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Trump Targets Rwanda With New Trade Rules

Donald Trump claims Rwanda's ban on American used clothing is hurting US interests.

Donald Trump will suspend duty-free clothing imports from Rwanda, following the country's decision to ban US second-hand clothing exports, reports Business Daily Africa.

Trump made the announcement in a letter on Thursday, in which he stated that "Rwanda's duty-free status for apparel will end in 60 days if no corrective actions are taken."

Adding that Rwanda's refusal of secondhand clothing from the United States defies the requirements set in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which gives specified African nations duty-free trade access to the US under certain conditions. One of them being removing barriers to trade and investment from the US.


Tanzania and Uganda also faced possible suspension, after a petition was raised by secondhand retailers claiming that a tariff on their goods in the aforementioned countries would harm the industry. Both Tanzania and Uganda removed such tariffs and remain part of Agoa.

With these sorts of trade "agreements" put in place, African countries face a unique dilemma. Rwanda was in a disadvantageous position whether it chose to remain part of Agoa or not. Is this what happens when African governments make even the slightest attempt to exert economic power over their own countries? According to both Trump and history, the answer is a resounding yes.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Black Motion, Blxckie x Nasty C and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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Interview: Tecla Ciolfi On The Journey To Starting Her Popular Podcast ‘Texx Talks’

South African music journalist Tecla Ciolfi launched her podcast 'Texx Talks' at the height of lockdown in 2020. Since then, it has become one of the most notable music platforms in the country.