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Somalia’s Limited Polls Overshadowed By Clan Rivalries And Al-Shabaab

Somalia’s Limited Polls Overshadowed By Clan Rivalries And Al-Shabaab

As Somalia prepares to choose a new government in August, there are concerns that the powerful clans who have long dominated political life in the country may try to manipulate the ballot while al-Shabaab militants also pose a threat, a senior UN official has said. Michael Keating, the head of the UN mission in Somalia, […]

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

In April [2015] opponents of [President Pierre Nkurunziza’s] third term began to organise. The ruling party organised two big demonstrations supporting a third term. These were more than counterbalanced by the decision of the Catholic church to oppose the idea, by the creation of the “Stop the Third Term” movement by 15 organisations, and by […]

The ‘Fast, Efficient and Incorruptible’ Ministers Forming Museveni’s Cabinet

The ‘Fast, Efficient and Incorruptible’ Ministers Forming Museveni’s Cabinet

President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to drop nearly half of his previous Cabinet, saying he wanted people who could “move fast, are efficient and incorruptible,” has become a subject of debate. One of the ministries being highlighted is Health, which kept the Ugandan President on the defensive during the election period after Kizza Besigye, the Forum […]

Old Rivals, New Threats: Zimbabwe’s Politicians Ready Themselves For Mugabe’s Death

Old Rivals, New Threats: Zimbabwe’s Politicians Ready Themselves For Mugabe’s Death

To the casual observer, nothing much seems to have happened in Zimbabwe in recent years: Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, remains president and Zanu-PF is still the ruling party more than 35 years after it took power. But there has, in fact, been a tectonic shift. Like Zimbabwean society itself the opposition […]

Malawi: The Finger Pointing Business Must Stop On Albino Killings

Malawi: The Finger Pointing Business Must Stop On Albino Killings

People are still commenting, a lot has been said, conclusions being made, the media has brought to light the ills, others are treating the issue while wearing their political lenses, but mine will be an honest opinion based on how I feel about these killings of people with albinism. According to the recent released report […]

Zambia’s 2016 Elections – Is a Disputed Outcome Now Inevitable?

Zambia’s 2016 Elections – Is a Disputed Outcome Now Inevitable?

A flurry of questionable decisions by the electoral body, media exposés of irregularities, and controversial interventions by the government and military suggests yes Zambia’s enviable record of 25 years of peaceful democratic elections appears to be under threat. With less than ten weeks to go before the country goes to the polls on 11 August, […]

Can Elizabeth Warren Unite A Divided Democratic Party To Stop Trump?

Can Elizabeth Warren Unite A Divided Democratic Party To Stop Trump?

With polls warning that Hillary Clinton could lose the presidential election if she does not find a way to unite Bernie Sanders supporters behind her, hopes are turning to another champion of American progressives to heal the wounds of their long Democratic nomination battle. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator who rose to prominence fighting Wall […]

Zimbabweans Show Support For Robert Mugabe In ‘Million Man March’

Zimbabweans Show Support For Robert Mugabe In ‘Million Man March’

Several thousand Zimbabweans joined a march through Harare in support of President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday after the main opposition party staged its own rally last month. The marchers, many of whom were transported to the capital by bus, sang songs praising Mugabe and wore T-shirts displaying his image as they gathered at a central […]

Burundi Exiles Record Forgotten Victims of Political Crisis

Burundi Exiles Record Forgotten Victims of Political Crisis

By gathering personal testimonies and information on citizen deaths, a project run by Burundians in exile is recording the stories of those killed during the current political crisis. Violence broke out last year when the president, Pierre Nkirunziza, announced plans to run for an unconstitutional third term. Clashes soon escalated, leading to a series of […]

North Korea Offers Friendship With One Hand, Abuse With The Other

North Korea Offers Friendship With One Hand, Abuse With The Other

Pyongyang says nuclear programme has given it the upper hand and predicts re-unification despite Seoul’s ‘agitation’ North Korea has announced it is reaching out a “warm helping hand” to its sworn enemy in the south, suggesting that the success of its nuclear weapons programme means re-unification between the two Koreas in close at hand. Pyongyang […]