• Caregiving for Ghosts

    Caregiving for Ghosts0

    My memory is again in the way of your history. Agha Shahid Ali, Farewell. I’ve been wondering about the role of apathy. We read about it and talk about it often. Even as we try and figure out how to best present a story we ask ourselves “why should I care?” This question has been

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  • Why Kenyans are keenly following the Uganda elections

    Why Kenyans are keenly following the Uganda elections0

    On Thursday Uganda will go to the polls to decide whether incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been in power for three decades, gets another five-year term or hands over power to the opposition. No doubt that this is a defining moment for Uganda whichever way ‘the dice rolls.’ These elections are however not just

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  • Uganda: Marking 30 years of liberation with threats

    Uganda: Marking 30 years of liberation with threats0

    Uganda’s most controversial election was held on December 10 and 11, 1980. While Dr. Apollo Milton Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) was declared winner, Dr. Paul K. Ssemogerere’s Democratic Party (DP) disputed the result, claiming victory. A third political party, Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM), decided to take the contest to the bush and started a guerrilla war in

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  • What Would Populist Tanzanians Do?

    What Would Populist Tanzanians Do?0

    “I’m not a mad man or a dictator” – President Magufuli By now, after 100 days in office as the President of Tanzania, we can safely say we have an idea of ‘what would Magufuli do (next)?‘ The question, then, is do we know what would Tanzanians do? Or more precisely, what would the populist

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  • Outrage as Zambia Hikes Presidential Nomination Fees By 750%

    Outrage as Zambia Hikes Presidential Nomination Fees By 750%0

    The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced an increment of  nomination fee for presidential candidates for the country’s 2016 presidential election by 750%, triggering complaints from opposition parties, aspiring candidates and the civil society. ECZ Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu said the increase of the presidential nomination fee from K10,000 (US$1,000) to K75,000 (US$7,500) was

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