Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

Zimbabwe: After long silence Manulite is back blogging again! In his very first post, Manu recounts having a bad day,

There are times when you think you are having a very, very bad day. Then there are times when bad days are in season. Of course bad days can be a result of a number of various causes. For example schools are closing in a few days time. That's an obvious bad day coming your way right there, because it means in a month's time you need school fees. So though Easter is somewhere in-between schools’ closing and opening, it simply does not exist. The best use for the Easter holiday is to go kumusha and basically terrorise the rural folks so that they give you a bucket full of maize, some manhanga and nyimo and a bit of peanuts. (Umm…, peanuts as in peanuts, not the peanuts you get at the end of every month.)

Mugabe Makaipa reposts a recent article decrying the sad reality that 20 babies are dumped in Zimbabwe each week as many disenfranchised women recoil from the burdens of child raising in a decrepit economy.

Meanwhile Zimpundit has been following events surrounding the death of Mugabe's former top bodyguard Winston Changara. The last year of this man's life was turbulent; he was demoted from his position, accused of sexual advances towards the second first lady, he accused the first lady of infidelity, and was reinstated to his post two months ago. It's even more curious that the government prohibited Changara's family from discovering the real cause of bodyguards death. They supposedly prevented a post mortem by rushing hero status on Changara which gave the state control of his buriel. He buried on Friday. Follow the saga here.

Accoustic Motorbike has a bone to pick with Ken Mufuka a U.S. based historian, philanthropist, and author. In the post, which was also published as a letter Zimbabwe's leading business weekly, Accoustic Motorbike takes on Mufuka's recent chauvinistic sentiments.

Burundi: Agathon Rwasa continues to chronicle attempts by Agathon Rwasa, a war crimes suspect who has been evading trial in Burundi. The latest installments included exhortations for the Tanzanian government to hand Rwasa over for trial and a statement against the ammenesty for murderers.

D.R.C: Carl of Because we're here boy a pilot in the D.R.C blogs about tension in the town of Basankusu. He attributes the tension tothe fact that the town is controlled by a rebel group that was incorporated into the government after the war so there still might be some distrust.

007 in Africa blogs about sewer systems that were installed a long time ago. She notes that they can be sources of both discomfort and entertainment as is the case in this post where she recounts how a friend was delayed by a driver who stopped to gawk at a body being retrieved from a sewer pond.

Ingrid at Congowatch blames Africa's leaders for creating internal refugees across the continent.

Congogirl chronicles circumstances that led to the postponement of elections.

Finally, Sahara Sarah responds to stinging criticizm of not-for-profits by several articles in a recent edition of The Economis magazine.

Uganda: Uganda has a vibrant and intellectual blogosphere too. Here are some of Uganda's bloggers;
-Enock Mayanja Kiyaga is a journalist pursuing a master's degree. He blogs at Enockopenminded.
-Jay of Jay's Idle Notes blogs from Kampala
-Ernest Bazanye is another Kampala based blogger.

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