• Why Yahya Jammeh’s Ouster Was Not A Triumph For Democracy

    Why Yahya Jammeh’s Ouster Was Not A Triumph For Democracy0

    In an article published on Aljazeera, Solomon Ayele Dersso, a senior legal scholar and an analyst on Africa and African Union affairs, avers that the lesson from Gambia for African countries is that “not only should [the opposition and citizenry] forge unity during elections, but also prepare to work with regional and international bodies for

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  • Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing

    Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing0

    On November 20, 2016 the President of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli, sacked the chair of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Board, Bernard Mchomvu. According to The Citizen, the “sacking was announced through a State House statement, which, however, did not specify the reasons for his removal.” The ‘rumor mills’ in a city that was once

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  • Obama’s sour story on governance in Africa

    Obama’s sour story on governance in Africa0

    Barack Obama famously said “Africans must build Africa for Africa!”. A nice message, but what do you do, when Africans themselves fight each other while building the same house? In Africa, those on the roof of the house under construction are receiving building stones from the ground, but they choose which people on the ground

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  • Democracy, my foot

    Democracy, my foot0

    Like many other Ugandans, whatever illusions I might have had about our being a “democracy” were quashed in February. But, every now and then I chance upon something that extols our democratic virtues. Government literature, especially. It’s rare to read a government report whose foreword or introduction does not include a reminder about how far

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