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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 THERE AND ABOUT | Chege Mbitiru India raises fears with attack on Ugandan visitors State law minister in New Delhi raids a neighbourhood and rounds up a group A court complaint by a Ugandan woman in India’s capital New Delhi has once again brought to light one of the country’s ugly traits: racism. The Indian media say it all began barely a week ago. Mr Somnath Bharti (pic- tured), the state law minister, and supporters allegedly raided a neighbourhood and rounded up a group of Ugandan women. They claimed they were pros- titutes and drug peddlers. The women claimed they were mistreated and subjected to abusive language. An unidentified woman is quoted as saying, “Police helped us. I thought they were going to kill us. They were treating us as if we were criminals.” Mr Bharti denied doing any- thing of the sort, saying they only acted because police failed to act on their complaints. Additionally in support of the law minister, the Aadmi Party released a letter allegedly written by a diplomatic mission saying Ugandan women were being trafficked to India on promises of jobs only to be coerced into prostitution. It turned out the letter re- ferred to a single case. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid wasn’t happy about the mess. The Delhi incident isn’t a one off. A couple of examples: Late last year a small community of Nigerians in Goa clashed with Indians when they protest stabbing death of a Nigerian. The Nigerians got little of- ficial sympathy. State arts and culture minister reportedly said “Nigerians are like cancer.” Mr Jacob Nwadibia at the Nigeria diplomatic mission warned: “If discrimination against Nigerians was not stopped immediately, Indians in Nigeria may face repercussions.” Al Jazeera quoted Fortuna Mayala, a student from the In May last year, Sweden based World Value Survey placed Bangladesh, Jordan and India in the top five of the most racially intolerant populations in 80 countries surveyed. Incredibly, Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia were rated more tolerant than anywhere else. Plausibly, people in these countries are prone to telling lies on their stand on a taboo subject. Anyway, Indian authorities can’t be expected to change peoples’ cultural attitudes. However, they can be more vocal in condemning discriminatory actions against Africans. First, there are many peo- ple of Indian origin who call African countries home. Some misinformed African might retaliate. Additionally, with increas- ing varied contacts with the continent, there will be more Africans turning up in India. (firstname.lastname@example.org) DR Congo blast kills 20 MBUJI-MAYI, DR Congo, Sunday An explosion at an arms depot in the central Democratic Republic of Congo claimed more than 20 lives, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country said yesterday. The city of Mbuji-Mayi “was ravaged with more than 20 dead, around 50 wounded and many destroyed houses” on Friday, MONUSCO said in a statement. A government spokesman gave an initial toll of at least five dead from the blast triggered by a lightning strike on the military munitions dump at the Brigade army base, near the city’s main market. Peacekeeping mission’s local office has been urged to “help and support the local authorities to deal with the situation”. (AFP) Democratic Reputlic of Congo saying last year: “I face racism on daily basis.” In Bangalore, again last year, newspapers reported authorities had threatened actions against owners of bars that discriminated against black people. Writing in Time magazine four years ago, Madhur Sing cited Nigerian-American Diepiriye Kuku, a conflictresolution consultant Kuku in New Delhi writing of watching a giraffe in a zoo. Some 50odd families were staring at him instead. However, Kuku pointed out also stereotype other Indians, too, especially the dark northeastern ones. Well what else can be expected from a caste-based society? International News 27 Defectors form new political party in Burkina Faso BY TAMBA MATTHEW NATION Correspondent DAKAR, Sunday Dozens of defectors from President Blaise Compaoré’s ruling party in Burkina Faso have formed a new politicalparty called the Mouvement des peuples pour le progrès or People’s Movement for Progress. President Compaoré’s former heir to the presidency who resigned as the country’s Speaker of Parliament, Mr Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, becomes the standard bearer of the new party. The movement comprises a national executive office that consists of 43 members while Mr Salif Diallo, former mayor or Ouagadougou will act as steering committee chairman. Prominent also among the leadership is Mr Simeon Compaoré. The former senior minister and adviser to the president will handle foreign Movement forms an integral part of the political opposition in the country Mr Simeon Compaoré, former senior minister relations. Speaking shortly after the offiicial launch of the party in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening, Mr Kaboré said the movement forms an ‘‘integral’’ part of the political opposition in the country. He described the event as a “clean break from the democratic sabotage and bad governance at all levels’’. The former lawmaker said the movement will seek “to promote democracy, freedom and respect the constitution.
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