Mogadishu (24/10/2011) - Since the change of military tactics by Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen on the 6th of August 2011, the battle for Mogadishu has taken on an entirely new dimension. The recent battles have lured the AU forces, who previously sought refuge behind their heavily fortified bases and underground bunkers, out into the open; thereby exposing their intense vulnerabilities and proving their inability to fight in an urban area.
The massacre of more than 150 Burundian troops in the battle of Dayniile, Northern Mogadishu, on Thursday 20th October marked the success of the Mujahideen's enhanced military strategy and stands as a true testament to the diversified military operations raging in Mogadishu.
And while the media, both local and international, have recorded the video footage of the 76 slain Burundian soldiers displayed by the Mujahideen, complete in their AU uniform and badges, AMISOM propagandists chose to deny the deaths of their own comrades in order to mislead the families of the dead soldiers.
The recent Mogadishu massacre is indeed exemplary of the unforgiving fate that awaits every foreign invader in Mogadishu, but our message is now specific to the people of Burundi.
Your sons continue to perpetrate unspeakable atrocities against our innocent families in Somalia. And despite our persistent demands for the withdrawal of your troops, you remain obliviously adamant that your sons are serving a just cause by killing thousands of innocent men, women and children. The indiscriminate shelling carried out by your troops has displaced over a million people from their homes and has rendered them refugees in their own country.
Half of our children do not attend schools as your troops continue to demolish and destroy our buildings and infrastructure. And in the course of these battles, hundreds of your sons have been killed in Mogadishu while fighting as mercenaries for a worthless cause and some are still being held captive.
The recent deaths of your sons in Mogadishu serve as a just reward for the carnage that they have caused in the streets of Mogadishu and their corpses are now rotting in a distant land without even a funeral ceremony. Know that the indomitable people of Mogadishu will continue to massacre your troops as long as the streets of Mogadishu remain steeped in the blood of their loved ones.
You now have a choice to make. Either you call for the immediate withdrawal of your troops from our country or you shall receive the bodies of your remaining sons delivered to you in bags. Think long. Think hard. Think of your son's futures.
On Oct 20, 2011, Libya's ex-leader and African strong warrior- hero Col. Muammar Gaddafi was captured and unlawfully killed by the hands of the NATO backed now Libya legitimacy government ( Libya's National Transitional Council- NTC). BeeAfrican Networks look back on some of the greatest movements of Col. Muammar Gaddafi 's regime included the World most powerful man and African greatest hero of all time Nelson Mandela calling the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi (May Allah Bless Him) "My Brother Leader" in his 2007 speech.
A grandson of Nelson Mandela is named Gadaffi - a sign of how popular the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi once was in South Africa and many other African countries.
Nelson Mandela's Honored Muammar Gaddafi:
"I shall therefore take the liberty to invite our guests to rise and raise their glasses with me in salute to Muammar Gaddafi, our Brother Leader of the Revolution of the Libyan Jamahariya"
South Africa (Zuma) said that the NATO-backed revolt has undermined the "African Union's efforts and initiatives to handle the situation in Libya." Mandela made a high-profile visit to Libya in 1997 when he presented the colonel with South Africa's highest award, the Order of Good Hope.
Nelson Mandela once said:
"Those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Gaddafi can go jump in the pool".
It was pure expediency to call on democratic South Africa to turn its back on Libya and Gaddafi, who had assisted us in obtaining democracy at a time when those who now made that call were the friends of the enemies of democracy in South Africa.
Had we heeded those demands, we would have betrayed the very values and attitudes that allowed us as a nation to have adversaries sitting down and negotiating in a spirit of compromise. It would have meant denying that the South African experience could be a model and example for international behaviour. More
Issued by the Office of the President, June 13 1999
SPEECH BY PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA AT A LUNCHEON IN HONOUR OF MUAMAR QADDAFI, LEADER OF THE REVOLUTION OF THE LIBYAN JAMAHARIYA, Cape Town, 13 June 1999
Libyan leader's wife says she's proud of courage displayed by husband, Syrian TV reports; UN concerned Gaddafi may have been executed. A television station based in Syria that supported Muammar Gaddafi said on Friday that the slain Libyan leader's wife has asked for a United Nations investigation into his death.
The wife of Gaddafi "asks the United Nations to investigate the death of the fighter Muammar and Mo'tassim," Arrai television said in a news headline, referring to one of Gaddafi's sons as well. The headline also said Gaddafi's wife was proud of her husband's courage and her children who, it said, stood up to 40 countries and their agents throughout six months and considered them to be martyrs.
The United Nations human rights office called on Friday had already called for a full investigation into the death of Gaddafi and voiced concerns that he may have been executed.
Paraded: Bystanders watch over Gaddafi's body as it lies in a storage freezer in Misrata
Images filmed on mobile phones before and after Gaddafi's death showed him wounded and bloodied but clearly alive after his capture in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, and then dead amidst a jostling crowd of anti-Gaddafi fighters.
"There's a lot of uncertainty about what happened exactly. There seem to be four or five different versions of how he died," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told Reuters Television in an interview.
"If you take these two videos together, they are rather disturbing because you see someone who has been captured alive and then you see the same person dead.
"We are not in a position to say what has happened at this point but we feel that it is very important that this is clarified, that there is some sort of serious investigation into what happened and what caused his death," he said.
Asked whether the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was concerned Gaddafi may have been executed while in captivity, Colville replied: "It has to be one possibility when you look at these two videos. So that's something that an investigation needs to look into."
Gaddafi's body lay in an old meat store on Friday as arguments swirled over his burial and the circumstances of his death.
With a bullet wound visible through the familiar curly hair, the corpse shown to Reuters in Misrata bore other marks of the violent end to a violent life that was being broadcast to the world in snatches of grainy, gory cellphone video.
NTC military chief Bel Haj has confirmed that Colonel Gaddafi has been killed. The fugitive leader died of wounds sustained during his capture near Sirte. Earlier the NTC reported Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs. The NTC spokesman told Western media that Gaddafi’a corpse will soon be delivered to Misrata.
NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil will address the Libyan nation shortly.
According to Reuters, Gaddafi was wounded and captured near Sirte while trying to flee in a convoy which was attacked by NATO. A NATO official says the alliance is checking reports of Gaddafi's capture.
In 2011 the 'New African Continent' some may says will never be the same for many years to come. Historians argued that young Africans will pressure and remove those African presidents that don't want to relinquished power after their term (s) are over.
Below are the name of former Great African presidents who give up power without any pressured. These leaders should be well know through all the African continent from what they have done. Maybe they didn't change the situation in the African continent, but they did one thing that few African presidents are not prepare to do so, to give up their power without a coup detat or force-out. They show example for young Africans generation and future leaders that it's time to start learning to give up power in a democratic way.
Nelson Mandela has been hailed as "the greatest and most courageous leader of our generation". In a life of personal sacrifice, he dedicated himself to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, an era which came to end with the country's first multi-racial elections on 27 April 1994.
Mandela became the first black President and the oldest elected President of South Africa when he took office at the age of 75 in 1994. He decided not to stand for a second term and retired in 1999.
Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, most notably the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that Mandela's birthday, 18 July, is to be known as 'Mandela Day' marking his contribution to world freedom.
Festus Gontebanye Mogae became president of the Republic of Botswana on April 1, 1998, in a peaceful transfer of power that political analysts term exceptional for southern Africa.
In April 2008, in accordance with Botswana's constitution, President Mogae stepped down as President, having served two terms in government.
Mogae was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 20 March 2008 for his "exemplary leadership" in making Botswana a "model" of democracy and good governance.
Also, Mogae won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and will receive US$ 5 million over 10 years and US$ 200,000 annually for life thereafter.
Mr Chissano then led negotiations with Renamo, which in October 1992 succeded in ending 16 years of destabilising internal conflict.
In 1994 he won the first multiparty elections in the history of the country, and was re-elected President of the Republic in 1999.
Despite the fact that the Mozambican constitution allowed him to stand in the 2004 presidential elections, Joaquim Chissano decided voluntarily not to do so.
on 22 October 2007, Chissano's 68th birthday,he had been awarded the inaugural $5 million Prize for Achievement in African Leadership awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and given to a former African leader who has shown good governance.
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the father of southern African liberation, and one of the founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community. Born in Butiama near Lake Victoria on 13 April 1922, when he passed away 10 years ago on 14 October 1999, Africans everywhere shared the sense of loss felt by Tanzanians.15 October 2009
He was Baba wa taifa, father of the nation, the moving force for the independence of Tanganyika on 9 December 1961 and for its unity with Zanzibar on 26 April 1964 to create the United Republic of Tanzania. A charismatic leader of sharp intellect and great personal integrity, he welded a country and a national identity from over 120 ethnic groups, united by their language Swahili and by a social harmony constructed on the ideals of peace, justice, unity and personal commitment.