• DR Congo: An Electoral Commission under Kabila’s orders

    DR Congo: An Electoral Commission under Kabila’s orders0

    There are ten months left for the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but there is no evidence that these elections will take place. And even if they take place on December 23, 2018 as planned, there is no guarantee that they will be free, transparent and democratic. Among the concerns of the

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  • Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy

    Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy0

    GUEST BLOG The recent happenings in Kenya call for sober reflection on the nature of our democracy, and by extension, our political culture. When we champion ourselves as a model of democracy in (East) Africa, is that an accurate description? Could it be that we are self-delusional?  As Marcus Tullius Cicero keenly noted, salus populi

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  • 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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Dear Kenyans, Please do not be fooled by this. Was it not this same President who insisted some of his nominees did not need fresh vetting? Is it not his own party that turned Parliamentary vetting into a sham? His actions speak louder than his fake fury. mobile.nation.co.ke/…