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Monday 29th October

The protests on Sunday against the presence of Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia have influenced Richard Hindolo Pujeh, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

I have always seen the presence of Ethiopian troops in Somalia as a relief and blessing for the Somali people. But I have now come to the conclusion that a military solution is inappropriate.

If Ethiopian troops open fire on protesters, and the very people they are said to be protecting, what justification can they give for their continued presence in Somalia? The Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi should help bring the various armed factions to the negotiating table for everlasting peace.

Thursday 25th October

Peter Kuol Lual in South Sudan is looking ahead to the Sudan Darfur peace talks due to take place in Libya at the weekend

The forth coming peace talks between the government of Khartoum and various rebel organizations in Darfur needs to be monitored very carefully, otherwise if not properly cared for, it will be a waste of time and resources.

Nobody should relax, they must all aim at bringing final peace to the suffering population of Darfur.

And may I also remind the leaders not to forget the peace accord signed in Kenya in 2005 between the north and the South of Sudan, because if there is no peace in the South then there is likely to be no peace in Darfur.

Wednesday 24th October

With parliament in Kenya now disbanded in preparation for elections, Mapuor Malual Manguen in Nairobi sends us a little political analysis of his own.

It's pretty much gaining momentum in Africa that incumbents see opposition leaders as personal adversaries, to the extent that opposition members are often demonised through fabricated tales of corruption, treason or sexual offences, in order for the government to justify quashing their political ambitions.

This behaviour is misleading and mischievous and against democratic transformation systems envisaged in the human rights declaration.

We must wake up and turn out in large numbers on polling day to determine wisely for ourselves who is the right candidate for the state's top position.

Tuesday 22nd October

Mapuor Malual Manguen in Nairobi, Kenya, believes there's one obvious way to bring about harmony in Sudan.

The immediate and simplest way to mitigate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement is by accepting, fully and to the letter, implementation of the agreement signed in 2005.

As such, south and north Sudan would be more attractive to unity and therefore Darfur and other marginalised parts of the country would follow suit.

Monday 22nd October

News that former Mozambique President, Joachim Chissano, has won the Mo Ibrahim prize for for Achievement in African Leadership, prompted Hankie Uluko to write from Lilongwe, Malawi.

I would like to congratulate Joachim Chissano for winning this prize. Other African leaders could certainly learn from his record.

During Chissano's reign, Mozambique transformed to what it is now - an icon of peace and democracy - as opposed to the war and desperation there before he came to power.

Let those ex-presidents who are still nursing ambitions to bounce back or are still ruling from behind, learn from this man who relinquished power peacefully.

 
 
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