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Good Governance: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 3:22 pm AFKI Original
Despite declining oil prices, oil-rich Norway is the happiest country in the world — proof that it’s about more than income. The people who live in the happiest countries in the world also value good governance, freedom, generosity, honesty, and health, according to World Happiness Report. There’s a deficit of happiness in Africa. African youth are essentially optimisitic and resilient in the face of poor infrastructure, but they are disappointed with development under democracy, say the authors of the report.
Dana Sanchez, 6:12 pm
One of President Jacob Zuma’s most vocal critic, Mathews Phosa got rich in post-apartheid South Africa. He says he did so on his own deals, not through the country’s black economic empowerment policies. Zuma has diminished and devalued the ANC, Phosa said. “There is a way out for the ANC. We must be guided by honesty and integrity.” Some South Africans have asked Phosa to run for office. He says his energy is in his businesses, but he’ll be there for South Africa if called. Phosa won the African version of the Nobel prize this year and dedicated it to Mandela.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
Dana Sanchez, 7:46 pm
Goodluck Jonathan seems to have met the criteria for the Mo Ibrahim $5 million prize. He was democratically elected, served a constitutionally mandated term, and “demonstrated exceptional leadership,” according to a local media outlet. Ibrahim had some tough words for African leaders. “Excellence is excellence,” he said. He criticized leaders who crack down on gays instead of focusing on issues, like Kenyatta in Kenya, where gay sex is a crime. “Don’t tell people whom they should love,” he said.
Makula Dunbar, 1:37 pm
Uganda is set to apply for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in order to promote good governance and management as they build the oil industry, according to Peter Lokeris, the State Minister of Energy. He was speaking as the chief guest at Makerere University at a conference organized by Publish What You Pay (Uganda), Publish What You Pay (Norway) and the Global Rights Alert.
Andrew Friedman, 7:18 am AFKI Original
This AFKI exclusive examines Botswana’s diamond industry. The country’s success in turning its unique natural resources into collective wealth by partnering with private industry demands particular attention, especially when contrasted with Zimbabwe, a country also blessed with diamonds but without the foresight of the Botswana government.
Andrew Friedman, 11:36 am AFKI Original
By creating the Ibrahim Prize, Mo Ibrahim seeks to ensure a new generation of African leaders who respect human rights, democracy and their constitutions. It is thought to be the most lucrative award in the world, greatly surpassing the $1.3 million paid out to Nobel Prize recipients.
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