: African press review 25 December 2015

South Africa’s Mail & Guardian has a special edition in today’s news, on how President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet performed this past year. The newspaper says it’s all about who’s failing and who’s succeeding – and despite how difficult this year has been, they say that surprisingly, some ministers were actually doing a pretty good job.

They conclude by saying that this year it was all about “People and Power” since the year can basically be summed up between #feesmustfall, following the student led protest movement that began in mid October 2015 in response to an increase in fees at South African universities and #zumamustfall, leading to the more pertinent question: what must rise in 2016?

Business Day also takes a look into Zuma’s year. Some critics say it’s been a presidency characterised by indecision and incompetence, others underline the fact that earlier this month, the President made shocking moves when he kept firing and replacing his Finance ministers, leading to the South African currency going into free-fall, unleashing further criticism. 

They then go in-depth and report an interview Al Jazeera had with Kgalema Motlanthe, the former president of South Africa, about the developments of the last two weeks and why South Africans must demand some explanations. 

Nigeria’s Vanguard has some Christmas news, as Christians in Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate the holiday. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has encouraged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence that the season symbolises just as he urged them to refrain from activities that could trigger unrest and disunity.

This echos President Muhammadu Buhari’s words The Guardian reports upholding such virtues was the only way the country could record the desired progress.

Politicians in Nigeria say security challenges the country is facing on a daily basis should not be used as an avenue to create division along ethnic and religious lines.


The Guardian also reports that the increasing level of insecurity, especially with terrorism in the North and kidnapping in the South in recent years in the country has largely threatened national security. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to tackle this challenge and they underline how important the role of the media comes to play now.

The article points out that “the media determine dominant values, perceptions and attitudes of the society by its impact on it.” The importance of the media in addressing national security in a democratic setting cannot be overemphasized as it is the bridge between the people and its societal activities. For any activity to get noticed, it must be reported by the media. The media must therefore make national security part of its principal agenda so as to make positive impacts.

In Kenya’s Daily Nation, the headline today has Kenyans demanding for fair treatment at tourist destinations as they celebrate Christmas holidays. 

The paper explains that discrimination is part of a “silent culture” creeping in Kenya’s tourism and hospitality industry where locals are subject to profiling, often leading to poor service and general neglect while foreigners receive top-notch treatment.

As Kenyans head to hotels, bars and restaurants to celebrate Christmas today, such discrimination could make the difference between a memorable day or one that they would wish to quickly forget the newspaper states.

On social media, Kenyans have been raising the issue more than once and they’ve been protesting over the bias which they claim is also perpetuated in popular coffee shops, restaurants and hotels.

Source: rfi afrique