Kampala: Opening of ADF General Assembly Today 22nd September 2011

The African Democracy Forum (ADF) members from across the region will be gathering in Kampala on 22nd and 23rd September 2011 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala for the General Assembly of the Forum. The Assembly has brought together ADF members particularly working on the African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance and on the Legislative Environment and Regulatory Environment for Citizens and civil society in Africa.

The Assembly which has been organized by The ADF, in partnership with its Ugandan Members the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), the Uganda National NGO Forum and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) seeks to take stock of its internal growth and challenges, while analysing the state of democracy in Africa and ensuring that ADF activities remain relevant and responsive to current democratic challenges. Other key issues that will be discussed at this assembly will include engaging the African Union and Constitutionalism in Africa.

Speaking at the Assembly, the opening remarks will be made by the Chairperson of the Forum Ms Hannah Forster while the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Hon Jacob Oulanya will be the Chief Guest at the closing of the Assembly.

ADF is a network of organisations and individuals in Africa and among the African Diaspora working on democracy, human rights and governance initiatives seeking to consolidate democracy in Africa. ADF provides opportunities for democrats to openly express their perspectives, to collaborate on continental initiatives and acts as a platform for mutual support and sharing of experiences, best practices and resources.

 For more information, please contact:

Contact Patrick Mpedzisi at [email protected] or Sheila Muwanga at [email protected].


Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:


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