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Obama’s appointing Kase Lawal to trade committee continues upward march by oil and gas heavyweight….

USAfrica has followed the exponential, methodical expansion of the clout and revenue drivers for CAMAC and of Kase, himself. I think that the latest nod from Obama’s administration to Lawal is a continuation of that forward march by a hard-working and savvy son Africa in America.

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OBAMA’s appointing KASE LAWAL to trade committee continues upward march by oil and gas heavyweight….

By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfrica,  USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine, Houston
USAfricaNEWSwire, September 20, 2010: U.S President Barack Obama has appointed one of the leading executives across the United States and Africa continents, Dr. Kase L. Lawal, to his 30-member Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN).
The White House statement which was received by USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine (Houston) notes that the 30-person committee is made up of a distinguished array  of industry, government, labor and environmental representatives who are expected to offer input and some guidance on trade matters.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Lawal, chairman and CEO of CAMAC International Corporation, said that “It is an honor to serve President Obama as a member of this Advisory Committee….  I remain dedicated to opening markets throughout the world and lending my expertise to shape policies and strengthen opportunities.”
He has served creditably in boosting Texas area and international business in the shipping arena hence his reappointments as vice chairman and member of the board of the Port of Houston Authority. He has served on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Airport System Development Corporation, the National Urban League, the prestigious Fisk University, and other organizations.
Lawal has key business and political connections inside Nigeria, South Africa and the U.S.  Lawal, a friend and key supporter of the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also served as a member of the United States Presidential Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
He has propelled the CAMAC International, a private company for almost 25 years (by 2011), to be recently ranked #193 in Forbes list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
Lawal, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Houston-based Unity National Bank, is a philanthropist on education and literary projects.
On January  27 2009, Kase and Eileen Lawal gave the Texas Southern University (also in Houston, Texas) the school’s largest donation/gift of U.S $1million dollars by an alumnus. I witnessed him make available on that day January 27, 2009 at the TSU, a check for $100,000 check, as the first installment of the 10-year, one million dollar pledge and endowment for the development of the Lawal Center for Global Trade at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.  http://photoworks.tv/kase-lawal-onemillion-tsu-usafrica-chido2009
It will cover some student scholarships. He has made equally substantial donations/endowments at the University of Houston, and other colleges.
Kase was born in 1954 in Ibadan, Oyo State (western Nigeria). He was  awarded the prestigious USAfrica Business Person of the Year, in 1997. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa.
Around 2001-2003, he expanded CAMAC’s reach into South Africa and the capacity of the operations in Nigeria.
Around 2002, Kase led CAMAC to its first billion dollars. Business has flourished ever since, adjusting for the global economic crunch; the latter interrupted the scope of the stock offerings plans for CAMAC-Allied Energy on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He is the Chairman of the board for CAMAC Energy, Inc., a U. S.-based, energy company, now publicly traded on the NYSE Amex.
On the significance of the NYSE listing, Dr. Lawal, a Commissioner on the Port of Houston Authority  said in an exclusive USAfricaTV video and USAfricaonline.com report that “It gives CAMAC some responsibilities and grants us more respect, and to return shareholders value. It should open doors for others to follow, add value and create value.”
For 19 years, despite a few business controversies which he has had to contend with,  I have witnessed, first hand, amidst the expansion of his fortune has been major efforts by Kase and Eileen to give back to the community.
I have also reported and followed the exponential, methodical expansion of the clout and revenue drivers for CAMAC and of Kase, himself. I think that the latest nod from Obama’s administration to Lawal is a continuation of that forward march by a hard-working business professional and savvy son of Africa in America.
Chido Nwangwu is the Founder & Publisher of USAfrica,  first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com, The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine, PhotoWorks.TV, AchebeBooks.com, Nigeria360 e-group Nigeria360@yahoogroups, USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in Lagos and worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (news) in the 1980s;  publicity committee of the Holocaust Museum, Houston; recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009; member advisory board on Africa to Houston’s former Mayor Dr. Lee Brown. Chido appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, CBSNews, ABCNews, FOXNews, NBCNews, etc.   Chido@USAfricaonline.com  — wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436). Follow Chido at FaceBook.com/usafrica and at Twitter.com/chido247
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Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston, USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal https://usafricaonline.com/chido.obamaafrica09.html

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President Obama, hate-mongers and mob cons. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, www.Achebebooks.com, CLASS magazine, The Black Business Journal,  USAfrica.TV, and the largest digital images/pictorial events domain for Africans  abroad www.PhotoWorks.TV

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U.S says it will investigate Zimbabwe presidential election violence; MDC disputes result; winner acknowledges there were “challenges”

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The MDC Alliance led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa is disputing the outcome of the polls alleging that they were rigged to the point of having more votes than registered voters.

While the winner, ZANU PF leader and incumbent president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, acknowledged that there were “challenges” he insisted the polls were free and fair.

The US Department of State said Zimbabwe’s 30 July elections presented the country with a historic chance to move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward profound democratic change.

“Unfortunately, Zimbabwe’s success in delivering an election day that was peaceful, and open to international observers, was subsequently marred by violence and a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces,” the department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Six people were shot dead on Wednesday by soldiers and many others were injured. A seventh person is reported to have succumbed to gunshot wounds on Friday at a hospital in Chitungwiza.

The US said it welcomes the commitment by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release comprehensive election results in a form that provides full transparency. ZEC maintains that the election results were an accurate reflection of the voters’ will.

Former colonial master, Britain, also remained concerned about the developments.

“The UK remains deeply concerned by the violence following the elections and the disproportionate response from the security forces,” said UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin.

She, however, urged electoral stakeholders to work together to ensure calm.

“While polling day passed off peacefully, a number of concerns have been raised by observer missions, particularly about the pre-election environment, the role of State media, and the use of State resources. There is much to be done to build confidence in Zimbabwe’s electoral process.”

Baldwin urged that any appeals against the results or the process be handled swiftly and impartially.– African News Agency (ANA)

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Zimbabwe’s presidential election offers opportunity for post-Mugabe progress. By Wilf Mbanga

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Today, Monday July 30, 2018, Zimbabweans [went] to the polls to elect Robert Mugabe’s successor. For pretty much the average life expectancy of many Zimbabweans, one man has ruled the country with an iron fist. Eight elections were held during his rule – and every time, that fist ensured victory for Mugabe.

The current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, the man who finally ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup last November, has also crushed his enemies ruthlessly in the past – but his iron fist lies within a well-padded velvet glove.
Mnangagwa goes head to head at the polls with Nelson Chamisa, 40, who took over as leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after Morgan Tsvangirai died earlier this year.

Whoever wins, this election heralds a new dawn for Zimbabwe. Mugabe has gone. Things will never be the same again. Certainly, Mnangagwa brings a lot of baggage from the Mugabe era – having been the former president’s righthand man.

But he is different in many significant ways – today, Mugabe even urged voters to turn their backs on his leadership, and went so far as to wish Chamisa well. Most importantly, Mnangagwa understands business and is determined to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s moribund economy and give the people what they so desperately want and need – jobs.

He is primarily a soldier, having left Zimbabwe as a teenager in the early 1960s for military training in China. He has fashioned himself after the former communist leader Deng Xiaoping, who modernised China and laid the foundations for the economic powerhouse it has become, while maintaining a strictly authoritarian regime.

Deng abandoned many orthodox communist doctrines to incorporate elements of the free-enterprise system. Mnangagwa seems determined to do the same for Zimbabwe. He is a wealthy man in his own right, having run Zanu-PF’s and his own businesses since the early 1980s. He has been mentioned in a UN report on the plundering of mining and logging resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo together with General Sibusiso Moyo, who is now the foreign affairs minister.

Over the eight months since he took the reins from Mugabe, Mnangagwa has given clear signals of a clean break with the past – actively courting the west, preaching and practising peace instead of violence, eschewing corruption, meeting business leaders and white farmers, and generally projecting himself as a reformist. He has met personally the many business missions that have visited the country this year, and has promised to get rid of the cumbersome bureaucracy that currently stifles new investment. He has suspended Mugabe’s populist indigenisation act, which required foreigners to cede 51% of their shares to locals (ZANU-PF, of course) in all sectors except gold and diamond mining. He has even made it his election slogan – with party supporters everywhere sporting T-shirts proclaiming “Zimbabwe is open for business”.

While Mugabe was a consummate manipulator, skilfully playing people off against each other and weaving a complex web of patronage, Mnangagwa is a much more of a strategist. He will be prepared to make tough decisions that could ultimately benefit the economy. He has certainly been more successful in attracting foreign investment in the short time he has been in power than Mugabe was in decades of berating the west.

 

The MDC’s Chamisa is just as pro-business as Mnangagwa, and to his credit has surrounded himself with several capable technocrats. There is no whiff of corruption about him and he has been drawing massive crowds in many rural areas which, under Mugabe, were no-go areas for his party. And of course the MDC’s democratic and human rights credentials are well established – while those of Zanu-PF are a constant cause for concern.

Should Chamisa win the election, there is no doubt that the world would welcome Zimbabwe back into the fold with open arms. But Mnangagwa is smart enough to realise that international recognition of his government can only come if this election is acknowledged as free and fair by the global community. While Britain has been unswervingly supportive of the post-Mugabe regime, the US has reserved judgment – recently renewing its sanctions on Zanu-PF leaders and companies, but promising to lift them once credible elections have taken place.

And there’s the rub.

Many believe it is impossible for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to run a free and fair poll. It is accused of rigging every election since it was established in 2004; it is still staffed largely by the military and Zanu-PF loyalists; and it has shown shameful bias towards the ruling party in recent months. For example, the law says the ballot paper should be in alphabetical order, which places Chamisa second on the 23-person list. The commission cleverly formatted the paper into two lop-sided columns, in order to place Mnangagwa at the very top of column two.

So this election could bring three possible results: if Mnangagwa wins, the MDC already has enough ammunition against the electoral commission to cry foul.

If Chamisa wins convincingly, it will be a new dawn indeed – but the military might not accept this, as the Generals have already invested a lot in Mnangagwa.

But if there is no clear winner, the most sensible way forward would be for the two protagonists to agree to a marriage of convenience – otherwise known as a government of national unity.
• Wilf Mbanga, once falsely classified by Mugabe’s government as ‘enemy of the people’, is the founder, editor and publisher of The Zimbabwean weekly, published in the UK and Johannesburg

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USAfrica: “Resign! Get out of office!” – Bishop Oyedepo tells Nigeria’s President Buhari

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The founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has called on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army General, to resign due to what he considers to be the continuing failure of Buhari to stop  the incessant killings by militant Fulani herdsmen.

Oyedepo who spoke on the theme, “Enough is enough” recalled that “When I was talking in 2015, people were saying my own was too much, now everybody can see what’s happening,” he said. ”What has moved forward in anybody’s life? You don’t know it’s war. Why are they attacking the Christian communities? Why has nobody been arrested? I can tell you this, the authorities and the powers that be are behind them.”

“We must wake up and push this evil back. Not one of those so-called herdsmen – they are jihadists – has been brought to book till date. Herdsmen don’t shoot; they have been here all along. They are just taking cover under the herdsmen to assault innocent citizens. They wake up in the night and slice innocent children to pieces. Yet, you have a government in place. What!

“The most honourable thing for any non-performing leader to do is to resign. The most honourable thing is to resign. That’s my own for Mr President. Resign! Get out of office! Even our Islamic friends in the North are calling on him to resign. Because that’s the noblest thing to do. Or are we going to look at one system destroy a whole nation?”

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