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Last updated: 28 September, 2007 - Published 14:21 GMT
 
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Friday 28th September

With the United Nations General Assembly now well underway, Tete Cobblah in Angola has been following the event in disbelief.

Listening to world leaders pouring heaps of scorn on each other these past few days has underpinned my belief that a lot of politicians are very short on perceptiveness and very long on recrimination.

How utterly childish it has been for some leaders not only to have converted the United Nations General Assembly into an arena for hurling veiled insults at each other, but also a platform from which to convince the world of their own 'righteousness' and the 'unrighteousness', so to speak, of others.

Such people make politics look like a video game!

A lot of world leaders have spoken eloquently about a plethora of issues this week, but I haven't heard any of them talk about the Millenium Development Goals.

If I had been at the United Nations General Assembly this week I would have asked every African Head of State who made a speech two questions.

Firstly, have you opened a NEPAD office in your country as the African Union has urged African countries to do?

And secondly, what have you done about the African Peer Review Mechanism?

Thursday 27th September

The United Nations is currently holding its General Assembly in New York where Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been speaking out against the West. Alex Weir from Conakry in Guinea would like to praise the president on his stance

Good for Mugabe! He is blasting the hypocrisy of the West by criticising US president George Bush's human rights record and policies on Iraq and calling for sanctions to be lifted against his country.

Unfortunately two wrongs do not make a right; human rights abuses by blacks on blacks are every bit as bad as human rights abuses by whites on non-whites, and by Westerners on non-Westerners.

Zimbabwe needs a regime change and this is something that needs to be done by the electorate.

If and when the Zimbabwean electorate is allowed to exercise their democratic rights, they will send him and his Party packing with their tails between their legs.

Wednesday 26th September

Daniel Iyakaremye in Durban, South Africa, comments on the publishing yesterday of an Index on African Governance, ranking the performance of all sub-Saharan African countries.

What criteria has this index used to say that Rwanda is the most improved African country?

Improved on what? Brutal murders? Threatening the DRC? Putting innocent people behind bars?

The index was based on a few different criteria - including economic performance, safety and security, human development and political rights.

Please let me tell my fellow African tycoon that he should find something better to spend his money on - such as the Hyacinth environmental Project in Lake Victoria!

Tuesday 25th September

William Thok in Kampala, Uganda, wants to talk about the value of gold, which recently reached its highest price in twenty years.

I am not convinced that this price hike will help Africa because those ruthless leaders of twenty years ago are still in power, and they will always work to benefit themselves.

Africa might be the richest continent in the world but its leaders are the major shareholders.

Can one be proud of how much gold we have in Africa when the people themselves are not benefiting?

Monday 24th September

Liberia's parliament has rejected a bill that would have given the government the power to freeze and confiscate the assets of ex-president Charles Taylor and his associates who are on a UN travel ban list. Joe Noutuoa Wandah in Accra, Ghana is taken aback

I am totally surprised at such a statement from this august body. They are aware of the facts - that members of the former regime were, one way or the other, believed to have mismanaged the country's resources.

In fact, that regime governed the country so badly that today its head is facing trial for alleged crimes against humanity!

Liberia and Liberians need to set a standard to hold public officials accountable for their stewardship no matter their party's affiliation or tribal linkages!

The present parliamentarians indicated by their refusal to accept the bill that they don't want to pass a law which will hunt them down and hold them accountable in the future!

 
 
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