African press review 24 June 2013
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Nelson Mandela's condition and a teachers strike in Kenya and Ugandan politics are among the topics in the African papers this morning...
In South Africa, where the main headlines focus on what may well be Nelson Mandela's final struggle, the Sowetan looks back exactly eighteen years to the day.
On June 24, 1995, at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Mandela watched the South Africa Springboks defeat the New Zealand All Blacks by 15 points to 12, to win the Rugby World Cup.
The Sowetan this morning reprints the famous picture of a smiling Mandela congratulating South African captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy. The paper points out that less than a year later, on February 3, 1996, Mandela appeared in a replica of Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey's number nine jersey at FNB Stadium. That night, the national soccer team went on to beat Tunisia 2-nil and claim the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title
In Kenya, The Standard reports that a nationwide teachers’ strike will be announced later today.
The action, expected to paralyse learning in all public schools from tomorrow, follows days of behind the-scenes attempts to head off a strike by the country’s 200,000-plus teachers.
An official said the Kenya National Union of Teachers will no longer engage the government on their demands for higher allowances and the hiring of 40,000 additional teachers.
Today the top decision making organ of the union meets to ratify a nationwide strike. Some members of another union, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, are already on strike in support of their demand for the payment of overdue allowances.
In Uganda, The Daily Monitor gives pride of place on the front page to Brigadier Muhoozi Kain-e-ru-gaba. Despite the difference in names, he is president Yoweri Museveni's eldest son, the man at the centre of a recent scandal when an intelligence official, David Sejusa, suggested there might be a plot to assassinate anyone who was opposed to Muhoozi taking over as president when Museveni steps down in 2016.
In this morning's monitor, Muhoozi Kain-e-ru-gaba denies allegations that his rise and key placement in the military command is a ploy to sidestep the law and have him replace his father as president.
Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son, said the son in a statement, adding that the so-called Muhoozi project is a fiction. But he did stress his right under the constitution to run for the country's top job.
Thrity-nine-year-old Muhoozi is a one-star general who commands the 10,000-strong Special Forces Command, considered the engine of the Ugandan army. They are responsible for guarding the president and some of the country’s most-sensitive assets, including the oil fields.
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