The Death of an African King in Exile

first_imgThe world learned last week of the recent death of King Kigeli V, the last traditional monarch of Rwanda.When the Belgians colonized Ruanda-Urundi (as the nation was called back then), the Rwandan monarchy, then headed by Kigeli’s uncle, was deposed and exiled.The colonists also created a caste system that favored the slim-nosed Tutsi and placed them in positions of authority. Hitherto, the Rwandan monarchy had ruled as non-tribal.After the death of the exiled king, Tutsi chiefs crowned Kigeli V to his own surprise and that of the Belgians, who felt bypassed given their efforts to eliminate the monarchy.Kigeli V was coroneted in 1959 by the chiefs of his people, the Tutsi. He was 23 years old. In short order, Hutus in turn staged an insurrection, under the impression that the Belgians had imposed Kigeli upon them, adding insult to their injury. Thousands of Tutsis were killed, and Kigeli V eventually fled the country. It is worth mentioning here that Belgium itself remains a monarchy to this day. Its reigning king is Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, crowned July 21, 2013. Several other countries, including Great Britain, Sweden and Denmark, still have monarchs. Many African tribes also still have ceremonial kings such as the Toro of Uganda and, of course, King Mutebe of Buganda. These exist even under democratic governments, while other nations in Africa are ruled solely by monarchs (Swaziland, Lesotho). Be that as it may, the Belgians displaced the Tutsi dynasty and (some allege) supported a Hutu-led insurrection that eventually led to the infamous genocide that tore both Rwanda and Burundi apart and left a million dead.Kigeli V and his chancellor moved from country to country seeking political asylum, finally settling in the United States, with the help of an unlikely American partner. A non-English speaker, the exiled king relied on his advisor to translate as he spent most of his life in the USA helping Rwandan refugees also seeking asylum and advocating for peace and national unity. The king’s advisor also worked part-time as a mattress salesman at Sears while Kigeli V lived off food stamps in welfare housing.When Paul Kagame took over Rwanda in 1999, he told the king he could return, but not as king. Kigeli told him that was for the people to decide; that if his people wanted him back as king, he’d be willing to serve, if only as a ceremonial head. If they did not, he would return as an ordinary citizen.Kagame told the king he would get back to him.When journalists asked Kagame in 2003 why he had not allowed the king to return, he took offense. “You are trying to make him more important than he is,” Kagame said. “For him to wait for my answer whether he should return is none of my business. I was not among those that dethroned him and therefore have no authority and obligation to reinstate him.” “Kagame no doubt knows…”, the Washingtonian Magazine reported in a 2013 feature on Kigeli V, “that the symbolism of the monarchy—with its open embrace of Hutu, Tutsi, and a third group, the Twa, as equals—could prove powerfully alluring to segments of the population left out of the Rwandan comeback. But only in the event of a restoration.” “The monarchy has come to be seen potentially as a source of moderation and ethnic reconciliation, and the regime views that very much as a threat,” a Human Rights Watch field officer in Rwanda told The Washingtonian. “In Rwanda, you cannot openly embrace the king; you cannot call for the king’s return. You’ll be thrown in jail.” The King died waiting for a response at 80 years old on welfare in America, living in subsistance housing on food stamps.What would it have cost Kagame to allow the old man to come home to live and die in dignity? Would it have diminished his government? No, it would have been magnanimous – kind, generous, big-hearted of him; and would have enhanced his statesmanship in the comity of nations. At home, this single gesture could even have helped heal the wounds between Hutu and Tutsi.Other observers did not see the king as having been a threat to Kagame, since he was now elderly and largely unknown among the youthful population, having been exiled since 1962. Even if a successor had been named after Kigeli’s death, monarchies and democratic governments have been known to coexist.But no, Kagame could not see that far. These African leaders really must be careful how they carry on. What goes around comes around. The biblical concept of reaping what one has sown is very, very real, and this business of fearing every other symbol of leadership but oneself is absolutely ridiculous—and most unfortunate.Kagame should know that national unity is his greatest asset; and that today he may be the darling of the West but tomorrow . . .As for the king without a country, perhaps Kagame will finally have the decency to bury King Kigeli with the honor he so richly deserves – despite the very terse statement his government issued on the king’s passing. The government of Rwanda stands ready to offer any assistance necessary, it read in part.Perhaps King Kigeli will finally be welcomed home, if only in death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bulkan denies censorship claims

first_img…says he was victim of editorial discretionCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan is refuting suggestions that he has been attempting to censor the State-owned Guyana Chronicle. Bulkan stated that the Guyana Press Association (GPA), which was critical of a letter to the editor he wrote to the Chronicle, missed the point of his letter.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanThe furore arose over his letter to the editor published on April 3, which remonstrated with the newspaper for giving prominence to an article on oil and gas. He had contended that enough prominence was not given to an article on the swearing-in of Mayors and Deputy Mayors.According to the Minister in an interview on Tuesday, the letter he wrote to the newspaper was merely a cautionary expression of his opinion that more prominence should be given to current, national issues.“I think they missed the point entirely about the letter I wrote to the Chronicle. My letter may have referred to placement of articles, but I think an objective reading of my letter would show that the central point I was trying to raise is to caution against us getting carried away by the prospect of oil revenue…I did not seek to dictate to the Chronicle. I just sought to provide an opinion.”He also said that the letter’s headline “Your lead story should have been the swearing-in of the mayors and deputy mayors”, made him the “victim” of editorial discretion.“I was also victim of editorial discretion. Because the editor, when carrying my letter, had also prejudiced himself by the title he gave to my letter. So, it was nothing about being disappointed by not giving coverage to my ministry, as the editor and other commentators sought to make [out],” the Minister added.Bulkan, in the letter, had expressed concern over the newspaper not giving enough prominence to the article on the swearing-in of Mayors and Deputy Mayors.He had stated in his letter to the Guyana Chronicle that “in your issue of 2017, 03, 3, you reported on the above activity, but relegated it to page eight…”“Your front page is dominated by the headline: “More Oil” and was followed by a full-page story on page three. I wish to suggest that your emphasis and message are totally misplaced,” the Minister penned in his missive.“I suggest, therefore, that your public duty would have been better served by switching the aforementioned articles,” Bulkan stated in his letter.The GPA has since been very critical of the Minister’s letter. In a press statement shortly after, the Association called the letter “an attempt to drive fear into the editors and reporters of that newspaper”.The GPA had called on President David Granger to ensure that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the rest of his Cabinet understand his stated policy of non-interference in the State media, and to urge them to let their actions be guided accordingly.The GPA release also said that the body would be transmitting the statement to the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, international press freedom body Reporters Without Borders, and other international bodies as part of a dossier of instances of the deteriorating State media climate in Guyana.The President has since defended the Communities Minister. Granger was reported as saying that national events occur which some newspapers ignore.He stated that Minister Bulkan expressed an opinion, not decided what should or should not be published.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday lambasted the Government for attempting to dictate the editorial direction and content of the State media.last_img read more

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Simbas start RWC qualification with Morocco

first_imgThe continental showdown will then take a four-week break to allow teams compete at the Rugby World Cup Sevens that will take place from July 20-22 in San Francisco, USA.The chase for Africa supremacy will resume on August 11 when the Simbas host Tunisia in Nairobi before traveling away to Namibia on August 18.The stakes are definitely high as next year’s championship will serve as Africa’s qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup set for Japan and the Kenya Rugby Union has adjusted its top tier competition, the Kenya Cup which kicked off this weekend (Saturday 25 November) to a one off format aimed at allowing more time for the Simbas to prepare for the qualifiers.The Jerome Paarwater charges have already started their pre-season that saw them take part at the Cup of Nations tournament where they unfortunately lost all their matches against Chile, Russia and hosts Hong Kong in the tournament played early November.-Kenya Simbas fixtures-Morocco vs Kenya 23/6/2018Kenya vs Zimbabwe 30/6/2018Kenya vs Uganda 11/07/2018Kenya vs Tunisia 11/08/2018Namibia vs Kenya 18/8/2018-By Kenya Rugby Union Website-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kenya 15s team line up before facing Hong Kong in an international test match at the RFUEA Ground on August 26, 2017NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – The national 15s team will start their 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign away to Morocco in June next year as they seek to clinch a spot at the 2019 World Cup.The Kenya Simbas, who will also be looking to reclaim the Africa Gold Cup that they last won in 2013, will then host Zimbabwe in Nairobi a week later after the Morocco clash before hosting neighbors Uganda on July 7.last_img read more

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Firefighters battle stubborn wildfire near Santa Barbara

first_imgLOS OLIVOS – More than 2,000 firefighters struggled today to surround a stubborn wildfire that had grown to 18,450 acres near Santa Barbara in Los Padres National Forest. The 11-day-old Zaca Fire continued to burn eastward through chaparral and oak trees in the San Rafael Wilderness in the rugged interior of Santa Barbara County. The 597-square-mile wilderness and surrounding areas of the forest remained closed to visitors. The blaze was 46 percent surrounded, but officials expected full containment to take at least two weeks partly because of the forest’s steep, broken terrain. “It’s a wilderness area. It’s very inaccessible. They have to fly firefighters in,” said fire spokesman Joel Vela. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fourteen firefighters suffered minor injuries. Twenty aircraft and three dozen dozers were working the blaze, which began July 4 from sparks from grinding equipment used to repair a water pipe. last_img read more

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CULINARY STUDENTS AT LYIT HAVE CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP!

first_imgA group of first year culinary arts students at LYIT put their chefs uniform shoe boxes to good use with the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.The Shoe Box appeal is an annual event, which ensures children living in extreme poverty are given presents at Christmas. The students filled shoe boxes with gifts which will be delivered to children living in Eastern Europe and Africa. For many of these children these are the only presents they will receive.Pictured is Ms Liz McKenzie, Programme Tutor with all the students giving the boxes to Ms Vanessa Purdy, Team Hope Donegal. Included in the photograph are Mairead O’Kane and Roisin McCormack of Students Support Services LYIT, Tanya Russell, LYIT Student Union Welfare Officer, Mr Tim Dewhirst, Programme Tutor an Mr Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.    CULINARY STUDENTS AT LYIT HAVE CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP! was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:culinary studentsLYIT< showbox appeallast_img read more

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When saving pays off

first_imgA few weeks ago, I devoted a column to what readers told me were their best (or worst) saving and spending decisions. Responses worth sharing are still coming in. Let’s hear from Dan Crann of Colorado Springs, Colo. Crann used to work in northern Virginia; his wife, Jill, worked in nearby Washington, D.C. They seemingly had it all but… “We were a two-income family with a 17-month-old son in day care in Washington, D.C. We had not a financial worry in the world,” Crann said. “However, we had little time to enjoy our firstborn, except in the car during the madness of D.C.’s rush hours or the seemingly endless number of days one of us called in sick to care for our son, who seemed to pick up every illness that entered his day care center. During our son’s hospitalization due to a respiratory illness, my wife and I looked at each other one night and read each other’s minds. There must be more to life than this.” That moment 2 years ago led to what the Cranns consider their best “spending” decision: Give up Jill’s income and move 1,500 miles to a more placid life in Colorado Springs. They now live on his pay while Jill cares for their son, Ethan, and their daughter, Caroline, 2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Sure, most of our income is now spent on needs, and the wants of life get put off more frequently than in the past, but life is simpler and so much more enjoyable,” Crann said. “Frantic mornings getting kids ready for day care have turned into enjoyable breakfasts with the family and conversations on which park or hike the kids would like to enjoy with Mom.” I’m not suggesting a parent always quit work to stay home with young children, or that the woman be the one to do it. Parents must make those decisions based on their needs and that of each child. The point is that the Cranns’ decision was right for them – and they could afford to do it because they had saved as a two-income couple. “The lesson of our experience is twofold,” Crann said. “First, it speaks to the enormous benefit one reaps beginning to save early. We had the independence to decide where we wanted to raise our family rather than have a job dictate where we would live. Second, it is a reminder that money does not in itself bring happiness.” Rick Monson, of Chesapeake, Va., also a father of two, and his wife, Bonnie, made a commitment early in their marriage to save for the future. While Monson served in the Navy, he said, one half of his annual pay raises went into savings. “By the time I retired from the service in 1996, we lived on about 55 percent of our take-home pay and saved the rest,” said Monson, 51. He and his wife are now saving toward a “second retirement” by socking money away in his 403(b) plan at a hospital and Roth IRAs for both. “We always have bought new cars with one single payment,” Monson said. “We did not buy a home until we were almost 40, but we had saved for that home for all those years and paid it off in less than three years. They also put their two daughters, Tiffany and Heidi, through college. “Sounds pretty simple. It is as we look back on it,” Monson said. “Our goals have been simple: Don’t spend more than you make. Don’t pay interest when you can avoid it. Save for the future, yours and your children. Any dream is possible; you just have to stop dreaming and putting your plan into action.” What if you and your spouse have different money personalities? With time and communication, those personalities may merge. “In my 20s, I was definitely a ‘spend now’ type,” said Don Million of Denver. “I saved some, but not very much, and really only when I didn’t have anything immediate to buy. My wife, to the contrary, was a natural saver, almost too much so. When I first met her, I would probably have described her as a tightwad. “In the 25 years since then, we have both changed and found a comfortable middle ground. She now sees that sometimes it is OK to spend money, especially for things that give lasting pleasure. I have learned there is a very special joy in saving and seeing your nest egg grow. We are both happy with a lifestyle that has us well on track for a comfortable retirement but without sacrificing the ability to enjoy today.” Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at askhumberto@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – Three suspects charged in the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl inside a Pico Rivera park restroom pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 14 felony charges. Gilbert Anthony Viera, 19, of Whittier, Nathan Edward Red, 16, and Ruben Marquez Jr., 17, both of Pico Rivera, were arraigned in Norwalk Court. They have been ordered held on $720,000 bail each. The two juveniles were charged as adults. All three face multiple charges stemming from the incident last summer. A pre-trial conference for the three was set for March 15. Kidnapped child found in Florida NORWALK – A 4-year-old girl abducted from her Norwalk home two years ago was found safe in Pensacola, Fla., Tuesday morning, sheriff’s Detective Debra Jaime said. The girl was kidnapped by her mother from her father’s house. Child-welfare officials had deemed the mother “unfit” to raise the girl, Jaime said. An anonymous tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led deputies in Pensacola to a local motel, where the mother and child were found, Jaime said. Norwalk Station detectives planned to fly to Pensacola to bring the mother and daughter back to Southern California. The mother was expected to be charged; the daughter will be returned to her father, Jaime said. Local professor dies at 92 Vincent M. Barnett Jr., who helped found the Williams College program in political economy, died Saturday, the Williamstown, Mass., college announced Monday. He was 92. Barnett was born in Whittier and graduated from UCLA in 1935. He earned a doctorate degree at Harvard in 1938 and taught there from 1937-39. He helped found Williams College’s Center for Development Economics, which since 1960 has brought economists from developing countries for its one-year master’s degree program. He was president of Colgate University from 1963 to 1969, before returning to Williams, where he retired in 1984. Food, festivities celebrate reading WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Literacy Council will hold an inaugural “Love of Reading” fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Resource Center, 12911 Hadley St. The program will include samples of student writings, along with crafts for children, door prizes and book sales, as well as soup-sampling from restaurants like Crepes & Grapes, Lascari’s, La Barca and Cobblestone Cafe. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Whittier Public Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave., at the Resource Center, or at the door. The council is a nonprofit group that provides free tutoring programs. For more information, call (562) 698-6598. Whittier’s finest to receive awards WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association’s annual installation of officers and awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Crystal Marquis Ballroom, 13007 Philadelphia St. Whittier First Day Coalition will receive awards. Bob and Beth Wheeler will receive volunteers of the year honors. Tickets to the banquet are $30. Reservations can be made at the Uptown Association office, 13306 Philadelphia St., Suite 510, or by calling (562) 696-2662. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Big Sam to sue the FA over contentious sacking as England manager

first_img1 Sam Allardyce plans to sue the Football Association following his controversial sacking as England boss after just one game in charge.Allardyce’s representatives have been in contact with the FA since his departure last September and that the 62-year-old has challenged the nature of claims made against him in the Daily Telegraph.He was sacked as national boss after just 67 days and the FA has received and acknowledged a recent letter from Allardyce’s camp, but the organisation has not commented publicly.Big Sam lost his job following a sting by undercover reporters posing as businessmen and allegedly advising them on how to by-pass FA rules on third-party ownership.But Allardyce’s legal team strenuously deny this and therefore feel his sacking was unjust and made clear their feelings in a 5,000-word letter sent to FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn.A source told the Daily Mail: “The FA bottled it. They saw the negative coverage and seemed to panic, being more concerned about appearing decisive than the truth.“Look how the clubs dealt with the Telegraph’s claims — they did not pre-judge — and the accusations amounted to one investigation into a Barnsley assistant coach.” Allardyce managed England for one game – the 1-0 victory over Slovakia last_img read more

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Neville backs Man United’s interest in Crystal Palace Player of the Year

first_img ADVICE tense shining However, Wan-Bissaka, who was named the Eagles’ player of the year, said he plans on remaining with the club next season.“The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed,” he told the Evening Standard.“But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.“I have got three years left on my contract. It says I’m going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Wan-Bissaka has been linked with Man United Gary Neville has hailed Crystal Palace youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a ‘massive talent’ and believes Manchester United should pursue him.Wan-Bissaka is one of the most highly-rated young players in European football and had an excellent first full season at Selhurst Park.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to overhaul his squad after a disastrous end to their season, winning just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions and has identified the right-back as one of his top priorities. gameday cracker United legend Neville, who made 602 appearances for the club over 19 years, has backed his former side in their quest for Wan-Bissaka despite the £40million price tag.“He’s a massive talent and the club, to be fair, have always signed young, emerging British talent,” he told the Evening Standard.“I don’t think that should change and it would seem to me that the club would like to go back down that route and he is one.“The price is always going to be big because clubs are wise now to it, you can’t pinch players off clubs for £5m or £6m. Gary Neville has called the Palace youngster a ‘massive talent’ 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card getty REPLY 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “They are wise to it and have the Premier League funding of £100-odd million so they don’t need to panic, they don’t need extra £5m or £10m – they want £50m or £60m.“Leicester will be the same for [Ben] Chilwell and Maguire or [James] Maddison.All these mid-tier clubs won’t let players go for £5m, £6m, £8m, £10m now.” Getty Images Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED last_img read more

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De Ligt makes transfer decision amid Man United, Barcelona and Juventus interest

first_imgIn-demand Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has decided to join Juventus, according to reports.The 19-year-old has been chased by Juve, Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain after starring for the Dutch champions last season. targets And Sky Italia claim De Ligt has opted to sign for the Italian giants, which will see him play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and departing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The £75million-rated defender, who helped Ajax knock Juventus out of the Champions League in April, has teased a move to Turin in the past.He said: “I really like [Giorgio] Chiellini, he is very strong, one of the best ever defenders.“I also appreciate [Leonardo] Bonucci, they are two of the best centre-backs in Europe. For a young man like me, they are both two models to be inspired by. 2 Getty JIBE REVEALED Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST deals “Me at Juve? It could be, but there are also other interested clubs. We’ll see at the right time.“Now, I’m focused on Ajax and my agent Mino Raiola will take care of it.” Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri will be tasked with fulfilling Matthijs de Ligt’s huge potential latest Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star De Ligt looked destined to join PSG after allegedly receiving a huge £340,000-a-week offer from the Ligue 1 champions.And further reports in Holland claimed De Ligt’s girlfriend, Annekee Molenaar, had been spotted house hunting in the French capital.However, the Netherlands international appears to have chosen Juventus as his next destination. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Matthijs de Ligt captained Ajax to an Eredivisie title last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder 2 punished New job boost Getty Images – Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January last_img read more

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