost of telecommunication, the loss of productive work hours . . . !

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Gachagua's remains arrive in Kenya from Britain. The Star image.And this resource-wasting extravagance is not confined to funerals. There also weddings and fundraisers, and launches and commissioning of projects and conferences and many other social functions.

Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, is also in London undergoing treatment.

Why Do African Governments Sabotage Public Health Systems?

By David G Maillu

William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya, was in Europe for medical attention.It is only when African politicians die abroad or epidemics like the haemorrhagic fever called Ebola breaks out that attention is paid to the failed health systems across Africa.

Here in Kenya, Nderitu Gachagua, the Governor of Nyeri County in the central region has just died in London, Britain, where he had gone for treatment. Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, is also in London undergoing treatment.

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As I write, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is in Singapore for treatment while a while ago Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, was in Europe for medical attention.

It has almost become a tradition for senior African politicians to be treated and even die in foreign hospitals. This is not only an indictment of the political system but also an indication that hospitals across the continent are not up to standard.

Medical Doctors in Kenya protest against the county's Government that they accuse of reneging on a collective bargaining agreement aimed at improving public health in the country. A nationwide strike has paralysed healthcare across the country since December 2016. This reminds me of an article titled ‘BBC Africa Debate to Discuss Failed Health Systems in Africa’ that I read in ArtMatters.Info a while back. The article was written at the height of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa in 2014.

The article, that publicised a continental debate that was to be aired on British multimedia broadcaster, BBC World Service, says, “The Ebola epidemic has exposed the fragility of public health systems . . . with healthcare workers dying alongside their patients as they lack basic necessities. The epidemic also has exposed weak leadership from governments across the region, which have been slow to act, and revealed a potentially dangerous lack of trust from their electorates.”

That was three years ago. In West Africa.

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, has been accused of not holding direct talks with medical doctors to end nationwide strike that has paralysed healthcare across the country.Back in Kenya in 2017, all top government officials including the President, seek medical treatment abroad while Kenya proudly talks about having the national teaching and referral Kenyatta National Hospital (former King George VI Hospital). It beats reason that Kenyan officials who run the government, including the President, should not be treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital not only for the sake of promoting patriotism and national pride, boosting confidence in our local medics and boosting the economy of the country by injecting the resources spent abroad in our own health facilities.

What these senior politicians are saying is that the medical service in local hospitals, including Kenyatta National Hospital, is awfully primitive and not worth writing about. This is not only disgraceful and disgusting but also irresponsible of the government! It is as shameful as hiring foreign military forces (read, mercenaries) to fight on our behalf while we maintain soldiers in our own military barracks.

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It is actually the Kenyan government which is had been engaged in the process of abusing and degrading health services from its national hospitals.

Back in Kenya in 2017, all top government officials including the President, seek medical treatment abroad while Kenya proudly talks about having the national teaching and referral Kenyatta National Hospital (former King George VI Hospital).If the Kenyan government was really responsible, by now it would have used its might to equip and modernize public health facilities like Kenyatta National Hospital and thereafter made it mandatory for all government officials, including the President, to seek treatment from public hospitals. In fact, the government of Kenya could be accused of deliberately running down public health institutions: it has little respect for doctors who have been on strike since December 2016; hospitals have few functioning medical equipment, drugs are unavailable while we hear that Sh5 Billion was stolen by health officials who are yet to be investigated and punished.