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

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    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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  • Church, Faith and Politics in Zimbabwe: Recalling the Secular

    Church, Faith and Politics in Zimbabwe: Recalling the Secular0

    Religion has always been a key aspect of Zimbabwe’s national consciousness. And its points of entry into this national consciousness are many. From the very indigenous African Traditional religion and its uniquely liberatory  role in the 1st and 2nd Chimurengas through to orthodox Christianity and its mixed legacy of conservatism and literacy. Not forgetting other

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  • Why are people so afraid of politics ?

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    Recently I was in a small village in Benin called Possotome. I went there to meet with the populations to talk about citizen participation. The first question I asked during our first encounter and therefore first working session was “As citizens are you active in your community, are you involved in the development of your

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  • Malawi – 56 Years After Dunduzu K. Chisiza’s “Realities of African Independence”

    Malawi – 56 Years After Dunduzu K. Chisiza’s “Realities of African Independence”0

    “Vindictiveness directed at the opposition parties has its nemesis when tables are turned – not to mention the adverse effect of the resultant strife on economic development.” Dunduzu Kaluli Chisiza In his futuristic 1961 book “Realities of African Independence”, Dunduzu Kaluli Chisiza envisioned some of the problems that newly independent African States would face. He

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Lots of interesting ideas to ponder here, on when (if ever) one should publish potentially self-exculpatory pieces by people accused of sexual misconduct/abuse, or even simply impropriety. twitter.com/conor64/…