Dis’ werd on the ground: [is] doing the best we can to provide (revolutionary) pan-afrikan media coverage of the world cup.

So we celebrate Ghana’s Black stars victory not jus’ over Serbia, but in the struggle for afrikan liberation, manifest/ing in the past moons en years (en long ago), symbolised [most significantly for dis’ series on the q/t werd] in other historic events

[such as:- A.L (Afrikan Liberation) D-ay]


So, it’s only fitting that, in honour and memory of our great ancestors, we commemorate this post to the anniversary of the death of Walter Rodney,  a(nother Pan-Afrikan) King.


I give thanks for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, for bredrin and dadas in solidarity, for all the love and resources shared amongst ourselves, and all people liberating not only themselves, but others.

I pray for my families, friends and their families…….Bless our brothas and dadas, cooks, healers, mamas, peacemakers, our children, the future generations and (gran) mama earth. Ase. Ase…….

The q[/t] werd on the ground is doing it true true world cup style….working for unity everywhere from from Ayiti to Zimbabwe,[like in this hadithi] where we give thanks for the fiya, earth, air en wota this time! Mo’ blessings to people (practising and) speaking truth to power!

Hinche, Haiti-

An estimated 10,000 peasants gathered for a massive march in Central Haiti on June 4, 2010, to protest what has been described as “the next earthquake for Haiti” – a donation of 475 tons of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds by the US-based agribusiness giant Monsanto, in partnership with USAID. While this move comes at a time of dire need in Haiti, many feel it will undermine rather than bolster the country’s food security.

According to Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP) and spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papaye (MPNKP), the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti is “a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds… and on what is left our environment in Haiti.”

While Monsanto is known for being among the world’s largest purveyors of genetically modified seeds, the corporation’s spokespeople have emphasized that this particular donation is of conventional hybrid seeds as opposed to GMO seeds. Yet for many of Haiti’s peasants, this distinction is of little comfort.

“The foundation for Haiti’s food sovereignty is the ability of peasants to save seeds from one growing season to the next. The hybrid crops that Monsanto is introducing do not produce seeds that can be saved for the next season, therefore peasants who use them would be forced to somehow buy more seeds each season,” explains Bazelais Jean-Baptiste, an agronomist from the MPP who is currently directing the “Seeds for Haiti” project in New York City.

“Furthermore, these seeds require expensive inputs of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that Haiti’s farmers simply cannot afford. This creates a devastating level of dependency and is a complete departure from the reality of Haiti’s peasants. Haitian peasants already have locally adapted seeds that have been developed over generations. What we need is support for peasants to access the traditional seeds that are already available.”

Who is La Via Campesina?

We are the international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers.

We defend the values and the basic interests of our members. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Our 148 members are from 69 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

i’ve been looking for inspiration in 

(my/people’s) daily efforts en successes in surviving en thriving…

recently, I have been mostly tired from the energy spent to re/build community, yet the anger has been washed away with rains en powerful winds, en I have planted many seeds, but I’m just going to take a minute, coz times ah here,to do the real digging, so my hours are wild, en I’ve shed alot (of tears),  the confusion has gone, yet my state has become a contradiction in so many ways…..

because right now if you ask me, I just don’t know….I don’t know what will happen, I really don’t know what is best, I know what I DON’T  want, en I know what I do seek, en I can tell you this, now that I’ve given up any delusions to martyrdom or unrealistic visions, I’m just going the way of love…..it’s a feat, that we have struggled with in all our lifetimes, that has transformed every story I tell myself en others about what is good en true……

en I promise to live true to myself, en my ancestors, en the future generations……..I will never give up my dreams…. 

somehow where I yam feels wilder, en as the moons have gone, the anxiety has multiplied like diasporic afrikan butterflies over the failures, yet the hope has grown with the years of different equations used to work at the problems not solved, like what if? en, what do these dreams mean? en why am I giving less when I know I need more? en are our ways en times really better, when there are so many more just barely managing to make means?

what does freedom really look like?…. 

the hope has grown too, that with every coming undone, there is an almost simultaneous rebirth….

the bigger point is…..

 I give thanks for my communities/families, my hoods,

for the angels en devils on earth,

I give thanks for yester/years, today en tomorrow

I promise to  give back what I owe,

en work for what is ours….

and love myself unconditionally……..

so here’s one of the stories I collected that I give back to you, dear reader, the truth about stories is……they are ours to do with as we please. I took this one as one of those daily reminders of the realities at hand…….

I  submit to you, dear reader,  ann njogu’s speech, given in Washington DC on 8th March, 2010….a speech given in Washington, D.C, by one of those mad talented afrikan womyn representing for my home….(East) Afrika.


“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.

I want the full menu of human rights”

Desmond Tutu



The U.S Secretary of State, Hilary  Rodham Clinton, 

The 1st Lady of The United States of America, Michelle Obama,

Ambassador  Melanne  Verveer,

Fellow recipients of the IWOC  Awards 2010,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen;

All protocols observed.

It is a great honor and humbling experience to be here to receive this award tonight. Great because this is a distinguished award that is dedicated to honoring women who have made a contribution globally and humbling because I am only aware that without the many women with whom I have had the privilege to work with at the grassroots in Kenya, it would not have been possible to celebrate anything much less for me to be here with you tonight. It is for this reason that I want to dedicate the award to all those women  in Kenya who have simply refused to give up the hope for a better Kenya.

I am talking about the woman from the urban shanties who has to wake up at 4.00am every morning to walk 20 miles to and 20 miles back from the market to fetch groceries to come back and sell the whole day to make a dollar; the woman who has to take care of her 7 children all alone or the one who has to fend for her 10 kids with her jobless and abusive husband all living in a one room shanty house;

To the rural poor who has to till tired ground to eke out a living to sustain a clan; to take her little daughter to school and avoid early marriage in the hope of breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and abuse;

To the young girl who has to brave taunts from classmates to attend schools even when her dress is messed up by her menses because she cannot afford the benefit of modern hygiene such as sanitary pads which are no novelty in the developed world;

I am talking about the woman in the Kenyan urban shanties and rural poor who has  to endure the terror of local chiefs and the extortion and abuse of local police every single waking day just to get along with their lives; women who pay tax to maintain these government officials but have no voice to control them or hold them to account because their MPs are too busy stealing from them or plotting on the next electoral violence to care. These are the women I work with every single day.

But I am also talking about the middle class woman who is starting to ask hard questions about our social and economic inequalities; the young executive who has started discarding the notion that the public space is male space; or that it is only bad girls that venture into politics;

I am also talking about the Kenyan Youth, who  have understood that the present and future of Kenya belongs to them. And that  to  believe otherwise would be to continually play to the  plan of the political elite who have pigeonholed them to an exploited and  manipulated  falsehood that they can only exist to serve the whims and narrow political interests of the politician. A youth who have understood that their  unemployment, exclusion, poverty and dire needs are not by default but by design of this political class.

For we  know that unless a new breed of leaders committed to a new kind of ethics and values that celebrate merit, excellence, service and accountability take over leadership, or unless ,by the unlikely , divine intervention those currently in power are transformed, my generation’s sad story will be the story of my daughter’s generation. And the generations after.

It is a combination of this fear and the inspiration I see in the eyes of mama mboga as she works through the day in the dusty shanty towns in Nairobi or as she toils away in the sun baked earth of Machakos that gives me the drive to keep going inspite of the unrelenting repression of government and police brutality. One of the great paradoxes of my country is that we have a government elected “democratically”  but which is habitually undemocratic;  a creature of movements such as ours but which has shown bad manners in dealing with those who seek to hold it against its promises.

Kenya’s story is part of the sad African story. But in that story a new story is evolving, the story of a people who are determined to make a clean break from the terrible legacy of unaccountable leadership and predatory governments; a story of people who are increasingly rejecting ethnic and political patronage in favor of democratic and accountable government; a story of people who are seeking transformation and not sedation through welfare; and it is a story of people who know that in Africa, we’ve got all the wealth we need to raise the continent from grinding poverty, disease and a sense of pervasive hopelessness into a prosperous land. A land from which no young woman or man will want to escape from to be an economic refugee in Europe, the US or anywhere else because it will be a land of opportunity.

It is with this breed of Kenyans and Africans that I identify myself and my work with. It may be the Pioneers for Change,  The C5, the Women and Youth Alliance, Bunge la Mwananchi, G10, KPTJ, among other progressive movements ,  but they are all united by one thing; to make sure that the transition in Kenya is substantive and not a vacuous formality.  I  have dedicated my time and energy at the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness(CREAW)  and the Africa Community Development Media (ACDM)  to make my contribution towards this great goal. I and my generation feel greatly privileged to be a point in our history where we can make a historic contribution.

In this we are greatly motivated by the achievements of the US, the South East Asian Tigers and the economies of Latin America.

This last Friday, 5th march- 2010, I celebrated my 45th birthday  away from  home . However in the midst of celebrating this personal landmark, two grim realities hit me right in the middle of my eyes. First, back home, my colleagues held  a memorial service in remembrance of two of our fallen  human rights defenders ; GPO Oulu and Oscar Kingara  both  executed in cold blood on the same day  last year ( – 5th march 2009- ) by state police in broad daylight right outside the University of Nairobi because of their dedication to bring to an end state sponsored terror.   Student protests were met with a further execution of one of the students. Todate state “investigations” have revealed nothing. It has joined the long list of unresolved politically motivated murders in Kenya. Such is the perilous reality of human rights defenders and the Kenyan public in my country today. The second reality was that my country’s life expectancy has fallen to 44 years. I am therefore lucky to be alive today!

Our Country Kenya

Kenya is indeed a  beautiful, great and profound   country situated in East Africa with a population of  approximately  40 m Kenyans  . Ever since we produced and exported  the incumbent President of the biggest super power in the world- President Barack Obama,  our claim to greatness  was vindicated! .  Yes, We have a track record not just for  producing  and exporting Presidents , but  it is in our country that you find such great names  like Wangari Maathai- the environmentalist,  our amazing   athletes, the very hard working   people, the vibrant civil society,  rolling mountains and scenery, singing birds, great weather, wonderful  natural resources and indeed  some of the best tourists destinations in the world!  Kenya has the potential to not only feed her people but be the bread basket of the whole continent of Africa- While it can have enough for everyone,  poor leadership and governance, corruption, impunity and lack of accountability have  determined that there is  not enough for a few greedy  men and women.

The high levels of inequality have determined that over 70% of the country’s resources are in the hands of a less than 10% of the population while  the last 10 % of the population own less than 1% of the country’s resources. It is a country where women  provide over 70% of the total labor in the agricultural sector and yet, own less than 5 %  of the country’s  land. It is a country where  over 47 % of the country’s population  live below the poverty line earning less than a dollar a day, with 70% of those extremely poor being women.  It is a country where  the  women and youth make the majority of populace and yet remain at the peripherals of decision making- a country that has   89% of its population  below  45 years   and yet this majority remain marginalized and  excluded in governance, decision making et al. It is a country that has been seeking reforms  of its key institutions of governance including the constitution  but where the said reforms have remained a mirage  due to state capture of the said instruments of reform.  This  enduring legacy has created  and fertilized a culture of  impunity, abuse and disregard to state institutions of governance, lack of accountability and a culture that disregards international norms and  standards of governance and human rights protection.  The political system of  first by the post , winner takes it all makes  elections a life and death matter always in favor of a small very powerful clique of   the political class.  Many other institutions like the cabinet, parliament, judiciary, police force, military  including media and religious institutions have come under  total and stifling elite capture. The outcome of this elite capture is a fractured  political and social system  , absence of  transparency and accountability, mismanagement of state institutions and impunity that have  eroded the national fabric resulting in serious  tensions-  Not surprising therefore that between Dec 2007 and  March 2008, Kenya faced its worst political and governance crisis yet and almost degenerated to a  state of total breakdown of law and order.

The question of police  brutality and complicity in perpetrating crime in general and violence against human rights defenders in particular is one of the biggest challenge within the existing Coalition government. The atrocities of the police are well documented; by the state human rights agency KNCHR,  UN Rapporteur  on Extra judicial killings; the government appointed Commission into Post Election Violence (CIPEV) which recommended a complete overhaul of the police force. earlier on at the conclusion of the Investigations into the Post election  Violence by the popularly  as the Waki Commission ( CIPEV)  – sadly,  and instead of implementing the recommendations,  the President responded by rewarding the then Commissioner of Police with a new appointment and a promotion for officers implicated in sexual assault and violence against peaceful Kenyan protestors.

The story of GPO Oulo and Oscar Kingara is the  story of so many other human rights defenders in Kenya and  in countries where there is no respect for human life, rule of law, democracy and   accountability. It is the story of so many other human rights defenders  who have paid and continue to pay heavy  prices for exercising their fundamental and constitutional rights.  When human rights activists in Kenya like in other countries like  Zimbabwe,   have sought  accountability from the powers that be,  the response of the authorities has been an escalating intransigence and violence, the violence of police dogs, tear gas, “disappearings”, exile, and even death.  Like  Bishop Desmond Tutu said at the height of  apartheid, “ We who advocate peace are becoming an irrelevance when we speak peace. The government speaks rubber bullets, live bullets, tear gas, police dogs, detention, and death”.

It is for this reason that while I humbly accept this award,   I dedicate it to all the human rights defenders in Kenya. They are the true champions and heroes of our struggle for change. They continue to put their lives in harm’s way because they are convinced that a different and better Kenya is possible. A different and better Africa is possible and a different and better world is possible.  Many of them like Oulu and Oscar have paid the ultimate price.

I also dedicate this award to my amazing  A-team and staff at CREAW, ACDM, Para-legal’s,  community educators and community news gatherers- without whom ,  my work would be impossible. This award is your award for all your hard work, dedication and commitment!

I finally dedicate this award to my children Stephanie and Ted-  who tearfully  plead with me not to go out onto the street for fear that they might never see their mother  alive  again but who also stoically understand why I do the work that I do. They too like other Kenyans, are tired of being divided along tribal and other imaginary lines, tired of running into ideological vacuums  and partisan roadblocks, tired of appeals to our worst instincts and greatest fears.

It is too late to stop this movement. Change must come!

We hear the voice of the people of the United States of America urging us on. We hear the voices of the people of Europe urging us on. We hear the voices of the peoples of the world urging us on; We see the changes taking place all over the world; We see nations rising from poverty and underdevelopment and creating economic miracles and we ask why not in Kenya? Why not in Africa?

We see undemocratic Nations being replaced by democracies and we ask why not in Africa? We  see millions being hauled out of early death with benefit of modern medicine and we ask why not in Africa? We read about the immense wealth in the belly of the continent and the endless miseries of the people living above the grounds and again we ask why in Africa?

Like Kennedy, I belong to those who believe in the power of a dream. Like him we dream of things that are yet to be and  we ask why not?

I understand that it is my duty and that of my generation to replace the present despair with a new hope in the continent of Africa; it is my duty to resist oppression and plant the flag of freedom in every homestead; it is my duty to challenge the massive inequalities that exist in my society and those of all other African states; it is my duty to stand up to grand corruption; to challenge police brutality and complicity in crime; it is my duty to prevent the recurrence of the post election violence in Kenya in the next general election; it is my solemn duty to prevent more and  more children from the violence and violations that continue to be visited upon our people; it is my duty because where leaders cease being role models and sources of inspiration, we must turn inwards and look for that inspiration from within ourselves. And we must stand firm in our place in the queue and never drop the ball; it is our duty to pick up the challenge that has rung from DC and across the World, that time is now for a new generation of leaders to emerge and to take the onerous task of completing the change begun 20 years ago to democratize, bring prosperity to our nations and to protect the rights and freedoms of every person in my country and in my continent. It is a call I am willing to accept even if I were alone. For didn’t Rosa Parks shows us right here in the USA the amazing power of a solitary soul committed to end injustice?

A great Kenya  for all is possible –

for the dignity of (Wo)man and the destiny of democracy.

We want  our Country Back!

Thank you all!

The annual International Women of Courage Award, started in March 2007 by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement.

The other recipients of the award are: Janseela Majid (Sri Lanka), Shukria Asil (Afghanistan), Col. Shafiqa Quraishi (Afghanistan), Androula Henriques (Cyprus), Sonia Pierre (Dominican Republic), Shadi Sadr (Iran), Dr. Lee Ae-ran (Republic of Korea), Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (Syria), and Jestina Mukoko (Zimbabwe). 

Black white operations of the Kanyotu era


Under Mr James Kanyotu, the State security intelligence apparatus largely operated through intrusion, torture and mysterious murders.

In the minds of ordinary citizens, the mention of what was popularly known as the Special Branch brought up images of shifty-eyed characters in smoky cellars extracting information by duress when not peeping through keyholes or staging mafia-style killings.

Barely two months after Kanyotu was appointed the Director of Intelligence in February 1965, a radical politician of Asian origin, Pio Gama Pinto, was gunned down outside his house in the city’s Westlands suburb.


He was reversing outside his gate one early morning when a lone gunman appeared from nowhere and shot him at point-blank range.

Four years later, an assassin’s bullet cut short the life of Tom Mboya — a dashing politician and Cabinet minister.

He was walking out of a chemist in a crowded city street on Saturday afternoon, July 5, 1969 when he met his death.

Then in March 1975, a herdsman stumbled on a decomposing body at the foot of the scenic Ngong Hills on the outskirts of Nairobi.

It turned out to be the body of the charismatic MP for Nyandarua North, Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, popularly known as ‘JM’, who had been reported missing nine days earlier after he left a Nairobi hotel in the company of the then GSU commandant Ben Gethi.

Fifteen years down the line in February 1990, another body — this time burnt almost beyond recognition — was found by a herdsboy at the foot of Got Alila near Kisumu.

It was that of then Foreign Affairs minister Robert Ouko. He had gone missing for four days after being picked by a white car from his rural home in the wee hours of the morning.


And in the period between 1986 and 1989, several Kenyans were reported to have “disappeared” after they were arrested by the Special Branch and taken to the infamous Nyayo House torture chambers for interrogation in connection with a shadowy outfit called Mwakenya.

Inevitably, in all the “black operations”, fingers were pointed at the institution Mr Kanyotu headed.

In two of the cases — the Ouko and JM murders — he was personally summoned to assist the investigating teams.

He ignored the summons in the case of Ouko, but helpfully cooperated in the JM matter.

In the Mboya and Pinto assassinations, there was no direct mention of the intelligence team or Mr Kanyotu, for that matter.

However, there were powerful pointers that his boys loomed large in the shadows.

In the Mwakenya affair, blood was all over Mr Kanyotu’s hands as the interrogations were conducted by his officers at Nyayo House, the then Nairobi Area Intelligence offices.

Mr Kanyotu’s baptism by fire came on February 25, 1965, hardly two months after he assumed office.

It came with the murder of leftist politician Pio Gama Pinto, a close ally and strategist for then Vice-President and later opposition doyen Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

A self-confessed socialist, Mr Pinto had sharpened his teeth as a radical during Kenya’s fight for independence when he served as the editor of a string of nationalist newspapers and a radio station.

For his troubles, the colonialists detained him without trial for a long period.

Come independence, he identified himself with a radical camp opposed to policies pursued by the Government of the day. The group gravitated around Mr Oginga Odinga. Then somebody decided that he must die.

Early in the morning of February 25, Mr Pinto reversed his car at the gate to his residence in the city’s Westlands suburb. With him was his five-year-old daughter, who he was taking to school.

Before he could engage the forward gear, a man appeared from the corner of the fence and shouted: “Hallo, Sir!”

As he looked up to answer, three bullets hit him in the neck and chest. He slumped dead on the steering wheel.

Three weeks later, a 19-year-old unemployed youth, Kisilu Mutua, was hauled to the courts and accused of killing Mr Pinto. He denied the charge, but admitted having been within the vicinity when the radical politician was shot dead.

Kisilu’s evidence at the trial court had all the elements of a James Bond thriller.

He said he had been a pick-pocket operating at downtown Nairobi.

Police had caught and pardoned him once, but on the second instance, they offered to help him quit the world of crime by getting him a job with a man they simply called Sammy.

Sammy turned up with an interesting kind of job. He would only need him once in a while and for a specific assignment, which would change from time to time.

He helped Kisilu start a business of selling tyre rubber sandals, popularly known as akala, at Ngara Market, from where he would pick him whenever there was a job to be done.

Scare off

Kisilu’s first assignment was to scare off a certain trade-unionist who Sammy said was “joking around with the Government.”

He would drive Kisilu to the unionist’s gate in the evening and wait for the latter to arrive.

Once he showed up, Kisilu would run towards him a knife in hand, hurl a few insults at him and tell him to watch his tongue in future lest the knife ends in his chest.

The first assignment had gone off well and Sammy handsomely rewarded him, Kisilu told the court.

The next assignment would be in Westlands. He was to do the same to a certain muhindi (Indian) who too, as Sammy put it, was giving the Government some trouble.

As with the first assignment, Sammy did not tell him the name of the person and he did not bother to ask as he thought that was none of his business.

On the fateful day, Mr Kisilu told the court, he met Sammy in the company of another man he introduced as Mr Chege Thuo.

The three then got into a taxi, a blue Fiat car, and headed to the gate of their target in Westlands.

Before Kisilu could make his move as instructed, he heard a sudden burst of gun-fire and saw the Indian slump forward as blood gushed from his neck.

A few days later, Sammy got in touch with him and they agreed to meet at a secret rendezvous.

It turned out to be a trap when Kisilu found waiting policemen and Sammy nowhere in sight.

The court found Kisilu guilty and sentenced him to hang. He escaped death for life imprisonment upon appeal.


The court was doubtful that Kisilu was the man who pulled the trigger, but said he must be taken as an accomplice having knowingly gone to Westlands to “scare” his target, whatever the scare entailed.

However, the appeal judge, Chief Justice John Ainley, punched enough holes in the prosecution case to suggest Kisilu may just have been a scapegoat.

“The case for the Republic is that three men were present and that three men ran away from the scene of Mr Pinto’s murder,” said the Appeal judge.

“Yet it has been asked, why has the police not demonstrated the truth of their findings through further investigations?”

Kisilu was set free in 2001 after serving 35 years in jail. He still insists he was punished for a crime he never committed.


Courtesy of http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=39& newsid=124092

(on) fiya rituals

So here we are,

(we) finally made it,

en aI,

somehow for the first time, after several years in Tdot,

and after only one year en a moon, struggling, back home…

I’m (getting) grounded and healing, en loving the winter.

I love the way that my (chosen) family has nurtured and transformed me,

I love their minds, bodies en souls

I love hir sacredness & truth,

I love me,

en I love this earth.

It’s simple really…

noticing is more important than under/standing what you notice….

love and sharing will grow in you,

as will the creative fire to find the means of expressing them.

fire melts and tempers;

let the fire of love do the same with you.


Spirits of Fire: To Honor The Earth


2007 – 2009, as another dada, proclaimed in her reflection of the past, was one of challenges and (dire) material straits….

it has also been a year of blessings & sacrifices

now….like bennu rising from the ashes,

I/we are re/building communities with holistic visions of love & soul.

We pay respect to the passing of (some of the ) great kings & queens of africa in the last 13 moons. 

Lamya. Oscar Kamau King’ara. “GPO” John Paul Oulu. Tajudeen Abdul Raheem. Michael Jackson. Bernie Mac. Percy E. Sutton….

We witness the (re) birthing of our (ancient) connection with the source..

[attributes of fire:

In the indigenous mind, fiya kindles and sustains an animating and pervasive energy in all that lives.

It is in the wota that runs, it is in the trees, the rocks, the earth, and in ourselves.

It is the mediator between worlds since it is very close to the purest form of energy.

Any connection with ancestors, spirits and the Other World is mediated by fire.

A complete over/standing of fiya requires a serious relationship with death, and the dead.

The tension referred to here is like a charge of energy about to burst.


Those who carry such energy are being prepared for energetic action that reflects, and is the result of,

a touch of the Other World…..


fiya burns (also) within us…..

the fiya within connects us to our real family – the people we are always drawn to when we see them – en causes them to recognise us.


This fiya originates in the Other World and connects us always to the ancestors


[excerpt/ed from Healing Wisdom of Africa – Patrice Malidoma Some]

straight from the….

Festus G. Mogae

October 30, 2009 

 His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda
State House Nakasero
P.O. Box 24594
Kampala, Uganda

Your Excellency,
On behalf of the Champions for an HIV -Free Generation, I send you warmest greetings and best wishes.

We, the Champions for an HlV-Free Generation, are on a mission to exchange ideas and encourage stronger and more visionary leadership in response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Sub Saharan Africa. Our mandate is to promote key policy, legal, cultural and behavioral practices, as well as messages that help accelerate the social outcomes needed to achieve an HIV-free generation.

The first is a draft Bill, the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009,” recently introduced by a private member’s motion in the Parliament of  the Republic of  Uganda. Among the most disturbing  provisions of the bill are: Incarceration for any person convicted  of  ”homosexuality”; a sentencing of death for anyone with HIV convicted  of  ”aggravated homosexuality”; incarceration for “promotion of homosexuality”; criminal penalties that apply to citizens and permanent residents living outside of Uganda; and declaring null and void any “international  legal instrument whose provisions are contradictory to the spirit and provisions enshrined in this Act:”

The second Bill that has come to our attention is the draft “‘HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill,” currently under debate in the Uganda Law Reform Commission. Many positive aspects of the bill exist, including provisions against discrimination of people with HIV and AIDS in schools and at places of work. However, one provision of the Bill stipulates incarceration for offenses related to the “breach of safe practices of HIV prevention.”

Your Excellency, we respectfully express our concern at the provisions referenced in these two Bills and fear that passage of such legislation, which deviates from international best practice and recommendations, could lead to increased stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS and the groups most vulnerable to the epidemic.

The 2001 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS, adopted by all UN Member Stares, emphasized the importance of addressing the needs of those “at the greatest risk of, and most vulnerable to, new infection as indicated by such factors as … sexual practices.”

At the 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, the Member States reiterated their commitment underlying the need for “full and active participation of vulnerable groups and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against them … while respecting their privacy and confidentiality.”

Furthermore, assessments conducted by UNAIDS for the General Assembly have confirmed that stigma, discrimination and criminalization faced by men who have sex with men are major barriers to the movement for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

UNAIDS has recommended that governments respect, protect and fulfill the rights of men who have sex with men and address stigma and discrimination in society and in the workplace by amending laws prohibiting sexual acts between consenting adults in private, enforcing anti-discrimination, and promoting programmes for men who have sex with men who may be especially vulnerable to HIV infection.

[ blogger note: this is always the part where I get troubled by the direction of the focus on ‘queer’ issues…..in a HIV/AIDS /neo-colonial framework…it is always the men who have to be singled out for protection…the silences are perpetuated with every pathologisation of OUR  sexuality….because this bill 18, which is the point of this protest in word, affects an entire rainbow soup of identities…

essentially we are all at risk of infection and transgressions carry the heaviest consequences…and what could be more real than 2 dicks fucking each other? life is real…….it’s not just those MSM you have to worry about, the WSW are quite as dangerous too…there is power in/visibility.. 😉 …]


With respect to the “HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill”, UNAIDS and other international best practices recommend against HIV -specific criminal laws, laws directly mandating disclosure of HIV status, and other laws which are counterproductive to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support efforts, or which violate the human rights of people living with HIV. Inappropriate or overly­ broad application of criminal law to HIV transmission creates a real risk of increasing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, thus driving them further away from HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
Your Excellency, the Champions for an HIV-Free Generation believe that positive action by both government and individual leaders of stature, like yourself, can help create environments that promote HIV prevention efforts and behaviour change. We humbly ask that you take action to halt the harmful provisions in the draft Bills cited in this letter, and by doing so, preserve the rights of all Ugandans.

Yours Sincerely
Mr. Festus G. Mogae
Chairman of the Champions for an HIV-Free Generation and Former President of  the Republic of Botswana

Copied To:
(a) The Champions: Their Excellencies: Kenneth Kaunda, Joaquim  Chissano and Benjamin Mkapa; His Grace, Desmond Tutu; Dr. Speciosa Wandira; Justice Edwin Cameron; Prof. Miriam Were and Ms. Liya Kebede
(b) Chairman, Uganda Law Reform Commission