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Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, seen as a top contender to lead the ruling ANC into 2019 general elections, said on Sunday that the country must not become a “mafia state” as he admitted his party had become associated with corruption. Ramaphosa’s comments were among the strongest he has made on governance as the […]

Societal Norms Undermine Women Political Participation

Societal Norms Undermine Women Political Participation

Former treasury of the opposition Liberty Party, Nuwoe Scott said she believes that societal norms are key factors that had kept women behind from exercising their franchise in the highest decision making processes of the nation. Nuwoe Scott said she had worked closely with the Inter-Party Consultancy Committee (IPCC) at the level of the National […]

Ethiopian Opposition Politician Convicted Of Encouraging Terrorism

Ethiopian Opposition Politician Convicted Of Encouraging Terrorism

An Ethiopian court has convicted an opposition politician of encouraging terrorist acts after he criticised the government’s response to protests in Facebook posts. Rights group Amnesty International said the case of Yonatan Tesfaye, a former spokesperson for the opposition Semayawi Party who was arrested in 2015, was a miscarriage of justice. Yonatan was charged with […]

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to succeed Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s president received a boost Friday when he secured an enthusiastic reception from ruling party members in the Northern Cape province. About 700 African National Congress officials attending a provincial conference in the central town of Colesberg rose to sing and cheer as Ramaphosa, 64, arrived […]

Nigerian Activists Urge President Buhari to Take Medical Leave

Nigerian Activists Urge President Buhari to Take Medical Leave

Nigerian civil-rights group leaders are urging President Muhammadu Buhari to take a second medical leave while his health prevents him from performing his duties. Buhari has missed the last weekly cabinet meetings, and the presidency said April 28 that he is resting and working from home. The 74-year-old leader stayed in the U.K. for more […]

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South African businessman Mathews Phosa said he accepted a nomination to stand as president of the ruling African National Congress. Phosa will challenge Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former chairwoman of the African Union Commission, who are seen as the frontrunners to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader at a […]

Fight For Power Takes New Forms As Kenyan Elections Approach

Fight For Power Takes New Forms As Kenyan Elections Approach

A crowd of elated young men danced outside the market in Kenya’s southern Kisumu city, waving the crisp new 200 shilling ($2) notes that a local politician was distributing from behind a dusty speaker that pounded out music. Shoppers paid scant attention. Cash handouts are common during African elections; in Kenya, the devolution of power […]

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

South African President Jacob Zuma may maintain his political clout well after he relinquishes office if his ex-wife and mother of four of his children, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, succeeds him. While Zuma, 75, hasn’t openly anointed an heir, his comments that the party is ready to be led by a woman have been widely seen as support […]

Kenya’s Ruling Coalition Annuls Party Primaries After Chaotic Voting

Kenya’s Ruling Coalition Annuls Party Primaries After Chaotic Voting

Kenya’s ruling coalition annulled party primaries held on Friday, the organisation’s secretary general said, and reports of widespread anger over chaotic voting raised fears that poorly organised national polls in August could spark violent protests. “Today’s have been cancelled, those on Monday and Tuesday could still go ahead,” an official with the ruling Jubilee coalition […]

Kenya’s History of Election Violence Is Threatening to Repeat Itself

ANALYSIS   In the last few weeks Kenya has seen an increase in intra-party political violence following the start of its political party primaries that began on April 13th and are scheduled to run for two weeks. The primaries are “mini-polls” held by political parties to choose which candidates will vie for seats in the […]

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