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Diplomat East Africa - - Immunities & Impunities -

There is ev­ery sign of chronic paucity of lead­er­ship, with pre­tence, hypocrisy and dou­ble-speak, in­sin­cer­ity, my­opia, medi­ocrity and greed per­vad­ing vir­tu­ally all po­lit­i­cal space. The ul­ti­mate mea­sure of a man is not where he stands in the mo­ments of com­fort and con­ve­nience but where he stands at times of chal­lenge and con­tro­versy; Bu­dalangi MP Ababu Namwamba in ac­cus­ing his Orange Demo­cratic Move­ment party of lack­ing in­ter­nal democ­racy. He has de­scribed the party as a reck­less and self­ish. “They have been with us for over a month, and we have not been able to get the girls out. So you re­ally see that the help has not yet re­sulted [in] some­thing pos­i­tive. I wouldn’t say they have helped or they have not helped. Ba­si­cally they are there to help with in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and so on; ” Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan of Nige­ria Jonathan re­spond­ing to ques­tions on whether the US has been of any help in res­cu­ing the ab­ducted girls. Jonathan, who faces re-elec­tion in 2015, dis­closed that he has au­tho­rised third par­ties to try to se­cure the girls’ safe re­lease. “No rea­son­able per­son can imag­ine the EU with­out the UK. I can­not imag­ine it my­self. I have talked with Bri­tish Premier David Cameron. He put for­ward many pro­pos­als for re­forms and I am sure with rea­son­able frame­work, we can reach an agree­ment; ” Don­ald Tusk, prime min­is­ter of Poland, promis­ing to ad­dress UK con­cerns over his elec­tion as pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil. Free move­ment of EU cit­i­zens across bor­der is one such con­cern.

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