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The following report was submitted by ASFL local coordinator June Moseti

The Eastern Africa Policy Centre in collaboration with the Atlas Network and African Students for Liberty held a Freedom and Liberty Seminar in Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega on Friday, 21 November, 2014. The seminar targeted university students and academic staffs from the Faculties of Economics, Education and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. The public lecture and discussions encompassed teachings on the principles of a Free Market Economy, Liberty, Entrepreneurship, Globalization, Property Rights, Good governance and Taxes.

seminarThe over 50 participant seminar, commenced with Opening and Welcoming remarks from Masinde Muliro Representative Dr. Bob Mbori, the Director of Public Communications and Publishing. He welcomed the initiative and applauded EAPC for fulfilling their promise of coming back to Masinde Muliro and the effort being done to enlighten the youth on the challenges Africa faces. He also encouraged the students and staff present to utilize their ‘twenties’ productively through use of technology in coming up with innovative solutions to the problems the continent faces. (more…)

Jeff Berwick of Anarchast interviews Africa Youth Peace Call president Afrikanus Kofi Akosah Adusei from Ghana, topics include: Libertarianism in Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Anarchism in line with traditions, Libertarianism seen as African rather than colonial, US trying to get into Africa, Skype bringing education, the black market is a free market, Ebola is a conspiracy to destablise region and gain access to resources, one of the biggest lies of the century, Africa is poor because of a lack of economic freedom.

The following is a video by South Africa Phumlani Umajozi

During South Africa’s platinum miners’ strike that ended in June this year, I was puzzled by union members who suggested they’d rather be unemployed than earn what they described as a “low wage”. I was really startled by their remarks. It made no sense to me, not only because I have had low-wage jobs, but also because I couldn’t imagine a poor desperate South African rejecting a low-pay job in favour of an incapability to feed, clothe and house their families.

During my first year at Rhodes University, eight years ago, I was lucky enough to find temporary jobs during the holidays, mostly in gardening and construction. I had also submitted my resumé to various restaurants and clothing shops and responded to a number of job advertisements, but with no luck.

When my father told me of a family in need of someone to assist with their garden at least once a week, I thought “Thank God”. I was ecstatic and looked forward to work, long before I even knew how much I was going to be paid. What mattered to me most was that I was about to earn a wage that could, at some point, help me buy a bus ticket back to Grahamstown to continue with my Bachelor of Commerce studies. I needed the money.

Read the full article on the Free Market Foundation website here.

The following was written by ASFL Executive Board Member Alex Njeru

I have taken quite some time to pen this piece, partly because the moral gangs purporting to advocate for a ‘new era of a morally upright Kenya’ by undressing women, shook the belief I had in mankind to the core. I cannot understand it, this is the year of our Lord 2014 and for God’s sake we have smartphones, drones, rockets that land on comets and a selfie addicted president. There is absolutely no excuse for any being, Neanderthal or not to walk around pre-supposing that he or she or they for that matter are the moral guardians of Kenyan society. There is no excuse for people to forcefully impose their own subjective moral sanctions on other people. It is not right, it reeks and it is abhorrently wrong. I am not wearing a dress any time soon, but I have no objection against those men who have a fetish for mauve and black pleat dresses, it bothers me less.

Perhaps more worrying, is the fact that; suave, well educated men, who walk around with two smartphones and drink to a few exotic beers in the weekend do not find any problems with the layabout who undresses women. Those of us who have 8-5 white collar jobs have not equivocally condemned the actions of this underemployed touts who find mirth in the act of stripping women. (more…)

The following is a guest submission by Phumlani UMajozi

During South Africa’s platinum miners’ strike that ended in June this year, I was puzzled by union members who suggested they’d rather be unemployed than earn what they described as a “low wage”. I was really startled by their remarks. It made no sense to me, not only because I have had low-wage jobs, but also because I couldn’t imagine a poor desperate South African rejecting a low-pay job in favour of an incapability to feed, clothe and house their families.

During my first year at Rhodes University, eight years ago, I was lucky enough to find temporary jobs during the holidays, mostly in gardening and construction. I had also submitted my resumé to various restaurants and clothing shops and responded to a number of job advertisements, but with no luck. (more…)

The following was written by ASFL leader Oluleke Peter

On the 8th of November, 2014, 33 student leaders from 9 universities and 6 states within Nigeria gathered at Conference Centre, University of Ibadan for the African Students For Liberty Nigerian Leadership Forum. The forum shared best practices for pro-liberty student organizing: as discussions; brainstorming and lectures highlighted the need to establish a network of leaders who will work to make the country a stronghold for the pro-liberty student movement.

The forum commenced with a formal introduction by each participants. These participants were student leaders/representatives from University of Ibadan, Ibadan; Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye; University of Ilorin, Ilorin; Mashood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta; Kogi State University, Kogi state; and University of Abuja, Abuja.

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The following was written by Alex Njeru, ASFL Executive Board member

Kenyans have recently been treated to melodrama and political chicanery of the highest order. First came in the ‘special parliamentary session’ where President Uhuru Kenyatta invoked section 147(3) of the Constitution, and appointed Deputy President William Ruto as Acting President albeit for a day while he attends the status conference at The Hague, in the Netherlands. Then came the stage managed images of the president ‘now civilian’ filling through immigrations as he left Kenya for the Hague as a private citizen and the all too familiar images and video clips of acting president William Ruto in the presidential motorcade, his and only day in office as president where we were made to believe all a president’s work revolves around swinging on swivel chair, reading the dailies and smiling for the camera’s in the presidential office at Harambee House.

Then finally the actual president is back, a circular from the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, has called on all Kenyans to welcome the president from The Hague, to mock the president’s trials and tribulations at The Hague. Well knowing this selfie loving president, I would not bet on him to waste a moment to make political capital and he is using his trials at the International Criminal Court at the Hague to make political kill, well he has done that for a while in fact his trials at the Hague and his ingenious engineering of his trials at the Hague are part of the reasons why he and his deputy occupy the two biggest seats in Kenya. (more…)

Few can agree on why the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago. However, the recent suspension of the Burkinabe constitution and the takeover of government by the army well demonstrates that its debris remain in Africa, where ideological proxy wars are ongoing.

The 27 – year rule of Blaise Campaore, Africa’s fifth longest- serving president has been largely sustained by his pro-West stance. For following the dictates of his allies in Paris, Campaore’s  authoritarian rule which has survived five coup attempts and his attendant human right abuses, have been ignored for allowing the growth of GDP at the expense of the quality of lives of Burkinabes. As a result, there is much nostalgia in the West African country for the old times under Thomas Sankara’s regime — well-known as, “Africa’s Che Guevera.”

The recent protests remind one of the words of Thomas Sankara’s inaugural address to the United Nations  General assembly where he “…protest[ed] on behalf of all those who vainly seek a forum in this world where they can make their voice heard and have it genuinely taken under consideration.” It seems  Campaore’s cronyism with his western buddies has proven Sankara’s claim that while revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas. (more…)

his post is part of a new “Student Spotlight” SFL blog series in which we honor the best and brightest student activists in our network by highlighting the top student, group, and event of the week and share their accomplishments to inspire other leaders to step up their game in advancing the cause of liberty. 

Congratulations to SFL’s student of the week, Alieu Bangura! He is a  senior at the University of the Gambia majoring in Computer Science. Alieu is also a founder and Program Coordinator of Students For Liberty in the Gambia.

How did you find out about SFL?

I found out about SFL through the Charter Teams Program. I also recall having signed up to receive newsletters. I learned more about it through Irena Schneider, the International Programs Associate, and since then I have been building a strong group that advocates  liberty.

Who are your favorite figures or topics in liberty? 

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The following is a guest submission by Innocent Okoro

When the Federal Government announced the removal of fuel subsidy in january 2, it was said that the subsidy on kerosene would remain because kerosene was vital for the daily ‘survival of the people’. The fuel subsidy removal was greeted by mass protests from Nigerians, even serving as a political point for the opposition, because, the people were not properly made to understand the negative effects of subsidy and the need for its removal in order to bring about a better socio-economic outlook in the country. Marred by massive corruption and improper implementation, the fuel subsidy program was simply a waste of tax payers’ money.

Maintaining a litany of subsidies is a very wrong government policy leading to increased taxation and a high debt since the government would continue seeking money to maintain these subsidies, to offset these debts, the government would have to further increase the already high tax, and most times, allocations that should be used in carrying out developmental projects would be spent in servicing debts that always come with high interests. Allowing a free market without government subsidies and interference, however, would bring about efficient and effective service delivery, and competition for customers between firms would drive down the cost of these products to the lowest possible price in addition to a high quality of service. (more…)