• Ramaphosa, and the Soft Tyranny of Low Expectations

    Ramaphosa, and the Soft Tyranny of Low Expectations0

    South African social media have been even more intemperate than usual since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC leader – and yes, I realise how implausible that might sound. It nevertheless strikes me as true in light of the volume of comment I read calling for President Zuma’s head (sometimes quite literally), now that he was

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  • Signs of a Museveni fatigue: It is Kyadondo East, not North

    Signs of a Museveni fatigue: It is Kyadondo East, not North0

    The young friend of ours is called Honorable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu AKA Bobi Wine, and he represents Kyadondo East, not North as you assert in your latest misguided missive that is out of touch. What are the security services doing in collecting Honorable Kyagulanyi’s messages? I thought their role does not include involving themselves in

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  • Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past

    Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past0

    In early 1965, after just a year of independence, Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta suspected Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was planning a coup against his government. Deep divisions within the ruling Kenya African National Union – between those wanting radical and populist change to the inherited colonial system and those who were intent on

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  • Rethinking the Opposition and the Civil Society in Zimbabwe

    Rethinking the Opposition and the Civil Society in Zimbabwe0

    The 15 November 2017 military coup in Zimbabwe marked the end of Mugabe’s 37-year stranglehold on power, as the balance of forces shifted in the ruling ZANU PF party which was being hounded by a succession battle over the past two decades. The talk of succession was treacherous, ambition was sacred, it was taboo to express one’s

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  • Rain and Zimbabwe’s 2018 Harmonised Elections

    Rain and Zimbabwe’s 2018 Harmonised Elections0

    Zimbabwe’s rainy seasons always signify anxious moments for its ruling establishment(s).  This is because when the heavens open up (generously), it is considered, across many of the country’s sub-cultures, that the ancestors and Mwari, Unkulunkulu (God) has blessed the land and its people.  Not because of expected regular geographical (scientific patterns) as to the regularity

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