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LESAOANA CALEB MAKANDA: Tribute to a freedom fighter and diplomat

By MOTSOKO PHEKO

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Bishop Makanda was a remarkable person. He always pursued whatever he did with tenacity of purpose and pertinacity of will. He was involved in the Sharpeville Uprising led by the Pan Africanist Congress under the leadership of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Motsoko Pheko is a historian, political scientist, lawyer and theologian. He is author of books such as Towards Africa’s Authentic Liberation, African Renaissance Saved Christianity and Rediscovering Africa and Her Spirituality. He is a former Member of the South African Parliament and former Representative of the victims of apartheid and colonialism at the United Nations in New York and at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

The measure of a man is not how he died, but how he lived his life. Not what he gained, but what he gave. The greatest thing in life is to live for a purpose.

The warrior that died on 17, January 2014 is Bishop Lesaoana Caleb Makanda. He was a freedom fighter for South Africa and Africa, since he was a Pan Africanist. He was also Diplomat.

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Liberation without repossession of land is gigantic colonial fraud

By MOTSOKO PHEKO

ARTICLE SUMMARY: South Africa was built on crude colonial injustice and criminal disregard for the indigenous African majority of this country.  When people are deprived of their land they suffer humiliation, servitude, poverty, ignorance and disease. Colonial dispossession of land was genocide and continues to be genocide inflicted on Africans.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Motsoko Pheko is former Representative of the victims of apartheid at the United Nations in New York and at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. He delivered this paper at the Africa Century International African Writers’ Conference, Johannesburg on 8, November 2013.

Liberation without repossession of land by the dispossessed is a gigantic colonial fraud. There can be no true nationhood and national sovereignty without land. There can be no national identity without land. Land is life. Without land there is no food, water, houses, farming and plants with medicinal value. Minerals and all kinds of raw materials to make furniture, cars, airplanes, cell phones, glass and all things which human beings depend upon for life, come from land.

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Nelson Mandela’s negotiations were superficial

By MOTSOKO PHEKO

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Any negotiation that does not repossess the dispossessed people of their land is a fake.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Motsoko Pheko is former Representative of the victims of apartheid at the United Nations in New York and at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. He is the author of The Hidden Side of South African Politics and Towards Africa’s Authentic Liberation

It is nearly 20 years since South Africa called itself ‘’New South Africa.’’  But the outcome of Mr. Mandela’s negotiations and his ANC colleagues reveals that they were superficial and tainted with appeasement.  Racial oppression has morphed seamlessly into oppression based on economic circumstance.

The land dispossession of the African indigenous majority was the primary contradiction of the liberation struggle against colonialism. At   the negotiations table with the apartheid regime, talk on land dispossession of the African people vanished like mist and became a taboo.

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The stupid mistake that hammered the final nail in Buganda’s political coffin

By YAHYA SSEREMBA

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whereas Milton Obote had publicly vowed to crush Buganda once he assumes power, Kabaka Muteesa II went ahead and gave him the support that propelled him to the helm in 1962. The apologists of Buganda often downplay this Kabaka’s act of insanity, blaming instead the kingdom’s collapse on Obote. The truth is that Obote’s assault was only the conclusion of the breakdown of a monarchy that had long been torn apart by religious sectarianism.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Yahya Sseremba is the publisher of The Campus Journal current affairs website.

The people of Buganda didn’t lose their number one status until they shattered their own unity. Their disunity hit the peak in the 1960s when Kabaka Muteesa II allied with a Langi politician to prevent his tribesmen from assuming power, empowering an outsider who had vowed to crush Buganda Kingdom.[1]These internal divisions that undermined Buganda’s supremacy had been building up for about 100 years.

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Sheikh Swaibu Ssemakula: The father of Islamic schools in Uganda

By NSEREKO MUTUMBA

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Once a mere lay minister in the Church of Uganda, Swaibu Ssemakula rose to become one of the most influential Ugandan Muslims ever. Before he became the first Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Ssemakula founded the first centers of Islamic learning in this part of Africa, ending an era in which ignorance was almost the only the basis for religious practice.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Nsereko Mutumba is the Public Relations Officer of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

We are privileged to bring to you the Grandfather of Islamic scholars in Uganda, His Eminence Sheikh Swaibu Ssemakula (Sheikh Mukulu). 

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